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Bruce Ives
July 29, 2016

At the tender age of five I became a graduate – of Charlotte Lubman’s Nursery School in Cleveland Ohio.  I don’t remember much about the day, but I still have the portfolio we received at the graduation ceremony with the words to our favorite songs, samples of our finger paintings in which you can see my tendency towards bold uses of color from an early age, and my favorite page called “Predictions for the Future”.  Essentially each student was asked what they thought they would be when they grew up and the answers were arrayed on a page with 2...

Bruce Ives
July 29, 2016

At the tender age of five I became a graduate – of Charlotte Lubman’s Nursery School in Cleveland Ohio.  I don’t remember much about the day, but I still have the portfolio we received at the graduation ceremony with the words to our favorite songs, samples of our finger paintings in which you can see my tendency towards bold uses of color from an early age, and my favorite page called “Predictions for the Future”.  Essentially each student was asked what they thought they would be when they grew up and the answers were arrayed on a page with 2...

Lorri Ford
Asilomar, 2016
July 23, 2016

“If donkeys read Torah, all the donkey stories would jump out at them,” says Rabbi Benay Lappe.  “Every time they’d see a donkey, they’d go — ‘There’s me!  There I am again!’  All the donkey stories, they would see,” she says. “All the donkey stories that we completely miss.”  [Rabbi Benay Lappe, ELI Talk, June 3, 2014, available at http://www.svara.org/eli-talk/]

This week, we have in Parshat Balak the donkey story to end all donkey stories.  I mean, they just don’t make donkey stories better than this (except for maybe Shrek).  And I have to say — although I want to...

Richard Bloomfield
Asilomar 2016
July 22, 2016

The headline from the Cleveland Plain Dealer of April 9, 1971, got it right, but hardly told the whole story:

" Woman Killed, Son Wounded in Holdup."

The paper reported correctly that my paternal grandmother, Sophie Bloomfield, who had just turned 81 and who was still working with my parents at the furniture business they had founded together in 1946, had, in fact reached into her purse, handed over a $20 bill to the young guy with the gun and was, for no apparent reason, shot point blank in the head - right in front of her son, my...

Saul Wasserman
Asilomar, 2016
July 22, 2016

I am going to describe one experience I had at age 21. It lasted no longer than an hour, but has had a life-long impact. This is heavy stuff, and I may not be so able to get through it without becoming emotional.

As a young man, I was soon to be married. My bride-to-be’s grandfather Willie was quite ill and would be unable to attend the wedding.  Instead, along with other members of the family, we visited him in the hospital.  

I remember all of us gathered around him in his hospital bed.The family talked about the upcoming wedding, and...

Diane Rolfe
Asilomar, 2016
July 22, 2016

This is the brief story of my religious transformation to Reform Jew through conversion that was evolutionary, not revolutionary, and it begins with the purchase of my first two packets of stamps from two nations when I was 9.

I had enough money to buy 2 stamps out of the hundreds of stamps at the nearby Hobby Store. At age 9 what did I select as my first 2 stamps to go into my new album??? One stamp showed a beautiful Greek goddess in a colorful, flowing gown from Greece and the second set of stamps showed 4 dull- colored Israeli...

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