• Advocacy in Action

    Earlier this year, Jewish Long Beach celebrated the decision of the LBCC District Board of Trustees to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.

  • A Jewish Heart

    As I reflect on what led to my choices in life and ultimately to my involvement with our Jewish community, I keep hearing my mother’s words.

  • Keeping the Community Safe

    With the recent sentencing of the Poway synagogue shooter, I was reminded of the importance of our mission to fight hate & bigotry, along with the need for proactive efforts to protect our community.



  • Passion and Purpose

    As many of you have been reading over the past several months about the plans to integrate Jewish Long Beach with the AJCC, I felt it was a fitting time to tell my Jewish Long Beach Story.

  • If Not Now, Then When?

    Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur remind us that we don't have all the time in the world. May we all be inspired to live our lives on our best terms.

  • Positivity is Contagious

    We all understand the necessity of being physically safe. However, as a Rabbi, it is my duty to point out, that we are only concerned with physical distance during this very complicated time.



  • Staying for Good

    Whenever he called me from the United States, my uncle asked the same question, “Do you think you’re going to stay in Israel?”

  • For Some the Pandemic is Far From Over

    Jewish Family & Children’s Service has been on the frontline of the pandemic. From where Executive Director Kathryn Miles sits, this global event is far from over.

  • Our Hope is Not Lost

    The urgency of war postpones everything else; war is no time to talk about peace. Yet peace demonstrations fill the streets of Jerusalem, and so Rabbi Mehlman has hope.

MAY / JUNE 2021

  • #Jew-ish or #Jewish?

    Sara Phillips Brown admits that her path to Jewish leadership was mired with uncertainty and many detours, but she is now following the footsteps of her parents and proud to be #Jewish.

  • Women in Jewish Stories

    An email announcing a webinar brought back memories of a former Lion of Judah and the good works of two of the organizations supported by Jewish Long Beach: PJ Library & National Women’s Philanth...

  • Counting the Days

    Rabbi David Cantor reflects how this year has brought a new kind of anticipation, anxiety, and counting of days.


  • Honoring Those Who Perished

    It is our custom at the Annual Yom HaShoah Community Observance for the Long Beach Jewish community to join together and honor the memory of those who perished.

  • Because of This Community

    My Jewish Long Beach story began in December 1996 when I attended a “From The Beginning” Mommy and Me class at the Alpert Jewish Community Center (AJCC) with my oldest daughter, Sara.