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Events In The West: Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, former chief rabbi of Israel and currently chief rabbi of Tel Aviv, will visit Seattle from June 21-23. He will be speaking on the evening of Thursday, June 21 at Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath (BCMH) on “From the Shoah to the Rebirth of the Jewish People.” On Shabbos, June 23 at Ezra Bessaroth, Rabbi Lau will speak about one’s belief after the Holocaust and on “What Makes the Jewish People One Nation” during a community lunch. Rabbi Lau will also speak at BCMH before Minchah on “In Praise of Peace and Condemnation of Conflict.”

Yeshiva News: Two new Los Angeles-area yeshivas are opening in the fall. In Valley Village the Yeshiva Ketana of Los Angeles, a preschool, will be under the direction of Rabbi Aharon Rubenstein (menahel) and Mrs. Aida Forman (director), M.Ed…. In the Pico Robertson area, Rabbi Moshe Benzaquen will be the director of Judaic Studies at Yeshiva High Tech, a new yeshiva high school with separate classes for boys and girls. Rebecca Coen will be head of school. The tuition is set at $ 8,500.

Kosher News: Kosher food is available at Dodger Stadium at the Club Market Place on the club level behind home plate. Sandwiches are certified by the RCC.

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Birth: Ari and Marnie Guinsberg of South Africa, a daughter (Grandparents Steve and Jan Kruschen).

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Births: Mordechai and Chavy Shlomowitz, a son… Alti and Dini Burston, a daughter… Akiva and Rachel Greenfield, a daughter (Grandparents Gerard and Marlene Einhorn)… Danny and Joelle Manz of Zurich, Switzerland, a son (Grandparents Icho and Evi Chmiel)… Seth and Alana Isenberg of Silver Spring, MD, a son (Grandparents Dr. Sherwin and Rina Isenberg… Ronnie and Chava Bernstein, a son (Grandparents Saul and Linda Bernstein)… Rabbi Daniel and Tally Weinstock, a son (Grandparents Zvika and Leah Brenner)… Rabbi Meir and Reva Bess of Lakewood, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Gershon and Carol Bess)… Asher and Dahlia Hoffman, a son (Grandparents Dr. Ernie and Susie Agatstein)… Rabbi Yitz and Aviva Novak, a daughter (Grandparents David and Isabelle Novak)… Daniel and Annie Nagel, a daughter (Grandparents Ronnie and Cheryl Nagel; Great- grandparents Jack and Gitta Nagel).

Mazel Tov – Engagements: Efrat Okrent, daughter of Dr. Derek and Batsheva Okrent, to Brian Henick of NJ… Mickey Amster, son of Rabbi Moshe and Natalie Amster, to Shana Cutler of Tucson, AZ… Benji Markoff, son of Brad and Mia Markoff, to Rebecca Zagha of Teaneck, NJ… Dave Shainberg, son of Moshe and Celia Shainberg, to Maytal Fligelman of NY… Orr Goldvarg to Golda Akivaeva.

Mazel Tov – Wedding: Jack Gindi to Sheila Feigelstock of North Hollywood, CA.

Graduations: Albert Einstein School of Medicine – Rabbi Dr. Raphy Hulkower… Columbia University – Gila Muskin Block, M.A.… Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology – Lisa Guzik Blum, M.A.… Parsons School of Design – Danielle Frankel… Stern College – Jennifer Friedman, Sara Kellerman, Dina Muskin, Robin Pollack, and Lauren Weiss… Southwestern Law School – Arie Gres, J.D.… UCLA Anderson School of Management – Adam Lewis, M.B.A.… UCLA Law School – Annie Nagel… University of Chicago School of Law – Aaron Katz… Wurzweiler School of Social Work – Geoffrey Mellon, M.S.W.… Yeshiva University – Jesse Katz and Yitzchak Kempe… Yeshiva University Bernard Revel Graduate School – David Block, M.A.

Tzeschem L’Shalom: To Newport, RI – Rabbi Marc and Jackie Mandel.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

Graduations: Cal State Eastbay – Isadora Betancourt, M.S.… George Washington University – Sam Ackerman, M.S.… Harvard University – Alex Ramek, M.S.… Mt. Holyoke College – Hilary Katz, B.A.… Smith College – Zohara Levine, B.A.… Stanford University – Zachary Buchman, B.A.… Touro University – Rebecca Astrachan, M.S.

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvah: Matan Moyal, son of Uri and Lior Moyal.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Birth: Dr. Bryce and Dena Mendelsohn, a daughter… Adam and Gabi Tabak, a son (Grandparents Tommy and Jeannie Tabak).

VALLEY VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Births: Akiva and Rachel Greenfield, a daughter (Grandparents Bruce and Anne Greenfield)… Nashie and Chelsea, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Asher and Michal Rosenberg; Great-grandparents Gabe and Eva Rosenberg; Great-great-grandmother Irene Rosenberg)… Tomi and Sara Rosenthal, a son (Grandparents Ted and Shelly Sarles)… Yehuda and Raquellel Pfeifer of Monsey, NY, a daughter (Grandparents Israel and Dr. Phyllis Hirsch).

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