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  • Conservative and Orthodox shuls share in aid to refugees

    By Eitan Arom

    August 17, 2016 | 4:52 pm

    Tyson Roberts bent over a heap of boxes filled with the debris of everyday life — clothing, kitchen supplies, coat hangers; in short, everything one might need to start a new life — all piled into a corner of a downstairs lobby at Temple Beth Am on La Cienega Boulevard.

    “This is...

  • A Shavuot all-nighter at Temple Beth Am

    By Ryan Torok

    June 16, 2016 | 9:26 am

    Charlie Carnow showed up at Temple Beth Am on June 11 with big plans. A paper in his pocket listed all the synagogues he wanted to visit on Shavuot: Beth Am, B’nai David-Judea and LINK Kollel & Shul.

    But, midway through the evening, he gave up on his temple-hopping ambitions and...

  • Marjorie Pressman, rebbetzin and philanthropist, 94

    By Michael Berenbaum

    April 5, 2016 | 10:36 am

    Marjorie Pressman, a notable communal leader and rebbetzin par excellence of Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, where her husband, Rabbi Jacob Pressman, served as rabbi from 1950-1985, died at home April 4 after a period of declining health. She was 94.

    It is a stereotype of...

  • Anat Hoffman, local rabbis discuss impact of Western Wall compromise

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    March 16, 2016 | 1:59 pm

    At the request of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, an Israeli government commission convened to consider how to be inclusive of more forms of Judaism at Jerusalem’s Western Wall — the Kotel — which has long been the domain of the Orthodox. The commission’s report represented, for...

  • Rabbi Jacob Pressman: New Year wishes

    October 8, 2015 | 1:07 pm

    Last Sunday morning, every seat was filled in Temple Beth Am’s main sanctuary for the funeral of Rabbi Jacob Pressman. Rabbi Pressman, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Am for 35 years, community leader and civil rights activist, died peacefully at his home on Oct. 1. Rabbi Pressman...

  • Rabbi Jacob Pressman, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Am, dies at 95

    By Michael Berenbaum

    October 1, 2015 | 4:55 pm

    Rabbi Jacob Pressman, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Am for 35 years, community leader and civil rights activist, died peacefully at his home on Thursday morning, Oct. 1.

    Funeral services will be held  Sunday, Oct. 4 at 10:30 a.m. at Temple Beth Am, 1039 S, La  Cienega Blvd.,...

  • Temple collaboration sparks new approach to religious school

    August 12, 2015 | 4:09 pm

    With “Midrash Manicures” among their new course offerings, a few Conservative religious schools are hoping to counter student apathy and stem the tide of declining enrollment. The class is part of a new approach developed by the Jewish Learning Community Network (JLCN), a...

  • Sermons slammed to celebrate Sinai

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    June 15, 2015 | 2:47 pm

    Becoming ourselves is a process. We learn what our family or friends find funny or valuable, and shape our identities accordingly, either to conform to, or in opposition to those norms and expectations. Teachers help us acquire skills, the basics of contemporary education, text...
  • 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...

  • Sotloff lauded at Florida service as journalist committed to truth

    September 5, 2014 | 4:24 pm

    Nearly 1,000 people including relatives, friends and prominent Florida politicians attended a memorial service on Friday for Steven Sotloff, who was killed by Islamic State militants, recalling him as a journalist committed to revealing the truth.

    "I'm so proud of my son for...

  • Community Seder round-up

    By Melissa Weller

    April 2, 2014 | 3:19 pm

    Discover the eternal meaning of the haggadah and enjoy a seder complete with hand-baked matzah, wine/grape juice and your favorite traditional meal at Chabad of Simi Valley. RSVP by April 9. Suggested donation ($30 adult, $18 child). April 14. 7:30 p.m. 4464 Alamo St., Simi Valley....

  • Helping the poor on Purim

    By Ryan Torok

    March 19, 2014 | 4:29 pm

    It was Purim, and the people of Skid Row were rushing Shari and Maya Rosenman’s minivan at Seventh Street and Gladys Avenue.

    Maya Rosenman, a student at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Massachusetts who was home on spring break, scrambled to provide bags full of supplies to the...

  • Connection more than skin deep

    January 16, 2014 | 2:18 pm

    Jamaican Everlyn Hunter is used to standing out in a synagogue.

    “I am used to being one of the few blacks in white settings, so I’m not having a new experience being black in a Jewish community necessarily,” said Hunter, a board member at Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC), a Reform...

  • Reform Biennial reveals movement’s strengths, challenges

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 19, 2013 | 11:01 am

    At the Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Biennial conference last week, Erev Shabbat offered a study in contrasts that perfectly illustrated the movement’s promise — and its problems.

    Just before 6 p.m., as the sun sank into San Diego Bay, nearly 5,000 conference attendees from...

  • Joel Pressman, cantor and performing arts teacher, dies at 63

    November 20, 2013 | 10:46 am

    Joel Pressman, a cantor and longtime performing arts teacher at Beverly Hills High School, died on Nov. 18. He was 63.

    In mid-September, Pressman, son of Jacob Pressman, rabbi emeritus at Temple Beth Am, and Marjorie Pressman, announced in a Facebook video that he was dying of...

  • Unafraid of death, cantor offers a philosophical love fest

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 2, 2013 | 4:21 pm

    On a brilliantly sunny Sunday in late September, Joel Pressman, an esteemed cantor and a venerated former performing arts teacher at Beverly Hills High School, wearing a black T-shirt that proclaimed “I’m not dead yet,” walked slowly with a cane into Will Rogers Memorial Park in...

  • Moving and Shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    August 7, 2013 | 2:30 pm

    From left: Maccabiah standout Andi Murez (Photo by Norbert Von Der Groeben, Stanford Athletics) and her Maccabiah Games trophy.

    Andi Murez, 21, a swimmer from Venice Beach competing in her second Maccabiah Games this year, was named Most Outstanding Athlete out of all the...

  • A Torah falls, a shul bonds

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 27, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    There was a crack and a gasp and then a murmur that traveled in a wave back through the rows of seats at Temple Beth Am’s Library Minyan on the first day of Rosh Hashanah.

    The Torah scroll that had just been placed back in the ark had toppled headfirst to the ground, landing on...

  • Long, winding road brings new cantor to Temple Beth Am

    September 21, 2011 | 6:28 pm

    “Let me show you the dogs,” Cantor Magda Fishman says as she excitedly pulls out her iPhone and scrolls through photos until she comes upon a candid shot of two gorgeous poodles. The dogs are not Fishman’s, but her enthusiasm in sharing the image is emblematic of her style. Her...

  • Peter Beinart in LA [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal.com

    June 24, 2010 | 6:58 pm

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  • A pioneering minyan celebrates double chai birthday

    By Amy Klein

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Back in 1971, a group of young married rabbinical school graduates with small children requested a meeting with Rabbi Jacob Pressman of Temple Beth Am. Many of them had just moved back to Los Angeles after graduating the Jewish Theological Seminary, and they were looking for a...
  • How one Boston synagogue met the challenge of the cantor’s sexual abuse

    By Richard Greenberg

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    As an attorney representing several victims of sexually predatory Catholic priests, Mark Itzkowitz has witnessed the church's pedophilia scandal from an almost too-close-for-comfort vantage point.

    "Some of the details are absolutely horrifying," said Itzkowitz, 49, who lives in the...

  • Q & A With Yuval Rotem

    By Tom Tugend

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Consul General -- now Ambassador -- Yuval Rotem arrived as a 39-year-old career diplomat in Los Angeles in September 1999, with his wife, Miri, and their three children. He will return to Jerusalem Aug. 16, leaving behind hundreds of friends who consider him one of the most popular...

  • Japanese Youngsters Sing Shalom

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Temple Beth Am of Los Angeles extended a konnichi wa during Saturday services to its Japanese visitors, they answered "Shabbat shalom."

    Small Hands, a group of Japanese goodwill ambassadors, ages 12-18, offered a cultural exchange on its July 26 visit. The Conservative synagogue...

  • What Do You Tell the Kids?

    By Julie G Fax

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    So what do you say to children when hate explodes in our world, taking with it thousands of lives?

    That is what educators at Pressman Academy at Temple Beth Am dealt with Tuesday, after they made an early morning decision to keep the Westside Conservative day school open, even as...