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  • Letters to the Editor: Voter initiatives, immigration and Israel, outreach, teen philanthropy

    June 20, 2012 | 12:43 pm

    Looking for a Real Cure

    Does Raphael Sonenshein really think that one of the top three cures for what ails us is to correct voter initiatives, or that what we really need is longer careered politicians (“California: Can This Patient Be Saved?” June 15)?

    Instead of looking to...

  • Dishonest Kiruv! The Building of Responsible Jewish Outreach Movements

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    June 6, 2012 | 5:39 am

    I have been serving as a Jewish outreach professional for the last 2 years as the Senior Jewish Educator at the UCLA Hillel. I am so fortunate to be able to spend my days talking and learning with students about their life journeys. At its best, Jewish outreach provides a student...

  • Jewish Money

    By Rob Eshman

    December 24, 2008 | 2:57 am

    Give Bernard Madoff credit for one good deed: As much as his self-confessed Ponzi scheme revealed weaknesses in the Jewish world, it also laid bare many of our strengths.

    Trials and tribulations tend to do just that -- bring to light the good, the bad, the ugly. When some people...

  • Jesus saves, Dodgers dying

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 14, 2008 | 12:34 pm

    I saw this sign, one of three from evangelists on Stadium Way, as I walked into Dodger Stadium last night. I believe the message is true, but even Jesus couldn’t save me $130 last night or, it appears, the Dodgers hopes of their first World Series in 20 years. In case you’re wondering, the game was hell.

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  • 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...

  • What Would Jesus Drive?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 1, 2008 | 3:28 pm

    Christianity Today goes deep with NASCAR’s Christian underground.

    “This sport will steal your soul and break your heart,” Tim Griffin, a Motor Racing Outreach chaplain, tells the magazine I moonlight for.

    And I thought stock-car racing was religion.

  • AUDIO: Iranian American Jews —reaching out to poor and homeless in the city

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 29, 2008 | 12:16 am

    Local Iranian American Jews are reaching out to the poor and homeless in the city of Los Angeles

    http://jewishjournal.com/audio/IAJPodCast20080422.mp3

    From Karmel Melamed’s Iranian American Jews blog.

  • Toward a better Federation

    By Stanley Gold

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    I recently accepted the chairmanship of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Although I did so somewhat reluctantly, I accepted this new responsibility because I believe that without a healthy revitalized Federation, Jewish life in Los Angeles will suffer.

    It is no secret...

  • Agudath Israel emphasizes outreach to non-Orthodox

    By Ben Harris

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Is it permissible for an Orthodox family to play host to a Jewish couple if they don't observe laws mandating sexual abstinence in the period surrounding menstruation?

    That was among the questions posed to two leading rabbinic authorities in late November at the 85th national...

  • Chabad seeks ‘members of the tribe’ in Australian outback

    By Dan Goldberg

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The idea of hunting for Jews in the Australian outback may sound as ridiculous as combing the streets of Jerusalem for Aborigines.

    But when two Chabad emissaries set out this summer to find landsmen in the desolate outback, they were not disappointed.

    In fact, had history turned out...

  • Conservatives’ New Dish

    By David Suissa

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I read a remarkable quote a few days ago from a prominent member of the Conservative movement: "We've been searching for an identity for a hundred years now."

    A hundred years?

    In the business world, products can fail in a year or two if they don't have an identity. But in religion,...

  • Pluralistic rabbinical court seeks new funding; InterfaithFamily.com marks 200th issue

    By Amy Klein

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Pluralistic Rabbinical Court Seeks New Funding

    The Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din of Southern California, a local pluralistic religious court dealing with conversions, went on hiatus Jan. 1 due to lack of funding.

    The beit din was founded in 2002 by George Caplan, in memory of...

  • Chasids in the Hood (or Not)

    By David Suissa

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's one of the quirks of the Pico-Robertson neighborhood. There's a movement that owns a huge block on Pico Boulevard right in the middle of the hood, runs a preschool, elementary, middle and high school for girls on that same block, has official or unofficial connections with six...
  • Live in the ‘hood: Davening at Aishhhhhh

    By David Suissa

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    You walk into an elegant, minimalist little building on the corner of Pico and Doheny in the heart of the hood. It's Shabbat, and you've come to pray.

    You go through a narrow hallway, where you pass a few small conference rooms filled with books. Some congregants are milling about...

  • Nessah president blazing trail for Iranian women

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Morgan Hakimi has a variety of roles -- psychologist, Jewish activist, wife and full-time mother. But it's her position as president of the Nessah Educational and Cultural Center in Beverly Hills that has captured the attention of the L.A. Persian Jewish community.

    In this...

  • To comfort me, first comfort yourself

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    People have been generous. During the past two decades I have assisted in creating caring communities that extend themselves to people in their midst at profound turning points. These times of need include both times of tragedy and times of great joy. Baby namings, weddings,...
  • Wanted: someone to help suffering Jews

    By Amy Klein

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    One day, Rabbi Barbara Speyer went to a Los Angeles-area nursing home to provide emergency chaplaincy services -- spiritual comfort and care -- to a dying patient. When she arrived, the administrator said to her, "Why do you guys charge for this? This should be voluntary!"
     
    Speyer...
  • Conejo and West Valley shuls rate high with newcomers

    By Adam Wills

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For a Jew who doesn't belong to a synagogue, the West San Fernando and Conejo valleys are good places to shop around. A new report from the Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI) gives a snapshot of the community as a whole and an assessment of its ability to react to newcomers, including...
  • ‘Moishe Houses’ provide post-Hillel hangout for 20-somethings

    By Sue Fishkoff

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Say you're a few years out of college, living with friends and working in a low-paying job for some do-good organization. You don't go to synagogue, but you miss the camaraderie of your college Hillel, and you like to invite people over for Shabbat meals.

    Imagine if someone was...
  • Interfaith dialogue continues locally despite Hathout brouhaha; Sukkot huts inspires home building for homeless

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Interfaith dialogue continues locally despite Hathout brouhaha
     
    After the brouhaha surrounding Maher Hathout, the Muslim spokesman who received a human relations prize last month amid protests by some Jewish groups, the state of interfaith relations in Los Angeles may appear to be...
  • Water and pumpkins mark eco-friendly Sukkot

    By Jane Ulman

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm


    During Sukkot, families of Kesher Israel, a Modern Orthodox congregation in Washington, D.C., will gather together for a special celebration. Socializing in the synagogue's sukkah, they will be treated to a tantalizing array of chocolate cakes and candies, accompanied by delicious...
  • A congregation grows in Whittier—Hispanic outreach blooms

    By Roberto Loiederman

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Something extraordinary is going on at Whittier's Beth Shalom Synagogue, which has been in its present site east of Los Angeles since the early 1960s. As the area's Jewish population base has dwindled -- and as the Conservative congregation has aged -- Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak has...
  • From Agony to Acceptance—Documentary Delves Into Intermarriage

    By Tom Tugend

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When Holocaust survivor Leah Welbel learns that her American granddaughter is about to marry a Christian, she cries out, "When this happened in my old hometown, my family used to sit shiva. Here they expect me to open my arms. I can't do it."

    Leah's agony in the documentary, "Out...

  • After School Is Prime Game Time for Kids of All Needs

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Kathryn Gaskin's blonde braid bounces against her sweatshirt as she rounds second base under the afternoon sun. The 12-year-old's obvious enthusiasm is not for her own athletic pursuits but for those of Angeline, a teen with Down syndrome, whom Gaskin coaches in an after-school...
  • Shopping for Jews? Clean Up on Aisle 5

    By Sue Fishkoff

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Anyone who walked into Albertsons in Los Altos on a recent Sunday would have run right into Margie Pomerantz's Passover table.

    There she sat, next to the kosher food display right inside the supermarket's front entrance. A big handwritten sign reading "Passover in the Aisles" hung...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, February 25

    Havdallah includes a redemption song tonight. Following services at Beit T'Shuvah, con man turned rabbi Mark Borovitz talks to Rabbi Ed Feinstein about his story, as outlined in his bestselling book "The Holy Thief," newly released in paperback.

    5:30 p.m....

  • Campus Outreach Connects Orthodox

    By Sue Fishkoff

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    At the Enormous Activities Fair during UCLA's Welcome Week last September, Sharona Kaplan stepped away from her own brochure-laden table to help out at the busier Hillel table.

    A first-year student perusing Hillel's sign-up sheet seemed stuck on one question.

    "So what kind of...

  • A.M.E., Rhythm and Jews

    By Erin Aubry Kaplan

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's Friday night, and as I wander toward the entrance of Temple Emanuel, a Reform synagogue in Beverly Hills, an usher approaches and asks brightly, "Are you with the choir?"

    I'm African American, but I'm not with the choir, at least not with the choir of Temple Bryant A.M.E....

  • Letters

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jack Abramoff

    David Klinghoffer's entreaty and Jack Abramoff's wounded feelings ring hollow for the same reason: each expects that the fact that Abramoff used purloined funds to better the Jewish community should somehow mitigate the harm that Abramoff has caused ("Sympathy for the...

  • Emergent Jews

    By Sarah Price Brown

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    When Rabbi Sharon Brous leads a worship service, Jews dance and sing and pray -- and talk politics. Her Los Angeles-based Ikar is not a traditional congregation but rather, as she describes it, a "spiritual community" of "modern, progressive Jews" who "boldly reclaim the...

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