It fit somehow that this recent Saturday service for converts to Judaism took place in a synagogue library. Because this gathering, at Temple Beth Am near Beverly Hills, was both an exercise in worship and in teaching. Maybe it even fit that this was a children's library, because...
September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm
August 5, 2004 | 7:59 pm
Head to Topanga Canyon tonight for an evening of theater under the stars. Lillian Hellman's "Watch on the Rhine" opens tonight at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum outdoor amphitheater. When Hellman wrote it in the late 1930s, she intended it to serve as a warning against American...
November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm
Jono Wagmeister's bar mitzvah adventure started at a friend's bat mitzvah in Atlanta last April, and took him on a virtual journey across the world and through centuries of Jewish history.
It was in Atlanta that Jono first heard about the 1,564 scrolls the Nazis collected and...
September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm
The rabbis of the Talmud tell us that we are created with yetzer hatov (good inclination) or yetzer harah (bad inclination).
And, like Harry Potter and the evil Lord Voldemort, they're engaged in a never-ending battle. And have been since birth.
Indeed, with apologies to John...
June 26, 2003 | 8:00 pm
In the aftermath of Sept. 11, Sande Hart grew increasingly disgusted by disparaging remarks some of her friends -- both Jewish and not -- made about Muslims. The Koran, they said, preached killing Jews and other infidels; Islam was a hate-filled religion, with few redeeming...