Friday, August 18, 2006

V'Nomar Amen: A Dodgers Update

But Nomar and God couldn't (or chose not to) save the Dodgers yesterday on a rare Wednesday day game, the second game I've been to this season. It is strange, almost all Dodger games I have ever been to have been Dodger losses. That is, unless my cousin Charles comes with us, in which case they win. Charles has never been to a Dodger game in which they lose. I don't think I've heard "I Love LA" by Randy Newman, the traditional victory song for Los Angeles sport home games without Charles present (away games I have been to the Dodgers have lost as well). I have also been to the only two rain-outs at Dodger Stadium in the past 25 years, if that tells you of the luck which I bring to Chavez Ravine without my cousin. Thankfully most of the games I attend are with my cousin. If the Dodgers give my cousin free season tickets, they would never lose. The McCourts should think about that.

So their second streak is shattered by the Florida Marlins (that'll teach me for putting up a condescending away message yesterday). However, if the Dodgers are going to win 7 out of 8 games or 17 out of 19 games for the rest of the season, They're gonna easily win the Championship. in 5 games, dropping only one game (or less) (assuming that my statistics stay constant, which they probably won't). So the Dodgers drop one to the Marlins, leaving them at 64-57, still 3 games ahead of their nearest divisional competitor, and 6 games ahead of last place in the closest division in baseball (NL West). So the Dodgers should enjoy their day off and tomorrow we take on the Giants of San Francisco. But, like Goliath, these Giants are going down! Meanwhile, I'm going to keep checking out dodgerblues.

The ultimate triumph for the Dodgers came in the form of the Dodgers being mentioned today as Stephen Colbert's buzz
Today's buzz... is the Los Angeles Dodgers... They're so hot, Dodger fans are staying for up to six innings before leaving to beat traffic.
I left yesterday at the bottom of the sixth. It was just too painful to stay as they were almost, and ended up, being beaten by double digits.

In other news, I think I am going to be one of the heads of a taskforce and thinktank to figure out how to get more young adults to come to the synagogue. Does anyone have any suggestions they think I should bring to the table. I'm already bringing the Kol Zimrah idea, that we have a monthly extra-crunchy Carlebach service (as opposed to regular) (isn't that a more popular flavor at KFC, at least I liked it better in my non-Kosher days long ago).

There is currently a petition with some 40,000 signators petitioning the UN to demand that Israel get reparations paid to them for the damage caused by Hizbullah. I doubt that this will make any difference in the blatantly anti-Semitic agenda of the world body, but please take 5 seconds out of your day to say that you support Israel and demand that the UN recognizes our innocence in this matter with this token task. In case you haven't noticed, this entire paragraph is a link. Click somewhere on it and make your voice heard.

D'var Torah later or tomorrow...


BZ said...

I found this post on a Technorati search for Kol Zimrah. Have you been to the NY one or the Jerusalem one? If the former, have we met?

Before asking "how to get more young adults to come to the synagogue", the question to ask first is whether the synagogue wants to become the kind of community that young adults want. If the answer is "no" (and for many longtime synagogue members, deep down it is indeed "no", even if they think they want to see more young people before considering the ramifications), then you're done. Young people aren't interested in joining synagogues the way they are, and that's the end of the story.

Read this article for more on what we're looking for.

Matt said...

I've only been to the one in Jerusalem. As I ran always services at my Hillel, I was never able to make it to the NYC incarnation.

The synagogue to which I affiliate is so massive (1,800 families) that it is definitely a "Syna-plex", a shul which allows for multiple things to be going on at once. You're right that my synagogue, in accordance with 99.9% of all religious institutions would shun change. However, we can just create programming that caters to young professionals that detour from the "mainstream" programming.

The success of my Hillel is in part because of the availiablilty of multiple spaces for independent programming as well as many people to fill seats. If I wanted to create a friday night minyan that focused on spirituality with drums yet stayed true to the liturgy (k'matbeah if you will) I would likely be able to and there would be a niche for it and a free room to do it in. The Columbia/Barnard Havurah (which I must admit I forgot about when beginning to write this response) was able to accomplish this and is pretty successful.

A great voice once said, "If you build it, they will come". Let's find out.