Jewish Journal

Charlotte Hildebrand

  • LAUSD president gets lesson in partnership

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa held a news conference on Friday, May 18, to announce his decision to end a yearlong legal battle to take control of Los Angeles schools, Board of Education President Marlene Canter was standing by his side.

    The show of unity -- Canter and...
  • Healing community rises from life-threatening illness

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "There but for the grace of God go I ...," you think upon hearing of some horrendous freak accident. "There and there and there and there but for the grace of God ...," you recite when hearing about the women in your life who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. For breast cancer...
  • Don’t Let Affirmative Action Fade

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Louisville, Ky., is a city divided between white and black, rich and poor; between the West End of town, where blacks live in camelback shotgun shacks and the East End, with its leafy neighborhoods of white gentility.

    But after decades of court-ordered school integration,...

  • Hospice Option Gains Jewish Supporters

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When Barbara Sherman lay dying, she knew what she didn't want: She did not want to end up in a hospital; she did not want the neighbors calling 911; she did not want someone sticking a needle in her arm. She wanted no interventions, not even morphine to ease the pain.

    "Her greatest...

  • Say ‘Hi’ to a College Before You Pick One

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Every year, the college tour is a rite of passage for students and parents alike, but for some it becomes an occupation. I wanted to make it simple, that is, wait until after my son was accepted, but before we had to give notification to colleges, a two-week period between April 15...

  • Jewish Women Fight for Choice

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Fran Teller of the National Council of Jewish Women known as "Madame NCJW," is one of the many Jewish women who keep a vigilant watch over reproductive freedoms in the United States. She has been active on the issue even before the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision that...

  • Where Immigrants Once Mingled

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    After World War II, when Japanese Americans were sent home from internment camps in Wyoming and Arizona, many found their lives had changed in untold ways. For Kenji Tanaguchi, his return to Boyle Heights -- an immigrant community east of the Los Angeles River -- was colored by what...

  • Taking It to the Streets

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    For years, an empty lot in Van Nuys was gathering garbage, used appliances, old furniture and was a "home" for the homeless and their shopping carts. Distraught neighbors were constantly calling the police and city officials, but to no avail. As the years passed, the problem grew...

  • A Question of Need

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As a young boy with a serious disability, Frank Wexler spent most of his first 10 years in the hospital, undergoing 22 operations. Upon his release, Wexler was anxious to make up for lost time. One of the first things he did was to get a driver's license. Wexler's mother, who was...

  • A Restless Man

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Even in the democratic, Anglo-Saxon anti-tank unit that Tom Tugend fought in during Israel's War of Independence, the young journalist found an ironic moment to record -- one of many that has come to define his long life of soldiering, writing and restlessness:

    "We were a bunch of...

  • One Day at a Time

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The doors of the 107th Street Elementary School opened at noon; reggae music blared over the sound system and pizza was ready to be served. Soon, mothers pushing strollers, teachers, parents and children began pouring onto the school grounds to participate in Temple Israel of...

  • Celebrating Length of Days

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Fifteen years ago, in the city with the second-largest Jewish population in the world, the idea of a Jewish hospice service lived and died. The truth was that the Los Angeles Jewish community was not ready to support a spiritual service for the dying.

    Rabbis Carla Howard and...

  • Ask What You Can Do

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Claudia Sobral, mother of three, woke up the other morning after watching a night of bloodshed between Israelis and Palestinians on the BBC news, and wrote a spontaneous letter to no one in particular, hurling blind questions into cyberspace: "How can we as citizens of the world not...

  • Mission to Heal the World

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Activist Steven Sprinkle of The Food and The Cook restaurant in Ojai pointed to Leviticus 19:19: Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woolen come upon thee. "It's right...

  • Meet Me at Third and Fairfax

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    These days, Third and Fairfax is pure traffic mayhem. Bulldozers, big rigs and construction workers jam the city streets and block available driveways. Trying to park at Farmers Market, the historical market and eatery that has drawn locals and tourists for 68 years, is like entering...

  • Together in Nature

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    For the eight Israeli and nine American teens in the Tel Aviv-Los Angeles Partnership program, Project Hevrei Teva, the scene was right out of the movie "Deliverance," only this scene, a campground in Sequoia National Park, was real life, and a real bear was standing...

  • Israel’s Other Battle

    August 30, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When businessman Evan Kaizer traveled to Israel with his wife in 1999, it had been almost 20 years since his last visit, and much had changed, but that wasn't what threw Kaizer for a loop.

    "Traveling in the Galilee used to give way to majestic views of the Golan; [this time] we could...

  • The Search for an Alzheimer’s Cure

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "How do you spell fare?" my father asked.

    For a man who had spent a lifetime in business, I was taken aback, but I spelled it for him. He was writing a check for my plane fare to Los Angeles, something he generously undertakes whenever I visit Florida. Today, he looked at his...

  • Overweight and Counting ... Down

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Reena Dulfon, 14, trudges home every day after school, and no matter how much she begs, her mother won't pick her up in the car. Robin Dulfon is not being a mean mom, but is helping Reena accomplish her goal. And though Reena sees this 30 minutes of daily exercise as a chore -- after...

  • A Jewish Environment

    May 31, 2001 | 7:59 pm

    One of the country's fastest-growing environmental groups, the interfaith community, has been gearing up to fight President George W. Bush's new energy policies.

    Last week the Coalition of the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) and the National Religious Partnership for the...

  • Exploring Faith’s Price

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Love and Liberation: When the Jews Tore Down the Ghetto Walls" by Ralph David Fertig (Writers Club Press, $17.95)

    On Jan. 9, 1807, Prince Jerome of Prussia decreed that the fortifications of the ancient city of Breslau could be destroyed. After 540 years of isolation, the Jews of...

  • Wolpe’s Defense

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi David Wolpe stepped up to the lectern to deliver his Sabbath morning sermon last Saturday, he faced a divided and expectant audience.

    Many of his congregants at Sinai Temple in Westwood took strong exception to a series of sermons he had delivered before and during...

  • Sweet Sorrow

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A wall of neatly coiffed ladies charges up to the counter to place their orders for baked goods on one of the last days before the holidays and one of the last days before Brown's Bakery in North Hollywood closes its doors forever. Some of the customers have been buying their cakes,...

  • Voices of Peace

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In the long view -- and who could have a longer view than the man who, until recently, was the U.S. State Department's Middle East negotiator for the past 12 years? -- Dennis Ross believes that diplomacy in the Middle East boils down to psychology. "The idea of taking politics out of...

  • Answering the Call

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A historic conference call recently took place between the six Jewish Big Brothers and Big Sisters (JBBBS) associations in America. The Jewish agencies had never spoken together outside of informal gatherings at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) conferences; in the past,...

  • In Community We Trust

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Alex Mylyavsky had been in Los Angeles for three months as a refugee from Kiev, Ukraine. He was looking for a job, but it was a vicious cycle: he couldn't get a job without experience, but how could he get experience without a job? His heavy Russian accent worked against him, and he...

  • Hollywood Mecca

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Lewis Sluskin must have been an imposing man at one time; tall and broad shouldered, with a clear, no-nonsense manner that one often finds in those who work behind rather than in front of the camera - in his case, as a property master for more than 45 years. He is still a man of...

  • Centenarian Inspiration

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Sam Dabby was 100 years old on Nov. 5, but he waited to celebrate with members of his family and friends at a Nov. 18 party given at Kahal Joseph Congregation Temple. Among the celebrants was his workout trainer, Jeremy Forte, who has been helping Dabby lift weights and exercise for...

  • East Ventura Bound

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    If you're looking to move into a new home in Los Angeles, good luck. Last month, the median sale price for an L.A. home jumped 10 percent to $213,000, setting an all-time record for L.A. County.

    But if you're looking to move into a new home in Oak Park, say your prayers. Finding a...

  • Board Meeting

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Skate Roc 'n Jam, an event held Nov. 5 at the Hollywood Los Feliz JCC, drew about 100 skateboarding enthusiasts who tried their luck on newly built ramps and rails borrowed from Oasis in Hollywood; listened to music by the group Custom; talked shop with DV8, a skateboarding shop in...

  • Olympic Mettle

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles Jews agonized along with the rest of the country as the results from the Nov. 7 election trickled in. Hardly as split as the rest of the nation, Jews in California preferred Al Gore to George Bush 82 to 15 percent. Nationally, Gore received 79 percent of the Jewish vote,...

  • Green With Envy

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Here we go. Five days before the election and all hell is breaking loose. Fear and loathing, but mostly fear, is escalating among Democrats who are worried Ralph Nader is going to cost Vice President Al Gore the election. Greens for Gore in Oregon are urging Naderites to vote Gore...

  • Arthritis Rumba

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "Ouch," cried a perfectly coiffed, white-haired lady. "It hurts."

    "My fingers won't listen to me," a tall brunette complained.

    But Susanne Haymaker, their exercise teacher at the Jewish Home for the Aging, wouldn't listen. "Lift your fingers up if they're hurting, " Haymaker...

  • Proof Is in the Pudding

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "The Kabbalah Center teaches what life is all about. That's why people come to us. People want to understand not what, but why? Why about everything in life: Why is there chaos, why do I have ups and downs, why am I here?"

    As Rabbi Avraham Kelman delivered his introductory lecture to...

  • Powwow Jew

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    I can't recall now if my first trip to the Quapaw Powwow in northeast Oklahoma was the time I drove with my husband and infant son down miles and miles of dark country roads into the middle of nowhere, or that time - in the version of my failed screenplay - I drove with a carload...

  • The 6 O’Clock Solution

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Ralph Fertig, a retired judge and current community activist and novelist, has what a lot of progressive Californians are looking for: a solution to voting on Nov. 7.

    Fertig, a lifelong Democrat until four months ago, registered with the Green Party recently as a statement against the...

  • Creating Something Green

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Medea Benjamin wasn't expecting to run for the U.S. Senate in November. She had a busy enough life already: community activist, mother of two, co-founder of Global Exchange. But last December, when Global Exchange garnered international attention after its WTO protests in Seattle,...

  • The 6 O’Clock Solution

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Ralph Fertig, a retired judge and current community activist and novelist, has what a lot of progressive Californians are looking for: a solution to voting on Nov. 7.

    Fertig, a lifelong Democrat until four months ago, registered with the Green Party recently as a statement against the...

  • A Nanny’s Story

    August 31, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There are a thousand stories in the naked city of Los Angeles, but when it comes to nannies, there are at least a million - nannies who have a free reign of the household, nannies who make good salaries, nannies who get help from their employers to buy cars or put a down payment on a...

  • The Girls of Summer

    August 3, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    During the girls' softball playoffs of the 1992 Maccabi Games in Baltimore, the coach of the Seattle team stopped by the hotel room of L.A. coach Sandy Silverman to talk. Their teams were scheduled to face off the next day.

    "I think we've got a problem," the Seattle coach told...

  • Community Briefs

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Shimon Paskow, 68, let down his guard the other day and began to reel off a few of the jokes he had told at his retirement dinner on Sun., June 25, honoring his 31 years of service at Temple Etz Chaim of Thousand Oaks.

    One goes like this: "You've heard the saying 'Old soldiers...

  • Ghosts on the Beach

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    I arrived in Miami Beach one morning last week on a mission: to find the last kosher hotel in South Beach, an ultra-hip area of restaurants, clubs and shops that used to be the hub of Florida Jewish life.Today you can drive along Ocean Drive (inch along is more like it) and see...

  • Sharing the Joy

    June 1, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Among the 300 to 400 Iranian Jews, Russians and Israelis who attend Shabbat services every week at the Eretz Cultural Center in Reseda, the congregation's young adults are conspicuously missing. After a lifetime in the United States, Farsi - the Persian language of their parents and...

  • Still Stigmatized

    May 4, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When Ofra Haza, the 41-year-old Israeli Yemenite singer, succumbed to complications of AIDS in February, she died under a heavy cloud of silence. But why? Was it because of the shame and guilt attached to the still stigmatized disease, or, as the Israeli media suggested, was there a...
  • Valley of Dreams

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    On this Friday morning, Norm Katz, Bunny Schwartz and a guy named Joel are squeezed together like early hour commuters in a crowded subway. They're discussing the role of men and women in traditional Judaism, between the cash register and the reduced baked goods rack -- a space of...
  • Purim Magic and Minutia

    March 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Late one night last week, Rabbi Chaim Hanoka stood talking to David Angel in a large, almost empty parking lot, well past the appointed hour that each man had expected to get into his car and drive home. Hanoka was attempting to unravel the mathematical complexities of how Purim...
  • A Day at the Races

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    From the first question, the interview sank like a rock.

    "Jews in horse racing. What kind of story is that?" the famous- person's voice bellowed over the phone. "You're 20 years too late!"

    "There was Maxwell Glick and Sam Rubin and Hirsh Jacobs and Eugene Kline. A guy like Maxwell...

  • Monsters on the Bench

    November 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    My son and I have been wandering around the mall all afternoon looking for Pokémon cards. When we called last night, everyone had them, but today, nobody does.

    In one of the stores, I see two worried-looking parents, with their very pouty 7-year-old son, talking to the store manager....

  • A Forgotten Jewel

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    As you drive north along Figueroa Street in Highland Park, past La Pescador and the car wash, past Frank's Cameras and the farmacia, you come to El Paso Shoe Store, where families from the neighborhood shop to get a good bargain on shoes. It was at this location, back in the early...
  • The Havana Jewish Social Club

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    My husband and I arrived in Havana in the early hours of Sunday morning; we had flown to Cuba via Tijuana to spend a week exploring and, hopefully, to find someone in the Jewish community to speak with. Although the majority of Cuban Jews had fled to the United States and Israel...

  • Late Night with Jenny Lerner

    August 5, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    I promised I'd call her the next evening, but I never did. For five days, I felt guilty, but what could I do? To make the commitment to call Jenny Lerner is like signing on to a weekend of aerobics; you really want it -- the challenge, the learning opportunities -- but when the time...