My Mother was the Center of our Jewish Universe

My Mother was the Center of our Jewish Universe

by Drew Steinberg Jewish values and the importance of family are engrained in me because of my mom. Because of her, we celebrated Shabbat every Friday night as our family of four, at a minimum, while I was growing up. High Holiday meals and Passover seders had full tables of extended family (blood relatives and friends … Continued

Book Launch for Brad Listi: Be Brief and Tell Them Everything

Be Brief and Tell Them Everything by Brad Listi “A darkly funny meditation on creativity and family. The life of an author who is struggling to write his next novel & understand his son’s disabilities, set against a backdrop of escalating human insanity in contemporary Los Angeles.” Twelve years in the making, Brad Listi read … Continued

This is Not Your Parents’ Hebrew School

This is Not Your Parents’ Hebrew School: Wise CYE and Leo Baeck Are Reinventing Jewish Education On Sunday May 1, 2022, families at Stephen Wise Temple’s Center for Youth Engagement (CYE) celebrated an academic year unlike any other in the temple’s 58-year history, one which marked a re-imagining of Jewish education for children attending secular … Continued

THE LETTERS PROJECT: A DAUGHTER’S JOURNEY

THE LETTERS PROJECT: A DAUGHTER’S JOURNEY By Eleanor Reissa The Letters Project is about big history, the Holocaust, but it is also an extraordinarily intimate personal narrative—a rare blend of informative, poignant, excruciating, startling, humorous, and ultimately inspiring storytelling. In 1986, when her mother died at the age of sixty-four, Eleanor Reissa went through all of … Continued

Tikkun Olam: From a Hyundai to a Home for the Holidays

From Steven Grossman of #OperationSaveChristmas2021 ‘Twas a week before Christmas and we’re back for the second annual OPERATION SAVE CHRISTMAS 2021!!! Last year we raised 23k to help source as many toys as possible from local small “ma and pa” businesses and helped with other expenses for families in need all over the country.  GO … Continued

Stephen Wise Temple: A Place to call Home

During Yom Kippur services at Stephen Wise Temple on Sept 16, 2021, Phil Koosed shared his family story from the past when his grandfather was the only survivor in his family from the Holocaust to the current generation when his own father now has eight grandchildren and Phil is spearheading the efforts of The Big … Continued

Flowers Amid the Masks

Can you see the flowers? I can. I see families walking together. I see families ‘Zooming’ across time zones. I see flowers blooming from days of gentle rain. Can you see the flowers? I can. I see volunteers passing out food. I see teachers encouraging their students. I see first responders showing up to work … Continued

Oranges in the Shower – A Whiff of Hope

This morning, at 7am, I ate an orange in my shower.  It’s a thing. My almost 21 year-old daughter read about it and it’s apparently been a thing for a few years now. Eating an orange in the shower, they say, is a direct line to joy. And right now, I need a little joy. … Continued

Lisa Niver at Dive-in with PADI at Beaches Turks and Caicos

Join me at Dive-in with PADI LIV+ at Beaches Turks and Caicos

What happens at a Dive-in with PADI LIV+ Event at Beaches Turks and Caicos? We went scuba diving in the best locations and enjoyed all of the restaurants at Beaches Turks and Caicos. Dive-in with PADI is a Luxury Included Vacation + Events (LIV+) with five days of exhilarating aquatic adventures in turquoise waters. Do … Continued

We Said Go Travel

We Said Go Travel