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 By Gabrielle Birkner    News    May 10, 2019

Celebrating Shabbat in Poway, a week after the deadly shooting

POWAY, Calif. (JTA)-"Those who are standing can remain standing," Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein joked, a nod to the standing-room-only crowd that had packed Chabad of Poway for Friday night services. For... Full story


Shooting at San Diego-area synagogue leaves 1 dead, 3 wounded

(JTA)-A shooting at a Chabad synagogue in Poway, near San Diego, California, has left one person dead and three injured, including a child. Police in Poway detained a white 19-year-old San Diego man... Full story


Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60, killed in Poway attack, shielded rabbi

POWAY, California (JTA)-Lori Gilbert-Kaye, who was killed in the attack at a Chabad synagogue near San Diego, is credited with jumping in front of the synagogue's rabbi to shield him from the... Full story


Los Angeles fire races through the heart of a Jewish community

LOS ANGELES (JTA)-The Woolsey Fire, which began late last week and engulfed a massive swath of Southern California, has killed at least two people, burned nearly 100,000 acres and ravaged hundreds of... Full story


Separated by the Holocaust, old friends find each other 76 years later

LOS ANGELES (JTA)-When Alice (Gerstel) Weit last saw Simon Gronowski, she was 13 and he was 10 and, by Alice's recollection, "the most adorable boy ever." When they reunited this week, 76 years... Full story


Marvin Hier says he's 'proud' to be Trump's inauguration rabbi

LOS ANGELES (JTA)-Rabbi Marvin Hier has known Charles and Seryl Kushner-Jared Kushner's parents and Donald Trump's in-laws-for decades. The Hiers and the Kushners have gone to the same kosher for... Full story


'Beverly Hills, 90210' is inspiration at Jewish charity benefit

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. (JTA)-Back in the 1990s, the Fox series "Beverly Hills, 90210″ tackled eating disorders, gun safety, addiction and AIDS in a tone so earnest that it seems quaint in the era o... Full story


Federations' G.A. focuses on healing after Iran rancor

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Think unity. On the heels of this year's rancorous and polarizing debate over the Iran nuclear deal, organizers of this week's General Assembly of Jewish federations wanted their... Full story


What the Klinghoffers taught me-and the world

NEW YORK (JTA)-I first met Leon Klinghoffer's daughters in 2004, shortly after my father and stepmother were murdered in a robbery. Back then I was a TMI (too much information) machine, telling my... Full story


Rochelle Shoretz, founder of Sharsheret, dies at 42

NEW YORK (JTA)-Rochelle Shoretz was fond of saying, "There are no problems, only solutions." Her approach to life was not to dwell on bad news, but to channel the energy that friends described as... Full story


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