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Andrea Adelson

  • Bowers Explores the Mystery of Sheba

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    She arrived in the Jerusalem court of King Solomon with camels weighted by gifts of gold, incense and precious stones. She was armed with questions to test the king's legendary wisdom. She eventually was thought to be his consort.

    But who was the Queen of Sheba?

    Using the...

  • Krom Sets Sights on Irvine Mayor Post

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    For Beth Krom, politics is personal.

    After Krom testified, one city council member loudly criticized her, which she said felt was disrespectful of public opinion.

    So Krom converted her anger into action. Four days before the county registrar's filing deadline for city...

  • Children of local Chabad emissaries enter the family business.

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A cell phone seems permanently affixed to his head. He converses in the local patois, chatter injected with modifiers such as "uncool" and "classic."

    Even so, Shmuel Marcus is neither the surfer dude nor the status-hungry stereotype of most locally born 20-somethings. Willow-thin...

  • Bowers Explores the Mystery of Sheba

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    She arrived in the Jerusalem court of King Solomon with camels weighted by gifts of gold, incense and precious stones. She was armed with questions to test the king's legendary wisdom. She eventually was thought to be his consort.

    But who was the Queen of Sheba?

    Using the...

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  • Big Support From ‘Hot Pockets’

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Local leaders were keenly interested in the unknown and unexpected name prominently on display when the Samueli Jewish campus opened recently in Irvine.

    In silver lettering above the main entry and at the apex of a donors' list in the foyer inside are "Andre and Katherine...

  • B’nai Mitzvah for the Young at Heart

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Last February, a class of 17 retirees jumped at the chance to pursue a Jewish rite of passage bypassed in their youth by circumstance or cultural rigidity.

    One student was 90; the youngest, 63. One is a Holocaust survivor; another uses a wheelchair. Since sessions commenced, one...

  • Irvine Orthodox Plan to Erect Eruv

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Ten years ago, Sean and Linda Samuels moved to Irvine, home to both a Chabad center and the Modern Orthodox Beth Jacob Congregation, along with other synagogues.

    As the couple grew more observant and had children, they wanted the family to be part of their journey, which, of...

  • Task Force Reviews Access for Disabled

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Childhood polio didn't slow Jay Kruger. Although he couldn't run, Kruger led a normal life as a teenager and into adulthood. Now, like other seniors experiencing post-polio syndrome, his strength is receding. To get around, three years ago he began relying on an electric wheelchair...

  • B’nai Mitzvah for the Young at Heart

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Last February, a class of 17 retirees jumped at the chance to pursue a Jewish rite of passage bypassed in their youth by circumstance or cultural rigidity.

    One student was 90; the youngest, 63. One is a Holocaust survivor; another uses a wheelchair. Since sessions commenced, one...

  • Building Dignity

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Near railroad tracks and industrial buildings, Santa Ana's East Adams Street is a modest neighborhood of stucco homes and spare yards distressed by late summer's heat. From within a fenced lot, the discordant timpani of hammering disturb the quiet a block away.

    Armed with hammers,...

  • Irvine Campus Set for Grand Opening

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Bermans and Michaels expect their daily routines and social lives will alter substantially mid-August because of membership in the county's greatly expanded Jewish Community Center (JCC), relocated in Irvine.

    "I'm looking forward to that sense of community, of running into people...

  • University Moves to Permanent Home

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Whenever Rabbi Arnie Rachlis came from Illinois as University Synagogue's guest rabbi, the founders went out of their way to lend him a convertible and hold meetings at a beachfront home. One trip occurred during a winter day when temperatures soared to summertime highs. Incredulous,...

  • Smaller Classes for Smaller Kids

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "I want to create a place of wonder," said Lindy Lane-Epstein, who spent the summer attempting to animate her vision for a scaled-down preschool and kindergarten for members of Santa Ana's Temple Beth Sholom.

    She started with painting in primary colors and moved on to culling...

  • A Mitzvah Is Its Arab-Israeli Enmity Vanishes at Hospital

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    After exhausting the capabilities of Palestinian hospitals in Jenin and Nazareth, the mother of a 4-year-old boy with stomach cancer learned that his best chance for survival lay beyond the Green Line at Afula's Emek Medical Center, about 10 miles from Jenin.

    Quelling her own fear...

  • Three Rabbis to Pursue Diverse Sabbaticals

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Three of Orange County's senior rabbis have decided to take a sabbatical. While the three have decided on their own to take a respite from the 24/7 demands of being a rabbi, their congregations are taking a different approach to temporarily replacing an absent spiritual leader.

    The...

  • Two Women Rabbis Will Fill Pulpits

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Johanna Hershenson set off from Orange County for Alaska's sweeping vistas and majestic peaks, she was eager for a new congregational experience and professional challenges.

    She discovered that most Alaskan Jews are exiles by choice who sought the wilderness of the...

  • Justice or Character Assassination?

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Michael Mayersohn feels betrayed by his own professional association that provided "a loaded gun" to an accuser, who wielded it to take aim at his reputation.

    Last month, what Mayersohn described as "a private torment" became a public embarrassment when a charge of sexual...

  • The Circuit

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A True Best Friend

    A hero of last fall's destructive brushfires in San Bernardino was 5-year-old Duke, a miniature spaniel trained since 2000 to serve as a "co-therapist." At one evacuation center during the weeklong siege, without prompting, Duke snuggled up to a 10-year-old boy...

  • A Great Beginning

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When Ed Block's father died three years ago, he and his siblings were left to look for keepsakes while disposing of the contents of his Florida home. When opening a large, flat box stored in a closet, they were flooded by memories of their father, ever eager to show off a possession...

  • Dinner Celebrates Families

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Aphilanthropic couple and a young family with a preschooler are to be recognized at the 9th annual Jewish Family Service of Orange County (JFS) dinner celebrating family.

    The contributions of Gerald and Eleanor Weinstein, of Tustin, are getting notice because Jewish tenets about...

  • Philatelists Give Israel Stamp of Approval

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Alan Beals started collecting stamps as a boy. In the '80s, when a flood of new issues from the U.S. Postal Service swamped his enthusiasm, Beals stumbled into the obscure niche of Judaic philatelists. Along the way, his hobby yielded a self-education in American Jewish history and...

  • Music Makes the Service Go ‘Round

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Since distributing a CD of hymns to members of Tustin's Congregation B'nai Israel, the Conservative synagogue's cantor, Marcia Tilchin, and congregant Carl Cedar, a veteran musician, no longer sing alone in the sparsely filled sanctuary on Friday night.

    "The house was rocking," said...

  • The Circuit

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Never Too Late

    As a boy growing up in Los Angeles, Eugene Brown recalls no fondness for the Orthodox shul he was expected to attend after school even though his parents were not members. Instead of showing up, Brown recalls playing baseball. The charade went on about six months...

  • Walking the Walk for Heritage Pointe

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Setting a contemporary example for the ancient value of "l'dor v'dor" (from generation to generation), supporters of Heritage Pointe will walk through Irvine May 31 in a communitywide 5K walk to raise money for the county's only Jewish retirement home.

    "My goal is to help keep this...

  • Cantors Plan Charity Concerts

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    With religious school winding down this month at many synagogues, some cantors will regularly seize the opportunity to produce a brief season of secular concerts with guest artists and visiting cantors.

    Such a shift from liturgical music to secular show tunes will take place May 22...

  • Art Auction Hits B’nai Tzedek

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Karen Sturm purchased most of the artwork in her home at art auctions, where sale prices generally are lower than for work offered in retail galleries.

    Sturm is hoping for frenzied bidding May 15 at a 7 p.m. art auction and dessert buffet that will benefit her Fountain Valley...

  • New Torahs Mark Holiday Celebration

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Shavuot, the holiday that celebrates the receiving of the Torah, will be honored this month with special tributes by two area congregations. Figuring prominently is the holiest of all Jewish books, but each event has its own twist.

    In a coming-of-age rite by one of the county's...

  • Israel Fete to Focus on Music, Culture

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli entertainers often get a jumpstart on a civilian career following military service, which they spend polishing their act at morale-boosting performances for the armed forces.

    That proved the case for Shlomo Rabinowitz. After a three-year and two-war military stint ending in...

  • King David Gets His Day in Court

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The high-profile defendant is a head of state accused of adultery and murder. The prosecutor is a trial veteran familiar to a nation of cable TV junkies enthralled by the O.J. Simpson case. The opposing defense attorney is a constitutional expert skilled at raising his own public...

  • Pauper Turned Prince Gives Bat Yahm Gift

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Isidore Myers and his three siblings had a less-than-carefree childhood. Their parents, penniless immigrants, eked out a living early in the last century in Akron, Ohio, where their barely literate father painted houses. Although the family managed food and shelter, they scrambled...

  • A Class Trip to Remember

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Yossi Sevy is the son of two Holocaust survivors who met and married in Israel. His father survived the infamous death march from Auschwitz to Germany, and his mother survived Bergen-Belsen.

    Next month Sevy will relive, in part, his parents' journey with his 18-year-old son, Nadav,...

  • Jeremiah Society Hopes to Make Crowd Roar

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Music and animal motifs from "The Lion King" will provide thematic structure for the April 18 talent show by members of the Jeremiah Society, a group serving Orange County's developmentally disabled Jewish adults.

    "The talent show uncovers hidden talent among our handicapped adults,"...

  • Eighth-Graders to Chart Own Course

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Allowing students to chose what they want to study in religious school is sure to loosen a standardized curriculum. But such an exercise in democracy potentially can also instill commitment by its participants.

    The O.C. Bureau of Jewish Education is counting on the latter. At the...

  • Market Chain Adds

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Sheryl Krok often drives from Irvine to Los Angeles on business for her cleaning products line. But before the South African immigrant returns home, Krok makes a kosher pit stop, buying a month's supply of chicken to feed her carnivorous family of five.

    "Because, hello! Irvine...

  • Chapman Announces Shoah Contest Winners

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "Capturing the horror of those years with ink is almost impossible," wrote Stephen Hill, one of 140 finalists in the fifth-annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest sponsored by Chapman University's Holocaust education center and The "1939" Club.

    Nevertheless, more than 1,000 students...

  • The Circuit

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Churgel Mulls Move

    The first third of Michael Churgel's three-year contract as assistant rabbi of Aliso Viejo's Temple Beth El proved a personal and professional test. He started two months prior to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, which redoubled interfaith efforts by Beth El's...

  • Rabbi Leaving Beth Jacob for Israel

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Joel Landau has the credentials to access the power centers of his rabbinic peers from divergent theological camps.

    Landau, rabbi of the Modern Orthodox synagogue, Beth Jacob Congregation of Irvine, is the only non-Chabad member of the all-Orthodox Rabbinic Council of Orange County....

  • Transition to New Center Under Way

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The transition by Orange County's Jewish Community Center (JCC) to an expansive $20 million facility in Irvine this summer is already underway with the hiring, effective March 1, of an expanded management team.

    On the job only a few months, Dan M. Bernstein, the JCC's executive...

  • Teen’s Loss of Sister Spurs Charity Efforts

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Seventeen-year-old Megan Knofsky keeps alive her sibling's memory by sustaining a teen support group that raises money for research to find a cure for cystic fibrosis, the genetic disorder that affects 30,000 people and claimed her sister, Sarah, in 1997.

    Two years ago, Knofsky of...

  • How a Death Can Save Lives

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    After repeated blood tests over many months, Blanche Thoma was impatient with her doctors. She demanded to know their best guess at what was causing her lethargy.

    Their answer remained inscrutable until she turned to a medical dictionary. The definition stunned Thoma, then a mother...

  • The Circuit

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    FINANCIAL Matchmaker

    George Smith is a financial matchmaker. He earns a princely living making matches between scores of lenders and clients buying property ranging from car washes to golf courses. Nearly as well-known is Smith's industry get-together. In its seventh year, 1,750...

  • Purim Celebrations to Kick It Up a Notch

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The calendar is doing for Purim this year what Emeril suggests is good for any recipe: Kick it up a notch.

    The celebrations over the deliverance of the Jews of Persia will get an adult rating at one synagogue's annual reading of the scroll of Esther. Virgins cavort alongside the...

  • Vigil Points to Interfaith Inroads

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    With Chanukah bracketed by major Christian and Muslim celebrations, last month might have been a propitious time to find common ground between the Abrahamic faiths.

    Instead, a pair of incidents occurring within days of each other reveals the breadth of the cultural divide.

    Prompted...

  • Rabbis Fail to Bridge Denominational Gulf

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Nearly a year ago, Jack Wertheimer, provost of the Conservative movement's Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and a scholar of demographic trends, put a challenge to a former student.

    Jews around the nation are deeply involved in interfaith initiatives, Wertheimer noted. But they...

  • Young Ambassadors in Israel Prepare for Return Home

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There is unanimity on one point only: Two young Irvine women, who are midway through a 10-month subsidized stay in Israel, will return home next June speaking conversational Hebrew.

    But little else is certain as both girls' parents predict their offspring will return changed by the...

  • Temple Plays Iranian Card to Spur Growth

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The desperate son of a woman diagnosed with cancer sought advice from Rabbi Reuben Malekan before accompanying his mother to Mexico for shark-cartilage treatments. When the cure failed, the son again beseeched Malekan for support in claiming his mother's body.

    Emotionally spent and...

  • Chanukah Concert Picks Up the Pace

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    About three weeks before an annual Chanukah concert, Kathleen Abraham renews a Jewish ritual little practiced outside the county's borders.

    On her day off, Abraham left home at 5:30 a.m., stopping at a convenience store to fill a 64-ounce coffee mug before heading to the Orange...

  • Adding Soul to the Syllabus

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    One by one, a class of sixth-graders read aloud a passage and title that each has selected to go with one of Zion Ozeri's striking black-and-white portraits.

    Seated with the young critics at Morasha Jewish Day School, the New York photographer seems pleased when students accurately...

  • Walk for Hunger

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Walk for Hunger

    Organizers of the third South Orange County Interfaith Walk for Hunger and Cultural Fair invite the public to participate in the Oct. 26 event, which promises to build bridges between faiths while fulfilling the mitzvah of feeding the hungry.

    Last year, the "crop...

  • Giving Adult Students Credit They Deserve

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A group of local Jewish educators are seeking funding to start a novel adult-education academy that would grant a certificate of recognition to students who complete its requirements over three years.

    The Orange County Academy of Jewish Growth and Learning is envisioned as a way to...