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

My Chelm Story!!

By Hazzan Michael Stein Where to begin? This past Shabbes was a fantastic experience in every way!! Lighting Shabbat candles in the synagogue in Chelm, where there has not been a service for 80 years, was a humbling experience. As I explained the meaning of lighting Shabbat candles, the metaphor of bringing light again into … Continued

Rabbi Yoshi at Stephen Wise Temple

Tidying Up to Spark Joy by Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback

Tidying Up by Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback from Stephen Wise Temple The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: Tell the Israelite people to bring Me gifts; you shall accept gifts for Me from every person whose heart so moves him. (Exodus 25:1-2) לֵּאמֹֽר: אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֥ה  יְהוָ֖ה  וַיְדַבֵּ֥ר יִדְּבֶ֣נּוּ לִבּ֔וֹ תִּקְח֖וּ אֶת־תְּרוּמָתִֽי׃  כָּל־אִישׁ֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר מֵאֵ֤ת תְּרוּמָ֑ה׃ When I was a kid, tidying up … Continued

Stephen Wise Temple enjoying Shabbat at the Beach

Not by Bread Alone: What Moves Your Spirit?

Not By Bread Alone כִּי לֹא עַל-הַלֶּחֶם לְבַדּוֹ יִחְיֶה הָאָדָם. The Rio Olympics just ended. It was a thrill to watch Simone and Michael, Usain and Aly. I love the Olympics and enjoy especially hearing the stories of the athletes and their families and am inspired by the extraordinary effort and commitment that goes into … Continued

On the Road to Ojai, Ruach Nashim 2012

We asked Dina Bernat-Kunin to share about her recent trip to gorgeous Ojai, California for a powerful and fun Women’s retreat.   The road to Ojai is very familiar to me. I call it freedom road. I usually avoid being the driver because I just hate driving. Being the passenger allows me to relish the relief … Continued

We Said Go Travel

We Said Go Travel