February 26, 2018 – Rabbi Chai Levy

Purim: Not Just for Kids Purim is a great holiday for kids. From dressing up in costumes to making noise when the name of Haman (Booo!) is read, it’s a time to let loose and get a little crazy. But why should the children get to have all the fun? The truth is: Purim isn’t […]

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February 19, 2018 – Rabbi Susan Leider

Hevraya: Many of you have asked about Hevraya, the recent semi-silent clergy retreat in which I recently participated.  What does Hevraya mean?  And is it impossible to picture rabbis on a silent retreat?! Hevraya is an Aramaic word that appears in the Zohar, the quintessential collection of Jewish mystical writings.  There, the Hevraya (an Aramaic […]

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February 12, 2018 – Rabbi Paul Steinberg

Navigating a Black Swan World Have you ever seen a black swan?  Well, nobody really did for centuries – at least in the western world. So impossible was a black swan sighting in Europe that just the idea of one led to the term “black swan” as an expression for something that would be logically […]

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February 5, 2018 – Rabbi Susan Leider

Kol Shofar is getting a new Torah!  By now, we hope you have heard the news that Sandy Stadtler and Esther Rosha Stadtler have generously donated a new Torah to Congregation Kol Shofar in memory of their parents, Bea & Ozzie Stadtler and Abe & Regina Lenczner, and members of their family who perished in […]

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January 29, 2018 – Rabbi Chai Levy

The holiday of Tu B’Shvat takes place this week on Tuesday night and Wednesday. Why do we celebrate a new year for trees? Tu B’Shvat originated in ancient times as simply the date (the 15th of the month of Shvat) that began the calendar year for biblically mandated tithing of fruit. Similar to our American […]

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January 22, 2018 – Rabbi Susan Leider

Since the time I wrote this drash (see below), I learned some “Torah” from Bishop Johnathan Logan Sr., with whom I shared the pulpit recently at a Candlelight Ceremony in Marin City in honor of Dr. King.  I told him that some of my congregants felt this drash was a bit restrained, light of events […]

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