Jewish Journal

Mike Levy

  • Jewish Groups Stay Silent on Union Vote

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A showdown between Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and hundreds of its registered nurses over unionizaton will come to head after three days of balloting ending Friday, Dec. 13.

    The hospital has strongly opposed the registered nurses push to be represented by the California Nurses...

  • Many Angry Voices

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The old joke says, "For every two Jews, you have three opinions." So is it possible that, as members of the Jewish political left complained in an ad on the back page of this newspaper on Nov. 22, "In the name of unity in a time of crisis, the great Jewish tradition of vibrant and...

  • One Night for Israel

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Maybe only seven nights of gifts would be enough for your family? The Israel Emergency Solidarity Fund (IESF) hopes so -- they'd like you to save the eighth night for an Israeli family in need. It is easier than ever to bring a little Chanukah light into the holiday for Israel...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm


    You might not want to trek to Glendale to see the Brothers Horwitz, but wouldn't you want to visit the historic Alex Theater for a "Three Stooges" film festival? Why soitenly you would, nyuk nyuk. The fifth-annual event offers up matinee and evening screenings of favorite...

  • The Festival of Lite

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Yes, the time of the fatty foods is upon us. But eight days of latkes and jelly doughnuts can be the least of problems for those who celebrate their holidays by eating out.

    "The bad news is, most restaurant meals are high in calories and fat," said nutritionist Anita Jones. "If...

  • Rubin Laid to Rest, But Not Controversy

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Mourners filled the seats and crowded into the back room of Sholom Memorial Park on Sunday, Nov. 17, to lay to rest Jewish Defense League (JDL) leader Irving David Rubin, but the funeral did not lay to rest the questions surrounding the controversial activist's death or the 11 months...

  • How Ready Are We?

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "For bioterrorism, we're about as prepared as we are for snow," said City Councilman Jack Weiss, who has spent a year working with security experts and local officials to figure out what Los Angeles needs to do to prepare for and prevent terrorist attacks. The report of the results...

  • JDL’s Questionable Future

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Kelly Rubin will turn 13 on Nov. 20. His bar mitzvah, already postponed to December, is now on hold as his father, Irv Rubin, lies in critical condition at L.A. County-USC Medical Center.

    Prison and hospital officials say that Rubin, the leader of the Jewish Defense League (JDL),...

  • Local Jews Win, Mostly

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    While Republicans swept in the national elections, with the GOP reclaiming the Senate and retaining their majority in the house, in California, Democrats made a strong showing, winning every statewide office.

    In Southern California, Jewish candidates overwhelmed in the local races....

  • Judges Facing Judgment Day

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It is a simple enough question: yes or no? Voters on Nov. 5 will answer the question many times, and the independence of California's judicial system depends on the answer.

    Justices for the California Supreme Court and Court of Appeal are appointed for 12-year terms by the governor....

  • High Stakes on ‘Down Ballot’

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    They may be "down ballot,"or low profile, races for state offices, but the contests for insurance commissioner and controller in the Nov. 5 election could have important international effects on the Jewish community.

    California's next insurance commissioner will have an important...

  • Support for IsraelElementary to Watson

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    She may not know the word shteibel, but she knows what's going on.

    "I represented [them] before, you know, in the '80s when I was a state senator," said Rep. Diane Watson (D-Los Angeles), referring to the Jews of Hancock Park. "They wanted to pray, to have a temple in a house. I...

  • Top Cops Patrol Israel Beat

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "I went with police one night on patrol on Ben Yehuda Street," recalled Irvine Police Chief Michael Berkow. "There was a rock concert that night, about 20,000 people on the street, probably 80 percent 13, 14, 15, 16 years old, the rest parents with toddlers.

    "We had all heard their...

  • Get a CLUE to   Help the Poor

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "It's not someone else's problem. It's our problem." The problem Devorah Shubowitz is talking about: poverty.

    Over the summer, Shubowitz worked with Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) to study the Jewish working poor in Los Angeles.

    Through CLUE, more than 400...

  • Agencies Survive Budget Battle

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    For Jewish community-affiliated agencies that receive money from the state, the last two months of past-deadline legislative wrangling over the budget has been a nail-biting time, with some organizations awaiting word on half or more of their annual funding.

    "We've gotten by without...

  • Jew at the ‘Bu

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In June 1956, Kathy Kohner, a Jewish girl from Brentwood, began tagging along with some of the neighborhood boys driving out to Malibu. The new sport of surfing intrigued her, and she convinced the boys to teach her. Because she was young, slight and a girl, the surfers took to...

  • High Security Holidays

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Last Sunday, a bomb squad van, police cars and fire trucks rushed to Temple Beth Torah in Culver City.

    Last Yom Kippur, a car crashed into a small synagogue on Pico Boulevard, and off-duty police officers immediately evacuated the nearby B'nai David-Judea.

    While both incidences...

  • The Real Gidget

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In June 1956, a Jewish 15-year-old girl named Kathy Kohner began tagging along with some of the neighborhood boys and driving out from her Brentwood home to the beach in Malibu. The sport of surfing intrigued her, and she convinced the boys to teach her. Because she was young, slight...

  • The New Middle East Battleground: College Campuses

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The signs on campus read, "Zionism equals Nazism" and "Why do Israelis love to kill Palestinian children?" One simply showed an Israeli flag dripping blood.

    When Sarah Tolkoff returned to UC Irvine from her Birthright Israel trip last year, she says, "I realized the anti-Israel...

  • Strange BRU

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Who's taking a stand against Israel this week? Would you believe ... the Bus Riders Union (BRU)?

    On buses and trains, BRU leaders and members are distributing a two-page flyer with an essay titled "Let the Palestinian People Go!" that likens the BRU's stance to Dr. Martin Luther King...

  • Send in the Committees

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As former Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard Parks gears up for a City Council race, the campaign for his old job went into high gear last week with 47 candidates vying for the post.

    Ethnic and community politics have added a level of complexity to the already difficult job of...

  • Jewish Groups Make Housing Affordable

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The numbers are discouraging for anyone who does not own a home. Every month, California's housing prices seem to set new records. The state has the third lowest rate of home ownership in the country. Housing prices put pressure on rents, which rise even as stock-derived income,...

  • What’s That You Say About the West Coast?

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It seems Arabs and Jews in can agree on one thing at least -- a touch of resentment toward East Coast "national" organization headquarters.

    Following its national convention in June, the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)...

  • What’s That You Say About the West Coast?

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It seems Arabs and Jews in Los Angeles can agree on one thing at least -- a touch of resentment toward East Coast "national" organization headquarters.

    Following its national convention in June, the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee...

  • No Shvitz

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Hot on the heels of the Jewish Community Center closings, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles announced in late June that it would close the saunas and steam rooms in seven of the eight centers that still had them. (The Hollywood-Wilshire Y will leave its sauna open on a 90-day trial...

  • Fuel for Fear

    July 4, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    An FBI warning that Al Qaeda might attack Jewish targets with gasoline trucks ignited widespread concern in Los Angeles and fueled heightened security in Jewish communities nationwide this week.

    From Jewish organization offices to community centers to synagogues, news spread quickly...

  • Cedars-Sinai: Best in the West

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    TheAmerican Jewish community supports the best medical centers in the country, from sea to shining sea, according to a new study published in the May/June issue of Modern Maturity magazine.

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is the No. 2 hospital in the country and the best in the Western...

  • Israel Security Experts Advise L.A.

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The topic was terrorism. "How underprepared are we in the U.S.?"


    That exchange, between an emergency care physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Dr. Jonathan Halevy, director of Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, was part of an ongoing effort in Los...

  • From Russia with Love

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Russian-speaking Jewish community in Los Angeles has come together for Israel in ways community leaders could not have imagined even a year ago.

    Though the Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union have always been outspoken in their love for the Jewish state, a variety of...

  • Rodeo: Not Just A Beverly Hills Street

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The broncs and the bulls are coming to Anaheim. Not the NFL or NBA variety, though -- real bucking broncs and angry bulls, with real cowboys holding on for dear life. The rodeo is coming to town.

    The Justin Boots Bucking Thunder tour, in its first year after a debut event last...

  • Shooting in Cheviot Hills

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A dispute between two groups of young Persian men, one Jewish, one Muslim, erupted in a shooting at Cheviot Hills Park the night of June 3.

    Approximately 40 young men gathered in a back parking lot at the park, reportedly to resolve an ongoing dispute. Witnesses interviewed by police...

  • We Need You!

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The famous musical, "Fiddler on the Roof," which celebrates life and Jewish family tradition during turbulent times, is coming to town, and what better time than now?

    Originally written by Shalom Aleichem and turned into a film by Joseph Stein and Norman Jewison in 1971, "Fiddler"...

  • Cluck Naked

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Geneticist Avigdor Cahaner of Hebrew University is breeding featherless chickens, according to a report by Reuters.

    Cahaner crossed a standard boiler chicken with a smaller chicken that is partly bald due to a naturally occurring "naked neck" gene. The resulting birds are less fatty...

  • A Museum’s Fate

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The rent is paid through December. After that, no one knows where -- or if -- the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust will have a home.

    Competition seems to be squeezing out the venerable museum. Not competition from the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance, but competing...

  • For What It’s Worth

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    That silver kiddush cup you save for special occasions? Your great-grandmother's seder plate? Beautiful objects with sentimental and ritual value, sure, but what kind of cash value do you have sitting on your mantels and bookshelves? With a fun takeoff of a popular PBS show, the...

  • The Money Trail to Israel

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Seven-hundred-and-fifty-thousand dollars will pay for three medical trauma units at Tel Aviv's Sourasky Medical Center, which has treated 500 casualties of terrorist attacks, including those from the Passover massacre in Netanya. One-million dollars buys bulletproof vests for 1,000...

  • Couple Fights Harassment

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Be Careful," Jill Jacobson said.

    An odd warning given to a reporter heading to the relatively safe neighborhood of West L.A., to investigate what might be a matter of bad neighbors, or a more noxious case of anti-Semitism. Jacobson's accusations come at a time when anti-Semitism is...

  • Funny Because It’s Jewish

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Nothing much happened on the way to the temple. But a funny thing happened inside.

    A laughter-filled evening, with a bit of insight thrown in, was a sure bet as the popular Writers Bloc series brought together actor-comic Jerry Stiller, Vegas legend Shecky Greene, uber-comedy writer...

  • The Sabra Kosher Gourmet

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In late February, I went to Israel at the invitation of the Ministry of Tourism. Having studied abroad in Jerusalem between intifadas, I thought I had seen the attractions and sites of the land, but the ministry offered a view a student on a budget never imagined: Gourmet Israel,...

  • Living in Allen-town

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Woody Allen fans, cancel your plans for Saturday nights in May. In addition to airing 18 of his films uninterrupted over four nights, Turner Classic Movies features "Woody Allen: A Life in Film," Richard Schickel's spare, straightforward documentary. For Allen's fans, the 90-minutes...

  • We Want You!

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In very little time, 31-year-old Jamie Garelick had to frantically pack her bags, sublet her apartment and say goodbye to friends, all to prepare for her two-month trip to volunteer in Israel.

    Only weeks before she left, Garelick, who was one of 1,000 people whom the Jewish Agency...

  • Ross Options

    April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In his featured speech to the crowd assembled for the Yom HaShoah program at Sinai Temple, Ambassador Dennis Ross, the diplomatic point man for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process during previous administrations of George Bush and Bill Clinton, acknowledged his disappointment in...

  • Physician, Heal The Soul

    April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Physicians played a significant role in the Holocaust, and today's doctors can learn from the ethical failures of that period, according to an article recently published by Dr. Joel Geiderman, co-chair of the emergency department (ED) of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

    "I've always...

  • 6 Million Memorialized

    April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    At Yom HaShoah commemorations across Los Angeles, the Jewish community and friends looked to the past to remember and to the present to engage.

    The Citywide Youth Commemoration at Wilshire Boulevard Temple on April 9 was a by-the-kid, for-the-kids affair, with elementary, middle and...

  • JDL Trial Set for October

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The trial of Jewish Defense League (JDL) leaders Irv Rubin and Earl Krugel on criminal conspiracy charges in the alleged plot to detonate bombs at a mosque and a congressman's office is scheduled to begin in October. As Rubin and Krugel await their trial in a shared cell at the...

  • Thin Blue Media Line

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Felice and Michael Friedson call their news production company The Media Line, Ltd. (TML), but a limited media line is exactly what they are trying to get around. Dedicated to an accurate portrayal of Israel in the news, the Friedsons work to provide both sides of the story.

    In early...

  • A District Divided

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    As the City Council begins it consideration of Redistricting Commission-drawn district maps, a conflict between Valley activists and Jewish interests seems to have been resolved. But as proposed districts are scrutinized and rescrutinized block by block, the question of whether the...

  • Exodus From Addiction and Shame

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    These are the Ten Plagues of Prison Life, and we take a drop of grape juice out of our cups for each: Damage left in the wake of destructive addiction. Abusive relationships. Low self-esteem. The embittered spirit. Wrong attitude. Weakening mind and body. Daily degradation....

  • L.A. Trembles

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Although "Trembling Before G-d" has enjoyed a successful theatrical run in Los Angeles, drawing in theatergoers is only part of the mission of Sandi Simcha DuBowski's documentary about gay Orthodox Jews struggling to reconcile conflicting parts of their identities.

    "Dialogue is what...

  • Hopes ‘n’ Votes

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Kevin Feldman hopes that the newly drawn 30th Congressional District gives him a chance. His opponent in the March 5 Democratic primary is Rep. Henry Waxman, a popular 28-year veteran who has often run unopposed.

    With redistricting, however, Waxman's district now includes many areas...