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  • Harold Schulweis: Founder of a Big Judaism

    By David Suissa

    2 days ago

    “I’m having trouble with the past tense,” Rabbi Uri Herscher said as he began his eulogy for his close friend Rabbi Harold Schulweis, who died last week at the age of 89. With about 1,500 mourners looking on in the main sanctuary of Valley Beth Shalom (VBS), the synagogue Schulweis...

  • Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis: Why Ferguson matters to Jews, and what makes a rabbi's life well-lived

    4 days ago

    From a poem by Rabbi Schulweis:

    For Those Beloved Who Survive Me

    Mourning by Harold M. Schulweis

    Mourn me not with tears, ashes or sackcloth.
    Nor dwell in darkness, sadness or remorse.
    Remember that I love you, and wish for you a life of song.
    My immortality, if there be...

  • Judaism is the particular language through which Jews address humanity

    6 days ago

    RABBI HAROLD M. SCHULWEIS was the spiritual leader of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California, and author of many books, including For Those Who Cant Believe, In Gods Mirror, Evil and the Morality of God, and Approaches to the Philosophy of Religion. He was the founding chairman...

  • Learning Leadership from Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, z’l

    By Michael Berenbaum

    6 days ago

    Much will have been written over the next few days about the massive contribution that Rabbi Harold Schulweis has made to Jewish life in our time. Yet as an observer, participant and shaper of Jewish life, I feel that there is still more than can be said. Permit me to focus on his...

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  • Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis: The First 80 Years [DOCUMENTARY]

    6 days ago

    Rabbi Harold Schulweis, regarded as the most influential synagogue leader of his generation, died at his home after a long struggle with heart disease. He was 89.

    Read his full obituary here.

  • A rabbi’s rabbi: Harold M. Schulweis, an appreciation

    1 week ago

    It was the summer of 1974 when I arrived in Los Angeles. A friend told me about a rabbi in the San Fernando Valley who was transforming his synagogue into one of the most dynamic congregations in the city, if not the country. “There are a thousand people every Friday night,” he...

  • The Jewish community remembers Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    1 week ago

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


    Harold Schulweis had a fertile mind and a capacious heart.  His sympathies ranged as widely as his intellect.  Every Rabbi knew, coming to him for advice, that you would walk...

  • Hide and seek: The serious game Of T’shuvah

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    1 week ago

    It is told of the Rhiziner Rebbe, that once when he came home from his shtiebel, he found outside his home a little boy crying. "Why are you crying, my son?" 

    "Because I was playing hide and seek," the boy answered. 

    "Why the tears, then?" 

    "Because I was hiding. But no...

  • Conversation with the angel of death [1991]

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    1 week ago

    The letter from Lillian came between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

    "I am writing to you as both my friend and my rabbi, driven by the deep sadness and sense of disconnectedness that has gripped me since this morning's Rosh Hashanah service.

    Until this morning. I know the...

  • Poem: Sticks and Stones

    1 week ago

    Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis wrote this poem about genocide on the eve of the High Holy Days earlier this year. He submitted it now as a reminder that "Never Again" should be pledged to halt the killings of unarmed Black men by police in New York and Ferguson, Mo., and many other...

  • Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis: What do we owe the stranger?

    By Susan Freudenheim

    April 9, 2014 | 11:42 am

    Thirty-six times the Torah talks about caring for the stranger,” Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis said. 

    “That is so unusual. It doesn’t talk about the love of God 36 times!” 

    A student of two of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century — Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan and Martin Buber —...

  • Repairing our broken world: Stories from the Congo

    July 3, 2013 | 10:31 am

    A mother of five was robbed and raped by a village pastor; when her husband heard of the rape he abandoned the family, as did the victim’s parents.  A nurse who works in a hospital specializing in the care of rape victims was abducted, assaulted and left for dead, probably as part...

  • Financial tsunami shakes Jewish Community Foundation

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 24, 2008 | 2:26 am

    The stock market had been hammered for more than a year, but the Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) was doing relatively well, David Polak, chair of the JCF's investment committee, told the board of directors early this month.

    The JCF's common investment pool, which manages the...

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