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  • Walk to Cure Diabetes: A mother’s prayer

    October 16, 2013 | 11:35 am

    This past Yom Kippur, as my 4-year-old son and I were walking into shul, I was explaining why Mommy and the other adults were fasting. I said: “And when you’re 13 …” 

    And then I stopped, realizing that he will probably never fast on Yom Kippur. 

    Two years ago, the day before...

  • Once a shul, now a church that celebrates Judaism

    By Roberto Loiederman

    June 6, 2013 | 6:21 pm

    Some months ago, L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky was “cruising Boyle Heights,” the neighborhood where he grew up and where a large portion of Los Angeles’ Jewish community once lived. Feeling nostalgic, he drove by B’nai Jacob Synagogue — once known as the Fairmont Street...

  • Building a Spirit of ‘Sacred Disagreement’ on Israel

    April 24, 2013 | 5:45 pm

    In rabbinic circles, one increasingly hears sentiments like, “I’m not going to get fired for my politics on gun control or health care, but I could get fired for just about anything I say about Israel.” Rabbi Scott Perlo has coined this the “Death by Israel Sermon.” Across the...

  • Bill granting FEMA funds to Sandy-damaged shuls sparks uncharacteristic Jewish response

    February 19, 2013 | 2:34 pm

    How essential is a house of worship to a neighborhood?

    That’s the crux of a question now exercising Congress as a bill advances that would provide direct relief to synagogues and churches damaged by superstorm Sandy last October.

    The bill, which passed the U.S. House of...

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  • National Council of Young Israel changes rule to let shuls quit

    January 31, 2013 | 4:38 pm

    The National Council of Young Israel voted to eliminate a rule barring member synagogues from withdrawing from the franchise.

    The rule became a subject of controversy two years ago when the National Council considered expelling a synagogue in Syracuse, N.Y., that was said to owe...

  • Kollel Rashbi Ari faces eviction

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 2, 2012 | 2:23 pm

    The sukkah, the booth in which Jews celebrate Sukkot, is made to be temporary, to survive, perhaps, a brisk windstorm, but is unlikely to stand much longer than for the weeklong harvest festival. In this regard, the wooden sukkah in the parking lot behind the Kollel Rashbi Ari, a...

  • Tiny shul faces eviction threat

    By Lauren Bottner

    March 14, 2012 | 6:31 pm

    “I call it a hub, like the airlines, Mikhael Maimon said. “When people want help, they come through our doors. And when people want to help others, they come here.” Maimon is director of Kollel Rashbi Ari shul in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood. The shul got its start when the...

  • Late to shul, on time for kiddush

    November 1, 2011 | 12:14 pm

    My friend and I go to the same synagogue but almost never run into each other. “How come?” I was musing the other day.

    “Well,” she said. “I only go there to pray.”

    Aha! That explains it! When she’s walking out, I’m walking in.

    Yes, I’m one of those synagogue...

  • Chabad renews push to evict Crown Heights shul’s leaders

    September 28, 2011 | 1:54 pm

    Chabad-Lubavitch leaders have renewed their push to evict the congregational leaders of the Chasidic movement’s main Brooklyn synagogue.

    On Sept. 21, leaders of Chabad’s governing bodies issued vacate notices in a bid to force out the congregational leaders, or gabbaim, who...

  • Earthquake-damaged New Zealand shul renting for Rosh Hashanah

    September 23, 2011 | 12:14 pm

    The small Jewish community in the earthquake-ravaged New Zealand city of Christchurch will celebrate Rosh Hashanah in a rental property because the city’s only synagogue has not yet been repaired.

    The congregation would now be “lucky if repair works can start in 12 months’...

  • Rosh Hashanah ‘in the house tonight’ dances into the new year

    September 13, 2011 | 6:01 pm

    Aish brings together rhythm, beats and davening for their Rosh Hashanah ‘in the house tonight’ dancing spectacle that parodies LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem.  Here’s the chorus from the lyrics, but be sure to watch the video for the full effect.

    Rosh Hashanah’s in the house tonight
    All the world is passing through the light
    Let’s all get written in the book of Life
    Shana Tova—it’s High Holiday time

     

  • National Cathedral, damaged in quake, will hold services in shul

    August 26, 2011 | 4:07 pm

    After their building took a battering from Tuesday’s earthquake, parishioners from Washington National Cathedral will instead worship in a Washington synagogue.

    Due to earthquake damage, the church canceled services, including a Saturday dedication event for the new Martin Luther...

  • On road to renewal, Shul gets multipurpose life

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    July 13, 2011 | 2:24 pm

    A plastic bag whips in the breeze, trying in vain to free itself from the coil of   barbed wire atop a chain link fence that surrounds the Breed Street Shul just off Cesar Chavez Avenue (originally Brooklyn Avenue) in Boyle Heights. The crumbling concrete stairway leading up to the...

  • From shul to the mikvah, transgender Jews seek place in Jewish life

    June 14, 2011 | 10:04 am

    Noach Dzmura has a master’s degree in Jewish studies, publishes widely on Jewish topics and is the communications director at his synagogue. In 2006, he received an award from the San Francisco Jewish Federation that funded a year’s study in Israel.

    He also was born a female.

    ...
  • A Soviet Passover…

    By Julia Bendis

    April 18, 2011 | 3:07 pm

    How do you prepare for Passover when the rest of the world doesn’t stop to observe it?  When the rest of the world takes a break for Christian holidays, and people have time to cook and prepare for a religious celebration, do they realize how much it sucks to be a Jew, a Muslim or...

  • Same-sex Jewish couple united in Amsterdam shul

    January 18, 2011 | 1:13 pm

    Holland’s first same-sex Jewish commitment ceremony was held in Amsterdam.

    The couple, who were not named in the Radio Netherlands report, was united Sunday in the synagogue of the Liberal Jewish Community.

    The Council of Rabbis of the Dutch Union of Progressive Judaism recently ruled that such ceremonies may be held in the country’s nine Liberal synagogues. The ceremony, called a brit ahava, or covenant of love, is not an official Jewish wedding, a rabbinic spokesman told reporters.

    Same-sex marriage has been legal in the Netherlands since 2001.

  • Letters to the Editor:  Shul funds, Rabbi funds, Efrat construction

    May 19, 2010 | 12:08 am

    Better Use for Shul Funds

    My husband and I happened to be in Los Angeles this month and saw the article about the revival of the Breed Street Shul (“Breed Street Shul Raising Funds With ‘Fiddler,’” May 14). My grandfather, Gershon Yehuda Wetstein (a.k.a. “Yeedle”), was a...

  • VideoJew’s VideoGuide to L.A. #3—Jewish Los Angeles

    October 16, 2008 | 4:56 pm

    Dining, shopping, living, praying—VideoJew Jay Firestone shows you how it’s done Los Angeles-style.

     

  • Mayor: Building inspectors need better training, increased sensitivity -- and no more Yom Kippur showdowns

    By Tom Tugend

    September 24, 2008 | 4:00 am

    One year after an emotional incident in which city building inspectors sought to halt Kol Nidrei services for Orthodox worshippers at a Hancock Park service, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has followed up with a report with recommendations designed to increase sensitivity and prevent...
  • Shul playground pays tribute to young pilot

    By Roberto Loiederman

    June 19, 2008 | 2:32 pm

    In mid-April about 300 people gathered at Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) for the dedication of Mark Air, a large, eye-catching structure in the nursery school play area. With its colorfully painted slides, tunnels and swings, its portholes and decorative elements, Mark Air is a...
  • 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...

  • Selma’s Sermon

    By David Suissa

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    This is a big time of the year for sermons. Last year at this time, I wrote a column called "Words of Awe," comparing the different styles of Orthodox, Conservative and Reform sermons. I even previewed some of the sermons we could expect to hear here in the hood -- and I...
  • Shopping for back to shul

    By Derek Schlom

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It can be an exhausting process. And it can sometimes be exhilarating. Because of the hundreds of possibilities among Los Angeles' shuls, success in finding the perfect one for you and your family too often seems just one more visit away.

    Whether you are new to organized Jewish...

  • Willingness to Sacrifice

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Animal sacrifices are rather messy, and most of us would have a hard time imagining ourselves offering them up upon a Temple altar.

    I'm probably not going too far out on a limb in suggesting that when we come to shul each year to begin the book of Vayikra, we feel quietly relieved...

  • The Schwartzes and me

    By Joan Hyler

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz gave his wife, Olivia, a surprise party for her 60th birthday in Mar Vista Park a few weeks ago, it was filled with the usual assortment of Schwartz family members and their devoted entourage.

    Present were their 12 children, 24 grandchildren, friends...

  • Laura’s Smile

    By David Suissa

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Laura Benichou was born on June 9, 1998, with a hole in her heart. This hole probably saved her life, because she was also born without her main pulmonary artery.

    The blood had to go somewhere, so it went through the hole. Her condition would take too long to explain, but one result...

  • Chasids in the Hood (or Not)

    By David Suissa

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's one of the quirks of the Pico-Robertson neighborhood. There's a movement that owns a huge block on Pico Boulevard right in the middle of the hood, runs a preschool, elementary, middle and high school for girls on that same block, has official or unofficial connections with six...
  • Getting kicked out of shul

    By Amy Klein

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A few weeks before the High Holidays, Aaron Biston went to pray at Beth Jacob Congregation, a Modern Orthodox synagogue on Olympic Boulevard in Beverly Hills.

    After services, during the Kiddush, Steven Weil, the congregation's rabbi, came over to Biston and asked him to leave the...

  • Rabbi Pinto’s miracles

    By David Suissa

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Growing up in Morocco, the word "miracle" was a familiar one. I remember how my parents, especially my mother, would bring up the great Moroccan mystics at all times of the day -- either to pray for a miracle, or to thank them for one.

    No miracle was too small. If a plate would...

  • Live in the ‘hood: Davening at Aishhhhhh

    By David Suissa

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    You walk into an elegant, minimalist little building on the corner of Pico and Doheny in the heart of the hood. It's Shabbat, and you've come to pray.

    You go through a narrow hallway, where you pass a few small conference rooms filled with books. Some congregants are milling about...

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