|Dear Mr. Luke,
Since 1993, the Etta Israel Center has changed the landscape of the Los Angeles special needs community- transforming the lives of thousands of families. Our group homes, self contained classes, camp, and inclusion programs have permanently changed the mindset towards people with special needs.
For Jewish families with special needs issues, the Etta Israel Center forms a unique community of hope and warmth, support and expertise. Our intensive programs provide a ladder that enables people with disablities to achieve greater independance, autonomy, and inclusion.
Etta Israel Center
invites you to celebrate our 15th Annual Gala Banquet
Join us at 7:30 pm on Saturday Night, January 10, 2009
at the California Science Center
On most weekdays, young boys in yarmulkes can be seen hanging out with friends in front of the new kosher Subway sandwich shop, while Orthodox women in modest dress stroll past Judaica stores and synagogues along Pico Boulevard in West Los Angeles.
Dubbed the “Kosher District” by some planners, this roughly 12-block stretch near Robertson Boulevard has exploded in recent years with restaurants, shops and religious institutions aimed at serving the neighborhood’s growing Jewish population.
But the project has sparked protests among Westside residents weary of increasing traffic and overcrowding in an already bustling neighborhood. Similar battles have erupted in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills as the area struggles with more growth.
Neighbors are threatening legal action against Chabad, an Orthodox Jewish outreach organization, over its proposal to construct a new girls school, condos, a ritual bathhouse and retail stores on the boulevard between Wetherly and Crest drives.
Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin, the head of Chabad of California, said his group has been battling neighborhood opposition in one form or another across the region for the last 40 years. These days that opposition includes some of its Jewish neighbors.Read More
Bnai David Judea presents:
The annulment of conversions by Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Rabbinate has sparked a global fight over the boundaries of Rabbinic leadership and authority. How can and should the Modern Orthodox community respond? And what are the implications for our future?
7:45 PM Shabbat Oneg
At the home of Rav Yosef Kanefsky and Sari Abrams,
When In Doubt, Just Say No: In Search Of A “Friendlier” Halachic Response
A cautious approach toward innovative p’sak halachah has become the norm in Orthodoxy today. What values should direct p’sak? How should we balance traditional sources with our modern societal needs? How do we know where to draw the line?
Shabbat Morning Drasha
Mincha at 4:00 PM
Traditional liturgy has remained largely unchanged for hundreds of years despite significant shifts in both society and culture. Can new prayers be halachically developed and integrated into liturgy? More important, should they?
4:30 PM Following Seudah Shelishit