Tagged Los Angeles

Celebrating Sukkot in a time of drought

Andy Lipkis, founder of TreePeople, is building cisterns to collect rainwater in Los Angeles. (Photo: James Kellogg, courtesy of TreePeople)

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — While preparing for Sukkot in drought-ridden California, I hoped that the holiday’s joy had not dried up alongside much of the state’s water supply. For a holiday also called “the season of our joy,” one that celebrates the harvest and is filled with greenery and fruit,… Read more »

In L.A.’s Koreatown, Wilshire Boulevard Temple bets big on the past for its future

The Wilshire Boulevard Temple is undergoing a restoration and expansion project that when complete will have taken more than a decade and cost nearly $200 million. Above, the synagogue's sanctuary. (Tom Bonner)

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — The time has long since passed when the Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s address on its namesake boulevard was considered glamorous. Now the surrounding blocks are the clamorous heart of Koreatown, with all its urban grit: traffic snarls, hulking office buildings, electronics shops, dentists, and banks with… Read more »

At historic L.A. synagogue, songwriter pushes interfaith harmony and urban renewal

Craig Taubman has opened the Pico Union Project in a historic synagogue building in downtown Los Angeles as a home for culutral, religious and community events. (Anthony Weiss)

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — On the first floor of the Pico Union Project, members of the Women’s Mosque of America are preparing the historic sanctuary for prayers, spreading long bolts of cloth on the floor, hanging a banner from the organ loft and placing an open copy of the… Read more »

I am buying homeless signs for Sukkot this year

LOS ANGELES (Jewish Journal) — I started building my sukkah in December. To those of you who are sukkah DIYers, you know how ridiculous this sounds. A sukkah is the ritual hut that Jews build each year on the holiday of Sukkot, which begins this year on the evening… Read more »

With a side of wry, a ‘schmucky’ deli truck rolls into L.A.

Matthew Koven, left, and Roger Ramkissoon stand next to their new L.A. deli truck. (Edmon J. Rodman)

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — It’s not a dinner for schmucks but a lunch served by one. That may sound harsh, but how else to introduce a new food truck rolling on the streets of Los Angeles called “Schmuck with a Truck”? On only his eighth day of business, the… Read more »