Shabbat Shalom from the Stormy Oregon Coast

YHVH on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, than the mighty waves of the sea. (Ps 93:4)

The seas shout bravo and clap their hands at the name of Yehovah Elohim, the Almighty Creator of all things.

The spectacular Pacific Ocean is about 75 miles from our house. This ocean is usually anything but pacific (peaceful)! We’re here spending a long weekend including Shabbat.

I have a client who has a gorgeous home located on a hillside just above the beach. A short three minute walk puts us at water’s edge. I did some tree work for why them in exchange for several nights at her beach house. Please enjoy these photos.

Neskowin Beach ghost forest. These spruce tree stumps are a couple thousand years old. They’ve spent most of their lives buried preserved in the sand.

A quick walk on the beach before erev Shabbat dinner and before the next rain squall comes blasting in at us.

This sneaker wave caught me off guard and nearly nailed me.

A barnacle encrusted 2000 or so year old Sitka spruce tree stump.

Shabbat morning view of the stormy Pacific Ocean from our bedroom window.


Photos: Nestucca Bay on the Oregon Coast

This weekend, my wife Sandi and I along with two of the elders of our local congregation (Dr. Joseph and Heidi Dombek, Congregation Elim of Tigard, Oregon —, vacated to the world class Oregon coast (about two hours away from our homes) for a quick leaders planning session. There we discussed issues, plans, visions and goals relating to our congregation and Hoshana Rabbah (, which is the outreach arm of our ministry.

I took these photos (with my iPhone) from the front yard of the rented house, and from the bay below. The Pacific Ocean is out in the distance beyond the bay. Enjoy!