Where Have I been

Dear Friends and Readers I have been a bit AWOL as 2015 begins.  That’s because I have been busier than ever! Kol Ami is growing and program-wise thriving!  Our building is getting refreshed and I am so exicited.  Here is the an article that appeared in WEHOVILLE  about the amazing refurbishing and renewal at Kol…Read more »

Reflections of Israel on the 40th Anniversary of the Yom Kippur War

Yom Kippur Morning – Reflection of Israel on the 40 Anniversary of the Yom Kippur War Boker Tov, Good Morning.Gmar Chatimah Tovah. May you all be sealed in the Book of life. As many of you know this summer I completed my Shalom Hartman Institute Rabbinic Leadership Initiative and graduated as a Sr. Rabbinic Fellow…Read more »

The Bluebird of Happiness

Below is my Rosh Hashanah Evening Sermon for 5774.           Shanah Tovah u’metukah-I want to wish each of you a happy and sweet New Year!  Tonight we have begun our New Year’s observance with exuberance, with music and song, and reflection.  Thank you to Cantor Saltzman to our student Rabbi Jeremy…Read more »

Kol Ami celebrates Gay Pride from the Jewish Journal

  LGBT Jews take pride in inclusiveness   BY REBEKAH BLUME http://platform.twitter.com/widgets/tweet_button.1338995330.html#_=1339704744007&count=horizontal&id=twitter-widget-0&lang=en&original_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jewishjournal.com%2Flos_angeles%2Farticle%2Flgbt_jews_take_pride_in_inclusiveness_20120613%2F&size=m&text=LGBT%20Jews%20take%20pride%20in%20inclusiveness%20%7C%20Los%20Angeles%20%7C%20Jewish%20Journal&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jewishjournal.com%2Flos_angeles%2Farticle%2Flgbt_jews_take_pride_in_inclusiveness_20120613%2F&via=jewishjournal Share https://plusone.google.com/_/+1/fastbutton?bsv=pr&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jewishjournal.com%2Flos_angeles%2Farticle%2Flgbt_jews_take_pride_in_inclusiveness_20120613%2F&size=medium&count=true&origin=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jewishjournal.com&hl=en-US&jsh=m%3B%2F_%2Fapps-static%2F_%2Fjs%2Fgapi%2F__features__%2Frt%3Dj%2Fver%3DCUKkf7yj7K0.en.%2Fsv%3D1%2Fam%3D!rFmBCPi40VqIDfp2cA%2Fd%3D1%2Frs%3DAItRSTMMsM32mnT4OnVgxvel4kC2TNCoXQ#_methods=onPlusOne%2C_ready%2C_close%2C_open%2C_resizeMe%2C_renderstart&id=I0_1339704743972&parent=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jewishjournal.com Crowds of revellers pack Santa Monica Boulevard during the L.A. Pride Parade in West Hollywood on June 10. Photo by Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters Before he told members of his family, Nathan Looney told members of his synagogue, Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC), that…Read more »

Calypso #Chanukah

Don’t forget tonight is the fourth candle!  Celebrate with me and Kol Ami at Hollywood & Highland in the main courtyard-Calypso Shabbat Chanukah!  It will be an amazing Shabbat Chanukah experience.   We begin the festivities at 6 pm….  Hollywood & Highland is at 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Afterwards dinner at BOHO!

Holiday Spirit

Well I guess I am finally in the holiday spirit! Between the cold, damp and gloomy weather that reminds me of winters in New York (without the snow) and the fantastic pre-Chanukah celebration last Friday night at temple I am now officially in the holiday mode. We had a wonderful evening of songs and light,…Read more »

Selichot

Saturday night is Selichot. It is the way we really make sure that we have done some of the initial preparations of our spirit and soul as we enter the New Year. We recite familiar High Holy Day prayers like the Al Cheyt and Avinu Malkeinu. We hear the shofar sounds. These begin to ready…Read more »