Festival of Lights.

A time to celebrate as a community, as a nation.

A time to illuminate the world with the light and glow of the Menorah.

And a time to see the miracles in our lives.

Please join us for a most beautiful, inspiring, delicious and memorable Chanukah!

Let each of us be that partner in making miracles happen.

Building community, one light at a time.






& MORE…..(of course:)

Blessing of a Broken Ankle

Hmmm….”Living Creatively”.

Seems that this upcoming course (see below) which I am very excited and honored to teach is maybe something that I not only desire to share with fellow friends, but it is something that I look forward to internalizing myself.

In my current journey to health and healing after breaking my ankle in 3 places 2 weeks ago, “Living Creatively” takes on new meaning.

What has inspired me to delve deeper? Is it the fact that I am trying to figure out how to run a household from my bed? (or let go of running a household from my bed!) Is it the challenge of conveying my needs when I would simply rather do it myself? Or is it the formidable task of mothering 8 kids ka”h, from a horizontal position, while reading books, beading necklaces, doing homework all while trying to rest, heal and let go?

Is it the surrendering and letting go that inspires creativity or is it seeing and feeling the intentions and blessings of  G-d within the painting of life? Are we an admirer of art or are we the artist? Are we choosing our attitudes, thoughts and perspectives and are we blending our colors to create a vibrant life? And how does Judaism fit in?

How can we as women tap into the energy that is found deep within our Judaism? How can we take our very own canvas of life, and paint it with magnificent hues of depth, meaning and connection, all while we go about our busy day to day life.

We as women, have an intrinsic connection. We have the power of Jewish Femininity that infuses our life with a symphony of color in our very own palette, our very own soul.

But how? How do we really live beautifully, with purpose, with creativity? How does Judaism inspire living with color and passing it along to others?

Please join me on a 7 month journey, to delve into our inner spiritual palate, one we may not even know exists.

Looking forward to sharing the experience with you,


(This class is for women only)


We are fascinated by artists. Their work embodies what we want our lives to be: beautiful, meaningful, purposeful. But art is not only for artists. It’s for anyone who craves to know how to live more creatively, more deeply. Join us on a seven-part journey as we explore Judaism’s insights into the arts and how they beautify and transform our lives, one brushstroke at a time…


7:30pm – 9:00pm

I – Painting & Drawing
The Inner Eye of the Artist
What is art? What endows a painting with that magical power to convey a dimension of beauty and meaning that the object or scene it represents does not reveal to us on its own? Is it only artists who have access to that magic, or can we all learn to discover it? How do we transform our everyday lives into a work of art?

Please Click Here to Register:

Color Me In.


Life is a Canvas.

Simply add color, texture, temperature, emotion, values, history, Jewish spirit, soulful vitality and friends.

Community is the easel, in which a creative, meaningful  life can be held.

Thursday October 1st.

5:00pm – 8:00pm.

Come color your canvas.

It’s waiting for you…

Right here.

In your community.

Click Here to find out more & to register. It’s that simple.



Honey Cake. Sweet. Soul Food. A taste of Yom Tov.

A cake batter of emotion, introspection, love, appreciation, gratitude, blessings, prayer and connection.

Chabad. Wif-fi for the soul. A place to connect.

It’s often a challenge to find balance in our lives. Days full of ‘troubleshooting’ as we look for ways to re-boot, re- charge and re-start.

Chabad of Mill Valley is the place to find balance, inspiration and the tools needed to keep ‘in sync’ with our Jewish hard drive. Our internal ‘storage’ of rich heritage, vibrant history and Jewish roots.

Now a days, everything is in ‘the cloud’. Easy, fast access, from anywhere, anytime.

Important data, meaningful experiences, never to be lost. This, my friend, is what you will experience at Chabad.

Our Judaism is rooted deep within us, down here on earth, yet the opportunity to connect to the ‘cloud’, the Heavens above with G-d’s blue print for life, is eternal, relevant and accessible. Anywhere. Anytime.

So, join us. Consider Chabad of Mill Valley your Wi-fi hot spot. Life long significant connection to spirituality, Judaism and Torah values.

May you and yours be blessed with health, happiness and success both spiritually and physically.

Yours sincerely,

Rabbi Hillel and Chana Scop

To see our High Holiday Schedule, please click here.

To try out this fantastic Honey Cake recipe,  follow these directions:

To try another great Honey cake recipe of Chana’s click here.


2 1/3 cups flour

1 Tsp. Baking Powder

1 Tsp. Baking Soda

2 Eggs

2/3 cup sugar

1 cup dark brewed tea, made with 3 tea bags, cooled

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 cup honey

1/2 medium ripe banana thoroughly mashed

Grated rind of 1 orange

1/8 Tsp. Ground cloves

(This recipe is originally for two 9 x 5″ loaf pans) – Use parchment paper for lining when using pans.

Preheat oven to 350.

Beat eggs, in a mixer at medium speed, gradually ading sugar until pale and ribbon-like. (about 7 -10 minutes…you don’t have to be religious about this step:)

Lower the speed and add the tea, oil, honey and banana, orange rind, cloves and even a dash of cinnamon if you wish. Combine thoroughly.

Gradually add in flour, baking powder and baking soda. (use a whisk is you still have clumps of flour in your batter.) combine well.

(If you are making this cake in the loaf pans, the original recipe says to bake it at 325 for the first 15 minutes and then raise temp. to 350 for another 25 minutes. I found that baking at 350 the entire time works too.This recipe makes 2 loaf size pans.  If you are making cupcakes, bake at 325 for 14 – 17 minutes. This recipe gives you about 27 cupcakes in these holders.)

Launch into your ‘INNER SPACE’ at Chabad.



On your marks, get set, BLAST OFF!

It’s the celebration of the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai!

See you at the ‘mountain’!

This Sunday at 9:00am – 11:00am Davening and reading of the Ten Commandments, followed by a delicious kiddush brunch! (read: Bagels, lox, cream cheese, salads, cheesecake, ice cream, toppings, sour cream coffee cake, cookies and more!….of course:)

At Chabad. (No fee, simply come by, any time, for as long as you wish. Yup. That simple.)

Wishing you all a beautiful Shabbos and Yom Tov!

Chana’s Cheesecake Popsicles:

Using a hand blender blend the following:

  • One 8oz package of cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt (plain)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or sweetener of choice)
  • (Add a couple strawberries for a berry flavor!)

Pour into Popsicle molds. (I doubled this recipe and I filled 6 popsicles).

Freeze for a couple hours or overnight!

So creamy and refreshing!




you are here final

Isn’t it true…those large shopping center directories, you know…the ones that tell you “YOU ARE HERE”, are really something we deep down wish we could have on hand throughout our journey in life?

A simple little map, with clarity, vision, and a fabulous understanding of how to avoid the bumps in the road, the ‘dead ends’ of life’s little mishaps.

I mean, we look at that map and think, “Ok, if I am HERE and I need to get THERE, then I just simply follow the route”…simple, isn’t it?

Well, in life, in fact the day you and I were born, we were given a gift.

The Torah.

Our blueprint for life. Our very own directory that helps remind us “YOU ARE HERE”….you are in G-d’s beautiful world, with a special soul, endless opportunities to nourish it.

So, consider standing in front of Mount Sinai, looking above at the luminous Aseres Hadibros (Ten Commandments, Our Torah, Our Blueprint for life)…and feel that you really are here you really are present in your connection to G-d, to Judaism, to your soul.

Consider you are running a spiritual marathon…I mean, arent we all in midst of our journey, tracking our distance from where we came from, using our GPS calibrated to the rhythm of our soul, reaching goals, aspirations and dreams?

3317 years ago we received the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. No cell phone panoramic view, no Facebook to tag who was ‘there’, no online registration to track attendance…

Yet, you and I were there with every soul of the Jewish nation. Yup! Just imagine, the biggest most unbelievable selfie on earth! Only it was our souls that were capturing the moment, zooming in, focusing on our commitment to G-d.

How about re-living the moment, in the moment?

At Chabad, we provide these meaningful experiences that nourish our body and soul.
And in case you are wondering how we do that?
Well, come join us and see.

Find out how in fact, every Jewish Holiday taps into the divine energy that occurred at the original moment in time.

And of course, who runs a marathon without a wholesome breakfast?

After all, this IS the Breakfast of Champions! (Ok…maybe Brunch:)

So, bring a friend, and come by to celebrate, eat, and connect. To ourselves, to each other, to G-d.

Mark your calendar for Sunday May 24th 9:00am – Noon….

Ya…we know…it’s Memorial Day Weekend…but surely a little prayer and some cheesecake won’t hurt?


Flavor Your Shabbos!


Amazing to think it’s been a week since we were eating matzah and celebrating Pesach!

Here we are, flour covered countertops, mounds of neatly braided challah and a new energy of creativity in the kitchen!

I must say, I absolutely love my new cookbook called “Jerusalem” that I received as a gift from my dear friend Michelle Lerman, (in honor of my birthday which was Erev Pesach! Ya, I know….one hectic birthday!)

I couldn’t wait to jump right in and try out some new recipes!

Here is a delicious dip that I’ll be serving tonight. Complex flavors and oh so good!

Pair this with challah and you’ll be good to go!

Wishing you all a good shabbos!

Candle Lighting tonight is at 7:30pm



Date syrup, which we use here to add intensity, is a popular natural sweetener with wonderful richness and treacly depth. Use it for salad and vegetable dressings, to sweeten stews or just drizzle over porridge in the morning. It is available from health food shops and Middle Eastern grocers but can be substituted with golden syrup, maple syrup or even treacle. This dip seems to be fantastically popular with anyone who tries it. There is something about the magical combination of tahini and pumpkin or squash that we always tend to come back to (see also roasted butternut squash, page 36). Serve as a starter with bread or as part of a mezze selection.

Serves 6-8

(p 69, Jerusalem Cookbook by Ottolenghi)

1 very large butternut squash (about 1.2kg), peeled and cut into chunks (970g in total once peeled)
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp ground cinnamon
70g light tahini paste
120g Greek yoghurt
2 small garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp mixed black and white sesame seeds (or just white, if you don’t have black)
1 1/2 tsp date syrup
2 tbsp chopped coriander (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Spread squash out in a medium roasting pan. Pour over the olive oil and sprinkle on the cinnamon and 1/2 tsp. salt. Mix together well, cover the pan with aluminum foil, and roast in the oven for 70 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  3. Transfer squash to a food processor, along with the tahini, yogurt, and garlic. Roughly pulse so that everything is combined into a coarse paste, without the spread becoming smooth. Stir in cilantro.
  4. Spread the butternut onto a plate. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, and drizzle the date syrup/molasses on top. Serve with bread.

Keep Calm. And Clean On.


A simple delicious dessert for Pesach (and year round). Core apples and place in a pot, (my favorite is my oval Le Creuset that steams these apples perfectly!) add about 2 inches of water, sprinkle of cinnamon, sugar if you’d like, and even a tsp of vanilla. Bring to a boil and simmer on low for 20 minutes until apples are steamed! Delicious with ice cream or whip cream during the year!


One week from today is Erev Pesach.

I know. There’s so much to do. The list in endless as we make sure we are all set and ready.

Clean the house, scrub the kitchen, buy the Matzah, wine and macaroons (what’s Pesach without macaroons!)

Shine the silver, put away the bread.

It’s a journey.

But what should we internalize while we clean? Can getting rid of leavened substances actually have an affect on our soul?

So. Here’s the deal.

Everything in our physical world can be elevated to spirituality. It’s a matter of what we do with the physical.

You see. Chometz is ‘bread’, it’s puffy, it is dough that has expanded and risen. It is ego.

Matzah, is flat. It is a humble. It is modest. It is all we aspire to, deep within our soul.

Once a year, we get an opportunity to ‘clean house’, to sweep, scour and scrub the ego from within, preparing ourselves to ingest ‘the bread of faith’,  humility and modesty.

As I clean, I try keep this in mind. I think of all the dusty, chometz covered, sticky ‘ego’ within.  And believe it or not. It feels so good to ‘clean’.

So try it. Clean from within. Embrace and internalize.

A spiritual interior re-design.

I think you’ll like the new look.

I know, I do.

Good Shabbos!  (Candle Lighting is at 7:04pm)

Shabbos. Centered.


It’s almost Shabbos and we look around at the hustle and bustle of our preparations.
Kids are mixing up some yummy delicacies in the kitchen, music is playing, table is set and the feeling of Shabbos is in the air.

Now, how does the ‘feeling’ of Shabbos come to be? What really creates this energy in the room, this team of players working towards a goal of peace and serenity…what really infuses the air with the Erev Shabbos power?

Giving ourselves the moment to tap into how G-d created the world and how at every moment He is infusing life into each and every being and substance, lends to a humbling experience.

Bringing these experiences into our own life and into tangible expressions of being Jewish and creating a Jewish home, is the spark that warms us and those around us.

It transforms the energy in our home to the ‘feeling’ that Shabbos is coming, this is a special time, a holy time.

So try it. Set your table with a white tablecloth, place your candles in the middle. Keep Judaism centered. Centered in your life.

Indulge in the spirit of Shabbos.

Join us by lighting the Shabbos candles tonight at 7:03pm and bring added light into our world.

Wishing you and yours peace, serenity and a beautiful  Shabbos!


Wi-fi. For the Soul.

We started cleaning for Pesach and got a bit carried away!

Here it is! A new look, fresh, updated and created just for you.

A chometz free zone. No crumbs, no ‘cookies’.

Just everything you’d like to keep in ‘sync’ with.

It’s Jewish. It’s meaningful. It’s happening.

At Chabad of Mill Valley.

This site is part web and part blog! A fantastic opportunity to either follow weekly posts or check in, as you wish.

Fab recipes. Daily dose of inspiration. Thoughts. Tidbits. All things Jewish. A virtual ‘cuppa’ tea to keep you warm.

Kind of like Wi-fi for the Soul.

Looking forward to connecting with you.

Rabbi Hillel and Chana and Family