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  • Rural Shuls Make Do Without Rabbis

    By Sue Fishkoff

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    There's been a Jewish community in Muskogee, Okla., since 1867, when furrier Joseph Sonderheim opened his import-export business.

    In 1916 the first synagogue was dedicated, Congregation Beth Ahaba, a lay-led Reform congregation that served a tight-knit Jewish community of merchants...

  • Membership Briefs

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Humanistic High Holidays

    Three secular humanist groups -- Adat Chaverim, Society for Humanistic Judaism and The Sholem Community -- will hold High Holidays services in the Los Angeles area.

    Adat Chaverim, whose "celebrations" have been led by a madrich, or trained lay leader, since...

  • No Kidding

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    On the evening of Sept. 29, the line will start early at The Laugh Factory on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. About 500 people will wait patiently to jam every available space in the showroom or crowd around TV monitors upstairs.

    If you think they're expecting Seinfeld, think...

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  • Congregational Directory

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The listings below are for Jewish congregations within the geographic area of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Congregations in areas adjacent to Los Angeles Federation can be found by calling neighboring federations:

    San Gabriel Valley: Jewish Federation of San Gabriel...

  • Reaching Out

    By Adam Wills

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein is talking about kabbalistic teachings with such passion that he pitches forward in his chair, but just as quickly settles back. His arms are a flurry of activity, and he continuously grabs the black kippah that keeps threatening to slip from his head.

    It's...

  • Spiritual Transformation

    By Julie Wiener

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    At Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell, N.J., more than 100 members gather twice a month to talk about their "spiritual journey."

    They break off into groups of 25 people, gather in members' homes and discuss things like family peace and caring for the ill, using Jewish texts and...

  • Voluntary Dues

    By Julie Wiener

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco had a problem. No matter how hard it tried to promote its innovative Hebrew school, dynamic clergy or range of services, prospective members always had one question: How much does it cost?

    "They didn't want to know who the rabbi was or what the...

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