Jewish Journal

Orthodox shul takes first step to hiring female clergy

By Jared Sichel

September 11, 2014 | 10:17 am

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

  • You graduated, but your spirituality doesn’t have to

    by Michelle Chernak

    September 10, 2014 | 2:42 pm

    In college, all sorts of resources are accessible at your fingertips. You can create a club, join an organization, attend a rally or listen to a lecturer all so easily. Everything is right in front of you, catering to you and your peers — until you leave. 

    After graduation, that...

  • ADL briefs community on holiday security

    By Ryan Torok

    August 31, 2010 | 5:31 pm

    Shortly after releasing its annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, which found an increase in reported hate crimes in California — up from 226 to 275 — the Anti-Defamation League held a meeting at its Los Angeles headquarters to advise local Jewish leaders on security threats...

  • Synagogues gear services to young professionals

    By Ryan Torok

    August 31, 2010 | 5:30 pm

    Young professional groups are hoping to draw 20- and 30-something Jews to shul during Rosh Hashanah with offerings that include a game show-style trivia contest, shorter, more musical services and apple martinis.

    Organizers with Valley Ruach, a young professionals group at Adat Ari...

  • Survey indicates Jewish singing spurs Jewish engagement

    by Sue Fishkoff, JTA

    August 31, 2010 | 5:28 pm

    In 2006, Lara Torgovnik, 21, started college at New York University as a vocal performance major.

    She had little Jewish background — at age 8, she chose music school over Hebrew school with permission from her “very secular” parents — but on a whim one day during her...

  • Ask the expert: High Holy Days tickets

    By JewishJournal.com

    August 31, 2010 | 5:26 pm

    Q: My wife and I decided not to buy High Holy Days tickets this year because they’re so expensive. What can we do to mark the holidays at home on our own?

    A: Every year as the High Holy Days approach, people grumble about the price of tickets. And it’s true, at some synagogues...

  • Synagogues seek ways to keep, draw members in time of recession

    by Jessica Pauline Ogilvie, Contributing Writer

    August 31, 2010 | 5:17 pm

    Since the recession began two years ago, cutting back has become a way of life. And with the cost of belonging to a synagogue seemingly higher than ever, many Jewish families believe they have to decide whether belonging to a temple is worth the price.

    In response, synagogues have...

  • Economy forces tough dues decisions for congregants, synagogues.

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    September 2, 2009 | 4:13 pm

    With Rosh Hashanah 5770 fast approaching, the synagogue membership renewal season is in full swing. Throughout the summer months, billing statements with letters explaining dues, fees — and often increases — arrive in congregants’ mailboxes.

    But many congregants affected by...

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