Rebecca Spence


Advocacy Group Aims To Put Marijuana Legalization on Jewish Agenda

By Rebecca Spence

Advocacy Group Aims To Put Marijuana Legalization on Jewish Agenda
Le’Or, founded about a year ago with seed funding from Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap Company, wants to convince American Jews that ending marijuana prohibition belongs on the progressive Jewish communal agenda alongside marriage equality and immigration reform.Read More


Hopes Dashed as Obama Avoids Calling Mass Killings of Armenians ‘Genocide’

By Rebecca Spence

This year, on Armenian Remembrance Day — when the mass killing of more than 1 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire is commemorated — Armenian-American activists had high hopes that a president who ran on a message of change would indeed change the pattern of previous administrations. That is, they hoped President Obama would use the term “genocide” to describe the human tragedy that occurred nearly a century ago.Read More


Wagner’s ‘Ring’ Strikes a Jarring but Muted Chord in L.A.

By Rebecca Spence

Wagner’s ‘Ring’ Strikes a Jarring but Muted Chord in L.A.
When the Los Angeles Opera launches its most ambitious project to date — a 10-week citywide festival celebrating Richard Wagner’s “The Ring,” which will culminate in a massive production of the epic opera — not everyone will be celebrating.Read More


Leading Combatant in Gay Marriage Fight To Head Southern California Rabbis

By Rebecca Spence

Leading Combatant in Gay Marriage Fight To Head Southern California Rabbis
When Denise Eger assumes the leadership of this region’s local rabbinic association, she’ll be making history — twice over.Read More


Government Grant Helps California Synagogues Find Eternal Sunshine of the Holy Kind

By Rebecca Spence

In 1897, two New York policemen disrupted a public ceremony marking the Blessing of the Sun and dragged a rabbi down to court for failing to have a permit. More than a century later, on the opposite coast, government officials are not only giving a similar ceremony their blessing — they are also putting money behind a new environmental program in its honor.Read More



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