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  • Timeline of Reagan, Key Jewish Events

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The following are key events in the Ronald Reagan presidency focusing on his Middle East policy and relations with the American Jewish community:

    Nov. 4, 1980:

    Reagan is elected president with 39 percent of the Jewish vote. Incumbent President Jimmy Carter receives 45 percent of the...

  • Another Chance to Buy Israeli

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Last year's Israeli merchant fair in Irvine -- the first stop in a three-month caravan -- spoiled vendors with large crowds open pocketbooks and home-cooked meals.

    Merchants are already clamoring for a reprise on May 23 as part of "O.C. Celebrates Israel," a communitywide event...

  • Hello, Israel Calling

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Phones will be ringing in at least 5,000 Jewish homes around Orange County on March 14, when volunteers pitch in to help raise money for O.C.'s Jewish Federation, the umbrella fundraising organization that helps support a dozen Jewish agencies.

    This year, though, Super Sunday dialing...

  • Gibson Film Stirs Up Variety of Reactions

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Eli Spitz

    This masterfully crafted film deals with a troubling event and could lead to trouble. The film fails to portray a larger context for Jesus and the Jews.

    As recorded in the New Testament, Jesus lived as a faithful Jew and had Jewish crowds who loved him. The film...

  • Academy for Adult Jewish Studies to Open

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A pilot academy that would give adult students in Orange County certificates of graduation for completing three years of Jewish study expects to accept its first students in September.

    The Orange County Academy of Jewish Growth and Learning received funding approval for half its...

  • Support Pledged on Marking Historic Ruling

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    May 17 will mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling Brown vs. Board of Education that outlawed separate educational facilities as inherently unequal.

    Less well-known is Orange County's role in establishing that historic precedent. In 1947, a group of parents...

  • Rabbi Wolpe Expected Full Recovery

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi David Wolpe, the senior rabbi at Sinai temple for the last seven years, has been diagnosed with a brain lesion.

    The diagnosis came following a hospitalization when Wolpe experienced a seizure on October 23 at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was speaking at the...

  • Community Briefs

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Liberal Pundit Predicts Davis Recall

    If the California slugfest between the two major political parties were a concert, the Republicans, who yearn for the days when buffaloes roamed the plains, would be playing the "Ghost Dance," while the Democratic tune would be the...

  • Holocaust Writing Contest Winners Announced

    May 1, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Themes for this year's submissions to the fourth Holocaust writing contest by Chapman University's Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education ranged from defiant public protesters in Berlin to the instigators of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising to hate mongers from Hitler to Osama bin Laden.


  • BJE Selects ‘Leaf’ for Reading Initiative

    May 1, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Assimilation. How Jewish children should best be educated. Oppression against Jews and the Jewish State. Whether faith can provide meaningful answers.

    Those topics lead to unexpected plot turns in "As a Driven Leaf," a historical novel selected by Orange County's Bureau of Jewish...

  • Lieberman Raises Funds in Newport Beach

    May 1, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Joe Lieberman made an April visit to Newport Beach, Orange County's most Republican stronghold, he found an attentive group of about 100 people at a $1,000-a-person fundraiser at the private Pacific Club.

    With the first presidential primary...

  • Center Construction Moves Ahead Despite Shortfall

    May 1, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Though Irvine's Samueli Jewish Campus is $2 million short of $20 million required to finish a community building, the project's supporters are moving ahead to avoid the potential costs of delay.

    Permits for the 123,000-square-foot building adjacent to Tarbut V'Torah Community Day...

  • Hadassah Encourages Women to ‘Check Out’ Program

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Janine McMillion was 29 when she married, entered her third year of law school and was diagnosed with breast cancer. Today, the Huntington Beach resident is an employment lawyer, whose survival story was the centerpiece of "Check It Out," an early-detection program for youth put on...

  • SUV Ads Might Make Residents Squeamish

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A new anti-oil television advertising campaign that is intended to needle the consciousness of fuel-guzzling SUV owners will be making a lot of local residents uncomfortable.

    The ads that began airing nationally last month are a parody of President Bush's war-on-drugs campaign. They...

  • Long Beach Rabbi Receives NCJW Award

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    For using his pulpit and pen to advocate for fair housing, civil rights and opposition to the Vietnam war, Rabbi Wolli Kaelter, a rabbi laureate of Long Beach's Temple Israel, will be the recipient of an award by the National Council of Jewish Women on Feb. 18.

    The lunch by the...

  • University Synagogue, Chabad Hope to Expand

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Two Irvine synagogues are turning to congregants for money to fund building expansions that are expected to break ground this spring.

    Delayed by difficulty finding a lender, University Synagogue hopes by May to start the year-long remodeling of a shuttered ice rink into a 1,500-seat...

  • Beth David’s Sentimental Shabbat

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Since the outpouring of Valentine's Day sentiment falls this year on Shabbat, Westminster's Temple Beth David intends to combine the two with a special sisterhood-led service that follows a dinner featuring recipes by food writer Sharon Boorstin.

    Boorstin will also speak about...

  • Community Briefs

    January 16, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Couple Airs Mideast Views at Caltech

    The Middle East conflict came to the Caltech campus in Pasadena last week, when Adam Shapiro and Huwaida Arraf presented a talk on "Eyewitness to Occupied Palestine."

    Shapiro, a Brooklyn-born Jew, and his wife, a Palestinian Arab, are...

  • Funds Combat ‘Who Is a Jew’ Wars

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In 1997, stimulated by the controversy over whether non-Orthodox converts would be registered as Jews by the Israeli government -- the latest battle in the "who is a Jew?" wars -- The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles began making funds available to what it calls "pluralism"...

  • Up Front

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    JCC Wants a Few Good Maccabis

    The Jewish Community Center (JCC) is on the lookout for teen athletes who want to compete in the 2003 JCC Maccabi Games, a week-long international Jewish youth summer games competition, to be held Aug. 8 through Aug. 15.

    This year, 70 local...

  • Crisis Funds Assist

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Since Israel's current crisis began on Rosh Hashanah 2000, the public and private dislocations in Israeli life have been significant, including severe stresses on the social service and health networks, along with hardships caused to individuals by injuries, fear and the steep...

  • Lighting Up Your Life

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    One depicts six grandchildren. Another is gold-plated and marks the 50th anniversary of Israel. Yet another was smuggled out of Russia and made its safe passage through Ellis Island in a brown paper bag.

    Nearly 60 Chanukah menorahs of historic and artistic merit and borrowed from...

  • Tzedakah for Chanukah

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Chanukah wish lists of six needy local Jewish families will be filled by generous families from Rancho Santa Margarita's Morasha Jewish Day School.

    "These families have been financially disadvantaged for a long time," said Charlene Edwards, social services director for Jewish...

  • Rabbi Makes “Movers and Shakers” List

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Arnold Rachlis, spiritual leader of Irvine's University Synagogue, earned a spot on OC Metro magazine's "Hot 25" list of people who are making a significant difference in Orange County.

    "Our list has never been about income levels, political power or social ranking," Steve...

  • Beth Sholom’s New Siddur

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    For some, synagogue choreography is as mystifying as opera. To enjoy an opera, though, aficionados know to review the scenes in a libretto before the curtain rises. Yet the typical siddur prayerbook provides no such guidance. "The prayerbook, rather than help them, becomes an...

  • Eat, Read and Meet Gary

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The following events are part of The Jewish Federation of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys' Jewish Book Festival.

    Thursday, Nov. 7, 11:30 a.m.: A luncheon with cookbook author Sheilah Kaufman ("Simply Irresistible"). The event will take place at a private home in Claremont. $36;...

  • Community Briefs

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    ADL Warns Schools Against Missionaries

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is currently warning school districts around the country about a Christian ministry group trying to recruit teens under the guise of an anti-violence campaign. "Rage Against Destruction," a traveling musical...

  • United We Stand

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Nearly twice as many residents as last year intend to participate in the We Stand With Israel trip next month, Federation Executive Director Bunnie Mauldin said,adding that "despite what's going on politically or war with Iraq on the horizon, our aim is the same."

    The trip is an...

  • Survival Series

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Thomas "Toivi" Blatt overpowered concentration camp guards during a mass escape by several hundred prisoners. Nechama Tec evaded Nazi detection by leading a double life, passing for three years as the daughter of Catholic Poles.

    Assuming a Christian identity saved Tec, but the...

  • The New Jewish Politic

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Combative and fiesty, Larry Sternberg relishes the impact of his Libertarian views. When running in a congressional primary for Rep. Robert Badham's vacated District 47 seat, Sternberg advocated decriminalizing illegal drugs. Despite a lack of campaign resources, he stood out in a...

  • Supporting a Home for a Song

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A nine-woman choral group, ranging in age from 79 to 98, and all residents of the Heritage Pointe Jewish home for the aged, will enliven the 14th annual Chanukah fundraising gala, to be held Nov. 17 at Irvine's Hyatt Regency.

    Heritage Pointe President Fred Forster and his wife,...

  • The Circuit

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Appetite for Art

    A way to a man's heart is through his stomach, a wise woman once said. Well, the women were equally culpable of consuming all things edible during Art of the Palate 2002, a series of 50 upscale fundraising dinners held in private homes around town over two weeks....

  • BJE Celebrates Catskills Style

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE) is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a visit to the Borscht Belt, where a generation of Jewish immigrants escaped for celebrations and community, with "The Catskills of Orange County" on Oct. 6 at Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach.


  • Torah Outreach Develops Programs for Underserved

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Torah Outreach Program, an independent Placentia-based nonprofit organization, will attempt to offer educational programs for unaffiliated Orange County Jews without the stigma of a denominational orientation.

    Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, the Torah Outreach Program's first speaker,...

  • Honey Brings Joy to Needy Israeli Families

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Some 2,000 needy families in the Israeli communities of Kiryat Malachi and Hof Ashkelon had a sweeter New Year thanks to the generosity of Orange County's Jewish community.

    Each of these families received a gift of honey sent by O.C. residents in a project organized by 11 local...

  • Scents for the Soul

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The healing effects of plant extracts were prized for their medicinal value across the ancient world, but generally dismissed as quaint remedies by the medical establishment of the postmodern world.

    In a backlash over synthetic drugs, the therapeutic use of botanical oils is enjoying...

  • Beth Sholom Serves as National Model

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A homegrown experiment in reforming afternoon religious school at Santa Ana's Temple Beth Sholom is among five alternative models developed by other innovative congregations singled out for recognition by the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union...

  • Irvine Home to New Shul

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Irvine is increasingly becoming Orange County's Jewish capital, with the establishment of a sixth synagogue, Congregation Kol HaNeshamah, which in Hebrew means "voice of the soul." The new shul's rabbi is H. Rafael Goldstein, who also serves as chaplain for the San Diego Jewish...

  • ADL Takes UCI Newspaper Chief to Israel

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Abel Pena, editor-in-chief of UC Irvine's campus newspaper, New University, was among a group of U.S. college newspaper editors on a Anti-Defamation League (ADL)-sponsored trip to improve understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    This is the 10th year the ADL has sent...

  • JNF Honors Eight

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In a tribute to eight of its members, among them Holocaust survivors, a rabbi and two doctors, the Jewish National Fund will hold a 100th anniversary dinner Sept. 19 at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach. The honorees include:

    Miles and Esther Sterling of Aliso Viejo. She is a...

  • Ambulatory Assistance

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In six weeks, Irvine's University Synagogue this summer raised $60,000, enough to purchase an ambulance for the American

    Red Magen David of Israel (ARMDI), the equivalent of America's Red Cross.

    The appeal was prompted by congregant Eleanor Kahn, 78, a 25-year member of ARMDI who...

  • Esther Re-enactment Takes Whole Megilla in O.C.

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Incense burned, rose petals fluttered, Persian entrees simmered and Persian slippers were sewn. That was the scene at University Synagogue as congregants re-enacted Queen Esther's wedding during this year's Purim celebration. The event was the trademark approach of director Heidi Jo...

  • Community Briefs

    August 29, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    Anti-Israel Protesters Rally Outside Feinstein's Office

    Anti-Israel demonstrators and pro-Israel counterdemonstrators squared off in front of Jewish Sen. Dianne Feinstein's West Los Angeles office last week. Feinstein (D-CA) has a track record of supporting pro-Israel...

  • Community Briefs

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Congressmen: Investigate LAX shooter

    As the family of Victoria Hen, slain in the July 4 attack at Los Angeles International Airport, prepared to mark the end of the sheloshim mourning period with a public memorial service, pressure was increasing on federal authorities to declare...

  • Jewish Republicans in Orange County

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Hoping to capitalize on President Bush's support of Israel, the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) revived its local chapter. The group held its first organizational meeting last month at Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach -- the county's most Republican-registered city and home of the...

  • JFSHelps Holocaust Survivors

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A grant of $120,000 over three years from the newly established PIMCO Foundation will help Orange County's Jewish Family Service (JFS) expand its services to about 45 elderly Holocaust survivors who reside locally.

    The social services agency, which also provides counseling services,...

  • Community Briefs

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli 'E' Ring Uncovered?

    Police believe they have broken a major Ecstasy ring, allegedly led by Israeli nationals, with the arrest of 15 suspects and the seizure of more than $8 million worth of the hallucinogenic drug. Capping a two-month investigation centered in the San...

  • Community Briefs

    July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Sephardic Temple Gives Sefer Torah to IDF

    Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel in Westwood sent a five-man delegation to Israel last month to bring a Sefer Torah to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and $250,000 to aid the IDF and families victimized by terrorism.

    "As we walked...

  • Portrait of an Embattled Nation

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "I think I could spend a lifetime here, walking around 18 hours a day, and talking to people, and observing, observing, observing -- and barely skim the surface," says Debbie Hill, a freelance photographer who made aliyah from West Virginia in 1995, although she has lived in Israel...

  • Inuit All Along

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Call him Norman of the North -- or the Wandering Jew.

    That's the best way to explain how cinematographer Norman Cohn of Washington Heights, N.Y., moved to the Canadian Arctic and shot the first Inuit-language feature film. He was the only non-Inuit to work on Zacharius Kunuk's "The...

  • Community Briefs

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Holocaust Bill Passed by Assembly

    A revision of Holocaust studies in California's schools is on its way. On May 23, the Assembly unanimously passed Assembly Bill 2003, the Holocaust Genocide Education Act. The bill outlines a plan to establish a 12-member Holocaust-Genocide...

  • Orange County Up Front

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    'Stop the Hate' Workshop

    Alissa Yamazaki, a 15-year-old Corona del Mar High School 10th-grader, still seethes over a

    comment by a former teacher, she confessed to classmates during a sensitivity-raising assembly last month titled "Names Can Really Hurt Us." When Yamazaki...

  • Star Power

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It all started with a void in the contemporary family.

    "Our conversations with children are not deep enough," says psychiatrist Cece Feiler. "If you can't talk to your children, they grow up into adults who don't care.

    "It forces you to slow down, to reflect and to interact in a...

  • Dog Days of Summer

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This year, Father's Day is time for hyper-fast food, as Nathan's Famous hot dogs hosts the second annual Los Angeles Hot Dog Eating Contest on June 16. The winner goes on to the big dance: the world championship Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating contest, July 4 at Coney Island.


  • Community Briefs

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Youth Panel at USC A panel dubbed "Peace in the Mideast:

    Youth Speak Out" will be held at USC on June 5. The roundtable discussion, moderated by KCRW's "Which Way L.A."'s Warren Olney, will feature 10 young adults from throughout Southern California high schools and universities to...

  • The Jewish Earthquake

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Squad that he threw his uniform into a fireplace and burned it.

    "I had gone through two years of grueling training and was very disappointed," the 34-year-old defender for the San Jose Earthquakes said in a phone interview. "But I think more has been made of this incident than it...

  • Community Briefs

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Shefa Fund Invests in Community

    The Shefa Fund, which coordinates a cross-denominational, synagogue-based effort to increase economic opportunity for low-income residents of the greater Los Angeles area, recently set up its Los Angeles Rabbinic Council. The council is...

  • Community Briefs

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Pearl's Father Receives Science Award

    The father of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, still battling his grief, accepted a high scientific award in London on May 9, and donated the $15,000 prize money to a foundation established to perpetuate his son's ideals.


  • Community Briefs

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Holocaust Museum Struggles

    The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust may be forced to close its doors by the end of the year because of severe financial problems. Its already modest budget was slashed to $60,000 this year, and "If we can't raise our rent of $90,000 for next year,...

  • Community Briefs

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Protest Against French Anti-Semitism

    About 40 protesters lined up in front of the French consulate in Westwood on April 12 and 19 to protest anti-Semitism in France. The group, led by StandWithUs, the same organization that helped arrange recent pro-Israel rallies in Los Angeles,...

  • Community Briefs

    April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Pastor Delivers 8,000 Signatures in Support of Israel

    Pastor Roger Cochran of Calvary Chapel Long Beach delivered more than 8,000 signatures on a pro-Israel petition to Israeli Consul-General Yuval Rotem on April 11. The petition was distributed nationwide, and more signatures...

  • Community Briefs

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Israel, We're Standing By

    The United Jewish Communities visited Israel on a two-day mission this week to express the support of the American Jewish community for Israel. The "We Stand With Israel" mission delegates met with intelligence officials, Israeli Defense Forces...

  • Peace Cries

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "A Cry for Peace," by Debora Gillman, a Park Labrea resident artist, is being featured on Tower 49 at Park Labrea. It is a colorful 16-by-25 foot banner in the Sixth Annual "L.A.'s Tallest Art Exhibition" and serves to promote "Art in The Park 2002," a citywide, all-day art event...

  • Community Briefs

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Aid for Terror Victims

    A Passover appeal by Rabbi David Wolpe at Sinai Temple raised $700,000 in pledges for organizations in Israel helping victims of terror. The Magbit Foundation, a Persian Jewish charitable organization, will provide matching funds for this drive.


  • Community Briefs

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Suit Against Gun Makers Dismissed

    A damage suit against the manufacturers of guns used by white supremacist Buford O. Furrow Jr. in his attack on the North Valley Jewish Community Center and the killing of postal worker Joseph S. Ileto was dismissed Monday by a federal judge.


  • Up Front

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A Viagravating Pesach

    Pfizer's Viagra, the anti-impotence drug, contains chametz and therefore is not kosher for Passover, rabbis say.

    "The coating apparently has a leavened substance," Rabbi Menachem Rosenberg, the rabbi of Clalit Health Services in Israel, told The Jerusalem...

  • Orange County Briefs

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Super Sunday, Super Success

    Nearly 150 volunteers, who phoned local residents for pledges earlier this month, raised $260,911 for the Jewish Federation of Orange County, a 50 percent increase over the $171,081 raised during last year's Super Sunday. The annual campaign is $100,000...

  • 2002 terror attacks

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Jan. 15 Palestinian gunmen kill an elderly Israeli American who drives into the Bethlehem area.

    Jan. 17 Six Israelis are killed and 33 injured when a Palestinian terrorist with an assault rifle attacks guests at a bat mitzvah celebration in Hadera.

    Jan. 22 A Palestinian terrorist...

  • Community Briefs

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Palestinians Rally in Santa Monica

    A public forum in support of the Palestinian cause drew a standing-room-only crowd to Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles on March 2. The meeting, held in preparation for a March on Washington set for April 20, was sponsored by the...

  • Briefs

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli Ecstacy Ring Busted

    Twelve Israelis were indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles on charges of operating the largest Ecstasy smuggling network in the world.

    Accused of running the network was Oded Tuito, 40, whom American authorities are trying to...

  • Katherine Myer Graham

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Even before she died July 17, if you entered Katherine Graham's name into an Internet search engine, you would have ended up with a few articles describing her role as publisher of the Washington Post and many more sites attacking Jewish control of the media.

    The fact that Graham was...