Last week, I held a vodka-tasting event, which paired up with discussing Jewish angles on vampires. It was interesting. Having never taken part let alone running a vodka-tasting, it was a new experience for me. Having heard a suggestion for this year’s October tasting and discussion to do “Vodkas and Vampires” from a young adult, I decided to run with it. However, the idea of vampires is not found in traditional Jewish texts (as opposed to last year’s October topic, witches), so I incorporated a discussion of the prohibition of blood-consumption, as was suggested to me by a local professor. It was an interesting event and I hope those who attended enjoyed. The next such event will be in December: “Scotches & Separation”.
The past couple of days, Clal held the first session of its fifth cohort of its Rabbis Without Borders fellowship. Having been a past participant of the fellowship, I am always interested to see what is being shared out into the public from the sessions. Not only simply because I was a past participant, but because the ideas shared are really fascinating (okay, I really enjoy(ed) Rabbi Irwin Kula’s thoughts).
As is typical for the fellowship, there is a fair degree of its participants tweeting highlights of the ideas. Having found some interesting, I am posting here those tweets that I re-tweeted (or modified re-tweeted).
As in years past, I spent many activities with Long Beach Hillel for the holiday of Sukkot, enriching its programs and its students. Beginning with leading a Beach Hillel staff learning session on Sukkot, it continued with putting up both the off-campus and the on-campus sukkot (and picking up the four aboreal elements). It continued with MC’ing Beach Hillel’s Shabbat dinner in Beach Hillel’s off-campus sukkah.
I then stopped by the on-campus Beach Hillel sukkah on Monday of Sukkot for Beach Hillel’s “Pizza in the Hut” event. The following day, we had our staff meeting inside the on-campus Sukkah, where I spoke about the four aboreal elements that were featured there.
That night, I joined in on the annual Sukkah Hop in Irvine that Beach Hillel has partnered with the Chabad of UCI, which – as always – was a blast, where we visited multiple sukkot and students from CSULB, UCI and other schools got to enjoy meeting other Jewish students in the area.