2016 HIGH HOLY DAYS -- Thank you to our Volunteers

A big heartfelt thank you to all of you who helped make our holidays so beautiful. (We hope we have all your names - if we missed anyone, please let us know.) Adult Learning Discussion: Akiva Akindele Bankole Children’s Services: Michele Hodah Newman, with Shalom Braveman, Wanda Yuhu Braveman, R' Eli Cohen, Fiona Sirota-Good Derech (Spiritual Pathway), Sanctuary Setup, Decoration & Flowers: Rose Ashford, Akiva Akindele Bankole, Shalom Braveman, Wanda Yuhu Braveman, Sarah Brown, Louise Caraco, Sheila Carrillo, Gavriella Delgado, Jerry Falek, Eliahu Goodman, Therese Johanneson, Ann Jory, Yael Karmi, R' Lori Klein, George Lewis, Barbara Nicoara, Persis Rooth, Tom Rooth, Susan Rothenberg, Pe

Rabbi Eli's Rosh Hashanah Sermon, 5777, Finding Ourselves At Home

Here we sit, beginning a new year and finding ourselves in a new place, literally sitting in a new home for our community. And a question comes up for me: What makes a house a home? And I stand here, preparing myself for the coming new year, having just moved – not once, but three times, into temporary arrangements. While I am very grateful for the shelter offered me in other people's homes, I find myself reflecting on this question – what makes a house a home? Is it the people you share the space with? While that may be true, it is also true that many live alone in their own homes, so it cannot be just that. Is it familiarity and regularity – our own regular space, our own belongings, a pla

Rabbi Eli's Yom Kippur Sermon, 5777, Rolling With It

G-d, Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference. These words have always graced the home I grew up in, as they do my own home today. Acceptance – such an easy word, and yet such a difficult journey. “Easier said than done,” as the expression goes. “Just roll with it,” as another expression goes. Living in the moment. How do we tap into that Divine flow that indeed flows all around us? Living in the flow. Let go, let G-d. Years ago, while studying the sefirot of the Qabbalah, those emanations of Divine energy in our mystical tradition, it occurred to me that the only thing that is eternal, other than G-d H

Building Community with Shabbat in the Home

On Friday, December 30, Jillian Aronstam will welcome up to 20 dinner guests. She will provide a vegetarian main dish and potato dish. Please bring latkes or dish to share and Menorah. 6:30 pm. Please rsvp before December 28: #event #familyprogramming


Featuring CANTOR DANIEL KEMPIN of Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany Saturday afternoon, December 31st at Santa Cruz Hillel, 222 Cardiff Place (off High Street), Santa Cruz Gather at 3:00 pm, Concert and Workshop at 3:30 pm Havdalah & 8th Night Chanukah Candle Lighting at 6:00 pm followed by CY Chanukah Party, til 7:30 pm This event is free and all are welcome. The cost is being generously underwritten by Jeanne Rosen in honor of her daughter Diane Tiferet's upcoming smicha (rabbinic ordination) with the Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal Diane Tiferet's journey has been inspired, in part, by Rabbi Eli, Rabbi Lori and the Chadeish Yameinu community. This celebration is a gift in return. Donation

“Righteousness and Compromise – A Southern Rabbi’s Anguish” with Rabbi Phil Posner

Chadeish Yameinu Jewish Renewal in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday presents “Righteousness and Compromise – A Southern Rabbi’s Anguish” with Rabbi Phil Posner Wednesday, January 11th, 7:00 pm Rabbi Posner will present on his relationship with Rabbi Perry Nussbaum of Jackson, Mississippi and his time as a Freedom Rider in the 1960's History, slides and song ~~~~~~~~ at Veterans Memorial Building 846 Front Street (2nd Floor), Santa Cruz (if you can rsvp to, that would be helpful) ~~~~~~~~ A congregational rabbi for nearly 40 years, Rabbi Phil Posner has long been active in Social Action activities. In 1961 he joined the Freedom Rides, helping to integrate t

First Friday Family Shabbat

Next Friday, January 6th, 4:00 - 5:30 pm At the Veterans Memorial Building, 846 Front Street in Santa Cruz (next door the the main Post Office) For children of all ages and their families! with Art Projects and Playful Hebrew focusing on ROSH CHODESH (NEW MOON). "Snackluck" - bring healthy vegetarian finger foods or easy snacks. For more information, contact Lynn LeRose #event #familyprogramming