High Holy Days preparation

In 2009, the husband and wife team of Rabbi Ira Rosenfeld and Cantor Beth Wasserman Rosenfeld started HomeShul, a home-based religious school experience, with three students including their son. Before long there were several HomeShul groups throughout Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The team realized a need existed to provide a community to the families of their students and friends […]

‘Here I am’: challenged but emboldened for High Holy Days

COMMENTARY /// This year’s High Holidays

We’re all being tested this year, and I’m not referring to the swab invasions up our nostrils. We’re being tested for our sense of priorities, our core principles and attitudes, and our underlying faith. These “tests” are being manifested in virtually every area of our lives. A few weeks from now they will take on yet another dimension for members […]

Drive-in worship

Community members can attend a safe drive-in church service at 9:30 a.m. Sun., Aug. 31 in the parking lot of King of Glory Lutheran Church, 2500 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. Attendees can hear music and an uplifting sermon through their car radio. For more information, go to or Facebook@ KOGLutheranChurch.

Believers adapt to new rules, continue to move services outdoors

Parks, parking lots, patios become places of worship

Birds aren’t the only ones singing outside in Thousand Oaks on Sunday mornings. Since Ventura County’s health order prohibits indoor worship services but permits outdoor ones, houses of worship across the Conejo Valley have been meeting in parking lots, patios and parks in compliance with COVID-19 prevention measures. Journey Church in Thousand Oaks is one of a half-dozen religious groups […]

Gathering for Shabbat

Church panel delves into racism

When the death of George Floyd sparked national outcry over racial injustice, Pastor Mickey Fenn wondered how she help. The pastor at The Way Station worship community in Camarillo received a text from her friend, the Rev. Wayne Hopkins of First Timothy Missionary Baptist Church in downtown Los Angeles. The two talked about how they were coping with racial tension […]

The United Faiths of America

COMMENTARY /// Keeping the faith

We’ve now passed the midway point of one of the most challenging years in recent memory. 2020 has pushed us to our limits during the pandemic, and we have been confronted with the uncomfortable reality of injustice that often remains hidden in plain sight. We’ve all been taught to believe in America, but now we must engage in the deep […]

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