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Big Brothers Big Sisters: Guiding Teens to Make Positive Life Decisions

If one wants to understand the full scope of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles (JBBBSLA), look no further than Melody Wachtel.

The Pinto Family Opens a New Chapter on Pico

Early on a typically noisy, traffic-heavy weekday afternoon along Pico Boulevard, one scene was certain to go unnoticed, as intended.

Rabbis of LA: Rabbi Richard Camras Is In It for the Long Haul

For 22 years, Rabbi Richard Camras has served as the rabbi of Shomrei Torah Synagogue in West Hills.

Federation to Open BAR Center at the Beach

The $10 million renovated BAR Center, located on the Venice Beach boardwalk, will open in January 2022.

Club Z Is Taking the Pro-Israel Cause to Campus

Nine years ago, on a typical weekday afternoon, Masha Merkulova’s son came home from Hebrew school clearly troubled. 

Rabbis of LA | Rabbi Cantor Eva Robbins: Sparking the Divine Presence Within Others

As a late bloomer, Rabbi Cantor Eva Robbins really resonates with Psalm 92: it states that the righteous will flourish, bear fruit and stay vigorous and fresh in old age. 

Register for This Week’s COVID Vaccine Drive; Plus Info and Recommendations

If anyone wants to get a booster shot, or bring your kids to receive their first vaccine dose, Adi organized the one at Natalia's school Intiwasi (9017 W...

88% of 2020 Religious Hate Crimes in LA Were Antisemitic, Report Says

Eighty-eight percent of religious hate crimes that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2020 were antisemitic, according to a new report from the county.

AJU Board Leader Virginia Maas Honored for Lifetime of Service to the Community

Virginia Maas, the immediate past chair of the American Jewish University (AJU) Board, was honored at the university’s annual Gala, held at the Beverly Hilton October 28th.

Rabbis of LA | Shlomo Einhorn: Orthodox Rabbi Who Loves to Innovate

When you speak with Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn, dean of Yavneh Hebrew Academy and rabbi of its congregation, you’re going to hear all about his love of Torah and his strong belief in the Jewish way of life.

My Verdict on Jury Duty

Just spent the last few days serving on a jury, and here are my takeaways - Since it's over we are allowed to discuss...

Meet The Only Jew Running For LA City Attorney

If she were to win, she’d be the first woman to hold the position, which was created in 1850. She’d also be the first Latina Jew to serve as Los Angeles City Attorney.

Chabad of Picfair Serving Families Moving East of Pico-Robertson

“That’s the big plan: to have a thriving Jewish community.”

Jewish Muralists Brighten Up Pico-Robertson With Holy Designs

Thanks to a handful of Jewish artists, colorful and joyful paintings that depict mitzvot such as giving tzedakah, learning Torah and lighting Shabbos candles greet pedestrians and drivers around Pico-Robertson.

Rabbis of LA | Tarlan Rabizadeh: The Persian Female Rabbi of Hillel at UCLA

One of the issues she grapples with on campus is bridging the divide on Israel.

WINNER and WIRED: Niver’s News: Oct 2021

Oct News 2021 with Lisa Niver & We Said Go Travel: October was definitely ROCK-TOBER for me! I won third place at the Southern California Journalism...

A Vaccine Educator’s Personal Update

I want to ensure that anyone out there who has a school, hospital or company which could find it useful to give its employees, families, friends a chance to ask questions, I am happy to be that person for you.

Saying Farewell to the Federation, Jay Sanderson Is Ready to Write His Next Chapter

After 12 years leading the Federation, Sanderson, 64, will be handing over the proverbial torch to Rabbi Noah Farkas on January 1, 2022.

Rabbis of LA | Pini Dunner: The Orthodox Optimist

To engage Pini Dunner on the subject of his Judaism is to time travel backwards and forwards into Jewish history.  

JFS SOVA Receives $5.7 Million State Grant

Jewish Family Service LA’s SOVA Community Food & Resource Program (JFS SOVA) was awarded a $5.7 million grant from California’s 2021 budget allocation to purchase and expand the property in Van Nuys that it has been renting since 2005. 

Fuente Latina Provides Accurate Information on Israel to Spanish-Language Media

When Leah Soibel left her position at the Jerusalem Fund in Tel Aviv in 2012, she knew her next adventure had to include her two passions: pro-Israel advocacy and the Spanish-language media.

Rabbis of LA | Deborah Schuldenfrei: The ‘Wartime’ Head of School

While most everyone contended with one pandemic challenge or another, Schuldenfrei had to find a way to satisfy the sometimes opposing interests of kids, parents and teachers.

Newsom Launches Holocaust Educational Council at Museum of Tolerance

California Governor Gavin Newsom visited the Museum of Tolerance on Oct. 6 to announce the launch of the Governor’s Council on Holocaust and Genocide Education.

Checking In With Seniors at The Watermark During COVID-19

When COVID-19 put the world on hold, Nancy Steingard was no longer able to see her mother-in-law, Marilyn Solomon, in her senior living community. 

Rabbis of LA | Rabbi Noah Farkas: Looking to the Past and the Future

As Farkas embarks upon the blockbuster role of his career, I encountered someone calm but calculated, at ease selling himself and his accomplishments, but also aware he is inheriting a unifying organization at a time of deep political polarization and cultural upheaval.

How the Orange County Oil Spill Is Connected to the Pico-Robertson Drill Site

Activists and community leaders in Pico-Robertson have been in a decades-long battle with the city to regulate the West Pico Oil Drill Site, which has facilities along West Pico Boulevard near Doheny Drive.

Santa Monica College Chabad Rabbi’s Car Vandalized with Swastika Graffiti

Chabad at Santa Monica College (SMC) Rabbi Eli M. Levitansky’s car was vandalized with a swastika on one car window as well as a...

Rokah Karate: From Generation to Generation

When Avi Rokah finished his service with the Israel Defense Forces at age 21, the Ramat Gan native had one passion he knew he wanted to pursue: karate. 

Ohio Woman Throws Bottle At 13-Year-Old Jewish Girl, Shouts Antisemitic Slurs

An Ohio woman reportedly threw a beer bottle at a 13-year-old Jewish girl while hurling antisemitic slurs at her on October 5.

“Free Palestine,” “From the River to the Sea” Graffiti Found at UCLA

Graffiti stating “Free Palestine” and “From the River to the Sea” was found inside a classroom at UCLA’s Bunche Hall on October 5.

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