When Steve Pompan played on the U.S. tennis squad at the last Maccabiah Games in Israel, he was struck by the spectators’ tribal inclination to give advice to the players battling it out on the court.
During a lecture on genocide prevention at American Jewish University (AJU) on April 13, Michael Abramowitz, director of the Committee on Conscience at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, discussed a shift in the international community’s view of how to handle crimes against humanity. We’re seeing a “shift from a culture responding after the fact to a culture of prevention,” Abramowitz said.
" . . . I chose Touro College over other secular colleges in Los Angeles, because I wanted to stay in a Jewish environment and be able to receive my degree from a respectable accredited university . . . "
This year's 26th annual Chabad "To Life" telethon on Sept. 10 hopes to offer some real laughs, with host entertainer Shelley Berman (whose credits stretch from "The Ed Sullivan Show" to "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Boston Legal") and co-host comedian Elon Gold ("Stacked," "The In-Laws").
Rabbi Alfred Wolf, who pioneered Jewish summer camps and the interfaith movement on the West Coast, died Aug. 1 at the age of 88.
Throughout his life, he strove for his self-described goal "to serve as a catalyst in bringing people together, despite personal and ideological differences."
On Waring Avenue, west of La Brea Avenue, Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad is undergoing a $5 million expansion. Under construction is 35,000 square feet of dormitories and study rooms, including a light and airy beis midrash (study hall) that will double as a synagogue.
Kalinsky, the director of the West Coast region of the Orthodox Union (OU), was speaking at a Ralphs on the corner of Pico Boulevard and Beverwil Drive, which, like many supermarkets in California, has a large range of kosher-for-Passover products, with enough in storage so that it does not disappear off the shelves with the first wave of Passover shoppers. It is Monday night, and about 50 people have gathered for the OU kosher-for-Passover supermarket tour, led by Kalinsky. The tour is essentially a guide for shopping for Passover: what products are OK to use without kosher-for-Passover supervision, which products need supervision and why and what are some of the ways that people can save money while doing their kosher-for-Passover shopping. The OU has done eight of these tours all over Los Angeles, in supermarkets from Canoga Park to Westwood, and they attract both the sheitl (wig)-wearing very religious types who have been observing Passover all their lives -- but want a refresher course in the products available -- to Passover novices who need basic knowledge about what makes something kosher for Passover.
The National Council of Synagogue Youth's (NCSY) Lord of the Regionals Shabbaton weekend was what camp would be like if camp took place in a four-star hotel. Some 400 teenagers from the West Coast gathered -- actually, nearly overran -- the Renaissance Los Angeles Hotel near LAX Dec. 19-22 to bond with Jewish high schoolers from around the region.
On this rainy, winter weekend, the ninth- through 12th-graders from Jewish and public schools in large Jewish cities such as Seattle, and smaller ones such as El Paso, Texas (with five religious families), came together to contemplate God: Who is God? Why does God do what he does? How can people come to believe in God?