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  • Kosher Gospel—a Joyful Noise at Shul

    By Erin Aubry Kaplan

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Joshua Nelson is resting his voice. That's a tall order for Nelson, the 29-year-old African American Jewish singer who has blended black style and Jewish prayers and folksongs into a new, foot-stomping, synagogue-shaking praise music he has dubbed "kosher gospel."

    Though he's been...

  • Orthodox But Not Monolithic

    By Amy Klein

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The last place most people probably wanted to be on the morning of Dec. 25 was at a convention in a Beverly Hills hotel.

    But for Orthodox Jews the time and the place, the Crowne Plaza, worked fine for wrapping up the Orthodox Union's 15th Annual West Coast Torah Convention, called...

  • Rescued Souls and Torahs Meet at Shul

    By David Finnigan

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Leo Baeck Temple in Bel Air hosted an unusual commemoration of Kristallnacht, the event that is often considered the beginning of the Holocaust. Instead of focusing on mourning, the gathering last weekend was marked by raucous joy and a sense of reunification.

    The central symbolism...

  • Groups, Shuls Fundraise for Tsunami Aid

    By David Finnigan

    November 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Cantor Alison Wissot of Temple Judea felt the pull of the Asian tsunami at a Friday morning meeting of the women's group at her Tarzana Reform shul.

    "There was an outpouring of, 'This is so awful,' 'How do we deal with this event?' 'How do we not feel helpless?' 'How do we just do...

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  • Letters

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Katrina Efforts

    Since my return from Mississippi, I have been told that as a community we have done all there is to be done by offering new beginnings to evacuees who have left their homes in New Orleans ("Going in After Katrina," Sept. 16). We have sent lots of money to the ravaged...

  • A Surprise Might Attract More To Shuls

    By David Suissa

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    In many synagogues across the country today, the $64,000 question is the same: How can we get more people to come more often?

    Unlike the old days of quaint ghettos and neighborhoods, Judaism has become a choice. Synagogues today compete against Starbucks and other distractions, as...

  • Messages of Meaning on Rosh Hashanah

    By David Finnigan

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Southern California rabbis used their Rosh Hashanah pulpits to speak on globalization, Africa's drought-ridden refugees and America's hurricane-drenched evacuees as well as Israel's Gaza pullout.

    "This was a terrible year. 5765 was a terrible year!" said Rabbi Elazar Mushkin of the...

  • In the Seats Around You

    By Meredith Jacobs

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I got a new outfit for yontif. The clothes add to the newness of this time of year, just like the first day of school. I sometimes wonder if the synagogues crank up the air conditioning on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur so we have an excuse to wear our new fall clothes.

    The shul I grew...

  • No Small Actors, Only Fake Parts

    By Tom Tugend

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Le Grand Role" has laughter, pathos, in-jokes, heartburn, self-caricature -- in other words, it's a really, really Jewish film, even though the characters insist on speaking French.

    The film's concept is cute, although it could have gone astray in less-skilled hands.

    Maurice...

  • Go Ahead—Read That Book in Shul

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The sounds of the Days of Awe in synagogue: the cry of the shofar, the cantor chanting age-old melodies that go right to the heart and congregants alternatively whispering and shushing each other. Then there's the gentle click of pages turning to their own rhythm, not in unison with...

  • 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...

  • Playing Favorites

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When I was a kid, I was a very important person in shul. My dad was not at all prominent in the greater society -- he merely worked for his brother, selling toys and stationery as a wholesaler in Manhattan's Lower East Side, starting his workday at 7 a.m. and working through 7 p.m....

  • The Unsung Hero

    By David Suissa

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The year was 1993, and the glitterati of the L.A. Jewish community gathered at Shaare Tefila to honor Rabbi Meir Lau, the new chief Ashkenazi rabbi of Israel.

    As the rabbi walked on the red carpet among other prominent rabbis and Jewish machers, he paused and looked toward a short,...

  • ‘Star Wars’ for Jews

    By Adam Wills

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I was out communing with the nerds last weekend, contributing to the $158.5 million record four-day opening for "Revenge of the Sith." Now that the series is over and done with (at least until George Lucas launches his live-action "Star Wars" television series), I began reflecting on...

  • People, Motifs Blend at The Shul

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    At the crossroads of four Miami Beach communities is a thriving Chabad synagogue that welcomes Jews of all stripes. The Shul of Bal Harbour -- locally known as The Shul -- is a thriving community, which draws an unusual blend of Jews from around the world.

    A significant number of...

  • Shiva Guy

    By Howard Nemetz

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I am the Shiva Guy. When a member of my temple's congregation loses a family member, it is my job to take prayer books to the

    house of mourning, where at least 10 people of bar/bat mitzvah age or above pray twice daily. And eat -- mostly bagels, lox and cream cheese and fruit, but...

  • Lenin, Meet Noah

    By Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Fall was just beginning to turn the Moscow air crispy when the lot of us -- 10 high school seniors and three faculty members of Yeshiva University Los Angeles Girls' School -- trudged down the stairs of our Intourist Hotel in the late '80s, and began our walk of several miles, not to...

  • The Shofar

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Davi Cheng had some trepidation when she went to Hillel for the first time. She tried to feel comfortable, but she couldn't understand the language of the services and the liturgical rituals were confusing.

    Then she spied something unfamiliar on a bookshelf that made her feel right...

  • Are Cell Phones Ever Cool in Shul?

    By Annabelle Stevens

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A few weeks ago, I was at a funeral at Mount Sinai in Glendale when, at one of the most emotional moments, a cell phone rang loudly for several minutes, humming a Broadway tune. Attendees fumbled into their handbags and pockets to check if they were the culprit. The cell phone...

  • Rediscover the Role of the Synagogue

    By Maurice J. Elias

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A small but meaningful reversal of the exodus took place after Sept. 11. Jews in communities across the country returned to their synagogues for spiritual sustenance during this crisis. Indeed, although they came on Sept. 11 and the days that followed, what will motivate them to keep...

  • Community Briefs

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Historic Shul Reopens

    The historic Breed Street Shul will be holding an open house this Sunday, Aug. 22 at 247 Breed St. in Boyle Heights from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The shul is one of the oldest synagogue buildings in Los Angeles but was abandoned by its last congregants in 1996. Since...

  • Small Shul With a Big Heart

    By David Finnigan

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When comedic actor Larry Miller and his wife first went to Studio City's Congregation Beth Meier 11 years ago, the very small shul's Tomb of Rachel architecture was less inspiring than watching elderly Rabbi Meier Schimmel toss one back at L' Chaim time.

    "He pours himself a blast of...

  • Have Ark, Will Travel

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Abner Weiss is looking through the closet that holds his shul. There are two Torah scrolls lying face up on shelves, the gold mechitza curtains are hung against the wall and the mini-weekday ark is facing the closet door.

    "'Have ark will travel' -- that's our motto," Weiss...

  • Neighbors Renew Etz Chaim Fight

    By Julie G Fax

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Despite continuing legal challenges, members of Etz Chaim this month prayed for the first few Shabbats in their new home, a house converted for use as a shul on the corner of Highland Avenue and Third Street in Hancock Park.

    For the last eight years the house has been at the center...

  • The Circuit

    By Andrea Adelson

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Never Too Late

    As a boy growing up in Los Angeles, Eugene Brown recalls no fondness for the Orthodox shul he was expected to attend after school even though his parents were not members. Instead of showing up, Brown recalls playing baseball. The charade went on about six months...

  • Bimah Me Up, Scotty!

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When Leonard Nimoy was creating the Mr. Spock character for "Star Trek" in 1966, he remembered a thrilling moment from his childhood Orthodox synagogue. It was Yom Kippur, and the Kohanim, representatives of the priestly tribe, swayed on the bimah, their long tallitot draped over...

  • Part-Time Work, Full-Time Families

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Around the time Sally Priesand was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Conservative women began to press the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) to ordain women. In contrast to the matter-of-factness with which Priesand's ordination took place, the ordination...

  • God, Prayers and Keeping the Faith

    By Rabbi Naomi Levy

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Harold Kushner's son, Aaron, died two days before he turned 14 following a battle with a rare and horrific childhood disease. The experience led the 68-year-old Massachusetts rabbi to write, "When Bad Things Happen to Good People," a comforting and deeply insightful book on the...

  • Sean’s Last Ride

    By Aaron Shohet Kemp

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On Aug. 21, my dear friend Sean Nova, a beloved member of the Pico-Robertson and greater Los Angeles Jewish communities, passed away in a freak accident while repairing electronic equipment in his studio. Sean was only 30 years old.

    I first met Sean in 1996, several years after he...

  • New Rabbi Hopes More Families Enjoy Sun, Surf, Shabbat at PJC

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On Saturday morning in Venice Beach, among the scores of shirtless rollerbladers and bearded aging beach hippies, you are likely to see some conservatively dressed people strolling purposefully past the henna tattoos stands, the Indian deity beachside galleries and the stores selling...

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