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Orthodox shul takes first step to hiring female clergy

By Jared Sichel

1 week ago

Alissa Newborn is an intern at B'nai David and will likely soon be ordained as Orthodox clergy by Yeshivat Maharat in New York.

In what would be an unprecedented move among Orthodox synagogues in Los Angeles, Congregation B’nai David-Judea plans to hire a woman clergy member by September 2015. The development in... read full article

  • ADL briefs groups on online security

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    With the cyber era comes cyber threats. 

    That’s why the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) used its annual pre-High Holy Days security briefing to bring together more than 30 people from local synagogues and Jewish organizations to listen to law enforcement leaders and ADL leaders...

  • Ford Theatre saves the last dance for Daniel Ezralow

    by Evan Henerson

    1 week ago

    If you believe in the existence of theater ghosts, then expect the spirit of Christine Wetherill Stevenson to be looking on at the Ford Theatre on Sept. 13 during the premiere of a new work by Daniel Ezralow, possibly with a raised eyebrow, given the original intention for the...

  • Freedom has its costs, emotional chains in ‘The Face in the Reeds’

    by Iris Mann

    1 week ago

    Closely held secrets, resentments and hidden pain are uncovered at a contentious family Passover dinner in the play “The Face in the Reeds,” now onstage at the Ruskin Group Theatre. In the play, the seder has been carefully arranged by Christina (Stacey Moseley), the wife and...

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  • Lawyer uncovers her roots in debut novel ‘City of the Sun’

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    1 week ago

    In 1956, during the Suez Crisis, a young Juliana Maio and her family were kicked out of Egypt and forced to flee to France. All her life, she was curious about her background and her roots, and as she grew older, she started to research her personal history. 

    “I had a question,...

  • Poem: How to Resist Temptation

    by Linda Zisquit

    1 week ago

    Read the notes from the morning’s class

    on the Sota

    on the winds of folly

    that blow through the secret place

    where God is asked to vacate

    and no witness sees.

    Don’t mention it to a soul.

    Try to imagine the ink in which all of His Names

    are erased

    and the...

  • Bullets and Bagels: The Jewish shooting club

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    "Ready, Aim, Schmear.” 

    That was the banner hanging in the lobby of Orange County indoor shooting range FT3 Tactical, as members of Bullets and Bagels, a Jewish shooting club, turned out to try firing automatic Colt pistols, semi-automatic rifles and an assortment of other...

  • How the Jews brought water to L.A.

    by Edmon J. Rodman

    1 week ago

    While by flood and sinkhole the news of Los Angeles’ aging water system has gushed out in a torrent, a much older L.A. water story, this one of how Jews brought water to a thirsty city, has never even reached a trickle.

    The Hebrew folk song “Mayim” says, “With joy you shall draw...

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