United Synagogue Youth (USY) is the youth movement of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) for Jewish teens across North America. For more than 60 years, USY has taught young Jews the values and skills they need to become exceptional leaders in their religious and secular communities.
By engaging teens in compelling experiences rooted in Conservative Judaism’s approach to learning, spiritual expression and social responsibility on a chapter, regional, and international level, USY empowers Jewish youth to develop:
- Leadership skills
- A sense of belonging to the Jewish People
- A deep engagement with and love for Israel
- A commitment to inspired Jewish living
- The ability to make Jewish decisions in the real world...
Register by October 31 to take advantage of early bird savings ($150 off for first timers, $250 off for teens returning for a second year)*. Register two or more siblings to receive a $150 off (discount applies to each sibling registered after the first). For more information, please go to usy.org/escape. [September 2018]
Day of the Dead (Día de los muertos) is not commonly compared to Jewish traditions, but both Sukkot and Day of the Dead have an emphasis on remembering those who came before us. The common thread between the two celebrations is that we recognize and remember ancestors and loved ones, welcoming them back into our lives. As we celebrate Sukkot, invite ushpizin into our sukkah, spirits that represent values and qualities of Judaism’s greatest contributors like Abraham and Sarah or Moses and Miriam, but can also be the spirits of our own family and friends. As it is a joyful harvest holiday, it is common practice to decorate the sukkah with harvest foods and artwork. Similarly, for Day of the Dead, celebrants invite ancestors to visit their family... [www.myjewishlearning.com/jewish-and/where-sukkot-and-day-of-the-dead-come-together]
Our Rabbi Pennes was invited to attend an inter-faith, spiritual gathering of music, prayer, and spoken word; expressing the need for community unity and a pledge of commitment was made by all involved to defend, honor, protect and respect each other as individuals and their sacred sites. [March 31, 2017 ]
The concept of merging Christmas and Chanukkah is thought to have first been brought to mass media (if you will excuse the pun) in a 2003 episode of Fox’s The O.C. The idea was put forward by the Seth Cohen character (Adam Brody), the son of a Christian mother and Jewish father to get more presents. Though the Chrismukkah idea was presented lightheartedly, it did strike a cultural nerve: It is estimated that of the 5.4 million Jews in the U.S., one-third of those married have a non-Jewish spouse. Rabbi Pennes is asked by the Hollywood Reporter for his thoughts in this brief article. [The Hollywood Reporter, December 19, 2016]
Long-time TBE member Gary Klein has been promoted to cover the Los Angeles Rams for the Los Angeles Times. Before that, he covered USC’s football program and athletic department. He began working for The Times in the San Fernando Valley edition and has reported on high school, college and pro sports. He grew up in Southern California attending Temple B'nai Emet with his family and graduated from Cal State Northridge. [March 2016]
Many art aficianados might not know that Joseph L. Young -- whose beautiful masterful work adorns Temple B'nai Emet -- is the same artist whose design credits include the multicolored fantastical “Triforium,” located in a Civic Center mall downtown and the granite towers of the Holocaust memorial monument that stands before the entrance to the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust in Pan Pacific Park. Although in his lifetime he was well known both nationally and internationally, in recent years his work may have become “a little invisible,” according to Ruth Weisberg, a well-known Los Angeles artist herself, and the former dean of the School of Fine Arts at USC. Among his many commissions was artwork — arks, lecterns, eternal lights, mosaics and stained-glass windows — created for several Southland synagogues, including Congregation B’nai B’rith in Santa Barbara; Temple Beth Torah in Alhambra; Temple B’nai Emet in Montebello; Temple Sinai in Glendale; Temple Menorah in Redondo Beach; Sinai Temple and Temple Tifereth Israel in West L.A.; Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills; Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad of Los Angeles; Temple Solael in Canoga Park; the Brandeis Institute; Congregation Beth Knesset Bamidbar in Lancaster, as well as the chapel design for Heritage Point, a Jewish retirement community in Mission Viejo. [Jewish Journal, September 9, 2015]
We are thrilled to share that the Summer issue of Latino Leaders Magazine featured TBE Board Members Sara Elena Loaiza and Ara Najarian for their ground-breaking work in mobile health: "Their recent successful launch of the first bilingual mobile health resource app as part of a hyper-local capacity building initiative in Contra Costa County, California, set the gold standard for online health communication..." [Latino Leaders, June 2, 2015]
For those who may have seen the terrific series of articles and exhibits at the Jewish Museum of the American West about the tremendous Jewish roots in New Mexico, it may be interesting to know that TBE Board President Louis Danoff is inded the grandson of the Louis Danoff who settled in Gallup, NM, and helped create a thriving mixed-culture community. Not surprisingly, the Native Americans who frequented the Danoff's Trading post nicknamed Louis “The Honest Man.”
A modest man who does not seek attention, TBE members asked if the Gallup Danoff's were any relation, and he responded humbly, "My grandfather was Louis. I spent summers working at the store in Gallup. My mom and Dad are pictured at the well on the Ranch [in the article], known as Danoffville, on the road to Zuni. My Grandfather and grandmother left New Mexico and came to Los Angeles, where there were more Jews. Sam and Simon remained in New Mexico and stayed in the Indian trading business. I am very close to Sam's side of the family. Sam's sons all came out to Los Angeles for 'Jewish exposure', but always returned home..."
Click on the picture to the right to see the article!
[October 1, 2013 | New Mexico Exhibit Hall, New Mexico Jewish Pioneers | Jewish Museum of the American West]
This is the story of one of our young members, Avi (then 8 years old), who made a difference is helping to save and protect the Western Wall in Jerusalem. It shows that with faith and perseverance, we can all make a positive difference for each other, our traditions, and our future as a community of faith. [Jewish Community News, Vol. 18, No. 4, July-August, 2013]
Former TBE (and time-to-time honored guest) Cantor Ron Galperin was elected Los Angeles City Controller by defeating L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine and becomes the first Neighborhood Council member to be elected to a city office. He takes over for Wendy Gruel, who was defeated in her bid for the office of L.A. Mayor. Mr. Galperin comes from a long line of rabbis (his father, grandfather and great-grandfather were rabbis), and is known for his cantorial skills, which he honed over 20 years as a chazzan at Temple B’nai Emet. He is married to Temple Akiba Rabbi Zachary Shapiro. His father was a Holocaust survivor from Romania and his mother was Israeli. “They both fought in the war of Independence,” Gallperin said. He has said that it’s no accident that “you have so many people who are Jewish that are involved in public service. It’s an integral part of the fabric of what Jewish values are.” [May 22, 2013 ]
Temple B'nai Emet member Sara Elena Loaiza, the Founder and Managing Partner of Latino Consultants, LLC, was honored with the prestigious Public Relations Woman of the Year award presented by the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Latina Business Women Association (NLBWA). The awards were announced in a ceremony at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood on June 23, 2011.
Ms. Loaiza oversees operations, strategic and creative direction, corporate responsibility, cultural initiatives, and leads all integrated marketing strategies for her company. Over the past 20 years, she has created award-winning social marketing campaigns and led the first nationwide Latino marketing initiative for CIGNA in the early 1990's. Through her leadership and passion, Latino Consultants' impact shapes policy, educates consumers and, ultimately, creates positive social change. [LatinoLA.com, June 28, 2011 ]
The California State Legislature has honored TBE member Sara Elena Loaiza with the Empowerment Award as part of its Women In Business Awards presented at a ceremony September 19, in Burbank, CA. Ms. Loaiza was selected by State Senator Jack Scott (21st District) and Assemblymembers Paul Krekorian (43rd District) and Anthony Portantino (44th District). Ms. Loaiza is the Founder and Managing Partner of Latino Consultants, LLC. Ms. Loaiza and a past appointee by the President of the United States to the Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Tuberculosis that serves the Center of Disease Control. She volunteers and/or sits on numerous boards, including the American Diabetes Association, Anti-Defamation League, The Mexican Cultural Institute, The Wall Las Memorias Project, United Negro College Fund (Los Angeles Chapter), and the NCLR/CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation & Leadership Training. [September 19, 2008]