Saturday, May 30, 2020



There’s no business like shul business

The retirement of Rabbi Moshe Rothblum after 35 years on the bimah at Adat Ari El.

Grupo Hispano celebrates a buen 5767

Beth Shalom has become the spiritual home of a growing group of Hispanics who have recently converted, or are in the process of doing so.

Israel’s Sephardi Chief Rabbi Amar to visit Los Angeles

Israel\'s Sephardi Chief Rabbi Amar to visit Los Angeles; Ask A (Different) Rabbi; Inquiring Minds Want to Know.

American Jews are learned in everything — except Jewish texts

The American Jewish community is one of the most learned and sophisticated communities in Jewish history - in everything except Jewish texts. As Jews, we are illiterate.

Rabbinical marriage counseling works — up to a point

Although rabbis can play a positive role in brokering a reconciliation in couples with relatively minor problems, they are generally ill-equipped, both educationally and often temperamentally, to grapple with spousal abuse, depression, bullying and other serious issues that can destroy marriages and souls.

Water and pumpkins mark eco-friendly Sukkot

True Joy Through Water, a new outreach program created by Canfei Nesharim (\"the wings of eagles\"), an Orthodox environmental organization, it\'s designed to educate about the importance of water, its imperiled state and ways to conserve it.

USC Trojans march for restored Torah; Backyard tashlich in Fairfax

USC Trojans march for restored Torah; backyard tashlich in Fairfax.

Live in the ‘hood: words of awe

All sermons, whether Reform, Conservative or Orthodox, are there to promote something \"good.\" But how do they get there?

A congregation grows in Whittier — Hispanic outreach blooms

As the jewish population in the area east of Los Angeles has dwindled -- and as the Conservative congregation has aged -- Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak has reached out to the Spanish-speaking community in the area.

Jewish bond doesn’t draw all to Holiday observances

Statistically, 39 percent of all American Jews, and 44 percent of all Jewish college students, do not attend religious services, according to the 2000-2001 National Jewish Population Survey.



The Genesis of a Holiday Sermon, And Other Stories

How Do Rabbis Choose Their Topics For High Holiday Sermons?\nWhat they don\'t do is gather together and get a list of topics from on high. But about a month or so before the major holidays -- like Passover and Rosh Hashanah -- the Board of Rabbis of Southern California sponsors a pre-holiday conference for rabbis to come together to study as well as become inspired and motivated.\n

How to Be Jewish 101

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?

Tranforming the Synagogue — A Scorecard

Synagogue transformation programs exude good intentions, but do they actually work?

I Ate the Whole Thing!

Circuit News.

Rebuilding New Orleans — With A Little Help From Each Other

One year after \"the storm,\" as New Orleanians refer to Hurricane Katrina, Jewish communal leaders describe the health of the community with certain expected terms -- loss, trauma, devastation and challenge.

Congregation Beith David Celebrates New Sanctuary

Ceremony goes ahead for Beith David.

Mayor Carries Torah to <br>Vandalized Tarzana Synagogue

On Sunday, in the intense heat of a mid-summer day, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, carried a Sephardic Torah for one-half mile along city streets in Tarzana to a new Persian synagogue that had been the victim of an anti-Semitic attack just two days earlier. Police are still investigating the arson attempt, which burned a rear door of Beith David Education Center on Clark Street, as well as anti-Jewish graffiti left at the scene, as a hate crime.

Them and Us

At 81, frail of body but sharp-tongued and wise, Rabbi Schulweis has made it his mission to preach the gospel of conversion to the Jews. That is we, as individuals and as a people, must seek and embrace converts. Doing so will not only improve Jewish life but improve our own lives as Jews.

This Week – In and Out

Last Friday, when the sun went down in Los Angeles, the Jewish community came alive.

Jewish Studies Bug Bites Parents, Too

Eighteen months ago, when Lenard Cohen\'s 4-year-old daughter was enrolled in the family\'s congregational preschool, the Philadelphia-area father of three decided to go back to school himself.

New JTS Head Faces Trouble, Opportunity

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) announced this month that Eisen, 54, the chair of Stanford University\'s religious studies program, would become just the second nonrabbi to serve as the New York City seminary\'s chancellor and the first since 1940. He succeeds Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, who held the post for two decades.

Celebrating a Shpiel-Good Holiday

Reading the Megillah in esoteric tongues is part of the Purim fun at this Los Angeles synagogue, and congregant Maggie Anton Parkhurst has chosen this infinitely tongue-tying imaginary language of the Trekkies to make her bid at hilarity.

Car Crash Claims Beloved Northridge Rabbi

The beloved rabbi of a Northridge synagogue apparently committed suicide in the wake of personal disclosures that jeopardized his job. These disclosures had to do with allegedly \"inappropriate\" actions by the rabbi, but nothing that was criminal or illegal, said officials of Temple Ramat Zion.

Groups, Shuls Fundraise for Tsunami Aid

  Cantor Alison Wissot of Temple Judea felt the pull of the Asian tsunami at a Friday morning meeting of the women's group at her...

Is There Room For Politics in Shul?

Eight years ago, when President Bill Clinton was running for a second term, he sent out letters to L.A. synagogues wishing them a happy Rosh Hashanah with a spiritual message for Yom Kippur. \"I liked what the letter had to say for Yom Kippur, so I read it at the opening to a sermon that I gave,\" said Rabbi Daniel Bouskila of Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel. \"At the end of the night one of the members came up and said, \'Why\'d you read a letter from a Democrat? I\'m a Republican.\'\"

Cantors Plan Charity Concerts

With religious school winding down this month at many synagogues, some cantors will regularly seize the opportunity to produce a brief season of secular concerts with guest artists and visiting cantors.

Non-Jews Provide Key Community Support

They are security guards, schoolteachers, cooks and banquet hall waiters. They are waitresses, agency and museum executives and walkie-talkie-toting synagogue maintenance workers. There are hundreds of non-Jewish support staff at synagogues and other Jewish institutions throughout Southern California, and they are integral to the life of the Jewish community. \"Amazing, amazing people,\" said Conservative Rabbi Mark Diamond, executive director of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California. \"I don\'t think our Jewish institutions could function properly without the efforts of our non-Jewish support staff and even sometimes senior staff.\"

Rabbi Revolution

With the retirement this year of several prominent senior rabbis, youthful faces have come to occupy the majority of Westside pulpits and others throughout the city, a confluence of vitality that has the potential to herald the beginning of a new era for the wider Los Angeles Jewish community.

New Articles

FCC Chair Asks Why Ayatollah Khamenei’s Tweets Don’t Violate Twitter Guidelines

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai asked Twitter in a tweet why Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s tweets against Israel don’t violate Twitter’s guidelines. Pai highlighted an...

US Ambassador to Israel Says Jewish Illiteracy Is Greatest Threat to Diaspora Jewry

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told a virtual conference that Jewish illiteracy is the greatest threat to Diaspora Jewry. “The Jewish state, while not...

L.A. County to Reopen Restaurants, Hair Salons

The California state government gave Los Angeles County approval to start reopening restaurants, hair salons and barbershops on May 29. Los Angeles County Board of...

Pro-Palestinian Group: Israel Trains U.S. Police to Be Racist

The U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) tweeted on May 28 that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) train police officers in the United States...

How Some Jewish Summer Camps Are Going Virtual This Year

Ask Jewish summer camp directors about the hardest part of designing a virtual camp experience for the COVID-19 era and they’ll laugh. Then they’ll say...

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