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  • No Experience Required

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On this particular Wednesday night at the Jewish Learning Exchange (JLE) in Hancock Park, a dozen adults -- young professionals, middle-age homemakers and senior citizens -- cluster around two tables, studiously bent over worksheets.

    It's the type of worksheet that elementary school...

  • Cedars-Sinai Ministers to Spiritual Needs

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "A woman came into my office yesterday needing to make a decision about the amputation of her husband's leg," said Rabbi Levi Meier, the chaplain at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. "It was a very difficult case, because her husband cannot give proper, informed consent, because his mind...

  • Nessah Seeks Younger Crowd

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On a typical Shabbat morning at the Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills, there is seldom a free seat in the spanking new 1,200-seat sanctuary. At Nessah, like other traditional Orthodox synagogues in Los Angeles, men and women sit separately, men lead the services and they don't use a...

  • Respite From Terror

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It is Monday afternoon at Universal Studios, and the place is swarming with camera-toting tourists, screaming children, beleaguered adults and bored-looking park staff. Prison-garbed Beetlejuice is flashing his blackened teeth as he amuses tourists with his banter, and the cheerful...

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  • Kahal Joseph’s New Beginning

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Joseph Dabby arrived in America from Iraq in 1972, and found his way to Kahal Joseph Congregation in Los Angeles, he was shocked. "It was like being back in the Old Country," he said.

    "It was full of people who didn't even speak the same language; they were very far removed...

  • Like Grandmother,Like Granddaughter

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "I really didn't want to do it" said Chiara Greene, 16, of her bat mitzvah. "When I was 12, it really did not seem that important to me. I was not religion oriented, and I didn't want to do something that I didn't completely understand."

    Those were not words that Chiara's father,...

  • Where Religion Meets Bohemia

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "What on earth is that?" asks Jordan, a 27-year-old actor in Los Feliz.

    He is staring at a dancing rabbi on a flatbed truck that is inching its way down Vermont Avenue, one of the main boulevards in Los Feliz.

    Vermont has a certain bohemian air about it. Like Jordan, many of the...

  • Makeover for Mishkon

    By Gaby Wenig

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Mishkon," says Rabbi Dan Shevitz "is about possibilities. We try to emphasize the possibilities of observance and encourage people to curious about their spiritual trajectory."

    Although Shevitz was speaking of his Venice congregation Mishkon Tephilo's propensity for spiritual...

  • A Rabbi’s Journey

    By Gaby Wenig

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Jacob Pressman decided to become a rabbi because he could not choose among all the career options that were available to him.

    "I was looking for direction, because unfortunately -- and this sounds self-serving -- I was outstanding in everything," says the current rabbi...

  • Funding Jerusalem

    By Gaby Wenig

    May 2, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    So what does it take to get a charity started in Los Angeles? How can a project be incubated just enough to get people excited so that they will one day open their checkbooks and start signing?

    This was the question that was seeking an answer recently in Brentwood, where the...

  • L.A. Jews Send Aid Beyond Green Line

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    For the past three weeks, the theme of Rabbi Elazar Muskin's Shabbat sermons at Young Israel of Century City has been the same. Thundering from the podium, he chastises his congregation for not doing enough to support Israel, and he urges them to pray better and give more charity in...

  • Haggadah Returns to Tradition

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "The Open Door: A Passover Haggadah," edited by Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, art by Ruth Weisberg. (CCAR Press, $19.95)

    When the call went out to find an artist to work on "The Open Door," a new Reform haggadah, Ruth Weisberg knew she just had to apply. Weisberg, 59, a noted artist and...

  • Fraudulent Friend

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    After being left a quadriplegic in a car accident in 1993, 53-year-old Alice Wintz received an insurance settlement that she thought would, with careful investing, leave her financially secure for life.

    So she asked money manager Reed Slatkin to invest her settlement. Wintz and her...

  • Rabbi Lau Headlines at O.U. Conference

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Urging religious dialogue as a means to achieve peace, Rabbi Yisroel Meir Lau, the chief rabbi of Israel, addressed a crowd of 500 at the West Coast convention of the Orthodox Union Dec. 20.

    Held at the Peltz Theater of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the inaugural event began five days...

  • Stepping Out

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When 23-year-old Michal Gaon caught the No. 7 Egged Bus from Hadera to Givat Olga last November, a car bomb detonated nearby, causing severe burns and the loss of both legs.

    Gaon is one of 1,890 Jews injured since the Al Aqsa Intifada began more than 13 months ago; another 191 have...

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