Rabbi Leslie Alexander

Netivot Haneshamah

by Rabbi Leslie Alexander on March 23, 2016

Netivot Haneshamah – NEW!! Yoga and the Study of Meditation and Spirituality on Shabbat As you probably already know, a few months ago, Congregation Beth David won a coveted national Solomon Schechter award for our Netivot Haneshamah: Pathways of the Soul series. On four Shabbat mornings a month we give congregants and guests the opportunity to have alternative experiences of... Read more »

Rabbi Alexander Honored by The Rabbinical Assembly

by Rabbi Leslie Alexander on March 22, 2016

Rabbi Alexander Honored by The Rabbinical Assembly In 1986 Rabbi Leslie Alexander’s candidacy for the assistant ravvi position at Adat Eri El was presented to the board of directors without any reference to her gender. After the strong recommendation of her predecessor, Rabbi Danny Gordis and Senior Rabbi Moshe Rothblum, the board voted to offer her the position. Only then... Read more »

Celebration Even When Around Us Things Are Grim.

by Lynn Crocker on December 23, 2015

Celebration Even When Around Us Things Are Grim. My parents were Holocaust refugees, survivors, not of the camps, but of the Hongkew ghetto in Shanghai, captured and interned by the Japanese, just a few years after having escaped from Germany and Austria. I have heard many stories of that time, and even more lately when my husband, Ken, returned from... Read more »

Thoughts After a Trip to London

by Lynn Crocker on June 23, 2015

Thoughts After a Trip to London I didn’t plan to write what you will see below. I thought that I would use my column opportunity to write about upcoming programs like  CBD @ Homes July 12th and Jewish Time Travel- a Night in the 1800’s our event this next November 14th at History San Jose and even our formation of ... Read more »

Things I Learned While “Shul Shopping”

by Lynn Crocker on March 23, 2015

Things I Learned While “Shul Shopping” In the 16 years in which I was not a congregational Rabbi, I had the opportunity to ” shul hop”. For those unfamiliar with this interesting phrase, it means experiment with attending different synagogues. Actually, Ken and I belonged to three synagogues in that time, experiencing the wonderful and not so wonderful aspects of... Read more »

Why Attend the AIPAC Conference?

by Lynn Crocker on December 23, 2014

Why Attend the AIPAC Conference? On November 7, 2014 United States elections brought a significant change in the makeup of the House and the Senate. On November 17, 2014 five men, three of them American citizens, were brutally murdered by two Palestinian cousins intent on living out the call for “days of rage”. Meanwhile, also in Israel, an implantable artificial... Read more »