Wednesday, September 23, 2020



Discovering Communities During Rosh Hashanah

Community. We talk so much about it: the meaning of community; why it is needed; what it means to belong to a community; what...

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May this High Holy Days season be one of meaningful prayer, engaging lessons, poignant revelation and strong connections.

Israelis Brace for High Holy Days in Shadow of Second Lockdown

The Ministry of Health says 5,238 new cases have been confirmed between Thursday and Friday, setting yet another negative record. Restriction on movement is somewhat relaxed from 500 yards from one's home to 1,000 yards.

How High Holy Day Services and Arrival of 5781 Are Going to Look Across America

Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, synagogues nationwide have drastically adjusted their holiday programming to minimize congregant interactions and time spent in one area. Still, the point, say rabbis, is to celebrate the arrival of the New Year, in whatever form that looks like.

A Tale of Two High Holy Days: Why Orthodox Jews Are Going to Synagogue While Everyone Else Is on Zoom

(JTA) – At the Jewish Center on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, this year’s High Holy Days will be anything but normal. With eight services happening...

Table for Five: Rosh Hashanah

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist There are four days in the year that serve as the New Year, and...

A 6 A.M. Wake-Up Call

Our family is in possession of an abundance of shofarot. Many, many shofars. During quarantine, our children took up chess, learned to swim and,...

Obituaries: Sept. 18, 2020

Lilla Aftergood died Sept. 3 at 95. Survived by daughter Annette (Mel) Gottlieb; sons Steven (Kimberly), David (Sara); 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai Rachel Barzilai died...

Personalizing Home Ritual With ‘HighHolidaysAtHome’

The team has developed guides and webinars. They're providing steps to invoke various aspects of the holidays as well as family memories. 

Laugh Factory Holding Live Stream High Holy Days Services

For the past 36 years, The Laugh Factory comedy club in Hollywood has opened its doors for free Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.

The ‘Avinu Malkeinu’ Kid isn’t Amar’e Stoudemire’s Son. But he Does Have a Message for the High Holy Days. Take it From His Mom

(JTA) — Nina Shapiro didn’t intend for the video of her son’s singing to go viral. The Perth, Australia, mother of two describes herself as...

Judaism Is for Nonbelievers, Too

Because of Judaism, our story is as big as our people, encompassing all of our values and aspirations from generation to generation.

Mayim Bialik Joins L.A. Shofar Wave that Aims to Bring Jewish Community Together For Rosh Hashanah

The shofar wave involves placing people on corners throughout the city and asking them to blow the shofar one after another.

The Orchestra: Thoughts on the Last Shabbat of 5780

I have experienced a much-divided self lately as I have been thinking about the sovereignty of the Divine, the core theme of Rosh Hashanah....

To Our Teachers

Some superheroes wear capes and fly through the sky. Other superheroes manage classes of anxious, excited and confused students during a worldwide pandemic. This...

Table for Five: Nitzavim-Vayelech

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist And all the nations will ask, “Why did the Lord do thus to this...

With All the Zooming In, Are We Tuning Out?

Hearing the clarion call of the shofar in person while assembled with others — as Jews have for millennia — is a crucial aspect of our tradition.

Rabbi Pamela Gottfried: Challah, High Holy Days and Remembering 9/11

On Sept.11, Gottfried will be doing a Zoom event, “Observance: Ritual of Taking Challah & Prayers for Healing and Remembrance.” 

Aish Offering High Holiday Pop-Up Shuls

To create your own Pop Up Shul, log onto the site and choose from four styles of services with a downloadable machzor for each one.

Obituaries: Sept. 4, 2020

Annette Pensick Ades died Aug. 12 at 95. Survived by sons Steven (Laurie Levit), Andrew (Virginia Chesney), Robert (Naomi Guth); 5 grandchildren. Hillside Helen Arkawy...

The Missing Piece

Some people lose socks in the laundry. Others constantly lose their spare key. My family can’t seem to assemble a complete puzzle. No matter...

Table for Five: Ki Tavo

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist I led you through the wilderness for forty years; the clothes on your back...

We Want to Inscribe You in Our Book of Life This 5781

Click here to learn how you can write in our JJ Book of Life!

Arnold Spielberg, Father of Steven Spielberg, 103

Arnold Spielberg, the father of Oscar-winning director and producer Steven Spielberg, died Aug. 25 at 103. Amblin Entertainment, the film and television company led...

Table for Five: Ki Teitzei

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist If you see your brother’s ox or sheep gone astray, do not ignore it;...

Dream a Little Dream

Right now, many of us are looking for a little hope. Share your dream so that someone else can find theirs.

Broadcaster and Activist Phil Blazer Dies at 76

Phil Blazer, creator and host of award-winning Jewish radio and television programs and pro-Israel activist, died Aug. 25 in Burbank. He was 76.

Preparing for the High Holy Days in Pandemic Times

Clergy are making plans to ensure the High Holy Days are unique and engaging at a time when people are yearning for connection.

Birthday in Quarantine

Five months ago, I never would have imagined celebrating a birthday during a pandemic. Five months ago, I never would have imagined planning for...

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Jewish Groups Praise Zoom Canceling SFSU Leila Khaled Event

They praised Zoom "for setting a powerful precedent by refusing to allow the normalization of terrorism on its platform."

UAE Writer Criticizes Expulsion of Jews From Arab Countries: ‘We Failed to Learn the Lesson of History’

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SWC Report Highlights Rise of QAnon Conspiracy Theories

The report also explains how QAnon conspiracy theories are laced with anti-Semitism.

Columbia Student Paper Apologizes for Running Ad Against BDS Referendum

The paper said the ad was "clearly inappropriate and did not meet our standards for distribution."

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