Four Orthodox Jews Running For SoRo Council

From the Four Orthodox Jews are among the candidates running in the Oct. 28 election for the board of South Robertson Neighborhood Council (SoRo), the 10-year-old organization that aims to give residents and stakeholders in the neighborhood a voice in community and city decisions.

One of 95 neighborhood councils in the City of Los Angeles, SoRo covers a stretch of the city that includes the Pico-Robertson neighborhood, which has a high concentration of Jewish residents and Jewish-owned businesses. SoRo extends from Beverly Hills to Culver City; Motor Avenue and La Cienega Boulevard are the Western and Eastern boundaries, respectively…

Though they are all Orthodox, the SoRo board candidates come from different segments of that community. Bloom is very active in his Chabad-affiliated synagogue. Bethie Kohanbash, who is running for an at-large seat, described herself as an Orthodox Persian Jew. Kevin Gres, who also goes by Arie, attended YULA Boys High School, and is running for the open seat representing Zone 1, which traverses Pico Boulevard. David Mattis, who is also running for one of two at-large seats, is a relative newcomer to Los Angeles, having lived here for only four years.

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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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