Jewish Journal

Peter L. Rothholz

  • L.A.‘s German Jews celebrate club’s 75th year

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    When Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, one of his principal goals was to rid Germany of its Jews, to make the country Judenrein. German Jews, many of whom had considered themselves more German than Jewish, began to search for secure havens. From 1933 until the outbreak of World War...
  • Identity and connection spur more adult b’nai mitzvah

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Norma Glickman wanted to make her own Jewish identity more meaningful. Her husband had studied to become an adult bar mitzvah, and after his death, she felt it would be a tribute to him to follow his example and become a bat mitzvah. When Glickman, 79, completed her study at Temple...
  • UCLA Shoah class attracts large number of Asian students

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    "The Holocaust in Film and Literature" is one of many UCLA classes that draws in undergraduate students looking to fulfill general education requirements. German 59, as it's listed in the university catalog, has attracted 241 students this quarter.

    The course demands are strenuous....

  • Life, liberty and the pursuit of beautiful language

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    For most of his 92 years, artist Sam Fink has been obsessed with the pursuit of freedom and the beauty of language. Even though he is a painter, he calls language "the highest form of art, higher even than painting and music."

    But even Fink could not have predicted that these...

  • Barbados’ Nidhe Israel: Torah on a tropical isle

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When I tell people that we are members of Congregation Nidhe Israel, the Jewish community in Barbados, I get the most incredulous stares.

    Barbados is, of course, well known as a "sun, sand and sea" island in the Caribbean, but it has many more attractions than these. Jewish...
  • Lawyer makes case for answering rabbinical school call

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Kenneth Klee is living the American dream.

    He is a nationally recognized bankruptcy lawyer, founding partner of Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern and was named one of the top 100 lawyers in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. A tenured law professor at UCLA, he lectures...
  • Fortunoff Archive preserves Holocaust testimonies

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Until his 50th birthday, Geoffrey Hartman had little Jewish involvement after fleeing Nazi Germany as part of the Kindertransport to England. Instead, this Sterling professor emeritus of English and comparative literature at Yale University devoted time to establishing his reputation...
  • Former Israeli and Palestinian fighters push for peace—together

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Two members of Combatants for Peace, a fledgling organization of some 250 former Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters, told a standing-room only audience at the Skirball Cultural Center Jan. 31 that there can be no military solution to the conflict between their two nations....
  • Educational programs help seniors fulfill postponed dreams

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Retirement brings with it the promise of time to pursue interests and passions postponed due to work and family pressures. But many retirees discover that fulfilling a dream requires replacing the old work-a-day discipline with a new structure.

    Regardless of age or physical...

  • Barri Evins: A Book Can Change the World

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "It is hard to convey the special sense of respect, dignity and approbation that can be conveyed by calling someone 'a real mensch,'" writes Leo Rosten in "The Joys of Yiddish." The Yiddish word infuses the basic German denotation -- "person" -- with an almost indefinable...

  • Happy Birthday from Berlin

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    At precisely 8 a.m. one day last year, I was awakened by a phone call. When I picked up the receiver, I heard a man's voice say "Happy Birthday from Berlin."

    Since I knew no one there who could possibly know my birthday, I took it to be a practical joke. But it wasn't. The caller...