Beth Jacob Changes

With Rabbi Kalman Topp scheduled to replace Rabbi Weil late in the summer, the imminent arrival of Cantor Nati Baram whose visa petition was approved this past week, and the election of a new Shul President in the fall (likely candidate David West Esq) big changes are ahead for the largest Orthodox Shul west of Chicago.What is David West like? He’s a rock solid leader who will provide a steady hand at the wheel – and is a team player. Just what’s needed for the transitions of Rabbi and Chazzan.

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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