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  • 68 years old! Israeli Independence Day

    May 15, 2016 | 8:24 am

    By Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback in Israel this week with his sixth grade students 

    When the Eternal returned us to Zion, we were like dreamers! -

    בְּשׁוּב ה׳, אֶת-שִׁיבַת צִיּוֹן–הָיִינוּ, כְּחֹלְמִים Psalm 126:1 

    The State of Israel turns 68 years old this week, and you can feel the...

  • Prayer is Like Jazz

    January 31, 2016 | 1:36 pm

    Judaism as Jazz: magical musical sermon by Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback from January 15, 2016 at Stephen Wise Temple watch the video:

    I’m lucky - I’ve got a lot of great Rabbis in my life - teachers, guides, friends.

    (I should say - we are all lucky. We've all got great rabbis in our...

  • Why join a synagogue?

    August 27, 2015 | 12:23 pm

    Why join a temple? When a b’nai mitzvah or a funeral comes along, why not just “rent a rabbi”? After all, you save the dues and you “pay only for what you need.” The problem, of course, is that in this complex world, troubling news and a search to find meaning, “what we need” is a...

  • Moving and shaking: LAPD show up for Torah-dedication, Far West USY reunion and more

    By Ryan Torok

    August 19, 2015 | 3:52 pm

    A Torah-dedication ceremony at the ultra-Orthodox Hancock Park synagogue Kollel Yechiel Yehuda drew about 400 people on Aug. 11 — including a number of Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers.

    “It’s important to tap into the ultra-Orthodox community,” LAPD officer Adam...

  • Scrumptious in Santa Monica: Red O Restaurant

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    August 7, 2015 | 12:59 pm

    Red O Restaurant opened last week at 1541 Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica and is ready for you! The distinguished and delightful Mexican cuisine by Chef Rick Bayless was outstanding. It was a marvelous meal with stellar service and fantastic friends.

    You may be familiar with the...

  • The Iran Nuclear Agreement: What should Congress do?

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    July 21, 2015 | 12:40 pm

    Growing up an American Jew in Los Angeles, I was always told if you ask three Jews you will get four opinions. Last Friday night, I went to shabbat services at Stephen Wise Temple. I began by reading the words below from Rabbi Joshua Knobel about Pioneers and the weekly parsha....

  • The art of the empty nest

    June 30, 2015 | 10:23 am

    When our kids first left for college, my wife and I would separately find ourselves in each of their rooms, gazing at the tchotchkes that filled their shelves. We both felt the emptiness in our lives. Now that they’ve each completed their college educations and moved on to the...

  • Fond farewell to leader and teacher at Stephen Wise Temple

    By Aron Chilewich

    May 20, 2015 | 4:13 pm

    Two senior rabbis representing 51 years of leadership at Stephen Wise Temple joined for Kabbalat Shabbat services on May 14, along with the congregation’s incoming senior rabbi, to celebrate retirement and a transition. The trio represents the entire history of the synagogue.


  • Shavuot services throughout the Los Angeles region

    By Amanda Epstein

    May 20, 2015 | 3:02 pm

    Sinai Temple will host a Tikkun leil Shavuot on May 23 at 7 p.m.; join the rabbinic interns for study and a dairy dessert. On the first day of Shavuot, May 24, there will be a service and adult b’nai mitzvah at 8:45 a.m. in the Ziegler Sanctuary. On the second day, there will be a...

  • Toppling the Chanukah Bush

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Eli Herscher is leading a discussion about the December holidays with about two dozen participants of Stephen S. Wise Temple's Holiday Workshop Series. The class attracts a good number of intermarried couples and those considering conversion, but they are not the only ones who...