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  • Getting Genealogy Help Off the Net

    By Adam Wills

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Joanna Rubiner, a 33-year-old actress from Los Feliz, sits in front of a microfilm reader that is likely older than she is. With a turn of the hand crank, she slowly scrolls through page after page of a ship's manifest hoping to find the name of an elusive ancestor who immigrated to...

  • A Pass-SOVA Tradition

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A jar of gefilte fish, a bottle of Tzali's grape juice, Manischewitz matzah ball soup mix, Streit's macaroons, Trader Joe's horseradish, matzah, Sun-Maid raisins. All the makings for a Passover seder -- even if you're homeless.

    On a sunny Friday morning in March at SOVA's humble West...

  • Community Briefs

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Mintz Sentenced on Porn Charge

    Rabbi Juda Mintz has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for viewing child pornography on the Internet. In February 2002, Mintz, 60, pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography. After numerous delays, Trenton, N.J....

  • A Call for Help

    By Marc Ballon

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli victims of terror might not feel so alone and desperate thanks to an upcoming Internet service. Beginning in June, terror victims will be able to go online and chat one-on-one and in real-time with rabbis, counselors and therapists about their personal and financial...

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  • Poverty in Israel

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The back cover of the April 7 Jerusalem Report magazine depicts an Israeli child trying to spell the word "poverty" on a blackboard.

    The child spells the word "p-o-v-e-r-t-i" and the ad (run by the Women's International Zionist Organization) reads: "He doesn't know how to spell it,...

  • ‘Finding’ Asperger’s Changed His Life

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In "Finding Ben: A Mother's Journey Through the Maze of Asperger's," (McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Books, 2003) author Barbara LaSalle writes about her family's struggle to help her young son overcome a baffling neurological disorder and have a "regular" existence. Misdiagnosed...

  • Worst-Case Scenarios

    By Rob Eshman

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Now that the war has turned messy, unpredictable, bloody and cruel (i.e., into a war), it takes no special insight to assume that its violence will spill over onto our shores.

    Our public safety officials in Los Angeles have identified 549 sites as high-risk targets, among them Los...

  • Absence of ‘Justice’

    By Marilyn Henry

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor, and the Unfinished Business of World War II" by Stuart E. Eizenstat (Public Affairs, $30).


    "Holocaust Justice: The Battle for Restitution in America's Courts" by Michael Bazyler (New York University, $34.95).



    In the last moments of...

  • Serious Fun

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    For weeks now, Merrill Alpert has been searching for the perfect inflatable slide, the largest Ferris wheel and the flashiest ice cream cart -- all for her synagogue. Like event organizers at other temples in the Southland, Alpert, Valley Beth Shalom's (VBS) youth director and...

  • Calm But Profitable

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It may not seem like much -- $26.67 in change -- but 'tweens Alex and Miles Beard proved that it's the thought that counts at The Jewish Federation's Feb. 23 Super Sunday phone-a-thon, during which 2,000 volunteers raised more than $4 million from Federation sites in Los Angeles,...

  • Crisis Funds Assist

    By Journal Staff

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Since Israel's current crisis began on Rosh Hashanah 2000, the public and private dislocations in Israeli life have been significant, including severe stresses on the social service and health networks, along with hardships caused to individuals by injuries, fear and the steep...

  • A Letter to My Sons

    By Catherine Gandel

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Dear Matt and Steve:

    Thirty-five years ago, armed with a letter of introduction from one of your grandma's friends to the vice president of personnel at Time, Inc., I got my first job. As you guys begin your working lives, and I listen to your efforts, dreams and disappointments, my...

  • Support Group Helps Second Generation

    By Rachel Brand

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    As the only child of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Morry Waksberg was always under enormous pressure to succeed -- to carry out the dreams that his parents never had the opportunity to realize.

    "It made it hard to be a kid," Waksberg said. "How could I complain about some little...

  • Beth Sholom’s New Siddur

    By Journal Staff

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    For some, synagogue choreography is as mystifying as opera. To enjoy an opera, though, aficionados know to review the scenes in a libretto before the curtain rises. Yet the typical siddur prayerbook provides no such guidance. "The prayerbook, rather than help them, becomes an...

  • Once Upon a ‘Nail’

    By Beverly Levitt

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The joyous holiday of Chanukah is replete with miracles and storytelling. Judy Aronson, Jewish educator in New England, loves telling stories at Chanukah. "The best are handed down from generation to generation. And they change in each retelling," she said. "I first heard the...

  • Caring Across the Miles

    By Lisa M. Petsche

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Fifty-eight-year-old Ruth recently took early retirement from her bookkeeping job so that she and her retired husband, Harry, could see more of their children and grandchildren, who are scattered around the country. The two have also been looking forward to doing some traveling...

  • Secession Won’t Help the Poor

    By Rabbi Steven B. Jacobs

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Fernando Acosta has important dreams. He hopes to one day be a city attorney. For now he works a cash register at Castle Park, a city-owned miniature golf course in Sherman Oaks, while attending college.

    At 20 years old and the eldest child in his family, Acosta helps his single...

  • Why Does Everyone Want My Money?

    By Jane Ulman

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Chanukah Traditions," "Rainbow Happy Birthday," "Shooting Stars" and "Per-fect Presents." These are the four rolls of Sally Foster gift wrap, along with assorted colored tissue, that I am buying to support Heschel Day School. The school will receive 50 percent of my $39.50, and...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Ack! Summer's halfway over. I hope you're having a great summer. Are you at camp? Did your parents take you on a fun trip? A cruise, perhaps?

    In this week's portion, Moses asks the Israelites to remember that while they are about to enter a rich and fertile land, "flowing with milk...

  • Time to Clean House

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Don't use my real name," insisted Devorah &'9;&'9;of Pico-Robertson. "I don't want anyone to think that I am not Pesach cleaning enough."

    In fact, for all the women interviewed in this article, having others judge their Pesach cleaning standards would be just another anxiety to add...

  • A Portion of Parshat Ekev

    By Abby Gilad

    August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Moses says to the people of Israel: "When you reach the Land of Israel, you will have plenty of food. You will have gold and silver. You will have fine houses to live in. Take care not to forget God, who brought you out of Egypt and through the dangerous desert."

    Imagine that you...

  • Jews Mend Kosovo’s Spirit

    By Michael J

    December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Having endured 10 years of oppression and the largest expulsion in Europe since the Holocaust, it is not uncommon to hear the Albanians of Kosovo draw parallels between themselves and Jews.

    So it was little surprise to Greta Kacinari that Jews would be among those lending a hand in...

  • Changing Lives, Making Peace

    By Julie G Fax

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Illustration from "Painting with Passion," 1994. Photo-illustration by Carvin Knowles

    Losing My Religion

    Dear Deborah,

    My husband and I have decided to get a divorce, and we have amicably worked everything out -- finances, custody, etc. What has become acrimonious and ugly are our...

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