Tag: Sonoma

I moved around a lot when I was a kid (Dad was in the record industry), never spending more than four years in one place. Ann & I moved to Sonoma in 1998 (we’ve lived in Sonoma County since 1990), which at this writing means I’ve lived here for exactly one-quarter of my life, which partly explains why this feels more like home than anywhere else I’ve lived.

An Erev Shabbat Invitation

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO attend tonight’s Erev Shabbat service at Sonoma’s Congregation Shir Shalom, 252 W. Spain St., which service I am both grateful and privileged to lead. Services begin at 7:30 p.m. PDT and will be followed by…


OUR WEEKLY TORAH STUDY SHIFTS this week, as I am honored and privileged to lead Shabbat services tomorrow morning (Sat., 7/9/11) at Sonoma’s Congregation Shir Shalom. We will begin by looking at one of the Book of Numbers’ most action-packed portions: the tale of Bilaam the Evil Wizard. (Just typing “Evil Wizard” is a thrill; but then, I’m easily amused.) If you’re not otherwise on a vacationary road trip, we hope to see you there!

Shabbat shalom,


Five Summer Haiku

(THESE WERE WRITTEN JUNE 21 on the unnetworked “writing laptop,” which I only mention to explain the last verse and thank you for not skipping ahead. And now, this.) So soon the heat comes after long weeks of spring rain.…

Shalom, Mr Chips

IT’S NEVER EASY TO SAY “goodbye” — so I’ll say “thank you” instead. Due to current synagogue economics and demographics, I won’t be teaching at Shir Shalom next year. Obviously, I have mixed feelings. But mostly, I would like to…

Torah Study: Judaeo Habilis

Neal& Ann’s Torah Study Saturday, May 21, 2011 10 am-noonish (RSVP) Torah Portion: Bechukotai (Deuteronomy 26:3-27:34[end]) Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19-17:14 LET’S BE HONEST: THIS WEEK’S Torah portion is not a favorite of many, containing as it does a long string of…