The Wilshire Boulevard Temple is on America's Register of Historic Places, a place of worship once led by the so-called Rabbi to Hollywood stars. We get an update on its $175 million restoration and efforts to reach beyond LA's highly mobile Jewish community. Also, the presiding judge of LA County's Superior Court talks about closing courtrooms, laying off workers and "eroding access to justice" in America's biggest local court system. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, American Jews and faith in Israel.
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Access to justice is about to get harder than ever in Los Angeles County. Twenty-four civil, 24 criminal, three family law, one probate and four juvenile delinquency courtrooms will shut down at the end of June. That announcement comes today from Presiding Judge Lee Edmon.
Lee Smalley Edmon, Los Angeles County Superior Court
Los Angeles' historic Wilshire Boulevard Temple is getting a $175 million restoration. When it's finished, Rabbi Steven Leder hopes to reach beyond his Jewish congregation to people of other ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The synagogue, constructed in 1929 under the direction of Edgar Magnin, known as the Rabbi to the Stars, is full of scaffolding from the floor to the 100-foot high dome.
Palestinian statehood is in diplomatic mothballs, while the world focuses on crises in other parts of the Middle East. On Sunday, Israel denied entry and deported pro-Palestinian activists who flew into Tel Aviv's airport. Police and security personnel were deployed, although the protesters said their goal was to plant trees in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank. While Israel claims to be the only democracy in the Middle East, it continues to occupy the Palestinian West Bank and subsidize the expansion of illegal settlements. Is that a contradiction of Israel's founding values? We talk with Peter Beinart and others about his controversial new book, Crisis of Zionism.
Joel Greenberg, freelance reporter
Peter Beinart, City University of New York / Atlantic (@PeterBeinart)
Daniel Gordis, Jerusalem Post (@DanielGordis)
Aaron Taxy, Trojans for Israel
Rae Abileah, Young, Jewish and Proud (@raeabileah)