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  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Wish Upon a Star

    March 13 found celebrities doing the work for a change, as television and sports stars chipped in for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles' 11th annual wine tasting and auction benefit, "Uncork a Wish."

    For more than 20 years, the organization's...

  • Chabad Brings Brooklyn to L.A.

    By Gaby Wenig

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Amid the kosher restaraunts, Judaica stores and storefront synagogues on a particular stretch of Pico Boulevard, a little  piece of Brooklyn has just been built.

    OK, the new three-story, 47,000-square-foot brown-brick building is hardly little, but it is straight out of 770...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Triumph of the Technion

    Two students and a professor from the Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology, toured Southern California in a late February fundraising tour for the Haifa school's new cancer research unit.

    A Feb. 26 gathering brought about 20 philanthropists to the...

  • Valley Cities JCC Slated to Shut Down

    By Marc Ballon

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    For more than 50 years, Valley Cities Jewish Community Center (JCC) has served as a magnet for San Fernando Valley Jews, a one-stop shop that offers a panoply of services, ranging from nursery school for the young to lectures for seniors.

    Thousands of Jews have kibitzed, made...

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  • Hello, Israel Calling

    By Journal Staff

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Phones will be ringing in at least 5,000 Jewish homes around Orange County on March 14, when volunteers pitch in to help raise money for O.C.'s Jewish Federation, the umbrella fundraising organization that helps support a dozen Jewish agencies.

    This year, though, Super Sunday dialing...

  • Purim Celebrations to Kick It Up a Notch

    By Andrea Adelson

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The calendar is doing for Purim this year what Emeril suggests is good for any recipe: Kick it up a notch.

    The celebrations over the deliverance of the Jews of Persia will get an adult rating at one synagogue's annual reading of the scroll of Esther. Virgins cavort alongside the...

  • Summit Focuses on Recruiting Teachers

    By Joe Berkofsky

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Joseph Kanfer deftly wrapped wires and affixed pieces of material to a truncated test tube. Then he glued the Hebrew letter "shin" to the creation, producing a mezuzah.

    While the scene resembled a preschool project, it signified much more. Kanfer, former chairman of the Jewish...

  • Pledge Storm Hits Federation

    By Marc Ballon

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles had a super Super Sunday, ringing up pledges of $4.5 million, or $800,000 more than last year.

    "The volunteers were amazing, and, to tell you the truth, it was raining and more people were at home," said Craig Prizant, senior vice...

  • Not Only on Sunday

    By Marc Ballon

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Bailey Silverman and Rebecca Namm are in many ways typical teenagers. The best friends like to go to the mall, hang out with pals and talk on the phone.

    But come Super Sunday, Feb. 22, the two Milken Community High School juniors will undertake the very adult mission of raising...

  • Quiet South Bay Community Speaks Out

    By David Finnigan

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    B'nai Tikvah Congregation in Westchester is in the northern tip of the South Bay's small, self-contained Jewish community. Its Manchester Boulevard sanctuary has 204 seats, and as synagogue president Tony Schaffer said, "We bring in a good 40 to 60 people on a Saturday and we will...

  • Rewriting Lives

    By Rob Eshman

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    David Levinson, 44, has written for television, theater and feature films. He and his wife Ellen Herman, also a television writer, have crafted a good life from an unforgiving business, with a home in Hancock Park and three growing children, who, he informed me over lunch this week,...

  • Will Sharon Weather Israel ‘Watergate’?

    By Leslie Susser

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    As with President Richard Nixon in the Watergate affair, tapes and an attempted cover-up could be the undoing of Israel's scandal-haunted leader.

    After audiotapes and videotapes that aired on prime-time television last week suggested that Ariel Sharon knew more than he has admitted...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday

    This evening, the American Cinematheque screens "Hello, Dolly!" in all its grand, flashy musical glory. Introducing the film will be the musical's celebrated composer, Jerry Herman, also responsible for shows like "Mame" and "La Cage aux Folles." First, say "Hello, Jerry!"...

  • How to Be Richand LiveSoulfully

    By Julie G Fax

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There was a time when Adlai Wertman measured his success in dollars -- how much he made for the company, how much the company paid him, how well he spent the money.

    Four years ago, Wertman, 44, left his job as an investment banker, and his wife, Janet, left hers as a corporate...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    ADL Rock and Rawls

    About 900 supporters of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) filled a Century Plaza Hotel ballroom on Dec. 7 for its 90th-year bash, an anniversary evening capped off with a masterful performance by crooner Lou Rawls.

    "We stand for the civilized human beings of...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Zimmer Goes Hollywood

    On Nov. 6, the Zimmer Children's Museum took on Hollywood when the organization honored Barbara Fisher, executive vice president of entertainment at Lifetime Entertainment Services, and actress Cynthia Sikes Yorkin (best known for her roles in "St. Elsewhere"...

  • Q & A With Larry King

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Larry King is as known for sitting hunched over a microphone, schmoozing with everyone who is anyone, as he is for wearing big black glasses and suspenders over shirt sleeves. But as the TV icon approaches the big 7-0 (his birthday is Nov. 19), he's increasingly wearing something...

  • Writing the Book On Reading

    By Marc Ballon

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Seated before 21 third-graders at Selma Avenue Elementary School in Hollywood, actor Henry Winkler cracked open a copy of "I Got a 'D' in Salami," a children's book he co-authored, and began reading. The "Fonze," a little grayer and thicker around the middle than in his salad days,...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Songs for a Cure

    Photos of smiling children suffering from familial dysautonomia (FD) greeted community members gathered at the Luxe Summit Hotel in Bel Air to fundraise for a cure. The second event for the fledgling organization honored Rabbi Morley Feinstein, co-founder of the...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    GO GRETCHEN GO!

    A movie about the "big 3-0" and a good cause drew the famous and the wannabe famous to Club Ivar in Hollywood as "Gretchen Brettschneider Skirts Thirty" had its L.A. premiere on Sept. 28. The screening of the San Diego Film Festival Jury Prize-winner, written,...

  • Walk for Hunger

    By Andrea Adelson

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Walk for Hunger

    Organizers of the third South Orange County Interfaith Walk for Hunger and Cultural Fair invite the public to participate in the Oct. 26 event, which promises to build bridges between faiths while fulfilling the mitzvah of feeding the hungry.

    Last year, the "crop...

  • A Few Jews Focus on Props, Too

    By David Finnigan

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    With a few notable exceptions, Jewish politicians, activists and community leaders are getting into the controversies over Propositions 53 and 54 late and lackadaisically, having focused most of their attention and fundraising efforts on the recall election.

    Proposition 54, The...

  • Washington Watch

    By James D. Besser

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Clark Looks for Jewish Money

    Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, who jumped into the crowded Democratic ring last week, isn't Jewish, but his Jewish roots could figure prominently in his strategy for winning the 2004 presidential nomination.

    The reason: Clark, a latecomer to the race,...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Juniors Rule!

    Rachel Firestone and Michel Grosz, both juniors at Milken Community High School, were among the 26 teenagers across North America to receive 2003 Bronfman Youth Fellowships that entitled them to spend five weeks in Israel this summer. Firestone and Grosz were chosen...

  • Hirschfeld Dismissal Shocks, Frustrates

    By Marc Ballon

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The recent layoff of Michael Hirschfeld, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC), has set off a firestorm of criticism in the community and raised questions about the priorities of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

    Federation President John...

  • Applause for Cause

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "I want them dancing in the aisles," said Craig Taubman, a guitar-strumming crooner who is reprising his first sold-out Orange County performance at 2 p.m. on Sept. 21 at Irvine's Barclay Theater in a benefit for Irvine's Tarbut V' Torah Community Day School.

    The Los Angeles...

  • Israel to Seek Celebrity Support

    By David Finnigan

    August 28, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Flush with the worldwide publicity generated by this summer's visit to Israel by actor Christopher Reeve, Ambassador Yuval Rotem of the Israel Consulate of Los Angeles said that in September he will "re-embark on this mission, to appeal to some people from the entertainment industry...

  • Community Briefs

    August 28, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Programs Survive State Budget Slash

    Several programs that cater to a largely Jewish clientele have survived California's budget ax -- for now.

    The Adult Day Health Care Center in North Hollywood, which had been expected to close with the passage of a state budget, got a new lease...

  • How to Fundraise in the 21st Century

    By Marc Ballon

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    More than a century ago, Jewish federations served the needs of tightly knit Jewish communities around the country. Centralized, bureaucratic and occasionally paternalistic, these charitable organizations were highly efficient fundraising and money-dispensing machines in an era when...

  • Peace No Joke To Comics

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Clean Comedians, a comedy booking agency, has a "no-gross-out" policy: no gender-bashing, racist remarks, obscenity, sexually explicit material or swearing. A sixth prohibition -- no divisive politics -- graces its "Comedy for Peace" event, featuring a Jewish and a Palestinian comic...

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