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  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    2 weeks ago

    Stephen S. Wise Temple’s Freedom School has, in part, the Los Angeles Dodgers to thank for $30,000 it received from businessman Howard Sherwood on June 29.

    “For Thirty Home Runs in May,” read a giant replica of a check from Sherwood, awarded during the Dodgers’ Jewish Community...

  • Moving and Shaking: Stephen S. Wise Temple turns 50, David Geffen honored

    By Ryan Torok

    June 4, 2014 | 11:44 am

    Stephen S. Wise Temple’s 50th anniversary jubilee gala on June 1 at the Orpheum Theatre was a reminder of how far the community has come since its founding in 1964.

    “It was [Zionist leader] Stephen S. Wise who said you cannot have a good congregation unless you have good people...

  • Prager and Dershowitz go head to head, heart to heart

    By Ryan Torok

    May 7, 2014 | 12:36 pm

    Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and radio talk-show host Dennis Prager sparred over everything from politics to religious identity to attitudes about Israel during a 90-minute event dubbed “The Forum on Critical Values” on April 29 at Stephen S. Wise Temple.

    Speaking before...

  • Seminar offers a day of learning for SoCal rabbis

    By Ryan Torok

    September 3, 2013 | 11:12 am

    “Are we in a post-denominational world?” the rabbi asked. “That’s above my pay grade.”

    But the speaker, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, said one thing is for sure during his keynote address at the annual seminar held by the transdenominational Board...

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  • High Holy Days Q&A with Rabbi Rick Jacobs

    By Ryan Torok

    September 3, 2013 | 10:58 am

    Upon his installation as president of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) last year, Rabbi Rick Jacobs promised to work toward reimagining and renovating the Reform movement by focusing on engaging young adults in Jewish life, by working with other arms of the movement in seeking...

  • 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...

  • Moving and Shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    April 24, 2013 | 2:45 pm

    Israel Consul General in Los Angeles David Siegel Photo by Orly Halevy

    Leaders from Los Angeles’ Jewish and Israel communities came together to celebrate Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for its fallen soldiers and victims of terror, on April 14 at Stephen S. Wise Temple...

  • Milken honors educators

    By Ryan Torok

    December 5, 2012 | 4:56 pm

    We are planting seeds — not me, but all of us.”

    With those words of hope offered to her fellow teachers, Lidia Turner, a seventh- and eighth-grade Hebrew teacher at the David Saperstein Middle School of Milken Community High School, accepted the Milken Family Foundation’s 2012...

  • Florence Zeldin, Rebbetzin of Stephen S. Wise Temple dies at 92

    May 30, 2012 | 10:49 am

    Florence Zeldin, teacher, writer and wife of Stephen S. Wise Temple’s founding rabbi, Isaiah Zeldin, died May 20 at 92.

    Zelden, born to immigrant parents on Aug. 13, 1919, in Brooklyn, N.Y., graduated from New York University. She met her husband at Camp Achvah, where she was the...

  • [PODCAST] An Emmy Nomination for the Kosher Porky Pig: ‘Looney Tunes’ ’ Bob Bergen [UPDATE]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 19, 2011 | 4:20 pm

    Listen to the podcast below.

    The kosher Porky Pig was up for an Emmy Award on Sept. 18.  Bob Bergen, a nice Jewish boy from Woodland Hills, was nominated in the voice-over category for his performance as America’s favorite traife hero on “The Looney Tunes Show” on Cartoon...

  • Milken school, Stephen S. Wise Temple severing ties

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 25, 2011 | 6:16 pm

    Milken Community High School and Stephen S. Wise Temple are severing ties, both institutions announced on March 25.

    In what both say is a fully amicable agreement, the board of Milken, a pluralistic school that also includes a middle school, and the board of the Reform synagogue,...

  • Yom HaZikaron remembrance service at Stephen S. Wise Temple [VIDEO]

    By Rob Eshman

    April 19, 2010 | 5:14 pm

    Every year, amidst the hoopla surrounding Israel’s birthday, we are drawn to the ceremony a few days earlier marking Yom HaZikaron—the Day of Remembering.

    This is Israel’s Memorial Day, and it is observed in Israel itself with pomp and solemnity, as befits a small country where so...

  • What would Noah do?

    By Jane Ulman

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    On a ferociously cold evening in November 1978, Rabbi Everett Gendler climbed atop the icy roof of Temple Emanuel in Lowell, Mass., and installed solar panels to fuel the synagogue's ner tamid (eternal light).

    "We plugged it almost directly into the sun," said Gendler, who rejoiced...

  • A privilege to share

    By Susan Freudenheim

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Hanging above the sofa in the den of my next-door neighbor's house when I was a child was an old-fashioned family portrait painting; the figures in it looked stiff, the background was dark brown, muddied by time, and it was forbidding.

    But spookiest of all, the picture bore a...

  • Q & A With Rabbi Isaiah Zeldin

    By David Finnigan

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    If you spend a Saturday afternoon touring Stephen S. Wise Temple with Rabbi Isaiah Zeldin, you will be immersed in the living history of one of Judaism's great, modern temples. Resting atop 18 commanding acres off of Mulholland Drive in Bel Air, the Stephen S. Wise complex houses 11...

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