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  • Your Letters

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Remove Labels

    The article "Political Activism Inspires Iranians" was very informative (Sept. 10). However, as one of the founders of the Beverly Hills Jewish Republicans, I was offended with the labeling of Jews as "Iranians."

    For too long, the leaders of the Jewish community have...

  • Your Letters

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Hardliner

    Look no further, you've found a Republican who drives a Prius, as well as a Democrat ("The Hardliner," Aug. 6). In fact, there are four Priuses in our family with two more hybrids on order for 2005. We are making a statement, and more to the point, it is an apolitical...

  • Smaller Classes for Smaller Kids

    By Andrea Adelson

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "I want to create a place of wonder," said Lindy Lane-Epstein, who spent the summer attempting to animate her vision for a scaled-down preschool and kindergarten for members of Santa Ana's Temple Beth Sholom.

    She started with painting in primary colors and moved on to culling...

  • Brother Emphasizes   Kerry Israel Support

    By Marc Ballon

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A crowd of 150 well-heeled, mostly liberal Jews paid $250 apiece to hear Cameron Kerry, Sen. John Kerry's Jewish brother and top adviser, speak about the Democratic presidential candidate's commitment to Israel and the Jewish people.

    Cameron Kerry, 53, told The Journal that his...

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  • A New Relationship

    By Teresa Strasser

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A relationship with a new city is like a relationship with a new guy. At first, you compare a lot -- my ex had better nicknames for me; he made the bed in the morning. My ex was the one for me, and now I'm just marking time before becoming that old lady in line at the bagel shop who...

  • Philosophical Blessings

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    While on a summer vacation on the East Coast, my family and I visited some spectacular sights in northwestern North Carolina, especially near Ashville. On our way to Ashville, we stopped and asked directions from a gentleman who turned out to be a Methodist minister.

    During our...

  • A Mitzvah Is Its Own Reward

    By Brendan Howard

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Be not like servants who serve their master for the sake of receiving a reward; instead be like servants who serve their master not for the sake of receiving a reward. And let the awe of Heaven be upon you." -- Pirkei Avot (Ethics of Our Fathers)

    The rabbi and the cantor are...

  • Israel Backs Tough U.N. Line on Iran

    By Ron Kampeas

    June 24, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    These days, it's unusual to get the United States and Britain to agree with France and Germany on any Middle East-related U.N. resolution.

    When Israel also is on board, it's downright extraordinary.

    Israeli officials are elated at the tough language in a resolution passed last week...

  • Shavuot: A Link to God

    By Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Why is the festival of Shavuot called 'The time of the giving of our Torah' and not the time of the receiving of our Torah? Because the giving of the Torah happened at one specified time, but the receiving of the Torah happens at every time and in every generation. -- Rabbi Meir...

  • Jewish Groups Meet Bush at Conclave

    By David Finnigan

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    President Bush hugged a cantor, listened to an Orthodox high school choir, walked with an addict-turned-rabbi and heard success stories of the Jewish-based Beit T'Shuvah addiction treatment center during his March 3 Southern California visit.

    "We're all realizing that we need to have...

  • Not Only on Sunday

    By Marc Ballon

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Bailey Silverman and Rebecca Namm are in many ways typical teenagers. The best friends like to go to the mall, hang out with pals and talk on the phone.

    But come Super Sunday, Feb. 22, the two Milken Community High School juniors will undertake the very adult mission of raising...

  • The Guy Clock

    By Carin Davis

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Ryan and I did the L.A. supercasual thing for six or seven months. When I tried to rev up our relationship from supercasual to just plain casual, he freaked. I'm talking full-on, take-it-to-Dr. Phil meltdown:

    "I haven't dated enough women."

    "I haven't seen enough of the world."

    "I...

  • The Ring

    By Greg Ross

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    My girlfriend wants a ring.

    To say that I didn't see this coming is the understatement of the century. In a way, there is not much to tell:

    Los Angeles boy meets Boston girl living in Los Angeles. Though we had some differences -- seems the East Coast Ivy-Leaguers up there can even...

  • Q & A With Rabbi Robert Gan

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Robert Gan, 63, has been senior rabbi at Temple Isaiah, an 850-family member Reform congregation on Pico Boulevard, for more than 30 years. At Temple Isaiah, Gan demonstrated his commitment to social justice, inviting such speakers as Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin...

  • Should We Shun 80 Million Friends of Israel?

    By Rabbi Steven Weil

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    One of the more unusual characters in Jewish literature appears in the Book of Esther. The palace guard Charbonah originally plays a part inHaman's conspiracy to slaughter the Jews and dispossess 0them of their property. But somewhere along the way, he experiences a change of heart,...

  • 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...

  • Center Responds to Critical News Story

    By Tom Tugend

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Since its beginning in 1977 as a one-man institution dedicated to Holocaust remembrance, the Simon Wiesenthal Center is now perhaps among the most visible and vocal Jewish voices in the United States.

    It bills itself as an international human rights organization, claims more than...

  • Ziering Dominates With Blonde Ambition

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "People are shocked to discover I'm Jewish," Nikki Schieler Ziering said.

    In her red, white and blue string bikini on the cover of July's Playboy, the blonde model-actress looks like a sexier version of the all-American girl. She is better known for playing bombshells in films such...

  • Rabbi Fields Passes Torch of Leadership

    By Julie G Fax

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Aside from being the oldest and most architecturally magnificent synagogue in Los Angeles, Wilshire Boulevard Temple may be remembered for another historic accomplishment: possibly the smoothest transition between a retiring rabbi and new rabbi in the annals of synagogue history.

    ...

  • Realty’s Fealty for Jewish Los Angeles

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish philanthropy in Los Angeles can be summed up in three words: "Location, location, location."

    "Real estate gives far more with respect to Jewish causes," said Mark Karlan, chairman of the Real Estate and Construction (REC) Division of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los...

  • U.S. Spending Ignores Domestic Deficits

    By Leonard Fein

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Write the word "fiscal" and know that a hefty proportion of your readers will find something else to read. So, let's talk about money instead.

    Specifically, about the money the states don't have.

    The only thing you need to know by way of background is that almost all states are...

  • Israel Fest Crowd Smaller, but Solid

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Rides, kabobs, Mother's Day and the Los Angeles Lakers made the 15th annual Israeli Festival an interesting experience this past Sunday. The combined forces of the holiday and the NBA playoffs brought the attendance rate at the May 11 event down to about 35,000 festival-goers --...

  • A Big Sunday

    By Rachel Brand

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Temple Israel of Hollywood held its first Mitzvah Day five years ago, it was just that: Temple Israel of Hollywood's Mitzvah Day. Over the years, however, as the annual "do-good" day has attracted the attention of other organizations throughout the Los Angeles area, Mitzvah Day...

  • Queen of Laughter

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Imagine emceeing an event following Sept. 11. Rhea Kohan knows that feeling. The mistress of ceremonies for countless local Jewish organizations hosted Friends of Sheba Medical Center's annual Women of Achievement Luncheon just 48 hours after the terrorist attack.

    "I was dreading...

  • Crisis Manager

    By Marc Ballon

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    On March 11, Paul S. Nussbaum trudged down the driveway in his bathrobe, picked up the Los Angeles Times and headed back into his house -- part of his early morning routine. Moments later his wife handed him a fruit protein shake, he cracked open the paper and pulled out the business...

  • Peace ‘Map’ Faces Rough Road Ahead

    By Leslie Susser

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As soon as the dust settles in Baghdad, President Bush and his good friend, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, could be heading for a showdown.

    The looming bone of contention is the "road map" toward Israeli-Palestinian peace prepared by the diplomatic quartet of the United...

  • The Whole Kingdom

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When Ahuva Goldstein attended Yeshiva Rav Isacsohn Torath Emeth in 1960, she had five students in her sixth-grade class. The ultra Orthodox elementary school was in its seventh year, but it did not have its own building; it was housed in a synagogue on the corner of Third Street and...

  • Calm But Profitable

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It may not seem like much -- $26.67 in change -- but 'tweens Alex and Miles Beard proved that it's the thought that counts at The Jewish Federation's Feb. 23 Super Sunday phone-a-thon, during which 2,000 volunteers raised more than $4 million from Federation sites in Los Angeles,...

  • Ask Wendy

    By Wendy Belzberg

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Loose Lips Sink Schools



    Dear Wendy,

    I have spent hundreds of hours volunteering at my children's school and I am an active member of the parent council. My kids love the school and would hate to leave, but there seems to be a problem with loose lips. After discussing my...

  • Five Elements of a Fairy-Tale Marriage

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "The Committed Marriage" by Esther Jungreis (Harper San Francisco, $23.95).



    At first glance, the title of Esther Jungreis' new book, "The Committed Marriage," seems a bit redundant. After all, isn't commitment the whole point of getting married?

    But what Jungreis explains is...

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