Temple Isaiah hosts First AME Church for MLK day. This was a very moving service where we could all feel the love and energy in the room (and I don’t say things like that unless I mean it!). It was very powerful to see two communities so excited to be together. Looking forward to what future collaborating might come out of this!
There has been a lot of buzz in the Jewish world about the recently publish Pew Survey. This article has a totally different perspective that’s worth thinking about (one that does not predict utter doom!)
Simchat Torah 5774 at Temple Isaiah! So much fun!! There are few things more satisfying than handing the Torah to someone and watching them get super excited as they hold it and dance.
So Fran and I tried our hand at babysitting recently…our first time watching a kid together! It was actually great. This is the fantastic Levi, the recently born son of one of my professors. The picture of him and me at the beach is from the day we signed our wedding license….he came to witness of course! Levi is a great kid and we’ve had a lot of fun hanging out with him (and his mom also!)
This year I will be co-teaching the Hartman Institute iEngage course, which I am very excited about. This curriculum opens up great conversations about peoplehood, statehood, democracy & Jewish values—and it’s great learning too! There is still room in the class!
check this link out for more info:
Wedding #2! I feel so lucky to be able to marry the same person twice—and this time legally! Here are a few pictures from our very casual beach ceremony where we signed our CA marriage license. We did not want to overshadow our big Jewish wedding from the summer before, so we kept this much more low key. Good friends, a beautiful sunny day, and popsicles for everyone. Special thanks to Rabbi Zach Shapiro for making the moment both special and sweet, and to City Controller Ron Galperin for surprising us with an official “mazel tov” from the city of Los Angeles!
Our very very fun trip to Vancouver BC!
We’ve started a new tradition of Sunday mornings at the farmers market. I’m not usually one to post pictures of food…but these locally grown heirloom tomatoes are basically like art, right? They are sharing the Armenian bowl that we purchased in the Old CIty in Jerusalem with an asian pear and organic avocados.