EVENTS IN THE WEST: On Saturday night, January 28, Palo Alto will feature a Feast of Jewish Learning, a night of Jewish unity for the South Peninsula. The program is sponsored by the JCC and the Bureau of Jewish Education… On February 3-5, the chief rabbi of the British Commonwealth, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, will be in Los Angeles. On Shabbos he’ll speak at Beth Jacob Beverly Hills, and after Minchah at Young Israel of Century City. The next day he will speak at the dedication of Young Israel of Beverly Hills’s new building… On February 3-4, Rabbi Berel Wein will be the scholar-in-residence at Young Israel of Hancock Park… On February 8, Sara Yocheved Rigler will speak on “The Spiritual GPS: How to get to the place you want to be” at the JLE in L.A. … The Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) will hold its convention on May 7-9 in the Beverly Hills and Pico-Robertson neighborhood of L.A.
YESHIVA NEWS: Two new ideas from Yeshivat Yavneh to make the most of their carpool line: raise enough money to help eighth graders go to Israel for their class trip, and on Thursdays the students sell pizza followed by the Friday morning selling of challah.
KOSHER NEWS: Miller’s and Haolam cheeses are voluntarily recalling all 8 oz. and 16 oz. bags of Miller’s and Haolam shredded cheese with an expiration of June 5, 2012- Sept. 4, 2012 and all 32 oz. bags of Miller’s shredded Mozzarella and Haolam Shredded Mozzarella and Gourmet Blend with an expiration date of February 6, 2012- May 7, 2012. The same holds true for all 5 lb. bags of Miller’s and Haolam shredded Mozzarella, Cheddar, Muenster and Monterey Jack with a pack date of Sept. 8, 2011- Dec. 7, 2011. Please note that only the 5 lb. Shredded bags are pack date instead of the expiration date. The voluntary recall of the Miller’s and Haolam products was only for the shredded cheese and does not involve any of the other quality cheese products under the Miller’s and Haolam brand. Those include any of the types of cheese that were shredded that also come in other shapes, sizes or forms (not shredded)… Martinelli’s Gold Medal Sparkling Cider in six-pack shrink-bundled 250 ml. glass bottles are being recalled in the western United States due to the possibility of a defective seal that could break when opening the bottle. The six-pack shrink-bundled 250 ml. Martinelli’s Gold Medal Sparkling Cider “Best By” dates being recalled are: 11 APR 2014, 12 APR 2014, 13 APR 2014, and 14 APR 2014… Kehilla Kosher announced that the following Hansen’s Beverage juices in 64 oz. sizes have been mislabeled with the Heart-K logo: Apple Strawberry, Apple Grape, Cranberry, Cranberry Apple, Grape, and White Grape. These products are in fact not kosher. Corrective action is being taken.
WOMEN ONLY: As part of Bikur Cholim of Los Angeles’s Women’s Health Care Campaign, the organization is providing free and low-cost mammogram vouchers for those women whose insurance does not cover this test, or if their deductible/co-payment is unaffordable. The number of vouchers is limited, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Birth: Mark and Tali Silberstein, a daughter (Grandparents Michael and Lynne Silberstein).
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Births: Mordechai and Zahava Moskowitz, a son (Grandparents Irwin and Tania Lowi; Moishe and Chavie Moskowitz; Great-grandparents Alex and Norma Pacifico; Sal and Rita Lowi)… Reuven Chaim and Shira Klein of Ramat Eshkol, a son (Grandparents Michael and Edith Klein)… Mendel and Esther Plotke in London, a son… Levi and Rivka Gelb, a son (Grandparents Yisroel and Miriam Koch)… Sruly and Mushky Karasic of Crown Heights, NY (Grandparents Rabbi Simcha and Tzirel Frankel)… Dovi and Chani Goldman, a daughter (Grandparents Rabbi Mendy and Hadassah Spalter)… Rabbi Berel and Zisi Yemini, a son… David and Susie Ozeri, a son (Grandparents Allen and Judy Ishakis)… Dr. Mark and Devorah Levine, a son (Grandfather Dr. Robert Levine)… Yehuda and Sara Maryles, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Heshy and Shaindy Maryles)… Rabbi Yitzchok and Chana Bader, a daughter… Eliyahu and Leah Hamoui, a daughter (Grandparents Rabbi Dovid and Sara Toledano)… Gabi and Elana Pinchasov, a son (Grandparents Joshua and Chana Zauderer)… Berel and Fraidi Schuserman, a daughter… Rabbi Dovid and Jasmine Brafman, a son (Grandparents Jaime and Marilyn Sohacheski)… Srulie and Esti Rose, a son (Grandparents Glenda Rose and the late Rabbi Rafael Rose).
Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvahs: Eliezer Zucker, son of Mark and Kim Zucker… Levi Cohen, son of Akiva and Debbie Cohen.
Mazel Tov – Bas Mitzvah: Eliana Markman, daughter of Rabbi Aryeh and Rochel Markman.
Mazel Tov – Engagements: Meira Weiss, daughter of Simcha and Bena Weiss, to Motti Zisovitz of Lakewood… Rabbi Yossi Itzinger to Leah Rapaport of Syracuse, NY… Jonathan Uretsky, son of Steve and Murielle Uretsky, to Ilana Sussman of NY… Michael Pollack, son of Marty and Evey Pollack, to Tali Swergold of Woodmere, NY.
Mazel Tov – Weddings: Yoni Udkoff to Chayale Sharfstein… Shmueli Schwartz, son of Dr. Joseph and Brenda Schwartz, to Raquel Stern of Miami Beach… Felice Fromm to Leigh Greenberg.