Letters to the Editor
When Rabbi Jason Van Leeuwen sat for interviews this spring with the search committee at Congregation B'nai Tikvah in Westchester, he was struck by the questions. Normally, search committees ask rabbi finalists to, for example, name their three great strengths and three great weaknesses, but such standard human resources probing was of little interest to B'nai Tikvah members.
Complete with a ketubah signing, champagne, speeches and a few tears, the installation of Rabbi Michael Beals at B'nai Tikvah Congregation in Westchester seemed more like a wedding.
It turns out that there are more Jews in the South Bay than many had imagined -- about 45,000, according to a just-released population study by the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles.