Event In The West: The OU West Coast Convention is scheduled for December 21-23. There are a dozen speakers, some speaking multiple times. Among the speakers are: Rabbi Hershel Schachter, RIETS rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva University; Rabbi Jacob J. Schacter, professor of Jewish history and Jewish thought, and senior scholar, at YU’s Center for the Jewish Future; Rabbi Leonard Matanky, dean of Ida Crown Jewish Academy in Chicago; Rabbi Ian Feldman, rabbi of Beth Jacob Congregation in Atlanta; and Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, former rabbi of Ahavat Israel in Englewood, NJ and president of the Rabbinical Council of America.
Kosher Updates: Springfield Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips are certified as an OU-D product. It contains milk derivatives. Recently, some bags were printed with the OU certification but without the D (to indicate dairy) designation. The mislabeled products, sold primarily in Southern California, are being withdrawn from the marketplace… New kosher, pareve 7-Eleven Slurpy flavors include Purple for the People, Sugar Free Peach Mandarin and Mountain Dew Blue Shock.
Mazel Tov – Engagement: Eli Sapochkinsky, son of Rabbi Yitzchak and Bracha Sapochkinsky, to Mushka Laufer.
LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Birth: Scott and Sara Koblentz, a daughter (Grandparents Howard and Ann Katz).
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Births: Yitzi and Peri Landman, a son (Grandparents Moshe and Aliza Landman; Shmuel and Hadi Gross)… Michael and Danielle R’bibo, a son… Adam and Naomi Rich, a daughter (Grandparents Alan and Marilyn Rich)… Dan and Tara Buxbaum of Durham, NC, a daughter (Grandfather Steve Buxbaum)… Noam and Raizie Weissman, a son… Joseph and Amy Miller, a son (Grandparents Phillip and Judith Miller)… Dr. Yiz and Adeena Csillag of Englewood, NJ, a daughter (Grandparents Dr. Larry and Wendy Platt)… Jonathan and Tzipporah Coronel, a son (Grandparents Shlomo and Linda Coronel; Sharon and Morris Mainstain)… Josh and Ana Shapiro, a daughter… Zev and Melissa Eleff, a daughter (Grandparents Paul and Marcy Stieglitz; Great-grandmother Mala Stieglitz)… Ariel and Stella Wiener, a daughter… David and Dana Abramson, a son… Gavriel and Racheli Sauer, a son (Grandparents Reuben and Natalie Sauer; Chaim and Sara Deutsch; Great-grandparents Joseph and Mirtha Sauer)… Shmuel and Bluma Drebin, a son (Grandparents Dovid and Sheila Thumim)… Rabbi Mendel and Rachey Simons, a daughter… Shlomo and Miriam Abramson of Lakewood, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Eli and Robin Stern).
Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvahs: Naftoli Friedman, son of Chaim and Tova Friedman… Yehuda Shalieysabou, son of Rabbi Michael and Rachel Shalieysabou… Joey Schlesinger, son of Arnold and Sheri Schlesinger… Yaakov Panitz, son of Yitzchok and Miriam Panitz.
Mazel Tov – Engagements: Kovi Kessler, son of Hessel and Miriam Kessler, to Esther Yukilevich, daughter of Dimitri and Mayya Yukilevich of Huntington Beach, CA… Shayna Fensten, daughter of Allan and Lulu Fensten, to David Sternberg, son of Peter and Andrea Sternberg… Sanford Weinberg to Rachel Greenberg of Cleveland, OH.
Mazel Tov – Weddings: David Shainberg, son of Moshe and Ceilia Shainberg, to Maytal Fligelman of NY… Diego Wyszynski to Ruthie Hassan… Tova Jacobs, daughter of Jerry and Ahuva Jacobs, to Moshe Lerer of Teaneck, NJ.
Congratulations: Annie Nagel on passing the California bar exam.
SAN DIEGO, CA
Welcome: Matt and Alison Ferry.
Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvah: Shimmy Alter, son of Rabbi Daniel and Rivka Alter.
Mazel Tov – Engagement: Roslyn Barber to Eli Tilson of Tel Mond, Israel.
Mazel Tov – Wedding: Pesha Kletenik, daughter of Rabbi Moshe and Rivi Kletenik, to Chesky Werzberger of NY.