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Conversation About BDS

By Susan Esther Barnes

June 25, 2014 | 1:30 am

Photo by Susan Esther Barnes

Last Sunday I attended an even at Kol Shofar in Tiburon as part of their “Bridges to Israel” series. It was a panel discussion about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) effort... read on

  • Celebratory Cyst

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    June 18, 2014 | 1:40 am

    I was in the shower on a recent Friday morning, when the thought occurred to me that I hadn’t done a breast self-exam recently. I know you’re supposed to do it once a month, but it’s just not usually top of mind. My mammogram last October was clear and everything was fine when I... read on

  • The Real Reason to Seek Converts

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    June 11, 2014 | 1:30 am

    I was, briefly, quite pleased when I saw that Rabbi Shmuley Boteach had written a blog post in the Jewish Journal called, “Jews should seek converts.” I say “briefly” because I was quite disappointed when I read his reasoning.

    Sadly, his reasons for seeking converts to Judaism... read on

  • A Better Person

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    June 4, 2014 | 1:30 am

    I’m going to describe a situation that happened recently to someone I know. We’ll call him the “Observer.” His desk at work has a lovely view of the building parking lot. One day he noticed a car pulling into a rather tight parking spot. As it pulled in, the car to one side of it... read on

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  • Fight Nicely

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    May 28, 2014 | 1:30 am

    “Fight nicely” is an admonition my sister and I received frequently as we were growing up. It always struck me as an odd thing for an adult to say to a child. Shouldn’t they have been telling us to stop fighting? Now that I’m older, it makes a lot of sense. As human beings, we’re... read on

  • Death on Torah on the Trails

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    May 21, 2014 | 1:30 am

    On the third Saturday of the month our Torah Study group, which normally meets in a room at the synagogue, instead goes on “Torah on the Trails.” Usually, this consists of carpooling to a trailhead, taking an easy hike to a gathering place, settling in to study some Torah, then... read on

  • Crossing the Street

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    May 14, 2014 | 10:44 am

    Last September I wrote, “Juan Rodriguez Delivers a Powerful Rosh Hashanah Sermon” in which I described an event which lead Rabbi Lezak from our synagogue to realize we had never formed a relationship with the K-8 school across the street. Here we were, a bunch of Jews on one side... read on

  • Tempting Fate

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    May 7, 2014 | 1:00 am

    I’m a literal person. I inherited it from my father, alav hashalom. He was the kind of guy who would call up a business, ask to speak with someone, and when the receptionist inquired, “May I ask who is calling?” he would answer, simply, “Yes,” then wait through the awkward pause... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Susan Esther Barnes is a religious Reform Jew who can regularly be seen greeting people at her synagogue before services. She is a founding member of her synagogue’s chevra...

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