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  • Family’s link to VBS is all relative

    By Ryan Torok

    May 29, 2015 | 3:34 pm

    Sometimes the old adage really is true: The family that prays together stays together. The Braun family, whom Valley Beth Shalom is honoring at its June 7 “Living Our Legacy: Celebrating the Best of Valley Beth Shalom” ceremony, is a family whose relationship with VBS spans five...

  • Shoah commemoration brings both high and heavy spirits to Pan Pacific

    By Ryan Torok

    April 20, 2015 | 7:04 pm

    Two events recalling past genocides — and promising to fight against future ones — drew thousands of people to Pan Pacific Park on April 19.

    The first event, Jewish World Watch’s (JWW) annual Walk to End Genocide, began with drumming and song and the sounds of the shofar, which...

  • Parents Circle members united by universal love and pain

    By Ryan Torok

    April 1, 2015 | 2:43 pm

    Robi Damelin didn’t know what to do when her 28-year-old son David was killed by Palestinian sniper fire in 2002 while serving in the Israel Defense Forces’ reserves.

    “My whole life changed, [as did] my sense of priorities,” Damelin told a group at IKAR during Shabbat morning...

  • Learning Leadership from Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, z’l

    By Michael Berenbaum

    December 19, 2014 | 3:11 pm

    Much will have been written over the next few days about the massive contribution that Rabbi Harold Schulweis has made to Jewish life in our time. Yet as an observer, participant and shaper of Jewish life, I feel that there is still more than can be said. Permit me to focus on his...

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  • Rabbi Shulweis, Dear Friend and Advocate for the Soul

    By Beit T'shuvah

    December 19, 2014 | 1:37 pm

    by Rabbi Mark Borovitz

     

    I am Addicted to Redemption in a large part because of Rabbi Harold Shulweis, z”l. Rabbi Shulweis welcomed me into his Shul knowing that I was just out of prison, an ex-con, and a recovering alcoholic. He embraced me and said that I had a place in his...

  • Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, ‘Rabbi of Rabbis’ and world-renowned Jewish leader, dies at 89

    By Tom Tugend

    December 18, 2014 | 7:14 am

    Rabbi Harold Schulweis, regarded as the most influential synagogue leader of his generation, died at his home after a long struggle with heart disease. He was 89.

    Schulweis led the Conservative Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) in Encino for nearly 45 years, introducing significant...

  • Moving and Shaking: VBS honors Vets, Bob Blumenfield loves Israel, Marilu Henner honored

    By Ryan Torok

    May 28, 2014 | 11:51 am

    Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) honored 200 veterans during a special pre-Memorial Day Shabbat service on May 24. The program spotlighted veterans of World War II, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and conflicts in between. 

    Bea Cohen, 104, believed to be the oldest living female veteran...

  • Homelessness in California: Homes in the city, not on the streets

    March 12, 2014 | 1:32 pm

    The other day, I was taking my kindergarten daughter to school at our synagogue, Valley Beth Shalom (VBS). We passed a homeless man sleeping at the bus stop. She asked me if that man had a home, and I said no.  

    California, which accounts for 12 percent of the United States...

  • Jewish community remembers Sid Caesar

    By Ryan Torok

    February 12, 2014 | 5:44 pm

    Responding to today’s news about the passing of comedy legend Sid Caesar, Los Angeles community members praised the veteran comic’s ability to win over an audience.

    “He was an awfully funny guy,” Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) said, “and an awfully incredible...

  • Dybbuk debuts ‘Darkness and Light’

    August 28, 2013 | 12:29 pm

    It’s well past 10 p.m. on a Wednesday evening, and the halls of Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) are filled with the sounds of creativity. In one room of the Encino Conservative congregation, the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony winds down its rehearsal, packing up instruments as its musicians...

  • Cultivating Next Gen communities

    By Jared Sichel

    August 22, 2013 | 3:07 pm

    It started with a cup of coffee.

    About two years ago, Effie Braun and her husband, Nate, sat down with Rabbi Noah Farkas of Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) in Encino to discuss an idea — VBSnextGen.

    The rabbi’s idea was to create a community within VBS for couples under 40 — dating,...

  • Shul counseling center costs little, does much for many

    By Ryan E. Smith

    May 15, 2012 | 8:36 pm

    Even a rabbi needs a little help sometimes, which is why Rabbi Harold Schulweis of Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) was inspired decades ago to promote the creation of a counseling center run by temple volunteers.

    “When I first came to this community, I realized that many of the problems...

  • VBS’ beloved adult Hebrew tutor has a way with words

    By Rachel Heller

    April 20, 2011 | 4:51 pm

    Yossi Dresner has coached teens for their b’nai mitzvah at Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) for 40 years. He has run the adult b’nai mitzvah program for 26. As ritual director, he also conducts VBS’ morning and evening minyans and coordinates holiday services.

    Yet despite all of...

  • VBS Reaches Out With Tunes and Tie-Dye

    By David Finnigan

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish tunes, Grateful Dead-style tie-dyed T-shirts and rows of singing, swaying, arm-in-arm Jews gave a summer camp feel to Valley Beth Shalom's (VBS) "25th Hour" event, which marked the end of the Valentine's Day Shabbat.

    Nearly 400 people came to the Conservative Encino...

  • Who Wrote the Torah?

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    If two Jews equal three opinions, what do you get when you mix five rabbis of various denominations to answer a topic as important as the origins of the Torah?

    Answer: A rather heated discussion, to say the least.

    Five Los Angeles rabbis dove into the topic "Who Wrote the Torah?" at...

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