LimmudLA’s Healing Havdalah Program At Dockweiler Beach

As we drive in, we see a woman holding up a sign called “Healing Havdalah.”

“Go This Way! You won’t have to run into any other minorities,” says my friend.

“Jewish organizations are always very careful with their directions when they hold events around the mud people.”

By the bathroom, I run into an acquaintance.

“I’ve grown a beard,” she says, “so people won’t recognize me. No, that would be you.”

“Do they have ‘Healing Havdalah’ ceremonies anywhere but LA? Do they do this in New York?” I wonder.

I don’t think so.

“Liberals planned this,” says a woman. “Conservatives would never come up with something like this.”

There’s spirited singing but it doesn’t project. A group of us try to dance but we get bogged down and tired by the sand.

Last year, this event got 600 people, I’m told. This year it attracts about 200.

We chat with Dennis Wilen, Jewish Journal webmaster. He’s standing with Danielle Berrin and Orit Arfa.

“Have you seen Danielle Berrin?” says my friend later.


“Wow, what a knockout. She’s gorgeous. Next time, I’ll have to talk to her. Is she nice?”


“Maybe it was just the way the fire lit up her features?”

“No, she’s gorgeous.”

Danielle stares into the fire, her fingers stroking her pearls while the wind whips her long blonde hair. She wears white pants. She’s tall and slender. She looks quite dreamy, probably thinking about Brett Ratner and French New Wave film.

“She’s quite nice,” I say.

“Dennis has a lot of technical knowledge for a guy his age,” says my friend.

“Yeah, and he’s got a lot of sexual prowess too.”

As we walk out, I ask my friend, “Do you feel healed?”

“Yes, my anger has been transmuted into love.”

Joe:  I sent a letter to Salem Broadcasting telling them I will never listen to KRLA or any of their stations primarily because it was only because of my regard for Dennis. Since his financial panic, and now his play-nice attitude in the face of unaswered widespread voting and campaign finance fraud, I’ve lost my confidence in his  bravery and honesty. And you know how much I’ve defended him in the past. He’s got a lot of explaining to do to me personally before I ever listen to him again.
Luzdedos1:  lol
Joe:  why is that funny?
Luzdedos1:  i’m sure he’s crushed
Joe:  he will  be
Joe:  if i can get that angry to write what I did, i’m sure there are many more
Joe:  his ratings are going down
Joe:  I’m sure that will please you

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 (, 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 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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