A few years ago, the leadership of Temple Society of Concord, decided that we were doing many programs and activities, yet we were not sure where they were heading and whether we held the same vision of Jewish learning.
Although rabbis can play a positive role in brokering a reconciliation in couples with relatively minor problems, they are generally ill-equipped, both educationally and often temperamentally, to grapple with spousal abuse, depression, bullying and other serious issues that can destroy marriages and souls.
The beloved rabbi of a Northridge synagogue apparently committed suicide in the wake of personal disclosures that jeopardized his job. These disclosures had to do with allegedly "inappropriate" actions by the rabbi, but nothing that was criminal or illegal, said officials of Temple Ramat Zion.
No one -- neither Rabbi Paula Reimers nor board members who voted not to renew her contract -- believes that she was let go just because of the Israeli flag incident.
Although "Trembling Before G-d" has enjoyed a successful theatrical run in Los Angeles, drawing in theatergoers is only part of the mission of Sandi Simcha DuBowski's documentary about gay Orthodox Jews struggling to reconcile conflicting parts of their identities.
In celebration of HUC-JIR's impending 125th anniversary, faculty members from the Los Angeles campus will be fanning out across Southern California during the next few weeks to bring the college to the congregants.