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  • Answering the Call

    By David Wolpe

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine a cellphone ringing and ringing. Put it in a backpack. Put the backpack next to the wreckage of a bus mangled by a bomb. A rescue worker reaches into the backpack to turn the cellphone off because he cannot bear to hear the voice on the other end of the line.

    With that image,...

  • Valley Secession: Better for Jews?

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    For the Jewish community, like the rest of Los Angeles, the issue of Valley secession boils down to one key question: Will we be better off after secession than we are now?

    Some officials predict that secession would actually make very little difference to the Jewish community. In...

  • JFS Picks Up Several JCC Services

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Effective Jan. 1, Jewish Family Service (JFS) will take over some key JCC services -- SOVA Kosher Food Pantry, Israel Levin Senior Adult Center, and Westside JCC's Social Day Care Center for seniors and people with disabilities. At the annual JCCGLA meeting, Jewish Federation...

  • World Brifs

    By JTA Staff

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Beit Jalla Action Postponed

    Israeli military sources were quoted as saying the army had postponed a planned action in Beit Jalla by a day. The media reports said the operation, aimed at stopping Palestinian gunfire in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo, was delayed in part because...

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  • Biased Forum Feared

    By James D. Besser

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish leaders are trying to spin a hopeful story about the fight to prevent the upcoming World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance from turning into an Israel bash-a-thon.

    But recent events offer little cause for optimism about the...

  • Bay Cities Blues

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Parents depending on the Santa Monica-based Bay Cities Jewish Community Center for after-school care reacted with concern last week to the program's announced elimination.

    The change was one part of citywide programming reforms approved June 25 by the Board of the Jewish...

  • It’s the Economy Again, Stupid

    By James D. Besser

    December 21, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Will the religious right dominate the Washington agenda as a Republican president, backed by a mostly GOP Congress, takes the reins of government?



    That scenario is on the minds of many Jewish leaders who worry that abortion, school prayer, vouchers and other issues championed by...

  • 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...

  • Spreading the Word

    By Julie Wiener

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Shirley Kotler of Los Angeles said her commitment to day schools stems from her interest in "perpetuating Judaism."

    "I'm frightened about assimilation," said Kotler, who funds the modern Orthodox Shalhevet school, which her grandchildren attend, and created an endowed faculty position...

  • Jewish in Buenos Aires

    By Carina Miller

    July 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    As an Argentine expatriate, I am often asked what I miss the most about my country. The truth is, with telephone rates and e-mail being what they are, I don't have much of a chance to miss my friends and family. But I do miss my city: Buenos Aires. I miss the long after-dinner walks...

  • ‘Shiraz 10’ Update

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In response to recent human rights violations perpetrated by the Iranian government, the House of Representatives passed an amendment brought to the floor by Congressman Brad Sherman during consideration of the foreign aid bill for fiscal year 2001. The amendment seeks to cut World...

  • Starting Up

    By Julie Wiener

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    When a 30-something British financial investment manager took a few years off to study Jewish texts in Israel, he was struck by the differences between the financial and Jewish communal worlds.

    "In the private sector, at the moment, committed young people with good ideas can find...

  • Credibility Gap

    By David Landau

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Prime Minister Ehud Barak and his closest political allies have been scrambling to limit the damage to their government following a scathing report on the financing behind Barak's election campaign last year.

    The effort at damage control comes as Barak needs all the public support he...

  • The Man Behind the Vision

    By Elaine Schmidt

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In fall 1994, UCLA hired Dr. Gerald Saul Levey to assume the newly merged role of provost of UCLA Medical Center and fourth dean of its top-rated medical school. Levey couldn't have picked a more precarious time for a job move.

    Beset by leadership conflicts, a weak census and budget...

  • Circle of Friends

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    July 23, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I see that it's time for the media to replay the perennial horror story known as The Dying Jew. "The Vanishing Jew," by Alan Dershowitz, is a mea culpa over his son's intermarriage. Elliot Abrams, the former Reagan administration official, has written "Faith or Fear: How Jews...

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