Meir Panim’s Tiberias Free Restaurant not only provides warm meals, but the opportunity to socialize as well.
Events In The West: From December 26-30, Yarchei Kallah, with Kollel Mercaz HaTorah, takes place in the beis medrash at Beth Jacob Beverly Hills… On January 7-8, Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, founder and dean of Yeshiva Darchei Noam of Monsey, will be the scholar-in-residence at Young Israel of Century City.
Safety: The light at Oakwood and La Brea in the Los Angeles La Brea-Hancock Park area has five seconds for “Walk” and 15 seconds for “Don’t Walk.” Jewish community leaders and several rabbis from institutions in Paul Koretz’s council district met with the councilman about this issue and other community issues about six months ago. They requested Koretz to increase the combined crossing time from 20 to 30 seconds, as is appropriate for a major intersection. This would give more time for the elderly and infirm to cross. So far, though, nothing has been done to change the time. Recently, 88-year-old Berish Landau, who used a walker, was killed crossing the street because he couldn’t cross quickly enough. Rabbi Shmuel Jacobs, a rabbi at Yeshiva Rav Isaacson (Toras Emes), who helped Landau cross the street on a daily basis in order for him to daven Shacharis at Congregation Bais Yehuda, was seriously injured but is recovering.
Kosher Updates: The banana bread and cinnamon flavors of Quaker instant weight control oatmeal are dairy, even though there is not yet a “D” on the box.
Singles: From January 12-15, Beth Jacob Beverly Hills will host the International Shabbaton for Young Professionals, featuring psychologist and author Dr. Gary Neuman. Women Only: On January 21, Beth Jacob Beverly Hills will feature a Shabbos lunch for single women ages 50-68… Have you had any exasperating experiences with websites? KosherWoman.com, a website for Jewish women – from the least observant to the most observant – has, among their many pages, interesting material on Jewish lifestyle topics and a page that lists troublesome websites and the specific problems surrounding them. The website states that it will only remove an entry when the problems are fixed.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Births: Boaz and Sara Esther Goldman of Romaima, Israel, a daughter (Grandparents Jeanne Litvin and Rabbi Mel Teitelbaum; Rabbi Dr. Simcha and Miriam Goldman; Rabbi Eliezer and Pnina Pflaster)… Shmuel and Felice (Gottlieb) Barak, a son (Grandparents Dr. Emmy and Jennie (Lewkowicz) Gottlieb; Kalev and Eileen Barak; Great-grandfather Joe Lewkowicz)… Aaron and Ita Tomaszewski, a daughter (Grandparents Joe and Gerda Tomaszewski)… Ariel and Sara Bluma Fine, a son… Ephraim and Michelle Nissenfeld of NY, a daughter (Grandparents Barry and Dena Gress)… Avi and Shuli Steinlauf, a son (Grandparents Peter and Liz Steinlauf)… Yitzchak and Sara Alyesh (Grandparents Ray and Shoshana Alyeshmerani; Binyamin and Gila Zaghi)… Avy and Sandra Azeroual, a daughter.
Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvahs: Josep Schnitzer, son of Avrumie and Maryjo Schnitzer… Dovid Witkin, son of Howard and Marnie Witkin.
Mazel Tov – Engagements: Frumie Goldberg, daughter of Rabbi Moshe and Devorah Goldberg, to Boruch Diskind of Montreal, Canada… Shayna Firestone, daughter of Marc and Beth Firestone, to Dovid Herzka of Flatbush, NY… Eli Hendeles, son of Moise and Angela Hendeles, and Sandy and Barry Goldman, to Sharon Feder of Englewood, NJ… Dr. Maurice Garfinkel, son of Joseph and Marlyn Garfinkel, to Tova Levin, daughter of Irv Levin… Dr. Tovy Haber Kamine, son of Bernard and Marcia Kamine, to Dr. Rebecca Barron, daughter of Drs. Alan and Ros Barron… Basya Gruman, daughter of Rabbi Dovid and Feige Gruman, to Chaim Zemel of Miami Beach.
Mazel Tov – Weddings: Moshe Stewart, son of Rabbi Eliyahu and Bryna Stewart, to Chani Richter of Monsey, NY… Robbie Silverman, son of Nachi and Hedy Silverman, to Ariella Winter, daughter of Jeff and Shaindy Winter… Eli Lehman, son of Kenneth and Libby Lehman, to Rivky Frankel of Lakewood, NJ.
Mazel Tov – Birth: Ash and Mindy Berla, a daughter. Mazel Tov – Engagement: Yael Friedkin, daughter of Gerald and Miriam Friedkin, to Matt Kovner. Mazel Tov – Wedding: Elana Jagoda, daughter of Jeff and Joanne Jagoda, to Saul Kaye.
PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Birth: Aharon and Chana Kestenbaum in Yerushalayim, a daughter (Grandmother Esther Kestenbaum). Mazel Tov – Engagements: Jessica Light, daughter of Donald Light, to Evan Silverberg… Daniel Stahl, son of Willy and Jean Stahl, to Dr. Ariella Schwartz of Staten Island, NY.
VALLEY VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Births: Aharon and Shelly Striks, a son (Grandparents David and Miriam Striks; Al Lebovic and Barbara Lebovic)… Boaz and Sara Esther Goldman of Romaima, Israel, a daughter (Grandparents Rabbi Eliezer and Pnina Pflaster; Jeanne Litvin and Rabbi Mel Teitelbaum; Rabbi Dr. Simcha and Miriam Goldman)… Netanel and Tova Chait, a daughter (Grandparents Rabbi George and Dr. Lisa Lintz).
Mazel Tov – Engagements: Rachel Goodfriend, daughter of Mark and Elaine Goodfriend, to Gabriel Saadat, son of Elias and Janet Saadat of Beverly Hills, CA… Benji Samet, son of Dr. Michael and Bracha Samet, to Raissa Sosnow of North Miami Beach, FL.
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The sage Hillel summarized the entire Torah by saying, “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn it.”
Sometimes it is hard to help people, and sometimes you can help people by just using whatever it is you have at the time – even an amazing fishing rod.
Musial told the taunted Jackie Robinson: “I want you to know that I’m not like many of the other guys on my team.”
Brooklyn resident David Siller, currently studying in Israel at Yeshivat Yesodei HaTorah in Beit Shemesh, was awarded a trophy for finishing 3rd in his age group (14-18) in a 5-kilometer race for the benefit of the Benjamin Children’s Library of Beit Shemesh.
Today is day six without a phone.
Besides for feeling slightly isolated, it’s not too bad.
I’ve been doing things that I know I would not be doing if my phone was sitting next to me, shiny screen beckoning.
Is anyone else alarmed by the way extended warranties are sold on just about anything and everything? It means one of two things – either someone has found a great way of getting consumers to part with more of their hard earned dollars or manufacturers have no faith in their own products. Neither of those options is particularly heartwarming.
As I described Gaon in a review in June 2001 (“In Search of Ancestors, Sculpture by Simon Gaon” at Yeshiva University Museum), his Bukharian Jewish roots are deeply embedded on both sides of his family, echoed in his early yeshiva education.
Let me begin by congratulating my dear machatunim, Soraya and Jay Nimaroff, on being the recipients of the Community Service Award at the Sderot Hesder Institutions 18th annual anniversary dinner.
Think of your issues this way: due to those different backgrounds, you have a “shovel” to deal with difficulties while he has a “spoon”.
Do you remember the good old days when kids were kids and there was never anything to worry about? Those days never really existed, but today there are issues kids worry about that weren’t issues for some adults. They include fear of bullying, natural disasters, divorce, and violence.
In Part I talked about celebrating 30 years of Regesh Family and Child Services providing services to children, teens and families. I shared the agency’s origin and the many lessons I have learned through this journey. As I mentioned, it is my hope that my experiences will add to your toolbox of life skills.
Unfortunately, a map of the Middle East with no mention of Israel is nothing new… It is surprising however, that the world’s largest publisher of children’s literature, Scholastic Books, has joined in this trend.
In yet another sign of how popular kosher products have become, a symposium on kosher food production and certification recently took place in what may seem a most unlikely location: Hawaii.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has appointed attorney Andrew Friedman to the Commission on Local Government Services. L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich presented the motion of appointment.
Janos Ader made West Coast history last week by becoming the first sitting president of the Republic of Hungary to visit a synagogue. Ader was accompanied at Congregation Bais Naftoli by his wife and a 14-member high-level delegation. Bais Naftoli president and attorney Andrew Friedman hosted a breakfast in the president’s honor.
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