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  • What’s a boycott worth?

    By Jared Sichel

    May 21, 2014 | 12:17 am

    If you walk up the red carpet and into the Beverly Hills Hotel on a Friday evening or Saturday morning, at the left side of the lobby, inside the Sunset Room, you’ll find an Orthodox Jewish prayer service.

    You’ll see the standard mechitzah dividing male and female worshippers,...

  • How to make b’nai mitzvah meaningful

    April 18, 2013 | 10:14 am

    I was meeting with an upcoming bat mitzvah girl the other day and talking with her about the Torah (what else?). I pointed out all the books that surrounded us in my study and mentioned that as someone who has published five books myself, how thrilled I would be if people were...

  • Rabbi Sheryl Lewart dies at 65

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    December 12, 2012 | 9:47 am

    Rabbi Sheryl Lewart, who served as associate rabbi at Kehillat Israel (KI) in Pacific Palisades, died Nov. 30 at the age 65 after a second battle with breast cancer. 

    Lewart was diagnosed with cancer in 1995 and had a recurrence as she was about to retire from KI in 2009. 

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  • Prop. 34: Repeal the death penalty

    November 1, 2012 | 2:01 pm

    Jewish tradition has always championed the idea that justice is a fundamental necessity. When the Torah commands us, “Justice, justice shall you pursue,” the repetition is to teach that not only we must have just ends, our means to those ends must be equally just.

    Our commitment...

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  • Making Songs Stick

    By Jason Lipeles

    April 2, 2009 | 1:06 pm

    When Mara Elena Arenson rolled her plastic crate of matzah, horseradish, tambourines and rhythm sticks into the preschool classroom at the Reconstructionist synagogue Kehillat Israel in Pacific Palisades, the 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds excitedly called out her name. They knew that the...

  • Red String

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I wear a piece of red string around my right wrist, a talisman for healing.

    Since receiving a diagnosis of lung cancer a year ago, my life has continued in a relatively "normal" vein, recognizable to secular Jewish Westerners like myself. I meet with the best oncologists and take...