Author Archives: Rabbi Lavey Derby

Rabbi Lavey Derby

Rabbi Lavey DerbyRabbi Derby is the Director of Jewish LIfe at the PJCC and founder of "The Idra: A Community for Jewish Spiritual Learning and Practice." Lavey is part of a family line of rabbis that traces back to the year 1500.


Video: How We Think About Israel

February 13, 2015 | 1 Comment

Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, spoke at the PJCC recently. He gave us some wonderful insight into the thinking of both Israeli and American Jews. He provided us with a new way for the Jewish Community to think and talk about Israel. Get ready to be inspired!

Israel: Complex, Compelling, Clarified

January 13, 2015 | 1 Comment

Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman tackles complex challenges facing the country Whatever our personal views about Israel, it is likely we all agree that Israel is among the most complex and complicated nations in the world. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict appears intractable, with both sides refusing even to acknowledge a common narrative of the genesis of the […]

Rosh Hashanah: May We Be Blessed With A Happy, Healthy, & Peaceful New Year

September 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Unlike all the other Jewish Holy Days, Rosh Hashanah, The Jewish New Year, is not linked to the remembrance of national liberation or to the commemoration of a national tragedy. In fact, Rosh Hashanah does not focus on the experience of the Jewish people in history at all. Rather it serves as a lens to […]

Don’t Let Go Of Hope

July 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

As the violence in Israel and Gaza continues to escalate and claims more victims, the pain I feel is palpable. My heart aches for the IDF soldiers killed in action, and for the Israeli civilians who suffer an endless torrent of rockets fired at their homes and their children. My heart aches as well for […]

Welcoming The Shadow: Dealing With Negative Self Talk

June 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

“When we were one or two years old we had what we might visualize as a 360-degree personality. Energy radiated out from all parts of our psyche… But one day we noticed that our parents didn’t like certain parts of that ball of energy that we were. They said things like, “Can’t you be still?” […]

Mindfulness–What Is It & Why Do I Care?

March 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

Ok, now it’s on the cover of Time Magazine. Mindfulness meditation, that is. Mindfulness is everywhere! Newspapers and magazines carry stories on the benefits of mindfulness; medical journals report on the latest research about mindfulness; businesses have mindfulness programs to help combat stress and to increase creativity and productivity; schools have begun to introduce mindfulness […]

Interview with Rabbi David Saperstein – Part 2

January 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

Interview with Rabbi David Saperstein - Part 2 In our second installment of Q&A with Rabbi David Saperstein, Rabbi Lavey Derby asks about his roll and influences. Q: You’re held in high esteem by colleagues and peers: who do you admire and why? “Too many to do justice to. I have been blessed to meet and […]

Powerful Force in Washington DC Comes to PJCC

January 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

Interview with Rabbi David Saperstein - Part 1 The North Peninsula Jewish Community is honored to welcome Rabbi David Saperstein, a passionate spokesperson for social justice, as our 2014 Scholar in Residence. Rabbi Saperstein is Director and Counsel of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, representing the Reform Jewish Movement to Congress and the Administration. […]