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  • Malibu High students inspired by Hungarian survivor’s story

    June 7, 2011 | 5:59 pm

    Sarah Stipanowich, Jacob Kagon and Aaron Kagon, eighth-grade students at Malibu High School, were named the winners of Friedensmahnmal-Preis — which means Peace Memorial Award in German — an international Holocaust essay contest inspired by the story of Sandor Vandor, a Hungarian...

  • Community Briefs

    By Idan Ivri

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Travel Penalty Ends

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill that seeks to bar life insurance companies from penalizing travelers who visit Israel and other countries commonly perceived as dangerous.

    The states of Washington, New York and Illinois have similar legislation...

  • Community Briefs

    By Journal Staff

    August 29, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    Anti-Israel Protesters Rally Outside Feinstein's Office

    Anti-Israel demonstrators and pro-Israel counterdemonstrators squared off in front of Jewish Sen. Dianne Feinstein's West Los Angeles office last week. Feinstein (D-CA) has a track record of supporting pro-Israel...

  • Community Briefs

    By Journal Staff

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Congressmen: Investigate LAX shooter

    As the family of Victoria Hen, slain in the July 4 attack at Los Angeles International Airport, prepared to mark the end of the sheloshim mourning period with a public memorial service, pressure was increasing on federal authorities to declare...

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  • Community Briefs

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Rally for Freedom

    "Avadim hayenu, ata bnei horin." We were slaves, but now we are free. Pesach's refrain is not true for many. For years, Charles Jacobs, along with many others, fulminated in print and in person against slavery, and particularly against those states, most notably...

  • Community Briefs

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Harman Visits Holy Land

    Rep. Jane Harman (D-Redondo Beach), ranking member of the House Terrorism and Homeland Security subcommittee, returned recently from the Middle East, where the subcommittee traveled for a series of meetings on counterterrorism strategy. The congressional...

  • Community Briefs

    By Mike Levy

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Farrakhan for Free?

    A City Council decision to waive event fees for a February Nation of Islam convention drew protests from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Nearly $30,000 in Convention Center rental fees and costs were waived by the council, which determined the event served a...

  • Morgan Muses

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The close of Todd Morgan's tenure as chairman of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles could not have come at a more chaotic time: post-Sept. 11, with the umbrella outreach nonprofit still reeling from recent layoffs and its much publicized and scrutinized role in L.A.'s...

  • Community Briefs

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Bail-Jumper Found

    A local engineer, who jumped bail 16 years ago, pleaded guilty in federal court Dec. 28 to unlawfully exporting potential nuclear triggers to Israel.

    Richard Kelly Smyth, 72, admitted shipping some 800 krytrons -- 2-inch long glass bulbs, whose applications range...

  • Community Briefs

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Young Judaea Sends L.A. Youths to Israel

    Five students from the Los Angeles area left for Israel on Sunday, Sept. 2. They will spend the next 10 months living, studying and working in Israel with Young Judaea's Year Course program. While getting a firsthand look at Israeli...

  • Community Briefs

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    New CSUN Hillel Leader

    Rabbi Jordan E. Goldson will become the director of Hillel at California State University at Northridge. Goldson, currently the director of public relations of Kiryat Shemona College of Advanced Jewish Studies in Israel, will begin his new appointment in...

  • Jan Perry Puts Down Roots

    By Sheldon Teitelbaum

    July 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    So whaddaya know? The election is over, we've got a new mayor, and no sign yet of the apocalypse the other candidates promised would befall this city, no matter who won. Newly minted 9th District Councilwoman Jan Perry knew it was a new day when, shortly after her own election, Jim...

  • Community Briefs

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Golden Rules

    Olympic gold medalist Lenny Krayzelburg returned last week to the Westside Jewish Community Center (WJCC), where he trained as a teenager, to teach young competitive swimmers what it takes to make the gold.

    Krayzelburg, along with former coach Stuart Blumkin and senior...

  • Finding Work in a Bear Market

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It was a rough transition for Debbie Murphy. She had just emerged from a difficult divorce after being trapped for two decades in an abusive marriage. Two years ago, she found herself on her own for the first time, unemployed and unequipped.

    "Even though I had a bachelor's degree and...

  • Skirball at Five

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When the Skirball Cultural Center opened in April 1996, its founding president and CEO, Rabbi Uri D. Herscher, didn't buy the philosophy "If you build it, they will come."

    "My theory was, 'If they come, then you build,'" the rabbi said. "Prophesy is for fools."

    Not long before the...

  • Tuning In

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As founder and chair of Westwood One, the biggest

    radio network in the country, Norman J. Pattiz has an impact on what's carried over the airwaves in the United States and beyond. Now that he is a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, he has an even greater voice in...

  • Fighting Exclusion

    By Steve Feldman

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In a Philadelphia suburb, a Reform congregation has fought for more than a year to create a synagogue on a parcel of land that for many years had been the site of a Roman Catholic novitiate. An Orthodox congregation in Los Angeles has been in court for years over their use of a...

  • Sweet Sorrow

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A wall of neatly coiffed ladies charges up to the counter to place their orders for baked goods on one of the last days before the holidays and one of the last days before Brown's Bakery in North Hollywood closes its doors forever. Some of the customers have been buying their cakes,...

  • Postethnic Antisemitism

    By Sheldon Teitelbaum

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Just when we thought it was safe to proclaim the mayoral campaign free from the kind of race-baiting that has tainted previous runs for City Hall, we get this bogus automated telephone message, falsely attributed to Republican candidate Steve Soboroff, attesting to his supposed...

  • One on One With James Hahn

    By Sheldon Teitelbaum

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Aping the famous Army recruitment commercials, the mayoral candidates have all urged Los Angeles to "be all you can be." But City Attorney James Hahn, ostensibly the one shoo-in for the run-off election in June, has come up with a novel approach to realizing his own mayoral...

  • UCLA Hillel Hosts Muslim-Jewish Series

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    On April 2, UCLA Hillel opened a spring forum titled "Muslim-Jewish Relations: Harmony and Discord Throughout History" examining relations between Muslims and Jews from the founding of Islam to the contemporary era.

    Co-sponsored by a variety of organizations, including...

  • Voices of Peace

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In the long view -- and who could have a longer view than the man who, until recently, was the U.S. State Department's Middle East negotiator for the past 12 years? -- Dennis Ross believes that diplomacy in the Middle East boils down to psychology. "The idea of taking politics out of...

  • Left Hanging

    By Tom Tugend

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Sharon Kupferman, a junior at Cal State Northridge, was one of 11 students left "hanging in the air" last fall, when the statewide university system abruptly canceled its overseas study program in Israel.

    She is 20 years old, majoring in child development, with a minor in Jewish...

  • Pressure Power?

    By Tom Tugend

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Henry Bean can barely contain his anger when he talks about the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

    He blames the center, and particularly its associate dean, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, for spoiling a likely deal with Paramount Classics to distribute his prize-winning film "The Believer."

    Cooper...

  • Road Trip

    By Julie G Fax

    March 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In celebration of HUC-JIR's impending 125th anniversary, faculty members from the Los Angeles campus will be fanning out across Southern California during the next few weeks to bring the college to the congregants.

    "We'll be celebrating directly with the congregations and the...

  • Help Wanted

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    March 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    If the New Economy has let you down and the Old Economy holds no charms, there may be a career opportunity for you in the Shul Economy.

    Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), the seminary that trains men and women for professions in Reform synagogues and other...

  • Whom Pardons Are “Made For”

    By Tom Tugend

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The list of pardons granted by President Clinton on his last day in office included fugitive financier Marc Rich and convicted drug dealer Carlos Vignali -- and then there was Al Schwimmer.

    Nobody has paid much attention to the pardon for the 83-year-old former smuggler and...

  • One on One With Joel Wachs

    By Sheldon Teitelbaum

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    He says he's 61, but you wouldn't know it either to look at him or the paper-shrouded desk in his downtown office. After half a life crusading, his batteries retain their charge even as his office space threatens to succumb to the ever-encroaching mudslide of municipal files. I am...

  • Purim Pastries

    By Judy Zeidler

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Purim, sometimes called the Feast of Esther, is one of the happiest of all Jewish holidays. It marks the liberation of the Jews from the cruel prime minister, Haman, through the heroism of the beautiful and good Queen Esther. The story states that she was a vegetarian while in the...

  • Community Briefs

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Tragedy in Santa Barbara

    The Jewish communities of Santa Barbara and Isla Vista continue to cope with the tragedy of an apparent vehicular manslaughter which left four people dead and a fifth critically injured last Friday night. University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB)...

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