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Sukkot Activities with Beach Hillel

Last month, in addition to leading a discussion for young adults in Orange County, I was involved in several of Beach Hillel‘s activities for Sukkot. For starters, I worked with students and staff to put up the on-campus sukkah at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), as well as to take it down.  Although we READ MORE


The Orange County Board of Rabbis stands with the people of Jerusalem and the State of Israel at this tragic moment of sadness. The inhuman murder of innocent worshippers in a sacred place of prayer and study is an affront to all humankind. Our hearts are joined with all who are mourning and with all READ MORE

Torah on Tap - 10 November 2014 - Copy

Discussion at CSULB Focussed on Conduct of War in the Torah

On Monday, I led a text-based conversation for Long Beach Hillel at California State University, Long Beach on what the Torah says about conducting war. We focussed on several passages from the book of Deuteronomy, in which we see the most about this topic. The topic was chosen for the monthly “Torah on Tap” since it READ MORE

Discussion on Sex Positions in Talmud - November 2014 - Copy

Discussion of Sexual Positions in Judaism

Last night, I led a discussion for young adults on sexual positions in Judaism, which was a lively conversation.  As part of my work enriching the lives of young adults, sex comes up not infrequently.  So, in a Long Beach version of a discussion I led over a year-and-a-half ago in Orange County, I invited young adults READ MORE

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Speaking with Redlands Hillel

Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking with dozens of students at University of Redlands in collaboration with their Hillel, followed up with a visit to continue the conversations at a local brewery. On Thursday evening, I went to University of Redlands to speak with students to discuss Jewish topics of interest to them, READ MORE

Rabbi Drew speaking on Interfaith panel at CSULB on Climate Change - November 2014

Speaking on Interfaith Panel at CSULB on Climate Change

Last night, I spoke on an interfaith panel on the topic of climate change and environmental stewardship, representing the Jewish perspective. Taking place at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), the panel discussion was put together by the nascent Interfaith Project at CSULB.  Questions under consideration for the panel were such as “What attitudes toward READ MORE