Scholars-In-Residence: This Shabbos, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks will be at Beth Jacob Beverly Hills and Young Israel of Century City in L.A., and Rabbi Leib Keleman will be at Anshe Emes in L.A.… On Feb. 28, Rabbi Kenneth Brander will be at BMCH in Seattle, WA, and Rabbi Moshe Bryski will be at Congregation Shevet Achim in Mercer Island, WA… On March 1, Dr. Jeffrey Woolf will be at EDOS in Denver, CO, and Rabbi Dovid Kaplan of Ohr Sameach will be at Anshe Emes in L.A.
Events In The West: On Thursday, February 27, the Etta Israel Center will host Dr. Robert Brooks, internationally renowned educator and lecturer, for a one-day conference on: “The Power of Mindsets: Nurturing Motivation and Resilience in Youth.”
Community News: Garden of Palms, an assisted living facility on Fairfax in L.A, has started a regular minyan on Shabbos with the hope of enhancing Shabbos for its residents and the community… Free Jewish classes for children 5-10, regardless of religious affiliation, will be offered five days a week at the 3rd Street public school starting in September. A private donor is sponsoring the program.
Women Only: On February 23, Rivi Poupko Kletenic will speak for the OU Women’s Torah Network at YULA Girls School.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Births: Levi and Malka Lesches, a daughter (Grandparents Moshe and Miriam Fishman)… Avi and Gila Tashman, a son (Grandparents Abe and Eva Kaplan; Jack and Chani Walfish)… Jon and Rena Lustyan, a daughter (Grandparents Dr. Jeff and Mara Werber)… Rabbi Avi and Esti Kilimnick of Rochester, NY, daughter (Grandparents Yosef and Shelley Yekutiel)… Yitzi and Aliza Greenbaum, a son (Grandparents Arieh and Felice Greenbaum)… Alain and
Jacqueline Kuppermann, a daughter (Grandparents Bobby and Melanie Rechnitz)… Rabbi Sholom Ber and Rochela Rodal, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Menachem and Shterna Rodal)… Greg and Batsheva Kanter, a daughter (Grandparents Natalie Kanter; Shimon and Esther Polatsek… Shua and Sarah Barber, a daughter (Grandparents Hymie and Marilyn Barber)… Doni and Adina Wizenfeld of Riverdale, NY, a son (Grandparents Joe and Ritz Wizenfeld)… Ryan and Anit Silver, a son… Dr. Yoni Blau and Dr. Karen Tenenblatt of Columbus, OH, a son (Grandparents William and Anna Tenenblatt; Great-grandmother Gerta Weintraub)… Jonathan and Natalie Ravanshenas, a daughter… Gidon and Batya Winter of Israel, a daughter (Grandparents Arnie and Leah Rotter)… Rabbi Ari and Nomi Schwartzberg, a son.
Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvahs: Hillel Mermelstein, son of Shlomo and Mariana Mermelstein… Shimi Berger, son of Shmulie and Ruti Berger.
Mazel Tov – Bas Mitzvah: Rachel Lasry, daughter of Israel and Michal Lasry.
Mazel Tov – Engagements: Yehuda Wolin, son of Les and Chani Wolin, to Leah Seidman of Monsey, NY… Sara Schechter, daughter of Jeff and Marla Schechter, to Nati Schreiber of Valley Village… Reuvain Stern, son of Rabbi Eli and Robin Stern, to Rassi Herzka of Lakewood, NJ.
Mazel Tov – Weddings: Miryam Perkowski, daughter of Rabbi Eli and Tzippy Perkowski, to Chanoch Krohn of Lakewood, NJ… Andy Leitner, son of Paul and Kathy Leitner, to Marissa Matthew.
Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvah: David Schwarz, son of Ken and Cheryl Schwarz.
Mazel Tov – Engagement: Emma Orbach, daughter of Martin and Susie Orbach, to Jack Goldberg.
Mazel Tov – Wedding: Laurie Jagoda, daughter of Jeff and Joanne Jagoda, to Ariel Gold.
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvah: Gedalya Rosenberg, son of Eddie and Vickie Rosenberg.
Mazel Tov – Engagement: Paul Pariser to Lynn Hahn.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Engagement: Debbie Javaheri to Morrisi Zakariaei.
VALLEY VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Births: Rabbi David and Ariel Pardo, a daughter (Grandparents David and Cindy Shapiro)… Ben and Mor Shapiro, a daughter (Grandparents David and Cindy Shapiro; Shmuel and Sima Toledano)… Rabbi Tzvi and Adina Wachsman of Dallas, TX, a daughter (Grandparents Rabbi Pesach and Debbie Wachsman)… Steve and Elisheva Dorfman, a son (Grandparents Ron and Beth Jawary)… Zac and Leora Grodzinsky of Toronto, a daughter (Grandparents Adam and Mindy Mamelak).