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Daughters of Abraham brings together Jews, Christians, and Muslims

On Monday, February 10, a group of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim women from Santa Barbara, known as the Daughters of Abraham, gathered to learn about the Holocaust first-hand from local survivor Regine Pringle.

Founded three years ago by Santa Barbara resident Sissy Taran, the local chapter…

A Message from Executive Director Cyndi Silverman

I am thrilled and honored to be the Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara. Following eleven fulfilling years with the Anti-Defamation League, Santa Barbara Tri-Counties, I decided it was time to retire. Shortly thereafter I was offered this exciting opportunity…

Holocaust Education in Action

On recent a Thursday morning here at the Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center, 50 students, teachers, and parents from San Marcos High School were treated to a unique opportunity to witness history first-hand. Guests of our Portraits of Survival – Upstanders: Courage in the Face of Evil…

Fear and Faith Don't Go Together: Liver Disease, Organ Transplant, and Yoga

by Carole Kalyani Baral

In 1987, when I was 40 years old, I was diagnosed with a rare, hereditary autoimmune disease called primary biliary cirrhosis, which attacked the liver. I was informed that I probably had 10 years to live and there was little that could be done to heal this condition…

We Must Never Forget: 75th Anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation

Today, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the world remembers an event which forever changed the face of humanity. 75 years ago, the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland was liberated by the Soviet army following a long and brutal war, and some light began to return after one of t…