Events In the West: West Coast synagogues will be hosting scholars-in-residence for Shavuos. They include Vancouver’s Congregation Schara Tzedeck: Dr. Alan Morinis, an anthropologist, founder of The Mussar Institute, and author of Climbing Jacob’s Ladder & Everyday Holiness; L.A.’s Young Israel of Century City: Rabbi Yitzchak Blau, whose articles have appeared in The Torah U-Madda Journal, Tradition, and First Things. He teaches at Midreshet Lindenbaum, Orata Yeshiva and the Web Yeshiva; and Beth Jacob Beverly Hills: Rabbi Dr. Shnayer Leiman, professor of Jewish history and literature in the Department of Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College in NY, and visiting professor of Bible at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University. Additionally, several local L.A. shuls are utilizing local community scholars. Joining Rabbi Jonathan Rosenberg for the all-night learning at Valley Village’s Shaarey Zedek will be Rabbis Avrohom Stulberger, Rabbi Yisroel Maza, Dovid Felt, and Yehuda Pollack. In the La Brea-Hancock Park area, Rabbi Arye Greenes of Bais Naftoli will have Rabbis Zvi Hollander, Gavriel Cohen and Chaim Friedman delivering shiurimthroughout the night.
Mazel Tov – Birth: Elchonon and Sori Steinberg, a son. Mazel Tov – Engagement:Matt Witjas, son of Scott and Billie Witjas, to Dani Gordon.
LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Birth: Yakir and Cheryl Levin, a son. Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvah:Michael Epstein, son of David and Sara Epstein.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Births: Edgar and Linda Fox, a daughter… Yitzi and Aviva Matanky, a daughter (Grandparents Harvey and Bonnie Feldman Rosenbaum)… Rabbi Aaron and Molly Katz of Chicago, a daughter (Grandparents Dr. Ernie and Frieda Katz)… Dovid and Daphne Levine, a daughter… Rabbi Meyer and Chaya Rodal, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Menachem and Shterna Rodal)… Shmuly and Michla Pinson, a son… Aryeh and Elizabeth Ribak, a daughter (Grandparents David and Gitel Rubin; Great-grandparents Noam and Bella Rubin; Alan and Adelle Goldstein)… Eli and Baila Kramer, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Yitzchok and Debbie Summers)… Phillip and Rebecca Ettedgui of NY, a son (Grandparents Joel Yachzel and Beverly Yachzel)… Yehuda Dov and Shprintzy Safran, a son (Grandparents Ben Tzion and Esther Safran)… Raphael and Rena Mavashev, a daughter.
Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvahs: Shmuly Greenfield, son of Yossi and Bella Greenfield…Yehuda Mandelbaum, son of Shemaya and Dvorah Mandelbaum.
Mazel Tov – Engagements:Uri Davidi, son of Rabbi Nissim and Alti Davidi, to Rikki Kuessous of Deal, NJ… Ruchama Drebin, daughter of Shmuel and Bluma Drebin, to Mordy Siegal of Chicago, IL… Chaim Treitel, son of Yossi and Eva Treitel, to Rochella Benenfeld of Flatbush, NY… Yisroel Naiman, son of Yossi and Sari Naiman, to Esty Barski of Arad, Israel… Zalmi Klyne to Malky Raskin of Melbourne, Australia… Aryeh Vojdany to Chaya Hauck.
Mazel Tov – Bas Mitzvah: Neva Rubenstein, daughter of Zev and Janet Rubenstein.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Birth: Dov and Yehudis Dukhovny, a daughter.
VALLEY VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Births: Micha and Tehilla Wiesenberg, a daughter (Grandparents David and Jamie Wiesenberg)… Rabbi Michoel and Etil Bloom, a son (Grandparents Bruce and Sandy Bloom; Great-grandmother Rickey Bloom).
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Mazel Tov – Births: Rob and Lori Grad, a daughter (Grandparents Ralph and Clare Swartz)… Jeff and Elizabeth Nider, a daughter (Grandparents Marvin and Barbara Nider; Yuri and Alla Elperin)… Dr. Daniel and Jessica Rootman, a daughter (Grandparents Dr. Jack and Penny Rootman)… Eli and Slava Borodow, a son… Jess and Lauren Silver, a son (Grandparents Dr. Mel and Marlene Hirshfield; Great-grandmother Ruth Superstein)… Jon and Shoshona Freedman, a daughter.
Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvahs: Yair Rosenthal, son of Aaron and Smirah Rosenthal… Jake Hauser, son of Josh and Kate Hauser… Jordan Boroditsky, son of Dr. Alan and Lisa Boroditsky… Shmuel Hart, son of Drs. Alexander Hart and Kathryn Selby… Matthew Peretz, son of Alan and Lianne Peretz… Noah Hayes, son of Jeff and Sonia Hayes… Jayden Wolfe, son of Isaac and Lauren Wolfe… Harley Lancit, son of Robert and Elana Lancit.
Mazel Tov – Bas Mitzvah: Julia Switzer, daughter of Alan Switzer and Sandy Hazan.
Mazel Tov – Engagements: Greg Lewis, son of Colin and Michelle Romain, to Adina Hoppe, daughter of Sheldon and Bonny Hoppe… Rafi Allman to Leah Goodman… Amanda Diamond, daughter of Craig and Carrie Diamond, to Brian Geffen, son of David and Sylvia Geffen… Dara Nadel, daughter of Josephine Nadel, to John Pavlich, son of Dennis and Susan Pavlich… Eva Yekutieli, daughter of Shlomo and Hagar Yekutieli, to Ari Shortt, son of Dr. Shmuel and Lindy Shortt.