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  • Two reform clergy to take their liberal spirit to Israel

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    January 18, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    Rabbi Don Goor of Temple Judea and Cantor Evan Kent of Temple Isaiah announced to their congregations on Jan. 11 that they will be moving to Israel next summer. Both will leave behind successful careers in Los Angeles as they jump into the rich but contentious world of liberal...

  • Clergy push Debbie Friedman song

    January 13, 2012 | 10:25 am

    About two weeks before she died, Debbie Friedman stood with Rabbi Joy Levitt at the piano in Levitt’s Manhattan apartment, and she shared with her friend a melody that the legendary singer and composer would never have the chance to record.

    It was a new version of “Shalom...

  • Clergy object to LAPD’s methods of clearing Occupy L.A.

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 7, 2011 | 3:19 pm

    The members of an interfaith group of clergy who ministered to Occupy Los Angeles protesters throughout the two-month occupation of the lawn around Los Angeles City Hall are objecting to what they call a distressing “level of violence and brutality” used by the 1,400 Los Angeles...

  • Jewish activists and clergy to join Occupy L.A. with sukkah outside City Hall

    By Ryan Torok

    October 11, 2011 | 3:46 pm

    Since the beginning of this month, a group of Angelenos has gathered near downtown’s City Hall as part of Occupy Los Angeles, its version of the much-publicized Occupy Wall Street — a protest movement calling for reforms to the U.S. political and economic systems.

    On Oct. 16...

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  • Clergy lobby against foreign food aid cuts

    September 14, 2011 | 11:16 am

    Jewish clergy and educators lobbied Congress to maintain food aid to foreign countries.

    The American Jewish World Service brought about 20 clergy, rabbinical students and educators to Congress on Monday to lobby against proposed budget cuts to the emergency food aid.

    Participants in the delegation had joined AJWS Rabbinical Student Delegations to developing world nations.

    The AJWS release did not say which Congress members had been lobbied. Congress is seeking to cut programs as a means of trimming the deficit.

  • Clergy, Bibi urge Pollard release

    January 4, 2011 | 10:30 am

    More than 500 clergy signed a letter to President Obama urging clemency for Jonathan Pollard.

    The letter was delivered a day before Prime Minister Benjanim Netanyahu reportedly sent a letter to Obama issuing a formal clemency request. Netanyahu was scheduled to read his letter...

  • VIDEO: Tel Aviv rally protests religious persecution in China

    August 9, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy lead rally protesting Chinese persecution of Falun Gong and China’s involvement in Sudan

  • Latino clergy get firsthand look at Israel

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 19, 2008 | 2:31 pm

    Tony Solorzano had dreamed of seeing Israel. At 54, he'd spent countless Sundays at the pulpit and weekdays on Radio Zion talking about the land of Abraham and Jacob and David -- and Jesus.

    A pastor at Llamada Final, a Pentecostal church in Downey and Inglewood, Solorzano got his...

  • When the rabbi talks politics from the pulpit

    By Amy Klein

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    In 2006, Rabbi Nancy Myers of Westminster's Temple Beth David used her Rosh Hashanah sermon to address the horrors of the Abu Ghraib scandals.

    She was about to make a point about acting morally as Jews when a congregant walked down the sanctuary's aisle with his hands crossed in a...

  • A spiritual boost in Simi

    By Sue Fishkoff

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Three-dozen rabbis and cantors are sitting in silent meditation in a sun-filled room at the Brandeis-Bardin Campus at American Jewish University in Simi Valley.

    They open their eyes and Rabbi Sheila Weinberg guides them in a mindfulness exercise.

    "Feel how much space there is in...

  • Clergy sexual misconduct: What’s being done to rein in abuse?

    By Eugene L. Meyer

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Even as the Catholic Church has been rocked by a massive pedophilia scandal in recent years, the Jewish community also has been buffeted by high-profile cases of sexual impropriety involving rabbis and other authority figures.

    How extensive is the problem of clergy sex abuse in the...

  • Awareness Center and other blogs draw praise and scorn

    By Eugene L. Meyer

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    There is no unabridged database of rabbinic sexual abusers. But there is the Awareness Center.

    It's not a physical place, but a Baltimore post office box, cellphone number and Web site -- www.theawarenesscenter.org -- where online surfers can find a listing of scores of Jewish...

  • Is molestation being swept underneath the Eruv?

    By Eugene L. Meyer

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Within Jewish circles, much of the focus on sexual predators has centered on the Orthodox community, particularly its more ultra-religious precincts, where some contend that clergy sex abuse is more hidden -- and possibly more widespread -- than elsewhere.

    Whether or not those...

  • How one Boston synagogue met the challenge of the cantor’s sexual abuse

    By Richard Greenberg

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    As an attorney representing several victims of sexually predatory Catholic priests, Mark Itzkowitz has witnessed the church's pedophilia scandal from an almost too-close-for-comfort vantage point.

    "Some of the details are absolutely horrifying," said Itzkowitz, 49, who lives in the...

  • Briefs

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    700 Gather to Protest Suicide Bombings

    With the charred remains of Israeli Bus No. 19 as a backdrop, about 700 Angelenos gathered Jan. 30 at the Museum of Tolerance to take a stand against suicide bombings.

    In a show of support with the community, guest speakers such as Los Angeles...

  • Defining Family

    By Yehuda Lev

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A few months ago, in these pages, I described a brief visit to Los Angeles to attend the wedding of my daughter, Dafna, 42, and

    her fiancé, Scott, 36 ("Father of the Bride," July 11). It was a first marriage for both and celebrated without benefit of clergy -- Scott being Christian...

  • An Appeal to the Clergy of All Faiths

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Colleagues in faith, we must act together now. We owe it to our respective faiths and our common calling. We cannot feign blindness or muteness while all about us the toxins of racial and religious hate and the anarchy of anthrax continue to poison our environment. Lethal libels...

  • Reform Rabbis: Same-Sex Ceremonies Kosher

    By James D

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Modification or compromise?

    Whatever you want to call it, the Reform rabbis' final decision on Jewish same-sex commitment ceremonies is being touted as "groundbreaking" and a major step forward for gay and lesbian Jews.

    After years of often heated debate on gay marriage, Reform...

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