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Rabbi Jamie’s Corner

We’re proud of Jamie Hyams, our Development Director, who received her rabbinic ordination in 2021 from the Academy for Jewish Religion | CA. We’ve asked Rabbi Jamie to occasionally share her perspective with our community. Jamie can be reached for questions, comments, or further dialogue at

Jewish Perspectives On IVF & When Life Begins

Last week the Southern Baptist Convention voted to oppose the use of in vitro fertilization (IVF) because they believe life begins at conception and thus…

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Hebrew Free Loan - Passover - Rabbi Jamie's Corner

The events of October 7 have changed us. This year you might consider adding items to your seder plate that symbolize your hopes and feelings about…

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Hebrew Free Loan - Lead with Life
Lead with Life

The past month has been excruciating. Israel is engaged in an existential war, and I ask myself, “As Israel battles for…

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Hebrew Free Loan and Unending Love & the High Holy Days
Unending Love & the High Holy Days

The High Holy Days are only days away and it’s our busiest time of year. We are finishing the details of services, writing sermons…

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Tisha B'Av, the ninth day of the month of Av, is the major day of communal mourning in the Jewish calendar
Tisha b’Av

We’re heading towards Tisha b’Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, which reminds us that in times of need, we’re here to…

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