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Rabbi Janet Marder
March 1, 2002

Two women scientists were talking about stress one day in a lab at UCLA. One joked to the other that when the women who worked in the lab were stressed, they came in, cleaned the lab, had coffee, and bonded with one another. "When the men were stressed, they holed up somewhere on their own." The scientists noted that almost 90% of the research on stress had been done on males, and decided to launch a new study focusing on women. The results of their landmark study, recently published, suggest that women respond to stress "with a cascade of brain...

Rabbi Chuck Briskin
February 15, 2002

Where Will Your Children Live:
A Sermon Promoting Peninsula Interfaith Action's Affordable Housing Action

About this time last year, I happened to click on to one of those ubiquitous hyperlinks that always appear on the AOL start-up screen. It was the website for Worth Magazine. The current issue proudly shared its ranking of "America's Richest Towns." which was based on the median value of a home. After everything I had heard about the cost of living in the Bay Area, I was relieved to discover that Los Altos Hills was not the most expensive town in the United States....

Al Vorspan
February 1, 2002

It is a great honor to join in this tribute to Rabbi Sidney Akselrad. He has been a colleague and a role model to me for at least four decades. He has been a tower of strength to all in this Congregation and beyond these walls who see Judaism as a prophetic mission, a call to action, as the DNA of the Jewish people. Sidney is a quiet, gentle rabbi but he is tireless and unrelenting in his commitment to equal rights, economic fair play, and the security of the land of Israel. Sidney almost flunked out of Hebrew union...

Rabbi Janet Marder
January 26, 2002

"Our values: Communication - We have an obligation to communicate. Here, we take the time to talk with one another...and to listen. We believe that information is meant to move and that information moves people. Respect - We treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves. We do not tolerate abusive or disrespectful treatment. Integrity - We work with customers and prospects openly, honestly, and sincerely. When we say we will do something, we will do it; when we say we cannot or will not do something, then we won't do it.

Excellence - We are satisfied with...

Rabbi Janet Marder
January 4, 2002

In a book calledTravelling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith, Anne Lamott, who is the mother of a seven year old boy named Sam, includes a chapter called "Why I make Sam Go to Church." This is how it begins:

"Sam is the only kid he knows who goes to church - who is made to go to church two or three times a month. He rarely wants to. This is not exactly true: the truth is that he never wants to go. What young boy would rather be in church on the weekends than hanging out with a friend? It...

Rabbi Janet Marder
December 14, 2001

I'm delighted to be with you on this very special and joyous evening for Congregation Or Ami. I always enjoy the opportunity to speak at a rabbi's installation service. For one thing, it gives me the chance to share some traditional rabbinic humor. For example: how many rabbis does it take to change a lightbulb? Answer: Ten. One to change the bulb, and nine to say: "My friends, this reminds me of a Hasidic story. . ."

But I'm sure Ken didn't invite me here to poke fun at our profession. I imagine he invited me because of the unique...


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