Harold Schulweiss Honored

From the Los Angeles Daily News:

ENCINO – He’s at an age when he could add “emeritus” after his title, but “retired” isn’t part of Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis’ vocabulary.

The 83-year-old rabbi from Valley Beth Shalom isn’t lounging around his Encino home watching TV. Teaching, writing and speaking out about injustices and unkindness in the world continues to be a never-ending, full-time job.

“He is a magnificent human being. He’s a great Torah scholar and a man of great moral consciousness. He is an inspiration to me,” said Marcy Rainey, a member of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino who has known Schulweis for 14 years.

Schulweis will receive the John Allen Buggs Humanitarian Award for his interfaith leadership from the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations on Thursday at a luncheon in Monterey Park.

Buggs was a civil-rights leader and was part of the commission from 1954 to 1967.

“I am particularly moved about the award, even though I’m a strong believer of the separation of church and state,” Schulweis said. “I’m not a guy who is a political individual. I was totally dumbfounded. I accepted with great delight.”

Schulweis founded a group called Jewish World Watch to monitor human-rights violations around the world. Among his efforts on that front last year was to offer solidarity with the Armenian community.

About Luke Ford

Raised a Seventh-Day Adventist at Avondale College in Australia, Luke Ford moved to California in 1977. He graduated from Placer High School in 1984, reported the news at KAHI/KHYL radio for three years, attended Sierra College and UCLA, was largely bedridden by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for six years, and converted to Judaism in 1993. From 1997-2007, Luke made his living from blogging. Living by Beverly Hills (Alexander90210.com), he now teaches the Alexander Technique (moving the way the body likes to move). Lessons cost $100 each and last about 45 minutes. In 2011, Luke completed a three-year teaching course at the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles. His personal Alexander Technique website is Alexander90210.com. Luke is the author of five books, including: » The Producers: Profiles in Frustration » Yesterday’s News Tomorrow: Inside American Jewish Journalism
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