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  • High holy days and high political offices: an L.A. roundup

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 27, 2012 | 12:06 pm

    Jewish and non-, Los Angeles’s politicians were out in the packed pews of synagogues around Los Angeles these past couple of weeks.

    California Gov. Jerry Brown may have commanded Yom Kippur’s highest profile gig, speaking about Prop. 30, his ballot initiative that would raise...

  • Hillel Tigay: The Rock Cantor

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 19, 2012 | 1:50 pm

    This article was updated October 9: It’s 9 p.m. on a Thursday night at Apogee’s Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica, a state-of-the-art recording facility normally leased to musicians such as Mick Jagger or John Fogerty, or lately, Adele; artists whose grandeur requires the...

  • Making mitzvahs feel authentic

    August 22, 2012 | 5:08 pm

    Jack Kessler, 14, completed his mitzvah project last summer by working at a Friendship Circle camp for teens on the autism spectrum. He says the volunteer effort, which some synagogues require of their b’nai mitzvah students, helped him realize his priorities.

    “School is the...

  • Express your solidarity with Wisconsin’s Sikh community

    By Ryan Torok

    August 7, 2012 | 1:17 pm

    In the wake of Sunday’s shooting in a Sikh temple in Wisconsin that left six dead and three more wounded, over 2,000 people have submitted e-notes expressing solidarity for Wisconsin’s Sikh community, including “Sikhs, Muslims, Jews, Protestants, Catholics, Buddhists, Unitarian...

  • IKAR successfully pushes revision of LAPD’s car impoundment policy at DUI checkpoints

    By Ryan Torok

    March 23, 2011 | 12:14 pm

    Following six months of advocacy work by the congregation of IKAR, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officials announced that they would no longer impound unlicensed drivers’ cars at sobriety checkpoints, a victory for undocumented immigrants who cannot obtain drivers licenses...

  • Jewish Funds for Justice launches web video to inspire empathy

    By Ryan Torok

    November 10, 2010 | 10:03 am

    Recently, the nonprofit group Jewish Funds for Justice (JFSJ) launched a bipartisan Web video, “Al Tirah!” with the hope of encouraging people to vote during the midterm elections, but the organization wants the message of the film — that people should feel empathy for others,...

  • Letters to the Editor:  IKAR, Friends, and David Pine

    June 29, 2010 | 11:39 pm

    Creative Worship Abounds

    As Julie Gruenbaum Fax noted, Los Angeles is at the vanguard of a national trend in creating inventive Jewish worship opportunities (“How Different Is IKAR?” June 25).

    Fax missed L.A.’s vanguard of the vanguards, the Movable Minyan, now going into...

  • Letter from Pasadena: I’m in the oud for love [MUSIC VIDEO]

    By The Web Guy

    December 17, 2008 | 2:17 am

    Another guest post from Friend of Bloggish Anita Susan Brenner:

    Westsiders have a lot of choices: Federations, congresses, associations and shuls of every denomination.   Out here in Old Town Pasadena, I can walk for hours without ever seeing a kippa.  My kosher chicken doesn't...
  • Rabbi Sharon Brous wins $100,000 award for ‘Inspired Leadership’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 3, 2008 | 9:52 pm

    Since Sharon Brous, 34, founded her alternative synagogue four years ago, IKAR's young rabbi has frequently been identified as an innovative spiritual leader, someone successful at engaging disaffected younger Jews by marrying Torah learning with progressive social action.

    Brous has...

  • Q & A with Daniel Sokatch -- building a better community

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 26, 2008 | 11:33 am

    Daniel Sokatch leaves Los Angeles this week to become CEO of the Jewish Community Federation in San Francisco after spending the last nine years transforming the start-up Progressive Jewish Alliance (PJA) into one of the most recognizable progressive Jewish advocacy organizations in...
  • Briefs: Local nonprofits named ‘most innovative;’ Molestation arrest at Valley shul; ACLU backs Samm

    October 11, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    'Slingshot' Cites Innovative Nonprofits

    Jewish World Watch and IKAR were among a handful of L.A. nonprofits included last week in an annual guidebook of the 50 most innovative Jewish organizations.

    "The organizations listed in Slingshot '07-'08 are among the most forward thinking...

  • Social Justice gets new address on Pico

    By Amy Klein

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When Max Webb was interned at 18 different concentration camps during the Holocaust, he made a promise.

    "If he survived, he would make sure he would contribute to the advancement of the Jewish people and Judaism in any way he could," said his grandson, Greg Podell, the director of...

  • Jesus’ Man Has a Plan

    By Rob Eshman

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Are there any Jewish Rick Warrens?

    That's not a fair question.

    There are few people of any faith like Warren.

    As I sat listening to him speak at Sinai Temple's Friday Night Live Shabbat services last week, I thought of the only other person I'd met with Warren's eloquence, charisma,...

  • New Prayer Communities Seek Spiritual High

    By Jane Ulman

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Don't call them synagogues.

    They are minyanim, or spiritual communities. They have evolved from shared and individual dreams and from serendipitous, profound and beshert connections. They are new, egalitarian, independent, warm, collaborative and vibrant.

    And they are all led by...

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