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  • Moving and shaking: Marriage equality rally, L.A. Press Club Awards, the Black Eyed Peas and more

    By Ryan Torok

    July 2, 2015 | 11:40 am

    Los Angeles clergy, city officials, same-sex couples and other supporters of gay marriage rejoiced in the Supreme Court’s decision to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states during a June 26 rally in West Hollywood Park.

    “Marriage, that peculiar and particular joining of...

  • Orthodox groups brace for consequences of same-sex marriage ruling

    July 2, 2015 | 10:37 am

    The name that keeps coming up when Orthodox Jewish groups consider the consequences of the U.S. Supreme Court decision extending same-sex marriage rights to all states has little to do with Jews or gays.

    Bob Jones University, the private Protestant college in South Carolina, lost...

  • I believe in Torah, halachah and equality

    July 1, 2015 | 3:14 pm

    On June 26, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that it is unconstitutional for a state to ban same-sex marriage. The issue still divides America, though the latest Pew Research Center survey numbers say 54 percent of Americans favor gay marriage, and only 36 percent...

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  • Why we are crying

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    July 1, 2015 | 2:57 pm

    I was reminiscing with a friend last night about my 21 years as rabbi of Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC), the first and oldest LGBT synagogue in the world (founded in 1972). I arrived in 1994, in the midst of the AIDS crisis, and my calendar filled immediately with death-bed...

  • Male-female marriage remains the ideal

    By Dennis Prager

    July 1, 2015 | 2:08 pm

    Shortly before she was elected attorney general of California, Kamala Harris and I debated same-sex marriage on CNN. At one point, she asked me if I would prefer a child be raised by same-sex parents who have their act together (a paraphrase, but that was the gist) to being raised...

  • Supreme Court rules in favor of gay marriage nationwide

    June 26, 2015 | 9:20 am

    The Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, handing a historic triumph to the American gay rights movement.

    The court ruled 5-4 that the Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law mean...

  • U.S. Supreme Court upholds key Obamacare insurance subsidies

    June 25, 2015 | 8:45 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court handed President Barack Obama a major victory on Thursday by upholding tax subsidies crucial to his signature healthcare law, with Chief Justice John Roberts saying Congress clearly intended for them to be available in all 50 states.

    The court ruled on a...

  • U.S. birth control ruling fuels battle over corporate rights

    July 1, 2014 | 11:32 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court has opened up a new front in the battle over corporate rights by ruling that family-owned and other closely held corporations can mount religious objections to government action.

    Monday's decision came in a case in which companies sought an exemption to a...

  • The Conservative gay marriage debate

    By Susan Freudenheim

    July 2, 2013 | 10:49 am

    On Rosh Hashanah in 1992, Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis stood before his Conservative congregation at Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) in Encino and declared that despite the words of Leviticus, homosexuality is not an abomination. He argued that the same understanding and compassion Jews...

  • Jewish groups largely applaud health care ruling

    July 2, 2012 | 11:08 am

    American Jewish groups—with the notable exception of the Republican Jewish Coalition—were largely satisfied with the U.S. Supreme Court’s vote to uphold President Obama’s landmark Affordable Care Act in a 5-4 vote.

    Nancy Kaufman, CEO of the National Council for Jewish Women, was...

  • HEALTH CARE DECISION — Jews React: Spokesperson for Los Angeles’ Saban Free Clinic

    By Ryan Torok

    June 29, 2012 | 11:30 am

    “Obviously we’re very excited over the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold this important law. We applaud theirdecision and think it’s a huge step forward for our patients and the community,” Ray said.

    “The Saban Free Clinic will continue to gear up for full health care...

  • HEALTH CARE DECISION — Jews React: Rabbi Elliot Dorff

    June 29, 2012 | 10:37 am

    American individualism, at the root of some of the great blessings of freedom and pluralism of our country, is also the ultimate cause over the last half century of our inability as a nation to come together to provide health care for us all, in shameful contrast to all the other...

  • HEALTH CARE DECISION: L.A. Jewish community reacts

    June 28, 2012 | 5:15 pm

    The following are some of the statements from community leaders and from Jewish organizations that were issued following the Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act:

    Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center:

    “Access to affordable...

  • HEALTH CARE DECISION — Jews React: Bikur Cholim Jewish Healthcare Foundation President

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    June 28, 2012 | 2:46 pm

    Rabbi Hershy Ten, president of Bikur Cholim Jewish Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles, never thought the health care system needed much reform.

    “Thank God, the United States has always been a destination for people from all over the world to come here to receive the best...

  • HEALTH CARE DECISION — Jews React: Beverly Hills cardiologist and internist

    By Ryan Torok

    June 28, 2012 | 2:36 pm

    Beverly Hills cardiologist and internist Dr. Reed Wilson – a former member of the Republican Jewish Coalition who helped found its Los Angeles chapter – called the mandate “an amazing breach of the American trust.” Moreover, he said, the law’s finer print contains “rules...

  • HEALTH CARE DECISION — Jews React: One LA community organizer

    By Ryan Torok

    June 28, 2012 | 2:14 pm

    Skip Koenig, a Temple Judea congregant and co-chair of the community organizing group One LA’s health strategy team. Koenig said he is “thrilled” and “excited” about the court’s decision to uphold the mandate that requires all Americans to buy health insurance.

    But...

  • HEALTH CARE DECISION — Jews react: Los Angeles Jewish Home CEO & President

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    June 28, 2012 | 1:36 pm

    Molly Forrest, CEO and president of the Los Angeles Jewish Home, had surgery to alleviate arthritis in her neck in December 2010.

    Stuck in bed for 35 days, she read the entire Affordable Care Act – all 2,080 pages of it. She has since read it again so she knows it well, and she...

  • HEALTH CARE DECISION — Jews react: Jewish Family Service CEO

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    June 28, 2012 | 12:01 pm

    Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles CEO Paul Castro lauded the announcement of the Supreme Court’s decision this morning to uphold President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, saying it will benefit JFS’s target population.

    “For our clients, who are on the poorer end, we’re...

  • Praying over the Supreme Court’s health care decision

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 28, 2012 | 9:31 am

    As I suspect everyone knows, the big news this morning was the Supreme Court upheld Affordable Care Act as constitutional. Well, everyone except for CNN. You can read the full opinion here (PDF).

    Based on pictures and comments, it was quite the scene outside 1 First Street as...

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