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.

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…

See Augie? It IS A City!

IN 2008, A LOCAL CITY councilmember proposed changing our urban appellation from “City of Sonoma” to “Town of Sonoma” — reflecting the bucolic values to which we cling with blue-jean-and-Stetson stubbornness. That task proved a quixotic one, but good for…

Invitation to a Study

FRANCE STREET TORAH STUDY SATURDAY, 3/19/11, 10 am-noonish Torah Portion: Tzav (Leviticus 6:1-8:36) Haftarah: Jeremiah 7:21-8:3; 9:22-23 Neal & Ann’s House (707.933.9430 for directions) “Tzav” means “command.” It’s the same root as “mitzvah” which, though sometimes translated as “connection” or…

Meanwhile, In The Blog Next Door

MY CREATIVE WIFE, ANN, HAS created something potentially important at http://sacredwilderness.net/2010/12/laughing-out-loud/ for those who wear their pride on sleeve, chest or coffeecup. Mesmerizing, isn’t it? Act now and put this design on a T-shirt, tote bag or refrigerator magnet at…

Media Buzz #2

THE WORLD PREMIERE OF ME reading a couple of my shorter pieces will apparently take place during a two-hour open-mic event Saturday night at Sonoma’s leading bookstore. Billed as “Random Acts,” and staged from 5 to 7 p.m. in Readers’…