Jewish Journal

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...

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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...

  • A Tabernacle Full of Knickknacks and Love

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Sukkot, the eight-day festival that begins Oct. 11, commemorates a central event in Jewish history: the 40-year desert trek that followed the exodus from Egypt when Jews lived in portable shelters or booths.

    People celebrate the holiday by building, eating in -- and sometimes...

  • Jewish Folk Art Gets Contemporary Cut

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Feathery palm trees, swaying dancers, and butting rams are untraditional focal points in the contemporary Jewish papercuts of artist Deborah Heyman.

    In reinterpreting this nearly lost, venerable Jewish folk art tradition, Heyman, of Irvine, finds inspiration and content for her own...

  • Big-Screen King’s Legacy of Generosity

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Paul I. Goldenberg avoided playgrounds and sports when he was growing up because he lacked athletic prowess. He spent hours in the cool darkness of a movie house.

    In central Los Angeles of the '30s, where his parents had little money to spare, Goldenberg scrounged for pop bottles,...

  • Look Who’s Talking

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Spiritualists, Dead Sea scholars and psychoanalysts are but a sampling of the varied menu of Jewish speakers that are to make scheduled appearances in Orange County over the next few months.

    One of the better known but controversial figures is Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, speaking...

  • Sweet Support for Israel

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Who doesn't love honey? Dunking apple slices in it -- along with challah, chicken and everything else -- on Rosh Hashanah is a favorite holiday ritual symbolizing hope for a sweet New Year. Now you can buy your honey and help Israel, too.

    The Jewish Federation of Orange County is on...

  • Shuls Try New Bait to Hook Members

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    One offered free tickets for a congregational outing to an Angels game. Others hold "open house" brunches, where clergy and teachers are available for questions. Another promised to unveil sanctuary secrets after a Friday night dinner and service.

    These and other methods are deployed...

  • Big-Hearted Giver’s Crowning Moment

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Paul Goldenberg avoided playgrounds and sports while he was growing up, because he lacked athletic prowess. He spent hours in the cool darkness of a movie house.

    In the central Los Angeles of the '30s, where his parents had little money to spare, Goldenberg scrounged for pop bottles,...

  • JCC Director to Leave Before Project Finish

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Part of the team readying O.C.'s Jewish Community Center for its planned relocation and expansion next year in Irvine is not staying to see the result.

    Gerry Buncher, 53, the JCC's executive director since 1999, is resigning at the end of his current contract, effective Dec. 31.


  • The Circuit

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Patent Appointee

    Howard J. Klein, an Irvine patent attorney and Jewish Republican activist, was appointed to an advisory panel of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in July.

    Klein, 53, will serve a three-year term on the panel, created by Congress in 1999. Its function is to...

  • Aid to Israeli Families Serves Dual Role

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Good can come from every situation, Judaism holds, and so does Irvine's Rabbi Joel Landau. The Beth Jacob Congregation leader has searched for good amid the unceasing bloodshed in the Middle East and found that empathy for victims of violence could be the sympathetic lifeline that...

  • Building Bridges to Arab Town

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Pop culture lovers don't need a map to find Mickey's Toontown. But Alam's Arab Town?

    Little-known even in Orange County and not yet granted official recognition, Arab Town is located in West Anaheim, not far from Disneyland.

    Arabic signage and billboards in the strip malls lining...

  • Boot Camp Hones Leadership Skills

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Boot camp for Jewish leaders? While typically only the wealthiest nonprofit organizations have adequate resources to professionally hone the skills of future volunteer leaders, last year the Jewish Federation of Orange County started the Jewish Leadership Network to season volunteer...

  • Trauma Triggers Camp Funds

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The summer he attended a Christian day camp for free made a lasting impression on Allen Alevy, age 7 at the time. "They said I'd go to hell," he recalled of an attempted conversion.

    His father, a naval shipyard laborer, could afford little else. The nonobservant family of...

  • Agency Facing Crisis on Funding, Services

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jay Greenberg was eager to hear the therapist from Jewish Family Service (JFS) dole out parenting advice about teenagers last spring.

    Greenberg was interested for two reasons: first, his youngest teenager (one of three), a 15-year-old boy, was already seeing a therapist due to...

  • Community

    May 1, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Sports enthusiasts troll incessantly for the latest competitive edge. So Ron C. Harding, a golfer, skier and runner, immediately understood the curiosity of a fellow skier in Aspen last month.

    "He wanted to compare feet to make sure he had the best," said Harding of Riverside, an...

  • A Tie That Binds

    May 1, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On the final night of the Pacific Jewish Film Festival in February, the South African emigre community jammed the theater to see the comedy about Christians and Jews in South Africa. Long after the credits ended, they stayed, kibbitzing in the aisles, hungering for their own...

  • Touring Teens NotYour Typical Youths

    May 1, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Like typical first-time tourists eager to take in the sights, 10 visiting Israeli teenagers kept to a jam-packed itinerary.

    Barking seals amused them on a Newport Harbor cruise. So boisterously did they cheer a win by the hockey-playing Ducks, the group saw themselves televised...

  • Israel: Independence and Remembrance

    May 1, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Events remembering Israel's fallen soldiers, on May 6, and celebrating the nation's founding, officially May 7, include two local benefits to address gaping needs of Israelis.

    Yom Yisrael at Eilat will treat religious school students at Mission Viejo's Congregation Eilat to a...

  • School Provides anAntidote to Grief

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Even 56 years later, Irving Gelman recalls precisely the day of his U.S. arrival and exactly the contents of his pockets: April 19, 1947, and $5.60.

    The date marked a miraculous fresh start for a man whose generosity would later ignite dramatic changes within Orange County's Jewish...

  • Life of a Footsoldier

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Shmuel Marcus is a bit like the lucky son of an ambitious frontier storekeeper, who relies on family to staff a second storefront.

    Since January, Marcus, 27, has operated Orange County's newest Chabad from a living room alcove of the second-floor Cypress apartment he shares with his...

  • Snooze-Proof Seder

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Guests at one of Heidi Kahn's Passover potlucks stepped into a desert oasis. That year, her Irvine tract home was transformed with a Bedouin makeover achieved by suspending a tent inside. Another year, guests, who always contribute to the feast, were also asked to bring household...

  • Mrs. Judy: Rescuer of the Syrian Jews

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    For 28 years, Canadian Judith Feld Carr ran a clandestine rescue network that spirited most of Syria's Jews from captivity. Her little-known heroic feat rivals that of celebrated Holocaust saviors such as Oskar Schindler.

    The final family arrived in New York in the early...

  • Call of West Draws Rabbi to Challenge

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Career management advisers would probably be appalled by Stuart Altshuler's decision.

    Spurning job offers from synagogues in New York's Great Neck and Florida's Palm Beach, as well as rejecting the guaranteed incumbency of a large Chicago shul, last summer Altshuler departed for...

  • Reform Shuls Object to Kol HaNeshamah

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Objections raised by two established Reform congregations to a start-up alternative shul in Irvine has forced the new group to temporarily

    postpone seeking admission to the Reform movement's national organization, the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC). Nearby synagogues,...

  • Jewish Film Fest to Make O.C. Debut

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Terry Paule wanted her weekends to include Jewish-infused events, which she was hard pressed to find when she moved to Orange County in 2000.

    Instead of grousing, she started researching. Hooked on cinema while living in Hong Kong, where film provided a medium to understand foreign...

  • Her Yen for CinemaSparks Film Fest

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    While spending five years in Hong Kong, Terry Paule turned to movie watching as an accessible medium that helped her stay current with trends in the United States and elsewhere.

    Her newfound appreciation for cinema is the catalyst behind this month's Pacific Jewish Film Festival,...

  • Cuban Jews’ Plight Sparks Drive to Help

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Tourist Cuba is a bit like a time-machine ride through a Cold War theme park. Vintage Detroit autos rumble past charming Havana hotels refurbished to their pre-revolutionary glory. Posters for featured movies at a film festival keep company with ones that blare slogans like, "La...

  • Creative Ideas Tried to Fund Tuition Aid

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A Jewish grandmother caring for her two grandsons was eagerto send them to Huntington Beach Hebrew School so that they could learn about their ancestry. However, she only had a limited income, and the tuition cost is $7,500 a year. But thanks to an "angel" who paid their full...

  • Israel Trip Blossoms Into Philanthropy

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    For a self-described spoiled American -- nails unerringly polished, paprika curls without a misdirected loop, ensembles color coordinated -- Blossom Siegel's first visit to Israel was a transformative experience. It also was a boon to Orange County's Jewish community by awakening a...

  • Ages Up, Numbers Down at Heritage Pointe

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Sam Schlesinger, 98, downloads The Jerusalem Post's online edition every day and distributes it to other residents of Mission Viejo's Heritage Pointe. Vera Rabina, 63, is the community's youngest resident and a political asylum seeker from the former Soviet Union. Her daily routine...

  • Wendy Wasserstein to Give a Little Peek

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Fertility therapy, Jewish identity, pressure to marry, single parenting. All are themes that flow through both the personal life and creative work of playwright Wendy Wasserstein, who won a Pulitzer Prize and Tony in 1998 for "The Heidi Chronicles."

    In a rare peek behind the...

  • Beth Sholom’s Engel Gets Kudos for Outreach

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Santa Ana's Temple Beth Sholom named Monica Engel as the congregant of the year for her enthusiasm for teaching Judaism to interfaith families.

    Raised in an Orthodox home, Engel's own family scrapbook has a different character, reflecting a blend of Judeo-Christian life-cycle...

  • New Jewish Music

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    During Orange County's annual "Chanukah Concert", a corner of Costa Mesa's Performing Arts Center is transformed into an all-Jewish music store featuring CDs recorded by some Reform cantors who participate in the performance.

    "They don't have much opportunity to put their CDs up...

  • Eighth Concert for Eight Days

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Gordon and Hannareta Fishman fell for Newport Beach in 1956 while he served as a medical intern in Long Beach. The couple even considered putting down roots until they inspected a local phone book. But their hope turned to disappointment and shock at finding three...

  • Storybook Chance

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The trophy-hunting editor's instructions were explicit: before leaving, take your handbag into the restroom and snag a napkin with a vice presidential seal.

    Robin Preiss Glasser, a former ballet dancer forced by injuries into a second career as an illustrator, was first intent on...

  • UCI Forum MERITs Response

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A UC Irvine forum on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict last month exposed a rare rift over academic freedom within the normally collaborative Orange County Jewish community.

    The four selected panelists at the Oct. 9 program were critiqued as a "pro-violence platform" by the...

  • Prager vs. Lerner: A Clash of Politics, Values

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm


    That's the atmosphere expected at an upcoming debate between two of the Jewish community's most outspoken activists on each side of the political spectrum.

    In Prager vs. Lerner, conservative talk show host Dennis Prager will debate Michael Lerner, editor of the leftist...

  • Land of a Thousand Titles

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Jonathan Foer's award-winning book, "Everything Is Illuminated," is a fictionalized road trip to a Ukrainian shtetl, mirroring the young author's own family history quest. Crime fiction writer Rochelle Krich, the Orthodox daughter of Holocaust survivors, is starting a new series with...

  • A Tale of Two Torahs

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    About this time two years ago, congregants of Tustin's Congregation B'nai Israel lined their synagogue's sanctuary, making a human chain as Rabbi Eli Spitz unrolled a 150-year-old Czech Torah that survived the Holocaust. In places, its letters were faded and illegible making it...

  • Reconsidering Terrorism in the U.S.

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Even a year after Sept. 11, Americans still seem unprepared to see their way of life as under assault, according to Yehudit Barsky, director of the American Jewish Committee's (AJC) Middle East and international terrorism division.

    The denials even permeate U.S. intelligence...

  • College-Style Outreach

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Attempting to broaden its outreach to adults with little understanding of Judaism, the Chabad-Lubavitch Orthodox movement has professionally developed a suite of college-style courses and schooled a select group of rabbis in modern teaching methods.

    The result is a fast-growing...

  • Lessons From Israel

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Irvine's police chief is anxious to see his force mimic Israeli counterterrorism efforts.

    Michael Berkow, police chief for more than one year, spent part of a recent trip to Israel shadowing an on-duty general responsible for supervising a rock concert. The location was Jerusalem's...

  • Something to Talk About

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Their subjects will range from anti-Semitism to baseball's Ted Williams, from the messianic era to Disney's "The Lion King." The High Holiday sermons of Orange County's rabbis will be both as topical as today's headlines and as traditional as 2,000-year-old tomes.

    Rabbis spend weeks...

  • Honey for the Holidays

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In a symbolic and literal demonstration of support for Israel, Orange County's Jewish organizations are waging a cooperative campaign to send a bit of new year's cheer to two economically hard-pressed coastal communities near Israel's Gaza this month.&'9;

    Using the slogan "Honey for...

  • The Sound of Cantors

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    For Shannon McGrady Bane, the music of the High Holidays had always welled up into a transcendent, life-changing event. Raised a Methodist, she found the theology of Judaism a better intellectual fit while attending college. There, a rabbi asked her to sing the holiday repertoire.


  • Students Get Religion

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Sept. 11 terrorist attack propelled already soaring interest in religious studies courses at mainstream college campuses in Orange County and around the nation.

    Enrollment in religious studies curriculum, climbing for a decade, closed a month before the 2002 fall semester began...

  • Open House

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    After two years of behind-the-scenes planning by an advisory team shaping a new home for Orange County's Jewish organizations, a more visible version of the 30-acre, $65 million Samueli Jewish Campus will emerge in a coming-out party planned in Irvine Aug. 25.

    Using the theme,...

  • ‘United We Flourish’

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Putting his own twist on a frequently invoked slogan, Lou Weiss, the newly elected president of Orange County's

    Jewish Federation, intends to make inclusiveness a priority during his tenure.

    Rather than "united we stand," Weiss is adopting the motto, "united we flourish." His other...

  • Exhibit Features Trauma-Inspired Art

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Surviving a near-fatal auto accident deepened the realism in the work of Buena Park artist Carol Goldmark. Her renderings of flowers, previously painted in full bloom as a metaphor for beauty, now are depicted across the floral lifespan -- newly formed clenched buds to withering...

  • The Way of No Way

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Drawn in part by the recent movie, "Enough," in which actress Jennifer Lopez uses Krav Maga to even the score against an abusive husband, a long-established Orange County class in self-defense is seeing a jump in popularity.

    Sessions in the self-defense training developed for the...

  • To Live Again

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Yom Kippur is much more than saying, I'm sorry, said Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, the well-known theologian, author and speaker who will be in Orange County on Aug. 12 to talk about preparing spiritually for the High Holidays.

    Kushner, 59, who has championed institutional and personal...

  • Learning Lite in Laguna

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    If food really is a cipher, unusual tales are spilling from menus devised for a two-part Jewish holiday cooking class this month at Laguna Culinary Arts.

    Mark Cleveland, a guest instructor at the year-old Laguna Beach cooking school, specializes in creating low-fat meals with...

  • Supporting Israel

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In a display of creativity and generosity, several Jewish groups in Orange County in

    recent weeks set out to demonstrate their unswerving support for Israel.

    Calling a suggestion by Israel's minister of tourism to visit hospitals a "wet blanket," Fullerton travel agency owner Pnina...

  • Starting Over

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Ellen still looks the part of a business professional. So does Francis, who is equally diligent in keeping up her appearance, and telegraphs seriousness with shoulders-straight posture.

    Yet, a different picture emerges when Francis, 58, crooks a finger in her cheek to reveal a tooth...

  • Challenge Issued

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Gloria Lenhoff's music debut was her bat mitzvah. Instead of reciting Torah, she amazed guests with a chapter from the Song of Songs, singing in a pitch-perfect soprano voice.

    Since then, she has performed in a dozen languages on prominent stages, starred in a television movie and...

  • Summer Camp

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    For parents who crave structure in summer for footloose children, space is still available at a handful of local Jewish day camps for elementary- and middle school-aged youth. Themed, half-day preschool camps at synagogues, though, are filling fast.

    New this summer is a camp in...

  • Teacher Shortage

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    There is no summertime lull at schools for Jewish education.

    Even as day campers toting towel-stuffed beach bags invade day schools and synagogue religious classrooms, administrators are spending their summer scrambling to fill staff vacancies for September, at a time when qualified...

  • Winds of Change

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In a social hall filled for a community Passover seder, Rabbi Mark S. Miller summons the children in attendance to open an outside door to welcome the prophet Elijah. One of the holiday's enduring rituals is pouring to the rim an extra cup of wine in anticipation of a late guest, the...

  • Israelis in Orange County

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Violence in Israel, instead of creating community among the area's fragmented expatriates, generates emotional shockwaves that turn them into news junkies. Escalating violence also appears to feed what many describe as a sense of isolation and powerlessness to help loved ones back...

  • Grass-Roots Support

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    U sing the Internet to reach Orange County's Jews, a recently organized grass-roots group of Israel supporters drew about 600 demonstrators to a noisy public display of solidarity outside South Coast Plaza.

    The rally demonstrated the county's growing Jewish vocal involvement on...

  • How to Remember The Holocaust

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Urgency. That's the word that defines Marilyn Harran's mission. Harran is director of the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education at Chapman College.

    She says connecting teachers and students with Holocaust survivors best expands their understanding of history and its link to...

  • A Time for Funds

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Even as its executive board starts a search to replace its top administrator, the Jewish Federation of Orange County will intensify its annual fundraisng drive over the next two months.

    The Federation, an umbrella group that helps in funding community-wide Jewish education programs,...

  • Balancing the Scales

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    What is the duty to assist those in danger under Jewish law compared to American law? The question is no mere academic exercise to Neil H. Cogan, dean of the Whittier Law School, who spoke on the topic last week as the inaugural speaker of the recently formed Jewish Lawyers of Orange...

  • Togetherness at Teen Shabbat

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The traffic-filled streets and overflowing parking lots of commercial office parks bordering John Wayne Airport empty fast on most Friday evenings.

    Occasionally, though, the traffic pattern at twilight is reversed. Such was the case earlier last summer at Baker and Redhill streets....

  • Community Scholar

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Driven by a personal desire for intellectual growth, Arie Katz set out last year to attract to Orange County the sort of eminent Jewish scholars that few synagogues can afford to woo on their own.

    With little more than his own chutzpah and considerable networking skills, the Newport...

  • A Principal’s Principles

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Even before Columbine High School would become a national synonym for school violence in April 1999, an Orange County school administrator was troubled by finger-pointing that inevitably surfaced during that awful season of school shootings.

    Gangs, drugs and violent video games,...

  • A Survivor’s ‘Triumph’

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "Testimonies of Triumph," a short film about a Jewish Polish family that endured years in hiding to escape the Holocaust, is to have its first broadcast Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. on public television station KOCE.

    Jack Pariser, a 71-year-old Holocaust survivor, narrates the 28-minute...

  • Orange County in Action

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The lights of Chanukah were kindled in numerous public settings throughout Orange County last week. In a tribute to contemporary Maccabees, Evan King, a New York firefighter, came to light the oversized menorah at Newport Beach's Fashion Island on Sunday. In other first-night...

  • Raising Kids Right

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Jill Sherman's high school years are anything but carefree. Last year an older classmate, who talked openly about his anti-Semitic attitudes, tried to ignite her clothes with a self-described "Jew burner." Physically, Sherman was unhurt by the attack with a cigarette lighter.


  • Resource Round-up

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    To foster a sense of community among Jewish youth in the far corners of Orange County is a difficult task, given that most resources are available exclusively at the county's Jewish Community Center in Costa Mesa.

    For parents able to shlep their youngsters, the center offers an...

  • Dead Sea Scrolls Visit Santa Ana

    September 27, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    An Iron Age stone fragment that bears the first known reference outside the Bible to King David will be among the works shown in October during "The Holy Land: David Roberts, Dead Sea Scrolls, House of David Inscription" at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana. It will be a...