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rabbi 05 smallsf badge lgRabbi Joel Landau  (rabbi@adathisraelsf.org) has been the Rabbi of Adath Israel since May 2013. He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate in Jerusalem and has served previously as a congregational Rabbi in Charleston, South Carolina and Irvine, California. A full biography of Rabbi Landau is available here.


 

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I’m baaaaack! Baruch Hashem, my trip to Israel was awesome, though I had to return before the arrival of my newest grandchild ☹. As we all know, Israel is an amazing place (for many different reasons) and hopefully, my time there has reenergized my batteries for another year in S.F. By the way, door-to-door (from my door in Ramat Beit Shemesh to my door in SF) took a little less than 20 hours! 

Now that I’m back, in addition to the regular A.I. programing, I’m focused on three things: 

  1. Getting out our Thanksgiving/Chanukah packages, which you should be receiving this coming week. 
  2. Organizing the A.I. Chanukah party – you’ll be getting a Paperless Post invitation very soon. Please RSVP - ASAP. 
  3. Putting together our end of the year matching funds fundraiser, which brought in $40K last year! 

On a national note, one of the recent bruhahas this past month had to do with a letter sent out by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) to the Biden administration, which suggested that parental opposition to certain school board decisions could be considered “domestic terrorism.” The DOJ took the issue of threats being made to public officials seriously and directed the FBI to meet with “federal, state, Tribal, territorial and local law enforcement leaders to discuss strategies for addressing this disturbing trend [of threats at school board meetings].” However, this morphed into false accusations that AG Merrick Garland and the Biden administration considered some parents domestic terrorists. You can read all about this mess in this article written by Rabbi Avi Shafran in Ami Magazine.  

The reason I share this with you has to do with my contention that many news reports of what people allegedly said or did are biased. Therefore, I do not automatically accept secondhand info. I want to see, hear or read for myself, without any intermediary, what happened before drawing any conclusions. And I think you should do the same.