Jewish Journal

Susanna Crosby Perrin

  • Jewish ‘Life’ Comes to Simi

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Having staved off the imminent demise of the area's only Jewish preschool, Simi Valley's Congregation B'nai Emet (CBE) is poised to do far more -- trade land donated to CBE to meet the needs and ensure the future of the area's entire Jewish community.

    Until 1998, the preschool had...

  • Righteous Rescuers Honored

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Though certainly one of the most bitter memories of history, the Holocaust was also a time of true heroism and great humanity. On Sun., May 6, Mt. Sinai Memorial Park in Simi Valley dedicated a grove of trees to the non-Jewish heroes who risked their lives to save Jewish lives during...

  • Circumcision Lite

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    An undeniable physical reminder of a man's connection to Judaism, circumcision has been an important focus of the first days of a boy's life since before we received the Torah. However, for almost as long, there have been people who question the act of circumcision and those who have...

  • ‘L’Chayim Radio’ Silenced

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "I was thinking back to my childhood and the origins of my interest in Judaism," said Mel Wax, native of New York and longtime Los Angeles-area resident, "and it came from the Yiddish records my grandfather gave me."

    Like many others in the Los Angeles Jewish community, Wax was a...

  • Heschel West Trail Blazers Honored

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In the early 1990s, Drs. Bernard and Melanie Gero began to look toward the future for their young children. Both the products of Jewish day schools in South Africa, the Geros wanted their own children to benefit from the daily exposure to Jewish life that comes with being a day...

  • Honoring Dedication

    January 18, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Shirley Levine is a woman with many admirers. She was the founding principal of both Abraham Joshua Heschel Day Schools in Northridge and Agoura and has been dedicated to their success for more than 25 years. Just speak with one of the many parents whose children attend one of the...

  • Chanukah in Ventura

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    One sure sign the Conejo Valley Jewish community is growing comes every year about this time. That's not when demographers turn in their latest report, but when the community holds its annual Chanukah festival. Organizers say nothing better reflects the burgeoning Jewish population...

  • Unintended Consequences

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "I tell you, there was never a trip like this before. The motives are terribly sad, but we are going to have a lot of fun. This is another dimension of history." With these words, Arnost Lustig and Jan Wiener, both Jewish survivors of the Shoah, embark on a trip to the Europe of...
  • The Chosen One

    December 23, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Happy and outgoing, three-year-old Brandon Lefton sits on a rocking chair holding his guitar. "I gotta be a rock 'n roll star now," he announces and then lets loose a wild strumming of the open strings. His parents sit nearby in their neat, nicely furnished Simi Valley home,...
  • Playing Favorites

    December 23, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    About six months ago, The Journal published a ballot asking readers to pick their LA Jewish favorites: delis, party places, bookshops, etc. The ballots came back with a few surprises, some familiar old choices, and a lot of fervor. Like the old saying goes, 500,000 Jews, one million...
  • Standing Out

    November 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    My husband Jon and I moved with our two children to Simi Valley about four years ago, despite the impression that it offered little in the way of Jewish life. We came here because Jon had a job in Los Angeles and I had two geriatric ponies at a co-operative stable. My long-held dream...