Scholars-In-Residence: On April 4-5 Rabbi Menachem Leibtag will speak at BCMH in Seattle… On April 11-12 Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Jacobson, dean of theyeshiva.net, will speak at YICC in L.A. (Pico) while Rabbi Y.Y. Rubenstein will speak at Anshe Emes in L.A.
Events In The West: On Sunday, April 27 the San Diego Community Holocaust Commemoration program, “Defiance, Rebellion and Resistance,” will take place at the Lawrence Family JCC Jacobs Family Campus at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theater. The keynote speaker will be Elan Bielski, grandson of Zus Bielski, a partisan… And The Calabasas Shul features Dr. Itzchok Book, whose topic is “In the Sands of Sinai” – a physician’s account of the Yom Kippur War.
Community News: L.A. now has more than 20 gemachs, from where one can borrow everything from car seats to wedding gowns. The newest gemachs include a second simcha gemach, with vases, dishes, plates and centerpieces; a cell phone gemach; and an Israel cell phone gemach… Ralph’s, in the Pico-Robertson area, has opened a kosher section. It is similar to the one in the La Brea-Hancock Park area. The kosher consumer must keep in mind that Ralph’s is not a fully kosher market. To emphasize this point, some of the same products that were mistakenly placed in the kosher section at the La Brea-Hancock Park store were found in the kosher section at the Ralph’s Pico-Robertson Kosher bakery section. The products come from an out-of-state bakery that bakes both kosher- certified and non-certified products. Its name is similar to that of a popular Los Angeles Kosher bakery. The kosher consumer should also remember that the mashgichim only supervise their specifically assigned sections. They are not assigned to walk the floor and check for non-kosher products that may appear in a kosher section display as a result of misplacements by customers from other parts of the store.
Mazel Tov – Birth: Alex and Dorit Shub, a son (Grandparents Mitchell and Noreen Shub).
Mazel Tov – Births: Ricky and Jacqueline Wolder, a daughter… Michael and Tracy Azulay, a daughter.
Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvah: Ilan Pinkus, son of David and Lisa Pinkus.
LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Births: Levi and Chaviva Heller of Yerushalayim, a daughter (Grandparents Rabbi Jeff and Shoshie Wohlgelernter)… Rabbi Eric and Chaya Ertel, a son.
Mazel Tov – Bas Mitzvah: Kayla Kupferberg, daughter of Duvy and Jessica Kupferberg.
Mazel Tov – Engagement: Ryan Katz, son of Howard and Ann Katz, to Lina Polyak, daughter of Val and Victoria Polyak.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Births: Yitzchok and Sara Yasharpour, a daughter… Ted and Dr. Tali, a son (Grandparents Dr. Drek and Batsheva Okrent)… Asher and Kiki Millman, a daughter (Grandparents Bob and Judy Millman)… Rabbi Avromie and Chana Margolis, a son… Daniel and Barrie Ann Kosberg, a daughter (Grandparents Steve and Miriam Kosberg)… Alex and Dorit Shub, a son (Grandparents Michael Wolf and Elyse Wolf)… Rabbi Mendy and Lieba Lerner, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Aaron Dov and Devora Friedman)… Rafi and Rachel Abraham of New Jersey, a son (Grandparents Mark and Linda Abraham)… Daniel and Devorah Shaool, a daughter… Rabbi Dovid and Rivkie Feld, a son… Samuel Spinner and Hanna Abrams, a daughter… Rocky and Naomi Kuzecki, a daughter… Zev and Naomi Tilles, a son… Matthew and Chelsea Schames, a daughter (Grandparents Yossi and June Schames; John and Abbie Pollit; Great-grandparents Esther Schames; Sanford and Hannah Deutsch)… Dovi and Malkie Gorelik, a son… David and Tzviah Mayman, a daughter… Rabbi Azi and Michal Blumberg of Boston, a son (Grandparents Dr. Chaim Plotzker and Esther Macner)… Yosef and Yael Plittman, a daughter (Grandparents Paul Rafoel and Michele Rosenbaum)… Avraham and Sarah Tress, a daughter (Grandparents Heshy and Chani Jacobs).
Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvahs: Ilan Bocian, son of Dr. Robert and Jacqueline Bocian… Nicky Schlanger, son of Dr. Kevin and Suzanne Schlanger.
Mazel Tov – Bas Mitzvah: Elianna Kupferman, daughter of Dr. Steven and Danielle Kupferman.
Mazel Tov – Engagements: Dafna Zauderer, daughter of Josh and Chana Zauderer, to Yehuda Gutkind of Far Rockaway… Evan Silver, son of Dr. Morris and Sharon Silver, to Dalia Gottleib of Teaneck, NJ… Fraydee Mozes, daughter of Koby and Esther Mozes, to Yaakov Reiser of Flatbush, NY.
Mazel Tov – Weddings: Lizi Marks, daughter of Labie and Dorothy Marks, to Dr. Elliott Brodbaker of Toronto… Elisheva Heyman, daughter of Dr. Benzion and Sylvia Heyman, to Yossi Katz, son of Rabbi Yona and Tzirel Landau.
Congratulations: Yeshiva University musmachim: Rabbi Rafi Abraham, Rabbi Zev Goldberg, Rabbi Yosef Kalinsky, Rabbi Daniel Korda, Rabbi Yitz Novak, Rabbi Jeremy Stern, and Rabbi Dr. Zev Weiner.