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How Purim Differs from Halloween

By Susan Esther Barnes

February 27, 2013 | 7:00 am

Photo by Ken King

Since costumes are involved in both events, it’s understandable that people who don’t know much about Purim may think it’s like Halloween. So, with Purim happening last weekend, I thought... read on

  • Webinar on Taharah Leadership

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    February 20, 2013 | 7:00 am

    This week I, along with about 70 other people, participated in a webinar about taharah leadership given by Kavod v’Nichum. Taharah is the act of ritually washing and preparing a dead body for burial, and Kavod v’Nichum is an organization that, according to its website, “encourages... read on

  • Thoughts on the Visioning Process

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    February 13, 2013 | 7:00 am

    Last fall, I wrote here about the Visioning process our synagogue is undertaking. Now that the first part of the process, namely the house meetings, is over, our community is reflecting on what has happened so far.

    I attended one of the house meetings as a participant, and two... read on

  • Does Counting Negative Comments Prove Anything?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    February 6, 2013 | 7:00 am

    A new study called “Victims of Our Own Narratives?” was just published which claims “Dehumanizing characterizations of the other are rare in both Israeli and Palestinian school books.” If true, that’s great news. Dehumanizing characterizations of other people should have no place... read on

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