Writings from Rabbi Naomi

Rabbi Naomi often blesses us with writings of her thoughts and teachings.
Below is a selection of teasers for recent posts.  Click on the title or "read more" to view the entire post.  Use the pager at the bottom to step backward in time.


  • After Election Teaching from Rabbi

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    As we catch our breath at this dramatic moment in history, I have a few thoughts to share.

    There is cause to be concerned that rhetoric of the campaign has emboldened hate groups.  Prominent white supremacists have expressed elation over the election results.  Efforts to improve security at the Temple have been underway for some time, and we have a meeting of the Security Committee scheduled for next Tuesday, November 15, from 5:30 to 6:30, before the Board Meeting.  I will be available to continue meeting with members for discussion and prayer after the Board convenes.  In spring of 2015, Eureka Police Department’s Captain Stephens met with us at the Temple and proposed various security procedures that we have yet to implement.  Some of us also attended a security forum presented by the EPD this spring.  We have several strategies to consider.  Please join us on Tuesday to discuss how to implement new security measures and to share any concerns you have.

  • High Holy Days Letter 2016

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    In the Book of Devarim (Deuteronomy) we read, “Justice, justice you shall pursue.” (Chapter 16, Verse 20)

    The month of Elul is drawing to a close with a sudden wave of heat, as if to intensify the High Holiday process of doing teshuvah, taking steps to correct mistakes made in the year that is ending. As well as our individual soul searching, we turn our attention to the Jewish people as a whole, those fifteen million men, women and children with whom we share ties of heritage, and whose destinies are intertwined with our own.