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

a few ryes

Some New Changes for Tonight’s “Texts & Tasting” Event

Tonight, I will be hosting a rye whiskey-tasting and discussion of Jewish texts in Long Beach. ¬†While I have, over the past two years conducted ten such events, in a bimonthly fashion, tonight’s event will involve some new aspects. Moreover, inasmuch as my series focuses on three primary objectives – (1) educating about various spirits, READ MORE

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Learning about Hanukah Candle-Lighting and Irish Whiskey-Tasting

The second “Texts & Tasting” event of 2014-2015 took place last night in Long Beach. Combining learning through texts from the Talmud to the Shulhan Arukh and beyond with an Irish whiskey-tasting, more than fifteen people attended this enjoyable event. I was glad to be able to facilitate the learning, which centered on how many READ MORE

Bourbons and Blasting

Having a Blast: “Bourbons & Blasting”

Last night, I led a discussion on shofar-blasting for Rosh HaShanah, which was cheerfully accompanied by a bourbon-tasting. Continuing on with the bimonthly series I began two years ago with a spirits-tasting and learning opportunity, last night’s event focussed on various aspects of shofar-blasting, just in time ahead of Rosh HaShanah this week, to provide READ MORE


“Gin & Genocide”

Last night, a fundraising event for SoCalJSS/SoCalJYAE was held in Long Beach. Entitled “Gin & Genocide” was the third of this year’s series of texts and tippling. Featuring a discussion on genocide in the Jewish tradition, considering Amalek, Midian, and the seven Canaanite nations, Rabbi Drew steered the conversation eventually to the current day post-Holocaust READ MORE


“Scotches & Separation” Explores Divorce in the Jewish Tradition

On Sunday, I led a Scotch-tasting and learning event for adults. This was the second in a 2013-2014 series that combines a spirits-tasting, in-depth exploration of a topic in Jewish tradition and an opportunity for people to give tzedakah to the Jewish enrichment endeavors for young adult Jews with which I am involved, SoCalJSS & READ MORE