Believing that the interests of the Jewish People are strengthened by a healthy rabbinate and the cooperation of the rabbis in the work of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, the Board of Rabbis of Southern California seeks to:
Promote and nurture the growth of rabbis on both spiritual and professional levels,
Foster a sense of Klal Yisrael among the different denominations, and
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April 29, 2015
Board of Rabbis Members Join In Declaring a Day of Religious Pluralism in Los Angeles
In keeping with Los Angele's standing as the most ethnically and religiously diverse city in the nation, April 21, 2015, was declared a Day of Religious Pluralism in the City of Los Angeles. City Council Councilmembers Mitch O'Farrell and Mitch Englander partnered with the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission and prominent representatives of the Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh and other faiths to take a stance against persecution and hate.
Five members of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California were participants in the formal program. Board President Rabbi Morley T. Feinstein led off with a unity prayer, while Rabbi Sharon Brous, Rabbi James Kaufman, Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky and Rabbi Mark Diamond each represented the Jewish community during the reading and presentation of the proclamation to the City Council. Executive Committee member Rabbi Susan Goldberg and Vice President Jonathan Freund were also in attendance.
As Councilman O'Farrell stated, "This effort comes at a critical time, as we witness a rise in extremism, persecution and serious violations of human dignity across the globe. Three of the major genocides of the 20th Century - the Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust and the Rwandan Genocide - are commemorated in the month of April. A show of unity on religious pluralism in the City of Los Angeles will send a powerful message to the international community."
Statement on Copenhagen Attacks from The Board of Rabbis of Southern California
Sadly, terror has again struck in the heart of Europe. Mirroring last month’s Paris attacks, first an attack against artists and writers at a café, and secondly, in a place where Jews gather, a holy site of worship and community. The Copenhagen Synagogue was attacked while a Bat Mitzvah was being celebrated, the other at a moment heralding freedom of speech and humanism. We condemn these terror attacks and mourn the loss of life. We pray that the injured police officers and all who were harmed will have a complete and swift recovery.
We reach out across the seas to Denmark in our hopes for healing. We send our voices of support to the Danish Jewish community, and to the families of the victims. We remember the Danes' great acts of moral conscience during the Shoah, and lift up the hope that anti-Semitism and terror will be driven out of the European continent. May justice, freedom, and peace long reign.
For as we learn from the Ethics of our Fathers (1:18): "the very world exists because of truth, justice, and peace, as it is written, ‘In truth, justice and peace shall you judge in your gates’ [Zechariah, 8:16]”
February 16, 2015
Board of Rabbis of Southern California Expresses Outrage Over Paris Attacks and Extends Sympathy to Victims' Families
The Board of Rabbis of Southern California joins with Jews and people of good will everywhere in expressing our outrage over the terrorist attacks perpetrated in Paris this past week, while extending its comfort and sympathy to the families of those murdered.
We are saddened by this explicit act of violence both against the values of freedom and liberty, and singling out Jews as victims, in these horrific acts. We value diversity and free speech and religious pluralism, which we must uphold here in America and defend across the seas. Just as France lives by the maxim “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity,” so do we hope to defend the pillars on which society rests: justice, truth, and peace.
We mourn those who died, especially the police officers, and honor the courage of 24-year-old Muslim grocery clerk, Lassana Bathily, who saved more than a dozen hostages during the siege at the kosher supermarket.
May the hopes and prayers of all humanity unite to make Paris and all cities beacons of light, filled with justice and equality for all, in the words of Isaiah, "Paix, paix, dit-il, pour qui s'est éloigné comme pour le plus proche! Je le guérirai, ainsi parle l'Eternel; Peace, peace, to him that is far off and to him that is near, says the Eternal…and I will heal him.”
January 12, 2015
Board of Rabbis of Southern California Strongly Condemns Murder of Rabbis at Prayer in Jerusalem
We share the grief of good minded people around the world who condemn terror, and who are aghast at the brutal murder of Rabbi Moshe Twersky and three other rabbis in Jerusalem today. Attacking innocents in a house of worship is a cowardly act of violence whose sole intent is to cause death and suffering.
Rabbi Twersky was the son of Prof. Isadore Twersky of Harvard University, and the grandson of the noted scholar Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik. Rabbis Aryeh Kupinsky, Kalman Levine, and Avraham Goldberg also died in the heinous act. Their loss is our loss, and we mourn with their families.
May the day come when we can beat swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks, a day of peace for all God's children.
November 18, 2014
Board of Rabbis Learning Sessions Online
The Board of Rabbis makes available all of its learning sessions, including the Hartman Beit Midrash Series, Leaders on Leadership, and the High Holy Days Conference keynote addresses and breakout sessions. There are currently 23 sessions available, on video or audio, featuring some of the foremost rabbis and scholars in the Jewish world: Avi Weiss, Rick Jacobs, Yitz Greenberg, Arthur Green, Donniel Hartman, David Wolpe, Mimi Feigelson, Yosef Kanefsky, Noam Zion, Yehuda Kurtzer and more. Visit our YouTube channel to see the full range of offerings.