Discussion at CSULB about “Pious Fools”

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Yesterday, Southern California Jewish Student Services‘ Rabbi Drew Kaplan led a discussion at California State University, Long Beach, in collaboration with Long Beach Hillel.  The topic was “Pious Fools”, which explored Talmudic discussions of who might be considered foolishly pious. … Continue reading

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Speaking with Occidental College Students

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Yesterday, Southern California Jewish Student Services‘ Rabbi Drew Kaplan spoke at Occidental College with students involved in their Hillel.  Discussing Jewish campus life at Occidental College then gave way to a question-and-answer discussion between Rabbi Drew and the students. It … Continue reading

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Speaking at CSUF about Purim

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Yesterday, Southern California Jewish Student Services’ Rabbi Drew Kaplan spoke with the Hillel group at California State University, Fullerton.  Rabbi Drew discussed the festival of Purim, which is coming up this Sunday, as Hillel of Orange County supplied the food. … Continue reading

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Sex in Judaism Discussion with Beach Hillel

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Yesterday, Southern California Jewish Student Services’ Rabbi Drew Kaplan led a discussion for Beach Hillel at California State University, Long Beach.  As per popular demand, Rabbi Drew discussed sex in Judaism.  A late afternoon discussion yielded a fruitful discussion, exposing … Continue reading

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Rabbi Drew Leads Discussion on Dreams

Yesterday, Southern California Jewish Student Services’ Rabbi Drew Kaplan spoke with the Hillel group at California State University, Fullerton.  Rabbi Drew spoke on the topic of dreams, exploring texts from the book of Genesis and from the Babylonian Talmud.

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Rabbi Drew Leads Discussion for Long Beach Hillel

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With Valentine’s Day coming up on Friday, many of the students involved with Long Beach Hillel, who attend California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) were curious to discuss Jewish traditions on romance, relationships, etc. So, last night, Beach Hillel held … Continue reading

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Jewlicious Festival X in 29 Days!

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In just 29 days, the tenth annual Jewlicious Festival will be taking place once again in Southern California.  The only weekend event in Southern California for young Jewish adults, college-aged through mid-30s will be taking place in Long Beach on … Continue reading

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Rabbi Drew Speaks to Temple Israel Confirmation Class

Rabbi Drew with the confirmation class of Temple Israel

Rabbi Drew with the confirmation class of Temple Israel

For the fifth spring in a row, Southern California Jewish Student ServicesRabbi Drew Kaplan spoke the other day with the confirmation class at Temple Israel of Long Beach about college life.

Discussing such matters as difference in academic life between high school and university as well as lifestyle, Rabbi Drew also discussed Jewish opportunities on campuses, such as Hillel, Chabad, and more.

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Rabbi Drew leads discussion at CSUF on Hanukah

Rabbi Drew speaking at CSUF, 4 December 2013

Rabbi Drew speaking at CSUF yesterday

Yesterday, SoCalJSS‘s Rabbi Drew Kaplan spoke at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) on the practices and history of the holiday of Hanukah.  Collaborating with the Hillel Foundation of Orange County, who supplied yummy Krispy Kreme doughnuts and other snacks, the event was a great midday diversion for the students.

“It was nice getting a historical perspective of a very popular holiday.  And not just the older stories, but also where the origin of modern practices,” said CSUF student, JoAnna Hubbard. “I didn’t know that the dreidel game’s letters were Yiddish acronyms.  I also didn’t know that there was a conversation about how to light candles for Hanukah.”

“It was nice to have a rabbi come and educate us about Hanukah,” said CSUF student Arthur Detalia.  “It was nice learning about Hanukah, both culturally and how we perform candle-lighting, as well as the histories behind them.”

“Rabbi Drew led an amazing program with our Hillel students!” exclaimed Bradley Erbesfield, assistant director of Orange County Hillel. “His conversation with students was very engaging and  interesting. We had an amazing time learning about Hanukkah, while also having fun at the same time.”

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Dreams Discussion at CSULB

Rabbi Drew speaking about DreamsYesterday, Rabbi Drew led a discussion at California State University, Long Beach, on the topic of dreams.  Collaborating with Long Beach Hillel, the event was a “Torah on Tap” discussion, wherein Beach Hillel covered the first round of drinks, while Rabbi Drew dropped some knowledge.

Towards the end of the previous discussion with Beach Hillel, some of the students were curious to discuss dreams, thus it became the topic for last night’s discussion.  Rabbi Drew shared texts both from next week’s Torah portion, involving Joseph and dreams, as well as rabbinic texts from the Talmud as a basis for the discussion.

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