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Seminar offers a day of learning for SoCal rabbis

By Ryan Torok

September 3, 2013 | 11:12 am

From left: Rabbi Aaron Alexander, Charles Sarosy, Loren Lieb and Rabbi Jon Hanish discuss gun violence. Photo by Ryan Torok

“Are we in a post-denominational world?” the rabbi asked. “That’s above my pay grade.”

But the speaker, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, said one thing is... read full article

  • Holy Days done your way

    By Elyse Samuels

    September 3, 2013 | 11:08 am

    You could make a movie about the way Sigal Farkash spends the High Holy Days. In a way, someone already has.

    “Have you ever seen the movie ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’? That’s how we celebrate,” the Israeli from Sherman Oaks said, describing the lively atmosphere of food and family...

  • High Holy Days: Sermons take a chapter from writer’s book of life

    By Ryan Torok

    September 3, 2013 | 11:04 am

    In 1963, Richard Levy was in his mid-20s and in his last year of rabbinical school when he was sent on an internship to a synagogue in Jasper, Ala. About the time of Rosh Hashanah, not far away in the town of Birmingham, a bomb exploded at the 16th Street Baptist Church, an...

  • High Holy Days Q&A with Rabbi Rick Jacobs

    By Ryan Torok

    September 3, 2013 | 10:58 am

    Upon his installation as president of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) last year, Rabbi Rick Jacobs promised to work toward reimagining and renovating the Reform movement by focusing on engaging young adults in Jewish life, by working with other arms of the movement in seeking...

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  • High Holy Days: Working for happiness

    By Amy Klein

    September 3, 2013 | 10:37 am

    Did you know that many people actually find free time more difficult to enjoy than work? Although many people also find their work stressful, boring or meaningless, success doesn’t make people happy either. 

    “More than a decade of groundbreaking research in the fields of positive...

  • How campus rabbis sermonize

    By Jared Sichel

    September 3, 2013 | 10:31 am

    Jonathan Gordon didn’t grow up particularly observant. Until his bar mitzvah, he attended High Holy Days services with his parents, but once he turned 13 he stopped going — he felt unengaged.

    That is until he started his undergraduate education at the University of Southern...

  • Sharing the love, handling the holidays

    by Edward Farber

    September 3, 2013 | 10:27 am

    Every day in my office, I see parents, embittered by divorce and so grateful to finally be physically and legally apart from a partner they once loved and now hate, struggling to co-parent and jointly make decisions about their children.

    Every day, adults who once loved each...

  • High Holy Days: Services are Smaller but just as holy

    Singles services are Smaller but just as holy

    September 3, 2013 | 10:11 am

    The Los Angeles Jewish Singles Meeting Place, a group that arranges small-scale events every week to connect middle-aged singles in a non-threatening environment, might seem an unlikely sponsor for community-wide services during the High Holy Days.

    And yet, since 1977, the group...

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