Jewish Journal

Rabbi Mark S. Diamond

  • Building Homes, Building Hope

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The prophet Isaiah asks: "What is the house which you would build for Me, and what is the place of My rest?" (Isaiah 66:1). In the days following the Easter and Passover holidays, 41 Angelenos traveled to the Gulf Coast to translate their faith into action. We were rabbis and...

  • First Person - A Love Story

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    This is the story of my friend Valerie, whom I first met just last year. Valerie sent me an e-mail introducing herself as Shira, a Jew-by-Choice who worked as a flight attendant. She wondered if I was the same Rabbi Mark her fiancé Glenn knew from his synagogue's high school youth...

  • A Concert Behind Bars

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Most Jewish people I know have never set foot in L.A. County jails or a California state prison. Were they to do so, they would discover dangerous overcrowding in most penal institutions.

    They would see tens of thousands of inmates struggling to survive the daily routines of...

  • From Darkness to Light

    April 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    There are unwelcome reminders that xenophobia is alive and well in Germany.

    Last month we traveled to Berlin on a mission sponsored by the North American Boards of Rabbis. Rabbis from 32 North American communities spent four days in Germany's capital. We witnessed firsthand the theme...