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  • A Rabbi is Just a Man

    By Ilana Angel

    August 2, 2012 | 6:43 pm

    I love a good Rabbi.  Truth be told, when I started my spiritual journey to find my own level of Judaism, I loved all Rabbis.  I was in awe of men who could quote Torah, and guide me through my faith.  I have always thought Rabbis were special, often thought they were sexy, and...

  • Conn. congregation, member settle lawsuit over non-Jewish burial

    May 17, 2012 | 10:49 am

    A Jewish woman suing her congregation over the burial of a non-Jewish black woman in its cemetery has settled her lawsuit.

    Maria Balaban, 73, settled her lawsuit with Congregation Ahavath Achim in Colchester, Conn., on Wednesday after two days of negotiations in the middle of the...

  • With the over-abundance of Synagogues in O.C., I had to pick this one!

    By Julia Bendis

    June 4, 2011 | 11:40 am

    For months, my family and I have been looking for the perfect Congregation to join.  Its not easy when you have many needs.  I wanted a place where the Rabbi is young and energetic, and has the patience to work with children.  A Rabbi who stays current on all that is happening in the...

  • A Soviet Passover…

    By Julia Bendis

    April 18, 2011 | 3:07 pm

    How do you prepare for Passover when the rest of the world doesn’t stop to observe it?  When the rest of the world takes a break for Christian holidays, and people have time to cook and prepare for a religious celebration, do they realize how much it sucks to be a Jew, a Muslim or...

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  • Congregations offering loans and grants to lure young families

    February 7, 2011 | 10:26 am

    They were looking to move anyway, said Stephanie Butler. And the $50,000 incentive being offered by Temple Emanu-El in Dothan, Ala., to young Jewish families willing to relocate helped tip the scales.

    “We never would have looked at Dothan if not for this program,” she said.

    The...

  • First black female rabbi to leave congregation

    January 6, 2011 | 10:36 am

    The first African-American female rabbi will leave her congregation this summer.

    Rabbi Alysa Stanton’s contract with Congregation Bayt Shalom in Greenville, S.C., was not renewed, the Forward reported Thursday.

    “We felt Rabbi Stanton has brought a lot of gifts to the congregation,...

  • Mergers and consolidations for congregations—it’s the economy, stupid [VIDEO]

    By The Web Guy

    December 28, 2008 | 4:03 pm

    Friend of Bloggish Anita Susan Brenner writes:

    This week, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the leader of the Union for Reform Judaism, suggested that due to the post-Madoff economic crisis, some communities "may no longer be able to afford multiple synagogues." The solution is to merge Reform and...
  • Friendship and freedom at Adat Chaverim

    By Tom Tugend

    September 25, 2008 | 3:11 am

    "What does it mean to be free and why is freedom so important?" was Karlo Silbiger's first question to some 20 kids ranging from 3 years to early teens.

    The youth and their parents were meeting on a recent Sunday morning to check out the offerings of Adat Chaverim (Community of...

  • Communities can use High Holy Days to help ease economic angst

    September 25, 2008 | 2:32 am

    With the start of the High Holy Days, the pace of communal life starts to change, and our focus is on reflection, reconciliation, repentance and the annual response to new beginnings.

    For too many in our community, however, this season will hold more angst than joy.

    The economic...

  • How I returned

    By Rob Eshman

    September 11, 2008 | 2:25 am

    In the fall of 1989, I took a class on Chasidic thought with a Chabad rabbi. We met in a room in the annex of Congregation Mishkon Tephilo in Venice. I wanted to learn about Judaism, but I hated going to synagogue services. They bored me. So I took classes, learned Hebrew, even...
  • Ohr HaTorah ends 15-year trip in a walk down Barrington to a new home [VIDEO]

    By Rachel Heller

    August 19, 2008 | 1:04 am

    It was a sight Mar Vista doesn't see every day -- a guitar-studded procession of more than 100 Jewish revelers marching jubilantly down South Barrington Avenue with five Torah scrolls.

    Members of Ohr HaTorah synagogue, which until this month held services at a church in West Los...

  • Teenagers reveal why this service is different from all other services

    By Jeff Bernhardt

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Since the recent holiday of Passover was one of asking questions and thinking about transitioning from one state of being to another, it is an appropriate time to think of the bar and bat mitzvah in a similar context. These four questions -- or more accurately one question and four...
  • A pioneering minyan celebrates double chai birthday

    By Amy Klein

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Back in 1971, a group of young married rabbinical school graduates with small children requested a meeting with Rabbi Jacob Pressman of Temple Beth Am. Many of them had just moved back to Los Angeles after graduating the Jewish Theological Seminary, and they were looking for a...
  • City Building & Safety inspectors briefly interrupt Kol Nidrei services at Hancock Park shul

    By Tom Tugend

    September 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm


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    Rabbi Daniel Korobkin was conducting Kol Nidrei services for some 200 Orthodox worshippers at Yeshivas Yavneh last Friday, when shortly after 8 p.m. two inspectors from the Los Angeles City Department of Building...

  • Technion group fetes two, magic makeover mitzvah, Brad Garrett helps M.A.W.

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Terrific Technology

    These days, money is not merely for the material but the technical. The contributions of two local residents, Robert A. Davidow of Los Angeles and Janey Sweet of Malibu, to the American Technion Society (ATS) have resulted in groundbreaking achievements in water...

  • There’s no business like shul business

    By Sarah Price Brown

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Click here for a sound and images slideshow on Rabbi Rothblum's career.
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    The consensus among those who know Rabbi Moshe Rothblum is that if he had not become a rabbi, he would have been an actor. If he were not retiring after 35 years on...

  • It takes a shul: programs target Jewish literacy via congregants

    By Iris Petroff

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Pick up a synagogue bulletin, and you are likely to read about a variety of programs. From book discussions to Torah study to lectures by local and visiting scholars, there are many opportunities for adults to learn.

    Walk into the congregation's religious school classrooms and you...

  • Water and pumpkins mark eco-friendly Sukkot

    By Jane Ulman

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm


    During Sukkot, families of Kesher Israel, a Modern Orthodox congregation in Washington, D.C., will gather together for a special celebration. Socializing in the synagogue's sukkah, they will be treated to a tantalizing array of chocolate cakes and candies, accompanied by delicious...
  • A congregation grows in Whittier—Hispanic outreach blooms

    By Roberto Loiederman

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Something extraordinary is going on at Whittier's Beth Shalom Synagogue, which has been in its present site east of Los Angeles since the early 1960s. As the area's Jewish population base has dwindled -- and as the Conservative congregation has aged -- Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak has...
  • Jewish bond doesn’t draw all to Holiday observances

    By Tom Tugend

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    They include a law professor, a newspaper editor, a computer scientist, an architect and a retired Army colonel.
     
    However diverse, they have one thing in common: They generally do not attend synagogue services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
     
    Yet they are neither self-denying...
  • Tri-ing to raise funds for Israel; gems of wisdom for 5767

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Tri-ing to Raise Funds for Israel
     
    Forever diffusing the image of schlubby Orthodox slackers who don't see much of the sun, six members of congregation B'nai David-Judea completed the Los Angeles Triathlon Sept. 10, and raised $8,000 for Israel in the process. Noam Drazin, Ivan...
  • The Little Shul That Could—Highland Park’s Temple Beth Israel

    By Jane Ulman

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Walk up the steep pathway and into the sanctuary of Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock on any Shabbat morning. Congregants will jump up out of their wooden pews to greet you and introduce you to fellow worshippers, even if the service has begun. Chances are they'll...

  • Tranforming the Synagogue—A Scorecard

    By Richard Greenberg

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Synagogue transformation programs exude good intentions, but do they actually work?

    The record is mixed. They are no panacea, but they sometimes benefit participating congregations -- at least temporarily -- by attracting newcomers, energizing existing members and perhaps forcing...

  • New Options Emerge After Long Beach Shuls Shift

    By Julie M. Brown

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Long Beach has had a significant and stable Jewish population for decades, so it might seem unusual for a synagogue to make major changes in the way it serves its membership and the community. In recent months, however, individuals and families in the area have been reevaluating...

  • What I Really Asked Mel Gibson

    By Rabbi David Baron

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Can an alcoholic who was poisoned with his father's anti-Semitism use a moment of naked exposure to confront his bigotry? Can he ever hope to cleanse himself of this deeply-seated hatred or is he forever doomed?

    Will he turn his life around and begin using his celebrity and wealth...

  • Rebuilding New Orleans—With A Little Help From Each Other

    By Gail Naron Chalew

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    One year after "the storm," as New Orleanians refer to Hurricane Katrina, Jewish communal leaders describe the health of the community with certain expected terms -- loss, trauma, devastation and challenge.

    Unexpected is the word "blessed," used repeatedly in reference to the...

  • The Key Is Rejoicing

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A story is told about a Chasidic rabbi visited by an enthusiastic follower. The man eagerly wanted to update the rabbi on his latest religious undertaking.

    "I have decided to inflict my body and deprive myself from mundane pleasures," the man said. "Every day I roll in the snow...

  • Congregation Beith David Celebrates New Sanctuary

    By Adam Wills

    July 9, 2006 | 8:00 pm


    (From left) City Councilman Jack Weiss, L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Councilman Dennis Zine join congregants at Beith David for their official move from their Reseda Boulevard synagogue to a new building on Clark Street on...
  • Mayor Carries Torah to <br>Vandalized Tarzana Synagogue

    By Adam Wills

    July 9, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Sunday, in the intense heat of a mid-summer day, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, carried a Sephardic Torah for one-half mile along city streets in Tarzana to a new Persian synagogue that had been the victim of an anti-Semitic attack just two days earlier. Police are still...

  • Iranians Open Shul in Garment District

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    With a new Torah in their arms, about 100 local Iranian Jewish businessmen sang Hebrew songs and danced down a busy street in downtown Los Angeles's garment district June 13 to celebrate the official opening of a new synagogue, where many Iranians have their businesses.

    As a DJ...

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