Dear Aish Family,
I traveled this past week to the West Coast. To be brutally honest, the amount of frequent flyer miles one accrues does not make up for the difficulty in trying to function for a short amount of time with a ten hour time difference. Luckily the trip was so exciting that I was able to rely on pure adrenaline and excitement to carry me through it.
This past Wednesday I started my day by meeting with lay leaders in Carmel Valley, San Diego to discuss their plans to build an Aish branch. The group was incredibly humble and driven. A great combination. We took a drive to see the future home of Aish HaTorah. It was absolutely breathtaking. The best part is that the location of the Aish Synagogue connects to a Jewish day school of 1000 kids. I cannot begin to tell you how impressed I was by their passion for building a community and for the warm feelings everyone had for Aish. Rabbi Rosenberg has been to the community over half a dozen times in the past few months. There is a real understanding that the nonjudgmental approach of Aish, coupled with the educational philosophy that every Jew should be able to learn relevant Torah, is the direction that the community wants to head in.
At the future sight of Aish Carmel Valley, San Diego headquarters and Synagogue. Reuben Artenstein, Rabbi Meir Rosenberg, Rabbi Steve Burg, Alberto Tawil, Samuel Michan