The Rockin’ Rabbi

Melissa Gasca writes:

He’s known as the "Rock and Roll Rabbi" to many fans and reviewers, and to the congregation of Or Emet in Valencia, Rabbi Jay Levy has provided musical and uplifting leadership for nine years.

"(Rabbi Levy) is an incredibly inspiring and motivational speaker for our temple," said David Schneider of Or Emet. "It doesn’t matter what religion you are – he touches everyone."

Since he was a young teen in New York, Rabbi Jay Levy remembers playing in studios and bands with well-known musicians. All the while he was writing his own music and setting himself up for an impressive career involving faith, music and family.

As a composer and author, Levy said he has written and worked with a variety of artists including Melba Moore, Buck Owens, Sister Sledge, Patty Loveless and many more.

YNETNEWS reports: The Supreme Court rejected the petition submitted by the Israel Religious Action Center against Attorney General Menachem Mazuz, demanding that Safed Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu be put on trial for making anti-Arab statements. The Supreme Court justices ruled that the court tends not to intervene in the attorney general’s decisions on such matters, especially after an arrangement was reached with the State Prosecutor’s Office, which included an official apology on the part of the rabbi.


It might seem unusual for a rabbi to give a presentation in Mount Airy, but that’s exactly what will happen this week when a leader of the Jewish faith speaks here.

Rabbi David Liebe is scheduled to present a program, “Christ in the Passover,” which explores the relationships between Christianity and Judaism, Friday at 7 p.m. at the local National Guard Armory.

The visit by Liebe, the founder of a ministry in Boone who now lives in Georgia and also heads a congregation there, is being organized by the local Sweet Life Fellowship led by Darin Moser and his wife, Angie.

Darin Moser said the event will be a time of local churches coming together to learn about the Passover, an ancient Jewish celebration that commemorates the exodus of Jews from Egypt, and its importance to their Christian religions.

I’ve never heard of Rabbi David Liebe, this leader of the Jewish faith. He’s not a leader of this Jew’s faith. He sounds like something from the movie Deliverance. You sure got a pretty face, boy. Now squeal like a pig. See Christ in the Passover? Oink, oink!


WITH cash-strapped Bondi Mizrachi Synagogue’s future in doubt, the board has called an emergency general meeting to take stock of its finances and consider a proposal to make Rabbi Moshe Gutnick’s position redundant, after more than 21 years of service.

The move comes after Mizrachi -– which is said to be running at an operational deficit -– failed to secure a merger deal with The Great Synagogue earlier this year.

“The shul is in deep financial crisis and our current cost structure will need to change in order for the borrowings required for our continued operation, to be serviced and reduced over time,” Mizrachi president Mark Schneider told The AJN.

Adding to the shul’s money woes is the steady slump in membership, with many of the shul’s 300 seats remaining empty during services, spurring the board to offer half-price memberships to the end of June.

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