How should Jews respond to an angry movement whose candidates include full-throated supporters of Israeli West Bank settlements; others who would end foreign aid, including to Israel; one who excoriates church-state separation as a Nazi invention, and others who urge setting aside such divisive social issues to focus on fiscal conservatism and radical government cutbacks?
Each year, during Kol Nidre, Sinai Temple in Los Angeles pauses in its prayers for a fundraising appeal. A few members rise to address the congregation, asking for donations while speaking about how the community has supported them through good times and bad. It’s a typical fundraising pitch for an American synagogue: Give because you’re a member of this community, and the community is there for you.
The nightmare that began for Rabbi Bryan Bramly when he was arrested in his synagogue parking lot last March for the alleged rape of a 7-year-old did not end when the case against him collapsed on September 15.
Guidelines announced by the New Israel Fund detailing who can qualify for its grants have left the organization?s critics and grantees alike wondering exactly what they will mean.
The unconventional family outings of architects Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello with their 11-month-old son took them to blighted California neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco. There they purchased signs from homeless people for $2 to $3 apiece.
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