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  • Mikvah Society of L.A. assures users it is ‘safe and secure’ following voyeurism scandal in D.C.

    By Ryan Torok

    November 4, 2014 | 2:16 pm

    The scandal surrounding the Washington D.C. rabbi who was arrested and charged for allegedly secretly filming women while they were using a mikveh dressing room has prompted assurances from the Mikvah Society of Los Angeles that its own mikveh “continues to be a safe and secure...

  • Orthodox yeshiva leader arguing for greater privacy in women’s conversions

    October 28, 2014 | 9:51 am

    In the wake of voyeurism allegations against a prominent Orthodox rabbi, the head of an Orthodox yeshiva for women is arguing that male rabbis need not be present for a female convert’s ritual immersion.

    Rabbi Jeffrey Fox, the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Maharat in New York, is...

  • L.A. Rabbis seeking to reassure mikveh users of facilities’ privacy

    By Ryan Torok

    October 23, 2014 | 12:22 pm

    In the wake of a scandal in which a Washington, D.C., Modern Orthodox rabbi was arrested for allegedly spying on women undressing before immersing in a mikveh connected to his synagogue, Los Angeles-area rabbis are calling the situation a “unique case” and taking steps to put the...

  • Converts say Freundel’s abuse of power extended beyond mikvah peeping

    October 23, 2014 | 9:57 am

    CORRECTION: This version corrects the date of Mandel's conversion. It took place eight months after her "practice dunk," not a year and eight months later. The correction appears in paragraph 10


    When Rabbi Barry Freundel asked Bethany Mandel to take a “really long shower” before...

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  • Left dripping at the mikveh

    May 21, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    What is your most powerful Jewish memory? Your bubbe’s creased hands as she covered her eyes before the flickering Shabbat candles? The sharp bite of maror and the sweet taste of grape juice at your parents’ seder table? Your first kiss at summer camp?

    These moments form...

  • Childhood abuse victims name alleged abuser

    By Jared Sichel

    August 14, 2013 | 2:32 pm

    Sitting with his back hunched, his wife by his side and a kippah on his head, a 23-year-old bearded Orthodox man nervously told a gathering of parents at a private residence near Pico-Robertson that a young man named Mendel Tevel had sexually abused him when he was 14. Tevel now...

  • Israel’s mikvahs open to non-Orthodox conversions, official clarifies

    May 23, 2013 | 9:21 am

    Clarifying existing policy, the office of Israel’s deputy religious services minister said Israel’s state-sponsored mikvahs are open for use for Conservative and Reform conversions.

    Wednesday’s announcement, said a spokesperson for Eli Ben Dahan, does not change existing policy....

  • Conversion 101

    May 8, 2013 | 11:31 am

    Conversion to Judaism is not easy. It requires a change in beliefs, actions and lifestyle. It involves extensive study, practice, a leap of faith, a shift in perception and some sacrifice. However, for those who feel it’s the right decision, it can be an exciting and rewarding...

  • An example to her children

    January 9, 2013 | 11:55 am

    Fourteen years ago, Catherine and Bruce Penso’s oldest daughter, Leah, was ready to become a bat mitzvah. But before her big day, Leah told her parents that she wanted to go to the mikveh and formally convert. 

    Catherine and her younger daughter, Rebecca, decided to join Leah in...

  • Finding Judaism through music

    November 16, 2012 | 2:01 pm

    For Chris Hardin, converting to Judaism was a family affair. 

    In November 1994, Hardin, then 38, stepped into the mikveh. That day, his daughter and wife did the same. 

    Hardin’s conversion process began when he met his future wife, Jennifer, on a cruise ship. He was directing...

  • Polio survivor’s new film explores sexual surrogacy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 18, 2012 | 4:35 pm

    Nine years before Mark O’Brien died, the 36-year-old poet and journalist, who was also a polio survivor living in an iron lung, decided he wanted to lose his virginity. Until then, he’d always been ashamed of his sexuality, which he believed served no purpose save to mortify him...

  • Mikveh time for Oprah?

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 10, 2011 | 12:14 pm

    Oprah still isn’t a member of the tribe, despite a visit to a Brooklyn Heights mikveh last week.

    JTA caught the eye of Jewish hopefuls last week with a title that suggested she was visiting the mikveh to mark the beginning of her new show. 

    “Oprah did not embrace the Jewish...

  • Angelenos raise money for mikveh, $1 million for Israeli school

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 7, 2008 | 4:37 pm

    Money for a Mikvah

    Though demure in their dress, the women of the Mikvah Society of Los Angeles were not as modest with their checkbooks during an "Evening of Auction and Ambiance," a Nov. 2 fundraiser for the maintenance of Mikvah Esther located on Pico Boulevard. Assembled on the...

  • New South Bay mikvah puts the ritz in the ritual bath

    By Adam Wills

    September 24, 2008 | 11:44 pm

    Women living in the Beach Cities need no longer travel to Long Beach, Lomita or the Pico-Robertson area to experience the tranquility of a mikvah.

    Mikvah Mei Menachem, a $350,000, 1,100-square-foot ritual bath facility set in north Redondo Beach on the expansive campus of Jewish...

  • Annapolis, Chanukah, Jerusalem, Not So Weird

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Annapolis and Jerusalem

    Last month, Rob Eshman wrote, "Many of us are willing to let half of Jerusalem go so that the idea of Jerusalem can be saved" ("Annapolis and Chanukah," Nov. 30). I'd like to respond with two points:

    First, if, God forbid, East Jerusalem were handed over to...
  • New kind of mikveh washes off ritual’s negative image

    By Amy Klein

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "I'm pretty much your classic disaffected Gen-X kind of gal. I have too many shoes, I work too hard, I'm cynical, I'm broke. So when it came time for me to immerse before my wedding, I figured I'd bring some friends, we'd hang out, I'd get wet, we'd go eat, and that would be the end...
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