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  • Think Green Tips

    By Jane Ulman

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Ten ways to begin greening your synagogue from Barbara Lerman-Golomb, associate executive director of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life:

    • Switch to cost-effective and energy-efficient compact fluorescent lightbulbs.
    • Buy recycled paper products. Use both sides of the...
  • Saul Kroll: Healing Hand at Cedars-Sinai

    By Tom Tugend

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    "Our rabbis speak of yetzer hara and yetzer hatov, man's dual inclination toward evil and toward good, and what you make of your life depends on which you follow," Saul Kroll observes.

    Kroll is a firm believer in yetzer hatov, and the 87-year-old Westside resident...

  • Unhappy New Year!

    By Mark Miller

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    OK, I'll be absolutely honest -- I spent this past New Year's Eve alone. Sure, I could have salvaged the situation with a round of frantic last-minute calling, but I never got around to it because I had to go and get into a fight. Fortunately, I was the only one who got hurt. You...

  • Mental Workouts Keep Your Brain Fit

    By Sophia Dembling

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    I work out regularly -- power walking, aerobics, weight lifting, yoga. But none of these have exhausted me as thoroughly as my first year sitting in a college classroom as a "nontraditional" (a.k.a. "old") student. By the end of each day of classes, I felt like I'd run a 10K carrying...

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  • Books - ‘Love’ Tries to Solve Mystery of the Heart

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "The History of Love" By Nicole Krauss (W.W. Norton, $23.95).

    "The History of Love" is the name of a book within Nicole Krauss's remarkable new novel of the same name, "The History of Love" (Norton). The inner novel has had a life of its own, written in Yiddish in Poland and thought...

  • Two Finish Lines

    By Ron Rubin

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    What is the touchstone that unites a 26.2-mile marathon with a Siyum Hashas celebration of completing the 7.5-year page-a-day Talmud cycle?

    The concept shared by both events is human striving -- or in the language of the Lithuanian yeshiva, the commitment to shteig, to stretch...

  • The Good, the Bad and the Confusing

    By Ed Shevick

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    I am a senior citizen. I'm 82, look 65 and feel like 40. It is a very confusing time of life. People assume that you are over the hill. You know that you are still vital and have the ability to contribute to society.

    At the age of 50, I classified myself as lower-middle age. As the...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    We know that Chanukah is all about the miracle of the oil that lasted for eight days, right? Well, we have a new miracle driving around our streets. And, just like the little bit of oil that kept on going, these electric/hybrid cars use much less gas than a regular car. Now...

  • 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...

  • Say Cheese, L.A.

    By Leora Alhadeff

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    What's a Brooklyn-born Jewish engineer doing photographing the streets of Los Angeles?

    "Anything is possible," said Larry Brownstein, photographer, author and publisher of "Los Angeles, Where Anything is Possible." (Brownstein Publications, $19.95)

    "My folks were encouraging me to...

  • Batsheva Blurs Artistic Borders

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    During "Naharin's Virus" a provocatative dance/performance piece that the Batsheva Dance company will excerpt this week at UCLA, a dancer holds chalk in her hand, dragging it through her body movements: Arching her back, outstretching her arm, she trails Hebrew words on a blackboard....

  • Letting Go of Marlene

    By Rona Frances

    September 4, 2003 | 8:01 pm

    Four years ago, Marlene Adler Marks called me to ask for advice. At the time we had known each other for several years, but we were not close friends.

    After she called me, we embarked on one of the most profound journeys: I shared from my experiences in life and she shared her...

  • Fervent Political

    By Bill Boyarsky

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    How does a Jewish community journalist cover such a non-Jewish election?

    Non-Jewish, I mean, in the sense that the recall battle isn't being fought over issues that are especially important to Jews. Nor does there seem to be many Jews involved, except as potential voters and as...

  • Reduce Oil Demand

    By Rep. Henry Waxman

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The following are remarks and an amendment introduced by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) on March 19 to the House Energy Subcommittee that propose an alternative energy strategy for the United States.



    Mr. Chairman, I'd like to offer the "Keeping Faith With Our American Soldiers"...

  • Fill ‘Er Up With Guilt

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    What do you think you're doing when you pump gallons of gas into your SUV?If you think that you are simply doing a necessary weekly chore of no great consequence, then Laurie David, a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council and wife of comedian Larry David, wants you to...

  • Fuel for the Fire

    By Rob Eshman

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Funny how a massive attack on American shores, the devastating loss of 3,000 innocent lives, the U.S. invasion of one country (Afghanistan), the incipient invasion of another (Iraq) and the continued threat of biological, nuclear and random terror in our own neighborhoods can get...

  • Enron Fallout in Houston

    By Julie Wiener

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Enron Corporation and Linda Lay, the wife of its chairman and chief executive, have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Houston's Holocaust museum, accounting for approximately 10 percent of the institution's $3 million budget.

    Now enmeshed in scandal and bankruptcy,...

  • California’s New Energy Chief

    By Melissa Minkin

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The day after Vice President Dick Cheney said the best way to meet the country's energy demands was to increase fossil fuel production, reconsider nuclear power, and soften environmental laws, S. David Freeman went to Sacramento to prove him wrong.

    Freeman, who left the top post at...

  • Oil Loses Round

    By Julie G Fax

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Neighbors for a Safe Environment (NASE) won a round April 18 in its ongoing battle with an oil company that wants to expand operations at a site in the Pico-Robertson area.

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Yaffe announced that he would issue an order that will force the City of...

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