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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

Passover to Shavuot: Counting the Omer

In biblical times, Shavuot was a rite marking the spring agricultural season. Each day from Passover to Shavuot, there was a verbal counting of the harvest period. Over time the idea developed that each day of this…

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Back in 1897, the directive to charge no interest inspired the community leaders who founded Hebrew Free Loan to help others become and remain self-sufficient. Mishpatim is the foundation of Hebrew Free Loan…

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The holiday of Hanukkah recalls events from thousands of years ago which still feel incredibly relevant today. At its core, Hanukkah is about miracles, faith and Jewish identity…

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Rosh Hashanah

As Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is upon us, it’s a time of new beginnings: a new year for the Jewish community, and, for me, a new perspective as a recently ordained rabbi…

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