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  • Desperately seeking Sukkot supplies on Pico-Robertson

    October 7, 2014 | 1:18 pm

    Yeshiva boys don’t sell lemonade; they sell etrogs. 

    “Etrog! Get your etrog!” a pre-pubescent voice shouted as I ventured down Pico Boulevard on Oct. 5, when sidewalks became home to an etrog bidding war that would make Sotheby’s cower in shame. I’ve bartered at shuks in...

  • Painting love over hate on vandalized Workmen’s Circle mural

    By Ryan Torok

    March 19, 2014 | 4:00 pm

    An organization that fosters Jewish identity has attempted to turn a recent act of vandalism into an opportunity for bridge-building between Jews and Muslims. 

    Last weekend, the SoCal Arbeter Ring/Workmen’s Circle added the Arabic word “Salaam” — and its Hebrew and English...

  • Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks spends a weekend in L.A. envisioning the Jewish future

    By Jared Sichel

    February 26, 2014 | 4:07 pm

    Swiping his finger to the left, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Britain’s now-former chief rabbi, and arguably the world’s most prominent religious Jewish leader, was looking for a text he felt might show how Orthodox Jews can spread a Jewish message to the Western world.

    He wasn’t...

  • Countergraffiti on already-defaced Workmen’s Circle wall

    February 7, 2014 | 8:55 am

    UPDATE: Painting love over hate on vandalized mural

    A new, expletive graffiti covering the words “Free Palestine!!!!” that had defaced a mural at the headquarters of Yiddish organization Workmen’s Circle, was discovered on the building on Friday morning, Feb. 7.

    “F---...

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  • ‘Free Palestine’ graffiti defaces Pico-Robertson mural

    February 6, 2014 | 9:50 am

    UPDATE #2: Painting love over hate on vandalized mural


    UPDATE: Countergraffiti discovered on already-defaced Workmen’s Circle wall.


    A mural on the south side of the Arbeter Ring/Workmen’s Circle Southern California campus at 1525 S. Robertson Blvd was defaced with graffiti...

  • After-school kosher kitchen nourishes body and soul

    By Jared Sichel

    September 18, 2013 | 12:19 pm

    It was Stephanie Levi’s first time with her two sons enjoying an early dinner at the new after-school kosher kitchen in Pico-Robertson. She plans on coming back for more. 

    “It’s really helpful to fit it into the routine after school,” said Levi, whose children go to school around...

  • Scroll of a lifetime

    By David Suissa

    September 11, 2013 | 1:59 pm

    “Imagine your congregation gathered to witness the first strokes of the Scribe’s quill on new parchment ... Feeling a real connection to the shape of the letters, the texture of the parchment, the concentration of the Scribe, holding his quill, preparing to write the name of G-d.”

    ...
  • Bachelors’ Shabbat downtown

    By Jared Sichel

    August 28, 2013 | 4:41 pm

    The trek to Chabad of Downtown Los Angeles was not exactly my normal pre-Shabbat routine. Living in Pico-Robertson, the most noticeable sound I hear on the streets and sidewalks as Friday night approaches isn’t typically car engines — it’s silence.

    And yet here I was, trying to...

  • LINK East serves a growing Pico-Robertson

    By Jared Sichel

    August 28, 2013 | 3:00 pm

    The eastward expansion of Pico-Robertson’s Orthodox community hit a new milestone recently with the Aug. 24 opening of LINK East, a satellite branch of LINK, the Los Angeles Intercommunity Kollel.

    A kollel is a place where rabbinic scholars study among themselves and teach people...

  • 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...

  • In Orthodox Community, Offensive Billboard Taken Down

    July 22, 2013 | 2:18 pm

    A Jewish group convinced Van Wagner Communications to remove a suggestive billboard showing a mostly naked woman that was an advertisement for XO energy drink. The ad had been displayed on the 2000 block of South La Cienega Boulevard, a neighborhood frequented by many observant...

  • Tikkun olam lunches nourish those in need

    By Jared Sichel

    July 17, 2013 | 2:35 pm

    For 13-year-old Odelia Safadel, serving lunch to Pico-Robertson’s poor and homeless puts things in perspective.

    “Sometimes, I think to myself, ‘Oh, there’s nothing to eat. I want a new phone, I want this.’ But then when I come here, I see that these people — they are actually in...

  • Parade, day of unity mark Lag B’Omer

    May 1, 2013 | 11:43 am

    Two major community events marked the relatively minor holiday of Lag B’Omer on April 28, bringing some bombast — and thousands of people — to local celebrations.

    In Pico-Robertson, Pico Boulevard was transformed into a pedestrian’s paradise for Jews from across Southern...

  • Letters to the Editor: Doheny Meat Scandal, Newsweek’s list, Obama’s speech

    April 10, 2013 | 1:46 pm

    Doheny Scandal Raises More Questions
     
    Much has been written and spoken about the Doheny Meat scandal. I have not seen or heard anything regarding gratitude to Eric Agaki for his efforts in exposing the facts. Your article last week (“Something’s Not Kosher,” April 5) describes...
  • For L.A. investigator, exposing kosher meat fraud was a ‘mitzvah’

    April 8, 2013 | 2:28 pm

    A semi-automatic weapon sits propped beside the front door of the ranch-style home that Eric Agaki shares with his wife, a couple of goats, some chickens and a horse. Only it’s not the real thing.

    “That’s an air gun for raccoons,” Agaki says. “For intruders I’ve got other...

  • New Doheny Meats owner explains his purchase of scandal-ridden store

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 3, 2013 | 3:49 pm

    Shlomo Rechnitz, a prominent local businessman and philanthropist, has purchased Doheny Glatt Kosher Meat Market, the scandal-plagued kosher meat retailer and distributor.

    Rechnitz, who co-founded TwinMed, a large medical supply firm, and owns a number of other businesses,...

  • Doheny Meats owner said to be involved in previous kosher controversy

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 1, 2013 | 5:03 pm

    Thirty years ago, in 1983, Rabbi Pinchas Gruman, an esteemed scholar of Jewish texts who also holds a doctorate in philosophy, was the chair of the Rabbinical Council of California’s (RCC) committee dedicated to enforcing Jewish dietary law at establishments under its supervision.

    ...
  • Pico-Robertson as a Demographically Stagnant Community

    By Pini Herman

    March 29, 2013 | 12:26 pm

    The Pico-Robertson demographic trends were revealed in two enlightening articles of a center of local Jewish Orthodox resident by Jonah Lowenfeld in the west end of Pico-Robertson  and by Jared Sichel on the east end of Pico-Robertson. Jewish Orthodox areas are often constrained by...

  • Pico-Robertson’s Orthodox head east

    March 28, 2013 | 7:57 am

    Three years ago, when Edo Cohen’s observant friend moved several blocks away from the center of Pico-Robertson’s Orthodox community to an area east of La Cienega Boulevard, he remembers thinking, “I can’t believe he moved there.”

    Now, Cohen, his wife Merav and their two daughters...

  • Doheny Kosher scandal: What took RCC so long? [UPDATED]

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 27, 2013 | 9:11 pm

    [UPDATE, MARCH 28] Rabbi Yakov Vann, the RCC's director of Kashrut Services, said in an email to The Journal on Thursday that the RCC is reviewing "all aspects of its protocols" and considering "all information relating to what took place at Doheny Meats." Vann said the RCC will...

  • Dr. Matthew Lefferman and Eric Weissman: Putting Sunday sports in play

    By Ryan E. Smith

    January 3, 2013 | 10:35 am

    Nowhere in the Torah does it say: “And on the seventh day, God played soccer.” Which is too bad for observant Jewish youths who would love to take advantage of the many local sports leagues that play on Saturdays.

    Fortunately, there are Dr. Matthew Lefferman and Eric Weissman....

  • Moshava returns to Los Angeles

    December 12, 2012 | 1:47 pm

    It really bothered Jonathan Gerber, a 30-year-old financial adviser and resident of Pico-Robertson, that there was no Modern Orthodox sleep-away camp in Los Angeles. Ever since the Zionist youth group Bnei Akiva discontinued its Moshava Los Angeles camp in the mid-1990s, local kids...

  • Three Jews in Baltimore

    By David Suissa

    November 13, 2012 | 3:50 pm

    If you’ve ever been to one of those giant auto shows where hundreds of gleaming new car models are lavishly displayed in a convention hall the size of Montana, you’ve got an idea of what it felt like last Sunday morning when I entered the Jewish Federations of North America’s...

  • JFS announces program, staffing cuts

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    October 24, 2012 | 3:32 pm

    Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS) announced layoffs in some areas and expansion in other areas of its operation Oct. 16, saying it was looking to position JFS for success as it responds to shifts in how programs are funded.

    “JFS must evolve to help ensure the safety,...

  • Without shelter on Pico

    By Ryan Torok

    September 27, 2012 | 11:49 am

    It’s a Wednesday in September. Brad Baker stands in front of Elat Market on Pico Boulevard, holding out his baseball cap. People exit the supermarket, pushing shopping carts and carrying bags with groceries. Some look at Baker. Some don’t. For Baker, this is just another day. 

    ...
  • Putting the brakes on runaway shopping carts

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 5, 2012 | 11:31 am

    On a recent Friday afternoon, Mariz Mosseri went shopping for groceries, as she does on most Fridays. She trolled the aisles of Elat Market and Glatt Mart, Pico-Robertson’s two largest kosher supermarkets, which sit side-by-side on Pico Boulevard. 

    Mosseri bought meat,...

  • Like ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’? You’ll love Judaism

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 29, 2012 | 11:27 am

    The rabbi is a book lover. So it was an innocent question when he asked his congregant what she was reading, tucked ever-so-discreetly between her palms, as she sat in a chair in a synagogue hallway. Was that a bead of sweat trickling down her brow? Was she trying to hide the...

  • We Grew Up With Bibi’s, and Bibi’s Grew Up With Us

    By Louis Keene

    August 14, 2012 | 4:18 am

    Something about being a claustrophobic high school upperclassman lent itself to my spending Saturday nights at Bibi’s Warmstone Bakery and Cafe back in my Shalhevet heyday. I wasn’t alone at the little Israeli joint on the corner of Pico and Livonia, of course – that was the...

  • The Look: Shanghai Diamond Garden

    By Louis Keene

    August 3, 2012 | 5:32 am

    I hadn’t been to Shanghai Diamond Garden in years. That’s because I’ve never been a fan of Chinese food, but their orange chicken always brings me back. This time with family, however, I decided to try something different. The Hunan Beef was not nearly as spicy as advertised; in...

  • From which seeps the essence of Jeff’s Gourmet

    By Louis Keene

    June 29, 2012 | 12:04 pm

    College is about learning how to fit in, or—if you’re talented enough—finding out you don’t have to. As someone who fails to make the latter group, I often find myself ordering black bean cheeseburgers and pattyless patty melts to keep up with friends who eat traif with aplomb. When...

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