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  • 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.

    Westmont...

  • 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

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  • 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...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Thousands March for Israel in New York

    Tens of thousands gathered in New York to salute Israel. Marchers and onlookers filled Manhattan's Fifth Avenue on Sunday for the annual Israel Day Parade.

    Palestinians Fake Jenin Funerals

    Palestinians reportedly have been holding...

  • Forgive, But Don’t Forget

    By David Evanier

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Alan Lachtman began Shabbat services at Temple Beth David in Temple City on Dec. 8 by having the children's choir sing "Light One Candle," a song by Peter, Paul and Mary. The song had symbolic meanings, both positive and destructive, for the congregation. Twenty years ago, on...

  • First Rough Draft

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Over the next few months, Jewish life is going to get a lot more interesting than most of us would like. It's summer, and we're in for a hot one.

    Last year around this time, alert readers recall, right-wing extremists were burning down synagogues in Sacramento. This year they're doing...

  • Hate Crime

    By Avi Machlis

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Images of Holocaust-era synagogue torchings were invoked after a Conservative shul in Jerusalem was set on fire over the weekend.
    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak led a call for greater tolerance in Israeli society after vandals hurled gasoline-soaked flaming rags into the synagogue...

  • A Survivor’s Tale

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Rose Freedman is 104 and, by any account, a remarkable woman.

    She speaks German, Polish, Ukrainian, French, English and Spanish.In her 90s, she earned straight A's while studying various languagesat New York University. She kept an apartment in New York and one inBeverly Hills and...

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