General

Important COVID Protocols Update

January 7, 2022

Beth El remains committed to mitigating risk for our community. Considering the continued and significant impact of the Omicron variant, we have made some further, temporary adjustments to our worship, …

Happy Mothers’ Day

May 7, 2021

We used to visit Disneyland frequently.  My parents grew up in Southern California so family trips from the San Francisco Bay Area were common.  Here we are, probably 45 years …

We Are Moses

March 25, 2021

This is the fourth week of the month. For Reflections Off the Bimah, the fourth week features thought leaders from throughout the Jewish world and beyond. These special posts give you …

Tree of life. A special blessing

March 19, 2021

Since I was born and until I was ten years old, I lived in the neighborhood of Palermo in Buenos Aires. Three blocks away from our apartment was, and still …

Mad at a God I Don’t Believe In

March 5, 2021

I was recently speaking with a dad about his son’s studies for his bar mitzvah.  It was a conversation I have had dozens of times during the pandemic: how many …

Seven Principles of Jewish Leadership

February 25, 2021

This is the fourth week of the month. For Reflections Off the Bimah, the fourth week features thought leaders from throughout the Jewish world and beyond. These special posts give you …

International Holocaust Memorial Day

January 27, 2021

This is the fourth week of the month. For Reflections Off the Bimah, the fourth week features thought leaders from throughout the Jewish world and beyond. These special posts give you …

Being Uncomfortable

December 31, 2020

This is the fifth week of the month for Reflections Off the Bimah.  Today ends a very long and difficult year.  Tonight, we shift into 2021 with much anticipation of …

Chinese Food, a Movie, and other things

December 24, 2020

This is the fourth week of the month. For Reflections Off the Bimah, the fourth week features thought leaders from throughout the Jewish world and beyond. These special posts give you …

Covid-19 Response Update

November 11, 2020

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Beth El is practicing social distancing but spiritual nearness. As the community works to resume in-person activities, we are open – for services, to provide support …