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Sep 10, 2018, 12:52 AM
We Need To Talk – A Rosh Hashanah Sermon
Friends, we need to talk. We are currently in an age where instead of actually talking to each other — that is each person who may be an Other to us because of their political views, their looks or their...
Sep 4, 2018, 12:23 PM
Yes, You Are A Good Jew
“I’m not a good Jew.” This is a phrase we hear far too often. I heard it most recently when one of my 11th grade students shared with the group that someone in her high school’s Jewish club had...
Mar 28, 2018, 8:01 AM
Elijah’s Cup: A Symbol of Agreeing to Disagree
"Let's agree to disagree." That's an expression we often say when we reach a stalemate in a conversation. In essence, we say to each other, "I understand you have a different point of view than I do, I'm not going...
Mar 7, 2018, 9:57 PM
An Open Letter to my Students After Attending AIPAC
An open letter to the 22 high school seniors of Congregation Beth Israel’s (San Diego, CA) delegation to AIPAC. My students, This weekend, the 22 of you left the warm, comfortable climate of San Diego and attended the AIPAC policy conference...
Dec 12, 2017, 10:55 AM
A Guide for 8 Nights of Dedicating the Miracles of Chanukah
Here is a handy guide to help you and your family make the most out of each night of Chanukah as we dedicate each night to a different miracle with discussion questions for you and your loved ones. 1st Candle...
Sep 4, 2017, 6:28 PM
TL;DR — Too Late; Didn’t Repair
You may have seen this slang term on the Internet: "TL;DR," which is short for "too long; didn't read." It is sometimes used to preface a summary of a length post, or it can mean that the post is...
Mar 21, 2017, 10:07 AM
A Challenge to AIPAC, J Street, and All Lovers of Israel: Come Together
When The Times of Israel ran an article from JTA last week with the headline “AIPAC paid $60,000 to group that peddles anti-Muslim conspiracy theories”, I commented to a friend, “And so the pre-Policy Conference anti-AIPAC press tour begins…”...
Oct 7, 2016, 11:06 PM
Be The Angel You Wish To See In The World
This sermon was delivered on Erev Rosh Hashanah, October 2, 2016, at Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood, CA. To get the full effect, including music and visuals during the sermon, please check out the video. Shanah tovah. You know those...
Jul 15, 2016, 10:51 AM
Making the Right Turn
Something happened to me on the road the other day. Usually, when I’m driving east on Wilshire to get home, I go down to Crescent Heights and turn right. During this drive, I had the mapping app Waze on,...
Mar 2, 2016, 4:15 AM
The rabbi eats a bacon cheeseburger?
Every Reform Jew has a chance to make informed choices about the role kashrut observance plays in their life
Rabbi Jeremy Gimbel is the assistant rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in San Diego, CA. He produced the film, "Hatikvah: A Documentary About One Aspect of Israel," and has released 3 albums of original Jewish music.