There are lots of versions of this video out there -- apparently produced by Chabad in NYC and customized locally. This version promotes Chabad of Conejo's Chanukah party.
Devin never thought he would get to bring his love for skateboarding into his rite of passage: "I thought it would be like my sister, and I'd work at a shelter, but this was a lot more fun."
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The Agoura Eruv, a project conceived by a small group of local Chabad congregants, covered portions of Agoura Hills and Oak Park, as well as a small sliver of Westlake Village. The Oak Park segment of the eruv had been taken down prior to the Jan. 23 meeting, and on Jan. 25 the Eruv Committee officially ordered the elements in Agoura Hills and Westlake Village dismantled.
Attorneys representing the Jewish teenager who has sued the Conejo Valley Unified School District (CSUSD) over alleged anti-Semitic behavior will meet on Oct. 22 in state court, while a lawyer for the boy's former coach meets next month in federal court over the same case.
It is now two years since I moved to Calabasas to become the rabbi of a new Orthodox congregation. And there is no time like the eve of the Jewish New Year to take stock.
People said it couldn't be done. Some believed there was not much hope for an Orthodox synagogue in this community bordering the San Fernando and Conejo valleys, where expensive homes pepper the steep hills, because members would have to walk to services, and outsiders would be deterred from moving here because of the high price of housing.
In a reflection of the continued struggles of the area's Jewish community centers, the Conejo Valley JCC is slated to close its doors forever on June 30, the second announced center closure in recent months.
Meanwhile, the beleaguered Silverlake Independent JCC might survive. The group that operates the center said that keeping it afloat is now a major priority.
It took me 15 years of living on the Westside and in the San Fernando Valley to find what I was looking for -- a Jewish lifestyle in Los Angeles fit for my family.
In the latest in a spate of anti-Semitic incidents in the San Fernando and Conejo valleys, vandals attacked Temple Solael on July 31, spray-painting graffiti that read "stop murdering the white race." The incident follows the discovery a week ago by Agoura Hills residents of anti-Semitic fliers left in their mailboxes. The flier makes negative reference to the Anti-Defamation League and encourages racists to commit an act of violence against director Steven Spielberg. The fliers also contain a World Wide Web address for the National alliance, a white supremiscist group.
In the midst of an international crisis over Who is a Jew, with Israeli police stopping Conservative and Reform men and women from praying together at the Western Wall and a small Orthodox group declaring that liberals are not practicing Judaism, it's good to know there is, apparently, still one thing that all Jews can agree upon: Who is not acting as a Jew.