Tuesday, September 22, 2020


rabbi david wolpe

ADL’s Jonathan Greenblatt Talks Tachlis on Anti-Semitism

While there has been a decrease in anti-Semitic sentiment in the United States, anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise. So said Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO...

‘Faith At Work’ in a Time of Unemployment

For several years, venture capitalist and philanthropist Art Bilger has been hosting town hall-style workshops across the country to address what he views as...

Community Leaders Condemn Sri Lanka Easter Sunday Attacks

Los Angeles community leaders have condemned a string of Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka that left at least 321 people dead and more...

Unanswered Questions Over Abrupt Lainer School Name Change

In the summer of 2017, school officials at Sinai Akiba Academy in West Los Angeles lauded an announced gift as “transformative,” prompting a name...

Does Tikkun Olam Divide Along Religious and Political Lines?

Seated between Rabbi Sharon Brous and author Jonathan Neumann, Rabbi David Wolpe said, “My chair is exactly equidistant between our two participants.”  Wolpe was referring...

What’s Happening: Elie Wiesel, Tikkun Olam, Immigration

FRI FEB 1 Soulful Shabbat  A soulful, mystical Shabbat at Wilshire Boulevard Temple explores the feminine aspect of God and features klezmer, Chasidic and folk-rock versions...

Dr. Sheila Nazarian On Success, Parenting and Grit

When Dr. Sheila Nazarian was 7 years old, she left Iran and didn’t speak a word of English. Today, she is one of the...

Sharsheret Gala, Multifaith Celebration of Israel

About 160 people gathered at the Hancock Park home of Lisa and Josh Hofheimer on Dec. 1 for “Love, Light and Life Under the...

What’s Happening: ‘Judaism In an Age of Truthiness,’ Gad Elmaleh

FRI NOV 9 Alisa Weilerstein Acclaimed cellist Alisa Weilerstein performs all six of Bach’s solo cello suites in one evening. Weilerstein began playing the cello at...

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Bereshit with Rabbi David Wolpe

Named one of the 500 Most Influential People in Los Angeles in 2016 and again in 2017, Most Influential Rabbi in America by Newsweek and one of the 50 Most Influential...

Rabbis share insights in Rosh Hashanah sermons

In their 2017 Rosh Hashanah sermons, rabbis from across the denominational spectrum called for their communities to act out Jewish values to combat hate...

Moving & Shaking: Helgard and Irwin Field receive lifetime achievement award, JVSLA holds fundraiser at wax museum

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles honored Helgard and Irwin Field with the 2017 Jewish Community Lifetime Achievement Award on Sept. 17 at...

Elul 4: Closing the Distance – Rabbi David Wolpe

Each year as Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur approach, we are reminded that sin creates distance. Distance creates factions. So we proclaim the unity...

Rabbi David Wolpe calls on President Trump to repent

In a powerful sermon delivered from his pulpit on Sat., Aug. 19, Rabbi David Wolpe, one of America’s leading rabbis, called on President Donald...

Creator of ‘30 Days’ Project aims to ease mourners’ grief and loss

Singer-songwriter Craig Taubman’s father-in-law, Eli Brent, died in October 2015. His mother-in-law, Charlotte Brent, died a few months later. Both were in their late...

A response to my critics

I thank my colleagues and friends Rick Jacobs and Noah Farkas, and many others, who wrote in response to my opinion piece “Why I...

Why my friend David Wolpe is wrong: A ‘politics free’ pulpit is an empty pulpit

There are few colleagues for whom I have more respect than Rabbi David Wolpe. His books, sermons, articles and his personal character and warmth show...

Rabbis must navigate politics and morality

Like many others, I read Rabbi David Wolpe’s op-ed on politics and the pulpit with a sense of profound ambivalence (“Why I Keep Politics...

On the moral imperative of politics: A response to Rabbi David Wolpe

I write in response to Rabbi Wolpe’s editorial from June 7, “Why I keep politics off the pulpit.” Rabbi Wolpe’s erudite defense of an...

The shape of things to come: Jewish L.A. in 30 years

In commemoration of the Jewish Journal's 30th anniversary, Jewish leaders discuss their hopes and predictions for the next 30 years of L.A. Jewish life. Melissa...

Will Frank Gehry build an architectural icon for Tel Aviv?

Last Thursday night, about 100 well-heeled Jewish philanthropists milled about the airy Venice studio of architect Frank Gehry. They posed for selfies beside models of buildings soon to go up in Asia and studied his newest plans — for the World’s Jewish Museum in Tel Aviv.

Sinai Temple vigil unites police, clergy for “healing in tragic times” [VIDEO]

A week after the murder of five police officers in Dallas and just hours after more than 80 people were killed and 200 wounded from a terrorist attack in Nice, France, Los Angeles rabbis, African-American Christian faith leaders and Los Angeles Police Department officers came together at Sinai Temple on July 14 for a community prayer vigil.

A dialogue with Rabbi Wolpe

The first time I heard Rabbi David Wolpe teach was a few years ago in an international convention of Jews, both lay leaders and rabbis, from all over the world.

Conservative Judaism seeks its true name

I grew up as a Conservative Jew, my father a Conservative Rabbi.

Amid identity crisis, Conservative Jews pay for rebranding

Conservative Judaism is at a crossroads.

Sinai Temple mission to Azerbaijan

A delegation of 45 Sinai Temple members returned this week from a 4-day mission to Azerbaijan where they dedicated a Torah scroll which they had previously presented to the Mountainous Jewish Synagogue.

A funeral for Richard Lakin

\"I want to thank him for teaching me how to ride a bike. And for watching Charlotte\'s Web with me over and over again.\" The granddaughter of the gentle man lying on a bier, shrouded in his tallit, began to weep.

A letter to Israelis: We are with you

A friend in Israel writes, “Sometimes we feel as though no one in chul (chutz la’aretz — outside of the land) really understands what is happening here.”

Moving and Shaking: Jeffrey Katzenberg, Harvey Weinstein, Rabbi David Wolpe and more

As the night’s master of ceremonies at the Simon Wiesenthal Center/Museum of Tolerance annual national tribute dinner, Jeffrey Katzenberg had two big jobs — to keep the presentations to heroes who’d risked their lives to save others moving along like clockwork and to convince the crowd that the night’s top honoree, Harvey Weinstein, is a good guy and a true humanitarian.

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