Chabad welcomes High Holidays with online, in-person events

With the High Holidays approaching and COVID-19 creating difficulties for many in joining a traditional synagogue service, Chabad of Agoura Hills will provide a variety of holiday services designed to meet the needs of the Jewish community. Chabad services are open to all Jews regardless of affiliation. To provide services while keeping everyone safe and respecting individual circumstances and preferences, […]

Agents of healing to bridge the divide

Spending time in prayer, Bible study is important in fighting hate, racism

Small acts of kindness and love, the Rev. Reggie Mercado of Fountain Foursquare Church said, can make the greatest difference in fighting hate, racism and injustice. “There’s this call from God for us to just love people,” said Mercado, the senior leader of the Moorpark church. “When we talk about the racism that happens before us, Jesus gave the solution […]

Parents are always teaching their children

COMMENTARY /// Faith in life

Late last month I listened to a concerned parent as they bemoaned the challenges of navigating virtual school. This new reality has left parents and students alike feeling like fish out of water, wondering if they will survive. While none of us think this way of doing school is ideal, I believe that we have been given an incredible opportunity […]

Agencies concerned about possible COVID, winter flu mix

Managing one pandemic is already a herculean effort for state and local health departments. But two? That will certainly be a massive challenge. Many health officials are concerned about the possibility of a “twindemic” this fall caused by a second wave of the coronavirus and an outbreak of the seasonal flu. The two health crises, the peer-reviewed Journal of American […]

Program on home care law

Senior Concerns will present a virtual community seminar titled “Legalities of Hiring In Home Care During COVID-19” from 4 to 5 p.m. Tues., Sept. 22 via Zoom. Jonathan Fraser Light, managing attorney with the firm Light- Gabler and specialist in employment law, will lead the discussion. The seminar will cover personal attendant pitfalls, meal and rest break challenges, how to […]

Community colleges feel the pinch too

During times of economic uncertainty, people return to college campuses to learn new skills and pursue different career paths. Amid the financial turmoil created by the Great Recession in the late 2000s, for example, enrollment levels for undergraduate students surged by 33%, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The greatest increase occurred at community colleges, which are more […]

Mattress store brings ministry

The message in the store window facing the 101 Freeway at the Wendy Drive exit in Newbury Park changes every few months. Since the COVID-19 pandemic slowed life—and the economy— in Ventura County, the painted signs at American Mattress Man have assured passing motorists on the 101 Freeway that “This too shall pass” and “We stand united in love.” Over […]

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 […]


Celebrating hope against cancer The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara invites the public to its Celebration of Hope At Home Affair at 6 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 27 online. There is no charge to attend. The inaugural virtual celebration will have Fran Drescher, a two-time Golden Globe nominee, author and cancer survivor, as the keynote speaker. Drescher, an actor and comedian, […]

‘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 […]

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