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IMPORTANT: Holiday Food Drive

Dear Friends,

Each year, we have participated in the Alameda County Community Food Bank Holiday Food Drive, stuffing envelopes in order to provide healthy food and hope to families facing hunger during the holiday season. Last year we raised over $5,000. We aim to at least match that communal gift this year to the ACCFB. (We're saving the cost of postage, hoping this email campaign will accomplish the same or more good for less.)
1 in 5 Alameda County residents now receives help from Alameda County Community Food Bank (up from 1 in 6 in 2010). And while donating non-perishable goods into the barrels is a good gesture, the ACCFB can stretch every $1 you donate into $6 worth of food, accomplishing far more for less. And so this is how we are asking you to make your urgently-needed gift this year. Please click on this link:, SELECT "NETIVOT SHALOM," and make a gift. $35 feeds 8 people, $50 feeds 12, and $75 feeds 18. Please fulfill our Jewish mandate t…

The Journey of Each Soul

The Journey of Each Soul © Rabbi Menachem Creditor Inspired by Rabbi Gil Steinlauf and Congregation Adas Israel
In 1977 Chancellor Gerson D. Cohen of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America approved a petition by the Rabbinical Assembly to create a committee to study the role of women as spiritual leaders in the Conservative Movement. The voices included were varied, some in favor of the ordination of women as rabbis, some opposed. It is interesting to note that among the objections, one was rooted in sociology and economics. As Rabbi Gordon Tucker, then Assistant to the Chancellor, captured it in his 1979 report on the results of the Chancellor’s taskforce, the commission was concerned that:
“…female Conservative rabbis might at first face great difficulty in finding congregational positions. ... [but, after weighing the evidence, it was found that, in truth] the receptivity to female rabbis in the communities was much higher now than it had been several years ago. …Apparently, famili…

"The Burdens of Memory" (Yom Kippur 5775/2014)

"The Burdens of Memory" Yom Kippur 5775/2014 © Rabbi Menachem Creditor
I. Introduction 
Friends, there is just too much to share for one moment, even this moment. Yes, I say that every year, but this year I really do mean it more. So many have gathered tonight, across the world, some because they feel an irrational tribal pull, some because they fervently believe, some despite what they fervently believe. We are holy and non-conforming people in a holy and unconventional Jewish community. We are women and men, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight, republican, democrat, independent (and other), we are single, we are married, we are old, we are young, our skin comes in many shades, we struggle with mental illness and we are caregivers, we are divorced, we are single parents, we do not have children, we are Jewish and we are not. We are all this and more. And in this crowded room we are all equal, all family, and all home.
We are here. And this solemn moment, when …