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  • Jewish Population on Rise in South Bay

    By Julie Brown

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Thirteen years ago I called my cousin in the San Fernando Valley and announced to her that I was moving to the South Bay.

    "Why would you do that?" she said. "There are no Jews in the South Bay!"

    I don't know when that rumor might have held a modicum of truth, but it isn't the case...

  • Teens Team Up for J-Serve

    By Julie M. Brown

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Youngsters across the Southland and beyond banded together April 17 to participate in J-Serve 2005, the first-ever national day of service for Jewish teens. J-Serve, designed to correspond with Youth Service America's National Youth Service Day, offers Jewish teens a way to get...

  • Balancing Acts of Faith and Pork

    By Micah D. Halpern

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The question: How Jewish vs. how democratic should the Jewish State of Israel actually be?

    That was really the question before Israel's Supreme Court.

    More than a legal question, it led to serious and heated debate. The answer would be a defining factor in the very nature of the...

  • Reflections on a Tragedy

    By Maryann J. Gray

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    July 16 marks the one-year anniversary of the terrible accident at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market, which killed 10 and injured more than 60. George Russell Weller, the elderly driver, faces 10 counts of vehicular homicide with gross negligence.

    I know from personal experience the...

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  • Valley Is No Longer a Remote Outpost

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I've lived in two of the country's most ridiculed locales. I was born in New Jersey, the punch line of stand-up comics everywhere. Adding insult to injury, my family moved to the San Fernando Valley in the early '70s. At that time, the Valley was perceived as the end of the earth --...

  • Friends Found a World Away

    By Rabbi Arnold Rachlis

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Every other year, our congregation travels to a different part of the Jewish world to meet and, if necessary, help our fellow Jews. Having traveled to Israel, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union many times, as well as Turkey, Morocco, Spain, Argentina and Brazil, our...

  • The Living Desert

    By Tom Teicholz

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    As I write this, it's 64 degrees in Santa Monica and Sub-Zero is just a brand of refrigerator I covet. On the East Coast, there is a record cold spell and everyone is paying rapt attention to the wind-chill factor.

    The climatic difference can best be explained not merely by boasting...

  • When It’s Federal Aid, Pork Isn’t Treif

    By Matthew E. Berger

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When it comes to politics, even the Jews want pork. American Jewish communities and some national organizations have become well versed in getting their share of millions of dollars available for social service programs, medical research or other community essentials.

    A search of...

  • Think Global, Cook Local

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "The Jewish Kitchen: Recipes and Stories from Around the World" by Clarissa Hyman (Interlink Books, $29.95)

    Clarissa Hyman's new cookbook, "The Jewish Kitchen," is alive with miracles -- stories of Jewish life and war-torn Jewish communities, bringing with them their glorious...

  • JCC Director to Leave Before Project Finish

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Part of the team readying O.C.'s Jewish Community Center for its planned relocation and expansion next year in Irvine is not staying to see the result.

    Gerry Buncher, 53, the JCC's executive director since 1999, is resigning at the end of his current contract, effective Dec. 31.

    "I...

  • Backlash Threat

    By Marc Ballon

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As some 20 teens beat 18-year-old Rashid Alam with golf clubs and baseball bats in Yorba Linda on Feb. 22, they allegedly yelled "White Power!" The attack, which Alam's friends said was unprovoked, left the recent high school graduate hospitalized with a fractured jaw and broken...

  • A New Home for Hillel

    By Julie G Fax

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller walks out of his office at the University Religious Conference, locking the door on its matted and stained rust-colored carpet, which for years has been covered with stacks of books and journals. On his way out, he doesn't bother to glance into the musty...

  • Lung Donor Needed to Save Young Life

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    On a cool November evening, the Avrech family -- Robert, Karen, and Ariel -- sit within the cozy confines of their Pico-Robertson home, where an Emmy Award that Robert won for his 1999 Holocaust-themed drama, "The Devil's Arithmetic," graces the mantle.

    But this is not your typical...

  • Kahal Joseph’s New Beginning

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Joseph Dabby arrived in America from Iraq in 1972, and found his way to Kahal Joseph Congregation in Los Angeles, he was shocked. "It was like being back in the Old Country," he said.

    "It was full of people who didn't even speak the same language; they were very far removed...

  • Beyond the Cover

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Many know author Walter Mosley as the creator of the popular Central L.A.-set Easy Rawlins detective series of which the book "Devil in a Blue Dress," became a film starring Denzel Washington. But what is not as well-known is Mosley's Jewish background on his mother's side.

    Mosley,...

  • People of All Faiths Find Solace in Prayer

    By Julie G Fax

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center seemed to have had the perfect combination of factors needed to dismantle people's religious beliefs: an atrocity committed in the name of religion and God, coupled with so many dead and wounded that even for those of strong...

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