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Ruth Stroud

  • South Bay Bids Adieu to Shulman

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Ronald Shulman of Congregation Ner Tamid of South Bay wasn't seeking a new challenge when the leadership of Chizuk Amuno Congregation in Baltimore approached him a year ago about applying for a position as senior rabbi of the 1,400-member Conservative shul. Shulman was just...

  • The Anti-Semitic Blame Game

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Is anti-Semitism on the rise since Sept. 11? Answers vary, depending on whom you ask.

    "We haven't seen a resurgence of anti-Semitism since the Sept. 11 attacks," observed Amy Levy, a spokeswoman for the Anti-Defamation League's Pacific Southwest Region, which encompasses most of...

  • Tijuana: A Tale of Two Synagogues

    September 6, 2001 | 7:59 pm

    A bus trip to visit two Tijuana synagogues this spring provided an irresistible opportunity to learn about two distinctly different Jewish communities in a bustling border metropolis where Jews number fewer than 1 percent of the city's 1.2 million residents.

    By far the more unusual...

  • Wrap Party in Redondo Beach

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Debbie Simmons earns her living as a CPA in Brentwood. But evenings, weekends and every other spare minute during the holidays and many other free moments during the year find Simmons shopping for bargain toys and wrapping paper, scanning the shelves or standing in checkout lines at...

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  • Building Bridges

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    About a year ago, Rabbi Ron Shulman of Congregation Ner Tamid in Rancho Palos Verdes attended an interfaith meeting at a nearby Catholic retreat. The discussion focused on the importance of the millennium year as a time of renewal and reconciliation in the Catholic Church and other...

  • To Give and Now Receive

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    He was a boy from the Bronx, born below the Third Avenue El. She was a girl from Brooklyn, born near the famed "Tree Grown in Brooklyn." Both had immigrant, working-class parents who initially opposed their marriage.

    Almost 55 years, three children, 10 grandchildren and, in June, one...

  • Life’s Ironies are Beautiful

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    For Italian expatriates Lotte Katz Singer of Beverly Hills and Ann Signett of the San Fernando Valley, life is surprising as well as beautiful. The two were recently reunited 50 years after sharing a residence during the German occupation of Rome.

    As part of its "The People and Nation...

  • Holocaust Museum Reopens

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Next week's reopening of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust at its new location on Museum Row coincides with a string of events that will commemorate Yom HaShoah.

    * The first, a youth observance, will take place on Tuesday, from 11 a.m. to noon, at Pan Pacific Park's Los Angeles...

  • An Extra- Ordinary Place

    April 1, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Mordecai Finley is no ordinary rabbi; nor an ordinary man either, for that matter. First there is his past as a former marine sergeant with a doctorate in religion from USC. You can still glimpse the sergeant in the ramrod straight posture when he stands among members of his...

  • Going After Generation Next

    February 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    There's a bit of dialogue that Ben Younger wrote for his first film, "Boiler Room," that sums up the slippery morality of the hotshot young stockbrokers whose world he examines:

    "My father once asked me where my work ethic is. Looking back now, I realized that wasn't the problem. I...

  • A Call for Support

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Few people look forward to being asked for money. But Super Sunday, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles' largest single day of fund raising each the year, is the exception.

    "It's the one time of the year when people say, 'I was waiting for your phone call,'" says David...

  • USC & HUC: A Winning Partnership

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    In the annals of party-going, the dinner hosted by USC President Steven Sample and his wife, Kathryn, at their impressive San Marino estate home last week, ranked right up near the top.

    The food and drinks were excellent, the speeches short and few, and the general bonhomie so...

  • Making Do with More

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Was the United Jewish Fund 1998 campaign up, down or flat? It depends on how you interpret the numbers.

    Strictly speaking, the campaign, which the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles oversees, finished on Jan. 8 with an increase in pledges -- $42.2 million, compared with last...

  • Israel Beyond 1999

    January 14, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Now that a year of reviewing and celebrating Israel's first half century has passed, it's time to ponder the next 50 years. That's the premise behind a daylong conference taking place on Jan. 24 in West Los Angeles.

    Sponsored by the Jewish Federation's Jewish Community Relations...

  • Pledging to Produce

    January 7, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Fifty-one years after going door to door and soliciting funds to help the fledgling State of Israel get off the ground, Jake Farber is at it again. But instead of trudging along Highland Avenue and seeking contributions of any size, Farber today meets in boardrooms and living rooms...

  • Images of Israel

    December 10, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Robert Cumins was working on the staff of his junior high school paper in Fair Lawn, N.J., when he had his first scoop.

    He sent a note to Pierre Salinger, then press secretary to President Kennedy, asking for an interview. Salinger invited Cumins to the White House, where the...

  • The Cardinal Comes to the Board of Rabbis

    December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    In a historic address to the Board of Rabbis of Southern California last week, Cardinal Roger Mahony, archbishop of Los Angeles, called for the elimination of centuries of Catholic and Christian anti-Semitic teaching and a new era of Catholic-Jewish understanding and cooperation....
  • An Art Form

    November 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Artists from places as far afield as Brooklyn, Baltimore and Tal-Shahar, Israel, and as near as Beverly Hills will be exhibiting at the 18th annual Festival of Jewish Artisans at Temple Isaiah on Nov. 21-22. Among the crafts on the display will be sandblasted glass, ceramics, gold...
  • Returning Home

    November 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    There's no place like home, but getting people to agree where home should be has not been easy for the Los Angeles Jewish Federation.

    Last week, the organization's board voted unanimously to return in two years to the 12-story building at 6505 Wilshire Blvd., which has been the...

  • Jews, Propositions and Voting Attrition

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    For the first time in several elections, there are no state propositions on the November ballot that are clearly rousing Jewish communal organizations. Yet, at an open forum last week at Stephen S. Wise Temple, close to 200 people showed up to listen to experts discuss the...
  • Through the Eyes of a Child

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Those who grew up in the 1950s and '60s heard little about the Holocaust. Considered a subject too frightening for children, it was seldom discussed or taught. Even now, with almost a glut of literature, films, exhibits and college courses on the subject, it is still a difficult...
  • Teaching Skills

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Fifteen years ago, when he was 16, Sandra Lanza's son Mark, received his first job through Jewish Vocational Service. It was a summer position he landed with the help of a program then called "Project Gelt." Now his mother is following Mark's example and seeking help at JVS as well....
  • Police Get Lessons on Jewish Observance

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    "Why do Jewish men wear those side curls?" asks the policewoman with the short, slicked-back hair and serious manner. Neal Shapiro and his brother-in-law, Sheldon Altman, explain as Wilshire Division Officer Terri Utley listens intently.

    About 20 officers have just heard Shapiro and...

  • Accidental Death in Utah

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Orel in Hebrew means God's light. Orel Gigi was only 4 1/2 years old when she died in a car accident on Aug. 2, but to her parents and all who knew her, she was like her name -- a ray of divine light. "Her smile and outstretched arm towards anybody was magic, and a heart could not...
  • Trading Places

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    In a unique effort to redefine the future relations between Israeli and Diaspora Jews, 14 Israeli 10th-graders arrived last week to participate in what may be the first student-exchange program between Israeli schools and a non-Orthodox Los Angeles Jewish day school.

    But the Milken...

  • JDC’s Priority:

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union are in a desperate situation as a result of the transition from Communism to capitalism, said Michael Schneider, executive director of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).

    Schneider, in Los Angeles last week to talk with top...

  • Community

    August 13, 1998 | 8:00 pm

     

     

     

    A Passion for Politics -- and Sports

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

    New chair of the JCRC, Howard Welinsky, talks about his upcoming term

    Howard Welinsky is guarded when he talks politics. As the...

  • Current Events

    July 30, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    On Aug. 9, the "Tel Aviv Serial Rapist," who has the city's women looking over their shoulders in fear, evidently tried to commit his 10th rape in the last six months, but police say he let his pleading victim go, and ran off. On the same day, Police Minister Avigdor Kahalani advised...
  • Community

    July 23, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The Saddest Story

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

    Mourning a Russian-born border guard, killed in the line of duty

    Ido Aharoni, the local Israeli consul for communications and public affairs, is preparing to

    U.S. Border Patrol Agent Alex Kirpnick  was killed in June; right, a young Alex with his family,         immigrants from the former Soviet Union.

    U.S. Border Patrol Agent Alexander Kirpnick, 27,...

  • Community

    July 16, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Ruth Neal, coordinator of Ezras Bayis, has seen Orthodox womenwho have been bitten, shoved, slapped, punched, spit at, scalded withhot chicken soup, threatened with a gun, pushed down a flight ofstairs. Wood cut by Kathe Kollwitz from "German ExpressionistWoodcuts," 1994.

     

    Ilana*, an...

  • Community

    July 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    About 20 years ago Ted Gostin, an urban plannerwith a growing curiosity about his family history, started searchinglocal phone books for Gostins. He made a cold call to a Sydney Gostinin Seal Beach, Calif. At 85, Sydney had no recollection of Herman,Ted's grandfather. "Well, they...

  • Coming to Our Census

    July 2, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Eli Broad (left) is the primary moving force behind thefinancing of the downtown Disney Concert Hall designed by architectFrank Gehry, lining up corporations to drop megabucks into theproject..

    For most of this century, Los Angeles has been a city of twoelites -- one predominately...

  • Community

    March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Before therewas "Ellen," Chastity Bono, Rock Hudson's death from AIDS, or AIDSitself, there was Beth Chayim Chadashim. The year was 1972, and mostlesbians and gay men were deep in the closet. For four gay Jews whoshowed up for a rap session at Metropolitan Community Church in...

  • Not For Sale

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    They came to chastise, but stayed to cheer.

    An estimated 400 people packed the auditorium atthe Westside Jewish Community Center Tuesday night, prepared to chidethe leaders of the Jewish Community Centers of Los Angeles forseriously considering an Orthodox Jewish high school's offer...

  • Community

    March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Cutting Costs and Hope

    Los Angeles Jewish AIDS Services dismisses its programdirector due to a drop in funding

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

    Israel's Chief Rabbi Visits YULA

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

     

    Reward Offered

    A $20,000 reward has been offered by the Cityof Los Angeles to...

  • Cover Story A Call for Support

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Orli is the first to admit that she had everythinggoing for her while growing up in Brentwood: loving parents who tookher around the world, a top-flight Harvard education.

    But Orli (not her real name) became an alcoholic,a disease, she says, that afflicted her father. At first, she...

  • Taking the Freeway to Love

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The 405 Jewish Singles circuit bringstogether men and women from nine synagogues along the rush-hourartery

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

     

    Single and stuck in evening rush-hour traffic onthe 405 Freeway on the last Friday of the month? Instead of leaningon the horn and screaming at the...

  • Westside JCC May Be Sold to Shalhevet

    February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

     

    Westside JCC May Be Sold to Shalhevet

     

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

    The Westside Jewish Community Center, a recreation and educationinstitution in Los Angeles for more than four decades, may be sold inthe next few weeks to Shalhevet High School. The modern Orthodox coedinstitution,...

  • The Results Are In

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Rumors of the imminent demise of theJewish population of Los Angeles are a little premature. For yearswe've been hearing that the rate of intermarriage in Los Angeles islikely among the worst in the nation -- probably more than 50percent, perhaps as high as 70 percent in some areas.

    ...

  • A Commitment toEducation

    January 29, 1998 | 6:59 pm

    In a move that many see as a turning point for thefuture of Jewish education in Los Angeles, the Jewish Federation ofGreater Los Angeles board agreed last week to almost double theamount that the Federation gives to Jewish day and Hebrewschools.

    "I am elated," said Dr. Gil Graff,...

  • Gearing Up for 50

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The peace process is stalled, pluralism issues remain unresolved and the Netanyahu government is in turmoil. But organizers of a major, star-studded 50th anniversary tribute to Israel later this year are focusing their attention on celebration, not contention. Indeed, a rare...
  • Community

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    "Who knew?" If the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles hasits way, that simple question will become as well-known a shorthandfor the Federation as "Got milk?" is for the California milk industryand "Just do it" is for Nike. The phrase will be the centerpiece ofthe organization's...

  • Judaism & Homosexuality

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Left to right, panelist Rabbi Elliott Dorff of University ofJudaism, Rabbi Lisa Edwards of Beth Chayim Chadashim, moderator Mark Levine, panelist Rabbi Leila Gal Berner and lawyer and AIDS activistDavid Rephun, the panelist from an Orthodox background. Below,panelist Rabbi Allen...

  • Rabbi Is Held Up at Westchester Synagogue

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    On Sunday afternoon, Nov. 30, as he worked on his computer in hisoffice at B'nai Tikvah Congregation in Westchester, Rabbi MichaelBeals saw a man he didn't recognize walking through the synagogueparking lot. The rabbi waved, thinking the man might be a homelessperson en route to the...

  • A Requiem for Rabin

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Yitzhak Rabin, by Peter Max


    Writing, producing and arranging music for the likes of TinaTurner, Aretha Franklin and Carly Simon is what Aaron Zigman is bestknown for. So what possessed the 34-year-old Angeleno to spend sixmonths pouring his heart and soul into a serious classical...

  • My First Trip to Israel

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    "I know your relatives all think you're crazy, but we're gladyou're here," our tour guide, Zvi Lev-Ran, said as 36 tired Angelenospiled onto a bus after a 13-hour flight aboard a chartered El Al747-400 from Los Angeles. We were part of the largest mission eversponsored by the Jewish...

  • Mission Accomplished

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Above, the site of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination has beenturned into a public memorial. Left, Rabin's son, Yuval, listening toa mission speaker.

    Photos by Ruth Stroud

    The largest Israeli mission ever launched by the Jewish FederationCouncil of Greater Los Angeles, and the biggest...

  • Sanford Gage:

    November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Sanford Gage


    When Sanford Gage was asked to be general chair of the JewishFederation Council of Greater Los Angeles' United Jewish Fund, hewanted to know one thing: Could he make a difference?

    "That was the burning question for me," he said during a recentinterview at a restaurant near...

  • A Day of Mitzvot and Meaning

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Young Mitzvah Day volunteers clean-up Taft High School inWoodland Hills.

    A Day of Mitzvot and Meaning

    The annual Valley event provides social-action projects andopportunity for community involvement

    Mitzvot, acts of loving kindness or just plain charity:Whatever you call them, Jews are...

  • Jewish Community Chaplaincy Program of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    In a Jewish community the size and scope of ours, it is sometimes easy to lose sight of the small acts of kindness that define our concern for justice and quality of life.

    The Jewish Community Chaplaincy Program of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California provides such acts. There's...

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