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  • Torah portion: Remembering the journey

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    August 13, 2014 | 10:47 am

    Many in the latest generation of women rabbis don’t think of themselves as feminists. For them, being a rabbi is a birthright; they grew up with women rabbis. They have little sense of what it took to get to this point. For those of us in the first generation, that is a bit...

  • Boomers looking forward to what’s next in life

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    June 25, 2014 | 3:39 pm

    The stages of a life are measured differently now from the days of Pirke Avot, a classical Jewish text from the second century. But in some sense, the work of those of us who have reached a mature age remains the same as it was back then: How do you apply the wisdom you have...

  • A new aging narrative for boomers from Milken Institute

    June 25, 2014 | 3:29 pm

    When it comes to aging and retirement, the issues are big, the stakes are high, and the solutions are complex. This was the impetus for a recent gathering of innovative leaders exploring a new narrative of retirement at the inaugural Milken Institute Successful Aging Innovation...

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    April 10, 2014 | 8:00 pm

    Dennis Ross, former senior Middle East adviser to President Barack Obama, appeared in a panel discussion on “Israel, America and the Middle East: Challenges for 2014” on March 19 at Sinai Temple.

    During the event, Ross expressed pessimism about the prospect of U.S. Secretary of...

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  • Listen for God’s voice amid an earthquake’s shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    January 15, 2014 | 2:32 pm

    In the event of an earthquake, look upward and take the earth’s shaking as a sign of an awe-inspiring God, Rabbi Laura Geller recommends.

    In the event of an earthquake, look outward and care for your neighbor, says Rabbi Yonah Bookstein. 

    And Rabbi Harold Schulweis, in his...

  • Listen to the voices of our sisters

    November 27, 2013 | 11:40 am

    I returned from Israel during the week of Vayislach, when we read the story of Jacob’s famous nocturnal wrestling match and the painful story of Dina, his daughter. 

    The midrash, in explaining why Jacob speaks of his 11 children when in fact he has 12, tells us that Jacob locked...

  • High Holy Days: In the rabbis’ words

    September 3, 2013 | 11:33 am

    From left: Rabbi David Wolpe, Rabbi Laura Geller and Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    For the High Holy Days this year, the Jewish Journal invited three rabbis — Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple, Rabbi Laura Geller of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley Beth...

  • B’nai Mitzvah @ 50… and beyond

    July 19, 2013 | 10:23 am

    Trisha Roth completed two years of study in order to be ready for her recent bat mitzvah. When the big day came, she wore a tallit that belonged to her late brother. But something else made the experience particularly special.

    She was 67.

    A grandmother of seven — her youngest...

  • 17 years of Rashi

    April 19, 2013 | 11:11 am

    Rabbi Laura Geller is well known as a woman who does not shrink from a challenge. A senior rabbi at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, she stands as a pioneer among women rabbis, the third women ordained in the Reform movement and the first to lead a major metropolitan synagogue. In...

  • Bury Korach

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    June 20, 2012 | 12:56 pm

    This is a tough Torah portion. It’s the story of Korach, the man who led a revolt against Moses. He gathers 250 of the most important leaders and challenges Moses:

    “You take too much upon yourself, Moses. Not just you, but all the congregation is holy, every one of us. Why do you...

  • Turn my mourning into dancing

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    January 10, 2011 | 10:18 am

    My first encounter with Debbie was in 1986 at the Simchat Chockmah ritual for becoming an elder she helped create and lead for the feminist Biblical scholar, her friend, Savina Teubal.  Two moments in the ritual took my breath away.  The first was in the middle of the ceremony, when...

  • MATCH Puts Giving in Students’ Hands

    By Karen Alexander

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Learning about the importance of giving tzedakah is a basic tenet of any Jewish education.

    But p

    "It's not just about giving away money," said Emanuel's Rabbi Laura Geller. "It's about teaching young people how to be responsible Jews when it comes to giving tzedakah. It's not...

  • Reflections on an Impossible Age

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Thirteen is a difficult age. I know this as a parent, and I also know it as a rabbi who interacts with lots of 13-year-olds. I know this as well as a student of Torah. And now I know it as a moviegoer.

    Every parent should see the movie "Thirteen." If you are the parent of an...

  • God’s Belongings

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    This week's Torah portion is called "Behar" because it begins "The Lord spoke to Moses behar (on Mount [Sinai]). Upon reflection, something seems out of order. We left Mount Sinai in the Book of Exodus.

    Most of the laws in the Book of Leviticus were revealed in the Tent of Meeting....

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