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Passover marks a nation under God

COMMENTARY /// Religious holidays

Passover begins Saturday night March 27 and ends Sun., April 4, but what is Passover? This holiday commemorates the departure of the nation of Israel from Egypt. Pesach marks the birth of the Jewish people as a nation led by Moshe (Moses) over 3,000 years ago. This is as much a celebration of our spiritual freedom as the physical liberation […]

A faith perspective on good mental health during pandemic

From canceled birthday parties to the closure of small businesses, the devastation of the pandemic shaped every aspect of life over the past year. It especially worsened people’s mental health, as the world felt a collective grief for the thousands of lives lost and the dozens of missed events and opportunities. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 42% of people […]

Distinguished teacher

ROLE MODEL—During a challenging year where teachers are working harder than ever and even more deserving of recognition, Temple Etz Chaim Preschool recently announced that Susan Mellon, one of the preschool teachers, received the Lanier Distinguished Educator Award. The Builders of Jewish Education present the recognition to exemplary educators in the field of early childhood education. The Lanier Award is […]

Area’s newest pastor gets to know his flock

Growing up in Portland, Ore., Constantine Trumpower spent time as a teen meeting friends at coffee shops to talk about their favorite type of music, the latest albums and bands they liked. He was so into his favorite music he started learning how to sing, practicing different vocal modes and perfecting his pitch. An active member of his church, he […]

Lent 2021 has special meaning to Christians as pandemic continues

The Rev. Noah Bater said that this past year has been a year of carrying crosses. The pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks said that during the pandemic people have been carrying many crosses, a Christian term for bearing burdens, as they have endured the deaths of family members, financial woes due to the economic shutdown […]

Church responds to needs of community

Before the pandemic, the Church of the Epiphany, an Episcopal church in Oak Park, was already providing regular assistance to local social service organizations through its outreach program. With the economic effects of COVID-19, the need within the Conejo Valley increased, and so did the church’s community contributions. Yvonne Lux is the church’s outreach program director. The church recently donated […]

Interfaith Zoom forum

The Ventura County Interfaith Community will host a Zoom forum on “Where Do Souls Come From?” at 7 p.m. Tues., March 9. Speakers from various faiths will present their views on life before conception. The moderator is Rabbi Michael Lotker. For more information, visit

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