We had a lovely ten days with Joel and Sarah and Shira: present for her two week birthday and her three week birthday as well as her naming ceremony, the simchat bat.
A lot of Sarah's family came up for that, and her parents rented an airbnb house that held them and a lot of celebrating and socializing. Below are Phil & Jan Zakowski, Joel, Sarah, Shira, and me and Andy. Happy happy grandparents!
Joel and Sarah arranged the naming ceremony with a group they attend sometimes, the Mission Minyan, a lay-led group that uses an orthodox prayer service, but has the room divided up into men, women and mixed, and women have much of the leadership: carried the Torah around and everythng. A mostly-young congregation that is also traditional.
But what I love is that they rent their space from La Casa de Mujeres/ Woman's House-- a beautifully muraled community center in San Francisco's Mission District, and the ceremony took place in -- get this-- the Audre Lorde room! (For those young enough not to know, Audre Lorde was a great poet, activist, and lesbian feminist). What more could we ask for Shira? Her dad and mother's chosen tradition but also the women-owned community center plus Audre Lorde.
It that cool or what?