The big new Ford Excursion sat baking in the hot afternoon sun. A closer look at this massive vehicle was chilling. Gun ports cut into the thick bullet-resistant glass windows. Armor-reinforced doors so heavy you needed two hands to close them. Rear seats removed to make room for...
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The doors of the 107th Street Elementary School opened at noon; reggae music blared over the sound system and pizza was ready to be served. Soon, mothers pushing strollers, teachers, parents and children began pouring onto the school grounds to participate in Temple Israel of...
April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm
Ten years ago, during the week of April 29, 1992, the city exploded in rioting.
Ten years after the fact, it is easy to remember the terror and the loss, but more difficult for community leaders to assess just how much repair has taken place since.
Rabbi Laura Geller, now leader of...
September 27, 2001 | 8:00 pm
Violinist Isaac Stern Dies at 81
Isaac Stern, considered one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century, died Saturday in New York at 81.
He played with conductor Leonard Bernstein and the Israel Philharmonic in Jerusalem soon after the 1967 Six-Day War, for Israeli soldiers...
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Members of the Iranian-American Jewish Association (IAJA) celebrated the 22nd anniversary of the house that Dariush built.
Dariush Fakheri, the outreach organization's founding father, was honored at the Loews Santa Monica Hotel gala, along with members Fred...
May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm
Like most legends in Hollywood, Temple Israel of Hollywood has undergone a few makeovers to stay fresh since it was founded in 1926. Maybe that's why even as it celebrates its 75th anniversary, the Reform synagogue is even more bustling than it was in its heyday when it was billed as...
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In celebration of HUC-JIR's impending 125th anniversary, faculty members from the Los Angeles campus will be fanning out across Southern California during the next few weeks to bring the college to the congregants.
"We'll be celebrating directly with the congregations and the...
September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pmWhen Bergamot Station first opened its art gallery doors five years ago, more than 20,000 visitors showed up on opening night -- to everyone's surprise. It was a free celebratory evening many still remember. This Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m., as Bergamot takes note of its fifth...
April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm
Once again, the anniversary of the Holocaust is upon us (April 13), and, once again, the commemoration taunts me. "Go preach the goodness of God." "Go praise the crown of God's creation made but little lower than the angels." "Speak to the world of faith and hope in the wake of the...
September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pmWhen Rabbi Marvin Hier arrived in Los Angeles on July 4, 1977, to inspect the sizable building he had purchased on unfashionable Pico Boulevard, it was one of the few times in his life that he was genuinely scared.
"The place had been stripped of all light fixtures," he recalls. "We...
June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm
As Israel nears its 50th birthday, events have shifted attentionaway from the stalled peace talks. What dominates the headlines nowis the warlike rhetoric among Jewish factions -- both within Israeland in the Diaspora -- as they clash over the issue of religiouspluralism.
May 28, 1998 | 8:00 pmAs Zionism turns 100 and Israel approaches 50, a Sept. 14 conference re-examines our affection for the Jewish State.
Photo from Jerusalem in 3000 Years, Konemann, 1995.
To many American Jews in their 20s, 30s and 40s, Zionism, the ancient dream of a Jewish homeland that spawned a...
April 30, 1998 | 8:00 pm
When the editors of The Jewish Journal, along withpublisher Stanley Hirsh, started planning an issue to commemorateIsrael's 50th anniversary, we were committed to something other thana "coffee-table" paper. We wanted it to be highly readable andentertaining, definitely, but also...
April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm
On the eve of the 50th birthday of the Jewishstate, Israelis have seldom felt so lonely. No one wants to come tothe party. Vice President Al Gore is one of the few foreigndignitaries who have accepted an invitation to the April 30 fiesta.The rest are either stalling or saying,...
March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm
Palestinians have an official term for whathappened to them when Israel gained its independence 50 years ago:"Nakba," or, in English, "Calamity." In the failed Arab attack on theJews in 1948, some 600,000 Arabs fled the land or, in tens ofthousands of cases, were expelled.
February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm
By 2003, Israel will finally have fulfilled thedreams of its founders when it overtakes the United States to becomehome to the largest number of Jews in the world.
This, according to the Institute of the WorldJewish Congress, which is to publish the new Jewish...
February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm
Asaf Medina, one of the members of theKeshet Chaim Dance Ensemble
Local dance ensemble Keshet Chaim willtake the stage for Israel's 50th
By Diane Arieff Zaga,Arts Editor
The mood in the Jewish state may not be one ofcelebration at the moment, but plans to commemorate the...
February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pmIn 1948, the world agreed to the creation of the State of Israel in a moment of stricken conscience over its outrageous failure to stop or even attempt to mitigate the effects of the Holocaust.
Their motives were mostly cynical. The immorality of their failure was so gross as to...
January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm
"Who knew?" If the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles hasits way, that simple question will become as well-known a shorthandfor the Federation as "Got milk?" is for the California milk industryand "Just do it" is for Nike. The phrase will be the centerpiece ofthe organization's...
December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pmMy daughter flew home for Thanksgiving with two college friends in tow. At the dinner table, the conversation revolved around computers and the antics of the Stanford Band. At some point in the course of that whirlwind four-day visit, Hilary informed me that, though she's been...
December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm
Etz Jacob Congregation (above); President Bernard Abend (left)and Rabbi Rubin Huttler (right).
Attention,anyone who was ever married or bar mitzvahed at Etz JacobCongregation at 7659 Beverly Blvd.: The shul wants testimonials,photographs and memorabilia for an exhibit honoring its...
November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm
When Sanford Gage was asked to be general chair of the JewishFederation Council of Greater Los Angeles' United Jewish Fund, hewanted to know one thing: Could he make a difference?
"That was the burning question for me," he said during a recentinterview at a restaurant near...
August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm
My 25th wedding anniversary iscoming up fast. Wish me luck.
I'll need all the good fortune I can muster,thanks to one of the ways I've chosen to mark this momentousoccasion. Of course, Bernie and I will be celebrating conventionally,with a party for some of our oldest friends. But, in...
August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm
The reluctance of the popular comedian and others to lend theirtalents to the event reflect the growing strains between largesegments of the American Jewish community and Israel, centered on thelegitimacy and treatment of non-Orthodox Jews in Israel.
Last week, the widening chasm...
August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pmThe forcible eviction of the worshipers from Judaism's mostrevered site came as thousands gathered there to mark Tisha B'Av, afast day marking the traditional anniversary of the destruction of,first, Solomon's Temple and, then, Herod's Temple.
The men and women were worshiping...
August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm
When my grandson stands at the Kotel...I will remind him that whatever divides us...it will be my generation's responsibility to guarantee that he gets the tools for Jewish survival, and it will be his generation's responsibility to determine how those tools are used
We are rapidly...
August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pmThe Federation had received only four cancellations -- a total of seven people who decided not to go because of the twin blasts -- according to Evy Lutin, mission co-chair. More than 350 people are signed up for the 10-day mission, which celebrates the kickoff of Israel's...