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  • 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...

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  • 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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