Don’t miss this opportunity to explore Israel off the beaten track, feel the conflict first hand, understand the security issues and politic realities, and have an unforgettable trip!
Events In The West: On Tuesday nights at Adath Israel in San Francisco, Rabbi Shaya Guttenberg, interim rabbi of Adath Israel and director of The Jewish Study Network, teaches a class on “Living a Jewish Life: Foundations of Law and Thought”… Beth Jacob Beverly Hills has two upcoming events: On Thursday, January 3 at 7:30 p.m. the shul will host an L.A. mayoral debate and on Sunday, January 6, Dr. David Pelcovitz will speak on “Parenting: The Secrets Behind Mensch-Making.”
News: Traffic was recently stopped for a number of hours on Wilshire Boulevard in L.A. due to threatening phone calls regarding a bomb that was allegedly placed at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a 150-year-old Reform temple. An early childhood center, an elementary school and a teen program occupy space at the temple. Additionally, the LAPD spent hours utilizing highly specialized equipment to investigate an empty police car parked nearby that a caller said had a bomb inside. The bomb threats turned out to be hoaxes… Colorado Springs police are looking for vandals who spray-painted a swastika on the Chabad of Southern Colorado’s Chanukah menorah.
Special Needs: Yasher koach to L.A’s Westside JCC for starting a special-needs soccer program.
Mazel Tov – Birth: Boruch and Mooka Hecht, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Sruli and Chani Hecht; Rabbi Shmulik and Leah Naparstek).
LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Birth: Brian and Sara Keating, a son.
LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Birth: Yanki and Sarah Greenspan, a daughter.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Births: Micah and Eliana Katz, a daughter (Grandparents Joe and Lily Rosenblatt; Monica Katz)… Nachum and Hadas Forgy, a son (Grandparents Charles and Meira Forgy; Aaron and Jodi Gross)… Abraham and Abielle Telnof, a son (Grandparents Hillel and Tatiyana Telnof; Karen Adel; Jacob Schwartzberg)… Yaakov and Shana Klein, a daughter… Rabbi Rafi and Atara Eis, a daughter (Grandfather Paul Venze)… Elie and Dina Gabay, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Amram and Nicole Gabay)… Guy and Sara Borenstein, a son (Grandparents Yaakov and Shelly Hutter)… Boruch and Chana Kornwasser, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Yitzchok and Zisi Kornwasser)… Michael and Yisca Abraham, a son… Yaakov and Yocheved Leonard, a son… Rabbi Mendel and Rachie Simons, a daughter… Professor Noam and Dr. Chana Wasserman, a daughter (Grandparents Dr. Manny and Marsha Wasserman)… David and Rachel Hess of Far Rockaway, NY, a son (Grandparents Ron Hess; Allen and Estie Samson).
Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvahs: Moshe Wachtel, son of Yossi and Sariti Wachtel… Dovi Manne, son of Rabbi Shmuel and Sarah Manne… Elimelech Barasch, son of Michael and Devorah Barasch… Moshe Goldzweig, son of Rabbi Zevi and Devory Goldzweig… Ari Pollack, son of Josh and Tania Pollack.
Mazel Tov – Engagements: Joshua Small, son of Dr. Sandy and Freda Small, to Jenny Pell of Stamford, CT… Miri Klein, daughter of Rabbi Usher and Rochel Klein, to Binyamin Baum of Far Rockaway, NY… Michael Bank to Shaina Weiner… Jonathan Ravanshenas, son of David and Leah Ravanshenas, to Natalie Wexler, daughter of Robert and Elana Wexler… Dovid Hirsch, son of Aryeh and Rena Hirsch, to Hannah Bazerman, daughter of Danny and Trishia Bazerman of Huntington, Beach, CA… Doni Kandel, son of Allan and Judy Kandel, to Chava Rutta of Scranton, PA… Eliyahu Wincelberg, son of Rabbi Yaakov and Gittel Wincelberg, to Yehudis Kushner of Monsey, NY.
Mazel Tov – Weddings: Michael Dear, son of Rabbi Moshe and Sara Leah Dear, to Rivka Levy of Philadelphia, PA… Aaron Yaakovlev to Ilana Segal… Chani Levy, daughter of David and Betty Levy, to Yudi Hollander, son of Rabbi Tzvi and Kayla Hollander… Mochi Bercovich, son of Daniel and Sara Bercovich, to Yulia Blincheskiy.
Mazel Tov – Birth: Elchonon and Chanie Tenenbaum, a son.
Mazel Tov – Bas Mitzvah: Vanessa Waldman, daughter of Barry and Nancy Waldman.
PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Birth: Saman and Yonit Shemtob, a daughter.
Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvah: Ze’ev Yehuda, son of Gil and Liz Yehuda.
Mazel Tov – Engagement: Hannah Osofsky to Zalman Raiskin.
SAN DIEGO CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvah: Bernardo Halperin, son of Jorge and Judith Halperin.
SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Birth: Yochanan and Baily Friedman, a son.
VALLEY VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Birth: Stevie and Ruchie Fried, a son (Grandparents Ben and Naomi Fried).
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For many, contemplating our exile from our homeland is more of an intellectual endeavor than an emotional one.
I encourage all singles and their parents to urge their shadchanim to participate in ShadchanZone.
People definitely had stress one hundred and fifty years ago, but it was a different kind of stress.
It is inspirational to see the average Israeli acting with aplomb and going about daily routines no matter what is happening.
Participants wore blue and white, waved Israeli flags, and carried pro-Israel posters.
To support the Victor Center for Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases at Miami Children’s, please call 305-666-2889 or visit www.mchf.org/donate and select the “Victor Center” fund.
The course will be taught once a month for seven consecutive months and is designed for women at all levels of Jewish knowledge.
Like many of his contemporaries, he went through some hard years, but eventually he earned the rewards of his perseverance and integrity.
The president’s message was one of living peacefully in a Jewish and democratic state, Jews of all stripes unified as brothers, with Arabs or citizens of other religions.
What Hashem desires most is that we learn to connect with each other as children in the same family.
You are my brothers and sisters. Your pain is my pain.
That rescued little boy is Israel’s former chief rabbi, Israel Meir Lau, now chief rabbi of Tel Aviv.
An SRO crowd recently celebrated the 22nd Anniversary Breakfast of Congregation Bais Naftoli, honoring Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell and community leader and philanthropist Ira Frankel.
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