August 17, 2023
We are pleased to showcase our affiliate – the Eretz Synagogue and Cultural Center and its illustrious leader, Mr. Nader Ghiam.
I envision a future when the three centers of Jewish activities in Los Angeles hold programs open to all, and supported by all. The three Centers are the Federation location in West Hollywood, the Eretz Synagogue and Cultural Center in the San Fernando Valley and the Nessah Educational and Cultural Center in Beverly Hills. At a future date, we hope to coordinate our efforts as well with the dynamic IAJF – NY.
Happy Rosh Chodesh Elul. In the coming weeks, may you find out what your role is in improving the world.
M. Elie Alyeshmerni
Shoftim: The Greatness of Humility
شوفطیم: عظمت خاکساری
At Mount Sinai, Hashem called upon the Israelites to be a holy people – namely a people that would use their bonds to create a world that yields justice for all. Now by the Jordan River, it is time for them to appoint judges and officers who will oversee and take action to achieve this greater justice. Hashem’s final worlds are tzedek, tzedek tirdof – or “justice, justice, shall you pursue” – and lays out five forms of justice in great detail to make sure that the foundation of Jewish society is structurally and morally sound. These details have guided our community to assertively make “justice” a constant in daily life rather than waiting for opportunities to do just things.
|IAJF AFFILIATE – ERETZ SYNAGOGUE & CULTURAL CENTER|
We strive to strengthen the connection with our congregants to help them live a more meaningful and purposeful life through the teachings of Judaism. We help promote a sense of peace and unity within our community and beyond with our acts of loving-kindness and social justice. We pursue our mission through prayer, rituals, learning, music, and the other gifts G-d has given us.
Following an ancient tradition, those of us who comprise a segment of the Jews of Persia who left Iran in the aftermath of the 1979 Iranian Revolution to settle in the San Fernando Valley area decided to build a synagogue of our own. Since there were less than ten thousand of us, we could have worshiped at the many synagogues in the immediate area.We felt we needed a place that would enable us to practice our faith and act as the focal point for our own particular Persian Jewish culture, which our families and ancestors developed over 2,500 years of living in the land of Cyrus the Great.
These include support for the State of Israel, assistance to the sick and the needy among our community members, the establishment of a center for our children’s religious studies, and more. There was a pivotal moment in this organization when an older generation who had planted strong traditional seeds started having children. These new generations would evolve Eretz into the modern spiritual Jewish community that it is today.Now the Eretz founders’ children have grown up, and we are entering yet a new generation! For the past ten years, with the launch of new programs and the mystical teaching of the Kabbalah, it is these new generations who now make up the core of this modern-day spiritual community known as Eretz Synagogue.A new history and her story are in the making…
We are devastated over the loss of life and destruction of the Maui fires.Below is a way to partner with the Jewish Federations of North America
to help rebuild and participate in the mitzvah of tikun olam.
Excerpt from Consulate General of Israel Los Angeles’ Weekly Roundup – August 9, 2023