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06/05/2021 09:15:21 PM

Jun5

Rabbi Ari Lucas


"Blessed is the One who separates between holy and profane, light and dark, Israel and the other nations..."

It’s a familiar feeling, but one that I haven’t had in a while. As we mark the transition between Shabbat and the rest of the week over grape juice, sweet spices, and a flame, I think about the week ahead. What challenges, stresses, opportunities lie ahead and how I will greet them? I haven’t had a trip in over a...Read more...

06/02/2021 05:24:16 PM

Jun2

Rabbi Ari Lucas


Dear CAI Family,

Thank you for sharing your responses to my email last week about antisemitism and Israel in the current moment. I look forward to continuing the conversation together.

For now, I’m preparing to join 25 clergy and leaders from Metro West on a mission next week. As much as I wish the circumstances of my trip were different, I’m looking forward to being there - to be surrounded by the sounds of Hebrew,...Read more...

05/27/2021 12:16:46 PM

May27

Rabbi Ari Lucas


My Dear Congregation,

I know many of you have been troubled by the events of the past few weeks in Israel, around the world, and here in the US:

• Violent and Antisemitic attacks against Jews in New York, Los Angeles, and elsewhere • Another round of violent conflict between Israel and Hamas • Violent rioting in Israel’s neighborhoods • Delegitimization of Israel in the media (and social media)...Read more...
September 28,2021 /  22 Tishrei 5782