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Pacific Grove, California, has been dubbed “Butterfly Town, USA,” “America’s Last Hometown” and more since it was founded in 1875. But to me, Pacific Grove is “Paradise at the Tip of the Monterey Peninsula.” Although this is my fifth summer on the peninsula (located 118 miles south of San Francisco), I continue to be mesmerized by the ocean (that can change from dishwater gray to sapphire blue, depending on whims of the sun) and the flowers: roses, bougainvillea and many more glorious flowers everywhere.
Valley high schooler and teen entrepreneur Spencer Scher first began experimenting with the camera at 9 years old. He discovered his love and gift for photography at summer camp, where he learned to use the camera to capture his travels and outdoor adventures and work with editing programs like Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom to make his photos look their best.
Unlike the quiet and sweltering desert landscape in which it’s nestled, Temple Solel’s hallways are bustling with activity. The synagogue’s building is undergoing massive renovations, deep trenches dug in the hallways and new coats of paint drying on the walls. Yet, despite the chaos of the surrounding construction, April Goodman, Solel’s director of youth engagement, is still as excited as ever about the temple teen program’s recent “Through the Jewish Lens” photography workshop and culminating art exhibit.
Whether you are new to town or entering a new phase in your life, the Valley’s Jewish community offers many ways to get involved.
A group of 26 teens from across the Valley recently returned from this year’s Care-a-van – a 15-day trip that organizer Myra Shindler, Bureau of Jewish Education director and Hebrew High principal, calls a “Magical Mitzvah Tour.”
Summer’s here, and whether from the heat or the humidity or the harrowing election cycle, we bet you could use an escape.
Four childhood friends who grew up in Tel Aviv made a decision while serving in the Israeli Army: If they survived, they would devote their lives to a cause.
There’s a Russian folk tale about an elderly couple building a little snow girl to fill the void they feel over not being able to have a child. Suddenly, seemingly in a gift from God, the snow girl comes to life. Upon reaching age 29, I’ve come to feel as if I symbolically did the same in a geographical and emotional journey that began in snowy Russia, and has spanned three continents and nations over the past 25 years.
In July, three dynamic women in the Jewish community will retire from their longtime jobs: Susan Levine, Hospice of the Valley; Sandy Reichsfeld, Jewish Family & Children’s Service; and Sharona Silverman, Deutsch Family Shalom Center at Temple Chai. All three have had exemplary careers and have inspired and helped others in countless ways. Jewish News caught up with all three to find out what their future plans are and give them an opportunity to reflect on their past accomplishments on the job.
Shabbat in Jerusalem was like no Shabbat I have ever experienced.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about a program that two ex-IDF soldiers developed to help teach disadvantaged teens to surf and in turn to become surfing teachers for wounded warriors.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about the question facing French Jews as anti-Semitism continues to spark violence and fear there.