This is very important for the relationship with North American Jewry. Netanyahu rejects religion minister’s attack on Reform Jews | The Times of Israel.
I just came from Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast at the official LA Mayor’s residence, Getty House. It is a beautiful grand home with a beautiful back yard and rose bushes and flowers and native Southern California planting. But the colorful garb of the attendees today really made the back yard burst with beautiful…Read more »
Tonight we begin the celebration of Yom Haatzmaut, Israel’s 67th Independence Day. Happy Birthday Israel! It was 67 years ago that the modern State of Israel was born. But it was really a rebirth of our ancient nation state, reborn after 2000 years! The Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel reads: THE DECLARATION:…Read more »
Mazal Tov to a true Jewish Hero! Rabbi David Saperstein has become the first non-Christian to be an ambassador for Religious Freedom! Read more by clicking the link below! David Saperstein Wins Confirmation to Religious Freedom Post by 61-35 Senate Vote.
The news seems grim. With deep sadness another journalist is murdered by ISIS. This time we mourn Steven Satloff who was beheaded in a horrific video like his fellow prisoner and journalist James Foley. Steven Satloff grew up in Miami, Florida at Temple Beth Am. He was a Reform Jew. He went to Jewish Day…Read more »
Written July 9, 2014 It has been a difficult time in Israel. I have been here in Eretz Yisrael for more than a week now. Arriving just before they found the bodies of Eyal,Gilad and Naftali. When the news of the discovery of their bodies came over the news I was with several colleagues and…Read more »
Our Vice-president Joe Biden recently spoke at the Los Angeles gala of the Human Rights Campaign. Here is my take on his keynote as published by the Jewish Journal.
My Rosh Hashanah Morning Sermon was on Gun Violence Prevention and seeing this as a public health crisis. Who knew that a week or so later the shooting at the Washington Navy Yards would take place killing more people and wounding many others. The Huffington Post published this sermon. Here is the link.
Today is a true historic day! A moment when you can feel the chains of bondage breaking. The Supreme Court has ruled that Doma, the Defense of Marriage Act is dead. The Gay and Lesbian married couples cannot be denied federal rights and benefits. And Proposition 8, the hateful ballot proposition in California that went…Read more »