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  • 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.


  • Humanist Approach a Must in Medicine

    By Dr. Arnold P. Gold

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Medical practitioners today are faced with onerous economics and an increasingly depersonalized and technically complex health-care system. This reality presents serious challenges to practicing humanistic medicine. It is therefore especially important now to value and re-emphasize...

  • Bringing Caring and God to the Sick

    By Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "So teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom...." (Psalm 90:12)

    Truth be told, there are no "soft issues" in medical ethics, unless by "soft" we mean the human issues, the matters of the spirit that so influence people's capacity to heal and even (as research...

  • All Is Not Lost

    By Leonard Fein

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In case you haven't noticed -- but of course you have -- these are not the best of times. There are even those who assert they are the worst of times, but on the perfectly reasonable supposition that things can always get still worse, I won't go that far.

    You've also noticed that...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Clean out your pencil box. Throw away all those crumpled papers in your desk. Help your mom or dad vacuum the car.

    Passover is a holiday that celebrates the coming of spring. And it is no coincidence that many people do spring-cleaning. Life starts fresh. We need to clean out the...

  • First Step in Removing Terror Regimes

    By Morton A. Klein

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The American war against Saddam Hussein represents a significant departure from the traditional U.S. posture of appeasing Arab terrorist regimes.

    Hopefully, it will be just the first step in a new approach to combating terrorism.

    In the past, the United States consistently...

  • Look to Leviticus

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Every good Hebrew school and day school principal is always seeking to improve and update the curriculum in their school, especially when it comes to the instruction of Bible. The questions that usually come up in Bible curriculum meetings are: where do we begin, what teaching...

  • Your Letters

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Fear Factor

    The content of Jane Ulman's article ("The Fear Factor," March 14) on the scary aspects of Purim was reasonable. However, I hope you will consider running a headline article titled, "Is Halloween Too Scary?" As Ulman points out, the dark side of Purim is balanced by...

  • Out of ‘Africa’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When German filmmaker Caroline Link read Stefanie Zweig's 1995 autobiographical novel, "Nowhere in Africa," she was riveted by the unusual Holocaust story. The book describes how 5-year-old Zweig and her parents fled the Nazis to Kenya, where the girl fell in love with the...

  • Educator Sees Needfor Teaching Morals

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Something vital is missing from public and day school curriculums, says Dr. Hanan Alexander, a rabbi, educator and author of "Reclaiming Goodness: Education and the Spiritual Quest" (University of Notre Dame Press, 2001), which received the 2002 National Jewish Book Award in...

  • Making Marriage Work

    By Amy Klein

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Like marijuana?

    Believe in men's rights?

    Want a secular state?

    If you happen to have an offbeat or nonmainstream platform for Israel, now is the time to run in the Jan. 28 parliamentary elections. One lesson to be learned from the list of the 30 parties vying for Knesset is...

  • Obesity WeighsHeavily on Jews

    By Judy Gruen

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Lynn Kaufman admits that she comes from "big, hearty stock." But after 30 years of being overweight, the Westside resident decided to get control.

    "I had gotten to a really scary number on the scale," said Kaufman, a veteran of numerous diets and 10 years with Overeaters Anonymous....

  • From L.A. to Tel Aviv—

    By David Margolis

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    An Israeli girl and a Los Angeles girl celebrate their bat mitzvahs together in Tel Aviv. Two Holocaust survivors from the same European town rediscover each other during an intercontinental videoconference call. Financial experts from Los Angeles assist their Tel Aviv counterparts...

  • Hidden Sensuality

    By Tamar Miller

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Earlier this month, visitors to the Grand Hyatt in New York City might have spotted an unusually stern warning sign on one wall: "The hair of a woman is considered ervah." Lewd, shameful, naked, unchaste. This inscription, from the Babylonian Talmud, was part of a photographic...

  • Argentina

    By Richard S. Gunther

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    To visit Argentina today is to see with your own eyes the tragedy these people are facing.

    Imagine living in a country where you experience the following:

    You have worked hard for years, and every month you add to your savings in a dollar account held at a major international bank...

  • The Ground Floor

    By Rob Eshman

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A lot of the problems and promise of Los Angeles Jewish life were on display last Tuesday evening in Bob and Marcia Gold's living room.

    The Golds live in a envy-inspiring home high upon a bluff in the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The greater Los Angeles Jewish community, all 4,000 square...

  • Israel Joins Global Anti-Terror War

    By Leslie Susser

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Nov. 28, 2002, may go down in history as Israel's Sept. 11.

    Despite two years of relentless Palestinian terrorism that has claimed nearly 700 Israeli lives, last week's coordinated attacks on Israeli targets in Kenya are being seen as a watershed: They herald Israel's full-blown...

  • A Taxing Double Dip

    By Jessica Steinberg

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It took Herb and Barbara Greenberg 10 years to realize their dream of making aliyah so they could live near their children and grandchildren.

    But when a long-debated tax reform goes into effect in Israel on Jan. 1, they may have to consider leaving.

    Many immigrants like the...

  • Sept. 11 Forced Shift to Israel

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It was only a day after the Twin Towers had fallen, and already it seemed that United States policy toward Israel was changing.

    Walking into a packed briefing room on Sept. 12, Secretary of State Colin Powell outlined America's intention to retaliate against Osama bin Laden and the...

  • The ‘Uglification’

    By Jane Ulman

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "So, how's the 'uglification' of the house coming along?" Gabe asks as he walks in the front door.

    By uglification, he means that we have removed the dirty, shredding wallpaper that adorned many of our walls.

    By uglification, he means that we have replaced the cracked and peeling...

  • Au Revoir, Mes Amis

    By J.D. Smith

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I want to take this opportunity to say hello ... and goodbye to my friends. If you've been wondering where I've been lately, as my pal Mickey did in a phone call last week, I've got a new girlfriend (let's call her Alison), and I won't be seeing you around much anymore.

    Let's be...

  • Lines of Fairness

    By Arturo Vargas

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Two communities on opposite sides of the Hollywood Hills, one Jewish, one Latino, are engaged in remarkably similar efforts to ensure fairness in redistricting.

    In the West Los Angeles area, Jewish residents are participating in public meetings, seeking to have their voices heard as...

  • Drastic Rule Change

    By Beverly Gray

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When Talia Hill started kindergarten, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) didn't know how to handle her. Hill had been diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy, moderate hearing loss and seizures. This combination made her unsuited for any of the district's self-contained...

  • JCC Board Approves Major Reform

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Leaders of the area's Jewish Community Centers proposed a series of reforms this week that they hope will reinvigorate center services and help the organization meet the demands of a far-flung and diverse Jewish population.

    The changes approved by the Jewish Community Centers of...

  • On Jewish Liberalism—and Power

    By David N. Myers

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Several weeks ago, the eminent Harvard sociologist Nathan Glazer, one of the renowned New York intellectuals chronicled in the film "Arguing the World," came to town for a lecture and seminar at UCLA. The question that Glazer raised in his appearance in Los Angeles reflected the...

  • Seasons

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The warm-up room at the "Y" where I exercise is right next door to the children's playroom. While I perform a sun salutation, I hear a little girl calling out in a tiny excited voice.

    "Can I have one? I want one!"

    For a second, I recognize her voice, and so, though I haven't a clue...

  • New Year, New Changes

    By Rob Eshman

    November 29, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Last week I was driving to a family celebration at Leisure World in Laguna Hills when I noticed something very odd about the weather: Fall was in the air.

    It's a subtle thing in Southern California, but those of us who have lived here long enough recognize the slight change in...

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