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  • Spurlock embarks on a cinematic quest for Osama

    By Pat Sierchio

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    When writer/director Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me") discovered he was going to become a father two years ago, he was concerned about the tumultuous state of the world into which his child was being born. Spurlock's wish was to give his child a safer and more harmonious place to...
  • Celebrating Israel’s 60th, Skirball Style

    By Tom Tugend

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    There are many ways to celebrate Israel's 60th anniversary, and the Skirball Cultural Center is leading with its strength by offering a series of wide-ranging programs of art shows, music, film and lectures.

    Two current shows pay tribute to the nation's distaff side: "Ziva Sivan:...

  • Anti-Semitism charge colors liquor license fight in City of San Fernando

    By Roberto Loiederman

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Real estate developer Sev Aszkenazy recently settled a lawsuit with the city of San Fernando over a liquor permit he was denied for a planned steak house. He said the denial was due, in part, to anti-Semitic bias.

    City Administrator Jose Pulido confirmed as much, testifying that...

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  • Chai Lifeline helps families facing life-threatening diseases

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Last August, Lori Paulsen's 4-year-old son, Aaron, was diagnosed with Wilms' tumor, a rare form of kidney cancer. Soon afterward, a friend offered to call Chai Lifeline on her behalf.

    Paulsen quickly got a message from caseworker Samantha Raich, who was calling to see how Chai...

  • Humanistic Judaism Society ponders growth question

    By Tom Tugend

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    In the 1960s, when "God is dead" debates were fashionable on college campuses, graffiti scrawled on a Harvard dorm wall proclaimed, "God isn't dead. He just doesn't want to get involved."

    No such slogan greeted delegates at the 37th North American conference of the Society of...

  • The classic Szyk haggadah becomes a modern masterpiece of the digital age

    By Tom Tugend

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    There's a 1,000-year-old haggadah, there's an Internet haggadah, and now there is a new $15,000 Arthur Szyk Haggadah.

    Szyk (pronounced Shick) was a Jew, a Pole, an American, and always an artist, whose brilliant paintings and cartoons could give new life to ancient traditions or...

  • Leading . . .  by pulling back

    By Amy Klein

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    When Lori Schneide was 16 years old, she lived in India for the summer.

    "I had this deep impression of calling," she said. "There's something we all can humbly contribute."

    When she finished college, the Reform Jew from Long Island decided she would travel the world to continue...

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