Yossi Fendel was born in Berkeley, CA and still lives there with his wife, Tamar, and their three children. Yossi has degrees in Mathematics from Harvard and UC Berkeley, and works in the San Francisco financial district. He is the Board President for Midrasha in Berkeley, a teen program that combines classes, camping, and community and has been "cultivating mensches since 1968". Yossi is also a member of the National Puzzlers League, and captain of the Golden Golems, a team of "puzzle hunters" who semi-competitively solve elaborate enigmata and complex conundra out of love of mystery and discovery.
My oldest daughter will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah this December. I have a bit of chip on my shoulder about it.
Actually, it’s not just her bat mitzvah that I’m cynical about,…it’s the whole bat mitzvah “thing.” (I’m using “bat mitzvah” here to include bar mitzvahs too, of course.) As Patrick Aleph argued persuasively in Kveller last year, there are a lot of problems with this ceremony. Despite this, we’ve seen examples lately of young Jews who transform their b’nai mitzvah into something powerful. We just… >> Read More
We are a “dual-school family.” Our daughter is in 6th grade at the local Orthodox Jewish day school while our son is in 3rd grade at a public school.
We often get asked how this came about. I…enjoy replying that when deciding which child should learn Torah, we picked our daughter as a corrective step for generations of reduced access to Torah by girls. But that’s really just a line. As with most things in life, there’s a longer story behind this--and as with much of parenting, our intentions only played a… >> Read More