The changes in the Diaspora community.
Israel\'s Sephardi Chief Rabbi Amar to visit Los Angeles; Ask A (Different) Rabbi; Inquiring Minds Want to Know.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.\'\"
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.\"
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.
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