Posts by eeedeez

Megillah – September 2017

Posted on Sep 5, 2017 in Megillah

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The Blast of the Ram’s Horn

Posted on Sep 1, 2017 in Rabbi's Messages

I’m running my fingers along the smooth polished ram’s horn. I can feel its ridges and see the shades of onyx, sand, and specks of amber. Raising the narrow aperture to my pursed lips, I take a deep breath and then struggle to make a sound. After some false starts, a high pitched shriek echoes from its tusk.  How do you feel when you hear the shofar sounded at Rosh Hashanah? On the one hand, it is joyously primal. Seeing a man or woman standing in front of a crowded sanctuary, blowing the ram’s horn, feels exciting. However, when its screech pierces the sanctuary,...

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Body, Mind & Spirit Shabbat – August 2017

Posted on Aug 22, 2017 in Homepage Slider

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Megillah – August 2017

Posted on Aug 3, 2017 in Megillah

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Body, Mind & Spirit on Shabbat

Posted on Aug 1, 2017 in Rabbi's Messages

Years ago, I created an experience for us to engage in physical activity, utilize our minds, and engage our spirit as a way of enhancing Shabbat. Body, Mind, & Spirit Shabbat has become a beloved part of our Temple Beth David Saturday morning Shabbat celebration for the last three years.  We have walked through El Dorado park, Bolsa Chica Wetlands, Talbert Nature preserve, and Seal Beach. We have hiked in Peter’s Canyon, Santiago Oaks, Laguna Coast Wilderness, and Monrovia. A few of us biked along the San Gabriel Riverway. And we have done Tai chi, yoga, kayaking,...

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Camp Newman Summer

Posted on Jul 1, 2017 in Rabbi's Messages

On Monday, July 3, I’ll be driving up to Camp Newman for my third summer. For the past few years, we have been sending our youth to the Union for Reform Judaism’s California Jewish overnight camp.  I have seen first hand, the joy our kids have in making new friends, developing leadership skills, and deepening their Jewish identities.  The activities are varied and include prayer, sessions on Judaism, sports, crafts, swimming, and creative group programming. This year, we have ten youth attending from our synagogue. They are: Shane Prunty, Jessa Kleinman, Dani...

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Megillah – July 2017

Posted on Jun 30, 2017 in Megillah

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Megillah – June 2017

Posted on Jun 3, 2017 in Megillah

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New Model for Dues

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 in Rabbi's Messages

For over fifty years, we are a community that supports one another in times of need, celebrates the joys of life, prays, and learns within a Reform Jewish congregation.  We are fortunate to have outstanding music for Shabbat, High Holy days, and festival services. Our preschool prepares our children to excel in elementary school and beyond. Our religious school gives our students Judaic knowledge and a love for Judaism.  We have meaningful Bar/Bat Mitzvah services and dynamic youth groups for teens. For our adults, we have ongoing lectures and educational opportunities...

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Purim Shpiel – 2017 Wild Wild West

Posted on May 12, 2017 in Videos


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