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  • Congregations help the homeless into homes—one family at a time

    By Julie G Fax

    October 10, 2008 | 2:56 pm

    Sharon (not her real name) and her 4 1/2-year-old son have been in and out of shelters and temporary housing for the past several years, sometimes living on the streets. A recovering drug addict, Sharon now has a steady job working at a bakery but is about to reach her time limit in...
  • L.A. boasts record turnout at AIPAC

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 3, 2008 | 3:24 pm

    WASHINGTON -- At the largest American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in the organization's 55-year history, where more than 7,000 pro-Israel activists from across the nation are attending the three-day summit in Washington D.C., Los Angeles has set a...
  • 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...
  • Survey says Reform rabbis don’t know what members want

    By Sue Fishkoff

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Leaders of Reform synagogues don't quite get their members, according to a new study by the movement.

    The study shows a marked disconnect between what the leaders think their members are looking for and what the members say they actually want.

    In general, the synagogue leaders seem...

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  • New congregations net results online

    By Sue Fishkoff

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When Ikar, a 3-year-old congregation in Los Angeles, wants to make an announcement to the 1,500 people on its mailing list, it doesn't send a letter. It sends an e-mail.

    "We've never sent out a piece of hard mail," says Joshua Avedon, who is in charge of technology for the young,...

  • Social justice moves to front of some congregational agendas

    By Sue Fishkoff

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Three state Assembly members and a lone county supervisor were no match this week for 500 Jews demanding more money for health care. "We meet tonight to ensure health-care coverage for all county residents," said Rabbi Joel Fleekop of Congregation Shir Hadash of Los Gatos, host of...
  • Chasids in the Hood (or Not)

    By David Suissa

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's one of the quirks of the Pico-Robertson neighborhood. There's a movement that owns a huge block on Pico Boulevard right in the middle of the hood, runs a preschool, elementary, middle and high school for girls on that same block, has official or unofficial connections with six...
  • The Diaspora may be moving, but it isn’t going away any time soon

    By Joel Kotkin

    November 10, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When Howard Grossman moved to the northeastern Pennsylvania town of Wilkes-Barre 35 years ago, it was a thriving industrial city with a substantial, long-established Jewish community. Today, anyone who visits Wilkes-Barre cannot help but come away with the impression that this town...
  • Evangelicals Slate Pro-Israel Lobbying

    By Tom Tugend

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Some 2,000 extremely pro-Israel community and religious leaders will meet in Washington on July 19, fan out across Capitol Hill and, in effect, tell their legislators: If you want our political backing, you must support the Jewish state -- no ifs or buts.

    There won't be a single Jew...

  • Conservatives Focus on Intermarrieds

    By Sue Fishkoff

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Stephen Lachter didn't know what to expect when a friend dragged him to a men's club meeting at his Conservative synagogue five years ago.

    "My father was in a men's club, and to me, it was guys sitting around playing pinochle and volunteer ushering," he admitted.

    Instead, Lachter was...

  • Wisdom of the Ages

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Ten years ago, when my parents, z"l, were 82 and 89, they traveled from Chicago to Los Angeles to be with my partner Tracy and me as we stood together under the chuppah. At the celebration of her daughter's lesbian wedding, my mother was heard to say quite matter-of-factly: "I guess...

  • Lay Leaders Keep Synagogues Going

    By Sue Fishkoff

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    During the week, Dr. David Kolinsky practices family medicine in Pacific Grove, a sleepy Northern California coastal town. But on Saturday mornings he dons his tallit and leads Shabbat services for Congregation B'nai Torah, a Conservative congregation in neighboring Monterey.

    ...
  • Rural Shuls Make Do Without Rabbis

    By Sue Fishkoff

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    There's been a Jewish community in Muskogee, Okla., since 1867, when furrier Joseph Sonderheim opened his import-export business.

    In 1916 the first synagogue was dedicated, Congregation Beth Ahaba, a lay-led Reform congregation that served a tight-knit Jewish community of merchants...

  • Wilshire: Boulevard of Sanctuaries

    By Kevin Roderick

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Wilshire Boulevard's stature as the grand concourse of Los Angeles is due in part to its many architecturally distinct synagogues and churches. Those located in the Wilshire Center district, between LaFayette Park and about Western Avenue, are some of the most notable and serve some...

  • Day School for Reform Jews, Too

    By David Ellenson

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The idea that a significant number of American Jewish children would come to attend Jewish day schools would have seemed unimaginable no more than 40 years ago, and the notion that thousands from Reform Jewish homes would attend such schools would have seemed even more fantastic....

  • Rabbi Revolution

    By Julie G Fax

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Picture major rabbinic leaders of Los Angeles gathering to discuss the future of synagogue funding. Now, instead of seasoned rabbis with well-earned wrinkles and gray hair, picture a group of energized new leaders in their 30s and 40s.

    With the retirement this year of several...

  • The Frozen Chosen

    By Rabbi Sheryl Nosan-Blank

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Although my rabbinic colleagues will always go the extra mile to serve their communities, I believe I actually cover the most miles in my commute: Every other month or so, I start my journey at 4:30 a.m. in the North Valley and end it some 10 hours later in a small airport in Juneau,...

  • Domestic Violence: A Jewish Issue, Too

    By Mel Roth

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    During Jewish holidays and festivals, many of us recite the familiar blessings for our loved ones. As a Jewish communal professional for 30 years and a synagogue member for 23 years, I wonder why congregations don't devote the same time and attention during religious services to...

  • Reform Shuls Object to Kol HaNeshamah

    By Andrea Adelson

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Objections raised by two established Reform congregations to a start-up alternative shul in Irvine has forced the new group to temporarily

    postpone seeking admission to the Reform movement's national organization, the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC). Nearby synagogues,...

  • Finding the ‘It’ Shul

    By Carin Davis

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In Los Angeles, the happening High Holiday haunts sell out faster than Springsteen at The Forum. And the tickets cost just as much. So every fall, Jewish singletons like myself do the New Year hustle, seeking out affordable, last-minute tickets to The Main Event. About a week before...

  • A Home for the Holidays

    By Julie G Fax

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The High Holidays seem to bring out not only more Jews than any time of year, but also more innovative services. Los Angeles is blessed with a creative spiritual community, dedicated to offering everything from the very new to the very traditional -- to the most unlikely blends of...

  • An ‘Embrace’ to Remember

    By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Sixty members of Young Israel of Century City gingerly walked on the muddy path and crowded into Dalia Har Sinai's little farmhouse in the southern Hebron Hills community of Susia. Outside, the sheep and goats were in the barn. The farm and grazing land and organic vegetable patch...

  • Congregational Directory

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The listings below are for Jewish congregations within the geographic area of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Congregations in areas adjacent to Los Angeles Federation can be found by calling neighboring federations:

    San Gabriel Valley: Jewish Federation of San Gabriel...

  • Balancing Acts

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    A common complaint of the unaffiliated Jew is having to buy tickets for the High Holy Days services they choose to attend. They see it as being required to "pay to pray" and often get quite huffy about what they see as a predatory hunger for cash on the part of synagogues.

    The...

  • Eating and Praying Near Downtown

    August 3, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Where to Pray

    There are no established synagogues serving the immediate downtown area, but among the major movements, the shuls closest to Staples Center are:

    ReformWilshire Boulevard Temple 3663 Wilshire Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90010Phone: (213) 388-2401(Large and grand, built during...

  • Healing Has a New Home

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When Gateways Beit T'Shuvah dedicates its brand new Mar Vista-area facility on Nov. 14, it will be celebrating a colossal move upward for its residential therapeutic community. The much-lauded recovery center will architecturally expand from 3,500 to 40,000 square feet. And it will...
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