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  • PBS: ‘Los Angeles—Dream of A Different City’

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Sick of traffic? Sick of smog? Sick of urban sprawl?

    Don't just complain about it. See what's being done to change it. On Jan. 11, KCET will air a Los Angeles-focused segment of its acclaimed series "Edens Lost & Found."

    This one-hour installment of the multipart series titled,...

  • Israel-Lebanon Strife Reverberates Locally

    July 16, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    [Monday July 17] A nationwide effort to call Jews to prayer services Wednesday evening, July 19 -- in support of Israel -- is being organized by the Orthodox Union, the Rabbinical Council of America, and the National Council of Young Israel.

    In addition, a central service and study...

  • Mellow Israel Fest Draws 42,000

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Maybe it was the relatively cool weather on Sunday. Or maybe it was the stepped-up participation of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. But more people than ever attended this year's Israel Independence Day Festival at Woodley Park in Van Nuys. Organizers put the crowd...

  • ... And We Wouldn’t Mind $100 Million

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Lakers' basketball star Kobe Bryant "wouldn't mind being Jewish."

    Bryant, who is Catholic, reportedly told a handful of reporters in Boston last month that, "I wouldn't mind. Really."

    Well, why not? It's fine by us.

    The topic arose during a good-natured exchange with reporters during...

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  • Holy Moly! Robertson Apologizes

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Rev. Pat Robertson has long preached as though God is on his side -- including when he recently cast the stroke suffered by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as God's punishment for "dividing" the Holy Land by pulling Israel out of Gaza.

    But last week, Robertson apparently...

  • Not All Wish Sharon Well

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Words of concern and sympathy poured in from all over the world after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a major stroke. Especially striking were supportive comments from quarters that had once cast Sharon as an inflexible hawk -- or even a war criminal -- but who now gave...

  • Love ‘n’ Bloomers

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The tomb of a venerated rabbi has become the apparent final resting place for the underwear of hundreds of Israeli women looking for husbands.

    Israel's Maariv newspaper reports that authorities have collected around 400 pairs of knickers and bras from the grilles of the tomb's window...

  • The Baby Food for Grown-ups

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Along with the wave of ergonomically correct strollers and SAT flashcards for the 5-month-old comes Homemade Baby. This baby food company certifies its products as organic, non-GMO (no genetically modified organisms), fair trade and kosher, and offers services like a Tasting Room and...

  • Bibi Up,  Sharon Down —for Now

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Former prime minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu is back in control of Israel's Conservative Likud Party as his onetime ally and current rival, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, recovers from a mild stroke.

    Exit polls showed Netanyahu winning Monday's Likud Party leadership primary with 47...

  • Jews Who Can Hit

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The 2006 edition of Jewish baseball cards features "newly discovered" Jewish players and Jewish players from the 1940s women's league. The set of 55 also includes cards for the 13 Jews who played last year in the major leagues (including former Dodger Shawn Green). The current crop...

  • Hatches and Matches

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Your news weekly about Jewish life now has an easy, free way to share your Jewish life with others.

    At www.jewishjournal.com/Celebrations.php, you can now post wedding, birth, bris, b'nai mitzvah, anniversary, graduation and aliyah announcements. The posting can include photos and...

  • Get Enraptured With the Central Coast

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    California is beautiful. You can forget that sometimes, living in Los Angeles, fighting traffic, commuting past big-box retailers and strip malls and -- does it get any worse? -- Lincoln Boulevard.

    But drive a few hours and you will find Beauty herself, and you will once...

  • Hava Flashback

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Bar Mitzvah Disco" (Crown, 2005) is part-coffeetable book, part-cultural relic, part-archive and wholly embarrassing.

    Authors Roger Bennett, Jules Shell and Nick Kroll discovered in one long B.S. session that nothing quite engaged their friends, Jew and non-Jew alike, as a trip...

  • Dueling Ukranian Rabbis

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It's nice to see Judaism make a comeback in the former Soviet Union, but this is ridiculous. Ukraine now has three dueling chief rabbis amid a hopelessly divided Jewish community -- creating a spiritual bottleneck that also is filled with political intrigue.

    Who do they think they...

  • Wine, Women, Song

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As the daylight hours dwindle down to a precious few, and hurricanes, fires and floods give the distinct feeling that the world is indeed coming to an end, let's turn our thoughts to two of the things that make so many Jews so happy: wine and Hawaii.

    That's where Judd and Holly...

  • Nazi Hunter Wiesenthal Dies at 96

    September 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Simon Wiesenthal, a Holocaust-survivor-turned-Nazi hunter who always spoke of justice, not vengeance, is dead at 96.

    Wiesenthal died in his sleep at his home in Vienna, his office announced Tuesday. Working with a small staff from his cramped three-room office, Wiesenthal sifted...

  • But Will Shawn Green Fast?

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When the Dodgers face the San Francisco Giants this weekend in a three-game series beginning in San Francisco this weekend, most Jews will be in synagogue for the holiest day of the year.

    What will Shawn Green do?

    The first baseman has declined to discuss his Yom Kippur plans with...

  • Music Man Silenced at 82

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Film composer Elmer Bernstein, who died last week at the age of 82, was born in New York, the son of immigrants from Ukraine and the Austro-Hungarian empire. After being blacklisted during the McCarthy era he came back to pen such classic scores as "To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Man...

  • Love and Loyalty

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    More out of ethnic loyalty than any expectation of a great match, The Journal stayed late at the 78th annual Mercedes Benz Cup men's tennis tournament on July 17 at UCLA to watch a doubles semifinal between two Israelis and two Americans. The Americans, Bob and Mike Bryan, were the...

  • Big Sunday, Big Turnout

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Sunday, May 2 was also Big Sunday in Los Angeles, as 5,000 volunteers from more than 100 different synagogues, churches, Buddhist temples, schools and other groups participated in about 145 social service projects around the region.

    Temple Israel of Hollywood, which originated the...

  • Bus Girl

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The fictional Carrie Bradshaw saw her image on a bus placard because she wrote a popular sex column.

    But Carol Taubman sees her image go by each day on the side of MTA buses for a very different reason.

    Three years ago, Taubman, an industrial real estate broker, participated in her...

  • Delegates at UJC Assembly Show Solidarity

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Waving Israeli, American and Canadian flags and hoisting signs naming their hometowns, thousands of delegates at the Jewish federation system's General Assembly (GA) wound their way through the back alleys, markets and main streets of Jerusalem, vowing to stand by Israel.

    A mission...

  • An Afro Judeo Beat

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Tired of the same old synagogue music? Want to put a little lift in your liturgy? Then give your cantor the gift of Ugandan Jewish music, Say what?

    Yes, Smithsonian Folkways has just released a singular CD titled, "Abayudaya: The Music of the Jews of Uganda."

    This is a sometimes...

  • Time for Something Sweet

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Platters of apple slivers prepared for dunking in honey are a holiday ritual symbolizing hope for a sweet New Year.

    The Jewish Federation of Orange County is on its way to starting another New Year tradition by again urging residents to buy Israeli-made honey for their own Rosh...

  • Fed Campaign Ends on High Note

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Propelled by a tide of last-minute contributions in the final weeks of its annual campaign, the Jewish Federation of Orange County raised a record $2.3 million, a 9 percent gain over last year, outpacing national results by the United Jewish Communities.

    "We attribute the increase in...

  • You Gotta Be in it to Win it

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Want to win a full day school scholarship? Or maybe free synagogue membership?

    Now you can, in the new Jewish community raffle, Arie Katz, chair of the Jewish Community Scholar Program (CSP), created the raffle to raise awareness of adult Jewish learning in Orange County and what he...

  • Applause for Cause

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "I want them dancing in the aisles," said Craig Taubman, a guitar-strumming crooner who is reprising his first sold-out Orange County performance at 2 p.m. on Sept. 21 at Irvine's Barclay Theater in a benefit for Irvine's Tarbut V' Torah Community Day School.

    The Los Angeles...

  • Helpful Hints for Dad

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Assuming a father already possesses his children's love, honor and respect, what more could he wish for? How about the power of persuasion? Sure, the little critters might love us, but how can we get them to obey us?

    In this quest, fathers of the English-speaking world will find a...

  • It Beats a Button

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Who says politics and religion don't mix? Modern Orthodox Jews eager to capitalize and promote the campaign are selling yarmulkes that say "Lieberman 2004 President." The red, white and blue logo on a white leather kippah promotes Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.), who announced his...

  • Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Tired of wearing designer clothes and lining the pockets of fashionistas? These days, clothing companies are banking on Jewish pride and charity as the impetus for their labels.

    Jewcy and Jewish Jeans are both joining a growing clique of edgy Jewish enterprises, such as Heeb...

  • Israeli Surfs New Turf

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Windsurfer Gal Friedman became the first Israeli to win the gold medal at the World Mistral Sailboard Championships, held in Pattaya, Thailand, on Sunday, Dec. 15. Out of the 11 races in the regatta, Friedman won four and in two more he placed second, making it the best-ever...

  • Marvin Mirisch

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Marvin Mirisch, one of three brothers who formed the Mirisch Co. motion picture production company, died on Nov. 17 of undisclosed causes at UCLA Medical Center. He was 84.

    Born in New York City, Mirisch was the third of four Mirisch sons. After attending City College of New York,...

  • Eye-Popping Tale

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "The Golden Land: The Story of Jewish Immigration to America" by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin (Harmony Books, $29.95).

    Rabbi Joseph Telushkin begins this clever, coffee-table tome by noting that only three days after Spain's pious rulers, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, expelled their...

  • Leonard Green

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Leonard I. Green, founding partner of the West Coast's largest leveraged buyout firm and board chairman of the Los Angeles Opera, died on Oct. 25 following complications from heart surgery in Venice, Italy, where he was vacationing. He was 68.

    Green, who co-founded the New York...

  • Political Prophylactics

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It was an ominous warning affixed to the plastic-covered condom, which was glued on a rust-colored postcard with pictures of dirty mattresses: "Practice Safe Politics."

    Below, a glaring surgeon general-like admonition: "Warning: This condom will not protect you from the real...

  • Community Briefs

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Glendale Discusses Future of Swastika Lampposts

    The green cast-iron lampposts that light the streets of Glendale illuminate a controversy that will not go away. All 930 of the street lights are decorated at their bases with a band made up of swastikas. The swastikas on the...

  • Eulogies:Jonathan “J.J.” Greenberg

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Jonathan "J.J." Greenberg, the executive director of the Jewish Life Network, died Saturday in Israel after his bicycle was struck by a car a day earlier. The son of prominent Orthodox leaders Rabbi Irving (Yitz) and Blu Greenberg, Greenberg, 36, was also a founder of Makor, a Jewish...

  • Let Them Eat Cake

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Birthday parties. Bat mitzvahs. Weddings. Anniversaries. While so much of daily life in Israel has changed -- or stopped -- due to the security situation, life does go on: children celebrate birthdays, teenagers become b'nei mitzvah and couples marry.

    In these bitter times in Israel,...

  • L.A. Mourns Loss of Two Leaders

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Isadore Familian

    Isadore Familian, an industrialist and longtime supporter of Jewish institutions such as the University of Judaism and City of Hope, died on June 13. He was 90.

    Familian, a Chicago-born son of Russian immigrants, came to Los Angeles in 1913 at the age of 2. He...

  • Community Briefs

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Pray for Peace

    In response to the current crisis in Israel and the rise of anti-Semitism across Europe, several thousand people attended an outdoor prayer rally at Pan Pacific Park on Sunday, April 28. Similar prayer gatherings have taken place in cities across America in the last...

  • Passover Briefs

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Pesach at the Grocery Store

    Passover preparation can be crummy (pardon the pun), and Passover shopping confusing.

    Sure, the supermarket designates a "Passover Section," but the marked aisle is usually stocked with Manischewitz matzah, jarred gefilte fish and other glaringly...

  • Community Briefs

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    L.A. Student Killed in N.Y.

    Avner Abensour, the 26-year-old nephew of Rabbi Bentzion Kravitz, founder of Jews for Judaism, was found stabbed to death Monday night in front of a Brooklyn grocery store. Abensour, a Pico-Robertson native with a wife and 1-year-old son, had been in...

  • Community Briefs

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Rally for Freedom

    "Avadim hayenu, ata bnei horin." We were slaves, but now we are free. Pesach's refrain is not true for many. For years, Charles Jacobs, along with many others, fulminated in print and in person against slavery, and particularly against those states, most notably...

  • Community Briefs

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Makom Ohr Shalom Moves to New Home

    Makom Ohr Shalom moved to a new home in the St. Mary's complex at 5955 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. With St. Mary's large, newly renovated facilities, the synagogue will be able to hold its alternating rabbi-led and cantor-led Friday night services...

  • Community Briefs

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Action Israel Comes to L.A.

    On Sunday, Feb. 24, student activists will gather from colleges all over Southern California for Action Israel, a conference held in response to the increasing concern about anti-Israel sentiment on college campuses throughout the country. Comparisons...

  • The Almanac

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    What It Is:

    As told in the biblical Book of Esther, the Purim story recounts how Haman, the chief minister to King Ahasuerus, plotted to destroy the Jews of Persia. In Shushan, capital of Persia, Haman cast lots (purim) that fixed the date of the Jews' doom to the 13th of Adar....

  • Community Briefs

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Harman Visits Holy Land

    Rep. Jane Harman (D-Redondo Beach), ranking member of the House Terrorism and Homeland Security subcommittee, returned recently from the Middle East, where the subcommittee traveled for a series of meetings on counterterrorism strategy. The congressional...

  • Skiing With a Purpose

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    As people shoosh down the California mountains, one group will be getting more than just snow: Torah.

    The Jewish Studies Institute held its first winter retreat at Big Bear this week, with 85 people (about 16 families) enjoying the slopes, kosher food, daily minyans and lectures on...

  • Clinton in Tel Aviv

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Despite his administration's failure to bring peace to the Middle East, former President Bill Clinton still enjoys rock star-like popularity in Israel. That was amply demonstrated last Sunday night when Clinton received an honorary doctorate at Tel Aviv University from university...

  • Community Briefs

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    JDL-ers Plead Not Guilty

    The Jewish Defense League's (JDL) Irv Rubin and Earl Krugel pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy, attempted arson and possession of a destructive device. Each faces a maximum two life sentences, plus an additional 75 years for Rubin and 95 years for...

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