Bay Area Orthodox Jews are ahead of their time

One of the first things I was told when I moved to the Bay Area was that the Jewish community was way ahead of its time. The first interesting thing I noticed was that the Berkley Chabad and the left wing modern orthodox shul switched off for minyanim. Instead of trying to hold down two daily minyanim in the small orthodox community of Berkeley, the Chabad would hold mincha and maariv every day, while the modern shul would hold shacharis. I have been in too many communities that tried unsuccessfully to hold down more than one minyan because they couldn’t get over their differences.


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