Free Inspiration with No Guilt for the Jewish Holy Days

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Quincy Jones, Norman Lear, Donna Shalala, Rabbi Elaine Zecher and Cantor Alberto Mizrahi are among the 29 contributors to “Jewels of Elul,” a collection of short essays that correspond with the 29 days of the Hebrew month of Elul which proceeds the Jewish Holy Days.

Quincy Jones, Norman Lear, Donna Shalala, Rabbi Elaine Zecher and Cantor Alberto Mizrahi are among the 29 contributors to “Jewels of Elul,” a collection of short essays that correspond with the 29 days of the Hebrew month of Elul which proceeds the Jewish Holy Days.

For the past Seven years, Craig Taubman together with his creative team at Craig ‘n Co. has released Jewels of Elul, a collection of short inspirations for each of the 29 days of Elul. Last year, 50,000 books were distributed free of charge and over 500,000 people read the essays online at http://www.jewelsofelul.com as well as on the “Huffington Post.” Additionally, the Jewels have been translated into Hebrew and Spanish.

Creator of the popular Sabbath service, Friday Night Live, Taubman conceived of the idea 8 years ago as a way to help people prepare for the holidays. “We have collected Jewels from an eclectic group of people including President Barack Obama, Ruth Messinger, the Dali Lama,         Eli Wiesel, Lady Gaga, Pastor Rick Warren, Mary J Blige, Eli Broad, Rabbi David Wolpe, Jeffrey Katzenberg and over 180 other inspired voices” said Taubman.

This years theme “The Art of Aging” and will include daily inspirations from a wide range of artists, politicians, community leaders and thinkers including folk legend Peter Yarrow, the first ordained female Rabbi Sally Priesand, actress Judith Light , founder of the Jewish renewal movement Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi , foodie Barbara Lazaroff and Aging expert Daniel Callahan.

The Jewels can be read free of charge at http://www.jewelsofelul.com or received as a daily email message beginning August 18th and continuing for the next 28 days. Printed booklets can also be ordered in bulk for a small contribution to Vista Del Mar Child and Family Service. Vista programs assist children and families facing social, emotional, and behavioral challenges as well as children on the autism spectrum.

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