Jewish Journal

Rabbi Arnold Rachlis

  • On Thanksgiving,  open your hand to the poor and needy

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    n 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed, "I do therefore invite my fellow ... to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving.... And I recommend to them that ... they do also ... commend to [God's] tender care all those who have become widows,...
  • Unnecessary Hunger in Southern California

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The news is out: Nearly 1 million people in Los Angeles County live under threat of hunger, one-third of California's entire food-insecure population. This, according to a new report issued by a long-time MAZON grantee, the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank. What does the report reveal...

  • New Berlin Memorial a Sign of Hope

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Each year our congregation travels to a different corner of the Jewish world, and last Tisha B'Av, the day commemorating persecutions and destructions that have befallen the Jewish people, we found ourselves in Berlin.

    We entered Germany's gleaming, dynamic capital with...

  • Jews of the Midnight Sun

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Each year, our congregation visits a different corner of the Jewish world. This year we traveled to Scandinavia and our first stop was Stockholm, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Sweden is green and vibrant and its capital city is surrounded by water. Many of us took a...

  • Friends Found a World Away

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Every other year, our congregation travels to a different part of the Jewish world to meet and, if necessary, help our fellow Jews. Having traveled to Israel, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union many times, as well as Turkey, Morocco, Spain, Argentina and Brazil, our...

  • Jewish Kiwis Thrive at Bottom of Earth

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    New Zealand has never been considered a center of Jewish life, but since our congregation, University Synagogue, was visiting Australia, we decided to hop over (1,200 miles) to this incredibly beautiful country.

    We landed in Christchurch, an old English town. If quaint is the...

  • Help—Don’t Cry

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    One of the best University Synagogue tours ever was our 2000 trip to Argentina and Brazil. Both countries were physically beautiful and Jewishly fascinating, and the speakers with whom we met were unforgettable.

    Since that time, however, Argentina has been reduced to terrible...

  • Eulogies: Dr. Pauline Glanzberg Rachlis

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Dr. Pauline Glanzberg Rachlis, died June 8, at the age of 90.

    Born in Vienna, Austria on Oct. 10, 1911, she became a physician after graduating from the University of Virginia Medical School. Fleeing Vienna, she came to America, one of two survivors of an extended family of 33.