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In last week’s parsha Noach, we ended with the listing of the 10 generations from Noach to Abram. When we begin this week’s parsha, Lech L'cha, Abram is 75 and God says to him “Lech L'cha.”
It’s a New World
“It’s a new world, Tevye, it’s a new world." I always thought those words only pertained to the times in Fiddler on the Roof. Over the years, I continually am surprised to see once again, It’s a new world.
IT ONLY TAKES A MOMENT
A funny thing happened on the way to writing a serious article on the history of Jewish Music…
Installation Speech as President of Valley Beth Shalom
By Scott Howard
September 8, 2016
FLASHBACK TO JUNE, 2003... VBS NURSERY SCHOOL GRADUATION...
From the Desk of VBS President, Scott Howard
I am honored to begin my term as President of Valley Beth Shalom synagogue this week. I follow in the strong footsteps of Irv Weintraub, Norm Levine and Nancy Sher Cohen, among the so many others before them.
AM YISRAEL CHAI
You will find tips on making the seder a more meaningful experience, a fun quiz that you can do at the table to make the seder more joyous, and links to links to Haggadah resources and partnering organizations that try to make the world a better place.
We hope you enjoy these materials. Share them with your friends. Wishing you a happy, healthy, and spirited Pesach.
The calendar says that spring is officially here. While we have not gotten the full blast of our promised El Nino this winter, it’s time to move forward. We have changed our clocks, cleaned out closets and celebrated Purim with raucous joy and hamentashen. Countless songs have been written in honor of springtime by our great American composers, many of them Jewish.
Marcie, Daniel, and I were fortunate enough to be able to attend the AIPAC policy conference this past week. It was truly an amazing experience, and once again I come out of there with the hope that more people who care about Israel will support this tremendous organization.
Michael Goldsmith is a graduate of the Valley Beth Shalom Day School (Class of 2000) and comes from a family of mensches. His mom, Barbara Goldsmithis a perennial co-chair of VBS’ annual Project Pushcart High Holiday drive and of Mitzvah Day.
Thoughts on a Rainy So Cal Night
I’m so glad to be at home on a rainy evening! Now that I swam down Ventura Boulevard to get to Tarzana, it gave me a chance to think about prayer. The prayer that I’ve been dwelling over recently is the Mi Chamocha prayer.
WILL OUR HEROS SAVE THE DAY? COME BACK NEXT WEEK!