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The Ties That Bind: Lessons From Passover

The Ties That Bind: Lessons From Passover

BY JEFF MINICK   Into this season of pandemic, quarantine, and hardship comes Passover. The Jewish celebration of Passover derives from Exodus 12 of the Bible, when the last of 10 plagues visited upon the Egyptians brings about the death of firstborn sons in Egyptian households. To ensure the safety of the Israelites, God commands Moses […]

Quite Time With Old Saint Nick | Silent Santa Giving Time To Families With Special Needs

Quite Time With Old Saint Nick | Silent Santa Giving Time To Families With Special Needs

Bright lights, seasonal show tunes and a trip to see Santa are all hallmark traditions for families celebrating the holiday season; however, for children with special needs, the experience can be overwhelming and may cause them to shy away from participating in these time-honored traditions. Sponsored by valued community partner Dignity Health, The Collection at […]

First Lady Melania Trump Unveils Christmas at the White House 2017

First Lady Melania Trump Unveils Christmas at the White House 2017

Editor’s Note by Deborah Baber Savalla: Before relocating permanently to Ventura County, California, I lived in New York City for 30 years. I was a member of Temple Emanu-El on Fifth Avenue, the first Reform Jewish Congregation in Manhattan. I had long been in the habit of saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”. It […]

Viewpoint: July 4th – An American Seder

Viewpoint:  July 4th – An American Seder

By Linda Johnston Our national birthday, July 4th, is a benchmark to commemorate the founding of the United States of America as a free and separate country through the Declaration of Independence. As with some holidays and national events, much of the true meaning has been lost among the vacation atmosphere of a work-free day, […]