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 – May
Books for Monarch School
This month, the Social Action Committee is coordinating a collection of new or gently used children’s books to be donated to young readers in San Diego to expand their horizons and encourage a life-long habit of reading. Parents – you may want to consider donating books your children have enjoyed but outgrown as they are reading more advanced material.
For questions on this month’s collection, please contact Mitzvah of the Month Chair and committee member Becca Bierman, at the Social Action Committee, email@example.com.
Collection of toiletries continues to help students of Monarch School, which provides homeless and at-risk children with an education. Especially needed this month are shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and hair gel, all full size, not hotel or sample size. Please make sure all caps are on tight.
Bring all donations to the white Social Action barrel in the front office lobby of the Temple, and the Social Action Committee will deliver them.
For any questions on this collection, please contact Bill Seager at (619) 435-8130 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org