Beth Jacob’s Rabbi Kalman Topp Visits Israel

He writes: Dear Friend,

I’m writing this email to let you know that I just arrived in Israel for a unique and exciting trip.

Under the leadership of the Israeli Consulate of Los Angeles, twenty Rabbis from the area from all denominations are travelling together on a brief whirlwind tour of Israel. Over the course of the two and a half days, we are going from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to the Negev and back.

We just began our packed itinerary which will include a visit to the Rogozin High School (a school in Tel Aviv supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater L.A.), a meeting with President Shimon Peres, an intelligence briefing with Major General Amos Yedlin, a visit to Yad Vashem, a visit and some volunteering at the Hazon Yeshaya soup kitchen in Jerusalem, a visit to the Ben Gurion University and Project Ayalim in the Negev and much more.

The purpose of the trip is for us to be educated and inspired and in time to give that over to our congregations. Moreover, the fact that Rabbis, representing congregations from all denominations, are in Israel together is not only a strong display of solidarity with Israel but also an impressive declaration of Jewish unity. Being that I’m representing our Beth Jacob congregation, all of you can be proud to be involved in this show of solidarity and unity.

I am returning, please G-d, Thursday morning, and this Shabbat I hope to share with you more about the trip.

With best regards from Israel and wishes of peace and strength for Am Yisrael,

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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