Reflecting on 50 Years in Jewish Journalism
On the eve of my retirement from the Union for Reform Judaism, I’d like to share a few reminiscences and reflections.
Chapter One: Davka
I was a senior at UCLA in 1970 when our Hillel director, Rabbi Richard Levy, of blessed memory, asked students to come up with projects that needed funding. I proposed starting a West Coast Jewish Quarterly called Davka, meaning “just because,” reflecting the counter-cultural attitude I had embraced as a member of the Jewish radical community on campus. My proposal was accepted, and Rabbi Levy, who had been editor of The Harvard Crimson, showed me how to lay out the first edition — “The Ills of American Jewry” — on his dining room table. Click here to read more...
Social Action Center
Mitzvah of the Month – November
Meals on Wheels: Items for Gift Bags
Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver nutritious meals to seniors. Frequently, their volunteer is the only person the homebound person may see all day. Volunteers also bring special “We Care” gift bags filled with useful treats for birthdays and holidays.
For November, the Social Action Committee is asking for these items, which have been popular with recipients:
Gift Bags – Medium or Large with holiday or birthday designs, or just colorful gift bags
2023 calendars or planners, greeting cards, stationery, envelopes, notepads, pens, pencils
Magnifying glasses, night lights
Socks, potholders, dish towels, jar openers, photo frames
Crossword or sudoku puzzle books, adult coloring books, colored pencils
Brushes, combs, small first aid kits, small packs of tissues, toiletries
Please note: they do not distribute any medications, including over-the-counter items, razors, cosmetics or candles.
For questions, please contact Elana Levens-Craig at email@example.com
Bring your donations to the white barrel in the lobby of the Temple office building, and members of the Committee will deliver them.