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  • Rosh Hashanah

    Rabbis in Southern California gear up for heavy-hitting Rosh Hashana sermons

    The Jewish New Year and the Day of Atonement are a time of self-reflection for Jews around the world. The High Holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are also when rabbis often give their most important — and powerful — sermons of the year. “We have the most people listening” on these holidays, explained Rabbi Joshua M. Aaronson of Temple Judea in Tarzana, noting that high synagogue attendance accompanies these two very important observances.

    Brenda Gazzar
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  • Rosh Hashanah

    Accidental Talmudist blows his horn for Rosh Hashanah

    It wasn’t long before Salvador “Sal” Litvak realized a fact of life: You can’t just walk through security at Downtown Disney with a ram’s horn slung over your shoulder. “What’s that sir?” “It’s a shofar, an animal’s horn — a ram’s horn,” Litvak said. “Well, we don’t allow musical instruments inside, sir.” Litvak paused for a couple of seconds and then...

    Deepa Bharath
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  • Religion

    ‘I cried’: Seamen say good-bye to Seafarers chapel that served as a home away from home

    The Rev. Paul Hwang first walked up the steps of the International Seafarers Center of Long Beach/Los Angeles as a young pastor more than 30 years ago. Now gray-haired, Hwang gave his last sermon Sunday at the small trailer that housed the center’s chapel for generations. Next month, it will be torn down to make room for the $1.5 billion bridge that will replace the Gerald Desmond, connecting downtown Long...

    Rachel Uranga
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  • Racial and ethnic discrimination

    4 Southern California faith leaders reflect on Charlottesville violence and the ‘toxin of white supremacy’

    The Southern California News Group surveyed faith leaders around the region on how they thought it was best to heal and move forward as a nation following the “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally and the eruption of violence in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. Three people were killed, including a 32-year-old counter-protester who was rammed into by a car driven by an Ohio man as she crossed the street. • RELATED STORY:

    Brenda Gazzar
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  • Religion

    ‘Meet a Muslim’ events hope to dispel misconceptions

    FREMONT, Calif. >> When Moina Shaiq realized even her friends were scared to ask her about her religion for fear of offending her or sounding uneducated, she put an advertisement in a California newspaper: “Questions and answers about being Muslim.” The ad offered ideas for questions: Are women oppressed in Islam? What is the Islamic view of terrorism? How does Islam view other religions? She set up shop at a coffee house in the San Francisco Bay Area city of...

    By KRISTIN J. BENDER Associated Press|

  • Health care services

    Leap of faith: Will healthcare ministries cover your costs?

    Martin Estacio was shelling out $800 per month for a health plan that didn’t fit his two-state lifestyle. The retired San Bernardino firefighter lives between Oklahoma and California. But his health insurance policy, purchased in Oklahoma, didn’t cover non-emergency care outside the state. So Estacio dropped his plan this month and took a leap of faith. He joined Christian Healthcare Ministries (CHM), an alternative to health insurance that offers a religious...

    By Emily Bazar Kaiser Health News|

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