Glory Days In L.A.’s Koreatown, Wilshire Boulevard Temple bets big on the past for its future

Steve Leder, senior rabbi at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, saw 
opportunity in the synagogue's 
deteriorating landscape.

LOS ANGELES — The time has long since passed when the Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s address on its namesake boulevard was considered glamorous. Now the surrounding blocks are the clamorous heart of Koreatown, with all its urban grit: traffic snarls, hulking office buildings, electronics shops, dentists, and banks with signs in Korean and some in Spanish…. Read More

Umami Not Closing

More than a month after the restaurant put up signs saying it would be closing, Umami Bistro remains open. And it will stay open, according to an employee of the restaurant and the developer who operates the shopping center Umami Bistro has called home for several years. A woman who answered the phone at the… Read More

Increased Inclusion at Area Synagogues

Two local congregations have taken new steps to make Shabbat more accessible to individuals on the autism spectrum. The Kolker Room of Beth El Congregation was filled with the sounds of children singing prayers and playing musical instruments at the May 2 Shabbat service led by Rabbi Faith Cantor and accompanied by Josh Bender on… Read More

BT Dahan Community School Earns Green Certification

Students at Beth Tfiloh celebrated Tu B'shvat while incorporating environmental issues into the meal.
(Photo provided by Beth Tfiloh)

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School has announced its certification as a 2015 Maryland Green School by the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education. “We are gratified to see the results of the incredible work that went into making this happen,” BT’s director of education, Zipora Schorr, said. Founded in 1999, the Maryland Green Schools… Read More

The Debate on Policing Jewish organizations in position to help make change

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WASHINGTON — From roundtable discussions to protests and prayers to candid talks with law enforcement officials, American Jewish communities are joining in the debate about community policing in the wake of several high-profile deaths of unarmed black men while in police custody. Officials were short on specifics, but several said that protests in Baltimore following… Read More

Jewish Midshipman Dead, Tech CEO Missing in Amtrak Derailment

Rachel Jacobs, with her husband and child.
Photo credit: JTA

One Jewish midshipman was killed and a the CEO of Philadelphia tech company is missing after an Amtrak train derailed Tuesday night. Midshipman Justin Zesmer, from Far Rockaway, N.Y., was one of the seven people killed when Amtrak Northwest Regional train 188 derailed, according to reports. Another 200 were injured. Rachel Jacobs, the CEO of… Read More

Amtrak train from Washington derails, Jewish passenger missing

Rachel Jacobs, with her husband and child.
Photo credit: JTA

A New York-bound Amtrak train originating in Washington, D.C. derailed Tuesday night in Philadelphia, killing at least seven and injuring more than 200 people, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said. Among the missing is Rachel Jacobs, 39, a Jewish executive from Manhattan. She was recently hired CEO of Philadelphia-based online education startup ApprenNet. Jacobs lives with her… Read More