Jewish Journal

An Easy Fast and an Easy Carmageddon

By Rabbi Mark Diamond

September 25, 2012 | 10:17 am

“The great shofar is sounded; a still small voice is heard.”  
                                                                                        Yom Kippur prayer


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  • A Day of Hope and Healing—Shabad Remembrance of the Wisconsin Shooting

    By Rabbi Mark Diamond

    August 12, 2012 | 6:27 pm

    On Sunday, August 12, I was honored to represent the Board of Rabbis/Jewish Federation and the Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders at “A Day of Hope and Healing: Shabad Remembrance of the Wisconsin Shooting.”  The commemoration was held on the steps of LA City Hall and... read on

  • Do you do Tisha b’Av?

    By Rabbi Mark Diamond

    July 23, 2012 | 6:42 pm

    I began my career as a Jewish educator one summer at Camp CHI, a retreat center and camp in Wisconsin sponsored by the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago.  I was the Jewish educational specialist and assigned the task of creating a meaningful Tisha b’Av observance for children of... read on

  • Some of My Best Friends Are Presbyterian

    By Rabbi Mark Diamond

    July 5, 2012 | 11:06 pm

    Some of my best friends are Presbyterian.  I take them to lunch and they take me to lunch.  George Douglas for one.  George is a respected businessman, an elder of the Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church (PPPC), and a friend who has traveled with me on two interfaith missions to... read on

  • Wanted: Intentional Conversations

    By Rabbi Mark Diamond

    June 20, 2012 | 11:14 am

    Earlier this week I participated in one of my favorite rituals—an “Intentional Conversation.” This annual conclave was launched fourteen years ago by Msgr. Royale Vadakin of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the late Rabbi Alfred Wolf of Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Intentional... read on

  • Interfaith relations: do the math!

    By Rabbi Mark Diamond

    June 13, 2012 | 6:05 pm

    Albert and Tony were best friends who grew up in each other’s homes.  Albert’s Jewish mother sent him off to school each day with the question, “Albert, do you have your books?”  Tony’s Italian mother sent him off to school each morning with the query, “Tony, do you have your lunch?”... read on




Rabbi Mark Diamond is Executive Vice President of The Board of Rabbis of Southern California.  In that position, he directs a multi-denominational organization of 330 rabbis,...

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