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No Need To Reinvent Holocaust History

Much Does It Cost Me?? 34 How I am reminded of the fellow who asked me if he really needed to put up mezuzahs on all his doorways inside his house. When I answered that he did, he gave a huge krechtz. "Oh Rabbi, but I just built a new house with eighteen rooms. Do you realize how much the mezuzahs are going to cost?!" Rabbi Yossy Goldman

We Jews do not need a re-writing of history. There were many acts of heroism which led to the saving of tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of Jews. There are so many stories of heroism to recall. Dr. Robert J. Rome, Ph.D

Elul-The Month of the Bride The month of Elul is a month in which the love between the Divine Groom and His Bride Israel is at its height. This is alluded to by the fact that, in Hebrew, the first letters of the verse “I am to my beloved and my beloved is to me” (ani ledodi v’dodi li) spell the word Elul. Rabbi Simon Jacobson

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No Need to Reinvent Holocaust History: The Shul That Fired 50 Rabbis and Other Jewish Acts of Heroism By: Robert J. Rome, Ph.D.

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arlier this month, a new film by Quentin Tarantino opened. “Inglourious Basterds,” the new movie, reinvents history. This movie is about the Holocaust period. However, in this re-writing of history, it is the Nazis who must fear the Jews, not vice versa. Jews in this story take revenge.

Tarantino was interviewed in the L.A. Times. He said that he chose to make a movie about the underdog fighting back. He says that he could have made a movie about the American Indians, but chose instead to make the movie about Jews. Any underdog could have worked, according to Tarantino.

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Had Tarantino only looked at the actual history of the period before, after and during World War II, he would have seen that there were many examples of the heroic saving and defense of Jews. Despite being outmanned and outgunned, Jews used their smarts and everything they had to save other Jews. Recently, Allan Lowy of Los Angeles shared with me a story about his grandfather in Czechoslovakia. The evening before the Czech police were to take the Jews for the Germans, “the Jew Lowy,” as the police later called the Lowy grandfather, arranged for hundreds in the Jewish community to be injected with naphtha. The injections caused many scores of Jews to get high fevers. The symptoms mimicked typhus, although they were short lived. The Germans had warned the local police to isolate anyone with typhoid fever. As the Jewish community was quarantined because of the “typhoid outbreak,” Lowy arranged for the secret evacuation of hundreds of mostly women and children. When the Germans came back, they realized what “the Jew Lowy” had done. “The Jew Lowy” had defeated the Nazis. Although Lowy was eventually transported to Auschwitz where he died, he managed to save hundreds of Jews. He was a true hero in our history. Jewish tragedy did not fully end with the cessation of the war. After the war, Jews were kept in “Displaced Persons” centers. The DP’s (as the Jewish survivors of the ruins of Europe were called) were in many cases housed in the very camps the Germans had built to kill them. There were few ways out. These Jews could not go to Palestine, as the British barred their entry. They could not go to the United States because of immigration laws, with a major exception. If a DP had a guaranteed job, he or she could enter the U.S. and settle. Allan Lowy shared with me another story, this one about an uncle who was the leader of a small Shul in Texas. This uncle kept hiring “Rabbis” from among the DP’s originally from the old community in Czechoslovakia. These men who survived the Holocaust had all attended Yeshiva. One by one, these Displaced Persons presented themselves for the job as the Rabbi of the Texas Shul. After a short time, each “Rabbi” was fired, but not until

after gaining entry into the United States. Another member of the community was then summoned from Europe to serve as the next Rabbi of the Shul. Dozens of Jews were thus rescued from the ashes of Europe in this way. Apparently, U.S. immigration and customs never figured this one out. They never figured out that a small Texas Shul hired and fired and went through dozens of Rabbis in this manner, all for the rescuing of survivors. The story of the Shul that had 50 Rabbis is part of our real history as Jews. Within the past year, the movie Defiance told the historic account of two Jewish brothers who saved 1500 Jews from rural Poland and Soviet territories. There are many dozens of other stories. Some are well known. Others remain largely family secrets as many Holocaust survivors remained silent about their heroism. We Jews do not need a re-writing of history. There were many acts of heroism which led to the saving of tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of Jews. There are so many stories of heroism to recall. I don’t want to imply that Jews were not the victims during the war period. This was the most tragic period in Jewish or any history. At no other time in history had one people been targeted in this manner with 6,000,000 exterminated. Yet, the courageous heroism in the face of such danger was very much present. Without traditional weapons, Jews fought in any way they could. Injecting wax into the arm to mimic symptoms of typhus was one of many “weapons” Jews lived to save fellow Jews. Hiring and firing Rabbis was yet another ingenious plan. We need to share the real stories of history, not make up new stories. We don’t need to add to the history, we need to recall actual events. To Quentin Tarantino, I thank you for your attempt to make Jewish heroes. Your efforts, however, would have been better spent trying to study actual accounts of what happened in this tragic period. The real stories of heroism are more fascinating than the make believe.

Robert J. Rome, Ph.D., is a licensed Psychologist in clinical practice in Encino, California. He can be reached at RJRome@aol.com.

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"L'Chayim" -"To Life!"

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eivel was a simple Jew. He had a little farm in the Polish countryside and lived a meager life with his wife and four children. But he had a dream. From the minute he heard about the Baal Shem Tov he longed to see him. For years he saved and scrimped until finally this year he had enough for the journey and to hold his family till he returned.

The weather smelled of winter. It was the Jewish month of Elul the month of 'tshuva' (spiritual return). Then there would be the month of Tishrei: Rosh Hashanah! Yom Kippur! Succot! Simchat Torah! Hundreds, even thousands of Chassidim would be there together; learning, praying, hearing the words of the Holy Besht, and seeing his holy face. He couldn't wait! After a five-day journey cramped in a wagon with ten other Chassidim he finally arrived in the town of Mezibuz. What he had heard was right. Even the sky and the air were different here; every molecule seemed to be shouting, 'Rosh HaShanah is coming! The King of the Universe is near!' He was so excited! Everyone was heading into the shul and he followed, suitcase in hand. In another minute he would see him. He would see the Baal Shem Tov in person! But he was to be in for a big surprise. The room was packed with hundreds of Chassidim when suddenly everyone became silent; the Rebbe was entering! The Besht appeared from a side door, gave a quick penetrating look around the room and suddenly his eyes fixed on … Feivel! Feivel was in awe. This was the moment he had been waiting for. But why was the Rebbe staring at him? Everything was dreamlike; he vaguely felt that he was the center of attention, but all he saw was the master's eyes gazing deeply at him. Suddenly the Besht lowered his head in deep thought, or perhaps prayer, then looked up once again and called out "Feivel. Feivel! Fool! Dolt! What are you doing here?" The silence was deafening, the Chassidim were afraid to breathe. Something very strange was going on; something was clearly wrong.

move but there was nowhere to go. "Leave!" shouted the Besht. "Leave here immediately!" He started moving backwards, afraid to turn his back on the holy man but afraid to stay even another second, his heart was thumping and a cold sweat clung to his forehead. He felt the door at his back, turned the knob and stumbled outside, back first, into the street. He was crying, disorientated, he stood up, brushed himself off and walked zombie-like over to the carriage stand, paid for the five day journey home, climbed in and was on his way back in a dizzy stupor. After a few hours the wagon stopped. "What's this?" he asked, "Why are we stopping?" "What? Never rode in a wagon before, Jew?" answered the driver, "It's night-time, and we can't travel at night! Here, look outside. See? It's night and here's the inn. We'll stay here." Poor Feivel was so bewildered by his encounter with the Besht he didn't notice anything. He got out of the carriage still clutching his old suitcase and dragged himself into the inn. To sleep was out of the question, he was trying to digest what had happened. He sat at table in a corner, ordered a beer and tried to remember. Maybe he did do some sort of sin… maybe it was a punishment. It's true he didn't learn much Torah. But that couldn't be what the Besht expelled him for; the Besht loved every Jew, even unlearned ones. He vaguely heard the sound of another carriage stopping, and then joyous singing from outside. It got louder and louder until the inn door burst open and a group of Chassidim came pouring in. They were just hours away from the Besht, boisterous and happy. "Give us vodka!" sang one of the group, "Tomorrow we'll be with the Rebbe!" "Oy!" groaned poor Feivel bitterly, "Oy, oy! 'The Rebbe'!" And he began to weep quietly to himself.

"Aren't you ashamed of yourself ?" exclaimed the Besht, "How dare you come into a holy place like this!"

Feivel was sure that the Chassidim didn't notice him sitting in the shadows. He watched as they pushed a few tables together, sat down, and began pouring small cups of Vodka for one another, toasting l'chayim, saying words of Torah and singing.

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Head drooping, he was looking down at the table when suddenly he felt two Chassidim grab him under the arms, lift him to his feet and pull him over to their table. He tried to resist, to protest, to beg them to leave him alone, but to no avail. They had decided that he must be one of the Misnagdim (opposers of the Besht) -- how else to explain the long face? -- and that they had an obligation to transform him. It wasn't long before they forced him to take a drink and say l'chayim with them, then another and in another few minutes he too was singing and dancing and the hours passed like minutes. "Aha! What was that? A rooster crowed--it is already dawn!' The Chassidim paid for the drinks, piled back into the wagon (accompanied by a very drunk Feivel still clutching his old suitcase), shouted, "We're going to the Rebbe!" and began another song. Five hours later they were in Mezibuz, out of the wagon and on their way to the Baal Shem's shul. Two of them had their arms under Feivel's and were 'carrying' him with them. "Ah yes!" mumbled Feivel, not realizing that he was back in the exact same room that the Besht evicted him from less than 24 hours ago. Suddenly the room fell silent, the side door opened, the Baal Shem entered the room and his eye again caught Feivel. Feivel looked up, his eyes met the Baal Shem's, and at that instant it was like someone threw a bucket of freezing water on him. He snapped to rigid attention, and then began changing colors; red from shame, white from fear, green from dizziness, he wanted to run, to back out the door, but he was too confused. "Welcome, Feivel" shouted the tzadik (holy man). "My beloved Feivel! Where have you been? How I've worried about you." Now Feivel was really mixed up. His mind was spinning like a merry-go-round "What's going on here?" he thought

to himself. "Maybe yesterday never happened, or maybe now I'm dreaming!" Then the Besht beckoned him to come and the Chassidim moved aside making a path for him. He took Feivel's hand and explained. "My dear Feivel , you didn't know it but yesterday when you entered, the Angel of Death entered with you. I instantly realized that you wouldn't live to see Rosh Hashanah. "I tried praying for mercy but to no avail; it had been decreed in heaven that your time had come. I had to act fast. It is known that embarrassing someone is public is like killing him, so I spoke harsh words to that Dark Messenger that I knew you and everyone else would think were directed to you. I thought that maybe shaming you would fulfill the heavenly decree, but it didn't; the angel was now dancing over your head. "So," I thought to myself, "maybe with the Angel of Death it will help to be smart. I figured that if I told you to leave you'd probably catch the first carriage back home and your home is a five day journey so you would have to stop at an inn at night. When you got to that inn I reasoned that you probably wouldn't want to sleep, so you'd probably sit awake at one of the tables all night. "Now, the Chassidim on their way here also aren't able to travel at night and would have to stop at that inn as well, and they also won't be able to sleep because they'll be too happy. For sure they wouldn't be able to bear seeing someone sad like you, so probably they would try to cheer you up by making you sit with them and have a little vodka. Now when the Chassidim drink vodka they don't just make a blessing, they say 'L'Chayim' which means 'To Life!' Right? "Maybe you don't know it, Feivel, but according to the Torah when three observant Jews sit together they have the power of a Judicial Court. In other words, when they all raised their cups to you and declared: 'To Life!' this was like a legal decision for life that overrode the power of the previous Heavenly decree (because the Torah was given primarily to humans, not angels)." "And I see that it worked: the Angel of Death has departed. Welcome to Mezibuz!

Yerachmiel Tilles is Co-founder and AssociateDirector of Ascent-of-Safed, and Editor of Ascent Quarterly and the AscentOfSafed.com and KabbalaOnline.org websites. He has hundreds of published stories to his credit, and many have been translated into other languages.

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n every relationship, there are times when the “male” or giving partner takes the initiative, and times when the “female” or receiving partner is the one to first express her feelings and thereby stimulate the feelings of her partner.

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The question of who takes the initiative has a profound effect on the nature of the relationship. For though the end result is that both of them express their love for each other, the one who takes the initiative determines the nature of the other’s response. When initiated by the giving partner, the response stimulated in the recipient will likewise be a “masculine” response; when initiated by the recipient, the giver’s response will also be of a “feminine” nature, for it will be influenced and shaped by the source of its arousal. In Song of Songs, which explores the relationship between G-d and Israel through the metaphor of the love between a bride and her groom, we find expressions of both male-initiated and female-initiated love. In one verse, the narratress proclaims, “My beloved is to me, and I am to him.”[1] In another, she says, “I am to my beloved, and my beloved is to me.”[2] There are times when the Almighty showers us with love and kindness, arousing in us a response in kind (“My beloved is to me, and I am to him”). But there are also times in which we take the initiative, expressing our love and devotion to Him despite His apparent distance from us, thereby arousing in Him His love for us (“I am to my beloved, and my beloved is to me”). It may be argued that the divinely-initiated love produces a higher and loftier love than that which is initiated by ourselves. When the initial arousal comes from G-d, it is a show of love that is as infinite and sublime as its source, arousing in us feelings that we could never have produced ourselves. Nevertheless, such a love cannot be said to be truly our own. We have been overwhelmed by something that is infinitely greater than ourselves, and our own response is likewise “larger than life,” bearing little relation to who and what we are in our natural state. On the other hand, the love we generate from ourselves may be less magnificent and glorious, but it is a deeper and truer love. It is an integral love—a love that comes from within and expresses our deepest yearnings. And when we awaken such a love in ourselves, G-d responds in kind, showing us an integral, intimate love—a love that embraces us as we are, rather than transporting us to sublime yet alien peaks of spirituality and transcendence. The Acronym The month of Elul is a month in which the love between the divine Groom and His bride Israel is at its height. This is alluded to by the fact that, in Hebrew, the first letters of the verse “I am to my beloved and my beloved is to me” (ani ledodi v’dodi li) spell the word Elul. It is significant that the acronym for Elul comes from the verse that describes a love that is initiated by the bride, rather than the verse (“My beloved is to me, and I am to him”) in which the initial show of love comes from the groom. For despite its designation as a time for special closeness between G-d and man, Elul is a most “ordinary” month, conspicuously devoid of festivals and holy days (as opposed to the festival-rich month of Tishrei that follows it). Elul is not a time in which we are “lifted up” from our daily routine to the more spiritual atmosphere of a festival day; rather, it is a time in which we remain in our natural state as material beings inhabiting a material life.

Elul - The Month of the Bride

For the month of Elul, whose astral sign is the sign of betulah (“virgin”), is the month of the bride. Elul is a time when the initiative comes from our side of the relationship, and the divine response to our love is one that relates to us as finite, material beings and embraces our natural self and personality. Rabbi Simon Jacobson Courtesy of meaningfullife.org

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"Keyn ayin horah, eighty three." "Just answer the question, Mr. Goldberg. I repeat. How old are you?" Goldberg did not flinch. "Keyn ayin horah, eighty-three." "Mr. Goldberg," repeated the judge, "I do not want any prefixes or suffixes. Just answer the question." But Goldberg did not change his response. Suddenly Goldberg's lawyer jumped up. "Your honor," he interjected. "Please allow me to ask the question. The Judge approved and the lawyer turned to Goldberg. "Mr. Goldberg. How old are you, Keyn ayin Horah?" Goldberg smiled. "Eighty three." In what has become a tradition of the Jewish vernacular, perhaps originating with the above verses, no potential calamity is ever mentioned without mentioning or interjecting a preventative utterance of caution. "I could have slipped and chas v'sholom

Benevolent Association and Hashem, your God, reversed the curse to a blessing for you, because Hashem, your God, loved you" (Ibid v.6). The Torah then continues to conclude the directive: "You shall not seek their peace or welfare, all your days, forever" (ibid v. 7). Why does Hashem interject the story of His compassionate intervention into the prohibition? The Torah previously detailed the story of the talking donkey, the interceding angel and Balak's subsequent failure to curse the Jews. Why interject G-d's love in halting Bilaam's plans when the Torah is presenting a reason not to marry Moabites? It has no bearing on the prohibition. A classic story of a new immigrant's encounter with the American judicial system involved an old Jew who was called to testify. "Mr. Goldstein," asked the judge, "how old are you?"

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12515 Burbank Blvd. N.H, 91607 (818) 760-8198

22935 Pacific Coast Highway (310) 456-8585

Habayit

RCC

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

9618 W. Pico Blvd. 90035 (310) 860-1182

Kehila

9407 West Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 788-0119

Nana Cafe Jerusalem Pizza & The Sushi

Elat Burger

17942 Ventura Blvd. Encino, CA 91316 (818) 758-9595

Ben Zaken

Kehila

7226 Beverly Blvd. LA, 90036 (323) 937-7162

8581 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 289-1702

9340 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 278-4692

OK

7308 Beverly Blvd. LA, 90036 (323) 965-1287

456 S Hill St. Los Angeles, 90013 (213) 627-9990 Kehila

RCC

5611 Kanan R. Agoura Hills, 91301 (818) 991-8799

13075 Victory Blvd. N. H, 91606 (818) 763-5344

Circa

RCC

8879 W. Pico Blvd. LA 90035 (310) 858-2911

9303 W. Pico Blvd. 90035 (310) 246-1900

9180 Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 274-4007

Jump To Juice

7119 Beverly Blvd. LA, 90036 (323) 930-1303

Jeffs Gourmet

Kehila

RCC

1509 S Robertson Blvd. (310) 407-0404

Orange Delight

Kehila

13628 Ventura Blvd. SO, 91423 (818) 788-9896 Kehila

8930 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 858-8590

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Pats

Kehila

9233 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 205-8705

Pizza World

Pico Cafe

Sassis

Kehila

Sunrise

Kehila

365 Fairfax Ave. LA, 90036 653-2896

(323)

Kehila

8944 W Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 310-385-9592

15622 Ventura, Encino, 91436 (818) 986-5345

Pico Kosher Deli

Shalom Pizza

RCC

SushiKo

RCC

8715 West Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 271-2255

Pita Way

Shanghai

9401 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 553-0998

Pizza Maven

Shilohs

8939 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 858-1652

Pizza Nosh

Smokin’

Tierra Sur at Herzog Winery

RCC

Pizza Station

Subway

Unique Cafe

Rabbi Aron Simkin

18381 Ventura Blvd. Tarzana (818) 757-3100

Kehila

8948 W Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 274-1222

Breakfast

Lunch

Includes: • Your choice of Eggs • Salad • Bread with Cheese/Butter • Coffee or Orange Juice

Includes: • Soup of the Day or Any Soup on the Menu • Choice of Main Course

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3201 Camino DelSol Oxnard (805) 983-1560

12514 Burbank Blvd. N.H, 91607 (818) 752-6866

Kehila

KCA

30313 Canwood St. AH, 91301 (818) 706-1255

30313 Canwood St. A.H. 91301 (818) 991-3000

8965 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 276-8708

Kehila

17547 Ventura B. Encino, 91316 (818) 995-4700

The Meating Place

Kehila

140 North La Brea Blvd. 90036 (323) 857-0353 Rabbi Ami Markel

Temptation Grill

Kehila

8532 Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 652-5236 Kehila

RCC

9340 West Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 274-3474

8826 West Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 273-9381 RCC

RCC

9216 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 90035 (310) 786-8282

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SERVICES A Time for Dance Now registering for 2009-2010 season for girls and women ballet, modern, tap, jazz, gymnastics, acting, singing, hip hop, yoga, boys kickboxing and gymnastics www.atime4dance.com (323) 404-0827 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

C&T SILVER Personal service & best prices in town! Phone orders & delivery, gift wrapping, gifts for all occasions. Sterling silver •Crystal with Silver • Wood with Silver. please call for appointment Chaim & Tova Friedman 323-931-9792 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Dress Maker Channa Tellis Dress Maker & Expert Alterations with 40 yrs of experience, also available for Sewing Classes. Please Call 323-933-5960 or 323-348-8786 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Electrolysis/Laser Hair Removal Robin Schultz Ackerman will help you eliminate unwanted hair! Doctor referred over 10 years in the community. Reasonable rates, flexible hours open Sundays by appt. Call anytime for an appt. 310-273-4247 www.cosmeticlaserworks.com ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Graphic Design LH DESIGN & PRINTING You name it we design it! Business Cards, Postcards, Posters, Flyers, Stickers, CD/DVD Covers, Websites, Wedding and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Invitations, Scrapbook Albums, Digital Books, Tshirts, & More... Please Call: 818-802-2625 www.LHdesignprint.com Email:Lmrhmr1@aol.com ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Live -in Nanny/Cook Young and energetic grandmother available for live-in position. Exp cook & Nanny. Great Driving record, available for shopping/errands/carpool/etc. willing to help with laundry, dishes, light cleaning. Call Miriam 310-358-9666 or 310-286-1866. #1541 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Music Ariel Louk - "Because A Simcha Should Be Happy." Orchestra / One Man Band. Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Special Occasions. Quality music, competitive prices. References available. For more information, please call Ariel Louk: Cell: 323-997-2647 Tel: 310-659-9346 Email: loukmusic@sbcglobal.net

EMPLOYMENT

••• Eli's One Man Band for all your simchas and special events. Late Summer Special! Bar Mitzvah's - $425 For more info Please call Eli Stiefel 310-462-5368 or email elistiefel@gmail.com ••• MusicbyMendel.com. Weddings, Bar-Mitzvahs, Special Occasions. Contact now for availability and rates 310595-5490 mendels@gmail.com ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Notary Yosef Y. Shagalov: Traveling Notary Public & Home Signing Agent. Cell: 323-934-7095 email:yys770@aol.com ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Translation & Interpreting (Hebrew>English>Hebrew) Professional Translation (Written) and Interpreting (Verbal) Services Business ‫ ٭‬Legal ‫ ٭‬Medical ‫ ٭‬Technical ‫ ٭‬Certificates * Consulting and Escorting PARENTING W&Visitors. ITH WISDOM Business Persons Zion Avdi - 310-402-3778 What do I do when my child (fill in your least acceptable Email:zion@hebrewtranslation.com behavior)? Take the best parenting class in town to learn Web: www.hebrewtranslation.com how to deal with misbehavior, discouragement and poor -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------school performance. In addition, acquire all the skills necWigs essary to raise/confident, independent, and responsible chilHeadlines European Wigs • Wash & Set • Hair dren. Appropriate for•ages 6-11,Call and Chaya teens. Suri Individual Accessories • Jewelry Ear 0-5, Piercing. @ or group sessions. Affordable. Call Irine Schweitzer, 323-930-1389 LCSW for more information, at 818 754-4501. NEW KEHILLA Tehachapi Torah Center New shul location for better housing selection, in beautiful neighborhood, priced $128,000 to 450,000. For example 5 bed 2.75 bath 2772SF high end construction on nice .62 acre lot, 3 blocks from new shul site, ask 295k. Use link below for more details and other nearby listings. The Tehachapi Torah Centered Community is suited for families, individuals, and existing Torah organizations. Healthy, Serene, Affordable, Child Friendly. Tehachapi Ca. 93561, 90 miles/minutes from route 14 at 5. Twice the Home for Half the Money. Homes from $128k, Lots 20k. Lease From: Rooms $300, Apartments $550, Houses $850. Learn More! Contact Roger M. Kernkehilla@att.net or call 310-948-5137 www.pearlmancta.com/kerncountykehilla.htm

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 1-800-998-2678 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 Nuys CA 91411 www.LAORT.edu

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POSITIONS WANTED

FOR RENT

Babysitter available Orthodox woman available to watch your children full time or part-time hours, at your location. Excellent references. call: 323-651-9389 ••• Young and energetic Grandmother available to babysit or be a mother's helper, days and evenings available. Great driving record, can do carpool pick ups and errand running. Kind and experienced with my own eight grandchildren and working for other moms in our community, great with newborns through teens. Fantastic cooking abilities and willing to work for $10/hr. Speaks fluent English, Hebrew and French. Call Miriam for a wonderful babysitter/nanny/light cleaning/heavy cooking/ errand running and a great attitude: 310-358-9666 or 310-286-1866 ••• Reliable, Hardworking Shomer Shobbos female looking for a file clerk or office clerk position. I have office experience and would like to work around the Hancock Park or Beverly Hills area. Please contact Rochelle at 323-447-1100. ••• Experienced Aide for Special Needs students

Orthodox, female college student looking for part-time position working with special needs Student in a classroom setting. Excellent references. Call Raizel: 310-936-8978 ••• 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 Judy or Jesse. www.LAORT.edu

Guest House and Room for Rent Charming Guest House with private patio, furnished, 360 sq ft, Kosher kitchenette & private bathroom on Olympic Blvd. Carthy Circle. Utilities included, no smoking, no pets, references please. Call David at Home: 323-934-4826. Cell: 323-687-4154 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

Guest House for Rent Beverly/La Brea, $1,050/mo. Large, Bright, Clean and Newly Remodeled. Full Bathroom, Kitchenette and Private Entrance, Shomer Shabbos 323-687-3698 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

Office Space Wanted Looking to sublease office space or to lease shared office space in the Los Angeles area. Please email us at info@communitylinks.info Ref# 2089 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

Room For Rent Room for rent for woman only, beautiful garden, Pico/Robertson, Private entrance, Shomer Shabbos, Call Sarah at 818-451-5622 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

Guest House For Rent Encino area, new, clean bright and well lit single guest house. Separate entrance. 5 minute walk to Chabad of Tarzana, tile and carpet flooring. Designed for single person, must be Shomer Shabbat. Included kitchen fully furnish AC/ Heating, small refrigerator. Utilities Included. Rent $900.00 a month. Available

Sep 1. References needed. For more information, call 818-262-4890 or 818-776-8000 Please leave a message if no answer •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

For Rent Exquisite Studio Apartment/Office - with Kitchenette. Brand New A/C & Appliances. Fully tiled full Bathroom. Private Entrance. Totally Detached. Utilities incl. Centrally located in the Heart of the La Brea/Beverly Area- Walking distance from Shuls & Kosher Stores, Ideal for someone single and frum. Please call: 323-7085122 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

APARTMENT FOR RENT REAL ESTATES OPPORTUNITIES For all your Real Estate needs! Daniel Dayani Realtor Associate at 310-279-2991 or e-mail to moriahproperties@gmail.com

1 & 2 bedrooms availablein West Hollywood area. Great Location , hardwood floors. Please call 310-420-8676

FOR LEASE, BRAUM REAL ESTATE www.BraumRE.com LUXURY APTS IN VALLEY VILLAGE Oversized Floorplans. Laundry on every floor. Security Parking/Entrances. Central AC. Hrdwd Floors. Elevator. Close to shuls. 1+1.5 $1,150, 2+2 $1,475, 3+2 $1,795 1 MONTH FREE with 1 YEAR LEASE. Call Daniel @310-925-9972 Spanish Colonial Duplex, 3 bedrrom, 2 bathroom, lower unit with security, washer/dryer hook-ups, gated secure backyard, prime Pico/Robertson location. E-mail: roblynn1960@yahoo.com Large furnished apartment La Brea/Beverly. Spacious 3 bed/3 bath. Close to shuls and shopping. Frum, family oriented neighborhood. Short or long term rental. Please call 323-377-3811 Rental134@gmail.com Childcare needed for Jewish bilingual 4 year old Care must be superior. Hours are Flexible. Call Richard. 703-628-5472 rosenlaw@att.net Seeking a tutor to assist a girl with special needs entering 11th grade at Orthodox High School fall 2009-2010. Part-time position of Up to 10 hours in am and pm. Must be able to read, write and translate passages in Hebrew. Available ASAP. Ask for Iris at 213-219-8157. BAL KOREH/BAL TEFILAH Looking for Bal Koreh position in the Pico Robertson area. References available upon request. Also available for Bal Tefilah. Call David at Home: 323-

934-4826. Cell: 323-687-4154

DUPLEX FOR RENT Beautiful large three bedroom, three bathroom duplex available in Pico /Robertson area. Updated kitchen, private master bathroom, hardwood flooring throughout, laundry room with washer/dryer included, central air/heat, yard, lots of storage, plenty of street parking (permit), private garage, well maintained. Pico and Point View $2700.Please call Joshua 323- 3848286 or Dov 310-926-5682 email: info@communitylinks.info Ref#1243

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Join Chabad of the Conejo as we start the New Year off with a most inspiring, delightful and relaxing

HiJ Holiday Services & Retreat at the

Hyatt Westlake Plaza Hotel

High Holiday Retreat f f f f f f

First Class Accomodations Glatt Kosher Gourmet Meals By Embassy Caterers Special Hotel Room Rates and Late Check Out Available Popular Meaningful Youth Programs and Jr. Congregation Community Tashlich Walk to Lake Inspiring and “Walk-Free� Yom Kippur at Hyatt

Space is limited, please reserve early! For seat reservations, further information, and/or a detailed brochure, please call

818-991-0991 or visit www.ChabadConejo.com


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