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  • It’s Time to Change

    By Jane Ulman

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The oldest and most primitive human dates back about 7 million years, according to a skull found by scientists in Central Africa.

    "That's so depressing," I say to my husband, Larry. "I can't believe that in 7 million years we haven't evolved any further than this."

    "This" being a...

  • University Moves to Permanent Home

    By Andrea Adelson

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Whenever Rabbi Arnie Rachlis came from Illinois as University Synagogue's guest rabbi, the founders went out of their way to lend him a convertible and hold meetings at a beachfront home. One trip occurred during a winter day when temperatures soared to summertime highs. Incredulous,...

  • Same-Sex Marriage Poses Key Questions

    By Sandy Frank

    July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I can't prove that allowing same-sex marriage would be bad for society.

    Of course, people terrified of global warming can't even prove it exists, but that doesn't stop former Vice President Al Gore from delivering a grave warning on the coldest day of the year.

    If he can speculate,...

  • Fate With a Frummie

    By Carin Davis

    July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A funny thing happened on the way to the Old City. Well, technically, it happened in the Old City. My friend, Matt, invited me to Shabbat lunch at his rabbi's house. I covered my cleavage and accepted the invite. Packed with kids and black hats, this third meal was standing-room...

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  • Balance Paramount to UPN Head Ostroff

    By Soriya Daniels

    June 24, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Dawn Ostroff, who in addition to being a religiously observant wife and mother, has worked her way up to a glamorous, powerful and exciting position: president of entertainment at UPN. Offering insight into the art of balancing home and work life and achieving one's professional...

  • Vocational Service Gains Career Center

    By Marc Ballon

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    To Vivian Seigel, Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) is a living, breathing entity that must grow with the times or risk irrelevance. That's why the organization she heads announced in April that it had acquired a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that, like JVS, provides an array of...

  • Peace, Love and Tikkun Olam

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Back in the social-action heyday of the 1960s, tikkun olam was everyone's favorite mitzvah. Repairing the world was hip, and folk anthems such as "Times They Are a Changin'" were as de rigueur around Jewish campfires as that ditty about animals boarding Noah's ark two by two.

    Now...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Cleaning



    Passover is a holiday that celebrates freedom and the coming of spring. And it is no coincidence that everyone does spring-cleaning. Life starts anew. We need to clean out the old to make room for new beginnings. On Passover, we conduct a seder to remind us of this. In...

  • Big Brother Lurks in Higher Education Bill

    By J. Shawn Landres

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In recent weeks, a number of major Jewish organizations -- the American Jewish Committee, the American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) American Israel Public Affairs Committee and others -- have announced their support for congressional passage of H.R. 3077, the International Studies in...

  • Michael and Bob

    By Karen Alexander

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It was not your typical wedding invitation -- a Monday morning phone call inquiring if my husband and I would be available that afternoon when our friends Michael and Bob were hoping to marry at San Francisco's City Hall. They decided to marry years ago, but instead of throwing an...

  • Bill Seeks to Cure Health-Care Plague

    By State Sen. Sheila Kuehl

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "Whoever enlarges on the telling of the deliverance from Egypt, that person is praiseworthy." These words, included in the Passover seder, which will soon be read by Jews all over the world, remind us that the story of Exodus is meant to be applied to our lives today.

    The Bible...

  • Bias Hits Rabbis on Mommy Track

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), the Reform rabbinical seminary, ordained its first female rabbi, Sally Priesand, in 1972, the event was more inevitable than revolutionary. It had been 50 years since HUC-JIR had come within a whisker of ordaining...

  • Israel’s Year of Strength

    By Yuval Rotem

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    There are many ways to reflect on the year past and the year to come.

    This year, Israel is celebrating its 56th year of independence. Today's Israel -- a stronghold of democracy, freedom and Judaism -- is the ultimate proof of the triumph of the Jewish people. Israel is the...

  • Humanistic Service Entices the Secular

    By Tom Tugend

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    At Temple Adat Chaverim in the San Fernando Valley, the High Holiday services make no reference to a supernatural God. Adat Chaverim -- and members of a sister group in Los Angeles -- will join some 40,000 secular Jews throughout the world in Humanistic services.

    "A Humanistic Rosh...

  • Diversity Blooms in the Land of Roses

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Are there really Jews in Pasadena?" is the question asked of Pasadena Jews, despite the fact that the Pasadena Jewish community is one of the oldest in Los Angeles.

    But today that question is asked less frequently. What was once a blue-blood enclave is now becoming a more...

  • A New Model for Jewish Identity

    By Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    For countless American Jews, Jewish identity is shaped by the model of living as a minority immigrant group struggling to protect its heritage against assimilation. Contemporary research affirms this, tending to frame questions in terms of traditional Jewish behavior -- lighting...

  • Leaders Stay Silent as Israel Collapses

    By Avraham Burg

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The Zionist revolution has always rested on two pillars: a just path and an ethical leadership. Neither of these is operative any longer.

    The Israeli nation today rests on a scaffolding of corruption and on foundations of oppression and injustice. As such, the end of the Zionist...

  • An Experience Worth the Price of Admission

    By Eryn Brown

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When it came time to talk about the high price of High Holiday tickets, The Jewish Journal thought there would be no better person to chat with than Ron Wolfson. He's spent more than 28 years with the University of Judaism (UJ), both as dean of the school of education and director of...

  • Hidden Impact of Sweatshop Laws

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    August 28, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Is your image of a sweatshop a black-and- white photograph of Jewish garment workers marching for labor rights 100 years ago, or the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire in 1911, in which hundreds of Jewish workers were trapped inside a burning building in New York (see sidebar)? If so,...

  • Present-Day Apathy Not Always Case

    By Michal Lemberger

    August 28, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Triangle: The Fire That Changed America," by David Von Drehle (Atlantic Monthly Press, $26)

    We live in cynical times. For years, young people have felt disengaged from the political process. Knowledge of governmental figures and the workings of law seem more tenuous among college...

  • Making Dreams of Israel Come True

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In the international terminal at New York's Kennedy Airport, the luggage carts sag under the weight of bulging suitcases, and it seems as if every family moving to Israel on this group flight is accompanied by a 10-person entourage to see them off.

    Despite the El Al security guards...

  • Brandeis Fetes Past, Plans for Future

    By Rachel Brand

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In 1975, Sandy Feld spent the summer as a counselor-in-training at Camp Alonim. This summer, his daughter, Shana, will follow in her father's footsteps, and Feld hopes that her experience will be as positive as his was 28 summers ago.

    "It was a magical time in my life," said Feld,...

  • It’s All About You

    By J.D. Smith

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It should be pointed out that once upon a time I wrote a little book titled "Life Sentence." It is the definitive treatise on the state of human relations between men and women, vis-à-vis engagement and marriage from the male perspective. Some people think it was anti-marriage,...

  • Local Iranians Avoid Spotlight as Protests Sweep Homeland

    By Tom Tugend

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As student protests against the Iranian regime swept the streets of Tehran and other cities in the country, the large Iranian Jewish community in Los Angeles followed developments with fervent interest, while keeping a low public profile.

    Actively cheering on the protestors is Rep....

  • Roadside Distraction

    By Teresa Strasser

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I'm sitting at a Mobil station in Minneola, my feet propped up against the bottom frame of my car door. The door is swung open so I can take in the desert air, exhale my Camel Light into the breeze.

    I just bought a pack of gum and a green plastic lighter inside the store, where a...

  • Pro-Israel: Solidarity or Retail Politics?

    By James D. Besser

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Pro-Israel lobbyists are patting themselves on the back these days for yet another congressional resolution declaring solidarity with the embattled State of Israel, and the kudos are justified.

    Pro-Israel resolutions these days are routinely passed with only token opposition;...

  • A Pulpit for Peace

    By Marc Ballon

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In the aftermath of Sept. 11, America experienced an ugly anti-Arab backlash. Thousands of Middle Easterners living in the United States were verbally harassed, beaten or worse because of their ethnicity or religion. Some pilots forced swarthy passengers off their planes because...

  • Moving Beyond Ladies Who Lunch

    By Rachel Brand

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Dorraine Gilbert is happily married. But she hasn't forgotten what life was like when she wasn't.

    During the five years after she was divorced from her first husband, the enthusiastic 57-year-old recalls returning to Hadassah. She had hoped that the organization would provide her...

  • Peace Opportunities Facing Obstacles

    By Leslie Susser

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On the face of it, conditions are ripe for a new chapter in Israeli-Palestinian relations.

    The American victory in Iraq has changed the regional balance of power, and the "road map" plan drafted by the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia marks a new, widely...

  • Goodbye, Rabbi

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As posted on its Web site, part of Leo Baeck Temple's mission is to "develop an island of serenity within a complex, troubled world." This spring, the Reform synagogue says goodbye to a rabbi whose decades of calm, scholarly leadership is responsible for much of that serenity.

    Rabbi...

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