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SB Jewish Community Statement on Racism

We the undersigned organizations of the Santa Barbara Jewish Community are united in our horror, heartbreak, and anger at the killing of George Floyd by members of the Minneapolis Police Department. All of the officers involved must be held accountable for taking Mr. Floyd’s life.

We stan…

A Sabbath Message: A Commitment to Stand Up for Justice – and Hope

After a week of unrest and rage in our country, Sabbath brings a much needed moment of reflection… Our tradition has much to teach us about the role we must play when we see injustice in the world. As noted above, the Torah reminds us that we must not “stand idly by” while others are …

A Sabbath Message: Celebrating Jerusalem – City of Our Hearts

As Sabbath approaches, this week our thoughts and hearts turn eastward, toward Jerusalem... As a people, she inhabits our prayers, our poems, our songs, our souls – and today, on Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), we celebrate her. The newest holiday on the Jewish calendar, Yom Yerushal…

A Sabbath Message: Counting the Days…With Hope

"A storm came, behold it passed and the voice of the dove sings…The main thing is not to fear at all, for You are with me."–  From Psalm 23

The natural rhythm of our week has once again brought us the gift of Shabbat…and with it, my thoughts turn this week to our Jewish calendar. I …

A Sabbath Message: Taking Care of Ourselves and Each Other

“Whoever saves a single life, saves the entire world.”  – The Talmud

Sabbath arrives again…our weekly opportunity provided by our tradition to take a break and a breath…strange perhaps, especially when our days seem to run together and feel so similar. As this pandemic continues…