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  • 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...

  • Groups, Shuls Fundraise for Tsunami Aid

    By David Finnigan

    November 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Cantor Alison Wissot of Temple Judea felt the pull of the Asian tsunami at a Friday morning meeting of the women's group at her Tarzana Reform shul.

    "There was an outpouring of, 'This is so awful,' 'How do we deal with this event?' 'How do we not feel helpless?' 'How do we just do...

  • Synagogue Perks Entice Unaffiliated

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    What does $1,000 buy you these days in Jewish life?

    Maybe, if you're lucky, a full-year family synagogue membership. But what exactly does that mean? Two tickets to High Holiday services? Free parking? Entree to Kiddushes?

    At a time when families have limited time and money and so...

  • Alternative Scene

    By Steve Getzug

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Shabbat morning services last Saturday were wonderful.

    The bar mitzvah did a fabulous job. The weekly drash was thought-provoking, rich with morality and relevance. And the kiddush? Complete, including even those little rainbow squares that you can only seem to find at shul on...

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  • Deaf Synagogue Relocates

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Temple Beth Solomon of the Deaf (TBS) has a new home. The congregation, which for 35 years was located in Arleta, is now renting space at Temple Judea in Tarzana.

    The congregation had been under pressure for several years to sell its Arleta property and finally had a buyer but no new...

  • Body Building

    December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Barnett Brickner sits, frowning in his study at Temple Judea of Massapequa, N.Y. He's been asked his opinion of the proposed new "platform" of Reform Judaism, which comes up for a vote next May at a national convention of Reform rabbis. The platform says that the Torah was...
  • Reviving a Shul, One Goat at a Time

    By Rob Eshman

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Note to future rabbis: If you want to make a lasting firstimpression with your congregants, nothing beats farm animals on thebimah. Just ask anyone at Temple Adat Shalom in West LosAngeles. It's been almost four months since Michael Resnick took overthere, and they're still talking...

  • Cops and Chassids

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm


    Rachmiel Steinberg is a "Bostoner" Chassid, but, he quips, he is also the Los Angeles Police Department's "show-and-tell rabbi." That's because the Yavneh Hebrew Academy teacher has taken on some unusual students lately: officers of the LAPD's Wilshire Division.

    Steinberg attends...