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  • Shavuot and Pride Week: A double holiday turns to grief

    1 week ago

    Jewish mysticism holds that every year at around midnight on Shavuot, the skies open up, as they did in the Torah story over Mount Sinai, for prayers to ascend to God.

    Not long after the skies were supposed to have opened this year, 49 people were murdered by a terrorist in a gay...

  • Lady Gaga joins mourners at L.A. City Hall to vent anger, grieve

    By Eitan Arom

    2 weeks ago

    Singer-songwriter Lady Gaga was visibly and audibly shaken as she took the microphone in front of Los Angeles City Hall on June 13 to speak words of consolation and anger to a heartbroken crowd of more than 2,000 mourners.

    Moments before, Lorri Jean, the CEO of the L.A. LGBT...

  • Moving and shaking: USHMM dinner, IAC Mishelanu conference and more

    By Ryan Torok

    March 10, 2016 | 9:53 am

    “Donald Trump is the new Hitler,” Rosanna Arquette told the Journal at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s 2016 Los Angeles dinner at the Beverly Hilton.

    The actress and activist received the museum’s National Leadership Award, along with her husband, Todd Morgan, an...

  • Charedi lawmaker in Israel compares Reform movement to mentally ill person

    February 24, 2016 | 1:28 pm

    A Charedi Orthodox lawmaker in Israel reportedly compared the Reform movement to a mentally ill person.

    [MORE: Knesset members react]

    Israel Eichler of the United Torah Judaism party made his remarks Tuesday in the lead-up to a Knesset debate the next day on the Supreme Court’s...

  • Moving and shaking: Temple Ner Simcha commemorates Paris victims; OUR HOUSE gala and more

    By Ryan Torok

    November 24, 2015 | 3:15 pm

    Trans-denominational synagogue Temple Ner Simcha in Agoura Hills held a ceremony Nov. 16 to commemorate the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks, which took place three days prior.

    Temple Ner Simcha Rabbi Michael Barclay (center) leads a prayer service to honor the victims of...

  • Year in review: Looking back at 5775

    September 10, 2015 | 11:39 am

    As 5775 winds to a close, here’s a look back on the highs and lows (and everything in between) of the year that was.

    September 2014

    At the annual U.N. General Assembly, President Barack Obama focuses his speech on ISIS; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likens Iran to...

  • Standing on holy ground

    August 14, 2015 | 12:13 pm

    We arrived in Selma, Alabama to stand and march on holy ground. The first day of the NAACP’s “Journey for Justice” – which will march from August 1 beginning in Selma, Alabama through more than 40 days to rally in Washington, DC on Sept. 16 – my colleagues from the Central...

  • Faith leader celebrates Supreme Court gay marriage decision in West Hollywood

    By Ryan Torok

    June 27, 2015 | 8:24 am

    Los Angeles clergy and city officials, same-sex couples and heterosexual supporters of gay marriage rejoiced in the Supreme Court’s decision to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, on June 26, during a rally in West Hollywood Park.

    "Marriage, that peculiar and...

  • Reform rabbis install first openly gay president, Denise Eger

    March 16, 2015 | 10:20 am

    The Central Conference of American Rabbis, the rabbinical arm of the Reform movement, installed its first openly gay president, Rabbi Denise Eger.

    Eger, 55, was inaugurated on Monday morning at the CCAR’s annual convention in Philadelphia. She succeeds Richard Block.


  • Rabbi Denise Eger seeks to open doors wider to all Jews

    By Tess Cutler

    March 4, 2015 | 2:13 pm

    What does God require of you? Only to do justice, to love compassion and walk humbly with your God.

    “It’s on my wall,” said Rabbi Denise Eger, pointing to the spot in her office where her favorite Bible verse is written (also transcribed on her tallit). “Prophet Micah, Chapter 6,...

  • L.A. Jewish LGBT community reacts to same-sex marriage decisions

    June 26, 2013 | 12:28 pm

    Leaders of the area’s Jewish LGBT community rejoiced today after the Supreme Court ruled that part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denied federal benefits to same-sex couples, was unconstitutional. The court also paved the way for a return of same-sex marriage to...

  • Remembering Debbie Friedman: Rabbi Denise L. Eger

    January 10, 2011 | 10:32 am

    Debbie was an amazingly gifted singer and songwriter.  Most knew her through her incredible Jewish music.  I had the privilege of knowing her not only through singing and her music, but as my teacher.  When I was 12 years old, I was already teaching religious school music at Temple...

  • ‘Forward 50’ heavy on politicos; Faith groups petition Supremes re Prop. 8

    November 20, 2008 | 3:00 am

    Forward 50 Heavy on Politicos

    The Los Angelenos in this year's just-released Forward 50 list include an Orthodox rabbi who suggested that Israelis should be able to decide the fate of Jerusalem, a rabbi who led efforts to fight Proposition 8 and a Westlake School for Girls graduate...