Creating Community during COVID19: JewItAtHome

Creating Community during COVID19: JewItAtHome

Thank you to Rabbi Adam Lutz whose leadership has created “JewItAtHome” through his synagogue, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills. He knew that “Social Distancing Does Not Mean Social Isolation” and even though “COVID-19 continues to disrupt every single aspect of normal life…and community doesn’t exist in person” we can create a Jewish community online. “We … Continued

Are you a GIANT? Brawny supports #GiantsTakeAction

It only takes one person to make a difference! BRAWNY BELIEVES IN TACKLING LIFE’S CHALLENGES HEAD ON, ROLLING UP OUR SLEEVES, AND GETTING DOWN TO WORK. AFTER ALL, STRENGTH LIES NOT IN WHAT WE SAY, BUT IN WHAT WE DO. SO TO ALL THE GIANTS WE CHAMPION AND THOSE WE HOPE TO INSPIRE, WE SAY: … Continued

My Sonoma Adventure! Redwoods, Hiking and Wine

On my last adventure (Fall 2019), we hiked among towering redwoods, cruised along rugged Pacific coastline and met the passionate craftsmen, farmers, vintners and artists that call Sonoma home. We home-based at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, nestled in the heart of Sonoma Valley. The “Inn” is the ultimate Wine Country destination with spa, golf and … Continued

Anti-Racism with Rabbi Ron Stern

Over the past week, Rabbi Ron Stern from Stephen Wise Temple shared his personal journey into a deeper understanding of the complexities of race in America. I found it so inspiring, I asked for permission to share all 5 days again here. My grandmother had a maid’s bathroom. I was born in the Jim Crow … Continued

Coming Home to Greece with Diane Kochilas

For an expat like me, homecomings and farewells are part of the bargain of loving two countries: Greece and the United States. New York, Athens, and the Blue Zone Greek island of Ikaria triangulate my existence, and until this past March with COVID-19, I moved fluidly between them. My back-and-forth sojourns have been so frequent … Continued

Inspiration for the 2020 Graduates: Life is What We Make It

 Life is what we make it. Class of 2020 Publisher’s note: I met Enock Makasi on March 24, 2016 when he was flying from Los Angeles, California to Salt Lake City on his way to his new home in Idaho and he was 15 years old. He had already flown from Uganda to Amsterdam and then California. He … Continued

Feeling Our Way with Cantor Emma Lutz

Shabbat Shalom. As we have all been #SafeAtHome during COVID-19, the clergy of Stephen Wise Temple have been sharing a daily dose of wisdom. I found these teachings from Cantor Emma Lutz this week deeply moving and she allowed me to share them again here. Happy Mother’s Day Weekend! The patient person shows much good … 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

Traveling to India to meet The Dalai Lama!

Sarah Robarts, Dara Toulch, and Kendal Hurley traveled to Bodh Gaya to celebrate an anniversary and meet His Holiness. In late 2019, we were invited on the trip of a lifetime – to visit His Holiness The Dalai Lama in Bodh Gaya, India for a private audience. We had been working with his Personal Emissary … Continued

We Said Go Travel

We Said Go Travel