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  • A new teacher in 5776

    September 18, 2015 | 10:16 am

    This past year, my congregation at Valley Beth Shalom – and the greater Jewish community – lost a giant. Rabbi Harold Schulweis z”l, of blessed memory, was an incredible scholar, a visionary for justice, and an exceptional leader in the deepest sense of the word.  As we move...

  • Rescuing God

    September 17, 2015 | 4:24 pm

    This is the first holiday in 45 years that Rabbi Harold Schulweis will not be on the bima. In his memory we offer this sermon.

    Elie Wiesel offered a parable about our times:

    Once upon a time, Man complained to God: “You have no idea how hard it is to be human -- to live a life...

  • Jewish children’s choir combines the power of youth with the magic of music

    By Jonathan Maseng

    August 5, 2015 | 4:23 pm

    It’s Sunday afternoon at the Workmen’s Circle in Pico-Robertson. A group of Orthodox women sit chatting in a back room, while, a few feet away, a father in blue jeans talks with a mother who is clearly not as traditional. In the large social hall, several dozen children — Orthodox,...

  • Rabbi Harold Schulweis, Israel and the peace process

    February 9, 2015 | 12:11 pm

    In a touching eulogy in the JJ (Dec 18, 2014), Rabbi Harold Schulweis was aptly described by Rabbi Ed Feinstein, his friend and successor as senior rabbi at Congregation Valley Beth Shalom as “the most successful and influential synagogue leader in his generation, a public...

  • Turning ‘never again’ into action: the legacy of Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    January 22, 2015 | 3:09 pm

    70 years ago this week, the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp was liberated. From the ashes of the murdered arose the words “Never Again” – spoken as shorthand for our collective responsibility to act in the face of genocide. However, on the world stage, the words “Never Again” soon...

  • Letters to the editor: Remembering Schulweis and Beerman, Simone Wilson’s Tel Aviv and more

    January 7, 2015 | 9:42 am

    Rabbis Harold Schulweis and Leonard Beerman: Thank You for the Memories

    Forty years ago, my wife, Marcia, and I attended a service at Valley Beth Shalom and were stunned by Rabbi Harold Schulweis’ intellectual passion, knowledge and remarkable down-to-earth sense of humor (“Rabbi...

  • Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, ‘Rabbi of Rabbis’ and world-renowned Jewish leader, dies at 89

    By Tom Tugend

    December 18, 2014 | 7:14 am

    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.

    Schulweis led the Conservative Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) in Encino for nearly 45 years, introducing significant...

  • 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...

  • Chavurah’s diversity keeps it going strong at 43

    By Tom Tugend

    July 17, 2013 | 3:19 pm

    Los Angeles Jews are often viewed by outsiders as a rootless people, constantly on the move, caged in their cars and with relationships that are both ephemeral and superficial.

    Whether or not one buys this thumbnail evaluation, there is at least one exception to the stereotype....

  • Letters to the Editor: Schulweis, God’s Road Rage, JCCs

    March 14, 2013 | 4:02 am

    Rabbi’s Words Echo on

    Thank you for today’s column. I wish I could have heard it [Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis’ speech], but reading about it was wonderful (“Because You Suffer…,” March 8). Old is good, and older is perhaps even better. Again, thank you.

    Carol Mann
    Via e-mail


  • Rabbi David Hartman’s learned students remember their rebbe

    February 13, 2013 | 9:35 am

    An Advocate for Divine Honesty

    David Hartman was sui generis; he was a unique individual who was very excited about ideas and at the same time pragmatic. Who believed that believing is best expressed in behavior. To believe is to behave.

    This is very clear in his latest book,...

  • Schulweis selected for L.A. County humanitarian award

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 1, 2008 | 10:23 pm

    Rabbi Harold Schulweis of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino will be honored Oct. 23 with the John Allen Buggs Humanitarian Award, given out annually by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations.

    Schulweis, who will receive the prize during the John Anson Ford Human Relations...

  • Noteworthy sessions and events at the G.A.

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    SUNDAY, NOV. 12
    10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Tour of the Skirball Cultural Center
    Note: Tour leaves from Westin Bonaventure and returns to the L.A. Convention Center.

    2:30 p.m.
    Opening Plenary: "One People, One Destiny, One Great Day in November"
    Greetings: L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa...

  • Courage and Innovation

    By Julie G Fax

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    If you want to follow the thread of religious innovation and ethical behavior in modern Jewish life, you won't need to stray far from the career and philosophies of Rabbi Harold Schulweis. In fact, you probably can't confront those topics without confronting the...

  • Changing Porcupines Into Family

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It was unseasonably cold on the eve of the New Year. The lakes were frozen; the sun retreated from the heavens on erev Rosh Hashanah. A group of porcupines noted for their rugged individualism were caught shivering in wintry storms. They decided to huddle together and thereby find...

  • City View

    By Bill Boyarsky

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis was the eloquent young rabbi of Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland, he gave many uncompromising sermons against the social and economic injustices that afflicted the community.

    The sermons impressed my mother, who was principal of the religious school. She...

  • Feast and Help Yourself

    By Dennis Gura

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Finding Each Other in Judaism: Meditations on the Rites of Passage From Birth to Immortality" by Harold M. Schulweis. (UAHC Press, $12.95)

    "Finding Each Other in Judaism" distills decades of those quiet, private moments when a curious, wounded or concerned congregant asks the...

  • The Pope and Repentance

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I begin by expressing my admiration and respect for Monsignor Vadakin whom I have known for close to three decades. I have reason to know of his integrity and moral courage, his deep respect for Judaism and his love for the Jewish people.

    It is not with anyone that I would broach...

  • Writing a New Chapter

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Writing a New Chapter

    The People of the Book is the

    Los Angeles area's first attempt at a Jewish book festival

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer



    For years, Rabbi Harold Schulweis was perplexed by the question,Why isn't there a Jewish book festival in Los Angeles?

    To promote his own...