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  • Putin thanks rabbis for communities’ fight against Nazi revival

    July 10, 2014 | 10:12 am

    Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked senior rabbis from Israel and Europe for what he called their help in Russia’s fight against the revival of Nazism.

    Putin made the statement on Wednesday during a meeting in the Russian capital with more than a dozen prominent rabbis,...

  • Why I went – and went back – to St. Augustine, Fla.

    June 18, 2014 | 10:58 am

    On June 18, 1964, during one of the most violent years of the civil rights struggle, I and 15 other Reform rabbis spent a night in a jail in St. Augustine, Fla. We had responded to an invitation from Martin Luther King Jr. to join him in a demonstration against segregation there,...

  • Bechol Dor Va’Dor: How You Can Make a Difference this Passover

    By Maya Paley

    April 7, 2014 | 3:52 pm

    In every generation one is obligated to view oneself as though one personally came out of Egypt.” –Haggadah

    Bechol dor va dor chayav adam lir’ot et atzmo ke’ilu hu yatza mi’mitzraim.

    I sing that song every year during the Passover Seder. It has always had an effect on me,...

  • Top 50 (okay, 10) ideas for filling the Newsweek rabbis list void

    February 28, 2014 | 1:26 pm

    As every rabbi in America no doubt knows by now, the Newsweek/Daily Beast Top 50 Rabbis list is no more.

    The list’s founders/authors wrote earlier this week that they had decided to discontinue the annual ranking because it “got out of control.” Not only did the list, launched in...

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  • Jewish embrace of LGBT people recognizes the dignity of all

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    June 28, 2013 | 9:45 am

    Attitudes toward same sex marriage in Judaism have undergone a dramatic change in the last quarter century. The prohibition recorded in Leviticus 18 has been affirmed by some, negated by others and reinterpreted by still others. Did the Torah intend loving same sex relationships?...

  • Knocking

    By Michelle Azar

    June 27, 2013 | 1:22 pm

    We were about half way through class Tuesday night, when I heard a light knock at the door of our studio. To be clear, our studio also serves as a meeting room, sometimes a storage room, and weekly as a house of worship to the Orthodox congregation who rents space at Temple...

  • You Can’t Say NO To Sacred Work

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 5, 2013 | 11:12 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I was speaking with one of the other Rabbi's at Beit T'Shuvah yesterday about a resident that he is seeing as a Spiritual Counselor and I suggested that he learn a Mishnah from Pirke Avot as a text with this person. I suggested Chapter 2 Mishnah 16. It goes...

  • March 15, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 15, 2013 | 3:41 am

    The US

    Headline: Obama: Iran more than a year away from developing nuclear weapon

    To Read:  Jeffrey Goldberg gives his take President Obama's decision to come to Israel:

    President Obama heads next week to Israel, with a side trip to the West Bank and an overnight visit to...

  • Rabbi Manis Friedman, who downplayed damage caused by sexual abuse, apologizes [VIDEO]

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 31, 2013 | 10:53 pm

    Rabbi Manis Friedman, a prominent rabbi from the Hasidic Chabad Lubavitch movement who appeared in a video recently posted on YouTube minimizing the harm caused by sexual molestation, has apologized for what he called his “completely inappropriate use of language.”

    “I have always...

  • Cedars-Sinai’s chaplaincy program puts spirituality on the medical charts

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    December 12, 2012 | 3:39 pm

    Usually, the frantic words, “Someone get the rabbi!” uttered in a hospital room mean only one thing. So Debbie Marcus burst into tears when Rabbi Jason Weiner was summoned to her grandfather’s room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in July 2008. 

    Weiner, then interim Jewish chaplain...

  • The Hollywood treatment

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 12, 2012 | 3:15 pm

    “Fundamentally, your job is not that different from my job,” screenwriter Alex Litvak told a room full of rabbis assembled at American Jewish University for the annual High Holy Days conference sponsored by the Board of Rabbis of Southern California.

    While most of the 165...

  • Q&A With Rabbi Elliot Dorff

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 12, 2012 | 2:21 pm

    In the age of 140-character tweets and 38-second video clips, the Conservative movement is putting its foot down with a nearly 1,000-page reference tome, “The Observant Life: The Wisdom of Conservative Judaism for Contemporary Jews.” The book, published by the Rabbinical Assembly...

  • Conservative rabbis approve same-sex marriage ceremonies

    June 1, 2012 | 8:28 am

    The Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards—which sets halachic policy for the Conservative movement—has voted unanimously to provide the approximately 1,600 Conservative rabbis with guidelines on performing same-sex marriages.

    The move is an official sanction...

  • Israel allows government councils to pay non-Orthodox rabbis

    May 29, 2012 | 3:21 pm

    The Israeli government will begin paying non-Orthodox rabbis and recognizing them as community leaders.

    The attorney general’s office advised the Supreme Court Tuesday that Reform and Conservative rabbis in some parts of Israel will be recognized as “rabbis of non-Orthodox...

  • Shul Business

    By Ryan E. Smith

    March 15, 2012 | 10:36 am

    No one taught Rabbi Ahud Sela how to read a budget when he was in the seminary. Talmud and pastoral counseling took precedence over the basics of planned giving.

    So when the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly teamed up with American Jewish University (AJU) to create the...

  • Occupy Wall Street and Jews, Onion Edition

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 8, 2011 | 1:32 pm

    Even the fake news about Occupy Wall Street appears to have taken notice of the preponderance of Jews involved in the protests.

    On Nov. 7, The Onion, “America’s Finest News Source,” published an article under the headline, “Bank Executives on 15th Floor Gambling on Which...

  • Calif. Methodist seminary to train rabbis, imams

    May 16, 2011 | 4:22 pm

    The Claremont School of Theology, a Christian divinity school in Los Angeles, will use a $40 million gift to begin training Jewish and Muslim clergy.

    The gift from David and Joan Lincoln of Arizona, which was announced Monday, will help Claremont transform itself into a multifaith...

  • Rabbis measure response to Bin Laden’s death

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    May 2, 2011 | 5:13 pm

    As details of the special operation that took out Osama bin Laden continue to unfold, rabbis in Los Angeles are pulling from biblical verses, Jewish traditions and their own gut reactions to help formulate an appropriate Jewish response to the news.

    Early Monday morning, Rabbi...

  • After Santa Monica bombing, shuls ponder openness vs. security

    April 14, 2011 | 12:46 pm

    Nobody thought much about the shabby but quiet middle-aged man who showed up last weekend at an Orthodox study hall in suburban Cleveland.

    But when police came Monday and arrested the man, Ron Hirsch, 60, on charges of setting off a bomb next to the Chabad synagogue in Santa Monica,...

  • Dancing rabbis win cheers

    April 5, 2011 | 4:27 pm

    A sell-out crowd packed the American Jewish University’s (AJU) Gindi Auditorium on April 3 and watched as Rabbi Zoë Klein of Temple Isaiah tangoed her way to the inaugural “Dancing With the Rabbis” trophy. An ecstatic Klein, cheered on by her family, wowed the audience with...

  • North American rabbis protest conversion policy

    February 23, 2011 | 11:03 am

    Dozens of North American Orthodox rabbis protested to Israel’s Interior Ministry following reports that converts under Orthodox auspices are being denied the right to immigrate.

    “We are concerned that conversions performed under our auspices are being questioned vis-à-vis aliyah...

  • The rabbi and his ‘calling’

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 15, 2010 | 9:56 am

    In the fall of 2007, then-rabbinical student Shmuly Yanklowitz traveled with a few of his colleagues from the Modern Orthodox Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in New York to San Diego. Wildfires had just burned through 500,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,500 homes. “I didn’t know what...

  • Diaspora rabbis urge Israeli colleagues to speak out on rental ruling

    December 14, 2010 | 9:49 am

    Over 750 rabbis and cantors of all denominations signed a letter urging their Israeli colleagues to speak out against a ruling by 39 municipal rabbis banning renting to non-Jews.

    “The recent halakhic ruling from community rabbis in Israel that forbids leasing apartments to non-Jews...

  • Barriers broken, female rabbis look to broader influence

    December 13, 2010 | 2:18 pm

    Lynne Kern knew at 13 that she wanted to be a rabbi, even though in 1970 there were no female rabbis to act as role models.

    So Kern became a writer, eventually winning a Pulitzer Prize for journalism.

    But she never forgot her passion, and in 2001 she completed her rabbinic studies...

  • Bibi slams rabbis’ ban on renting to non-Jews

    December 7, 2010 | 4:42 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blasted a ruling by dozens of Israel’s municipal chief rabbis that forbids renting homes to gentiles, and more specifically to Arabs.

    Netanyahu said the ruling, which became public Tuesday, was inconsistent with democratic values.

    The ruling...

  • N.Y. rabbis pull out of Muslim-Jewish twinning project

    November 15, 2010 | 11:36 am

    Two rabbis in western New York have pulled out of a Muslim-Jewish outreach effort, charging that the national sponsor is involved in Islamic fundamentalism.

    The “twinning” project, which has been held each November since 2008, is a project of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding...

  • Glenn Beck reneges on promise to rabbis

    November 11, 2010 | 2:09 pm

    Yesterday, Glenn Beck and the leadership of Fox News made a mockery of their commitment to me and two rabbis. Let me take a few steps back to tell you why what happened yesterday scares me.

    On Tuesday night, many in our community were gathered together, in Brooklyn, in Dayton, in...

  • Rabbis visit Temple Mount

    May 10, 2010 | 11:25 am

    A large group of rabbis visited the Temple Mount on the eve of Jerusalem Day.

    The 43 Religious Zionist rabbis prayed at the Western Wall before ascending to the Temple Mount Monday under heavy police protection. It was the largest group of rabbis to visit the Temple Mount since...

  • Rabbis Pay Condolence Call to Poles

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    April 20, 2010 | 7:03 pm

    Four rabbis representing The Board of Rabbis of Southern California visited the Polish Consulate in Los Angeles last week to offer letters and wishes of condolence after the April 10 plane crash that killed the Polish president and 94 others, including many governmental leaders.

    ...
  • LA Unity Mission

    By Rob Eshman

    October 28, 2009 | 4:26 pm

    Pics are coming in of the first- ever   joint mission of Orthodox, Conservative and Reform rabbis to Israel. The group of 16 rabbis left Monday and is now winding up a whirlwind 3 day trip through Israel. 

    The mission was the brainchild of Los Angeles Consul General Jacob Dayan,...

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