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  • Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Fine Thing for Feinstein

    Rabbi Morley Feinstein, senior rabbi of University Synagogue in Brentwood, and Rabbi Mark S. Diamond, executive vice president of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, at the General Assembly (GA) of the United Jewish Communities. Feinstein, executive...

  • Shadows of Shoah in ‘Snicket’ World

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Daniel Handler looks like a character in one of his own "Lemony Snicket" novels. At a breakfast interview with The Journal at a New York café, he wears a pinstriped suit with a handkerchief in the pocket -- reminiscent of something the bumbling Mr. Poe might wear when he...

  • Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Light 'Em Up

    It was easy to tell when Chanukah hit this year because of the preponderance of menorahs of all shapes and sizes spreading light throughout California. On Dec. 9 in Sacramento on the steps of the Capitol, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger lit a menorah and danced the hora...

  • Faith, Responsibility Top OU Convention

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    In his keynote address at the Orthodox Union West Coast Torah Convention last weekend, Judge Daniel Butler told the crowd of 300 the harrowing tale of the difficult but celebrated life of his son, Mikey.

    "Mikey's sign-off line was 'Day by glorious day,' said Butler, describing how...

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  • Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    A Russian Response

    Tel Aviv's Sourasky Medical Center – the hospital that is the major recipient of trauma victims after suicide bombings in Tel Aviv – received a huge boost in October when the Jewish Russian community of Los Angeles held a fundraiser for them that raised...

  • Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Power of Yiddish

    The Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring honored Yiddish translator Hershl Hartman Nov. 7 at its annual awards banquet and silent auction, held at the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) union headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard.

    "Yiddish is the language that embodies...

  • Wilshire Boulevard Gambles on Future

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    On any given day, Wilshire Boulevard Temple's Audrey and Sydney Irmas Campus in West Los Angeles is a hub of activity. Built seven years ago for $30 million, the campus attracted new members like a magnet. They came flocking to enroll their children in day school or religious school...

  • Sotheby’s Auctions Hebrew Collection

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jacob Joshua Falk was home studying Talmud when a nearby gunpowder factory exploded. Trapped beneath debris with no escape route in sight, the 22-year-old Pole made a vow to God: if saved, he would study Talmud diligently. He immediately spied a clearing and crawled out of the rubble...

  • Jewish Groups Vow to Help Sudanese

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    On Yom Kippur, as his congregants at B'nai David Judea were fasting and praying for the year ahead, Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky asked them to think not about themselves, but about people being killed in Darfur, Sudan.

    "I asked people to make a contribution to one of the relief...

  • How Jewish is ‘Too Jewish’?

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

     

    Eugene Yelchin painted his "Section Five" series using his fingers instead of brushes. In the earthy, orangy-brown tones and thick, rounded strokes of paint, the faces he painted emerge blurred somewhat with the background, as if the artist didn't want them to be seen clearly.

    ...
  • Local Team Solves Ancient Mystery

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In 1979 two tiny pieces of cracked and deteriorated silver found in a tomb outside of the Old City of Jerusalem proved to be one of the most important archeological discoveries of the century.

    The silver strips had Hebrew writing on them -- albeit a very different-looking Hebrew to...

  • Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish Home Girls

    Jewish Home for the Aging (JHA) held its fifth annual Reflections: Celebration of Life gala at the Hollywood and Highland ballroom on Sept. 8, exactly seven months after breaking ground for its new Residential Medical Center at the Grancell Village campus. More than...

  • The Shofar

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Davi Cheng had some trepidation when she went to Hillel for the first time. She tried to feel comfortable, but she couldn't understand the language of the services and the liturgical rituals were confusing.

    Then she spied something unfamiliar on a bookshelf that made her feel right...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Historic Hungarian Concert

    Allen Robert Gross, conductor and music director of the Santa Monica Symphony, recently returned from a concert tour of central Europe with the Santa Monica Chamber Philharmonic.

    But for Gross, this concert tour had a special meaning, because one of the...

  • Twins Bring Hope to Paralyzed Couple

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Shmuel and Rivkah Klein have all the hassles of being new parents. Their twins don't sleep through the night, and with all the feedings, baths and diaper changes, they have difficulty finding time for themselves.

    But the Kleins have an added challenge: They are both paralyzed, and...

  • Jewish Advocacy, Guerrilla Style

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The set is a converted garage in Pico-Robertson. Eight Hollywood hopefuls dressed in T-shirts and cargo pants, holding shovels and frying pans, are waiting for the camera to start rolling.

    A boom mike looms overhead and a klieg light shines in their faces, but for screenwriter...

  • Anti-Semitic Sing-A-Long

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Some viewers of Da Ali G Show" on HBO were a little taken aback during the Aug. 1 episode when the character, Borat, got up in an Arizona bar and had all the patrons singing along with him to this song:

    ;In my country there is problem. / And that problem is the Jew / They take...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It's 'Theo' Time

    The 80th birthday of actor, singer, Soviet Jewry champion and Yiddish language true believer Theodore Bikel was marked by more than 1,300 well-wishers with the June 6 concert, "Theo! The First 80 Years," at Brentwood's Wadsworth Theater.

    The fluid 90-minute show...

  • Melrose: Avenue of the Stars of David

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The street was made famous by the TV show "Melrose Place," and for years, scores of tourists have trawled Melrose Avenue every day, hoping that some Los Angeles stardust will rub off on them.

    They find a number of things as they stroll down Melrose: They discover that while there...

  • Under The Skin

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In the new "Body Worlds" exhibit at the California Science Center, a plastic man called "Chess Player" sits at a table with his back hunched forward and his hands cupped under his chin. His lips pursed, his eyes stare intensely at the chess board.

    Posed in cerebral solemnity,...

  • Baker Whips Up Cakes for the Kosher

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Vicki Hulbert wants to change kosher weddings: She would like people to start thinking about wedding cakes a little more seriously.

    Wedding cakes -- the real, one-of-a-kind, no-holds-barred, bedecked in sugar flowers, encircled with candy ribbons, multitiered, frosted extravaganzas...

  • Santa Barbara Sees Growth Spurt

    By Gaby Wenig

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It's Friday night at Young Israel of Santa Barbara, and an enthusiastic chorus of seven men and eight women sing Shabbat prayers while banging on the tables in rhythm to the melody.

    At least two of the 15 in this Orthodox storefront shul are not Jewish, but that doesn't appear to be...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Commending the Caring

    Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS) has, for the past 150 years, been helping more families than you can count. On March 19, 5th District City Councilman Jack Weiss presented a JFS delegation that included Paul S. Castro, executive director of JFS, and...

  • Groups Celebrate Seders With a Cause

    By Gaby Wenig

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    At Jewish Family Service's Freedom Seder, participants read from a haggadah that was just a little bit different. Instead of reading of the four sons, those at the Freedom Seder read about the "four community members."

    "The wise community member asks, 'How can we, as individuals,...

  • 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...

  • Catharsis Found in Haggadah Artwork

    By Gaby Wenig

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    While Israeli artist Avner Moriah was creating "Haggadat Moriah" (Moriah Haggadah), his wife, Andy, was undergoing chemotherapy treatments for leukemia.

    "I sat next to her when the chemicals were dripping in," said the 50-year-old artist, in Los Angeles this week for an exhibit...

  • Delice Solves Holiday Baking Challenge

    By Gaby Wenig

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When Julien Bohbot and Jacob Levy opened Delice Bakery on Pico Boulevard two years ago, they had one goal in mind: introducing the kosher community in Los Angeles to authentic French-baked goods that adhered to the highest standard of kashrut without sacrificing taste or quality....

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Oil of Ole

    With hair flying and arms interlocked, 25 school-age children clapped their hands and performed the "Mexican Hat Dance" -- one of the many musical acts shown at Temple Israel of Hollywood on Feb. 24. The concert was part of an education program titled, A Patchwork of...

  • Looking for Love?

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    JDate is the largest Jewish singles site, but for those interested in swimming in smaller ponds, below is a sampling of some of the other offerings on the web.



    www.frumster.com  -- A dating service exclusively for Orthodox singles.

    www.jmatch.com   -- Like JDate, but replying to...

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