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  • High-interest Holy Days

    By Dennis Prager

    August 28, 2013 | 2:31 pm

    This will be the sixth consecutive year that I lead Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. I would like to revisit lessons I have learned in retaining attendees’ interest in the service and even in keeping hundreds of them in synagogue all day on Yom Kippur.

    My agenda here is to...

  • Let them dat (honey) cake

    By Judy Zeidler

    August 28, 2013 | 12:40 pm

    Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is considered a High Holy Day, but it’s also a happy holiday, full of hope and optimism.

    I am always impressed by the fact that food plays such an important part during one of the most sacred of Jewish holidays. The traditional foods — apples,...

  • Gluten-Free Raisin Spice Coconut Milk Kugel [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    August 28, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Kugel That Won’t Kill You

    There’s nothing that Jews like to talk about more than the terrors of disease and who in the community is dying. Death is both our greatest fear and our favorite dinner party topic. Cancer, heart failure, diabetes...if it can’t kill, it’s really not that...

  • Free High Holy Day services 2013

    August 27, 2013 | 11:56 am

    TONIGHT: Kol Nidre LIVE webcast at 6:45 p.m. (PST)


     

    FREE HIGH HOLY DAY SERVICES

    Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sept. 4
    Rosh Hashanah first and second day: Sept. 5-Sept. 6
    Kol Nidre: Sept. 13
    Yom Kippur: Sept. 14

    SAN FERNANDO AND CONEJO VALLEYS

    ADAT ARI EL

    A Conservative...

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  • What children can teach us at Rosh Hashanah

    August 27, 2013 | 9:50 am

    A deep spiritual life is hard to find. While opportunities abound for spiritual connections (yoga, meditation, retreats and the like), for most of us it doesn’t come easy. The noise, unfinished to-do lists and the distractions of everyday life interfere with quieting our minds,...

  • Taking stock of ourselves and Israel

    August 20, 2013 | 12:57 pm

    On this Rosh Hashanah eve, we savor the hope that the New Year will bring the blessing of peace to Israel.   We recall President Obama’s historic speech in Jerusalem, where he spoke to our hearts, as Jews and as Americans, about the necessity of achieving Israeli-Palestinian...

  • Days of Awesome High Holiday Experience

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    August 16, 2013 | 9:21 am

    Please join me for a friendly, joyous, participatory, and mindful celebration of the High Holidays with meaning, melody, and humor. It's more than just "services" but a way to connect. Get the most out of these powerful days of introspection and join a community of welcoming folks...

  • High Holy Days: What’s NEXT for Birthright

    By Ryan Torok

    August 14, 2013 | 2:26 pm

    High Holiday map screenshot. Courtesy of NEXT.

    On Aug. 5, the Birthright Israel alumni organization NEXT launched its 2013 High Holy Days initiative. It features an interactive, nationwide map of services and events — including learning opportunities, dinners and...

  • Quebec official: Rosh Hashanah election date not discriminatory

    June 11, 2013 | 9:39 am

    A Canadian government minister who said the Jewish community receives “privileged treatment” denied that a 2016 election scheduled for Rosh Hashanah discriminates against Jews.

    “Give me a break,” said Bernard Drainville, the Parti Québécois minister of democratic institutions and...

  • NFL, champion Ravens dismiss season opener on Rosh Hashanah

    March 19, 2013 | 4:34 pm

    The Baltimore Ravens and the NFL have agreed that the Super Bowl champions will not open their season — or the league's season — on the first night of Rosh Hashanah.

    The team was scheduled to launch its season on Sept. 5, a Thursday night, but a conflict with baseball's Baltimore...

  • Thoughts on the Visioning Process

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    February 13, 2013 | 7:00 am

    Last fall, I wrote here about the Visioning process our synagogue is undertaking. Now that the first part of the process, namely the house meetings, is over, our community is reflecting on what has happened so far.

    I attended one of the house meetings as a participant, and two...

  • Conversion: Finding his way to Judaism

    December 19, 2012 | 4:26 pm

    Unlike many conversion stories, Michael Hudson’s does not begin with romantic love. Instead, it was inspired by a radio show.

    Hudson, 57, who converted to Judaism in 1994, used to listen to a radio program called “Religion on the Line,” hosted by author, speaker and now Jewish...

  • Eastern European giving

    October 11, 2012 | 11:31 am

    Wearing an elegant dress and a name tag, Dasha Fedoseeva flitted among the tables during a recent Jewish community dinner in Moscow just after Rosh Hashanah.

    Fedoseeva wasn’t just a guest. She was part of a team of young Jewish volunteers whose goal was to mingle and charm older...

  • Rabbi reverses interfaith marriage policy

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 27, 2012 | 2:06 pm

    It’s not often that a rabbi’s High Holy Days sermon is interrupted by a standing ovation. But that is what happened — twice — when Rabbi John Rosove, senior rabbi of Temple Israel of Hollywood, dedicated his sermon on the first day of Rosh Hashanah to explaining why he was changing...

  • Hillel Tigay: The Rock Cantor

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 19, 2012 | 1:50 pm

    This article was updated October 9: It’s 9 p.m. on a Thursday night at Apogee’s Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica, a state-of-the-art recording facility normally leased to musicians such as Mick Jagger or John Fogerty, or lately, Adele; artists whose grandeur requires the...

  • Who will live, who will die?

    By Dennis Prager

    September 19, 2012 | 11:56 am

    You don’t have to be a Jewish scholar to note a glaring difference between Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Jan. 1, the secular New Year.

    The former is solemn while the latter is boisterous. And one reason for Rosh Hashanah’s solemnity is the central question that it...

  • A family in grief chooses life

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 19, 2012 | 10:36 am

    In July, Ivonne Goldberg was at the park with her 3-year-old son, Mikey, and with Nofar Mekonen, a sunny 14-year-old girl visiting from Israel. Nofar was chatting on and on about her trip to Los Angeles, her family, her school.  

    “Where did you get your English?” Ivonne asked...

  • September 19, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 19, 2012 | 12:52 am

    In-depth

    Changing Strategies At The White House

    Writing in the American Interest, Walter Russell Mead takes a fascinating look at a long line of botched American action in the Mideast, and offers some advice to Obama. 

    The Middle East is an unforgiving environment for...

  • 4 Rosh Hashanah resolutions

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 16, 2012 | 7:55 am

    1. No predictions.

    Back in 2007, I wrote a short post explaining why readers should never trust my predictions (if they ever did). The occasion was similar: Rosh Hashanah eve. And going back to my predictions from 12 months ago, I discovered that as predictions go, I got some...

  • September 16, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 16, 2012 | 3:02 am

    Netanyahu: Clear lines must be set on Iran

    The prime minister of Israel gives a Rosh Hashanah interview to Herb Keinon of the Jerusalem Post.

    We’ve been able to have strong security for the last four years, and the number of Israelis killed has gone down precipitously, even...

  • Obama appeals for reconciliation in Rosh Hashanah message

    September 13, 2012 | 4:07 pm

    President Obama delivered an appeal for reconciliation in his Rosh Hashanah message.

    "At a time when our public discourse can too often seem harsh; when society too often focuses on what divides us instead of what unites us; I hope that Americans of all faiths can take this...

  • Biden at Rosh Hashanah event says ‘no daylight’ between Israel and U.S. on Iran

    September 13, 2012 | 9:45 am

    At a Rosh Hashanah reception at his residence, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said "there is no daylight" between the United States and Israel when it comes to Iran.

    Biden, in a  short address before the reception Wednesday on the grounds of the Naval Observatory in northwest...

  • The Newish Journal

    By David Suissa

    September 12, 2012 | 2:07 pm

    Is it possible to take a holiday like Rosh Hashanah, which focuses so strongly on human affairs, and apply it to a nonhuman thing, like, say, a community paper? On the surface, this doesn’t make sense: Everything about Rosh Hashanah is about what we do as humans — taking stock of...

  • 5773

    By Rob Eshman

    September 12, 2012 | 2:00 pm

    What a year, right? 

    The Jewish year 5772 started with a sense that a military confrontation with Iran is avoidable. Now it seems — all merits aside — imminent. 

    The fragile economy, meanwhile, is barely able to handle the turmoil in Greece — imagine how it will react to...

  • Why kosher cooking is good for the soul

    September 12, 2012 | 11:28 am

    Cooking has been a passion for me, and passing on my knowledge and experience to a new kosher audience is one of my greatest joys. When my two earlier books were published — “Kosher Cuisine” and “Helen Nash’s Kosher Kitchen” — that joy was mingled with regret at having to exclude...

  • A Symbolic Menu for A Rosh Hashanah Meal [RECIPE]

    September 12, 2012 | 11:16 am

    So this is where it all comes together — all the thought, all the planning, the testing. And the tasting, the tasting, the tasting. (That’s the best part).

    A simanim-inspired menu brings added challenges, but it also adds a level of meaning to your Rosh Hashanah meal. Simanim —...

  • High Holy Days: In the rabbis’ words

    By JewishJournal.com

    September 12, 2012 | 10:55 am

    5772

    This year, we return to the wisdom offered by our rabbis during the High Holy Days in years past.  What follows are excerpts from some exceptional sermons and High Holy Days writings; many more voices could have been included, of course, but we hope this will inspire you to...

  • Kenneth Feinberg: The 9/11 mediator who listens

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 11, 2012 | 12:20 pm

    When massive tragedy strikes in the United States, when half a dozen or a score or thousands of people are killed in a single incident, when disaster hits a region, Kenneth Feinberg often gets a call.

    The Washington attorney is perhaps best known for his work as the administrator...

  • Israel will not receive lulavs from Sinai

    September 11, 2012 | 9:22 am

    Israel likely will not have palm fronds from the Sinai for this year's Sukkot lulavs.

    Terror in the Sinai and a lack of communication between Israeli and Egyptian agricultural agencies are the reasons that the palm fronds will not be imported, Israel National News reported...

  • Notes removed from Western Wall

    September 10, 2012 | 9:13 am

    The Western Wall was emptied of layers of notes from its cracks and crevices for the New Year.

    The notes were removed Monday morning under the supervision of the rabbi of the Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich, who ensured they will remain confidential. They will be buried.

    At the time of the removal, the rabbi said a prayer asking God to fulfill the requests contained in the notes.

    The notes are removed from the wall twice a year, before Rosh Hashanah and Passover.

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