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  • Temple Hopping, Rabbi Shopping & Faith Meditation

    By Ilana Angel

    February 5, 2013 | 7:39 am

    I love going to temple.  It makes me happy from the inside out.  I always feel comfortable when I am sitting in shul and while I have yet to find a temple that I really, really love, I hop from temple to temple hoping I find a place that feels like the perfect fit.  Actually, I’m...

  • The big tent:  Jews, Muslims, Christians celebrate spirituality in a shared sacred space

    By Rachel Heller

    December 21, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Whirling Dervishes, an elaborate feast and a lecture by a prominent Muslim scholar – Musallah Tauhid’s joyous celebration of its move to a new home in 2008 heralded good times ahead for the Sufi Muslim worship group. As a friendly gesture, the group invited its new neighbors for...

  • For downtown’s Persian Jews, work plus worship equals success

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 26, 2011 | 5:24 pm

    Fast-paced techno dance music blasts through Chikas, a retail clothing store off Santee Street in the heart of downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District, which many call the Garment District. Robert Mahgerefteh, the store’s owner, helps the dozen or so young women looking for great...

  • How I returned

    By Rob Eshman

    September 11, 2008 | 2:25 am

    In the fall of 1989, I took a class on Chasidic thought with a Chabad rabbi. We met in a room in the annex of Congregation Mishkon Tephilo in Venice. I wanted to learn about Judaism, but I hated going to synagogue services. They bored me. So I took classes, learned Hebrew, even...
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  • Answering Hitchens on moral superiority

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 10, 2008 | 2:41 pm

    By now, everyone knows the name Christopher Hitchens. That’s an impressive feat for a print journalist not named Woodward or Bernstein or at least Hersh. But Hitchens notoriety—and to the God-fearing it is notoriety—stems from his membership in the corps of New Atheists. One of...

  • Yesterday’s Ashes

    By Rabbi Dan Shevitz

    March 20, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    What do you do with yesterday's holiness?

    Everything has a shelf life, even holiness. Only God is eternal. Ancient forms and rituals give way to new interpretations. The Tent of Meeting gave way to the Mishkan, which in turn gave way to the Temple and, later, the synagogue....

  • Friday night Shabbat services at Temple Akiba Culver City

    August 9, 2007 | 11:12 pm

    Friday night Shabbat services at Temple Akiba Culver City

    Rabbi Zachary Shapiro

    Cantor Lonee Frailich

  • Reconstructionists try to manage growth

    By Ben Harris

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When Dorshei Tzedek, a small Reconstructionist congregation in West Newton, Mass., began an explosive growth spurt in 1997, some of its members were concerned. The addition of more than 100 families had nearly tripled the congregation's size in just a few years, and some worried...
  • How to Be Jewish 101

    By Sue Fishkoff

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    There are more than 3,000 synagogues in America. Why do some of them struggle week after week to make a minyan, while others are bustling with energy, song and laughter?

    What is the magic that transforms certain shuls into sacred communities that embrace and uplift their...

  • Tajikistan Razes Its Sole Synagogue

    By Lev Krichevsky

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Tajikistan's government has begun demolishing the Central Asian nation's only synagogue, offering in exchange a plot of land far from where most Jewish community members live.

    The work started last month. So far, demolition crews have destroyed part of the synagogue's property,...

  • The Lowdown on Ritual and Worship

    By Rabbi Jonathan Kraus

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Why are Rosh Hashanah and especially Yom Kippur so important to my Jewish partner? He almost never attends services the rest of the year, isn't observant and doesn't even know what he believes about God. Yet, at this time of year, he insists on attending services. What's the big...

  • Chaplain Crosses the Line for the Cross

    By Steve Yuhas

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Military chaplains have a proud history in the U.S. military, and most of them uphold the mission of the Chaplain Corps in the various services to America's troops and to ensure their right to free exercise of religion.

    Unfortunately, the role that Army Chaplain Capt. Andy Taylor...

  • Divine Wedding

    By Rabbi Zoë Klein

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Years ago, my husband and I climbed the alleged Mount Sinai, the Perseus shower streaked the Egyptian night sky with shooting stars.

    At the summit, as God pulled the sun up from the fragrant desert floor, Jonathan held up a ring and proposed.

    It is written in Pirke Avot (Ethics of...

  • Unacceptable

    By Michael Tolkin

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    After The New Republic's Gregg Easterbrook wrote in his online column that Jewish executives in Hollywood "worship money above all else," he apologized.

    Every group in some way lives up to its stereotypes, and even knows that about itself -- otherwise there'd be no specific humor...

  • Finding Community

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Synagogue is never mentioned in the Torah. -- Leo Rosten

    Like many unaffiliated Angelenos between 30 and marriage, I face a problem every Rosh: How to benefit from this diverse Jewish community while remaining a sort of post-sect/noninstitutionalized member of the family. Intending...

  • The Torah as Gospel

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Torah may be the true Gospel, but next week, one synagogue is bringing the true Gospel to the Torah.

    Temple Aliyah will host its Fourth Annual Gospel Service on Jan. 18, in cooperation with the choir of New Christ Memorial Church of God and Christ of Pacoima, led by Pastor Andrae...

  • Are You There, God?

    By Julie G Fax

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    While the pain of the Sept. 11 attacks still churns like the smoke and dust that continue to rise out of Ground Zero, eight weeks has done something to begin our healing process.

    Some of the rawness of our national wound is beginning to abate, allowing us to use the clarity and...

  • New Stamp on Service

    By Julie G Fax

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Late last summer at Adat Ari El, when work was going on in earnest to craft the new One Shabbat Morning service, Rabbi Moshe Rothblum recalled feeling some resentment at having to drop his High Holiday preparations to attend a One Shabbat Morning meeting.

    "But afterwards, I would be...

  • Congregational Directory

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The listings below are for Jewish congregations within the geographic area of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Congregations in areas adjacent to Los Angeles Federation can be found by calling neighboring federations:

    San Gabriel Valley: Jewish Federation of San Gabriel...

  • Teen Founds Jump-n-Jive Minyan

    By Beverly Gray

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Most Shabbat worshippers expect decorum. But Adat Ari El's new Jump-n-Jive minyan is different. Its founder, Aaron Kaychuck, describes the monthly Saturday morning service as "upbeat neo-Chassidic egalitarian." The service is unusual partly because it combines traditional...

  • Let’s Celebrate! It’s Yom Kippur!

    By Julie G Fax

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In the waning hours of Yom Kippur, the last rays of sun cast long shadows through the stained-glass windows. It is time for "Ne'ila," the final prayer in a day filled with prayer, when the gates on high, opened especially wide for this day, begin their final closing.

    So still, so...

  • Pushing Each Other’s Buttons

    By Rabbi Abner Weiss

    August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Predictably, it happened again. Conservative and Reform Jews choseto demonstrate their right to worship at the Kotel in their way, menand women together. This time, however, the worshipers had officialclearance. But their permit did not help. Sadly, but alsopredictably, Orthodox Jews...

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