Good deeds

Temple Aliyah will host Mitzvah Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sun., Aug. 26 at 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. Local charities will provide activities for all ages. The groups will also take in collections of new toys for children, games, books and art supplies as well as toiletries, food, baby toiletries and adult business attire. The participating […]


Celebrate the Jewish New Year Calabasas-based Congregation Or Ami will hold its Jewish High Holy Day services for the fourth year in the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. T.O. Blvd. Rosh Hashana celebrates the Jewish New Year of 5779, beginning Sun. and Mon., Sept 9 and 10. The 10 days of awe will culminate on the […]

A healthy spirituality

Group combines exercise with belief

Monique Reynolds lived a sedentary lifestyle in the year following her breast cancer diagnosis as she underwent chemotherapy and five surgeries, including a double mastectomy. As the Newbury Park mother of two began to recover from her medical ordeal, she knew she needed to address her general well-being. She liked the idea of a faith-based fitness group, so she joined […]

Pastor’s impact remains after leaving pulpit

When Larry DeWitt left a thriving congregation in Indiana and moved his wife and three children across the country to California to take over a struggling church with 60 members, there were more than a few doubts. “I thought my parents were crazy,” said son Kirk DeWitt, who was 10 at the time. “We were leaving security, friends, family and […]

Church leader learns life lessons along historic pilgrimage path

The Rev. Mike Harbert was tired and sore. His right leg was swollen and his body felt like Jell-O after he’d walked more than 200 miles through the mountainsides of France and Spain. The interim senior pastor at Moorpark Presbyterian Church was at the point halfway of his monthlong journey along the Camino de Santiago, a nearly 500-mile religious pilgrimage […]

Rabbi to share stories

Rabbi Gershon Weissman will speak on the topic “Blessings from Jerusalem! Stories of a Resilient People” at 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 16 at a private home in Agoura Hills. Weissman, who is from Jerusalem, Israel, is a former rabbi of Temple Beth Haverim and The New Shul of the Conejo Weissman and his wife, Sheva, made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) […]

Congregation collects, cleans clothes for foster kids

On a recent hot summer afternoon, a team of volunteers packed into the back room of Moorpark’s Faith Lutheran Church to sort through piles of shirts, pants and sweatshirts. The group of volunteers, both young and old, wasn’t slowed by the rising temps of the stuffy room but continued to work together to organize the clothing that crowded the small […]

Congregation comes to the rescue

GET MOVING—Sisters Paulina and Nicole Lomba of Northridge get their groove on during one of the many 30-second dance breaks taken while packing dry goods for the needy in Africa on July 29. More than 200 members of California Community Church gathered at the church in Agoura Hills to create 100,000 packages of food for delivery. Below, Pastor Brad Johnson, […]

A talk on fighting anti-Semitism

Temple Ner Simcha will host a public lecture and discussion titled “Anti-Semitism: A History of Hate” at 5:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 5 in a private room at Bogie’s, 32001 Agoura Road, Westlake Village. The discussion will cover the historical and theological roots of anti-Semitism, how it manifests in the 21st century, and how to respond appropriately when encountering such behavior. […]

A gem of an educational program

Valley Outreach Synagogue will host the 10-year anniversary of its JEWELS educational program with a family Shabbat dinner Fri., Sept. 21. JEWELS (Jewish education: wisdom, ethics, Hebrew literacy and service) founders, past and present board members, educators, students and their families will celebrate the past 10 years of the program at the event. A decade ago, a group of parents, […]

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