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West Coast Happenings

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Events In The West: This Shabbos, Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter, university professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought and senior scholar at Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future, is the scholar-in-residence at Yeshivat Yavneh… February 26 is International Agunah Day. Accordingly Bnai David-Judea in L.A. is hosting a program, co-sponsored by YICC, Beth Jacob Beverly Hills, YULA, Bais Bezalel, Happy Minyan, Shalhevet and Westwood Village, entitled, “Preventing the cycle of pain” with Rabbi Jeremy Stern of the ORA, an organization that helps women who are agunot. Alexandra Leichter, Rabbi Paul Gelb and Leah Rosenfeld, a former agunah, will be featured… On February 28 David Feifel is speaking at Congregation Adat Yeshurun in La Jolla. His topic: “The Human Brain, an Owner’s Manual”… On March 1, West Coast Chabad Lubavitch is hosting the 30th Siyum HaRambam in a grand, citywide celebration at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Skver Visits L.A.: All yearlong chassidic rebbes visit L.A., but none with the entourage of the Skverer Rebbe. On his recent visit, his first since 2006, he was accompanied by close to 300 chassidim. Jews in the La Brea-Hancock Park area housed as many as they could, but 144 of the devotees spent Shabbos dormitory style in Bais Yaakov classrooms that were converted in order to provide them with all their physical and religious comforts. Those comforts included bedside netilas yadayim equipment. Food was brought in for the group and served for all Shabbos meals at Congregation Shaarei Tefilah’s Kanner Hall. The gym at Yeshiva Ohr Eliyahu was transformed into a chassidishe shul, complete with bleachers and huge banners welcoming the rebbe and proclaiming the event’s uniqueness. Hundreds of people attended each Shabbos davening, and more than 1,000 people participated in the Friday night tisch. The rebbe also conducted a special Monday night tisch at Congregation Bais Naftoli. While the community benefited greatly from the visit, it turns out the chassidim took something home with them as well. During their Shabbos afternoon stroll, a group of chassidim stopped to admire the esrogim growing on a tree in someone’s courtyard. The chassidim requested and were given permission to return after Shabbos to pick some of them. They indeed came back after Shabbos and picked the tree bare. So this year on Tu B’Shevat, in addition to esrog jam from Israeli or Yanever esrogim, the residents of Square Town also enjoyed delicious esrog jam from California.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Births: Dovid and Jessica Leiser, a son (Grandparents Barry and Dena Gres)… Zev and Lisa Wiener in Yerushalayim, a son (Grandparents Dr. Isaac and Geri Wiener)… Dr. Jonathan and Sarah Prostak of Denver, a daughter (Grandparents Joe and Myrna Strapp)… Allen and Dassi Kahn, a daughter (Grandparents Dr. Seymour and Carole Perl)… Zak and Sarah Isaac, a son… Andrew and Rachel Geller, a son… Levy and Bracha Katz, a son (Grandparents Ellen and Ilan Paz; Fred and Debra Stepen; Jerry and Miriam Katz)… Dovid and Jessica Leiser, a son (Grandparents Barry and Dena Gres)… Moshe and Revital Rubin in Yerushalayim, a son (Grandparents Dr. Daniel and Brenda Rubin; Great-grandmother Bea Hershkovitz)… Koby and Maayan Hagai, a son… Jason and Melissa Goldstoff of NY, a son (Grandparents Dr. Mark and Deborah Goldenberg; Great-grandparents Andrew and Yvette Gardner)… Yehuda and Rachel Rabinowitz of Fairlawn, NJ, a son (Grandparents Dr. Josh and Debbie Rabinowitz)… David and Julie Iskowitz, a son.

Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvah: Robert Leeds, son of Fred and Dina Leeds.

Mazel Tov – Engagement: Rachel Schultz, daughter of David and Debbie Schultz, to Daniel Small of Teaneck, NJ.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Birth: Rabbi Akiva and Chani Naiman, a son.

PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Engagement: Elizabeth Ravkin, daughter of Ilya and Tzippora Ravkin, to Moshe Glasser of Teaneck, NJ.

Congratulations: Eli Filler, son of Vic and Stella Filler, on receiving semicha.

VALLEY VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Births: Motti and Mina Perlstein of Cleveland, OH, a daughter (Grandparents Rabbi Eliezer and Pnina Pflaster)… Moshe and Nechama Zucker, a son… David and Annie Statman, a son… Yehonaton and Malka Schwarzmer of Far Rockaway, NY, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Shmuel and Malca Schwarzmer).

Mazel Tov – Engagement: Yehuda Stepen, son of Ilan and Ellen Paz and Fred Stepen, to Aviva Goldhaber.

DENVER, COLORADO

Mazel Tov – Births: Dr. Jonathan and Sarah Prostak of Denver, a daughter… Moshe and Nechama Zecharyia, a daughter (Grandparents Daniel and Jill Goldstein).

Events In The West

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

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.

Events in the West

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Events in the West: On January 7, Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson will speak on “Marriage: The Comedy And The Kabbalah” at the Menachem Institute in Tarzana, CAYeshivat Yavneh hosts Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, author, lecturer, TV host and Jewish Press columnist, on Motzaei Shabbos, January 14 at Shaarei Tefila… On January 30, Rabbi Jason Weiner, chaplain of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, begins his three-part series on medical ethics and the beginning of life and reproductive technology at Young Israel of Century City in Los Angeles.

Chanukah Celebrations: Most shuls have pre-Chanukah bazaars and/or a Chanukah party. Chabad tries the unusual, and sometimes the spectacular. This year the Los Angeles Chabad organization reached out to more than just Universal City Walk when looking for a spectacular venue for its Chanukah celebrations. For the first time, there was a celebration in downtown L.A at L.A. LIVE, across from the Nokia Theater and Staples Center. The Chanukah menorah lighting ceremony was scheduled conveniently for Lakers basketball fans, the majority of whom always show up early for games, as it was held right before their game vs. the Jazz. The lighting ceremony, complete with some celebrity lamplighters, was broadcast live on the KTLA evening news. Along with performances by the Klezmer Fusion Band and the Cheder Menachem boys’ choir, there was menorah ice sculpting, celebrity dreidel, kids activities and donuts for all… Another fun venue was the “Chanukah on Ice,” a regular attraction in many cities across the U.S. It was held in California at the practice rink of L.A.’s hockey team, the Kings. Cars and vans, with menorahs on rooftops, drove around Jewish neighborhoods to remind the public that it was Chanukah. And the annual Chanukah parade took place on the last night of Chanukah, starting at Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon.

Back To The Future: For the first time in at least 25 years, a minyan was held recently at the Breed Street Shul in Boyle Heights to celebrate two bar mitzvahs, including one for a young man with special needs. The smachot were organized by Camp Chesed and Camp Dora Hauser. The Breed Street Shul was the largest Orthodox synagogue in the western United States from 1915 to 1951, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles, located east of downtown, was home to the city’s most populous Jewish community from 1910-1950.

Kosher News: 365 Sesame Sticks and Sesame Trail Mix, carried at Whole Foods, are kosher – but contain dairy ingredients. There is no D on the label… Many Israeli olive oils have unauthorized hechsherim. The national rabbanut hechsher should be accepted on olive oil only if accompanied by a hologram. While Tevel olive oil claims to have Badatz Beit Yosef, Maayan Hashemen oil claims Chug Chasam Sofer Bnei Brak and Katit Me’ulah, Galilee Press claims Badatz Yoreh De’ah, none of them are legitimate.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Births: Rabbi Shlomie and Elisheva Nussbaum, a daughter (Grandparents Rabbi Nachum and Chaya Sauer)… Rabbi Yosef and Rochel Bromberg, a daughter (Grandparents Rabbi Nachum and Chaya Sauer)… Rabbi Dovid and Esther Sauer, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Nachum and Chaya Sauer)… Moshe and Miriam Bloch, a son (Grandparents Yaakov and Laura Bloch)… Menachem and Chaya Cohen, a son… Yonatan and Sara Griffith, a daughter (Grandparents Yisroel and Reeva Milstein)… Joel and Shoshana Fogel, a son (Grandparents Sandy and Freda Small)… David and Tzippy Leichter, a son (Grandparents Robert and Elaine Leichter)… Yakov and Rochel Teichman of Lakewood, NJ, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Avrohom and Sara Teichman)… Boaz and Rebecca Kohn, a son (Grandparents Larry and Maureen Isenberg)… Jeremy and Samantha Garelick, two sons (Grandparents Arnie and Sue Garelick)… Michael and Pamela Talansky, a son (Grandparents Meir and Robin Gelman)… Steven and Danielle Herbst, a daughter (Grandparents Eddie and Debbie Herbst)… Simy and Yarden Hollander of Yerushalayim, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Tzvi and Kaila Hollander)… Eli and Esther Malka Heller, a daughter (Grandparents Rabbi Dov and Chana Heller; Rabbi Asher and Batya Brander)… Josh and Rachel Tomaszewsky, a daughter (Grandparents Joe and Gerda Tomaszewsky).

Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvah: Hillel Essas, son of Yossi and Bella Essas.

Mazel Tov – Engagements: Adam Shapel, son of Benjamin and Susie Shapel, to Elisheva Frohlinger, daughter of Brian and Mini Frohlinger… Chaim Mainstain, son of Morris and Sharon Mainstain, to Chani Crane, daughter of Dr. Hal and Jody Crane of Denver, CO… Yocheved Roz, daughter of Erwin and Mindy Roz, to Yaakov Hobb, son of Morris and Naomi Hobb)… Ayelet Levychaim, daughter of Rabbi Avrohom and Sarah Levychaim, to Moshe Moinzada of Baltimore, MD… Estie Altusky, daughter of Rabbi Yitzchok and Chaya Altusky, to Uri Meyer Kanark of Flatbush, NY… Nachi Gurman, son of Zalman and Chavie Gurman, to Tamar Lichtenstein of Lakewood, NJ.

Mazel Tov – Weddings: Aliza Saltiel, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Manny and Sharon Saltiel, to Avi Gruen, son of Jeff and Judy Gruen… Aryeh Leib Freylicher, son of Alexander and Rita Freylicher, to Ellie Exelbaum of St. Louis, MO.

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