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Gaby Wenig

  • The Nazi Who Saved the Rebbe

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    "Rescued From The Reich: How One of Hitler's Soldiers Saved the Lubavitcher Rebbe," by Bryan Mark Rigg, Yale University Press, 2004.

    When a German army officer trawled the streets of Warsaw in 1940 looking for Rabbi Joseph Isaac Schneersohn, the sixth Lubavitcher rebbe, people...

  • Circuit

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Fine Thing for Feinstein

    Rabbi Morley Feinstein, senior rabbi of University Synagogue in Brentwood, and Rabbi Mark S. Diamond, executive vice president of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, at the General Assembly (GA) of the United Jewish Communities. Feinstein, executive...

  • Shadows of Shoah in ‘Snicket’ World

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Daniel Handler looks like a character in one of his own "Lemony Snicket" novels. At a breakfast interview with The Journal at a New York café, he wears a pinstriped suit with a handkerchief in the pocket -- reminiscent of something the bumbling Mr. Poe might wear when he...

  • Torah Advice for Happily Ever After

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    As most engaged couples know, the stress of preparing a wedding and pleasing two sets of in-laws is enough to take that blissful sheen off even the most romantic of occasions.

    But in all the talk of dresses, centerpieces, cakes, halls and bands, what is often forgotten is that...

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  • Dancing the Chai Life

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    When Sarah Sommer started the Chai Folk Ensemble with eight other young girls in 1964, she had modest expectations. The young women practiced Israeli folk dancing in Sommer's basement in Winnipeg, Canada, stepping in time to recorded music. When they started performing for live...

  • Circuit

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Stories of the ADL

    It was not dinner as usual at the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) Los Angeles Celebration on Dec. 18 at the Beverly Hilton. While keynote speaker attorney Alan Dershowitz gave a standard stump speech about why people should support the ADL, what was more poignant...

  • Do ISM Activists Exploit Birthright?

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    When Vicki Kaplan's Birthright Israel trip finished, the Los Angeles native wasn't sure what she wanted to do. Kaplan definitely wanted to stay longer in Israel, so she extended her ticket, but the politically active college student wasn't sure where she should take her activism.

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  • Circuit

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Light 'Em Up

    It was easy to tell when Chanukah hit this year because of the preponderance of menorahs of all shapes and sizes spreading light throughout California. On Dec. 9 in Sacramento on the steps of the Capitol, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger lit a menorah and danced the hora...

  • Fly the Mitzvah Skies

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    El Al, Israel's national airline, is the only airline that keeps kosher, observes Shabbat and even gives out doughnuts on Chanukah, but recently it has been doing other mitzvot as well.

    On Nov. 3 Edith Krygier boarded an El Al flight to Los Angeles in Tel Aviv because she wanted to...

  • Orthodox Parents Create Special-Needs Camp

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    When the Los Angeles Unified School District broke for the recent winter vacation, a group of nine 10-year-old boys gathered in the Jewish Educational Movement in Beverly Hills for a mid-winter camp called, Kol Hanearim ("all the children"). The public school students were...

  • The World of Do-It-Yourself Judaism

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    The Babylonian Talmud is written in Aramaic, takes up more than 20 volumes and, for the past 2,000 years, legions of scholars assiduously dissected every word in it. That means for every sentence of Talmud, there are paragraphs -- if not pages -- of commentary to learn in order to...

  • Faith, Responsibility Top OU Convention

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    In his keynote address at the Orthodox Union West Coast Torah Convention last weekend, Judge Daniel Butler told the crowd of 300 the harrowing tale of the difficult but celebrated life of his son, Mikey.

    "Mikey's sign-off line was 'Day by glorious day,' said Butler, describing how...

  • Curb Your Verbosity

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Do rabbis have to be wordy? Actually, no -- or at least, not according to Sinai Temple's Rabbi David Wolpe. For the past eight years, Wolpe has been doing the unthinkable and actually condensing his lofty thoughts into succinct, easy-to-read-and-digest 200-word essays in the New...

  • ‘Heaven’s’ Mysterious Spirits

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Joseph Telushkin has done his part to keep the Jewish people, well, literate, by publishing such erudite tomes as "Biblical Literacy" (William Morrow, 1997) and "Jewish Literacy" (William Morrow, 1991). But it seems he also wants to keep us amused on airplanes, which is why he...

  • Circuit

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Jokes, Lights and Songs

    The Israel advocacy group StandWithUs filled the University of Judaism's main auditorium for its Dec. 5 Festival of Lights concert. Actor-comedian Larry Miller hosted the event on crutches, and provided a light comic stream amid the tributes and music. He...

  • Circuit

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    A Russian Response

    Tel Aviv's Sourasky Medical Center – the hospital that is the major recipient of trauma victims after suicide bombings in Tel Aviv – received a huge boost in October when the Jewish Russian community of Los Angeles held a fundraiser for them that raised...

  • Circuit

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Aviva Way

    The Aviva Platinum Associates held its second annual luncheon in Beverly Hills on Nov. 3 at the home of board member Susan Casden.

    The Platinum Associates is a group of dynamic L.A. women dedicated to helping change lives of Aviva High School's at-risk teens. Each of...

  • December Dilemma: Distorting Chanukah

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    At Temple Beth Hillel, Mark Singer teaches his third-grade Hebrew school class about Chanukah using all the usual props: he lights a menorah, spins a dreidel and throws a doughnut and latke party.

    However, considering that anywhere from 25 to 100 percent of his students come from...

  • Circuit

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    85 Years Young

    Rabbi Jacob Pressman is the rabbi emeritus at Temple Beth Am and a veritable Los Angeles institution himself. In addition to serving Beth Am as rabbi, Pressman was also influential in founding the University of Judaism, Brandeis-Bardin Institute, Akiba Academy, Herzl...

  • Tragedy in Sudan Spurs Local Action

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    On Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Harold Schulweis of Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) gave a sermon on the tragedy of Sudan and what the Jewish community needs to do about it.

    His proposed remedy: Start the Jewish World Watch (JWW), a commission of caring men and women that will monitor atrocities...

  • A Kidney for Chana

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Chana Bogatz is 5 years old, and she loves cutting and pasting paper, playing with her brothers and sisters and having "Happy Birthday" sung to her.

    In those ways she is a normal child, in other ways, she is not. She has never eaten food through her mouth -- only through a...

  • Circuit

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Power of Yiddish

    The Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring honored Yiddish translator Hershl Hartman Nov. 7 at its annual awards banquet and silent auction, held at the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) union headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard.

    "Yiddish is the language that embodies...

  • Whose ‘Land’ Is It?

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Barbara Grover had traveled the world photographing such heart-wrenching subjects as children living in trash dumps, but it was a garlic braid and a pair of kids' shoes in a bombed-out house that moved her most of all.

    That house belonged to Salah Shehada, commander of Hamas'...

  • Circuit

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Music for hope

    Tziona Maman came into Ohr Meir and Bracha Center in Jerusalem crying and very depressed. Her husband Tzion had both his legs badly injured in the Machane Yehuda bombing in 1997, and became addicted to pain killers. Before the bombing he had been a sculptor and was...

  • Wilshire Boulevard Gambles on Future

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    On any given day, Wilshire Boulevard Temple's Audrey and Sydney Irmas Campus in West Los Angeles is a hub of activity. Built seven years ago for $30 million, the campus attracted new members like a magnet. They came flocking to enroll their children in day school or religious school...

  • Circuit

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    AMIT's Commandments

    Cast members from the new "Ten Commandments" musical performed for about 120 people at AMIT's Cherish The Children dinner on Oct. 25 at Brentwood's Luxe Hotel, with the organization event raising money for AMIT's 60 schools serving 15,000 at-risk Israeli youth.

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  • Sotheby’s Auctions Hebrew Collection

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jacob Joshua Falk was home studying Talmud when a nearby gunpowder factory exploded. Trapped beneath debris with no escape route in sight, the 22-year-old Pole made a vow to God: if saved, he would study Talmud diligently. He immediately spied a clearing and crawled out of the rubble...

  • Circuit

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Tennis and Bunnies

    Hugh Hefner opened his Playboy Mansion for the final day of the 32nd annual Merchant of Tennis/Monty Hall/Cedars-Sinai Diabetes Tennis Tournament. The three-day event was held Sept. 17-19 and raised $800,000 for diabetes patient care and research. Proceeds...

  • Passion to Help Sick Spawns Wider Effort

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When Lori Marx-Rubiner underwent a bilateral mastectomy two years ago, she lost the use of her arms for a few weeks. She couldn't brush her teeth, let alone tackle cooking dinner or driving her son to school.

    The Adat Ari El community came to her rescue, bringing approximately 60...

  • Jewish Groups Vow to Help Sudanese

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    On Yom Kippur, as his congregants at B'nai David Judea were fasting and praying for the year ahead, Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky asked them to think not about themselves, but about people being killed in Darfur, Sudan.

    "I asked people to make a contribution to one of the relief...

  • Circuit

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    IMAGE IS EVERYTHING

    On Oct. 4, the Beverly Hilton became the only place in town where you could watch Jeffrey Tambor and Rabbis Laura Geller and Debra Orenstein say Hamotzi.

    Tambor was there to do double duty both as emcee of the fourth annual Jewish Image Awards and to pick up an...

  • How Jewish is ‘Too Jewish’?

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

     

    Eugene Yelchin painted his "Section Five" series using his fingers instead of brushes. In the earthy, orangy-brown tones and thick, rounded strokes of paint, the faces he painted emerge blurred somewhat with the background, as if the artist didn't want them to be seen clearly.

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  • Examining the Jewish Vote

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Like many Jews, Paul Kujawsky is a vociferous supporter of Sen. John Kerry. But at Shaarey Zedek Congregation in the Valley, he stands out as such an anomaly that his rabbi refers to him as "the one Democrat in the shul."

    The reason? Kujawsky is Orthodox. According to a recent poll...

  • Local Team Solves Ancient Mystery

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In 1979 two tiny pieces of cracked and deteriorated silver found in a tomb outside of the Old City of Jerusalem proved to be one of the most important archeological discoveries of the century.

    The silver strips had Hebrew writing on them -- albeit a very different-looking Hebrew to...

  • Circuit

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish Home Girls

    Jewish Home for the Aging (JHA) held its fifth annual Reflections: Celebration of Life gala at the Hollywood and Highland ballroom on Sept. 8, exactly seven months after breaking ground for its new Residential Medical Center at the Grancell Village campus. More than...

  • Circuit

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    GO WEST, YOUNG COUPLE

    There are some new faces at UCLA. Rabbi Aryeh and Sharona Kaplan were recently hired to be the Torah educator couple for the Orthodox Union's Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC). The Kaplans flew out to Los Angeles from Teaneck, N.J., to replace Rabbi...

  • A Retreat to Comfort Converts

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Harold Schulweis tells a joke about a Jewish man who complains to his father after marrying a convert.

    "What am I going to do with her? She wants to go the synagogue every week; she wants the house to be kosher. I didn't sign up for this," the man says.

    His father replies, "I...

  • Twins Bring Hope to Paralyzed Couple

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Shmuel and Rivkah Klein have all the hassles of being new parents. Their twins don't sleep through the night, and with all the feedings, baths and diaper changes, they have difficulty finding time for themselves.

    But the Kleins have an added challenge: They are both paralyzed, and...

  • TO LIFE! TO RAISE FUNDS!

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The dancing rabbis returned Sept. 12 at the 24th annual Chabad L'Chaim -- To Life! Telethon. The program was beamed into homes in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas and on the Dish Network.

    The telethon raised more than $5.8 million for Chabad's social services on the...

  • Rabbi Consoles Hurricane Survivors

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Isaac Jeret, president of the Brandeis-Bardin Institute (BBI), and members of Adat Israel in Naples, Fla. headed out to a Naples beach to observe Tashlich on the first day of Rosh Hashanah. Everyone stared in shock before the service began.

    The beach was gone.

    "This was a...

  • The Circuit

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Gift of Life

    When the spring mission of the Men's Division for Israel Bonds went to Israel in June they made a pit stop at Magen David Adom (MDA)'s Blood Center in Ramat Gan so that all the mission participants could donate blood. That stop is now going to become a permanent part...

  • The Shofar

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Davi Cheng had some trepidation when she went to Hillel for the first time. She tried to feel comfortable, but she couldn't understand the language of the services and the liturgical rituals were confusing.

    Then she spied something unfamiliar on a bookshelf that made her feel right...

  • The Circuit

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Historic Hungarian Concert

    Allen Robert Gross, conductor and music director of the Santa Monica Symphony, recently returned from a concert tour of central Europe with the Santa Monica Chamber Philharmonic.

    But for Gross, this concert tour had a special meaning, because one of the...

  • Kilmer’s Moses a Real ‘Ten’

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When Val Kilmer talks about his new role in the small, bare room that is his office on the Paramount lot, he sounds more like a Bible class teacher than a participant in a multimillion-dollar extravaganza.

    "It's hard to imagine what a culture is like when a human thinks they're God,"...

  • The Circuit

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    FIT FOR AMIT

    To inaugurate Debbie Herbst, the new regional president, 30 members of AMIT gathered July 15 at the Luxe Hotel in Beverly Hills for an installation brunch.

    AMIT, the Zionist program supporting religious education and social services for Israeli youth, has until now...

  • ‘Slaves’ to Drugs Find Help in Chabad

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When John Ostlund was 33, a judge offered him a choice: Quit heroin or lose your 3-year-old daughter.

    Ostlund chose heroin.

    Four years later, Ostlund had to make another decision. The 37-year-old had been a drug addict for 25 years and had spent 11 years in prison. Now it was up to...

  • Twins Bring Hope to Paralyzed Couple

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Shmuel and Rivkah Klein have all the hassles of being new parents. Their twins don't sleep through the night, and with all the feedings, baths and diaper changes, they have difficulty finding time for themselves.

    But the Kleins have an added challenge: They are both paralyzed, and...

  • Jewish Advocacy, Guerrilla Style

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The set is a converted garage in Pico-Robertson. Eight Hollywood hopefuls dressed in T-shirts and cargo pants, holding shovels and frying pans, are waiting for the camera to start rolling.

    A boom mike looms overhead and a klieg light shines in their faces, but for screenwriter...

  • Back to Breed Street

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Boyle Heights was the Ellis Island of Los Angeles," said City Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa at the Breed Street Shul Open Day on Sunday, Aug. 22. "And this shul was the mother of all synagogues."

    But the "mother of all synagogues," which opened in 1923, was abandoned by its few...

  • Synagogue Perks Entice Unaffiliated

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    What does $1,000 buy you these days in Jewish life?

    Maybe, if you're lucky, a full-year family synagogue membership. But what exactly does that mean? Two tickets to High Holiday services? Free parking? Entree to Kiddushes?

    At a time when families have limited time and money and so...