The Boiling Point

PROTEST: From left, Shalhevet faculty Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom, Dr. Jonathan Ravanshenas, Mr. Chris St. Germaine, and Rabbi David Block stood outside a home on Poinsettia Place in Hancock Park to support Lonna Ralbag’s right to a get, or religious Jewish divorce,  Aug. 23. Agunah activist Rabbi Jeremy Stern joined them, at right.

Rabbis, others demonstrate against ‘get refuser’ while he is sitting shiva

August 29, 2019

Soaked from knee to toe, 40 people stood outside a shiva home on Poinsettia Place Aug. 23 to take a stand against get refusal. Inside, a man who has r...

Welcoming the stranger with hot food, scissors and applause

March 6, 2019

It was almost noon when two Department of Homeland Security buses finally turned into a church parking lot in northern Phoenix. Volunteers who had ...

PRESSURE: From left, Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg, Noa Segal, Ilan Bouskila and Yakir Kanefsky are all offspring of rabbis.  Their experiences have been partly the same and partly different.

When you’re the child of a rabbi, who are you?

September 7, 2017

The already difficult pressures of being a teenager can be even greater when you have to meet the expectations not only of your parents, but of a whole communi...

CENTER: Rabbi Kalman Topp of Beth Jacob Congregation said his synagogue has begun discussions about hiring a woman as community scholar.

Beth Jacob stance prevents break over women clergy after OU says no

March 28, 2017

For two weeks last month, Los Angeles Modern Orthodoxy held its breath as a statement from New York threatened to sew disunity in its rapidly growing, multi-faceted and yet tightly knit community.

Rabbis of the three leading Modern Orthodox shuls shared a light moment during an otherwise intense discussion of issues ranging from how to treat gays to skateboards on Shabbat. From left, Rabbi Elazar Muskin of Young Israel of Century City; Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky of B'nai David-Judea; and Rabbi Kalman Topp of Beth Jacob.

Local rabbis apply Modern Orthodoxy to tough issues

January 2, 2011

At a first-ever school Modern Orthodoxy symposium, three rabbis who lead shuls that are home to many Shalhevet families captured students' attention when...