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living the good life

09/25/2023 04:23:47 PM


Rabbi Dan Feder

Living the Good Life: Making Room for Awe
Sermon, Kol Nidre 5784
September 25, 2023

In September, 2014, to celebrate my fiftieth birthday, my wife, Sandra, who knows me really, really well, took me to a concert at Davies Symphony Hall...Read more...

putting kindness at the center

09/22/2023 10:00:00 AM


Rabbi Dan Feder

Putting Kindness at the Center
Sermon, Rosh Hashanah
September 16, 2023

Near the end of the Torah, almost at the end of the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses instructs the community that every seventh year, they are to gather during Sukkot....Read more...

faith in a time of uncertainty

09/20/2023 12:00:43 PM


Rabbi Dan Feder

Sermon, Erev Rosh Hashanah
September 15, 2023

High Holy Day sermons feature two sometimes opposing features. Their themes represent the times, values, and priorities that span not only decades but centuries and millennia as well. But they are also...Read more...


08/31/2023 12:20:00 PM


Rabbi Dan Feder

As we usher in the new year, we are introducing a new name for our B’nai Mitzvah program, and it reflects core values in our Peninsula Temple Sholom community. At a joyful orientation for this year’s new cohort of youth who will celebrate their Jewish coming of age ceremony by leading a...Read more...


08/01/2023 10:01:41 AM


Lauren Silva, Director of Youth & Family Engagement

Every so often, I find myself falling down the rabbit hole of checking what programs or opportunities are available for Jewish young professionals like me. Since moving to the Bay Area, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Late Shabbat programs and JCC events for the...Read more...

new beginnings

07/01/2023 10:30:42 AM


Rosa Whitten, Director of Education

I feel so fortunate to begin my position as Director of Education, which will be new for me, but has a long history of great success at PTS. I just had the privilege of taking an almost 4 month sabbatical from full time work. I feel fulfilled and ready to bring creativity and enthusiasm...Read more...

where in the world is moldova?

07/01/2023 10:29:00 AM


Karen Wisialowski, Chief Community Officer

Where in the world is Moldova? When I signed up to volunteer, my husband asked if it was the imaginary country in The Princess Diaries! Well, it’s not. In fact, Moldova is a small country sitting between east and west and playing an...Read more...

Empathy for the Outsider

06/23/2023 10:00:49 AM


Marilyn Hollinger

D'var Torah, June 23, 2023

In honor of Pride month, I want to talk about a verse of Torah whose message is close to my heart, Exodus, chapter 22, verse 21, from Parshat Mishpatim. It talks about a specific mitzvah:

You shall...

The Enduring Power of Relationships

05/01/2023 09:30:00 AM


Rabbi Liora Alban

As we inch closer to summer, I am reflecting on my three years as your Assistant Rabbi and Director of Education. I was ordained as a rabbi and began this role at the beginning of the pandemic. While one of my priorities for my first few months on the job was to start forming relationships,...Read more...


03/31/2023 10:01:56 AM


Rabbi Lisa Delson

I imagine most of us have a period in our life that stands out, in a positive way, from the rest. Whether it was a year abroad, a dream vacation, summer camp, or a wedding. One such time in my life was in 2004-2005, my first year of Rabbinical School. Without even looking at pictures, I...Read more...

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