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y children wake up with the sun, no matter how early that might be. A month ago, that meant 5:30 a.m., now it means 6:12 a.m. I always considered myself a morning person, I really did, but there is a stark contrast between waking up to the silent sunrise and the gentle singing of the birds and being abruptly torn out of my dreams by the boisterous voices of a three-year-old, twoyear-old and one-year-old. "Mommy, I want cornflakes!" You are still under your covers and you already want cornflakes?!?! "Mommy, I woke up! Look, look, also the baby woke up. Mommy!!!" But I didn't wake up! Who told you that it was time for you to wake up? "Mama, Mama! Nnnnnda, nnnnnnda!" Oh, you are so cute, but it is soooo early. Extricating myself from the bed is not easy, but it is only after this small victory that the real battle begins. Awoken suddenly and plunged into breaking up fights and dealing with spilled bags of flour before both of my eyes are fully open isn't exactly the recipe for my best mood. So, I am faced with the three most adorable creatures in the entire world and they are waiting to be smiled upon and warmly hugged. And I? I don't want to smile, I don't want to even speak. I just want to brush my teeth in peace without someone asking me if I am using mint or strawberry toothpaste and if the mint burns my tongue. I would like to say the morning blessings and drink a cup of tea while quietly pondering the day ahead of me and who I would like to become through it. So, on a really bad day, the morning looks something like this – I mumble a fake "good morning" and, with a


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How would you feel? That is a question asked by a wide-ranging group of inquisitors ranging from kindergarten teachers chiding their immature charges, to philosophy professors lecturing to disciples about the worlds of the theoretical. Its validity sets the tone from issues that vary from the golden rule to admonitions at the supper table. And at first glance it seems that the Torah uses the maxim to mitigate a deficiency in our very own human nature. "Do not taunt or oppress a ger because you were strangers in the land of Egypt" (Exodus 22:20). According to most commentators, the verse refers to the ger -- a convert to Judaism. Others comment however, that it also applies to any newcomer, be it to a neighborhood, a synagogue, or a school. Rashi explains that the Torah forewarns the Jewish nation from being cocky toward anyone who would join our people. "After all," Rashi expounds, "the stranger can easily remind us of our since-forgotten experience in Egypt, where we, too, were strangers." However, something bothers me. The Torah's set of values is pure and unmitigated by personal partiality. So let us ask. Does it truly matter that we were once strangers? Is not it inherently wrong to taunt a newcomer? Shouldn't the Torah just say, "Do not taunt a newcomer? It is morally wrong!" Why is there even a mention of our Egyptian experience? Had we gone directly from Jacob's home to a settled life in the land of Israel, would we then be allowed to taunt newcomers? Of course not! Our years of servitude should not influence the morality of taunting others! So why does the Torah consider our bad experience a factor? Dr. Norman Blumenthal has published extensively about the unique experience of Holocaust survivors' children. Without revealing actual details, he related a case history of a young man whose father had escaped from a Nazi concentration camp at the age of 16 years old. The fugitive did not hide in the forest or in a barn, rather he joined a group of gentile partisans. For the duration of the war, he lived with them, ate with them, and killed Nazis with them. Still, the courageous young man never gave up his convictions and feelings of Judaism. On that day his father, by then a very successful executive who was very active in the American Jewish community, turned to him and said. "Son, now the easy life is over. Just like me, now you must learn what it takes to survive amongst the gentiles!" He sent the young teen to a university in the southern part of the United States where Jews were as rare as snow. Within months, the young man, mercilessly taunted in a foreign environment, suffered a nervous breakdown. It took years of therapy to undo the shambles. Perhaps we can understand the posuk in a new homiletic light. The sages declare that our experience in Egypt was very necessary, albeit uncomfortable, one to say the least. Under the duress of affliction we fortified our faith. Under the pressure of ridicule we cemented our resolve. Under the strain of duress we built families and sustained our identity. And perhaps it was that experience that laid the ability to endure far-reaching suffering, tests of faith that were only surpassed by the tests of time. And now enter the convert John Doe who hails from a corporate office in West Virginia and has made a conscious, comfortable decision to join the ranks of Moses' men. Our first reaction may just be to have him bear the test of the Jew. Like bootcamp in Fort Bragg, or beasting at West Point, we may have the urge even a compulsion to put Mr. Doe through the rigors of our oppression. After all, that is the stuff of which we are made. We may want to taunt and tease because "we were slaves in a foreign land." The Torah tells us not to do so. "Do not taunt or oppress a ger because you were strangers in a he land of Egypt." Do not impose your difficult experiences in life on others that are newcomers to your present situation. It is easy to say, "such men are made from sterner stuff" and proceed to harangue those who would join us. That should not be. Life has a personal trainer for every individual, and each soul has a particular program mapped out by the Almighty. Jews from birth may have had to suffer in Egypt, while converts have other issues to deal with. One's particular experience may not be fodder for the next person. Do not use your encounters as the standard for the entire world. One cannot view the world from the rear view mirror of his personal experience. • Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky


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Rabbi Meir said: When the Jews stood before Sinai to receive the Torah, G-d said to them: "I swear, I will not give you the Torah unless you provide worthy guarantors who will assure that you will observe its laws." The Jews declared, "Our children will serve as our guarantors!" "They truly are worthy guarantors," G-d replied. "Because of them I will give the Torah." (Midrash Rabba, Song of Songs 1:4) Of the many childish qualities which set apart the "maturity challenged" youth from their adult counterparts, two are very stark and blatant. 1) A child's entire focus is on the here and now. The past is a non-existent bygone, and the future—an even more non-existent dream. The younger the child, the more nonexistent is all but the present. For example: On Sunday morning, the average adult wakes up and thinks about his goals for the day ahead—be they taking care of responsibilities or chores, or indulging some desires and hobbies which are reserved for weekends. Only after creating some semblance of a plan does the day begin in earnest. “Yesterday” is code word for “completely irrelevant past”; “tomorrow” is code word for “utterly irrelevant future”… A child, on the other hand, wakes up and his first thought is: "What do I do now? Do I jump on Mom's head to wake her up? Or can I more wisely utilize Mom's sleep time by climbing the china closet to purloin some of the sweets she's hidden there?" The day ahead is completely irrelevant; all that matters is living in the moment. This is also why every child-raising book speaks of the importance of immediate consequences – positive or negative – for youngsters' actions. This is for two reasons: a) the warning of a future [i.e. non-existent] reward or punishment will not impact what the child will do in the [very real] present. b) If the consequence is delayed, the child can't comprehend why he's receiving a very real punishment/reward for an abstract act which has been relegated to the annals of immaterial history. Interestingly, I've noticed that young children refer to any prior date as "yesterday," and anything which will occur in the future, no matter how distant, is part of "tomorrow." How far in the past or future is unimportant; "yesterday" is code word for "completely irrelevant past", and "tomorrow" is code word for "utterly irrelevant future"… 2) Every child considers himself to be the very cog around which the world revolves; the sole purpose of


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every G-d-created being is to serve him. Every game and latest gadget was invented with him in mind, and how dare Mom and Dad – who were also put on Earth to serve him – deny him his birthright! And when they do capitulate to his whimpering and moaning and buy the toy, the nerve of them to suggest that he share it with a sibling! The importance of global upheavals and momentous scientific discoveries pale in comparison to a lollypop. If it doesn't affect him, it just doesn't matter. This is why children must be trained to feel and express gratitude. Not because they are naturally unappreciative, but because they fail to understand why, for example, they must be grateful to parents who are just performing their duty. Thanks is due to a creature who has a life and aspirations of its own who selflessly chooses to forgo his own benefit to help another. This certainly does not apply to the parent whose life's purpose is to cater to his every wish. Thanking a parent is akin to showing appreciation to the school bus which transports him to school! How much more would each of us accomplish if we were childishly eager to utilize the present moment to its utmostThese two childish qualities clearly have serious downsides. Thankfully, people mature—for living in a world wherein people remained exclusively focused on themselves without consideration for others would be unimaginable. And the human would still be living in caves if he lacked the capacity to plan for the future. However, there is much to be learned from the child's perspective. "Do not say 'When I will have free time I will study,' for perhaps you will never have free time" (Ethics 2:4). How much more would each of us accomplish if we were childishly eager to utilize the present moment to its utmost, instead of delaying important goals for an imaginary future? Furthermore, how many people's ambitions are hampered because they dwell in the non-existent past—frightened into inaction by past failures, or lacking motivation because they rest on the laurels of prior achievements? "Every person is obligated to say, 'The world was created for me'" (Sanhedrin 37a). You are not an insignificant cosmic speck; you are the reason why the world was created. G-d Himself waits for you to fulfill the purpose of creation by studying some more Torah and observing yet another mitzvah. Perhaps this is why G-d enthusiastically accepted the children as guarantors for the Torah. The message is plain: Torah is intended for "childish" people who realize t h a t (1) there's no time like the present, and (2) you are the one chosen to do it!

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mong the items that were to be included in the building of the Tabernacle was acacia wood. And though there is no acacia wood in the Sinai Desert, Rashi tells us that 210 years before the exodus, on the journey to Egypt, Yaakov (Jacob) brought acacia trees to be planted in Egypt. He knew that one day the Jews would be liberated and would need a sanctuary in their sojourn. So he prepared wood. Yaakov had not seen his son for 22 years, yet mind you while going to see Yoseph, he brought the material needed for a structure, that was to be built years in the future! What prompted Yaakov to think that way? Was there nothing else to bring to Egypt? Why wasn't he worried with the needs of the present? After all, 70 souls were entering a new land and culture. I am sure there were more pertinent things to bring than wood. On a visit to Congregation Toras Chaim of Hewlett, NY, Rabbi Paysach Krohn told a wonderful story. Ponovez Yeshiva in Bnai Beraq is one of the most distinguished Yeshivos in the world. A number of years ago, at the beginning of a semester, a young boy from Switzerland who applied there was denied entry. The Rosh Yeshiva (Dean) told him to come back in a few years, his level of study was not advanced enough for the Yeshiva, and he also was a bit too young. The boy said he understood, but he wanted to speak to the Rebbitzen, the widow of the founder and late Rosh Yeshiva of Ponovez, Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Kahanamen, of blessed memory. The Yeshiva administration was a bit surprised: Rav Kahanamen had passed away a number of years prior, and the young man did not claim to know the Rebbitzen. More important, she had no role in the admission process. Nevertheless, the young man was shown the Rebbitzen's apartment. After a few moments, the boy emerged, and the Rebbitzen asked to speak with the Rosh Yeshiva. It took less than a few minutes, for the Rosh Yeshiva to emerge and motion the young student waiting outside of the Rebbitzen's apartment. "Welcome to Ponevezer Yeshiva," the Rosh Yeshiva heartily declared. "We have decided to accept you wholeheartedly." The boy smiled while many of the students and others who gathered outside the apartment were baffled. "What

could have influenced the decision?" they wondered. The young man solved the mystery for the students who had gathered near the Rebbitzen's apartment. "When I was seven years old, one summer my mother and I vacationed at a Swiss mountain resort." Coincidentally, the Ponovezer Rav z'l was in Switzerland for the summer and checked in to the only kosher hotel in the area - the one we were at! The problem was, the only available room was on the upper floor, and it was hard for the Rav to walk up and down. My mother heard about the problem and immediately offered to switch our room on the first floor, with his. After thanking her profusely, the Rav called my mother and me into his new room. "I want to thank you, Mrs. Schwartz," he said. "I understand that when on vacation it is hard to move rooms, but more so I also want to express appreciation to your son. I'd like to buy him a toy in a gift shop. What would he like?" "I told the Rav that I did not want a toy, I did not want any prize. I did not even want a few coins. All I wanted is to become a student one day in the Ponovez Yeshiva. The Rav smiled and said that he would accept me whenever I felt I was ready. Immediately, the Rav took out a pen and paper and wrote the note that I handed to the Rebbitzen today. Frankly, I never even read it. All I know is that the vision of my youth was fulfilled today." Upon descending to Egypt, Yaakov Avinu knew that redemption would be a long way off. He also understood that one day there would be a Mishkan for his children. For without it, the exodus would be meaningless. Yaakov realized that a home for spirituality would be the key to Israel's survival. In Braishis, after crossing a river, Yaakov worries about little things he left behind and returns to retrieve them. He worried about the small things that were dear to his children. He worried about the memories of the past. Here, Yaakov worries about what he needs to build the future. There were flourishing Jewish communities in the early years of American Jewish immigration. The communities that had the vision to bring the wood to build a Mishkan - the home for Torah -- are still vibrant and flourishing. For with the vision for spirituality the Jewish people will always have the spirituality for vision. •

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It was Friday afternoon; he was a young American, visiting the Kotel for the first time. By the way he dressed and acted, I was sure that he would consent to putting on tefillin. I was usually very successful with this type of youth, but no matter what I would say, he would not agree. I tried my assortment of tested approaches one after the other, but to no avail. No matter what I said, he refused. First, I tried reason. No luck! Emotion. He didn't budge! Humor? No, he was not going to give in no matter what. I was truly surprised. With years of experience in sizing up visitors, I could almost always tell an agreeable Jew, but it was as if he had made a promise to himself and he was not going to break it. As I wrestled with him trying all the best arguments, an old man kept interrupting me, insisting on telling a story. “A story? At a time like this?” I thought. “For sure the kid was going to slip away while this old man would go on with some tale,” but he insisted. I gently held on to the tip of the boy's sleeve to keep him from slipping away as the old man began. But as soon as he started, I could see there was no need. He wasn't going anywhere. The story began, “Tomorrow is my anniversary. It will be forty-four years tomorrow that I was liberated from the death camp.” He spoke softly, almost casually. It took a moment or two to realize the depth from which he spoke. His English was perfect, which also seemed to diminish his authenticity, as if a thick Yiddish or European accent was necessary for the story to be true. “There were 8,000 of us that went in there together, and I was one of thirty-five who survived. Only thirty-five of us….” He paused looking back into that darkness. “I weighed 88 pounds when I got out.”

“The day of the liberation, I found myself in the Camp museum. The room was filled with exquisite treasures stolen from Jews and displayed as propaganda trying to justify their hatred of the Jewish People. I found before me unbelievable wealth, abandoned by the fleeing murderers as the Allied armies advanced. I knew that the room would be bare, looted, by the morning, and I could take anything I wanted. Right before me there was a ring, a watch, and a pair of tefillin. You must understand that these were not ordinary jewelry, but they were taken from a very, very rich man. The ring alone was so costly that they said it was worth 34,000 days' labor.” “At first I picked up the ring, then the watch, but I was afraid that if I took either of them, people would think that I was a very rich man and they would hunt me down for my wealth, so instead I took the tefillin. I want you to know that when I put them on I felt like I grew two feet taller. I felt strong again and I have been putting them on every day since then, and the good L-rd has kept me healthy every day since then.” He looked at the boy who by now was a soft puddle. He hugged the boy and kissed him, “Now, I want you to put on tefillin.” The boy merged into the old man's hands as he helped him to put on the tefillin. “And after you put on tefillin, I want you to come home with me for Shabbos dinner.” The boy's eyes were wide open and soaking wet. He was sure that he was dreaming, as the fortunate survivor led him away towards a joyful dinner and a changed life. by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths

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DoubleTake Can you spot the differences in these two pictures? ANNUAL BASKETBALL FUNDRAISING EVENT West Coast NCSY is running their 2nd Annual 5 on 5 community wide basketball fundraising tournament to build awareness and community support. NCSY Basketball Tournament will take place on Sunday, April 18th, 2010 from 9:00-7:00. The tournament will be a five on five full court tournament with 16 teams competing on four different starting courts playing on the UCLA campus. NCSY is offering a $1,000 grand price to the winning team. All players must be 16 years and older and may sign their team up by calling 310 2299000 ext. 226. Double Take your pictures! Please email us your event pictures to

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1.The Community Links logo on one of the t-shirts has been flipped. 2. The basketball in the back is missing. 3. One of the blue stripes on the floor is missing. 4. The sneaker colors of one of the men has been changed from white to black. 5. The words on the basketball are missing. 6. One of the guys’ socks has been removed. 7. The hanger on the back wall is gone. 8. The fire extinguisher in the back is missing. 9. The color of one of the guys pants has been changed from blue to black. 10. One of the guys t-shirts is missing The Community Links logo.


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A Perfect Setting Great gifts for all occasions- invited out for a Shabbos meal? Baby gifts...Bas Mitzvah g i f t s . . . We d d i n g gifts...House warming gifts...Don't put it off. Come in today and go out relieved. Call for a special appointment


Yosef Y. Shagalov:

Traveling Notary Public & Home Signing Agent.

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WEDDING SHTICK “Shticky Business" Shtick rental for all Simchas. Reasonable rates, beautiful one of a kind items. Arches, Umbrellas, Balloons, Mazel Tov signs, Pom Poms & more. Call Rivky at 323-997-5968 BEAUTY

You name it we design it! Business Cards, Postcards, Posters, Flyers, Stickers, CD/DVD Covers, Websites, Wedding & Bar/Bat Mitzvah Invitations, Scrapbook Albums, Digital Books, Tshirts, & More...

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will help you eliminate unwanted hair! Doctor referred over 10 years in the community. Reasonable rates, Flexible hours open Sundays by appt.

Traditional Ritual Circumcision Rabbi Nachman B. Kreiman Certified Mohel vjnun kvun

Home: 323.934.9329 Cell: 323.896.5098

Over 20 years experience, lessons at your location, all levels and all ages.


PERSONAL TRAINER Woman to Woman work out in the comfort of your own home with experienced fitness nstructor. Personalized fun and effective exercise program. Progress guaranteed. Lowest prices offered! Please call Mazel 310-4303282.


310-595-5490 DRESS MAKER



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Ariel Louk "Because A Simcha Should Be Happy."

Orchestra / One Man Band. Weddings, Bar/Bat Mivahs, Special Occasions. Quality music, Competitive prices. References available.


HOSIERY Luxurious Italian Womans’ Hosiery. Amazing Prices, starting from only $3.25 Call Sarah 818-284-7965

What do I do when my child (fill in your least acceptable behavior)? Take the best parenting class in town to learn how to deal with misbehavior, discouragement and poor school performance. In addition, acquire all the skills necessary to raise confident, independent, and responsible children. Appropriate for ages 0-5, 6-11, and teens. Individual or group sessions. Affordable. Call Irine Schweitzer, LCSW for more information,



Please Call 323-9335960 or 323-3488786

A Time for Dance A Time for Dance is proud to present - Yachad Dance Ensemble West's inaugural performance in LA! "The Crown of Creation", a ballet choreographed by Hadassah Esther and based on the book written by Chana Weisberg. This performance will not only entertain you also to feed your neshama. Come learn through the art of dance about various women in the Torah and their middos, with the question of how we can apply these middos in our everyday life. March 7, 2010 at Beverly Hills High, tickets are $25, $50 sponsorship, proceeds to benefit Jewish Family Services- Family Violence Project. Matinee performance, 2 pm. For girls and women only. For more information (424) 24ACHDUS -766-

310-462-5368 or email

Channa Tellis Dress Maker & Expert Alterations with 40 yrs of experience, also available for Sewing Classes.

Parenting With Wisdom

for all your simchas and special events. For more info Please call Eli Stiefel


Sofer Coming from Israel to LA!!! Ten used kosher sefer Torahs with Kashrus certificates for Sale. Also available for repairs. New or used Torahs for sale. Please Call 718-560-3031


Eli's One Man Band

Call anytime for an appt.


Drum Lessons



Robin Schultz Ackerman


For more information, please call Ariel Louk: Cell: 323-997-2647 Tel: 310-659-9346

CAREER TRAINING PROGRAMS Are you Unemployed and collecting Unemployment Benefits? FULL Financial Aid is available to unemployed individuals. Receive career training at NO COST to YOU. These funds are available through President Obama’s Economic Stimulus Package. Act now while funds are available. Los Angeles ORT Technical Institute has several Nationally Accredited Career Training Programs. Please call 323-966-5444. Ask for Flora or Jesse.


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REAL ESTATE OPPORTUNITIES 1.Seven unit Apartment building in Pico/Robertson. 2. Shopping center with Cap of ten. 3. Four unit Apartment building east of Fairfax and North of Beverly Blvd. 4.Short sales, 3 bedroom House in Pico/Robertson. 5. Condominiums foreclosure in Wilshire Corridor & Brentwood. For more information please call Daniel Dayani 310.279.2991 or email: ROOMATE WANTED Roommate wanted. For more info please call 310-2792991

ROOMATE WANTED Young male wants male roomies. 3bd/3bth townhouse @Coldwater/Victory. New paint/remodeled. Near Kosher food & shuls.Call Boruch (818)426-8145






BOOKKEEPING For all your bookkeeping needs call Raizy Grossman @ 310-279-2139




Near Pico/Beverly Drive, double entry door, granite kitchen, stainless steel appliances, washer/dryer, 2 bedroom 2 bathroom, walk in closet. Exotic bamboo floors, central AC, elevator, fitness room, subterranean parking, intercom. Built in 2008. 2 weeks free with one year lease. Beverly Hills Adjacent Homes for Lease 3 bedroom 2 bath single story, well maintained Vintage Home w/Central Air/heat, Hardwood floors, Remodeled Kitchen, separate Dining room, Laundry, Lrg Garage with AC. 5 Bedroom 3.5 Bath Luxury Home, Marble floors, Lrg Luxury Granite Kitchen, huge living/dining room w/vaulted ceilings, Wet Bar, 2 Master Suites, Jacuzzi, Laundry, Sauna, basketball court. Lots of Built-ins. Call Daniel @ (310) 925 - 9972 ROOM FOR RENT Private entrance with bathroom, Shomer Shabbos woman only, beautiful garn and near La Cienega park. Please call 818-284-7965. ROOM FOR RENT Looking for a female to rent a one bedroom with private bathroom in a house. Laundry & Kosher Kitchen, utilities included. Please call Jila at 310.704.3940.


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Tehachapi Torah Center(ed Community) Welcomes 'The Open Yeshiva Yeshiva Ateret Tzvi'. For a schedule of Shiurim call Reb Hershy at 661.8230758. Healthy, Serene, Affordable, Child Friendly. Suited for families, individuals, & other existing Torah organizations. Prime 18 acre Torah campus in development. One can participate in Mikvah building now. Winter/Spring schedule: Weekly Parsha Preview, Monthly Women's Rosh Hodesh Party, TU B'Shevat Hike, Purim Program, Pessach Minyan. Register now for: Minyan, Lemudai Kodesh Co-op, Summer Camp. Tehachapi Ca. 93561, 90 miles/minutes from route 14 at 5. Priced From: Houses $97,500. Lots $20,000. Build to suit $100SF. Apartments $650, Houses $850, Rooms $425.Learn More! Contact Roger M. 310-948-5137 kerncountykehilla.htm

ROOM FOR RENT One very large room for rent with private bathroom, separate entrance, parking, kosher kithchen, laundry and utilities included in the La Brea area. Please email me at OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT Furnished office space for rent in quiet Pico/Robertson area …. Various offices -private and shared space available. Lease includes furnished office space with storage, use of conference rooms and break room amenities. Ancillary services available by arrangement. or 310-360-8512

Orthodox woman available to watch your children full time or part-time hours, at your location. Excellent references. 323-6519389



Excellent Opportunity for highly motivated sales person to work for growing business. Create your own hours. Work from home. For further information please email us at info@community Ref #1980

JOB OPPORTUNITY Administrative Assistant for Unique Job Opportunity Looking for someone dedicated, reliable, long-term, and motivated to perform all administrative duties. Will work one-on-one with owner. Job description: - Computer skills a must: MS Word/Excel, QuickBooks, basic Photoshop skills. Must be able to solve minor computer issues - Digital Photography - Answering phones, setting up appointments, greeting clients - Shipping - Managing website - 40 hours a week. The right person must be very organized, detail oriented, a good problem solver, with excellent written and verbal communication skills. This is a full-time job in downtown Los Angeles. Please send a resume and a brief email telling us about yourself to Salary: $13/hr and parking. Additional opportunity to earn more based on a job welldone.

TEACHER WANTED Wanted responsible teacher to homeschool 10 year old boy. Previous experience required. Please call 818-7081989 or 818-355-3789

Salesman Wanted Experienced salesman wanted in home furnishing business in the Pico/Robertson area. Full time, salery + Commission. Please call 310-877-5555

Recession-Proof Careers In just 8 months we will train you in a recession-proof career, and help you find an exciting job in: • Pharmacy Technician • Medical Assistant • Medical Office Management • Accounting • Administrative Assistant • Business Management • Computer Graphics & Desktop Publishing • Computer Aided Design & Drafting (Auto Cad) Call Los Angeles ORT Technical Institute 1-800998-2678 LA ORT is Non-Profit organization. Financial Aid, Scholarship and Transportation assistance are available. Mid-Wilshire: 6435 Wilshire BL, Los Angeles CA 90048 Valley: 14519 Sylvan ST, Van 91411 Nuys CA



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MEAT Afshan Restaurant RCC 106 W. 9th St. LA, (213) 622-1010 Bocca Steakhouse RCC 16610 Ventura. Encino, 91436 (818) 905-5855 Café Del Mar Dairy/Meat Kehila 12526 Burbank Blvd. N.H. 91607 (818) 487-8171 Chic N Chow Kehila 9301 West Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 274-5595 Chinese and Kabob Kehila 9180 Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 274-4007 Circa RCC 433 N. Fairfax Avenue, LA, 90036 323-653-1941 Cohen’s Restaurant RCC 316 E Pico Blvd # F LA, CA 90015 (213) 742-8888 Delice Bistro Kehila 8581 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 289-1702 Elat Burger Ben Zaken 9340 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 278-4692 Elite Cuisine RCC 7119 Beverly Blvd. LA, 90036 (323) 930-1303 Falafel Express Bukstan 5577 Reseda Blvd. Tarzana, 9135 (818) 345-5660 Falafel Grill Chabad 5611 Kanan R. Agoura Hills, 91301 (818) 991-8799 Glatt Hut RCC 9303 W. Pico Blvd. 90035 (310) 246-1900 Golan RCC 13075 Victory Blvd. N. H, 91606 (818) 763-5344 Got Kosher? RCC 8914 W. Pico Blvd. 90035 (310) 858-1920 Habayit Bukstan 11921 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90064 (310) 479-5444 Haifa Ben Zaken 8717 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 888-7700


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Jeffs Gourmet Kehila 8930 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 858-8590 Kosher Chicks RCC 186081/2Ventura Blvd. Tarzana, 91356 (818) 343-8800 La Gondola Kehila 9025 Wilshire Blvd. BH, 90211 (310) 247-1239

The Meating Place KCA 30313 Canwood St. AH, 91301 (818) 706-1255

Tierra Sur at Herzog Winery 3201 Camino DelSol Oxnard (805) 983-1560

Beverly Elite Cafe RCC 7115 Beverly Blvd. LA, 90036 (323) 936-2861

Mashu Mashu RCC 12510 Burbank Blvd. 91607 (818)752-ASIA (2742)

Beverly Cafe Elite RCC 7113 Beverly Blvd. LA, 90035 (323) 931-3563

Metro Glatt RCC 8975 W. Pico Blvd. 90035 (310) 275-4420

Bibis Warmstone Kehila 8928 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 246-1788

Nagilla Meating Place Kehila 9407 West Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 788-0119

Bramis Pizza

Orange Delight Kehila 13628 Ventura Blvd. SO, 91423 (818) 788-9896 Pats Kehila 9233 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 205-8705 Pico Kosher Deli RCC 8826 West Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 273-9381 Pita Way RCC 8532 Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 652-5236 Sassis Kehila 15622 Ventura, Encino, 91436 (818) 986-5345 Shanghai Kehila 9401 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 553-0998 Shilohs Kehila 8939 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 858-1652 Subway Kehila 8948 W Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 274-1222 Sunrise RCC 9216 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 786-8282 Temptation Grill Kehila 17547 Ventura B. Encino, 91316 (818) 995-4700


Nagilla Pizza Kehila 9411 West Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 788-0111


La Glatt RCC 446 Fairfax Ave. LA, 90036 (323) 658-7730

Milky Way Kehila 9108 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 859-0004

Nana Cafe RCC 1509 S Robertson Blvd. (310) 407-0404 Pico Cafe Kehila 8944 W Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 310-385-9592 Pizza Maven Kehila 140 North La Brea Blvd. 90036 (323) 857-0353


17736 ShermanWay, Reseda 91326

Pizza Nosh Rabbi Ami Markel 30313 Canwood St. A.H. 91301 (818) 991-3000

(818) 342-0611 Circa RCC 8622 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles (310) 854-0592 Cow Jumped Over The Moon


421 N Rodeo Drive, B.H. 90210 (310) 274-4269 Delice Kehila 8583 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 289-6556 Fish Grill Kehila 7226 Beverly Blvd. LA, 90036 (323) 937-7162 12013 Wilshire Blvd. LA, 90025 (310) 479-1800 9618 W. Pico Blvd. 90035 (310) 860-1182 22935 Pacific Coast Highway (310) 456-8585

Pizza Station Kehila 8965 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 276-8708 Pizza World Kehila 365 Fairfax Ave. LA, 90036 (323) 653-2896 Sassis Sushi Kehila 16550 Ventura, Encino, 91436 (818) 783-2727 Shalom Pizza RCC 8715 West Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 271-2255 Unique Cafe Rabbi Aron Simkin 18381 Ventura Blvd. Tarzana (818) 757-3100


Jerusalem Pizza Kehila 17942 Ventura Blvd. Encino, CA 91316

(818) 758-9595 La Brea Bagel Kehilla 7308 Beverly Blvd. LA, 90036 (323) 965-1287 La Pizza Rabbi Furst 12515 Burbank Blvd. N.H, 91607 (818) 760-8198 Milk N Honey RCC 8837 West Pico Blvd LA, 90035 (310) 858-8850

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Fish In The Village RCC 12450 Burbank Blvd. N.H, 91607 (818) 769-0085 Le Sushi 12524 Burbank Blvd N.H. 91607 (818) 763-6600 SushiKo RCC 9340 West Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 274-3474







Stunning first class restort boasts: chassidishe shechita & cholov yisroel The KMR culinary team in conjunction with the 5 Diamond 5 Star culinary staff of the St. Regis | Private Sedorim Available | 24 hr scrumptious tea room | All suites include complimentary butler service | Balcony in every room - Private Beach | Live entertainment | Exclusive KMR | activity concierge | Outstanding children’s programs | Amazing Learning And Kids Program | Acclaimed Heartwarming Chazzon | Experienced Teachers available for children & adult classes or private learning | Non-Gebrokts, Chassidishe Shechita and Cholov Yisroel

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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis Founder & President of Hineni 2nd days


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