January 2019

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 11:53am -- Member Spotlight

With all the varied programs and activities at Valley Beth Shalom from the College of Jewish Studies to the Counseling Center, Hazak, Sisterhood, Men’s Club and Homelessness Task Force, just to name a few, there is one activity that many members may not be aware of -- the VBS softball team. Yes Virginia, (make that Shoshanna), there really is a VBS softball team.

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Mon, 01/28/2019 - 9:50am -- Rabbi Ed Feinstein

The speaker stood at the podium and announced:
    “Ladies and gentlemen, a great miracle has just occurred!”

Members of the startled audience would immediately cease talking, lean forward wondering, what miracle could have happened? What miracle did they miss? He would then continue,
    “Ladies and gentlemen, a great miracle has just taken place...the sun has gone down.”

Now they would look at him strangely, some taken aback, incredulous, other might snicker at the strange man with the long beard and prophetic manner. Then he began to speak, and as he spoke, you began to feel deeply embarrassed that the sun had gone down, and you didn’t stop to notice. What part of us has been surrendered when the sunset no longer inspires?

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Fri, 01/25/2019 - 12:00am -- Keri

Many children like to play video games. As parents we have concerns over the effects of playing the game and the amount of time. The article below is about esports. It gives parents an idea of what these games are and where and how they are played. 

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Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:00am -- Keri

Tu B'shevat is the birthday of the trees. This past week classes learned about the holiday and planted their own trees. Below is an article to give you some ideas of how you can continue the discussion and celebration at home.

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Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:17am -- Rabbi Noah Farkas

The other night I was speaking at a Teach-in for a progressive Zionist organization called Zioness.  (Full disclosure, I am a founding board member). I had the honor to sit next to Emiliana Guereca, Founder and Executive Director of Women’s March Los Angeles and a dynamic speaker. Towards the end of the evening, a young participant asked us, “What is the use of protesting? I mean, it’s a lot of work to get downtown with all those people.  What does it get us anyway, how much has really changed?” 

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Fri, 01/11/2019 - 12:00am -- Keri

Everybody makes mistakes and at times we wish there could be a reset button. The article below is a wonderful example of how a professional athlete can teach us how to move past a mistake. 

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Thu, 01/10/2019 - 10:23am -- Rabbi Joshua Hoffman

“In the Beginning!” These epic words resonate with the vibrations of Creation.  Just like “Once Upon a Time” begins our favorite tales, these words are cosmic and universal.  More than a starting point, they situate us in a grand narrative of who we are, and maybe even foretell who we might yet become.  In our day, the greatest minds are spent determining ‘the beginning’ of the universe and work to discover more truth about that moment. 

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Thu, 01/03/2019 - 10:30am -- Community News

In a world where you hesitate to turn on the news, I thought I would share something happy, genuine, and worthy of discussion. Many people ask me why I chose Valley Beth Shalom Day School for my children. Well, there are many reasons. First, it was important to both my husband Craig and I that our kids grow up with a love of Judaism. More than that, we wanted them to understand what being a good person meant and a Jewish education, along with an emphasis on strong academics teaches the values of Tikkun Olam, tzedakah and ‘menchdom’ as part of its everyday curriculum.

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