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  • The Building Blocks of a Great Sukkah

    By Michael Brown

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Every year, Scott Rekant of Monmouth Junction, N.J., hauls a tidy pile of 21 2-by-4s from his garage and puts together a sturdy sukkah that stands on his back porch.

    "It takes me about an hour to assemble it with a bit of adult help. Two hours with my kids," he said.

    He's been...

  • Close Calls, Tense Moments in Fire

    By Adam Wills

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Jeff and Liz Kramer and their three teenage sons could only watch and wait. The Oak Park residents paced the sidewalk in front of their home on Thursday morning, Sept. 29, watching as the head of the Topanga Canyon Fire crept along a ridge less than 800 yards away, consuming brush...

  • School Bond Measure Gets Failing Grade

    By Bob Hertzberg

    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...

  • People, Motifs Blend at The Shul

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    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...

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  • Zucky’s Counter Culture

    By Tom Tugend

    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...

  • Another Chance

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    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...

  • Q & A With Larry Mark

    By Amy Klein

    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...

  • Teshuvah for Two

    By Carin Davis

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    There's nothing more romantic than a cantor's serenade, a symphony of grumbling stomachs, and an oversized sheet of dry honey cake.

    Which is why I might invite new guy Austin to spend Yom Kippur with me.

    Austin and I met last month on a great blind date. He's cute, he's kind, he had...

  • Jewish Arsonist Worked for Paris Center

    By Philip Carmel

    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...

  • Building Dignity

    By Andrea Adelson

    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,...

  • Malibu Shul Begins Building—Finally

    By Julie G Fax

    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...

  • Synagogues ‘On Guard’ for Holidays

    By David Finnigan

    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...

  • Sharon Defuses Settlement Crisis

    By Leslie Susser

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    For a day or two in early August, Israel and the United States seemed to be heading for a showdown neither side wanted.

    Quick action by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon managed to avert a looming crisis over Israeli building in the West Bank, but the tension could resume as...

  • Tull Lends a Hand to the Homeless

    By Gaby Wenig

    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...

  • Neighbors Renew Etz Chaim Fight

    By Julie G Fax

    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...

  • Transition to New Center Under Way

    By Andrea Adelson

    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...

  • Learning Reshaped at Europe’s Limmud

    By Andrew Morris

    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...

  • Gehry Spoken Here

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Disney Hall may well be Frank Gehry's crowning achievement in Los Angeles -- and for good reason. Approaching The Walt Disney Concert Hall from the corner of First Street and Grand Avenue, the stainless steel walls reach into the air like a conductor's arms. The interior is even more...

  • Literary Offerings to Harvest Your Brain

    By Rita Berman Frischer

    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...

  • A Tabernacle Full of Knickknacks and Love

    By Andrea Adelson

    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...

  • Big-Screen King’s Legacy of Generosity

    By Andrea Adelson

    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,...

  • Summer Tzedakah

    By Sandy Schachter

    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...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Family Man

    "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...

  • Straight From Heaven

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    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...

  • A Healer Returns

    By Toby Axelrod

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Daniel Libeskind is coming back to New York to help heal the wounds created on Sept. 11. He won't be working with words or medicine but with stone, cement, glass and steel.

    "My hopes are that out of the tragedy that happened, from the depths of the ground, something will soar into...

  • The Battle Over Mesivta

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    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...

  • New UCLA Hillel

    By Rachel Brand

    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...

  • Move Over, Los Angeles

    By Karen Alexander

    August 30, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    While the kosher butcher prepares her order, a Jewish city councilwoman chats with other customers about her upcoming campaign.

    Within a few miles of where she buys lamb chops for her family, ambitious building projects worth at least $30 million are under way -- or recently...

  • A Place for Teens, Torah and Hanging Out

    By Julie G Fax

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    While the adults are talking up the "sense of permanence" and "central address," Miriam Segura has a simpler way of expressing the significance of the National Conference of Synagogue Youth's (NCSY) new building - hanging out.

    "When you ask teens what they like to do, they say hang...

  • Sinai Dedicates New Memorial

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    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...

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