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Rob Kutner

  • Blue and White in Bangkok

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I had one night in Bangkok, and I was definitely feeling humbled by the traffic. My bus idled, stuck in one of this Thai capitol's infamous daily snarls. I had little idea where in the city I was or how far there was to go, only a destination. And, most agonizing of all, I had less...

  • Chanukah Calendar

    December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles celebrated the launch of its anti-illiteracy program KOREH Los Angeles in September, the focus was on educators and celebrities to read children's books to kids. Meanwhile, on the outskirts of the spotlight at that event were some...
  • Chanukah Calendar

    December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles celebrated the launch of its anti-illiteracy program KOREH Los Angeles in September, the focus was on educators and celebrities to read children's books to kids. Meanwhile, on the outskirts of the spotlight at that event were some...
  • Couples Camp

    December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    It was 6:00 on a Friday evening. My wife, myself, and 50 complete strangers had just managed to light two candles, each on one tiny table, without burning ourselves. Our names, printed in a groovy font, glistened under the nametags hanging around our necks. We were sitting in a...
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  • Wandering Kehilla Finds a Home

    December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Want to start a soup? Find an onion. Want to start a shul? Find an "un-yan." At least that's the word Westwood Kehilla founding member Andi Smith uses to describe the not-quite-a-minyan from which her synagogue sprang.

    The congregation, which now boasts 70 families and will dedicate...

  • Finally, A Bat Mitzvah

    November 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Growing up in Iran, Soraya Nazarian felt she was missing something at synagogue. "I wanted to know what we were studying, what we were reading, what the rabbi was teaching... but it was so crowded back in the women's section, all I could hear was 'Shh, shh.'"

    But this full-time...

  • Healing’s Many Colors

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine the shock Temple Knesset Israel members felt when they came to Shabbat services five weeks ago and found scrawled on their wall, "Jews die" and a swastika. The Los Feliz congregation is largely elderly; many are Holocaust survivors.

    A shock of a different sort awaited them...

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