YPLA Partners with YIEP to Offer College Degrees Yehudis Litvak Yeshiva Program Los Angeles (YPLA), a program for post-high school young men, hosted two open houses to introduce the community to its new partnership with the Yeshiva Initiatives Educational Programs (YIEP).  Now the local students…

YPLA Partners with YIEP to Offer College Degrees

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Black Diamond Sarah Pachter One winter vacation, our family went skiing in beautiful Park City, Utah. While in the ski lodge taking a break, I saw a woman wearing a shirt with the following sentence written across the top: I’m difficult. A picture of a…

Torah Musings: Black Diamond

Let’s Have a Heart to Heart Conversation Some of them beat. Others are beaten. A young, innocent heart beats. Da-dum. Da-dum. Da-dum. And then it stops beating. It can stop beating for many reasons. Trauma. Overdose. Depression. Alcohol. Abuse. Suicide. Too much can overwhelm a…

Obituary: Let’s Have a Heart to Heart Conversation

What happens to the bones of a korban olah? Rabbi Shmuel Wise, Maggid Shiur at RealClearDaf.com We discussed this question in the daf this week on 85b-86a. The mishnah on 85b rules that the bones of a korban olah may be burned along with the…

Weekly Daf: What happens to the bones of a korban olah?

Celebration “20-Chai:” Proceeding Forward with Vitality and Growth Four hundred friends and supporters of Chabad of the Valley came together recently for a “20-Chai” Concert Gala – Celebrating Life! The event showcased a special performance by Ethan Bortnik together with an elaborate orchestra. “Two Chabad…

Celebration “20-Chai:” Proceeding Forward with Vitality and Growth

When Smoke Gets in Your Eyes Rebecca Klempner A couple weeks ago, four members of my writing group were sitting around a table in my backyard when a cloud of skunky, marijuana-scented smoke drifted in our direction. I hoped that no one else noticed, but…

Humor: When Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Becoming an Emotionally Attuned Parent Rabbi Dov Heller, LMFT In the movie Inside/Out, Riley’s parents initially demonstrate the damaging impact of being emotionally unattuned when they fail to understand their daughter’s pain over their move to San Francisco. At the end of the film, when…

Emotional Health: Becoming an Emotionally Attuned Parent

Bucking the Global Trend: The Story of Israel’s Demographic Miracle Aaron Feigenbaum The State of Israel’s 70th anniversary celebration earlier this year was full of commentators rightly praising the country for its incredible contributions to humanity and resilience in the face of enormous challenges. However,…

Bucking the Global Trend: The Story of Israel’s Demographic Miracle

Dear readers, Personal responsibility. Simple words, yet they take a lifetime to master. Particularly now – in these politically charged and turbulent times when it is easy to get swept along with partisan fervor and be either boiling mad or ecstatic depending on the day’s…

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Gala Extravaganza for Spivak Educational Center Spivak Educational Center hosted its second annual gala event on June 7, 2018. Honorees included it’s the Director of School, Cecelie Wizenfeld, and Sonja Berrin, a Pre-1 master teacher, who inspires her students to learn about the world around…

Gala Extravaganza for Spivak Educational Center

Supporting Jewish Education for All: Morasha Hebrew Academy Dinner Yehudis Litvak The Rachela Silber Peretz Morasha Hebrew Academy, the program where “no Jewish child is left behind,” held its annual dinner at Ahavat Israel Congregation. The hall was filled to capacity as students and supporters…

Supporting Jewish Education for All: Morasha Hebrew Academy Dinner

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LINK Celebrates 16 Years with Gala Dinner and a Visit by Rabbi Krohn The Los Angeles Intercommunity Kollel (LINK) celebrated its 16th anniversary on May 30th with a Gala Dinner, featuring Rabbi Paysach Krohn as guest speaker. Over 400 friends and supporters packed into the Nessah Synagogue’s…

LINK Celebrates 16 Years with Gala Dinner and a Visit by Rabbi Krohn

Bais Naftoli Holds 26th Annual Breakfast A standing-room-only audience celebrated the 26th Annual Breakfast at Congregation Bais Naftoli. The event honored Morton Klein, President of the Zionist Organization of America, and Dr. David S. Frey, Director, Holocaust & Genocide Studies, U.S. Military Academy West Point.…

Bais Naftoli Holds 26th Annual Breakfast