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January 3, 2011 | 4:58 pm
The National Yiddish Book Center, amid a change in focus, has laid off four employees and closed its bookstore.
As part of its strategic change from saving and restoring ancient Yiddish texts to educating people about them, the center in Amherst, Mass., made the layoffs in December,...
June 8, 2010 | 11:16 pm
Fear pervades the Jewish community today. The fallout from the Gaza flotilla episode continues to reverberate in unpredictable and unsettling ways. Israel finds itself in a very difficult bind. It faces growing political isolation and, at the same time, has to deal with Hamas and...
September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pmFive years and 3,000 miles from the site of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the mournful strains of calls to prayer in Hebrew and Arabic open the Islamic Center of Southern California's fourth annual commemoration of the attacks of Sept. 11.
The audience, dressed in...
May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm
The tomato plants are thriving. Their leafy green stalks shoot straight out of the moist brown earth and sway gently in the breeze. The lettuce, alfalfa and spicy greens starts also look healthy. Herbs grow everywhere. This garden, like all gardens at one time, is still in its...
July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm
It's 10 a.m. on Shabbat at The Kabbalah Centre on Robertson Boulevard and the crowds are starting to converge in anticipation of the Torah reading.
Hundreds are milling about. People are dressed in all white outfits, the place is filling up. There's a casual, relaxed atmosphere in...
January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm
What will become of five Jccs?
The question has still not been answered, but by next week, a resolution will be definitively closer.
Five center must submit their business plans by next week to the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles' (JCCGLA) new transition committee...
January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm
Can one Jewish Community Center (JCC) serve a population as vast as that of the San Fernando Valley?
That is the question facing Jewish communities from Burbank to Calabasas, and so far, the answer is a resounding no -- even from some of the people who launched the idea in the...
January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm
Lindsey Vuolo, Playboy bunny, met her match last month: Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.
The two squared off in front of an audience of more than 150 people -- about three-quarters of them men -- at Makor, a Jewish cultural center in Manhattan geared toward 20- and 30-something Jews.
March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm
We all hear rumblings about a global community, but a global schmooze? That's just what the Jewish Community Centers of North America, in conjunction with the 92nd Street Y in New York City, propose to execute. Starting on Sun., March 11, the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los...
April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pmIn a city where most people go to the beach on Saturday mornings, a new center has opened in an effort to connect the local Jewish community with its heritage.
The center, run by the Lubavitch movement, includes two synagogues -- one with 400 seats and another for weekday services --...
September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm
On the north side of the Skirball Cultural Center, two dozen construction workers shout to each other over the roar of the 405 Freeway. They handle jackhammers and operate bulldozers amid huge piles of building materials. A crane several stories tall towers above the construction...
June 12, 1997 | 8:00 pmThe Simon Wiesenthal Center is fully committed to building a $50 million museum in Jerusalem -- despite skepticism expressed by some Holocaust scholars.
"We are close to acquiring a property and are putting together an advisory board in Israel, whose members will range from the far...
May 1, 1997 | 8:00 pmWhat is there about klezmer music that sends feet flying and excitement levels of certain Jewish audiences soaring? Nostalgia for the past or a just-found fondness for a "new" music"? Whatever it is, when the klezmer band struck up a "Freylach," almost instantly, a woman in a red...