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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

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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

Witches and Brews 2 October 2014

“Witches and Brews 2” in Orange County

Upon popular request at the end of Wednesday’s “Witches & Brews” event as part of my “Bible & Brewery” series, I held a sequel event in Orange County.  Returning to Bootlegger’s Brewery in Fullerton, “Witches & Brews 2” featured an exploration of texts from rabbinic literature on witches and witchcraft. Some texts that provided a READ MORE

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Discussing Sukkot at the New Moishe House of Orange County

Last week, I visited the new Moishe House of Orange County and spoke about the holiday of Sukkot with young adults.  Having spoken at the previous Moishe House of Orange County several times last year and several times the year before, it was my first time at the new location of the Moishe House, which, READ MORE

Rabbi Drew and young adults at Bootleggers Brewery - discussing witches in Tanakh

“Witches & Brews” in Orange County

Last night, I led a conversation for with young adults about witches in the Jewish Bible in Orange County as part of my newly-relaunched “Bible & Brewery” series for Southern California Jewish Young Adult Enrichment. With “Witches & Brews”, we met at Bootlegger’s Brewery, which has a nice outdoor patio with picnic tables, and discussed READ MORE

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Speaking with CSUF Students about Yom Kippur

For the second time this semester, I had the pleasure of speaking with students at California State University – Fullerton about an upcoming holiday.  Yesterday, in collaboration with the Hillel of Orange County, I spoke with students about Yom Kippur. Having previously spoken with them two weeks previously about Rosh HaShanah, we met up in READ MORE