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  • Across L.A., Israel’s Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, a Charedi, casts wide net

    By Jared Sichel

    January 14, 2015 | 2:43 pm

    In his six-day visit to Los Angeles last week, Israel’s Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau made some unlikely stops. 

    At the pluralistic New Community Jewish High School (NCJHS) in West Hills, Lau spoke to 200 students and faculty members, opening the assembly by reminding students...

  • Torah portion: Does Elijah really visit your seder table to sip wine?

    by Rabbi Dov Fischer

    January 14, 2015 | 11:26 am

    We all know the imagery at the seder: It is late in the evening. Everyone has eaten lotsa matzah. We have drunk several cups of wine, talked about freedom from bondage and extrapolated the discussion to apply to subsequent historical moments. 

    The children have sung Mah Nishtanah...

  • Torah portion: Naming names

    by Rabbi Judith HaLevy

    January 7, 2015 | 10:10 am

    We begin the story of the Exodus of the Jewish people from slavery to freedom not with a tale of heroism and miracles, but with a list of names.

    V’eleh shemot b’nai Yisrael. These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob …” (Exodus 1:1)

    After Jacob...

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  • A priest and a rabbi: Eulogy for Leonard I. Beerman

    Given by Rev. George F. Regas

    January 6, 2015 | 3:38 pm

    A Rabbi and a Priest: Leonard Beerman was my closest friend for 47 years.  I will miss Leonard, in the deepest places of my being.

    I met Rabbi Leonard Beerman in 1967 where both of us were speaking at a Peace Rally at MacArthur Park opposing the war in Vietnam.  From that day...

  • Torah portion: A good death

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    December 30, 2014 | 9:43 am

    It was a good death. 
     
    Jacob had finished all that was left to do. He gave his son Joseph explicit instructions about what he wanted when he died: “When I lie down with my ancestors, have me taken out of Egypt and be buried in their burial place.”
     
    He had the chance to...
  • Two Rabbis: Influences and Legacies

    by Steven Windmueller

    December 29, 2014 | 8:00 pm

    Both Rabbi Harold Schulweis and Rabbi Leonard Beerman came to their rabbinate having grown up in the era of the Great Depression, the imprint of the Second World War and the birth of the State of Israel. Each of them would be part of a generation of clergy who would draw their...

  • Spiritual leader of the African Hebrew Israelites dies

    JTA

    December 29, 2014 | 1:41 pm

    The spiritual leader of the African Hebrew Israelites, a group of African-American Jews who moved to Israel in the 1960s, has died.

    Ben Ammi Ben-Israel, born Ben Carter in Chicago, died Saturday in the Negev town of Dimona, The Associated Press reported. He was 75; the cause of...

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