New Sefer Torah for Children is Dedicated at Kol Avrohom Yehudis Litvak For the past six years, Congregation Bais Bezalel on Pico Boulevard has hosted a children’s minyan named Kol Avrohom. Headed by Rabbi Zalmy Hecht, Kol Avrohom offers lively and inspiring davening for boys…

New Sefer Torah for Children is Dedicated at Kol Avrohom

Chai Lifeline Young Leaders Gather for 5th Annual Summer Soirée Over 100 members of Chai Lifeline West Coast’s Young Leaders Initiative gathered at the home of Marilyn and Jaime Sohacheski on June 17th for an evening of fun and inspiration at Chai Lifeline West Coast’s…

Chai Lifeline Young Leaders Gather for 5th Annual Summer Soirée

Eight Ways Our Feelings Help Us Grow Rabbi Dov Heller, LMFT Feelings are information. In order to grow, it is essential to listen and learn from them. Here are eight ways that feelings help us actualize our vast potential. Growing in self-care Identifying and meeting…

Emotional Health: Eight Ways Our Feelings Help Us Grow

Dear readers, The story of Korach’s challenge to Moshe Rabbeinu’s leadership has many lessons. Most partisan attacks begin with raw jealousy. It is then enclosed in reasoning to enflame the masses. The complainer usually wants the same thing they’re railing against. In this case, Korach…

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The Los Angeles Premier of Soon By You at The Community Shul Yehudis Litvak Soon By You, an award-winning Jewish comedic web series, premiered the first episode of its second season at The Community Shul in Los Angeles. Mostly hilarious, yet at times heartbreaking, Soon…

The Los Angeles Premier of Soon By You at The Community Shul

Mishnayos Baal Peh Prizes at Cheder Menachem Los Angeles On Sunday 13 Sivan, talmidim of Cheder Menachem Los Angeles, together with their Mechanchim, parents, grandparents, relatives and friends  gathered together to mark the culmination of over two months of learning Mishnayos and Tanya Baal Peh,…

Mishnayos Baal Peh Prizes at Cheder Menachem Los Angeles

Waking Up is Hard to Do Sarah Pachter I recently attended a class given by older rebbetzin who had raised six children, now grown. She described a scene from her younger years when her children spanned the ages of six months to 16 years old.…

Torah Musings: Waking Up is Hard to Do

Dear readers, Often, when discussing differing views with others, we reach a point where neither side will convince the other. In fact, sometimes the very same logic will be brought as proof by each side. In the larger political arena, this is true, as well.…

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Book Review: I Love When that Happens by Schwartzie (Chai Publishing 2019) Reviewed by Rebecca Klempner I Love When that Happens depicts the life and work of Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz—or “Schwartzie,” as he was affectionately known. A major figure in the world of Jewish outreach,…

Book Review: I Love When that Happens by Schwartzie

Local Expert Addresses Our Security Needs Yehudis Litvak As the frequency of anti-Semitic incidents increases throughout the world, the Jewish community is reevaluating its current security procedures, seeking to increase security in our institutions. The Los Angeles Jewish community is fortunate to have members who…

Local Expert Addresses Our Security Needs

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Feminine Torah from Bat Ayin Comes to Los Angeles Yehudis Litvak Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum, founder and director of Midreshet Be’erot Bat Ayin: Holistic Torah for Women on the Land, visited Los Angeles during her annual speaking tour, bringing her unique feminine Torah to local…

Feminine Torah from Bat Ayin Comes to Los Angeles

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Lag B’Omer Concert Unites the Greater Los Angeles Jewish Community Yehudis Litvak The Lag B’Omer Unity Concert last week, hosted by the West Coast Chabad Lubavitch and Kol Yaakov Yehuda Junior Congregation and produced by Rabbi Yossi Burston, brought together 2000 children and their parents…

Lag B’Omer Concert Unites the Greater Los Angeles Jewish Community

Stepping Up on Shavuot Sarah Pachter My venture into public speaking began one Shavuot night in my home in Atlanta, Georgia, after seminary. I was full of excitement over my newly found connection to Judaism, and with Shavuot approaching just days after landing, I began…

Torah Musings: Stepping Up on Shavuot

Transforming Self-Hate Rabbi Dov Heller, LMFT The one gift I would love to give to everyone is the gift of self-love. Self-hate drains a person of his emotional energy. He is constantly at war with himself and others. Transforming self-hate into self-love is like taking…

Emotional Health: Transforming Self-Hate