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  • Conservative Judaism seeks its true name

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    6 days ago

    This article originally appeared on Huffington Post.

    I grew up as a Conservative Jew, my father a Conservative Rabbi. The appellation "conservative" was not a perfect fit for the Judaism I learned as a child. Conserving ancient traditions was essential, to be sure, but the...

  • Amid identity crisis, Conservative Jews pay for rebranding

    1 week ago

    Conservative Judaism is at a crossroads.

    The movement is committed to Jewish tradition, but it’s seeing a growing number of its young people walk out the door — most often to Reform Judaism.

    American Jews who self-identify as Conservative increasingly are leading lives at odds...

  • Sinai Temple mission to Azerbaijan

    3 weeks ago

    A delegation of 45 Sinai Temple members returned this week from a 4-day mission to Azerbaijan where they dedicated a Torah scroll which they had previously presented to the Mountainous Jewish Synagogue. The mission, which was led by Rabbi David Wolpe and Cary Lerman, President of...

  • A funeral for Richard Lakin

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    October 28, 2015 | 10:01 am

    "I want to thank him for teaching me how to ride a bike.  And for watching 'Charlotte's Web' with me over and over again."  The granddaughter of the gentle man lying on a bier, shrouded in his tallit, began to weep.  Her mother, one of Richard Lakin's two children, rushed forward...

  • A letter to Israelis: We are with you

    October 19, 2015 | 9:41 am

    A friend in Israel writes, “Sometimes we feel as though no one in chul (chutz la’aretz — outside of the land) really understands what is happening here.” She means the daily apprehension, the fear when you see your child walk out of the front door in the morning. She means the...

  • Moving and Shaking: Jeffrey Katzenberg, Harvey Weinstein, Rabbi David Wolpe and more

    By Ryan Torok

    April 2, 2015 | 7:32 pm

    As the night’s master of ceremonies at the Simon Wiesenthal Center/Museum of Tolerance annual national tribute dinner, Jeffrey Katzenberg had two big jobs — to keep the presentations to heroes who’d risked their lives to save others moving along like clockwork and to convince the...

  • Bridging two cultures within one community

    By Ryan Torok

    February 25, 2015 | 2:53 pm

    A recent discussion at Sinai Temple called “Inside the Persian Jewish Community” examined the community’s internal as well as external forces, as talk turned to the stereotypes and tensions that sometimes develop with local Ashkenazi Jews. 

    “Persians feel so judged by the...

  • The Jewish community remembers Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    December 18, 2014 | 2:04 pm

    [Do you have a photo or memory of Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis you'd like to share? Send an email here.]

    An excerpt from the eulogy of Janice Kaminer-Reznik, president and co-founder with Rabbi Schulweis of Jewish World Watch:

    Of all of the visits and conversations I have had...

  • Holiday season brings authors to SoCal

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    November 24, 2014 | 1:25 pm

    From the Bible to the Broadway stage, readers and gift-buyers can find a wealth of new books in the bookstores, and it’s the time of year when authors, too, are out in the world to talk about their work. Here are five choice opportunities in Southern California.

    It’s the year...

  • Moving and shaking: FIDF Gala, Texas Hold’em Poker Classic, Our House and more

    By Ryan Torok

    November 13, 2014 | 11:00 am

    Hollywood A-listers Barbra Streisand, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Pamela Anderson were among those who attended the eighth annual Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Western Region Gala on Nov. 6; the event raised an unprecedented $33 million to fund the...

  • Hollywood calls on Rabbi David Wolpe

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 28, 2014 | 7:11 am

    Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple was pleasantly surprised when the call came that Warner Bros., along with Gulfstream Pictures, was optioning his new book “David:  The Divided Heart (Yale University Press) to be developed into a screenplay not long ago. 

    Wolpe, who was once...

  • Max Webb, one second at a time

    By David Suissa

    October 14, 2014 | 1:08 pm

    It’s hard to imagine how, or why, a wealthy 97-year-old man would make the effort to go through hundreds of invoices for his building company and sign all the checks himself. It’s even harder to imagine him catching mistakes and telling his bookkeeper things like, “I think this one...

  • Portrait of a very human King David

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    September 10, 2014 | 9:15 am

    When Jews gather to pray, we invoke the Patriarchs and, in some synagogues, the Matriarchs, the Prophets and Mosheh Rabbenu.  The glorious King David, by contrast, is mostly mentioned in connection with the Psalms, whose authorship is attributed to him in pious Jewish tradition....

  • When David slays Goliath

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    September 10, 2014 | 9:10 am

    An excerpt from the chapter titled “Young David” from Rabbi David Wolpe’s biography of King David, “David: The Divided Heart” (Yale University Press). Reprinted with permission.

    Divested of armor, David is ready. Goliath takes him for a harmless lad, an insult to his own...

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    July 30, 2014 | 1:30 pm

    Herb Schultz has been named chief executive officer and president of Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center. With this hiring, effective Aug. 18, he leaves his position as regional director of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

    Herb Schultz. Photo...

  • The end of an era

    June 19, 2014 | 2:46 pm

    When I first came to Friday Night Live
    I didn’t know if I’d ever been in a Jewish room so big.

    It was like they took the entire outside, put up walls on the very edges,
    added comfortable seating and painted the sky to look like a ceiling.

    I remember the sign I saw before I...

  • Rabbi Wolpe and Craig Taubman’s final Friday Night Live

    By Ryan Torok

    June 18, 2014 | 12:21 pm

    For their last time, after 16 years of collaboration, Rabbi David Wolpe and singer/songwriter Craig Taubman led the lively musical Shabbat service at Sinai Temple known as Friday Night Live to a packed sanctuary on the evening of June 13. 

    They did not go out quietly.

    “This is...

  • Sacred and profane: Philip Roth, onetime ‘enfant terrible,’ gets seminary honor

    May 23, 2014 | 11:12 am

    “What is being done to silence this man?” an American rabbi asked in a 1963 letter to the Anti-Defamation League. He was talking about the novelist Philip Roth, whose early novels and short stories cast his fellow American Jews in what some considered a none-too-flattering light.

  • Wolpe Vows he will no longer address issue of ethnic percentages

    By Ryan Torok

    May 21, 2014 | 9:08 am

    Rabbi David Wolpe pledged in a sermon during Shabbat services at Sinai Temple on May 17 that he would no longer address the question of how many members of the congregation are Ashkenazi or Iranian or any other ethnicity. 

    “We are 100 percent Jewish,” the Sinai Temple leader said...

  • Is Your School Too Persian?  Is Beverly Hills Too Jewish?

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 14, 2014 | 7:09 am

    There is an open wound that is infecting all Jews in Los Angeles.  While across the street UCLA students are battling rampant anti-Semitism, at many of our temples and schools, we are facing anti-Persian bigotry.  "This school is way too Persian. I wouldn't send my kids there." ...

  • The language of pleading eyes

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    May 7, 2014 | 2:38 pm

    “The music of his life suddenly stopped.” So reads a line in Chaim Nachman Bialik’s powerful poem, “After My Death.” 

    My mother’s music suddenly stopped 30 years ago, but she is still alive.

    At the age of 53, Elaine Wolpe, a university administrator, fundraiser and — most...

  • Moving and Shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    April 23, 2014 | 1:54 pm

    American journalist Jeffrey Goldberg is not optimistic that Iran will abandon its nuclear program. 

    During an April 1 community event with Rabbi David Wolpe titled “Are the United States and Israel on a Collision Course Over Iran?” the national correspondent at The Atlantic and...

  • Sinai Temple’s Friday Night Live to undergo change

    By Ryan Torok

    April 23, 2014 | 1:39 pm

    Rabbi David Wolpe and Craig Taubman announced on April 11 that they will no longer be leading Sinai Temple’s highly popular and influential Friday Night Live services after June 13.

    “I’m old, and he’s tired … the time has come for younger and spryer folk,” Wolpe said at the most...

  • Did the Exodus happen?

    By Dennis Prager

    April 16, 2014 | 1:18 pm

    With Passover here, it is a propitious time to address the central issue of the holiday: the Exodus. Specifically, did the Exodus happen?

    My friend Rabbi David Wolpe announced some years ago that it didn’t matter whether the Exodus occurred. In his words, writing three years...

  • Matzah, en route to freedom

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    April 9, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    Why matzah? It is an improbable symbol for such a grand holiday. With none of the embracing symbolism of a sukkah or the beauty of a Chanukah menorah, the unassuming cracker is the centerpiece of Passover. 

    The rabbis identify the matzah with humility. Unlike bread, which is...

  • Jewish community remembers Sid Caesar

    By Ryan Torok

    February 12, 2014 | 5:44 pm

    Responding to today’s news about the passing of comedy legend Sid Caesar, Los Angeles community members praised the veteran comic’s ability to win over an audience.

    “He was an awfully funny guy,” Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) said, “and an awfully incredible...

  • The debate of the year: David Suissa vs. Peter Beinart

    December 30, 2013 | 5:02 pm

    Jewish Journal President David Suissa debates political author Peter Beinart spar about Israel in the debate of the year.

    Moderated by Sinai Temple's Rabbi David Wolpe.

  • Beinart, Suissa face off on Israel

    By Jared Sichel

    December 6, 2013 | 2:57 pm

    Peter Beinart is no stranger to the accusation that for a self-proclaimed passionate supporter of Israel, he treats the Jewish state too harshly.

    Since the release of his book “The Crisis of Zionism” in 2012, he has traveled the country debating ardent Zionists such as Daniel...

  • Barack or Bibi? Trust, loyalty and Iran

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 20, 2013 | 1:56 pm

    On Rosh Hashanah 2012, just a few weeks before the presidential election, Sinai Temple’s Rabbi David Wolpe offered his congregants a sermon titled “The Most Important Question in the World Today.” In it, he told his congregation he was, at that moment, a single-issue voter: “I will...

  • ‘Walk’ changes a life

    November 19, 2013 | 5:08 pm

    For Aaron Wolf, an anecdote sparked a personal memory that inspired a film. The same day he read reflections by Rabbi David Wolpe about the Sinai Temple rabbi’s father, Rabbi Gerald Wolpe, and about the kindness of a stranger, Wolf went to his keyboard and banged out the first...

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