Monthly Archives: November 2010

Temple Beth Israel

Today’s LA Times has a lovely article on the resurgence of Temple Beth Israel in the Highland Park / Eagle Rock section of northeast Los Angeles, of which there is a link to an in-depth essay in LA Magazine from 2008 by Ed Leibowitz about Finding Sanctuary at Beth Israel.
As I read both articles, I was enchanted by the slice of Los Angeles history that Beth Israel represents and by the people who have invested their lives in that congregation from the 1920s to today. As I read the LA Times story and the first two pages of the LA Magazine essay, the back of my brains kept saying to me, “I think this is Lauren’s grandpa’s synagogue.” I emailed her to see if it was this temple or not.
About six years ago when Lauren and I were roommates, and when I was in the throes of my genealogy research phase Lauren told me what she knew of her various family members to see if I could find more. The Isaacson line was the fun one to research as Lauren’s dad Joe was the son of a rabbi, who was the son of a rabbi from Selma, Alabama. We did know that Lauren’s grandpa was a founding member and rabbi of a synagogue in LA named Beth Israel.
By the time I had read the sixth page of the LA Magazine article, Lauren had emailed me back to let me know that the Temple Beth Israel in both articles was one and the same as her grandpa had been a rabbi at. I am very glad that Temple Beth Israel is currently undergoing a renaissance with young families in the Eagle Rock / Highland Park area, and even more glad that the temple of my Lauren’s grandfather is continuing to be a blessing in its community.
Update from Fri 11.05.10 – Lauren emailed me this morning to let me know that her grandpa, Rabbi Isaacson, as a founder at the Temple Beth Israel in Hollywood in the same era.

Clear, Hot, and Smoggy: Welcome to November in SoCal

View of Esther the Oil Rig and Catalina Island
Thurs 11.4.10 – Temperature yesterday at 3pm or thereabouts: 92F. Temperature today at 1:30pm or thereabouts: 95F. At the beach, people, at the beach.
Welcome to November 4th, 2010. Every autumn Southern California gets at least two good and hot heat waves. Gah.

Nokia N8 Closeup: Strange Lily Style Flower

Local Flower does good
Wed 11.03.10 – There is a fabulous garden on the front row of the Seal Beach boardwalk/ Seal Way where the owner/gardener is in a lovely little south facing micro-climate that allows him to grow bananas, tomatoes until Christmas, artichokes, and tropical flowers. This flower is one of my favorites in his garden.

Dias de los Muertos, The Election, and Zombies

Dias de los Muertos Calaveras
Photo taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N8.

Tues 11.02.10 – I don’t like horror or scary movies, but I feel like I am living in one. Early this morning I woke up in the 5am hour from a nightmare in which everyone around me turned into a zombie. My first waking thought, of which I tweeted fairly soon after was:

Is it just me or does it seem wrong that US Election day this year falls on Dia de los Muertos?


Nokia N8: Why I Love Late Dusk

Late dusk at the Seal Beach pier
Mon 11.01.10 – Actually, what I really love about the Nokia N8 – the amazing low light photos!
View of Catalina Island, the Seal Beach pier parking lot, a container ship, and Palos Verdes taken this evening sometime after 6pm with my Nokia N8. The sunset and dusk was lovely tonight and the air was crystal clear.

NaBloPoMo, Sleeping, and All Saints Day

Today, the 1st of November, is the start of annual November National Blog Posting Month, where folks blog daily. It is also the start of NaNoWriMo (write a novel in one month!) and NaVloPoMo (video yourself & friends daily!).
Per usual, I am encouraging you, dear reader, to take up the challenge this month and flex your creativity muscles with daily practice – go blog, vlog, write, photoblog, etc!