Events In The West: This Shabbos, May 4-5, features the Religious Zionists of Los Angeles Community Yom Ha’Atzmaut Shabbaton in the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Beverlywood-Pico-Robertson, Beverly Hills and Hancock Park. Speakers will include Rabbanit Make Bina, director, matan, chancellor and founder of Michlelet Bruria; Rabbi Rafi Feurstein, president and zohar; Rabbi Dr. Binyamin Lau, director of Beit Morasha and rav of the Ramban Synagogue in Jerusalem; and Rabbi Benjamin Levene, senior vice president of Gesher… On May 6 at 11 a.m., Rabbi Dr. Benzion Twersky will be speaking on “The Internet: A Blessing Or A Curse” at L.A.’s Congregation Sharei Tefila… Also in L.A. on May 6, The Jewish Marriage Institute conducts a Shalom Workshop from 12:45-5 p.m. for newly engaged or married couples at Morry’s Fireplace… On May 11-12, Palo Alto’s Emek Beracha and the OU’s Our Way will be hosting “A Signing Shabbat,” a Shabbaton designed for the deaf. The Torah reading and the drasha will be signed simultaneously, and classes will be available in sign language… On May 11-13, northern California’s Jewish Study Network is hosting a “Getaway Shabbaton” featuring Rabbi Dr. Akiva Tatz… And on May 15 at The Mark, Chai Lifeline West Coast and Bear Givers present “Through the Eyes of our Children,” featuring art work by children impacted by serious illness.
CALABASAS, CALIFORNIA Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvah: Benji Fink, son of Sam and Belloria Fink.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA Mazel Tov – Births: Seth and Tali Merewitz, a daughter… Ben Tzion Yachzel and Rivka Yachzel of Kew Gardens Hills, NY, a son (Grandparents Joel Yachzel and Beverly Yachzel… Dr. Ryan and Danielle Spivak, a daughter… Jacob and Shoshana Polevoy, a daughter (Grandparents Dr. Ernie and Suzanne Agatstein; Great-grandparents Rochelle Agatstein; Ben and Lea Lax)… Donny and Alyssa Wiesel, a daughter (Grandparents Bernie and Elaine Wiesel and Gary and Serena Apfel; Great-grandparents Ben and Betth Jakobovits and Jenny Apfel)… Rabbi Ami and Zisi Meyers, a daughter (Grandparents Herb and Myrna Meyers)… Dovid and Stacy Oyen, a son… Yaakov and Rivky Aguirre, a daughter… Michoel and Rochele Vago of Monsey, a son (Grandparents Yossi and Erica Vago)… Moishe and Gittle Treitel, a daughter (Grandparents Stanley and Barbara Treitel)… Shlomo and Hadassa Dubin, a daughter (Grandparents Rabbi Mordechai and Debbie Dubin; Barry and Tova Kohn; Great-grandmother Helene Kohn)… Mordechai and Shoshana Diskind, a daughter (Grandparents Marilyn Rubin; Elly Rubin)… Shlomo and Ahuvah Gurwitz, a son (Grandparents Beinish and Peggy Kaplan)… Avrumi and Yitty Goldberg, a daughter (Grandparents Moishe and Chanala Chopp; Great-grandparents Chaim and Suri Kassirer; Chaim and Leah Chopp)… Rabbi Hananya and Mindy Jacobson of Lakewood, NJ, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Dovid and Emily Jacobson; Great-grandparents Dr. George and Grace Fox)… Yaakov and Leah Kest of Suffern, NY, a son (Grandparents Michael and Suri Kest)… Rabbi Yanki and Basya Inzlicht of Lakewood, NJ, a daughter (Grandparents Michael and Suri Kest)… Rabbi Shmuel and Faigi Lurie, a daughter (Grandparents Rabbi Meyer and Shulamith May)… Aaron and Gilah Dorfman, a son… Rabbi David and Dr. Gaby Mahler, a son… Shneur and Rivkala Gottlieb, a son… Levi and Malka Lesches, a daughter (Grandparents Moshe and Miriam Fishman)… Ari and Shira Twersky, a daughter (Grandparents Baruch and Eva Twersky)… Yaacob and Rivka Assayag, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Amram and Nicole Gabay)… Rabbi Motti and Zippy Klein, a son (Grandparents Robert and Erica Klein)… Akiva and Rachel Greenfield, a daughter (Grandparents Gerard and Marlene Einhorn; Dr. Bruce and Anne Greenfield)… Daniel and Keren Katz, a daughter (Grandparents Mike and Shelly Sussman)… Zev and Chani Karpel, a son (Grandparents Howard and Gity Gluck)… Rabbi Yechezkel and Nechama Raeburn, a son… Munish and Rikky Weiss, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Marty and Hadassah Weiss)… Dr. Ryan and Danielle Spivak, a daughter.
Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvahs: Yehoshua Krich, son of David and Michelle Krich… Yoni Zisblatt, son of Uri and Effie Zisblatt… Jack Levkowitz, son of Howard and Elayne Levkowitz… Eitan Halpert, son of Jeffrey and Ziva Halpert.
Mazel Tov – Engagements: Shira Leventhal, daughter of David and Beth Leventhal, to Zev Rottenberg, son of Yossi and Faye Rottenberg… Rachel Adison, daughter of Avraham and Dina Adison, to Samuel Schwartz of Savannah, GA… Chava Feigen, daughter of Rabbi Yehuda and Simi Feigen, to Binyomin Braun of Lawrence, NY… Ruchi Dear, daughter of Rabbi Moshe and Lea Dear, to Ephraim Sternberg of Bayswater, NY… Yitzy Greenbaum, son of Arieh and Felice Greenbaum, to Aliza Vishniavsky of Newton, MA… Shmuel Werner of Toronto to Faiga Malka Lehman, daughter of Kenneth and Libby Lehman (Grandparents Rabbi Jacob and Leah Friedman)… Shaul Klein, son of Lazer and Tova Klein, to Rachayli Fuchs of Flatbush, NY… Michelle Taitz, daughter of Emanuel Taitz, to Moshe Goldfeder… Yossi Schusterman to Chaya Mushka Lieberman… Uri Okrent, son of Dr. Derek and Bathsheva Okrent, to Atara Jacobs of NJ… Ariel Hausman, son of Jacob and Ellen Hausman, to Zahava Sara Yaffa of Atlanta, GA… Tuvia Korobkin, son of Rabbi Daniel and Karen Korobkin, to Adina Klein of Toronto. Mazel Tov – Wedding: Rebecca Praw, daughter of Albert and Heidi Praw, to Michael Share.
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA Mazel Tov – Birth: Reed and Ilana Bennett, a daughter (Grandparents Miriam and Jerry Friedkin).
Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvahs: David Taragin, son of Bruce and Michelle Taragin… Joe Shapiro, son of Gavi and Devorah Shapiro.
PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA Mazel Tov – Engagement: Aharon Feldman, son of Rabbi Yitzchok and Ellen Feldman, to Shira Schachter, daughter of Rabbi Hershel and Shoshana Schachter.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA Congratulations: Leah Siskind of Piedmont, California has been appointed as the director of Government Affairs in the office of the Consulate General of Israel in San Francisco.
VALLEY VILLAGE, CA Mazel Tov – Births: Aryeh and Mimi Rubin of Monsey, NY, a son (Grandparents Shmuel and Chana Rubin)… Akiva and Rachel Greenfield, a daughter (Grandparents Dr. Bruce and Anne Greenfield; Gerard and Marlene Einhorn)… Yishai and Sarree Swigard of Betar, Israel, a son (Grandparents David and Jamie Wiesenberg)… Azriel and Alia Silkov, a daughter (Grandparents Marty and Marilyn Kay).
Mazel Tov – Engagements: Mendy Raskin, son of Rabbi Sholom and Debbie Raskin, to Kate Berman of Toronto… Chaim Raskin, son of Rabbi Sholom and Debbie Raskin, to Tali Rahimi… Yechiel Levine, son of Allan and Debbie Levine, to Shira Richards, daughter of Scott and Lisa Richards… Cheryl Yifrach to Kalman Levin… Gabriella Bernstein, daughter of Dr. Joseph and Janet Bernstein, to Yosef Miller.
Mazel Tov – Wedding: Rachel Goodfriend, daughter of Mark and Elaine Goodfriend, to Gabriel Saadat, son of Elias and Janet Saadat of Beverly Hills, CA.
Mazel Tov – Birth: Rabbi Mattis and Batya Goldberg, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Hillel and Elaine Goldberg).
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