As the Jewish community gathers for the Valley Jewish Festival, we must ask ourselves whether there is, in fact, a Los Angeles Jewish community to speak of. If we define community as "a group of people defined by a geographical area," then we can refer to the Jewish community of Los Angeles as such. But if we wish to imply that a community is "a cohesive yet diverse group bound together as one," then I do not believe that Los Angeles fulfills this qualification.
If anyone knows how to have fun, it's singer/songwriter Craig Taubman. Known to thousands of kids and former kids for tunes such as "Shabababat Shalom" and the "Chanukah Rap," Taubman, the musical force behind Sinai Temple's popular Friday Night Live and Adat Ari El's One Saturday Morning services, is about to bring his special brand of ruach (spirit) to the Valley Jewish community's biggest event of the year.