Shabbaton With Luke Ford

Westwood Jewish Center: Join us for an elegant Shabbat at our state of the art banquet hall in honor of the holiday of Tu B’Av on August 3, 4.

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The son of a Christian evangelist, Luke Ford is a convert to Orthodox Judaism. He’s an Alexander Technique teacher and author living in Pico-Robertson. He’s been interviewed on 60 Minutes, ABC News, Entertainment Tonight and has been written about in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and GQ magazine.

Luke is the author of the book, “Yesterday’s News Tomorrow: Inside American Jewish Journalism.”

Here are some things that have been written about him:

“He breaks legitimate stories that have a huge impact.” (Emmanuelle Richard, Online Journalism Review)

“Aggressive, eloquent, he’s a kind of shaggy-haired, acid-washed Brad Pitt.” (Matt Labash, Weekly Standard)

“Smart, insightful and with a charming Australian accent, Ford is one of the most fascinating characters.” (Michelle Goldberg, Speak magazine)

Come eat, drink and be merry while socializing with members of the tribe on our magnificent rooftop with beautiful 360′ views of the city!

Tu- B’Av- is Judaism’s designated day of matchmaking. According to Jewish tradition, the day has special powers to help one find their soul mate.

Back by popular demand, our Shabbat programs for young professionals draw an engaging pool of young professional Jews who are serious about their Judaism and relationships.

The $20 minimum donation includes dinner, lunch and all alcoholic beverages if registered by Friday, July 20th. $36 afterwards.

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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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