Tag archives: Jewish

Chabad of Montecito in Conversation with Gavriel Friedson
By Joanne A Calitri   |   March 12, 2024

The Chabad of Montecito led by Rabbi Chaim presented a talk with disaster management specialist Gavriel “Gavy” Friedson on Sunday, February 25 at the private home of Ben and Cheryl Trosky. The event program commenced with a welcome by Rabbi Chaim. He shared, “One of the most famous words in Hebrew is l’chaim – which […]

Standing with Our Jewish Community
By Laura Capps   |   February 7, 2023

Last week, the County of Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution to honor International Holocaust Memorial Day. This resolution honors the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.  Jana Zimmer, a second-generation Holocaust survivor, community leader, and author of Chocolates from Tangier, was present to accept the resolution. She […]

Faye Levy on Jewish Cooking: A Diaspora of Flavors
By Claudia Schou   |   December 20, 2022

On a recent afternoon I received a random phone call from a senior woman who lived in Hope Ranch. She introduced herself as Vibeke Einhorn. She said she had a box of cookbooks, and that she was moving into an assisted care facility, and would I want them. Her kind, dignified voice and fondness for […]

Am I My Country’s Keeper?
By Montecito Journal   |   November 15, 2022

Bible teaching on citizenship begins with five words that historians will write on the head stone of the United States when it dies. Cain asked, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The downfall of decency and democracy in our time is the failure of institutions and ordinary people to answer that question in the affirmative. Let’s […]

Film Festival Fever Downtown and in Ojai 
By Steven Libowitz   |   November 8, 2022

There are a lot of highlights of this year’s Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival, which returns for its first post-pandemic gathering back at The New Vic Theatre November 2 through November 6, including Repairing the World: Stories from the Tree of Life, which screens at 5 pm on November 3. The documentary about the 2018 […]

Conspiracy Theories Can Do Real Harm
By Dan Meisel   |   January 25, 2022

The recent targeting of a Colleyville, Texas Jewish community in connection with grievances it had nothing to do with was just the latest in a trend of rising antisemitic violence and conduct in recent years. We have seen some of it here, with 26 credible reports of antisemitic incidents in the Tri-Counties last year (more […]

Despite Objection, County Will Not Move Cannabis Meeting from Yom Kippur
By Nick Masuda   |   September 14, 2021

Days after an editorial from local lawyer Jana Zimmer ran in the September 2 edition of the Montecito Journal that challenged the timing of a meeting over a potential Santa Claus Lane cannabis dispensary slated for Yom Kippur (September 16), the County of Santa Barbara has indicated it will not reschedule the meeting, despite a […]

It’s about time…
By Montecito Journal   |   September 14, 2021

It’s about time that we understand that living in a culturally diverse world means that we are also living in and with multiple calendars and structures of time. Philosophers in the 20th century came to understand that time was the most essential dimension of human life. It would not be inaccurate to say that time […]

The Cannabis Kings Meet Yom Kippur
By Jana Zimmer   |   September 7, 2021

I am not a religiously observant Jew, but on Thursday, September 16, I have an appointment with God. Yom Kippur — the Day of Atonement — is a once-a-year thing, a standing appointment, and it is important to me. I have kept it on the steps of a temple in France, on a Greek Island, […]

Jews Care About Santa Claus Too
By Gwyn Lurie   |   September 7, 2021

Today’s Community Voices by Janna Zimmer is one I encourage readers, including those who plan for and are elected to serve Santa Barbara County, to read (it’s on page 23). As Zimmer points out, the County of Santa Barbara has scheduled an important hearing to discuss the naturally controversial proposed cannabis dispensary on Santa Claus […]

Finding Hope in the Dark
By Leslie Zemeckis   |   May 6, 2021

Deep in the sewers of Kraków dwell humans, hiding, starving, barely surviving.  NY Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff (The Lost Girls of Paris) has finished another taut historical fiction. Imagine living in darkness and filth for over a year? That is the premise – based on true events – of The Woman with the Blue […]

Passover & Easter: Rebirth, Renewal, Release A multi religious time for transformation
By Rinaldo Brutoco   |   April 15, 2021

Deepak Chopra, my dear friend for more than 25 years, and a Fellow of the World Business Academy for all that time, is a very wise man with an eclectic view of religions. While a Hindu himself, like Aldous Huxley in his watershed book The Perennial Wisdom, Deepak has spent his adult life looking at […]

Film Festival Fever
By Steven Libowitz   |   March 5, 2020

With SBIFF barely six weeks gone, the time seems ripe for more film fests to find local favor, as three different offerings arrive in town this week. The fifth annual Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival since the event was resurrected by the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara takes place March 11-15 at the New […]

Congregation B’nai B’rith Gala
By Lynda Millner   |   February 28, 2019

CBB (Congregation B’Nai B’rith) brought the Hilton Santa Barbara to life with over 300 celebrants for their biennial gala. They are a congregation of 800 households founded in 1927. This year’s theme was Roots2Wings, inspired by a poem written by Rabbi Stephen Cohen. This is an excerpt from two pages. It’s entitled “Who Are We?” […]

Women’s Philanthropy Luncheon
By Lynda Millner   |   February 7, 2019

The Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara held its 35th annual Women’s Philanthropy Luncheon at the Four Seasons Biltmore with a new kind of program. Instead of a speaker there was the Jewish Women’s Theatre from Santa Monica performing. What is the mission of the Jewish Women’s Theater? “We strive to challenge minds, move hearts, […]

Losing It on East Valley Lane
By Montecito Journal   |   May 3, 2018

We built our house 20 years ago at the end of the most beautiful lane. It was called East Valley Lane. Now the addresses are East Valley Road. It is, with the three houses above us, part of Ennisbrook, the gated development accessed from Sheffield Drive. It is part of Ennisbrook because the stables were […]