Preparing for a bar or bat mitzvah is hard work, involving years of intense study and the courage to lead an entire congregation in prayer. Organizing a party to celebrate this milestone — well, that’s no picnic either.
We know that a cheeseburger, fries and a soda are not the healthiest of choices, but what about the sushi rolls you had for lunch? A typical roll contains the carbohydrate equivalent of approximately two and half to four slices of bread.
Significant advances in science enable us to no longer question what’s in our genes. This is especially important for Jews, who are far more likely to be carriers of genetic diseases than the general population.
Audrey Koz was a pharmacist, but her best medicine was the love she baked into her chocolate chip cookies.
On Sunday night, April 17, bereaved families and community members packed Stephen S. Wise Temple, some holding back tears, for the third annual ceremony commemorating Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day. Prayers, songs and stories both in English and Hebrew honored soldiers who died defending the state of Israel.
A charter school emphasizing Hebrew as well as other languages is expected to open in the Santa Clarita Valley in fall 2010, after being approved by a Santa Clarita school board on Wednesday evening. “This is an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of our children,” said Rabbi Mark Blazer of Temple Beth Ami, who has spearheaded the project from the start.
The Jewish community of Santa Clarita Valley could take a big step forward next year. Plans for a new Southern California Center for Jewish Life (SCCJL) include a complex designed by renowned architect Hagy Belzberg with a new home for Temple Beth Ami as well as an independent community cultural center, a public Hebrew-language charter school, an early childhood education center and 140 senior apartments. Groundbreaking for the $54 million project on a 19-acre property approximately five minutes north of Granada Hills is planned for late 2010. With the current Jewish population of Santa Clarita reaching close to 20,000, the new center would fill a big gap in the emerging community, as well as attract newcomers.
Hagy Belzberg, the principal of Belzberg Architects, was honored recently with two awards.
About 20 guests and 60 members of B’nai David-Judea and the larger Jewish community gathered in the synagogue’s Pico Boulevard sukkah on the night of Oct. 6 for a dinner sponsored by Federation’s Fed Up with Hunger campaign.
On Oct. 4, LimmudLA targeted the Israeli community, offering a sampling of what might be expected at the weekend-long learning conference to be held Feb. 12-15, 2010.