Jewish Journal

Rachel Brand

  • A Plethora of Pages

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Sunday, Nov. 9

    Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles: 3 p.m. "On the Road With Lamb Chop Show," with Mallory Lewis. Jewish Community Library, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 761-8648

    Jewish Federation of San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys: 10 a.m....

  • Book Month Sparks Literary Landslide

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Last year, when Leonard Lawrence learned that the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA) had to cancel its annual book fair as a result of restructuring within the organization, he vowed to not let it happen again.

    "We saw it as a challenge that Mount Sinai could...

  • Lev Eisha Women Pray Their Own Way

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On the first Saturday of each month, while weekly, traditional Shabbat morning services are taking place at Adat Shalom synagogue, another service transpires behind the main sanctuary that is anything but traditional. Women of all ages dance between davening, beat tambourines and...

  • Restoration’s Silver Lining

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Silversmith David Friedman has the unique ability to trace the origin of almost every antique that comes across his desk. "People ask me all the time, 'How did you know that? How did you know that goblet was actually made in India?'" Friedman said. "We just know from experience. We...

  • Prepping Campuses for Anti-Israel Surge

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Ross Neihaus exited his chemistry class three days after the start of UCLA's fall quarter, he saw the words "Anti-Zionist and Proud" scrawled in chalk on the wall of an adjacent building. Such a statement coming so early in the quarter was a surprise to the fourth-year biology...

  • Prisons Pray for Surge in Chaplains

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Those who might have the greatest need to repent this High Holiday season may not be able to.

    A severe shortage in Jewish chaplains has led to a situation where the spiritual needs of some prisoners in California's state and federal correctional institutions are not being met.


  • Community Briefs

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Synagogues Vandalized Over Rosh Hashanah

    Synagogues and buildings in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood were hit with strange graffiti over Rosh Hashanah.

    At least five buildings on Pico Boulevard, and the Kabbalah Centre on Robertson Boulevard were vandalized with spray paint...

  • Sisterhood in the Big House

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As she enters her 23rd year in prison, Doris Roldan realizes that she has two choices: she can wallow in self-pity or she can continue to have hope.

    On Tuesday evening, Sept. 30, while standing in front of her fellow inmates at the California Institution for Women (CIW), Roldan made...

  • Funny, They Don’t Sound Jewish

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Laura Bush on Howard Stern; J. Lo waking up with a pimple on her nose; Homer Simpson running for governor of California. No, it's not a slow day on "Live on E!" It's a game of "Scenes from a Hat" -- one of 40 interactive games that improv comedy troupe ¡The Los Hombres! has in its...

  • Jewish Trojans—Oxymoron No More

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "There's a Jew wearing a yarmulke," a drunk member of Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi shouted to a shocked Jacob Faturechi as he rode his bike down fraternity row at the University of Southern California (USC) in 1996.

    "I think that it was a novelty to see a Jew at USC that was...

  • U.S. Visa Policy Shuts Out Israel

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    With only days to go before her March 30 sold-out concert at The Scottish Rite Temple, Rita -- one of Israel's most popular musical divas who is known by her first name -- almost didn't make it to America for her three-city tour.

    The superstar was temporarily denied entry into the...

  • Brandeis Fetes Past, Plans for Future

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In 1975, Sandy Feld spent the summer as a counselor-in-training at Camp Alonim. This summer, his daughter, Shana, will follow in her father's footsteps, and Feld hopes that her experience will be as positive as his was 28 summers ago.

    "It was a magical time in my life," said Feld,...

  • Big Screen, Bigger Picture

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Ari Hier doesn't like to just watch nonfiction films, he likes to ask questions about them -- usually Jewish questions.

    "My motivation has always been, 'What questions would I ask the filmmaker at my own dinner table, no holds barred?'" said Hier, the director of the Simon...

  • Contaminant Fouls Well at Brandeis

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The state Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has instructed Boeing to determine if high levels of a contaminant used in rocket fuel and found on property owned by the Brandeis-Bardin Institute (BBI) came from the company's Rocketdyne testing site located nearly a mile...

  • Cancer Crusader Takes on Oil, School

    June 26, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Lori Moss waited three hours to meet her heroine, environmental activist Erin Brockovich, at a book signing last year, even though Moss was weak from her chemotherapy treatment.

    The meeting turned out to be exactly what Moss had hoped -- Brockovich was intelligent and personable.


  • Ha’Am Makes Its Mark at UCLA

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    hen the editors of Ha'Am, UCLA's Jewish student newsmagazine, scrawled the words, "Ha'Am Is Back," across the back of Kerchoff Hall, they didn't realize the staying power of the statement that they were about to make. What the editors thought was sidewalk chalk, commonly used by...

  • Moving Beyond Ladies Who Lunch

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Dorraine Gilbert is happily married. But she hasn't forgotten what life was like when she wasn't.

    During the five years after she was divorced from her first husband, the enthusiastic 57-year-old recalls returning to Hadassah. She had hoped that the organization would provide her...

  • Words From the Old Ball Game

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    With Seth Swirsky's Beatles-style haircut and soothing voice, one would probably hand him a guitar rather than a baseball bat. But if Swirsky -- a pop songwriter who has written gold- and platinum-selling albums for artists like Celine Dion and Taylor Dane -- were asked his...

  • Looking for Truth   in Documentaries

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A Palestinian boy, about 8 years old, dressed in a red T-shirt and missing his two front teeth, is yelling in Arabic: "I foresee my death and I run toward it. On your life, this is a hero's death and he who seeks the death of a suicide warrior, this is it."

    The scene, which aired on...

  • Balance With ‘One Foot’

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Has a question or statement about Israel ever caught you so off guard and tongue-tied that you wished you could just reach into your back pocket to pull out an answer? Well, now you can.

    Dr. Mitchell G. Bard, author and executive director of the American-Israel Cooperative...

  • A Big Sunday

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Temple Israel of Hollywood held its first Mitzvah Day five years ago, it was just that: Temple Israel of Hollywood's Mitzvah Day. Over the years, however, as the annual "do-good" day has attracted the attention of other organizations throughout the Los Angeles area, Mitzvah Day...

  • StandWithUs Hosts Second Conference

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When 14-year-olds Kobi Mandel and Yosef Ishran were found brutally stoned to death by Palestinian terrorists on May 9, 2001, Jews around the world mourned. For L.A. residents Roz and Jerry Rothstein, the tragedy was the last straw.

    The husband and wife team gathered nearly 50 Jewish...

  • Healing the ‘wounds’

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When rabbi and author Jan Goldstein was suddenly faced with the news that his 12-year marriage was ending -- leaving him with primary custody of his three children -- he felt his life was ruined, until he learned to make sense of his pain.

    In his new book, "Sacred Wounds: Succeeding...

  • A Touch of Tomchei

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It's 6:30 p.m. on a Thursday, and the modest storefront at 3531¼2 N. La Brea Ave. is teeming with people. The shelves that were stocked with bottles of Rokeach grape juice, jars of Tzali's gefilte fish and cans of California chunk light tuna only a half hour ago, are now nearly...

  • Campus Campaign

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    While leafing through their college newspapers Monday morning, students at several major Southern California universities came across a full-page advertisement featuring Barad Zemer, a 23-year-old Israeli film student. Beneath Zemer's photograph it read:

    "I love filmmaking, jazz...

  • Kosher Wine Gets Better With Age

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Legend has it that when Jews first came to America, they couldn't afford quality grapes. To make wine palatable they would add tons of sugar. Thus came the red, syrupy wines that have long been associated with the kosher winemaking industry.

    But these days, David Eskenazi, manager...

  • Students Seek Identity in Israel

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Rhonda Van Hassalt's concerned father offered her $1,000 not to go to Israel. Although the money would have been enough to send both Van Hassalt's and her boyfriend to Europe for winter break, it wasn't Europe that was tugging at her heart -- it was Israel.

    "When I was young, I...

  • Building the Future

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When Jonathan Schulman went on a mission to Israel 1995, he said his life was forever changed, because he started getting involved. "I got engaged because there were opportunities for me to build on that experience," said Schulman, director of the recently established Young...

  • Birthright Continues Despite Setbacks

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    For much of his life, Lawrence Mudgett didn't need Judaism. He had football. But when the 6-foot-6, 250-pound sophomore was declared ineligible for the NCAA at the beginning of the school year, he began searching for another niche.

    As a participant on Birthright Israel's 2002-2003...

  • Rich in Love

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When Susan Samueli met her future husband, Henry, at a dance at Stephen S. Wise Temple in Los Angeles in 1979, she never could have anticipated how different her life would be today.

    That was 24 years and three children ago, before Samueli became a household name in much of Southern...

  • An Unorthodox Artist

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When most people think of a spiritual awakening, they don't necessarily think of such a thing taking place at the GAP.  But then again, artist Orit Arfa isn't really into conventionality.

    While walking down the streets of Manhattan seven years ago, dressed in her ankle-length skirt...

  • ‘JAM’-packed Campus Outreach

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It's not unusual to see 60 students cramming into an nonairconditioned duplex on fraternity row on a Saturday night at UCLA -- unless those students happen to be surrounding a havdalah candle singing Hebrew songs.

    But so it is on this warm winter Saturday night, as a crowd of Jewish...

  • Groups Keep Up Guard on Campuses

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When Justin Levy returned to UCLA for his senior year in September 2002, he was expecting a continuation of the previous school year's belligerent anti-Zionist rallies and aggressive anti-Israel fervor.

    What he found was exactly the opposite. The divestment campaigns and public...

  • Leader of the PAC

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Ask a Northern Californian about Southern California, and normally you'll hear about everything that Southern California is lacking: lack of public transportation and lack of culture. Or else you'll hear about the excess: excess of fancy cars and excess of pollution.

    But ask San...

  • Food for Thought

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Maybe you've noticed that many of the bagel chains today are named after some of the most influential Jewish figures in history -- Einstein, Noah. But have you ever stopped to think that maybe it's the bagels that spurred all of this insight?

    Well, the creators of TheBagel.org, a new...

  • Candles Shine From L.A. to Tel Aviv

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The miracle of Chanukah took on a double meaning Dec. 4, when Los Angeles Holocaust survivors participated in a menorah-lighting ceremony with their counterparts in Tel Aviv via videoconferencing.

    "We celebrate the miracle of Chanukah, and we also celebrate the miracle that we...

  • Support Group Helps Second Generation

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    As the only child of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Morry Waksberg was always under enormous pressure to succeed -- to carry out the dreams that his parents never had the opportunity to realize.

    "It made it hard to be a kid," Waksberg said. "How could I complain about some little...

  • JAKKS Jumps for Children

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In the movie "Little Nicky," Adam Sandler played the son of the devil, but for many Israeli children today Sandler is an angel.

    When the Jewish actor-comedian wanted to do something to help brighten the lives of Israeli children wounded in suicide bombings, he contacted his friend...

  • Mom, Can We Keep Him?

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    If your kids are out of the house and you're experiencing empty-nest syndrome, how about considering adoption? Don't worry though, this adoptee will be pretty low-maintenance -- all he needs is a caring family, food, water and, of course, plenty of fly-repellent gel.

    The adoptees are...

  • Together for Israel

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When Sarah Tolkoff returned to UC Irvine to begin a new school year, she found that the Muslim student newspaper Al Kalima's cover featured a picture of Sharon and Hitler's faces digitally merged together. The headline read: "History repeats."

    History was also repeating itself for...

  • Israel or Bust for Determined Teens

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Ever since she was a young girl, Rebecca Solo looked forward to when she would be old enough to visit Israel through a program, following the path that many teenagers at her synagogue take during high school.

    And even though things have changed since she was young -- violence is up...

  • Berlin’s Open Wounds

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A bombed-out building transformed into a discothèque; the central section of an apartment building that is bizarrely absent -- these are just some of the visual images that preserve the memory of Berlin's complex and turbulent past. War wounds remain conspicuously open and...

  • Surveying ‘America’s Jewish Freshmen’

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Adam Bergman researched colleges toward the end of his senior year at Milken High School, he looked very closely at the quality of their soccer teams and not so closely at the size of their Jewish populations.

    "I don't consider myself religious at all. I have never chosen a...

  • Hess Kramer Gets Wacky

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Petroleum jelly-covered watermelon relays, gunk-filled balloon popping and prom dress-clad swimming pool races -- not your typical day at Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu.

    The Wilshire Boulevard Temple camp was turned upside down on Tuesday, Aug. 6, when it became the location for the last...

  • Fight Over UC Funds

    July 4, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Pro-Israel faculty at UCLA have launched a petition drive opposing a campaign to get the University of California system to divest itself of investments in corporations doing business in the Jewish state.

    The petition comes in response to another faculty petition urging the UC...

  • Philosophy of a Philanthropist

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On the wall of philanthropist and humanitarian Richard Gunther's office hangs a photo of a man triumphantly standing atop a Western Nepal mountain peak.

    While Gunther is not the man in the picture, he is the photographer, and the photo perhaps symbolizes his view of the world....

  • Give Peas a Chance

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    World leaders can't seem to arrive at a solution to violence in the Middle East, but just maybe because they didn't use a larger-than-life-sized corn on the cob. Kernel Corn, mascot for the vegetarian organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), has set off on...

  • Jewish Students Versus Palestinian Supporters

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Free Zaidi," read signs held by pro-Palestinian students at UC Riverside during an on-campus rally May 22 organized in support of fellow student, Nauman Zaidi, who was imprisoned by Israeli authorities May 10 for entering the Church of the Nativity during the recent standoff in...

  • Made in Israel

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    While attending a bat mitzvah party, Jane Scher and her friends began discussing the gifts they had brought. "I have been trying to buy a lot of things in Israel," Scher said, including the Israeli-made gift she had given to the bat mitzvah girl.

    It struck a chord among her...

  • Rocky Road to the Rabbinate

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Alysa Stanton announced to her family that she planned to convert to Judaism, they thought it was just another one of her many phases. "It wasn't until my mikvah that my mom realized I was serious." Now, 15 years later, as she begins a path that will make her the first black...

  • Conflicts on Campus

    April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Israel Independence Day, 2002 and Counting..." read the sea of royal blue T-shirts adorning members of the UCLA Jewish Student Union (JSU) -- a positive statement at a time when Jewish students are receiving a great deal of negative publicity on college campuses across the country.


  • New UCLA Hillel

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Cars slow and heads turn as curious UCLA students drive past 574 Hilgard Ave. The construction site will be the new home of the UCLA Hillel building, scheduled to open this fall. "I hope that it really will be a home, just like the Jewish students at UCLA are a family," said Allon...

  • Balanced Action for Israel

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Nearly 100 college students from San Diego to San Francisco gathered at Sinai Temple on Sunday, Feb. 24, to dispute the anti-Israel action that has become increasingly prevalent on campuses. Action Israel offered intensive strategy and communications training in order to equip...

  • Almost Olympian

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Although Salt Lake City hosted several Jewish Olympians this year, including figure skater Sasha Cohen, the Olympic games haven't always been so welcoming to Jewish athletes.

    Bernd Stevens said he might have competed in skiing in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, "if it hadn't been for being...

  • Israel Bound

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    With his wedding two weeks away, Scott Price didn't have extra funds laying around to go to Israel. However, when he found out that he could go for free, he and his fiancé jumped at their chance. "It was a great opportunity for us to go to Israel together," Price said.

    At a time...