Last week I was driving to a family celebration at Leisure World in Laguna Hills when I noticed something very odd about the weather: Fall was in the air.
It's a subtle thing in Southern California, but those of us who have lived here long enough recognize the slight change in temperature, the almost imperceptible newness in the air.
For us it also means summer camps and summer trips give way to the High Holidays -- Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. And this new year brings new developments here at The Journal.
One should be obvious by now: We've changed formats, and changed titles. Last month, The Jewish Journal of Orange County became Jewish Family of Orange County. We've changed size, shape and paper. But more importantly, the stories reflect the lives so many of us live -- working to bring Jewish values and practice into our homes and communities.
A Jewish publication is a place where all the diverse expressions of Jewish life can find common ground on a regular basis, and we look forward to continuing to provide the kind of award-winning, thoughtful coverage we have in the past.
Of course, this is a community publication, which means we need you to be a part of it. Please send us ideas, suggestions, stories, complaints. Please read us and help us grow.
It's a New Year, but it wouldn't be as sweet without you.
Shana tova u'metuka from all of us at Jewish Family of Orange County.