by Rhonda Press Guest Author, Rhonda Press, is an Adult Program Coordinator at the PJCC and an avid Hiker.
I happen to love hiking. Being out in nature restores my soul. Living in San Mateo County, we are lucky to have many miles of hiking trails. There are hikes that are more like city hikes and others that will take you deep into the redwood forests. I’ll share 3 of my favorite hikes plus one that is brand new.
Edgewood County Park and Natural Preserve is located in Redwood City and is right off Edgewood Road between Alameda and Highway 280. There is a formal park entrance with a parking lot but you can also park just immediately west of the 280 overpass at Edgewood
“Ahh choo, bless you, ahh choo, gesundheit “ are the expressions one hears this time of year from allergy sufferers and their companions. People who have migrated to California from other parts of the country are surprised to experience allergy symptoms they never had previously. Allergy victims march into doctor offices and pharmacies every spring because of the combination of the long growing season here, habitat for many species of plants in California, and windy days. The “bless- yous” and “gesundheits” exclaimed by empathetic bystanders are exclamations based on an ancient superstition to forestall evil spirits from entering the body after one sneezes, but now it seems impolite not to offer consolation. Sneezing usually heralds the onset of a cold, but can also be triggered by exposure to sunlight or strong odors. This time of year, sneezing portends hay fever or seasonal allergic rhinitis. You may be one of the estimated 20% of Americans who have this condition and if so, keep reading.
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 work with so many of the greats over the years. My parents rank alone in their influence on my life: My father, as a beloved rabbi for nearly 50 years in one synagogue and he and my mother as passionate social justice activists. In the Jewish social justice arena, my two most influential Jewish social justice mentors were Al Vorspan, the longtime social justice VP of the Reform Jewish Movement, and at 90, in my Continue reading →