From KPCC: Someone who does classify himself is Luke Ford, 46, who converted to Orthodox Judaism in 1993 after being raised as a Seventh-Day Adventist in Australia. The infamous blogger lives in the Pico-Robertson district that’s home to a myriad of Orthodox synagogues and kosher restaurants and markets.
While Ford acknowledged that Greenwald is right to open his doors to every Jew, he said it would be very difficult to live a strict, Orthodox lifestyle Downtown.
“There really isn’t an observant community in Downtown Los Angeles,” Ford said. “Jews who want to take Judaism seriously are not going to be able to live in Downtown Los Angeles.”
“Los Angeles Shmira Patrol is seeking Donations so that we can play a vital role in community safety. Equipment is costly so every donation helps. Donations will help pay for Radios, flashlights, high visibility jackets and shirts, gloves and other personal defense items needed for patrols. Donations will also help pay for and facilitate Self Defense classes, CPR & First-Aid as well as C.E.R.T training and equipment in case we should ever need to respond or render aid during an earthquake. With your help we can reach our goal and then focus on a Mobile Command Center or Response Vehicle.”
Here’s the patrol’s Facebook page and a note from May 7: LOS ANGELES SHMIRA WAS FIRST ON SCENE FOR A (MVA) motor vehicle accident. 9051 pico blvd. We made sure nobody was trapped in the vehicle and then made contact with patient and dispatched LOS ANGELES HATZOLAH which activated FD. After care was rendered we stayed with the patient even when all other parties left and activated Green Towing (MOSHE HACKNER) who is also a wonderful Los Angeles Chaverim Member and successfully lifted and towed the car to a nearby location. The victim was extremely grateful that we were able to respond and render psychological if not emotional support/aid and. Great Job for Hatzolah responding very quickly. Thank G-d everyone walked away from this.
LINK on Robertson Blvd near Pico hosts the best Seudah Shlishit in Pico-Robertson. It’s usually meat.
LINK is a friendly shul at 1453 S Robertson Blvd. There are many learning opportunities.
LINK is also the best Orthodox shul in Pico-Robertson to meet singles in their 30s and 40s.
The Jewish Press reports: Benzion Netanyahu – historian, one-time political activist and father of Israel’s prime minister – died Monday in Jerusalem at 102. An accomplished scholar and the patriarch of one of Israel’s most important political families, he also played a surprising and little-known role in American political history.
Netanyahu was born in Poland in 1910 to a family deeply immersed in the world of religious Zionism. His father, Rabbi Nathan Mileikowsky, a popular Zionist preacher, brought the family to British-ruled Palestine in 1920. He Hebraicized the family name to Netanyahu.
In the wake of the Palestinian Arab riots of 1929, Netanyahu was attracted to the militant wing of the Zionist movement, Revisionist Zionism, headed by Vladimir Ze’ev Jabotinsky. His literary talents were recognized early on, and he served as editor-in-chief of the Revisionist newspaper HaYarden in the 1930s.
In 1940, Jabotinsky sent several of his leading disciples, including Netanyahu and future Knesset member Hillel Kook (better known as Peter Bergson), to the United States to seek funds and public support for the rescue of Europe’s Jews and creation of a Jewish state in Palestine.
“It was a brand new world for us,” Netanyahu told me in one of my interviews with him. “I had never been to America. But I had to learn quickly – there was no time. The world of European Jewry was going up in flames.”
Netanyahu became executive director of the U.S. wing of the Revisionist Zionist movement and editor of its magazine, Zionews. His essays were notable for their passion, political insights and high level of fluency in a language he only recently had mastered. One 1944 editorial criticized mainstream Jewish leaders as “too cautious, too appeasing, and too ready to swallow the meaningless statements of sympathy that [are] issued from high places.”
Once you go to Chabad of Beverlywood on Robertson Blvd and sample their tasty kiddish (snack after prayers), you’ll find it hard to stay away.
Another Chabad shul a few blocks away is equally friendly and hospitable — ChabadSola.com. This Chabad is looking to expand and is launching their building campaign with a big party the evening of May 9. Chabad SOLA plans a big Jewish community center and mikveh and Jewish pre-school.