Jewish Journal

Rabbi Paul J. Kipnes

  • The Shabbat the lights went out in Calabasas

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Our synagogue's name, Or Ami, means "Light of My People." The name reflects our hope to shine brightly the values and lessons of Torah and Jewish spirituality into our little corner of the world. We are a community of individuals who each carry the light as far as they can.

    But a...

  • Top 10 Ways to Liven up Your Seder

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    1. Jewish Spring Cleaning

    Jews make a ritual out of cleaning the house of chametz (leavened foods). Have fun with this treasure hunt/nighttime flashlight game.

    a. Bedikat Chametz -- Search for Chametz:

    On the night before the first seder, when all cleaning is finished, hide 10...

  • Seder Storytelling

    March 29, 2001 | 6:59 pm

    There's much to be done as we turn to this month's Pesach passage to freedom: menus to be planned, guests to be invited, homes to be cleaned of their chametz (leavening). I start thinking about the most important aspect of a successful seder: creating a fun-filled, positive Jewish...

  • Federation Matters

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    It is hard to say where it is more frightening to be a Jew today, in Iran or Russia. In both countries, anti-Semitic activity is escalating to chaotic levels. In Iran, 13 Jews, including several rabbis and a 16-year-old boy, sit in jail facing possible execution, falsely accused of...