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  • A Brave New High School

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Roberta Weintraub used to be a technophobe.

    But that was before she decided to launch High Tech High, a public charter school in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) that integrates technology and education. A fireball of unstoppable energy who served for 14 years on...

  • New Study Breaks Down 2004 Election

    By Matthew E. Berger

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Newly compiled information suggests that a few more Jews voted for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry last November than originally reported, and highlights several areas where Republicans are gaining momentum within the Jewish community.

    The analysis by the Solomon...

  • The Heir Apparent to ‘Fiddler’

    By Tom Tugend

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    If Tevye the Milkman and his neighbors had left Anatevka and "Fiddler on the Roof" in 1910, they might have ended up on New York's Lower East Side and in "A Stoop on Orchard Street."

    In the latter musical, now playing at the Madrid Theatre in Canoga Park, life in the goldeneh...

  • Unsettling Prospects

    By Dina Kraft

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Talya Eluz walks into her cream-colored sunken living room and takes in the view of sloping sand dunes leading to the shimmering blue Mediterranean Sea and the electric fence that surrounds what she calls paradise.

    "Look at it -- it's like Malibu," Eluz says, holding her month-old...

  • Insta-Love

    By Elizabeth Much

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    It happened so quickly I couldn't believe it. After a seemingly endless period of F & L's (first and last dates, as I fondly call them), I met him.

    When I walked into my favorite vegetarian restaurant I was relieved I'd decided to forgo my usual dazzling sweatpants/no makeup look....

  • A fashion ‘do’

    By Idan Ivri

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Somehow within the creaking behemoth of the California garment industry, facing fierce competition from across the Pacific Rim, a Montreal-born, Jewish businessman with a handlebar mustache is expecting $150 million in 2004 sales.

    Dov Charney, founder of American Apparel,...

  • Charities Seek Ties to MTV Generation

    By Marc Ballon

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Jewish charities, already having a hard time because of intermarriage, assimilation and growing competition from non-Jewish nonprofits, face what could be their biggest challenge yet: finding a way to appeal to legions of young Jews who stand to inherit billions over the...

  • Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Jokes, Lights and Songs

    The Israel advocacy group StandWithUs filled the University of Judaism's main auditorium for its Dec. 5 Festival of Lights concert. Actor-comedian Larry Miller hosted the event on crutches, and provided a light comic stream amid the tributes and music. He...

  • Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Q: When does a Christmas tree become a Tu B'Shevat tree?


    A: When a Westwood church and a Santa Monica synagogue decide that having one tree do double duty is good both for the environment and the spiritual awareness of their congregants.


    After the hard-working tree has done its...

  • Latkes Without End, Amen

    By Rob Eshman

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    It's 1991, and I am in the basement kitchen of Temple Mishkon Tephilo in Venice. I don't know what it looks like now, but back then, many years ago, the place had an Army hospital feel about it: beige cupboards that didn't sit quite flush on their hinges; floor-level shelves...

  • Freeing Barghouti Could Benefit Israel

    By Ehud Eiran

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Once again, Israel is facing one of those moral dilemmas that are so much a part of life in the Middle East. This time, the question at hand is whether Jerusalem should release a convicted terrorist, Marwan Barghouti.

    The convict, a former head of the Palestinian grass-roots...

  • Jerusalem Gets Business Jump-Start

    By Rochelle Furstenberg

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jerusalem might be a spiritually moving "holy city," but many Israelis see it as an economic backwater from which young people are fleeing. Roughly 7,000 highly educated young people leave the city each year, and 40 percent of the city's residents live below the poverty line.


  • Support Still Lags for Special Needs

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    What happens to a Jewish child who can't sit still for religious classes because of severe attention-deficit disorder? Or one who doesn't understand the meaning of the holidays because she has Down syndrome? What happens when your autistic son is nearing the age of 12 and hasn't...

  • Stakes Loom Big in Future of High Court

    By James D. Besser

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) gets it and so does the Religious Action Center (RAC) of Reform Judaism. Both groups have made careful scrutiny of the Bush administration's judicial nominations a top priority in the past year.

    Groups on the religious right get it, as...

  • Millions More for Shoah Museum

    By David Finnigan

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The fundraiser in Bel Air featured yellow rose centerpieces on every table. The DJ played big-band tunes, including Bing Crosby's "San Fernando Valley." A gay couple cooed over their infant and Ginna Carter, the 30ish daughter of "Designing Women" star Dixie Carter, traipsed through...

  • Negev to Blossom Under JNF Blueprint

    By Marc Ballon

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A prominent Jewish organization wants to turn the mostly barren desert that is the Negev into a string of tree-lined, thriving communities dotted with verdant parks, flowering fields and pristine waterways.

    The Jewish National Fund (JNF), a nonprofit group that has served as...

  • Changing Tide of Jewish Expression

    By David Ellenson

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Judaism has a long, complicated, fascinating history, and no chapter offers developments more unique than those written in the 350 years since the Jews first arrived in America. There are a number of reasons for this, although the most illuminating is perhaps that offered by the late...

  • Our Future Lies Rooted in Ourselves

    By Nona Farahnik

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The last time my name appeared in The Jewish Journal, I had just been dubbed the "Milken Idol" for winning a public-speaking contest with what

    The Journal termed a "stirring pro-Israel speech" that called for "Zionist solidarity."

    In that speech, I said that "there are no more...

  • Cleaning House

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Several months after my mother died, I had to clean out her apartment in New York. The apartment had sold, the co-op board had approved the new buyers, the closing was imminent. The apartment had to be delivered empty.

    This was the apartment I had grown up in, where my parents had...

  • Teshuvah for Two

    By Carin Davis

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    There's nothing more romantic than a cantor's serenade, a symphony of grumbling stomachs, and an oversized sheet of dry honey cake.

    Which is why I might invite new guy Austin to spend Yom Kippur with me.

    Austin and I met last month on a great blind date. He's cute, he's kind, he had...

  • Evangelicals Back Israel at RNC

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Well, umm, it's interesting," Air America radio talk show star Al Franken opined on the future of the growing coalition between Jews and evangelical Christians who support Israel.

    We're at the Republican National Convention, walking across the overhead bridge linking Madison Square...

  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow

    By Michele Goldman

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    As I leave the world of Jewish Day schools and begin college, I journey like Dorothy into the mysterious Land of Oz.

    Wearing cropped jeans (instead of a blue-checkered dress), I anxiously follow the yellow brick road (or Interstate 5) to Stanford University.

    Halfway there, a...

  • Your Letters

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Federation Pension

    Reading the article, "Federation Faces Underfunded Pension," in your July 30 issue, I found it to be needlessly alarmist and selective in providing facts on a highly complex subject. Most disturbing is the inaccurate lead. The Federation is absolutely not...

  • Mom and Dementia

    By Ellie Kahn

    June 24, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    My mother sounded upset when she called the other day. "What's wrong, Ma?" I asked. "I don't know what's going on or where I am she said. "Who are these people with me?"

    I reminded Mom of her move to Los Angeles three years ago, and her life at a San Fernando Valley board and care....

  • Splintered Persian Groups Merge

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 24, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Long troubled by infighting, the Los Angeles Iranian Jewish community is working toward less conflict as three prominent Iranian Jewish organizations recently merged with the hope of speaking with one voice.

    The Iranian-American Jewish Association (SIAMAK), Eretz Cultural Center and...

  • Pariah or Trendy?

    By Sandra Hurtes

    June 24, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I was born into a world of one-size-fits-all lifestyles: either I'd marry and have children or be a subject of gossip and humiliation.

    In 1970, just before the women's movement came into full swing, I married. At 20 I was a child, struggling to make a marriage work and separate from...

  • Q & A With Rabbi Isaac Jeret

    By Adam Wills

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Brandeis-Bardin Institute (BBI) has had its share of crises in the last year -- from toxic well water to wildfires. But one of the more damaging forces the Simi Valley institution has had to weather recently is the pervasive rumor of discord within its leadership following the...

  • Seek the Convert

    By Dennis Prager

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Shavuot is the holiday when we read The Book of Ruth, a story of a Moabite woman who left her people to join her mother-in-law, Naomi, and the Jewish people. Ruth was the ancestor of David, King of Israel. On this holiday, we celebrate the converts, as Ruth said, "Your people shall...

  • Buy It Now

    By Rob Eshman

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It continues to baffle me why anybody who cares about the future of Jewish communal life in Los Angeles would seriously contemplate closing the Valley Cities Jewish Community Center (JCC).

    Here is a vibrant center, serving about 1,000 people each week, in the midst of a large and...

  • Couch Quest—Path to Past and Future

    By Michael Bronski

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Furniture, vital in everyday life, hardly ever plays a large role in art. Henry James' "The Spoils of Poynton" comes to mind, in which the characters' inner lives are manifested in their dreadful fight over inherited furnishings, as do stories by Anzia Yezierska, in which the meager...

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