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  • Rabbis’ High Holy Days sermons to emphasize spirituality, not politics

    By Ryan Torok

    September 9, 2015 | 4:06 pm

    Over the last several weeks, Rabbi Yonah Bookstein of Pico Shul and Rabbi Kalman Topp of Beth Jacob Congregation have been gathering signatures from rabbis across the country opposed to the Iran nuclear agreement. So far, more than 1,200 have signed on. 

    Bookstein has blogged...

  • Moving and shaking: Rick Santorum, Brad Sherman, L.A. Dodgers and more

    By Ryan Torok

    September 3, 2015 | 1:41 pm

    Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator and Republican presidential hopeful, spoke for an hour on foreign policy, Iran and radical Islam at Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills on Aug. 27 to a small but overwhelmingly sympathetic audience. 

    Sporting a black kippah and...

  • Remembering, honoring IDF’s lone soldier Steinberg, comrades

    By Ryan Torok

    August 19, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    “I just want to say, Max was my best soldier, and I loved him so much, and to be with you is like closure for me. It’s something you can’t explain in words.”

    But Israel Defense Forces (IDF) 1st Lt. Ohad Roisblatt did his best. He told an audience of about 90 people at Beth Jacob...

  • Why do Jews embrace shame?

    By David Suissa

    August 4, 2015 | 5:14 pm

    Maybe by the time you read this, Israeli authorities will have identified a Jewish suspect in the horrible attack in Duma that left a Palestinian toddler dead and other family members severely injured.

    But as of now, all we know is that after several days of investigation by the...

  • Claire Venze Gebler, former Beth Jacob congregant, 55

    January 7, 2015 | 10:58 am

    Claire (Cookie) Venze died on Dec. 20 in Massachusetts.

    Born in Baltimore on May 9, 1959, she moved to Beverly Hills at an early age and attended Hawthorne Elementary School, Beverly Hills High School and UCLA. She received her law degree from Cardozo Law School and worked as a...

  • Lihi Shaar, kidnapped teen’s aunt, describes her nephew

    By Jared Sichel

    June 18, 2014 | 1:50 pm

    When Lihi Shaar awoke on June 13 to the news that three Israeli students had been kidnapped the night before near the town of Alon Shvut, she had a sinking feeling — her nephew, Gilad Shaar, was studying at Yeshivat Mekor Chaim, a high school in Alon Shvut.

    She also knew that...

  • A rabbinic lesson in marriage counseling

    March 6, 2013 | 8:54 am

    All too often, religious and societal taboos impede honest dialogue about difficult issues that can affect any marriage, such as spousal abuse, blended families, adoption and infidelity.

    Learning how to deal with those situations is one reason why Associate Rabbi Adir Posy of...

  • Briefs: UCLA’s Friedlander awarded Pulitzer Prize, Rabbi Weil to head O.U.

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Friedlander Awarded Pulitzer

    UCLA historian Saul Friedlander, a child Holocaust survivor, has been awarded a 2008 Pulitzer Prize for his definitive account of "The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945."

    The $10,000 award in the general nonfiction book...

  • Honoring Hatzolah, Anjelica Huston, Sheba

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 4, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    All Hail Hatzolah

    Ambulances, LAPD squad cars and fire trucks filled the parking spaces outside Beth Jacob Congregation the evening of March 16 -- but there was no emergency going on inside.

    Rather, it was an "Evening of Appreciation" for the Los Angeles Fire Department, presented by...

  • Briefs: Rabbi Weil condemns ‘Spinka’ participants, Prime Grill closure rumors untrue

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Weil Condemns 'Spinka' Participants

    "You call yourself a tzaddik, you're a liar!" Rabbi Steven Weil told his congregation in a fiery speech from the pulpit last Shabbat, regarding someone who acts very religious but may be involved in stealing, lying or cheating.

    The rabbi of Beth...

  • Take a walk on the Weil side

    By David Suissa

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    It's sexy and titillating to read about people getting kicked out of synagogues, which was the subject of a cover story in this paper a few weeks ago.

    I don't know about you, but I got this frisson of excitement while reading the story, like when you can't take your eyes off a...