People at Islay Scotch-tasting

Scotch-Tasting Completes 2014-2015 Texts & Tasting Series

On Sunday, I held the fourth and final “Texts and Tasting” event of the 2014-2015 year. “Scotches & Second” featured Islay Scotches alongside learning about the second commandment. The Islay Scotches – Bruichladdich Scottish Barley, Kilchoman, Lagavulin 16, and Laphroaig 18 – were graciously sponsored by Rachel Tichauer at New York Life. The participants definitely READ MORE

Noble Ale Works - April 2015

Discussion on the Ten Commandments in Anaheim

The other night, I led a discussion on the Ten Commandments for young adults in Orange County. As part of my monthly “Beer, Bible, & Brewery” series with young adults (20s-30s), this event focussed on the Ten Commandments and their place within Judaism. The event took place at Noble Ale Works in Anaheim and was READ MORE

At the opening gathering of Hillel Internationals Circles of Educational Excellence

Initial Meeting of Hillel International’s Circles of Educational Excellence [Throwback Thursday]

In December, immediately prior to Hillel International’s General Assembly, I took part in the first meetings of the first cohort of Hillel International’s Circles of Educational Excellence. Beginning on Sunday night with some introductory activities, the group got going in earnest on Monday morning, continuing on through mid-afternoon. Consisting of the executive directors and rabbis/Jewish READ MORE

With Chapman, CSULB, and UCI students during Passover

Visiting Chapman, CSULB, & UCI Students During Passover

Last week during Passover, I visited a few different campuses to hang with students during lunchtime to enjoy some matzah with them.  On Monday, I went to California State University, Long Beach to join up with Beach Hillel for their matzah gathering; on Tuesday, I went to Chapman University to join up with their Hillel; and, READ MORE

Visiting OC Moishe House - April 2015

A Visit to the Moishe House of Orange County

Last night, I went to the Moishe House of Orange County to lead a discussion on “Is there More to Being Jewish than Just Holidays?” Although I have spoken at Moishe House of Orange County multiple times, this was my second time speaking at their new location (their third such location), the previous time being READ MORE

Seder Aid

Seder-Aid Event Prepares Young Adults for Passover Seder

Last week, I led a conversation for young adults to go over the Passover Seder(s) in order to mentally prepare for it. Taking place in Long Beach on the Sunday prior to the holiday, I led a relaxed conversation (over beer – something we would not be enjoying during the holiday), going over the elements READ MORE

The Bruery - March 2015

“Beer, Bible & Brewery” Return Visit to The Bruery Features a Tour

Last night, as part of the monthly “Bible, Beer, and Brew” series, we visited The Bruery in Placentia.  Having visited in the fall, this time, we had the opportunity to talk with The Bruery’s chief financial officer, Carl Katz, who led us on a tour of The Bruery. Katz led us on a tour of The Bruery READ MORE

Torah on Tap - March 2015

Torah on Tap Discussion on Kosher Food with Beach Hillel

By student request, I led a discussion on kosher food for Beach Hillel on Thursday. Taking place at The Nugget on the campus of California State University, Long Beach, I led a discussion on the fundamentals of kosher food as found in the Torah (a/k/a the Five Books of Moses), with a primary focus on READ MORE

People enjoyed rye whiskies

“Ryes & Relationships” Was Greatly Enjoyable [Texts & Tasting]

The other night, I put on another event in the “Texts & Tastings” series featuring rye whiskey. In addition to a focus on the spirit, “Rye & Relationships”, also showcased various gems of wisdom from our Talmudic sages regarding relationships. As I had written prior to the event, I was able to expose participants to READ MORE

Beach Hillel Torah on Tap - February 2015

Discussion for Beach Hillel on Sex in Judaism

Last week, I led a Torah on Tap discussion with California State University, Long Beach students for Beach Hillel.  As it was not only going to be Valentine’s Day, so a lot of people were hearing about relationships and sex, as well as the day before the theatrical release of Fifty Shades of Grey, so people READ MORE