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  • Jewish leaders speak up at San Bernardino vigil

    By Ryan Torok

    December 8, 2015 | 11:54 am

    Congregation Emanu El Rabbi Emeritus Hillel Cohn used the language of Chanukah to describe his hopes for the city of San Bernardino, which is reeling from a mass shooting that occurred last week at the San Bernardino-based Inland Regional Center.

    “The miracle will be we will not...

  • Moving and shaking: JWW Global Soul Award, Matisyahu, Netiya and more

    By Ryan Torok

    December 4, 2015 | 8:57 am

    Jewish World Watch (JWW) awarded its 2015 Global Soul Award to the Katzburg Gabriel family on Nov. 18 during its annual gala event, held at UCLA Royce Hall.

    “We look forward to working with you for the furtherance of this humanitarian mission,” Stuart Gabriel said upon receiving...

  • How to not spoil your interfaith kids during the holiday season

    December 2, 2015 | 2:42 pm

    “We get twice the presents!”

    Most interfaith kids will utter this classic, and rather obnoxious, boast at some point during childhood. I have to admit, it makes me wince and grit my teeth a little. As an interfaith child myself, I understand all too well that bragging about...

  • ‘Coming Together in Faith on Climate’ at the Washington National Cathedral

    September 25, 2015 | 8:59 am

    Zeh Hayom Asah Adonai – Nagila Venismicha Bo!
    This is day God has given us; let us rejoice and be glad in it!
    Many of us went to sleep last night, still stirred by the words of Pope Francis, reinforced by the additional teachings of faith leaders from across the spiritual...
  • At historic L.A. synagogue, songwriter pushes interfaith harmony and urban renewal

    April 1, 2015 | 2:13 pm

    On the first floor of the Pico Union Project, members of the Women’s Mosque of America are preparing the historic sanctuary for prayers, spreading long bolts of cloth on the floor, hanging a banner from the organ loft and placing an open copy of the Koran in the just-vacated Holy...

  • Moving and shaking: Celebrating MLK Jr., Avraham Fried concert at the Saban Theatre and more

    By Ryan Torok

    January 22, 2015 | 2:06 pm

    The Temple Israel of Hollywood (TIOH) sanctuary was overflowing, every one of the 1,000 seats downstairs and in the balcony filled on Jan. 18 with congregants, friends and guests from Los Angeles churches and other community groups. They came to celebrate the life and legacy of the...

  • I miss his voice: Remembering Maher Hathout

    January 12, 2015 | 10:24 am

    As a rabbi who ran an interfaith organization, I had the opportunity to build deep relationships in the Muslim-American community.  And because of those relationships and my understanding of what Dr. Maher Hathout meant to that community, I mourn his passing.  He and I had few...

  • Interfaith leaders commemorate Yom Hashoah

    April 10, 2013 | 1:16 pm

    In what was anything but a typical Yom HaShoah assemblage, more than 300 people — including two rabbis, a Methodist preacher, a Catholic priest and a U.S. congressman — packed into Temple Ramat Zion in Northridge on April 7 for an interdenominational observance titled “Remembering...

  • Christians’ letter was reasonable, worded sensitively

    October 24, 2012 | 9:37 am

    There has long been an unwritten covenant between the Jewish establishment and Christian leaders when it comes to interfaith dialogue: “We can talk about any religious issues we like, but criticism of Israel’s human rights violations is off limits.”

    Over the past few weeks, we’ve...

  • Why the Wiesenthal Center left the interfaith roundtable

    October 19, 2012 | 10:42 am

    This article first appeared in The Jewish Press

    Sometimes, only a period of separation will save a troubled marriage. That is why the Simon Wiesenthal Center and other Jewish groups are pulling out of the Christian-Jewish Roundtable. Fifteen liberal Protestant leaders, including...

  • Rabbi reverses interfaith marriage policy

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 27, 2012 | 2:06 pm

    It’s not often that a rabbi’s High Holy Days sermon is interrupted by a standing ovation. But that is what happened — twice — when Rabbi John Rosove, senior rabbi of Temple Israel of Hollywood, dedicated his sermon on the first day of Rosh Hashanah to explaining why he was changing...

  • ‘Jewtopia’s’ universal truths

    September 27, 2012 | 1:39 pm

    David Katz knew minutes into watching Bryan Fogel’s “Jewtopia,” a star-studded independent film adapted from the hit comedic play about interfaith dating, that it would anchor his Malibu International Film Festival. Unfortunately, Katz had his epiphany at 3 a.m.

    “It was so...

  • Messianic Judaism’s new interfaith push in Beverly Hills

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 1, 2012 | 11:48 am

    Since it opened in 2011, the Interfaith Center of Beverly Hills has been sitting mostly empty.

    On the one hand, it occupies a piece of prime real estate on the ground floor of a modern office building on a busy stretch of South Beverly Drive. Actors and agents take meetings at Urth...

  • More Reform rabbis performing interfaith weddings

    July 3, 2012 | 1:56 pm

    Danny Richter and his fiancée, Lauren Perkins, have never been to a Jewish wedding, yet this fall, the interfaith couple is planning to be married in a Jewish wedding ceremony.

    The event marks other significant firsts: It also will be the first time that Rabbi Jill Perlman,...

  • Interfaith relations: do the math!

    By Rabbi Mark Diamond

    June 13, 2012 | 6:05 pm

    Albert and Tony were best friends who grew up in each other’s homes.  Albert’s Jewish mother sent him off to school each day with the question, “Albert, do you have your books?”  Tony’s Italian mother sent him off to school each morning with the query, “Tony, do you have your lunch?”...

  • Jason Segel on the universe—and ‘The Five Year Engagement’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 24, 2012 | 11:25 am

    Not long ago I interviewed Jason Segel (“The Muppets”) about his Duplass brothers film, “Jeff Who Lives at Home,” when he also talked about his views on life, God, the universe and – oh yes – his new film “The Five Year Engagement,” which opens April 27.  This new comedy...

  • Interfaith coalition urges candidates to eschew religious division

    February 21, 2012 | 11:18 am

    Several Jewish groups joined an interfaith coalition calling on presidential candidates to refrain from using religion as a political wedge issue.

    Fifteen religious organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Committee and the Union for Reform Judaism,...

  • Interfaith program an intersection of religious leaders

    By Ryan Torok

    August 2, 2011 | 5:57 pm

    Jewish, Christian and Buddhist religious leaders discussed their respective faiths’ support for reproductive choice during a recent program at the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles’ (NCJW/LA) Fairfax headquarters on July 28.

    “Choice: An Interfaith Perspective”...

  • Intermingling Marriages

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    June 30, 2011 | 10:43 am

    I am back from my whirlwind weekend in France.  My job as Demoiselle d’honneur is officially over.  And Tess is a wife.

    Going into this weekend, I didn’t really think that a French groom and an American bride would lead to a large culture clash.  It wasn’t like Tess was...

  • Pilot interfaith outreach program set for Chicago

    May 26, 2011 | 10:56 am

    A project to help interfaith families connect Jewishly will launch soon in Chicago.

    InterfaithFamily.com announced it has secured funding for InterfaithFamily/Chicago, a two-year pilot program aimed at helping Chicago-area intermarried families find Jewish resources and connect with...

  • Interfaith volunteers feed homeless on MLK Day

    January 19, 2011 | 2:40 pm

    Volunteers from Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) in Encino and Family of Faith Christian Center (FFCC) in Carson fed 150 homeless people from the Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission in North Hollywood in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the National Day of Service on Jan. 17. This...

  • Spielberg’s righteous foundation helps fund the Library Foundation’s ALOUD Interfaith Series

    By Ryan Torok

    December 15, 2010 | 10:13 am

    In 2008, Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation donated $100,000 to the Library Foundation of Los Angeles to buy a collection of Jewish books for the Los Angeles Central Library.

    Recently, the foundation gave the Library Foundation $30,000, to help pay for a speaker...

  • Interfaith service celebrates first night of Chanukah and World AIDS Day

    By Ryan Torok

    December 15, 2010 | 10:11 am

    On Dec. 1, the first night of Chanukah, Jewish and Christian clergy came together for a one-hour service to kick off the Festival of Lights and celebrate World AIDS Day.

    World AIDS Day, an international health day, raises awareness about HIV/AIDS and falls on Dec. 1 every year.


  • Conductor Barenboim awarded German peace prize

    November 1, 2010 | 12:48 pm

    Conductor Daniel Barenboim was awarded a German peace prize for his efforts to bring Israelis and Palestinians together.

    The Westphalia Peace Prize, worth about $70,000, was presented by German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in ceremonies Saturday in Muenster City Hall.

  • My big fat Dominican Orthodox Jewish wedding

    December 12, 2008 | 1:56 am

    I wanted to elope. He didn't. Actually, toward the end of our wedding planning, he did -- but his family, which is much larger than mine, was expecting a big fat Orthodox Jewish wedding. What they weren't expecting was a big fat Dominican Orthodox Jewish wedding.

    My husband, a Jew by...

  • Mosques and synagogues reach across divide

    By Tom Tugend

    November 13, 2008 | 12:05 am

    American Jews and Muslims, reaching beyond the Middle East conflict, are joining hands to battle prejudices within and against their communities.

    Consider some of the signs:

    • Starting next week, 50 synagogues and 50 mosques throughout the United States and Canada will get together...

  • Liturgy reminds us what we can do to avert evil

    September 25, 2008 | 3:07 am

    Sept. 11, 2001, occurred just six days before Rosh Hashanah. It was the tail end of what had been a difficult 12 months on the Jewish calendar: violence in Israel, a presidential election arbitrated by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Enron scandal.

    Then, on a particularly gorgeous...

  • Muslim mom tells daughter a Jewish husband would be kosher

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 24, 2008 | 10:14 am

    Guestblogging at HijabMan, Rawiya writes about her mother’s surprising advice on marriage. Both her parents expected their six children to marry a Muslim, and preferably a Pashtun. But this didn’t work out so smoothly:

    My parents were seasoned stoics when yet another sister, Farah,...

  • Skirball photo exhibit shows Pope John Paul II’s lifetime of outreach to Jews

    By Tom Tugend

    September 17, 2008 | 10:33 pm

    A large photo in the exhibition "A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People" shows a smiling Elio Toaff, the chief rabbi of Rome, warmly welcoming the pontiff to Rome's Great Synagogue in 1986.

    Today, when interfaith meetings and celebrations are routine, it...

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