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  • Petition Congress: Give shalom a chance!  Give diplomacy with Iran a chance!

    By Rabbi Arthur Waskow

    January 29, 2014 | 11:36 am

    Give shalom a chance! 

    Give diplomacy with Iran a chance!

    Dear friends,

    That is not just a slogan. We need to act on it, because others are acting against it – trying to torpedo diplomacy. And they might win, unless we act.

    If they do win,  they will actually make it more...

  • The Circuit: Jewish Vocational Services 80th Anniversary, Richard Michael Powell inducted into HUC-JIR board of governors

    By Adam Wills

    May 10, 2011 | 6:03 pm

    Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) celebrated its 80th anniversary on Jan. 29 with a gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel to honor its past board presidents. Among the 500 guests were Stanley Dashew, who received the agency’s Tzedakah Award, and emcee Keith Erickson, a former L.A. Laker...

  • Survey aims to measure the changing Jewish vote

    March 8, 2011 | 5:09 pm

    An online Jewish voter survey has been launched to measure the changing Jewish vote and Jewish political interests.

    The 2011 Jewish Voter Survey, for Jewish voters aged 18 and over, is being conducted by Steven Windmueller, the Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Emeritus Professor of Jewish...

  • Debbie Friedman honored by peers

    By Rachel Heller

    February 8, 2011 | 6:05 pm

    The music of Debbie Friedman energized generations of Jews across denomination lines. This weekend, a memorial concert to be held in the late singer-songwriter’s honor will attempt to do the same through a celebration of Friedman’s popular tunes.

    Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) will...

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  • Glenn Beck under fire over George Soros comments

    November 16, 2010 | 9:46 am

    Fox News provocateur Glenn Beck spent spent several days taking aim at billionaire businessman and philanthropist George Soros, but so far—at least within Jewish circles—the barrage appears to be backfiring.

    On his radio and TV shows last week, Beck portrayed Soros as running a...

  • Seminaries getting $12 million boost to train educators

    September 8, 2009 | 4:24 pm

    Three Jewish seminaries across the denominational spectrum will receive a total of $12 million to help train new Jewish educators.

    The Jim Joseph Foundation announced Tuesday that it will distribute the grants over a five-year period to the Conservative movement’s Jewish...

  • Reform College Cuts Might Lead to Campus Closures

    April 23, 2009 | 1:18 am

    Due to unprecedented financial distress, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) is poised to make deep cuts to its programming that might include the closure of two of its three U.S. campuses. HUC-JIR has campuses in Los Angeles, Cincinnati and New York, as well...

  • Reform rabbinical school teaches students to reach out to HIV/AIDS patients

    By Nick Street

    June 5, 2008 | 2:37 pm

    HIV/AIDS education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) means "making sure rabbinical students don't leave campus before they hone their skills to help people in need," said Michele Prince, director of the Kalsman Institute of Judaism and Health at HUC-JIR....
  • Hebrew Union College considers expansion

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm


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    From high above, the southeast corner of Hoover and 32nd streets near downtown would appear to be some of the only developable land between the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the Staples Center -- a parking lot, a large field used by the USC women's soccer team...
  • 70s rebel Debbie Friedman takes job at cantorial school

    July 15, 2007 | 3:37 pm

    When singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman steps in front of the class at the Reform movement’s cantorial school this fall, she’ll be crossing more than a physical threshold.

    The just-announced appointment of the popular 55-year-old musician to the faculty of Hebrew Union...

  • Embezzlement Heads for Court

    By Tom Tugend

    March 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The former fiscal administrator for the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion has been arrested and charged with embezzling $1.179 million from the Reform movement's seminary.

    Jean M. Thorbourn, 61, of Sherman Oaks, forged numerous checks between...

  • Putting Heart

    By Beverly Gray

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The rabbis-in-training were making the rounds at UCLA Medical Center. They stopped at bedsides to chat with patients, to inquire about their needs, to offer prayer and consolation. Then, unexpectedly, the sight of wires, tubes and surgical dressings took its toll. One student rabbi...
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