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David Finnigan

  • Interest Increases as Deadline Nears

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Susie Tiffany of Beverly Hills suffers from a rare blood disorder and needs monthly infusions of blood components, which her insurance company ultimately declined to cover. She hoped the government's new prescription drug benefit would help her out because, despite her ZIP code,...

  • Community Briefs

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Reclaimed Art to Be Shown at LACMA

    Five paintings by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt will be exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) from April 4 to June 30, following a seven-year battle to return the Nazi-looted art to its legal owner, Maria Altmann, a Cheviot Hills...

  • Community Briefs

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    'Munich' Still Topic of Debate

    Even with Republican sponsors and a largely Republican audience, the panelists at a recent discussion on Steven Spielberg's "Munich" covered most of the spectrum from left to right.

    At the event, held at Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy...

  • Cartoon Riots Spark Sweet Backlash

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In the wake of a Danish newspaper's decision to publish cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad, Danish flags and embassies are beset by violent protesters in heavily Muslim countries. But a chocolate store in the windmill-filled, Danish American tourist village of Solvang has...

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  • Hamas Win Brings Mixed Reaction

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Two days after the terrorist group Hamas swept last week's Palestinian elections, Rabbi Steve Jacobs ended Shabbat services at Kol Tikvah in Woodland Hills with this striking comparison.

    "Mr. Begin was a terrorist, Mr. Shamir was a terrorist, Mr. Sharon was a terrorist," Jacobs said...

  • Messianics Gather for National Meeting

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A Christian megachurch whose clergy has worked with local Jewish leaders in recent years to support Israel gathered last weekend to celebrate Jews who proclaim Jesus as the messiah.

    About 1,100 people attended the Jan. 20-21 Road To Jerusalem conference, which took place at...

  • ‘One People’ Adopts Novel Plan on Book

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Brian Schuldenfrei knew his congregants at Westwood's Sinai Temple loved reading when about 20 of them braved the evening rush hour last November for an event at the University of Judaism (UJ) celebrating the 1939 talmudic novel, "As a Driven Leaf."

    "This was sandwiched in...

  • Wake Up and Smell the Fish

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    For UCLA geography professor Jared Diamond, the fall of a great civilization can come down to fish.

    "Fish prices have tripled; fish form a significant part of our diet," Diamond told The Journal. "At the rate we're going, most of the world's major fisheries will be gone within a...

  • So Much to Learn, So Little Time

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Gina Gross would like to attend Jewish adult-education classes, but at the moment, she has a hard time even talking about how much she'd like it. The Beverly Hills licensing consultant briefly puts down the phone and turns lovingly to her 7-year-old daughter: "Dani, buzz off!"

    Dani...

  • Community Briefs

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Wolpe Out of the Running for JTS Head

    Rabbi David Wolpe has removed himself from consideration for the job of leading the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York. Wolpe, of Sinai Temple in Westwood, had been widely considered a front-runner for chancellor at JTS, the central...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Jews React to Williams' Execution

    Rabbi Steven Jacobs was home late Monday night watching TV coverage of the execution of Crips gang co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams, and he was glad he wasn't at the loud candlelight vigil outside San Quentin State Prison.

    "The sideshows on both...

  • L.A. Enters the Season of Mitzvot

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Christmas Day is the day of the year which some Jews often fill by doing some mitzvah volunteer work, then enjoying Chinese food and a movie. But that annual mitzvah-Chinese food-movie ritual is being put aside this Dec. 25 for Chanukah.

    "Chanukah makes it a big deal because now Jews...

  • Cantor Glickman Returns to Israel

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Cantor Binyamin Glickman, who taught generations of Los Angeles children to love God through music, is returning home to his beloved Jerusalem.

    Ask him what he will see from his flat there and the 70-year-old smiles.

    "The cemetery of Mount Olive, where grandparents are buried and...

  • Rescued Souls and Torahs Meet at Shul

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Leo Baeck Temple in Bel Air hosted an unusual commemoration of Kristallnacht, the event that is often considered the beginning of the Holocaust. Instead of focusing on mourning, the gathering last weekend was marked by raucous joy and a sense of reunification.

    The central symbolism...

  • Groups, Shuls Fundraise for Tsunami Aid

    November 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Cantor Alison Wissot of Temple Judea felt the pull of the Asian tsunami at a Friday morning meeting of the women's group at her Tarzana Reform shul.

    "There was an outpouring of, 'This is so awful,' 'How do we deal with this event?' 'How do we not feel helpless?' 'How do we just do...

  • Wonderful World of Weird

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    It was at the end of Yom Kippur services in North Hollywood that comic actor Larry Miller explained to a Journal reporter his new role on ABC's eye-winking drama, "Desperate Housewives."

    Said Miller, smiling broadly: "I play the neighborhood pornographer!"

    Not quite. Miller and...

  • Seniors Seek Loving Hands, Home

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    When Arden Realty Chairman and CEO Richard Ziman's elderly father was beginning to fade about 10 years ago, the father made a simple request.

    "'If I begin to lose it, take me there,'" said the father, as recounted by his son. "'I will never be in better hands and with better people...

  • ‘350’ Exhibit Spends Winter at the Skirball

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In 1927, a popular duo called The Happiness Boys had a hit song called, "Since Henry Ford Apologized to Me," which lampooned the car magnet's supposed contrition for the anti-Semitic content of his newspaper, The Dearborn Independent.

    Its catchy lyrics proclaimed:

    "I was sad and...

  • Filmfest Seeing Red

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Conservative filmmakers will invade West Hollywood this weekend for the second annual, Bush-loving Liberty Film Festival, with WeHo's Pacific Design Center becoming a haven to some Jewish entertainment names who vote red while living among the blue.

    "It's a film festival with a clear...

  • Sen. Clinton Talks Forgiveness in L.A.

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke about forgiveness at Yom Kippur services in Beverly Hills, closing out what became a safe and reflective High Holidays for the Southern California Jewish community.

    "Forgiveness has little or nothing to do with fairness," Clinton said in a...

  • Messages of Meaning on Rosh Hashanah

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Southern California rabbis used their Rosh Hashanah pulpits to speak on globalization, Africa's drought-ridden refugees and America's hurricane-drenched evacuees as well as Israel's Gaza pullout.

    "This was a terrible year. 5765 was a terrible year!" said Rabbi Elazar Mushkin of the...

  • Community Briefs

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Soulful 'Hatikvah' Ends Wiesenthal Farewell

    It was an unscripted, final moment that may have best captured the Monday memorial at the Museum of Tolerance for Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, who died last week at age 96.

    The ceremony had been held outside. As long lines of mourners...

  • Holidays, Arrests Add to Terror Fears

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When she looks out from the bimah, Rabbi Zoe Klein of Temple Isaiah sees mostly known faces, but occasionally there is the odd or unknown person who could be trouble.

    For such an occasion, Temple Isaiah and other Southern California synagogues have installed panic button-style...

  • Going in After Katrina

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    After a catastrophe like Hurricane Katrina, sometimes an aid worker helps by delivering a baby, sometimes the job is just delivering a cheeseburger -- or perhaps a thousand cheeseburgers. And sometimes the simple act of providing a yarmulke to an old man can provide solace.

    So it was...

  • An Ode to Parents and Other Strangers

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When Paul Reiser co-created and starred in the 1990s hit sitcom, "Mad About You," -- about a secular Jew married to a Christian -- he helped spur a new trend in TV comedy: the cute but neurotic Jewish leading man. Along with Jerry Seinfeld and Richard Lewis ("Anything But Love"), he...

  • Southland Responds to Relief Needs

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Prominent rabbis have been urging their congregations to give generously to Hurricane Katrina relief funds, the most prominent being one set up by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, which had raised more than $500,000 by early this week.

    The scope of the disaster is...

  • Service Reaches Out to Jews by Choice

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It fit somehow that this recent Saturday service for converts to Judaism took place in a synagogue library. Because this gathering, at Temple Beth Am near Beverly Hills, was both an exercise in worship and in teaching. Maybe it even fit that this was a children's library, because...

  • Exodus of Family Hits a Low Note

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Earlier this summer, Shana Leonard gave up her Fairfax District apartment to move to New Orleans and be near her 82-year-old father, legendary jazz photographer Herman Leonard. But late last month, the 33-year-old single mother, who also cares for her wheelchair-bound 10-year-old...

  • Torah by Numbers

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Long before "The Da Vinci Code" dominated bestseller lists, a cluster of Jewish mathematicians were promoting "The Bible Codes," the deeply mathematical interpretations of the five books of Moses which may, vaguely, predict some future events.

    And yes conspiracy theorists, the...

  • Gaza Protests in L.A., N.Y. Prove Mild

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A rally planned for last weekend outside the Los Angeles Israeli consulate to protest this week's Gaza settler pullout was canceled, but in its place arose a somber gathering of about 70 people.

    "Nothing organized -- just people coming together and crying together and expressing pain...

  • War of Words and Ads Over Gaza

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In Israel, settlers are facing off with soldiers as the date nears for the mid-August withdrawal of Jews from Gaza. In the United States, that conflict is playing out in rhetoric as supporters and foes of disengagement buy ads and opponents plan a final local rally.

    Supporters of...

  • Gaza Settler Pullout Protest Draws 500

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    More than 500 demonstrators, mostly Orthodox Jews, gathered in front of the Israeli consulate in Los Angeles last weekend to oppose Israel's planned, upcoming pullout of settlers from Gaza.

    The two-hour Sunday afternoon rally drew the largest gathering yet of several recent...

  • Unspeakable Acts, Incredible Pictures

    July 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A large, striped blue-and-white flag bearing the phrase, "Liberation!" greets visitors at the Museum of Tolerance exhibit, "Liberation! Revealing the Unspeakable," about the Allied soldiers and the starved, dying and dead Jews they discovered while liberating concentration camps.

    In...

  • Real Early Retirement

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    TV comedy writer Rodney Rothman spent six months as the youngest resident of a largely Jewish retirement community in Florida, gaining insight into his own aging process for his book, "Early Bird: A Memoir of Premature Retirement."

    "I'm Jewish. I'm gonna end up in Florida anyway ......

  • Community Briefs

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Decoding a 'Right' Supreme Court

    Two prominent federal judges presented different portraits of the U.S. Supreme Court's future to an audience of several-hundred Jewish lawyers at the Beverly Hills Hotel last week.

    The June 15 forum, titled, "Where Will Another Right Turn Take Us?"...

  • Briefs

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    An Arrest, a Verdict, a Settlement

    FBI agents and U.S. postal inspectors this week arrested a man for allegedly mailing out at least 52 manila envelopes containing syringes to a handful of Jewish residents, a hospital and a congressional office.

    Federal agents took Stanley C....

  • Sudan Support Marks Memorial Day

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Two events about two distinct crimes against humanity -- both in Sudan -- attracted strong Jewish community interest during the Memorial Day weekend.

    At least 600 Southern California Jews attended synagogue services around the Southland on Thursday evening, May 26, marking an end to...

  • Briefs

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    PETA Apologizes for Shoah Comparison

    The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has apologized for its eyebrow-raising, 2-year-old "Holocaust on Your Plate" campaign, with PETA's leader stating, "it was never our goal to humiliate the victims" of the...

  • Camp Adjusts to Life Away From Parent

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This will be Camp JCA Shalom's first summer away from home. For the first time in its 54-year history, the Malibu camp is independent, having broken away from the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA) in January.

    Life after the centers crisis hasn't been easy for...

  • L.A.‘s ‘Big’ Sunday

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Between 35,000 and 40,000 people spent Sunday, May 15 at Woodley Park in Van Nuys for the annual Israel Independence Day festival.

    The festival's early afternoon main event featuring pro-Israel speeches and politicians lasted exactly one hour; on the last note of "The Star-Spangled...

  • Rites Mark Shoah, Camp Liberators

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Rain and clouds greeted Southern California's annual Holocaust Remembrance Day, while sunshine welcomed a gathering of World War II veterans and the Shoah survivors whom they liberated from concentration camps.

    "Our remembrance ensures that the truth never will be forgotten; this...

  • The 411 on the 818’s Israel Fest

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

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    •What, Where and When: The 17th annual Israel Independence Day Festival celebrating Israel's 57th anniversary on May 15, from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., Woodley Park, Van Nuys (between Burbank and Victory boulevards).

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    •Price: Admission is $5. Kids under 6 get in free.

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    •Parking:...

  • A Yiddish ‘Fiddler’ to Honor Aleichem

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Actor and Yiddish-language true believer Theodore Bikel grew up in prewar Europe, with German as his first language and Yiddish a quick second, partly due to his father reading his family Sholom Aleichem stories every Tuesday night.

    "He picked the night," said Bikel, now 81 and set...

  • Abraham’s ‘Children’ Connect at Seder

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Rare is the Passover seder that includes an Islamic call to prayer. But in the middle of this interfaith celebration, Muslim guests excused themselves momentarily from the third-floor banquet hall of Wilshire Boulevard Temple to pray in the hallway outside.

    Jews in attendance...

  • Holiday of Freedom Spent Behind Bars

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The high concrete walls of the little-used cafeteria at the Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles hardly spoke to Passover’s concept of freedom found and bondage ended. But this is where a dozen inmates gathered for their seder, in a setting that cried out Egypt rather than the...
  • Spectator

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Temple Shalom for the Arts has a little part of its soul in Los Angeles gospel, when the independent congregation will host the pre-Passover Shared Heritage of Freedom service at the Wilshire Theatre on April 15.

    "There was a real need to get the Jewish and African American...

  • L.A. Rabbis Voice Praise for John Paul II

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm



    Pope John Paul II died at 9:37 p.m. in Rome, which was 11:37 a.m. Saturday in Los Angeles -- in the middle of Shabbat -- at the same time that Rabbi David Wolpe talked to his Sinai Temple congregation about a pope who deserved the gratitude of the Jewish people.

    "Although we...

  • Artists Converge After ‘The Passion’

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Christian children wearing their Sunday best for last week's Easter services understandably could forget, amidst their Easter egg hunts, that the Last Supper of Jesus was a Passover seder.

    But in this season of Easter and Passover, connections between the holidays has inspired...

  • Q & A With Walid Shoebat

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    "I truly hate my job," said ex-Palestinian terrorist Walid Shoebat. As a child, Shoebat was indoctrinated into hating Israelis, but as an adult he now travels extensively speaking out against terrorism. The Bethlehem native and Arab Christian lives in Northern California with his...

  • Super Sunday Calls Raise $4.6 Million

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Frank Ponder put in a long, fruitful day at the Feb. 13 Super Sunday annual fundraising campaign, helping gather the phone-driven dollars that became part of more than $4.6 million pledged that day for The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

    Last year, the Federation raised...

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