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  • Mourning

    By Avner Hofstein

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On a white brick ledge in his Chatsworth backyard, Avi Hen's fancy barbecue -- once the symbol of his family's happiness -- now sits abandoned. Avi sometimes wanders over to it and remembers the days when he would host 30 people for a party.

    The house would fill with friends; his...

  • The Class of ‘93

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As students around the Southland graduate and move beyond high school, The Journal sought out some of the outstanding Jewish high school seniors of 10 years ago, talking with five of the 13 valedictorians of the Class of 1993. Current grads can take solace that these five...

  • Charity Makes Tamkin an ICON

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Dr. S. Jerome Tamkin doesn't keep a little black book, but he does keep a large white binder. And if you're an educational, Jewish or health organization, you want to be listed there, because the binder tracks 32 organizations which Tamkin and his wife, Judith, have chosen to support...

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  • Laughing Through the Years and Tears

    By Dan Pine

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Esther Weintraub is a stand-up comic who can't stand up.

    After all, Weintraub is 87. She has to use a walker or wheelchair to get around. She has a bad back, a busted hip and, not long ago, barely won a scary skirmish with cancer.

    Better she should sit.

    Plus, her husband died a...

  • Adult Children Get Rite of Passage

    By Rabbi Jack Riemer

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I am not a Reform Jew, but I confess that I am often envious of the publications of the Reform movement. Whether I agree with their answers or not, I am impressed by the fact that they ask the right questions, the questions that are on the minds and hearts of our people today. So,...

  • Heart and Soul

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It's 7:30 on a Friday morning, and 15 participants in the Westside Family YMCA gym are busy moving their bodies to the rhythm of Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing." Ranging in age from 58 to 86, the majority are enrolled in the YMCArdiac Therapy...

  • Passing the Torch

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Longtime "1939" Club member William Elperin didn't know what he was getting himself into when he became the leader of the Holocaust survivors' organization.

    "I signed on for one year," Elperin recalled.

    But when the "1939" Club -- entering its second half-century as a social club...

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