Talking about Addiction Prevention in Los Angeles Yehudis Litvak The YULA Girls auditorium quickly filled to standing-room only as about 300 community members gathered together to address and prevent addiction and substance abuse among teenagers in the Los Angeles Jewish community. Eleven speakers, several video…

Talking about Addiction Prevention in Los Angeles

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Memorial Day for Ethiopian Jewry Yehudis Litvak On the 28th of Iyar, which falls on May 24th this year, the State of Israel and the Ethiopian Jewish community commemorate a Memorial Day for the 4000 Ethiopian Jews that perished on their journey from Ethiopia to…

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Locked in a Vault Sarah Pachter A few days ago, I was discussing the article I was working on with my neighbor while we took our morning jog. The subject was how Hashem’s hand is in everything that happens to us, even if the timing…

Torah Musings: Locked in a Vault

Dear Readers, At the end of the laws pertaining to the red heifer, the Rambam writes, “Nine red heifers were offered from the time that they were commanded to fulfill this mitzvah until the time when the Temple was destroyed a second time. The first was…

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An Israeli Journey: A Profile of David Azari Shalom Rubashkin and Alisa Brooks When we were welcomed into David Azari’s home on a cool L.A. night, Prigat and a bowl of nuts were waiting for us on the kitchen table. Azari has called Los Angeles…

An Israeli Journey: A Profile of David Azari

Survivor Profile: Livia Shacter Dena Ackerman I recently had the opportunity to paint Livia Shacter. Livia was born on April 2, 1917, in Czechoslovakia. Being the only daughter, with five brothers, she says her parents spoiled her terribly. She and her siblings were Zionists, and…

Survivor Profile: Livia Shacter

NCSY Connects 2nd Annual Soccer Tournament Devora Sambrowsky On Sunday, April 30th, over 120 men from the Los Angeles and Valley communities gathered for the West Coast NCSY Connect’s 2nd Annual Soccer Tournament. NCSY is a leading organization devoted to empowering and inspiring teenagers. With…

NCSY Connects 2nd Annual Soccer Tournament

Beth Jacob Raises Funds to Purchase New Truck for Israeli Firefighters Devora Sambrowsky Beth Jacob, a Modern Orthodox congregation located in Southern California, has embarked on a campaign to purchase a sophisticated, state of the art fire truck for Israel. Members of Beth Jacob consistently…

Beth Jacob Raises Funds to Purchase New Truck for Israeli Firefighters

Climbing for Greatness Sarah Pachter One Sunday morning, our family decided to go rock wall climbing – a first time for me. What I expected to be just another Sunday activity turned out to be a fantastic metaphor for how humans grow and strive for…

Torah Musings: Climbing for Greatness

Dear Dr. T., We are girls from different high schools around town. Now before we tell you what our problem is, you need to know that we are the good kids – what you adults like to call “top girls.” We’re not looking to make…

Proactive Parenting: Homework Woes

Dear Readers, Jewish Unity: It seems so elusive, yet its rewards are beyond measure. What is it that makes it so difficult to accomplish? Is it the challenge of leaving our comfort zones? Do we subconsciously feel that if we welcome someone different than us…

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