Dina Bauwens

About Dina Bauwens

Dina moved to Highland Park from San Francisco with her husband Randy in 2017. She is very excited to join the Temple Jeremiah family! Dina received a double Bachelors in Communication and Religious Studies from UC Santa Barbara. She went on to hold a number of professional and volunteer positions in the Jewish and general non-profit community, including the Director of the Women’s Division of the SF Jewish Federation, Development Manager at the Oshman Family JCC, and Program Manager of the Hillel of Orange Counties. She was a Wexner Fellow finalist, a participant in the Professional Leaders Project (PLP), a board member of the Junior League of San Francisco, and staffed Birthright. She is now pursuing her Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies at Spertus Institute. When Dina and Randy aren’t working (he’s the Assistant General Manager at Exmoor Country Club) they love cooking and eating out, traveling, and going to baseball games. She is enjoying bringing her passion and experience to the Jeremiah community.

COVID-19 Pen Pals

By |2020-06-02T16:10:59-05:00May 25, 2020|

Let's be pen pals! Like so many of you, I’ve wanted to find ways to help and give back during this pandemic. But between juggling work, my toddler, and the endless dishes, I needed an easy way to perform a mitzvah. It turns out that the word mitzvah comes from

Shabbat B’midbar

By |2020-05-21T12:20:48-05:00May 19, 2020|

Dear Friends, For the past several weeks, the Torah has been setting out the rules and regulations that we can use as guideposts to help us down our spiritual path. We’ve learned about the laws regulating the lives of the priests, how and when to commemorate Pilgrimage Festivals, Shabbat, and

Tips for Coping

By |2020-03-24T16:16:58-05:00March 24, 2020|

A group of us had a wonderful virtual chat last Wednesday night. Thanks to Temple Jeremiah’s Mental Health Committee we hopped on Zoom and had an opportunity to chat about how we were doing, our challenges, and commiserations. An added bonus was that we were joined by Amber Bond, a JCFS

V’zot Hab’rachah

By |2019-09-03T13:03:23-05:00September 28, 2018|

Dear Friends, The concluding parasha of the Torah is titled V’zot Hab’rachah, meaning, “and this is the blessing.” It completes the annual cycle of Torah readings before we begin anew on Simchat Torah. In the Torah portion Moses pronounces a blessing over the 12 tribes – a reiteration of what

D’var on Passover

By |2018-03-27T15:15:46-05:00March 27, 2018|

Dear Friends, Reading the weekly Shabbat message is my favorite part of the e-news. How will the clergy, Dr. Lidsky, or Danny Glassman interpret the Torah portion? What will they connect it to? What part of their “outside” life will I get a glimpse into? The traditions and the history

Jeremiah Gems- Jerry Lidsky

By |2017-09-09T22:36:23-05:00September 9, 2017|

Where I am.... is not.... who I am. How I got here...... That is me...... Hineini....I am here . In our daily lives, owning and taking responsibility for what we say, and what we do, allows us the opportunity to engage and cope with the anxiety created by our impulsive

Jeremiah Gems- Lia Goldfarb

By |2017-09-05T09:27:57-05:00September 5, 2017|

My mom often tells the story of when we first joined our family synagogue, when I was in second grade. We would go to Shabbat services on Saturday morning and I never actually stepped foot in the service. Instead, I ran around the lobby playing with my friends my age

Jeremiah Gems- Stephen Miller

By |2017-09-05T09:25:05-05:00September 5, 2017|

When new assistant Rabbi Heaps asked me to write a Jeremiah Gem reflecting on where I came from and how it informed my spiritual life (I think that was her drift), I thought of something my Dad did for me in high school that taught me how to look at

Jeremiah Gems- Bill Brown

By |2017-09-05T09:24:22-05:00September 5, 2017|

When we joined Temple Jeremiah, back in September of 1961… we had four children that we wanted to start on a program with Jewish education that neither Norma nor I had experienced. All of our four children were Confirmed at Temple Jeremiah, and we ourselves have been members of the

Jeremiah Gems- Suzanne Sands

By |2017-09-05T09:23:24-05:00September 5, 2017|

School! This is the place I have spent most of my time and dedicated most of my energy. As a young student, I looked forward to the day when I would be done with school. When I was a senior my calculus class was discussing the lack of quality teachers

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