Mental Health Panel Addresses Pressing Questions Yehudis Litvak An inspiring and powerful panel event addressing mental health issues in our community was held on Monday, May 13th, at the Harvey Morse Auditorium at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Presented by the Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center of…

Mental Health Panel Addresses Pressing Questions

Chidon Participants Honored at Harkham Hillel Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy’s honors Tanach students who participated in the annual Chidon HaTanach, an international Bible competition for Jewish youth from around the world. Lead by Zippi Klein, Hillel utilizes the Chidon program in a unique way as…

Chidon Participants Honored at Harkham Hillel

Israeli-Druze Visit Los Angeles in Honor of Yom HaZikaron Devorah Talia Gordon On July 14, 2017, policeman Kamil Shanan went to his assigned station in Jerusalem’s Temple Mount compound. After completing their prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, three Arab-Israeli terrorists, from the village of Umm-el-Fahm,…

Israeli-Druze Visit Los Angeles in Honor of Yom HaZikaron

Dear readers, Does the individual really matter in our current upside-down world? In a world where the only democratic nation in a region is labeled as the aggressor? Where a congresswoman attempts to rewrite history, even while there are people still alive from that time…

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It’s Not “All about the Benjamins” Sarah Pachter From LeBron James’s “Jewish money” Instagram post to Representative Ilhan Omar’s “all about the Benjamins” tweet and the virulent anti-Semitic acts of violence toward Jewish people we consistently see in the news, most American Jews have noticed…

Torah Musings: It’s Not “All about the Benjamins”

Garden of Delight Rebecca Klempner Since it adjoins an alley, our backyard is rarely quiet. However, I’ve tried to make it a friendly, peaceful respite from city life. We grow flowers and vegetables in pots. One of the neighbors recently installed tasteful (meaning: not curb-rescued)…

Humor: Garden of Delight

What G-d Remembers Sarah Pachter One Sunday afternoon, I was watching my daughter Nava’s basketball game from the bleachers. The players were young and beginning to learn the fundamentals of the game. Mistakes like dribbling down the court the wrong way and handing the ball…

Torah Musings: What G-d Remembers

Dear readers, What a sense of free-fall—from the exalted feeling of z’man cheiruseinu to the horror of a hateful terrorist attacking one of the many Chabad houses in California and succeeding in killing one and injuring three! Last Shabbos’s events in Poway exemplified darkness attacking…

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Local Schools Send Pesach Packages to Jews in the Military Yehudis Litvak As the Los Angeles Jewish community prepares for Pesach, local schools and families are reaching out to those Jews who will be spending Pesach away from home, serving the country and ensuring our…

Local Schools Send Pesach Packages to Jews in the Military

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Everything is Fixable Sarah Pachter As a young child, I always saw my brother pouring over books at the kitchen table. He was in an endless state of studying, whether for pre-med classes or the MCAT. Watching him, I realized two things: First, he could…

Torah Musings: Everything is Fixable

Dear Readers, Z’man cheirusenu, the “time of our freedom,” is finally upon us. Freedom—a word which is used often but not always understood. Freedom for children means being able to stay up and eat treats. For a teenager it might mean no rules. And for…

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Book Review: Adina at Her Best by Rebecca Klempner (Menucha Publishers 2019) Talia Liben Yarmush Adina at Her Best follows three days in the life of Adina Ben-Ami. In many ways, Adina is a typical fourth grade girl. She teases her little brother, she looks…

Book Review: Adina at Her Best by Rebecca Klempner

Daf Hayomi B’Halacha taking Los Angeles by Storm “What are you learning?” was the question asked to one of the people who attend my shiur. When he replied, “Mishnah Berurah,” his friend exclaimed, “Isn’t that boring?!” “Boring?! It is the most exciting learning that I…

Daf Hayomi B’Halacha taking Los Angeles by Storm

Magen David Adom Presents Nikki Haley With the Iron Dome Award Tova Abady Nikki Haley, a staunch supporter of Israel during her tenure as the 29th U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, was recently honored by Magen David Adom as Humanitarian of the Year. MDA’s…

Magen David Adom Presents Nikki Haley With the Iron Dome Award

Five Cs of Parenting Sarah Pachter Parenting can be such a dichotomy; at times it can bring you to your knees, and at others the bliss is indescribable. Catch me when my kids are throwing an epic tantrum, and, in that moment, I’d trade jobs…

Five Cs of Parenting

Yekkishe Problems Rebecca Klempner I pretend our carport is private property, but really anyone traversing the busy alley alongside our apartment building can see whatever we do in our parking space. On the Sunday after Purim, two of my kids and I were out there…

Humor: Yekkishe Problems