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October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm
September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm
I have a picture on the wall of my office. It was taken at about 4 a.m. in 1998. I'm in the picture with a group of Democratic and Republican legislators. We look tired; we've been up late for a number of nights. But there's also a glint of celebration.
That was a happy and proud...
April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm
At the crossroads of four Miami Beach communities is a thriving Chabad synagogue that welcomes Jews of all stripes. The Shul of Bal Harbour -- locally known as The Shul -- is a thriving community, which draws an unusual blend of Jews from around the world.
A significant number of...
March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm
There was weeping and gnashing of teeth when Zucky's Deli in Santa Monica, mecca of pastrami sandwich and borscht lovers far and wide, abruptly closed its doors on Feb. 16, 1993.
"We were like family," one tearful waitress recalled in an old Los Angeles Times story. "We had...
March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm
With great sadness my friends decided to divorce in January 2001. They had given themselves one year into the new century to see if they could make it work, and it didn't seem as if they could. Then, in 2002, they happily reconciled. When asked why, they say Sept. 11 brought...
January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm
Hey, Jewish filmmakers! If you've done everything you can to try to get to Park City this week for the Sundance Festival, or its increasingly popular avant-garde cousin, the Slamdance Festival, but haven't made the cut, next year try the SchmoozeDance Festival. Created five years...
September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm
September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm
French Jewish leaders fear they may have cried wolf once too often after a Jew was arrested in connection with the well-publicized arson of a Jewish community center in central Paris.
Paris police say a 52-year-old Jewish man arrested Monday morning in connection with the Aug. 22...
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,...
August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Construction crews broke ground at the site of the Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue (MJCS) last week -- two and a half years after the congregation held a gala groundbreaking celebration for the new $10 million building.
"Building in Malibu is legendary -- it's very difficult to...
August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Sinai Temple in Westwood has spent at least $365,000 annually on increased security since Sept. 11.
"That's just for my manpower, to have bodies here when the building is open," said Howard Lesner, the Conservative synagogue's executive director, who gleans the extra security budget...
August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm
June 24, 2004 | 8:00 pm
What is a homeless shelter? The definition really upsets Tanya Tull.
"A shelter is a place to stay for the night," she says, raising her voice. "But a shelter is not the answer. Shelters are not going to solve the problem."
Tull is referring to Los Angeles' high cost of housing and...
May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Despite continuing legal challenges, members of Etz Chaim this month prayed for the first few Shabbats in their new home, a house converted for use as a shul on the corner of Highland Avenue and Third Street in Hancock Park.
For the last eight years the house has been at the center...
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...
February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Two Jews, three opinions. That old adage may explain a lot about communal strife, but for a precious few days in the English Midlands, a multitude of Jewish opinions were welcomed at an educational conference that is a paragon of communal harmony.
Now in its 23rd year, the Limmud...
November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm
October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm
As I write this article, Hurricane Isabel has come and gone; its destructive force headlined the news, offering a strange but appropriate counterpoint to writing about children's books on Sukkot and Simchat Torah. In today's world, these holidays, following on the heels of Yom...
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...
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,...
September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm
The rabbis say that the world stands on three things: learning, prayer and righteous deeds. Since reconnecting with Judaism 15 years ago, this statement has always meant a lot to me .
I now attend weekly Friday night Shabbat services and Torah study on Saturday morning and am active...
May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm
"There are three major religions and they all say the same thing: 'You honor others and you will have others honor just as you do.'"
So sayeth Spartacus himself -- Kirk Douglas -- during a one-on-one discussion with Rabbi David Wolpe following a benefit screening on...
April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm
During April 1996, I led what was going to be my first of numerous trips to Poland. On that trip I served as the rabbinic adviser for 40 high school students who were participating in the March of the Living program.
On our trip we took the students to the city of Lublin, and we...
March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm
October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm
At a shabby, deserted golf course in an isolated area of Calabasas, a half-started construction site sits idle, and some 31 yeshiva bocherim learn Talmud at the makeshift campus of Mesivta of Greater Los Angeles.
Rabbi Shlomo Gottesman had opened the high school with nine students in...
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...
August 30, 2001 | 8:00 pm
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June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm
There are few times when a sense of community is more necessary than when our lives are touched by death. Perhaps that is why more than 400 people from every point along the spectrum of the Los Angeles Jewish community came together Sunday at the site of the new Mount Sinai Memorial...
September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pmSo have you heard the one about the two rabbis on a boat? It's actually a story told by the Talmud in its discussion of the laws of the sukkah. It seems that Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Gamliel were on a boat during the days leading up to the holiday of Sukkot, and it became clear that...