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  • Go ahead, make my High Holy Day

    September 4, 2009 | 4:21 pm

    From NYPost.com:

    It’s high noon for the high holidays.

    Fearing jihadists will attack synagogues during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, a group of badass rabbis has developed a program to turn your average shul-goer into a lean, mean fighting machine.

    The group, which calls itself the International Security Coalition of Clergy, was founded by Rabbi Gary Moscowitz, who boasts a black belt in karate, teaches martial arts and was an NYPD cop for nine years.

    Read the full story at NYPost.com.

  • Rabbis and Guns - a Rosh Hashanah Safety Video

    September 4, 2009 | 4:16 pm

    Don’t you dare fall asleep during these rabbis’ sermons…

  • Spinka Grand Rabbi, Four Others Plead Guilty

    By Adam Wills

    August 4, 2009 | 5:59 pm

    Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Weisz, the Brooklyn-based grand rabbi of the Spinka sect, along with four local associates, pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy charges in downtown federal district court Monday.

    As part of the plea agreement, Weisz, 61, admitted he worked with others in a...

  • Why The New Jersey Rabbi Sting Stings

    By Rob Eshman

    July 23, 2009 | 5:25 pm

    Does it matter that so many of the men arrested today in New Jersey and New York on charges that include money laundering and organ trafficking are Jewish?  And not just Jewish but rabbis and community leaders?

    Of course it matters to Jews.  This is big news from New York to LA,...

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  • Ethics Plan Would Raise Sanctity of Business

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    March 18, 2009 | 6:02 pm

    An observant Jew was once brought before the judge on counts of tax fraud. Seeing the kippah-wearing Jew before him, the judge innocently asked, “Mr. Schwartz, you are clearly a God-fearing man. How do you explain your immoral behavior?”

    Not missing a beat, Mr. Schwartz pointed...

  • L.A. Orthodox rabbis want business ethics to be kosher, too

    By Julie G Fax

    October 16, 2008 | 1:28 am

    Seeking to accentuate Jewish traditions that place a premium on ethical integrity, Los Angeles Orthodox rabbis are encouraging local businesses to sign up for a new seal of certification that ensures employers are treating workers fairly and humanely.

    The move comes in response to...

  • Politics, rabbis, gotcha

    October 16, 2008 | 12:28 am

    Presidential Politics

    In response to the Oct. 10 Letters on Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin:

    I noticed the advertisement on Obama with the questionable people he is photographed associating with. I read the weekly news and view television debates, and I...
  • Obama conference call with rabbis covers education, the meaning of the shofar, support for Israel

    September 18, 2008 | 12:56 am

    Barack Obama told a conference call of rabbis this morning that he supports government funding for after-school and mentoring programs in faith-based schools.

    Speaking to 900 rabbis on a pre-Rosh Hashanah call, Obama said he opposes "vouchers" for private schools, but would continue...
  • PETA hidden camera exposé costs Agriprocessors support of key expert [VIDEO]

    By Ben Harris

    September 17, 2008 | 1:09 am

    An undercover video shot last month at the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant has raised new questions about the company's slaughtering practices and cost it the support of one of the country's leading experts on animal welfare.

    Temple Grandin, an animal scientist who has served...

  • Gay rabbis getting married—and marrying

    By Amy Klein Religion Editor

    June 17, 2008 | 8:53 pm

    It's almost 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 17, and the line at the West Hollywood Park snakes around itself, as some 400 people wait to obtain marriage licenses on this first official day that the State of California is issuing licenses to gay and lesbian couples (aside from one wedding on...
  • Big AIPAC turnout signals newfound voice for Angelenos

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 12, 2008 | 2:33 pm

    When the largest-ever Los Angeles delegation to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference swept into Washington, D.C., last week, excitement over an upsurge in Jewish Los Angeles' pro-Israel activism spread contagiously throughout the vast convention...
  • New group for school and shul rabbis addresses shared issues

    By Julie G Fax

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    A new group of Orthodox day school principals and pulpit rabbis on Los Angeles' Westside began meeting a few months ago to work through issues that overlap the classroom and the synagogue.

    Since December, a group of 10 rabbis has discussed issues ranging from bar and bat mitzvah...

  • Gordis ashamed at state of Zionism

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 7, 2008 | 11:14 am

    In 1998, Rabbi Daniel Gordis kissed a shiny life in Los Angeles goodbye. He took his wife and two children on a one-way El-Al flight to Israel and has become a fixture there ever since.

    The founding dean of American Jewish University’s (then, University of Judaism) Ziegler...

  • An inconvenient voice

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Moses buries him.

    Literally - he opens up the earth, and Korah and his followers are swallowed alive.

    The rabbis of the Midrash were more graceful. They only buried him literarily and morally - projecting upon him every evil motive and base intention.

    For the rabbis, Korah...
  • Reform Rabbis Split Over Performing Mixed Marriages

    By Sue Fishkoff

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Deborah Bravo of Temple B'nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, N.J., went through plenty of placement interviews after her 1998 ordination as a Reform rabbi. Everywhere, she got the same question: not about her attitude toward homosexuality, not whether she wore a kippah and tallit,...

  • Rabbis, Imams Meet for Peace in Spain

    By Danny Wood

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's not often that the keynote speakers at a conference speak openly about the possibility that the meeting will fail.

    But speakers at the second World Congress of Rabbis and Imams for Peace, held last week in Seville, Spain, made it clear that if this year's event didn't lead to...

  • Spectator - My Husband,  the Rabbi

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The first time the word "rebbetzin" appeared in The New York Times was in 1931, in a review of a book about Yiddish theater. The term stood untranslated; the reviewer and his editors assumed that readers would understand the meaning.

    The word has gone in and out of favor among those...

  • Chabad Menorahs Gain Acceptance

    By Chanan Tigay

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Ten years ago, the American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) sued the city of Beverly Hills to block the local Chabad house from erecting a 27-foot menorah in a public park near City Hall. Displaying the menorah -- a Jewish religious symbol -- on public property, the AJCongress argued,...

  • Dueling Ukranian Rabbis

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It's nice to see Judaism make a comeback in the former Soviet Union, but this is ridiculous. Ukraine now has three dueling chief rabbis amid a hopelessly divided Jewish community -- creating a spiritual bottleneck that also is filled with political intrigue.

    Who do they think they...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Israel: No Hamas in Elections

    Top Israeli leaders confirmed that they do not want Hamas to take part in Palestinian elections. It's up to the Palestinians to "decide if they would like to have real elections," Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom told journalists in New York on Monday,...

  • Many Factors Enter Into Temple Choice

    By Gaby Friedman

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When Mark Firestone was searching for a shul to join, he didn't look for a shul that had a nursery school or Hebrew school attached. Nor did he fret about the services he'd be getting for his membership fee. Instead, he wanted a shul that was quiet.

    "I wanted it to be very quiet, so...

  • Rural Shuls Make Do Without Rabbis

    By Sue Fishkoff

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    There's been a Jewish community in Muskogee, Okla., since 1867, when furrier Joseph Sonderheim opened his import-export business.

    In 1916 the first synagogue was dedicated, Congregation Beth Ahaba, a lay-led Reform congregation that served a tight-knit Jewish community of merchants...

  • Letters

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Discussion Difficult

    Bernard Goldberg's response to Rob Eshman's critique turns out to be a fine example of why some conservative voices make intelligent discussion so difficult ("My Work Is Not to Blame for Jew-Haters," Aug. 5).

    Goldberg starts out with, "Usually I only respond to...

  • Support Opens Way for Special Needs

    By Michael Jackman

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    For most parents, preparing a child for a bar or bat mitzvah is just another of many coming-of-age stresses. But for parents whose children have special needs, the stress can be almost unbearable. Yet arranging b'nai mitzvah ceremonies for such children are not impossible, with a...

  • Will IDF Soldiers Oppose Gaza Orders?

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A group of prominent rabbis has called upon Israeli soldiers to refuse orders to evacuate Jews from Gaza. If the Gaza disengagement plan goes through the Knesset, many soldiers will face a bewildering dilemma, as they must choose between the orders of their commanding officers and...

  • Our Madonna

    By Rob Eshman

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Madonna's just-completed visit to Israel has been called a lot of things: scandalous, threatening, inspiring, encouraging, cheap.

    But what it mustn't be called is shocking.

    If Madonna really wanted to shock us, she wouldn't have flown to the Holy Land with 2,000 other followers of...

  • Membership Briefs

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Humanistic High Holidays

    Three secular humanist groups -- Adat Chaverim, Society for Humanistic Judaism and The Sholem Community -- will hold High Holidays services in the Los Angeles area.

    Adat Chaverim, whose "celebrations" have been led by a madrich, or trained lay leader, since...

  • Religious Court Serves as First Resort

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In downtown Los Angeles, three judges are deciding a case involving tens of millions of dollars and dozens of properties.

    The judges aren't dressed in robes or seated behind wooden podiums with a court reporter close at hand. Instead, the three bearded rabbis are sitting in a small...

  • Three Rabbis to Pursue Diverse Sabbaticals

    By Andrea Adelson

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Three of Orange County's senior rabbis have decided to take a sabbatical. While the three have decided on their own to take a respite from the 24/7 demands of being a rabbi, their congregations are taking a different approach to temporarily replacing an absent spiritual leader.

    The...

  • Two Women Rabbis Will Fill Pulpits

    By Andrea Adelson

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Johanna Hershenson set off from Orange County for Alaska's sweeping vistas and majestic peaks, she was eager for a new congregational experience and professional challenges.

    She discovered that most Alaskan Jews are exiles by choice who sought the wilderness of the...

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