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  • Israel's Carmel fire: How you can help

    By JewishJournal.com

    December 2, 2010 | 4:54 pm

    These organizations are working to help rehabilitate Israel’s fire-damaged Carmel region:

    Jewish National Fund:
    JNF collected around $2 million during the fire, some of which went to immediate needs on the ground. Now it is focusing its efforts on Operation Carmel Renewal: From...

  • Deadly Israeli wildfire draws U.S., Los Angeles support

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    December 2, 2010 | 4:24 pm

    The Jewish National Fund (JNF) and its partner, the Friends of Israel Firefighters (FIF), are leading efforts to raise funds to supply Israel’s beleaguered and aging firefighting force with the equipment it needs to battle the out-of-control brushfire consuming Israel’s Carmel...

  • Disaster in Northern Israel: 40 dead as fire rages across Carmel Mountains [VIDEO]

    December 2, 2010 | 12:29 pm

    40 people died on Thursday as a huge brushfire was raging across the Carmel Mountains near Haifa, resulting in the death of some 40 people and hurting dozens of others, among them prison guards and firemen.

    Firefighting crews were still battling with the flames into the evening...

  • Northern Israel brush fire kills at least 40

    December 2, 2010 | 9:23 am

    At least 40 people have been killed in a massive brush fire in northern Israel.

    The fire, which broke out Thursday morning in the Carmel Mountains near Haifa, has destroyed thousands of acres of natural forest. Winds and dry conditions helped to send the fire out of control.

  • Los Angeles inferno: Who by fire?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 2, 2009 | 3:02 am

    I’ve yet to blog about the massive—MONSTROUS—fire raging in north Los Angeles County. But in recent years I’ve had plenty to say about the fires that perennially threaten our existence here in overpopulated and wildfire-suppressed desert. (See this and that and the other.)

    The LA...

  • Who by water, and who by fire?

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    August 31, 2009 | 7:35 am

    We have been hearing the sounds of the shofar every morning since the month of Elul began. And within its wordless cry we already hear the echoes of the liturgy of Rosh Hashana. None more than the echoes of Nitaneh Tokef’s, “Who will Live, and who will die?  Who by water, and who by...

  • Santa Barbara Fire Forces Synagogue Evacuation

    By Adam Wills

    May 8, 2009 | 7:15 pm

    One Santa Barbara synagogue has been evacuated and another is facing possible evacuation as crews continued to battle the Jesusita Fire on Friday afternoon.

    The fire, which started May 5, has damaged or destroyed 75 homes and 30,500 people are under mandatory evacuation orders. More...

  • Be aware of the danger of fire with Chanukah candles

    December 18, 2008 | 3:00 am

    Candles burning, latkes frying, lights glowing. The holiday of Chanukah is wrapped in warm and comforting images, unless you're a firefighter. Then you recognize these seemingly innocent traditions as hazardous warnings for a December you may never want to remember.

    The combination...

  • Cafe Eilat burns down temporarily [VIDEO]

    By The Web Guy

    December 10, 2008 | 1:58 am

    A guest post from friend Anita Susan Brenner:

    I didn't grow up eating shakshuka. In fact, I didn't know what shakshuka was until a friend took me to breakfast at Cafe Eilat in Valley Village after the egalitarian morning minyan at  Adat Ari El Synagogue.

    The friend, a survivor...
  • Fire turns monastery to rubble

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 16, 2008 | 4:57 pm

    Air quality in Los Angeles is often poor, but right now it looks like Beijing outside. The family of fires that began Thursday night in Montecito, devastating Westmont College, and multiplied Friday and Saturday in Sylmar, Palos Verde and Orange County have taken over the region.

  • Los Angeles is burning

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 15, 2008 | 9:46 pm

    My favorite scene in Nathanael West’s Greek tragedy set in Hollywood, “The Day of the Locusts,” is the description of the protagonist’s painting, “The Burning of Los Angeles.”

    For the faces of its members, he was using the innumerable sketches he had made of the people who come to...

  • Fast-moving fire consumes Westmont College

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 14, 2008 | 12:42 pm

    A fire driven by fast-moving winds destroyed over 100 homes in the incredibly upscale community of Montecito last night. It also devastated Westmont College, a small Christian liberal-arts school with a quaint, woodsy campus that I’ve heard friends refer to as Camp Snoopy.


  • Rescuing Torah scrolls—I guess it runs in the family

    By Brooks Herman

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With hurricane-force winds blowing a wall of flames in from the desert, I received a phone call from Rabbi Mathew Earne early the morning of Oct. 22. My wife, Joanna, and I were quickly packing up our most valuable belongings. Our 16-month-old son, Jacob, was running a fever of 103...
  • From the San Diego fires—a burning question

    By Jessica Levine Kupferberg

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    What would you do if you had 10 minutes to get out of your home, not knowing whether it will still be there tomorrow? What would you take? What would you leave? What is truly indispensable?

    These are the questions that too many of my fellow San Diegans have faced in the last few...

  • Help! Fire!

    By Steve Greenberg

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

  • Pico-Robertson: Live in the Hood

    By David Suissa

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    David and Deena Brandes' house burned down on June 29. It was a small, three-bedroom house on a quiet street in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood, where they have lived for several years with their young daughters, Aviva and Noa.
    On that day, David was having lunch in his study. His...
  • Arsonist Attacks Persian Synagogue in Tarzana

    By Adam Wills

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Police have labeled as an arson-related hate crime a fire ignited early Friday at the rear door of a yet-to-open Persian synagogue in Tarzana. Investigators found anti-Semitic graffiti at the scene, as well as a burnt door and trash.

    The attack came two days before the grand...

  • Sderot’s Kids Living in Fear

    By Uriel Heilman

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Eleven-year-old Shir Lazmi says she loves going to school. Why? Because she's not really allowed to go anywhere else.

    That's because Shir lives in Sderot, where months of intense rocket fire by Palestinians from the nearby Gaza Strip have all but confined schoolchildren like her to...

  • Spectator - The Theme Park Without a Prayer

    By Melanie Herschorn

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Bible Storyland must have a guardian angel. Dissolution by the clergy, dormancy for 45 years and a fatal fire were not powerful enough to erase the plans for this Bible-based theme park from history.

    And now, art collector Harvey Jordan is working to inform Californians about this...

  • Death by Fire

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The Torah sometimes gives us verses that shock us. You know, the kind that wake us up, make sure we are paying attention. This week, in Parshat Sh'mini, we find such a verse. The story of Nadav and Avihu, the sons of Aaron who die a tragic death at the hand of God for supposedly...

  • Close Calls, Tense Moments in Fire

    By Adam Wills

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Jeff and Liz Kramer and their three teenage sons could only watch and wait. The Oak Park residents paced the sidewalk in front of their home on Thursday morning, Sept. 29, watching as the head of the Topanga Canyon Fire crept along a ridge less than 800 yards away, consuming brush...

  • Blaze Touches Off Tense Moments

    By Adam Wills

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Jeff and Liz Kramer and their three teenage sons could only watch and wait. The Sutton Valley residents paced the sidewalk in front of their home on Thursday morning, watching as the head of the Topanga Canyon Fire crept along a ridge less than 800 yards away, consuming brush and...

  • Lifecycles - Makeup Artist Gives Dignity to Scarred

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Until burn survivor Wendy (not her real name) met makeup artist Maurice Stein a decade ago, she dreaded leaving her house. Before a gas stove explosion almost burned her alive in 1987, she had been a 23-year-old cocktail waitress with long, blonde hair and blue eyes, and generated...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    The Fire of Money

    In Parshat Ki Tisa, each Israelite is instructed to give a half-shekel to the "temple fund" every year. There is a midrash – a story told by rabbis to teach a lesson – about this portion. Rabbis say that God took a fiery coin from under His heavenly throne,...

  • Overnight Fire Destroys Glatt Mart

    By Julie G Fax

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    A fast-moving fire destroyed Glatt Mart on Pico Boulevard late Monday night, laying waste to aisles of groceries and causing the roof of the building to collapse.

    One firefighter injured his foot fighting the blaze, but no one was in the building when the fire broke out.

    The Fire...

  • Paris Jewish Center Destroyed by Arson

    By Carole Raphaelle Davis

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A Jewish community center in Paris that serves kosher meals to the poor was set on fire early Sunday morning. The soup kitchen, a converted synagogue on the ground floor of a five-story residential building on the Rue Popincourt in Paris' 11th District was partially destroyed....

  • Making Sense of My Mother’s Death

    By Rabbi Eli Hecht

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Recently, I was working at my school office planning a day of classes and interviews when I was notified of an incoming call from New York. It was my cousin, Shion, a hospital chaplain and a fine rabbi.

    "Have you heard the news?" he asked.

    I thought his voice sounded pensive and...

  • The Mysticism of Fire

    By Bassie Gurary

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Smoke intoxicated the air and dark clouds cast an eerie glow over the Southern California sky as fire engulfed our Simi Valley neighborhood.

    At last, when the freeways opened and we finally felt comfortable breathing outside air, we noticed the destruction left in the fire's wake....

  • Borscht Again! Jerry’s Deli Reopens

    By Marc Ballon

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    About a year and a half ago, Lisa Thomas drove her father to Jerry's Famous Deli in Studio City, one of their favorite restaurants, to have a birthday brunch for him. However, when they arrived at the deli, they saw fire engines everywhere. The San Fernando Valley eatery was ablaze,...

  • Kids Page

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Fire! That's what you find in this week's parsha. The Israelites are taught about the sacrifices. Ever since the Temple was destroyed, Jews stopped sacrificing animals to God. Instead, they pray. Praying is another way of connecting with God. And instead of using fire to send...

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