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  • Podcast: Interview with Yonah Bookstein, Rabbi at Pico Shul, Jewish community activist

    By Jared Sichel

    April 21, 2016 | 2:37 pm

    Rabbi Yonah Bookstein joins Tribal to discuss the issues of the day facing young American Jews, his own unconventional path navigating the Jewish professional world and, of course ... the Iran nuclear deal! (Originally recorded Aug. 12, 2015)

  • Challah-Chella: Shabbat tent at Coachella 2016

    April 18, 2016 | 11:27 am

    The 4th annual Coachella Shabbat Tent brought wine, challah, delicious Shabbat meals, Havdallah and other great programming to Coachella 2016.

  • Census of homeless will ensure proper funding for programs

    By Ryan Torok

    February 3, 2016 | 2:28 pm

    The carload of concerned locals, including an Orthodox rabbi, a pizzeria owner and a construction project site manager, peered into an alley in search of signs of life.

    “This alley’s actually too thin to live in,” Pico Shul’s Rabbi Yonah Bookstein said as the sedan carrying the...

  • Rabbi leads fight to end homelessness

    By Ryan Torok

    February 3, 2016 | 2:23 pm

    There are so many numbers that count in the fight against homelessness. For the 7,500 volunteers who hit the streets during the last week of January, the focus was on getting an accurate count on the number living without homes in Los Angeles County. 

    But before that, Valley Beth...

  • Rabbis’ High Holy Days sermons to emphasize spirituality, not politics

    By Ryan Torok

    September 9, 2015 | 4:06 pm

    Over the last several weeks, Rabbi Yonah Bookstein of Pico Shul and Rabbi Kalman Topp of Beth Jacob Congregation have been gathering signatures from rabbis across the country opposed to the Iran nuclear agreement. So far, more than 1,200 have signed on. 

    Bookstein has blogged...

  • [UPDATED] Matisyahu performs at music festival that had dropped him from its lineup [VIDEO]

    By Ryan Torok

    August 17, 2015 | 10:28 am

    [UPDATE: Aug. 24, 10:30 a.m.]  Matisyahu performed on Aug. 22 at a Spanish music festival that had cancelled his performance due to apparent pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement before inviting him back to perform.

    "Tonight was difficult but...

  • Jewish community reacts to Iran nuclear deal

    April 2, 2015 | 3:38 pm

    The Jewish community in Los Angeles and nationwide reacted Thursday to the news that the framework of an initial deal on limiting Iran’s nuclear program had been set:

    Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Los Angeles):

    “The Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has embraced the...

  • Aboard the S.S. Jewlicious

    By Jared Sichel

    March 6, 2014 | 1:00 pm

    Slave hunters, reggae stars, cabaret, slam poetry — it was just another weekend at Jewlicious Festival, the eclectic, diverse Jewish festival put on by Rabbi Yonah Bookstein.

    Jewlicious is a grass-roots organization based in Los Angeles whose aim is to unite Jews of every...

  • Ex-Westboro Baptist Church daughter: ‘I love them Jews’

    By Jared Sichel

    March 4, 2014 | 3:10 pm

    Megan and Grace Phelps-Roper have come a long way since they left their family — which also happens to be one of America’s most controversial — in November 2012.

    For one, the two former Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) sisters have now attended a Southern California Jewish festival,...

  • Mitzvahland: For all your Jewish needs

    By Rob Eshman

    September 17, 2013 | 10:43 am

    On Sunday, my wife and I drove out to the Valley to buy a new sukkah. It was time. I’d bought our old sukkah from an Armenian Catholic who supplied booths to vendors in farmers’ markets. When his orders began to spike in September, he realized he could have a good little side...

  • No Justice, No Meat: Polish Parliament Reaffirms Antisemitism

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    July 16, 2013 | 4:26 pm

    With great chutzpah and an undercurrent of antisemitism the Polish Parliament has rejected a bill proposed by the government to permit Kosher and Halal ritual slaughter. As has been the case in other European countries that have banned kosher slaughter, the process is deemed...

  • Divide Over Kotel Prayer Highlights Racism of Palestinian Authority and Muslim Waqf

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    June 25, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    Jewish communities might be fighting about fair access to the Kotel, but what is missing from the discussion is Jewish use of holy places in Jerusalem. The Muslim Waqf and the Palestinian Authority’s opposition to the Kotel compromise demonstrates their intense racism. Instead of...

  • Here on Earth

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    September 12, 2012 | 11:40 am

    “The Torah that I am prescribing to you today is not too mysterious or remote from you. It is not in heaven ... it is something that is very close to you” (Deuteronomy 30:11-13).

    A great illustration of this passage is contained in the Yiddish story by I.L. Peretz titled “If Not...

  • Drinking with the Booksteins

    By Rob Eshman

    March 29, 2012 | 5:09 pm

    Rabbi Yonah Bookstein and his wife Rachel stopped by our house last week bearing two perfect pre-Passover gifts.

    The first was a bottle of Shirah Wines 2009 Power to the People, a Syrah blend from Santa Barbara county grapes that The New York Jewish Week picked, out of 200 wines, as...

  • Occupy Genesis

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    October 19, 2011 | 12:43 pm

    The story of creation begins again this week in synagogues around the world. The Jewish people make a global reset and roll back our Torah scrolls. Fresh and new, our world is set in motion with organic divine harmony, only to be disrupted by human folly. 

    This annual cosmic rewind...