Dvar by Joseph Oppenheimer

Dvar by Joseph Oppenheimer, July 8, 2017, at the Beth Israel Minyan marking the 77th anniversary of his bar mitzvah Shabbat shalom! I feel blessed to be here today to celebrate with this minyan and my family and friends the 77th anniversary of my bar mitzvah. The world is a far

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Humans of Beth Israel – Ermelinda Kraft

Since relocating from Scottsdale, AZ to San Diego last summer, Ermelinda has been an active member at Beth Israel. She sits on the Outreach Committee, the Communications Committee, the Annual Fundraiser Events Committee, and is co-chair of Shabbat San Diego 2017. She also is a member of the Parent Committee at the Bill & Sid Rubin Preschool and serves

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Meet your new President

My name is Gary Hirschfeld and I am honored that you elected me as president of Beth Israel’s Board of Directors for the coming two years. I got hooked into volunteering and serving Beth Israel and have never wavered in my commitment to our community. I love this place! I

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Tzav by Howard Hian

Presented by Howard Hian on April 8, 2017 – 12 Nissan 5777 Shabbat shalom.  On the Saturday before Passover, in anticipation of celebrating our freedom from slavery, the Rabbis named today Shabbat Ha-gadol, the Great Sabbath. The haftarah, from Malachi speaks of the “great day” when Elijah reappears foreshadowing the coming

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Must We Care for the Refugees?

By Rabbi Michael Berk Several months ago a student asked me about the Jewish attitude towards refugees. With the Executive Order last Friday, that question is now an urgent one. We can look to a brief passage in our Scriptures to find an answer. The central story of the Israelites

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Women of the Wall Solidarity Gathering

DECEMBER 1, 2016 // 1 KISLEV 5777 Last month, Women of the Wall marched toward the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, on Rosh Hodesh Heshvan, accompanied by Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, and Rabbi Steven Wernick, President of the North American Conservative Movement, and hundreds

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STOLPERSTEIN PROJECT – STUMBLING STONES

By Yvonne Lazar October 26, 2016 As the final step in a two year long search to discover my father’s family, I paid a visit to Cologne, Germany in May, 2016. I “stumbled” across a number of brass stones embedded in the streets of Cologne and learned that they are

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