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  • Paul Wurtzel, Son of Hollywood Legendary Producer Sol Wurtzel, Dies at 92

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 2, 2014 | 6:20 pm

    When I received a phone call last week from the great-grand-daughter of the first President of Temple Israel of Hollywood, Sol Wurtzel, who asked me to officiate at the funeral of Sol’s only son, Paul Wurtzel, I could not say no.

    I never met Paul nor his father, who died in 1958.... read on

  • Hearing God’s Voice and the Importance of a Dot! - D’var Torah Naso

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 29, 2014 | 8:57 am

    “Va-y’hi b’yom kalot Moshe l’hakim et ha-mish'kan On the day that Moses finished setting up the Tabernacle, he anointed and consecrated it and all its furnishings ….” (Numbers 7:1)

    This final chapter of Parashat Naso then lists in detail the names of the tribes and their... read on

  • “People’s Park” – An Enduring Memory After 45 Years

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 25, 2014 | 7:07 am

    May 22 and 23, 1969 are days that I will always remember. I was a sophomore at UC Berkeley. The Vietnam War was raging. A third world college strike against the university had shut down classes earlier that year. Tension could be cut with a knife on the Berkeley campus and on... read on

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  • David Suissa Wrong on the Facts About J Street

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 21, 2014 | 9:52 am

    In last week’s edition of The Los Angeles Jewish Journal, David Suissa wrote a scathing attack against J Street that was not only filled with factual errors, but was an unwarranted assault on the values that J Street represents that are held by the majority of American Jews... read on

  • Setting the Record Straight About J Street - by Jeremy Ben Ami, Times of Israel

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 14, 2014 | 6:36 am

    As a follow-up to my blog yesterday entitled "The Truth About J Street," I include a longer letter written by J Street's President Jeremy Ben Ami in "Times of Israel" yesterday called "Setting the Record Straight about J Street" in which he responds to many of the false charges... read on

  • The Truth About J Street

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 12, 2014 | 10:51 am

    At a recently convened Los Angeles J Street meeting with one of the leading candidates running for Congressman Henry Waxman’s 33rd Congressional District seat, the candidate asked us “Why does J Street support BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) against Israel?” He was... read on

  • On Humility and Kindness

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 11, 2014 | 6:48 am

    In the next several weeks I will have the privilege of praising publicly two dear friends and colleagues on the occasion of significant milestones in their lives and the lives of their synagogue communities.

    The first is Rabbi Ammi Hirsch, the Senior Rabbi of the Stephen S. Wise... read on

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