This article by Rabbi Paul Kipnes first appeared on Reform Judaism website. It went viral via email between our congregation members. I invited a former synagogue member – a wonderful and very pleasant person – to rejoin the synagogue after a few years away. She said she had thought about it and wondered, “How would […]

Our member Everlyn Hunter penned a column on the Reform Judaism website about the new meaning of Jewish LGBTQ spaces in a culture where same-sex marriage is legal, when gender pronouns are increasingly announced and asked for upon first meeting, where many Reform synagogues openly welcome LGBTQ Jews, and when more families are, blessedly, fully […]

BCC member Everlyn Hunter was selected among 16 fellows from all over North America to participate in URJ’s cutting-edge seminars focusing on identity enrichment, professional and leadership development.

Jewish Journal magazine featured an article on Beth Chayim Chadashim’s member Nathan Looney A micro-crisis unfolded at the Beverly Hills Farmers Market in late January. It pitted loyal customers of Westside Urban Gardens, a small micro greens farm, against one another. The losers had to leave the Sunday market without some of their favorite greens, […]

Rabbi Heather Miller and Rabbi Lisa Edwards were among community leaders gathered to celebrate 500 conversions performed by the Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din.

Joshua Gershick and wife Elise were at the LA LGBT Center’s protest against the transgender military ban last week.

Rabbi Rachel Bat-or is featured in the Jewish Journal’s cover story about the relations between LGBT people and the Orthodox Jewish community in LA

BCC member Sylvia Sukop, now attending graduate school in St. Louis, recently visited with BCC friend Olga Grilli in New York.

Dr. Les Zendle was elected by voters (with over 23,000 votes on November 8, 2016) to the Desert Healthcare District Board of Directors.

A song by Cantor Juval Porat is included in a new Jewish compilation album called There is Hope. The album, dubbed a musical anthology for the spirit and curated by Rabbi David Paskin and Rabbi Menachem Creditor, is now available for a free download.

Implementing historic criminal justice reform, the Board of Supervisors appointed the first-ever Civilian Oversight Commission for the Sheriff’s Department, with a mandate to promote transparency in law enforcement and restore public trust. BCC’s very own Rabbi Heather Miller is one of the 9 people appointed for this important role.

Longtime LGBT advocate, author, speaker and educator Ronni Sanlo spoke on campus at Fullerton College Oct. 6, 2016, at the annual LGBT Forum and played her documentary “Letter to Anita” for those in attendance.

Did the Holocaust really happen? Seventeen-year old computer nerd Beth needs to know, so in 2017 she becomes her own avatar and time-travels back to 1945 to accompany her 19 year-old great-grandfather Sandy through the last five months of WWII. Ronni Sanlo’s new book The Soldier, the Avatar and the Holocaust: WWII Germany, Jan-May, 1945 […]

Maggie Anton, author of the popular Rashi’s Daughter series, will discuss her latest book, 50 Shades of Talmud: What the First Rabbis Had to Say about You Know What, at Jewish Women’s Theatre’s popular Bagels & Bestsellers author-brunch series on Sunday, September 25 at 10:30 a.m. @ The Braid, 2912 Colorado Avenue #102 in Santa […]

Mediator Diane M. Goodman describes her approach as eclectic- tailoring it to what her clients need. Read the Daily Journal’s profile feature on Diane!

There’s a critical overlooked fact in the brief release from Gov. Jerry Brown’s press office announcing out attorney Dean Hansell’s appointment to serve as a Superior Court judge in Los Angeles. He’s gay. He joins the approximately 17 other openly LGBT judges among the 430 judges serving on that court. But what makes Hansell’s appointment so significant is […]

From June 9 to 22, 2016, Larry Nathenson traveled to Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. This was a UCLA alumni tour, with 26 alumni and family members accompanied in Denmark and Norway by Professor Arne Lunde of the UCLA Scandinavian Section. In Sweden, he was among 9 other people on the pre-trip extension, but that was […]

Ary Katz’s powerful poem performance went viral on social media with thousands of views within hours from posting.

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of Dean Hansell to judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

The blog “Hearing Shofar” featured the work of BCC’s dear member Davi Cheng.

Miami Student magazine covered the 15th annual Lavender Graduation of Miami University, another project of BCC’s member Ronni Sanlo

UCLA student paper Daily Bruin publishes an article on management school to vote on policy revisions aimed at gender equality, with a quote from Prof. Brett Trueman

Farmer Veteran Coalition has made a wonderful feature article on Nate Looney, a BCC member. From guardsman to aquaponics farmer, Looney grows into new business

Talmud continues to be Maggie Anton’s passion to this day and she sees in her books a gender revolution: “Talmud has been the monopoly of Orthodox men for so long,” she says, “but now there’s no excuse why a whole lot more Jews shouldn’t be studying Talmud.”

On the last day of January 2016, Michael Main celebrated his 75th birthday by mounting an exhibit of the photographs he had taken on vacations over the years.

Longtime BCC member Larry Nathenson is the recipient of the Presidents Award at BCC Awards Brunch that will take place April 10, 2016 at Skirball Multicultural Center.

BCC member Rob Schoenberger took part in A Wider Bridge’s LGBTQ Mission to Israel and share their magic moments from the trip in this newly-released video.

Jewish writer and entrepreneur Ronni Sanlo is blogging every day for a year to document her 69th year, and encourages everyone to write too. Read her post from yesterday.

A gay New York lawyer’s choreographed marriage proposal to his Israeli-American actor boyfriend has captured the heart of YouTube viewers.

The Thanksgiving tradition that BCC member Alex Wexler, his partner Gregg Milano and son Jacob established is so heartwarming that it inspired the RaiseAChild.US staff to honor their family in a unique way.

Our member Josh Wayser is among seven judgeships appointed by Governor Brown Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Check out BCC member Sylvia Sukop’s column in the Huffington Post!

BCC’s very own Brett Trueman was interviewed Monday (August 24)  by Fox11 as part of the report on the stock market drop

BCC members Stephen Sass and Dean Hansell were among the newly appointed LA County commissioners honored at a May 6 breakfast hosted by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

In early June, along with Cantor Juval Porat and BCC members Bruce Maxwell and Les Zendle, we attended the mind-blowing “40 Years of Pride” conference in Tel Aviv.

BCC Member Jeff Bernhardt published a new book! A new Jewish book which is ideal to share with your friends, family, synagogue communities, rabbis, cantors, educators and havurot before the High Holidays.

Our member Yanir encourages to write as therapy, from experience. (It’s also the story on the first gay blog in Israel) – this story was first published on the Jerusalem Post

“Burning Bush I,” an art piece by Davi Cheng was published as the cover art of the Asian Jewish Life magazine, current issue, June 2015: issue 16.

It’s Throwback Thursday (#TBT) so we go back to an article from 2013: Our member Sandy Leon tells her story to the Jewish Journal and cooks food- inspired by Israel

“Dear ONE: Love & Longing in Mid-Century Queer America,” written and directed by Zsa Zsa-Joshua Gershick, has been chosen by the City of West Hollywood to close Pride Month, June 30, at 7 pm.