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Divrei Derech · 6M ago

It's time to speak out

I really did not expect to see this in my lifetime... the actual need to combat steps that could lead to internments. Over the years, I've seen the words of Martin Niemöller, the Protestant ...
Divrei Derech · 8M ago

A Beautiful Sukkot Convergence

I think it was 2005 when Parky, my favorite renaissance man, asked if I would be interested in doing an evening of Port Wine & Chocolate in the sukkah. I don’t remember if he knew how deeply...
Divrei Derech · 8M ago

Words from Yom Kippur

The Sukkah has gone up at the temple, thanks to a bunch of great volunteers and we will soon fill it with activity... Wednesday night - Chinese food fundraiser for the religious school, Frid...
Divrei Derech · 8M ago

Mitzvah Messages for the New Year

This has been one of the more challenging High Holy Day cycles. Many of us would love to speak out about political issues but we greatly respect the role of non-profit organizations and our ...
Divrei Derech · 9M ago

For someone who doesn't like community organizing...

For someone who doesn’t like community organizing, I seem to have gotten myself significantly involved in community organizing. I’m pretty much all in at this point. Before getting involved ...
Divrei Derech · 11M ago

Avierah Goreret Aveirah

This is a follow up to my last post, Mitzvah Goreret Mitzvah. Those who know the rabbinic passage from Pirkei Avot (or the camp song version of it) will recognize the second line as well… Av...
Divrei Derech · 11M ago

Mitzvah Goreret Mitzvah... One Mitzvah Leads to Another

I was away this weekend… …so I couldn’t make it to the various BlackLivesMatters gatherings in town. My colleagues did some great work and our local police worked hard to support the demonst...
Divrei Derech · 11M ago

Back at Camp

We’ve been involved in the Jewish summer camp world for a long time. It’s a powerful experience every summer with unique highlights each time. This summer we’ve reached a new pinnacle. Our b...
Divrei Derech · 11M ago

Taking the Washboard a little too far...

The banjo has been part of my life since I was eight years old and, from the very beginning, so has the East Bay Banjo Club. It’s hard to describe a banjo club to those who haven’t experienc...
Divrei Derech · 1Y ago

May the beauty of humanity prevail

Years ago, I named my blog Divrei Derech (Words for the Road) to share with the community back home while I was traveling on a sabbatical road trip. This evening we shared the road in the To...