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  • Spectator - More Than Hocus Pocus

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In Todd Felderstein's documentary, "MAGIC(S)," a Palestinian boy lies listless in a Jerusalem hospital, a tracheotomy tube affixed to his throat. But he perks up when Michael Tulkoff, a.k.a. "Magic Michael," arrives and pulls toy flutes from his violin case full of tricks. The...

  • Community Briefs

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Five Klimt Paintings Arrive in L.A. -- After 68-Year Wait

    After waiting and hoping for 68 years, Maria Altmann last week celebrated the arrival in Los Angeles of a world-famous portrait of her aunt, which was stolen from her family by the Nazis. She was joined at the event by hordes...

  • Darfur Seder Raises Awareness, Funds

    By Amy Klein

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Alula Tsadik, a lithe black man in dreds, wearing a red-and-black-striped poncholike tallit, pounded his chest and moaned, "Mama," as he slowly circled the room at UCLA's Hillel.

    His tuneless melody, meant to capture the pain and horror of genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, was...

  • PASSOVER: 10 Contemporary Plagues

    By The Editors

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In the Passover haggadah, we read of the 10 Plagues that God sent to convince Pharoah to let the Hebrew slaves go free. The plagues -- bloody, violent, magical -- are a dramatic highpoint of the narrative. Mindful of the pain these plagues brought even to innocent Egyptians, Jews...

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  • Olmert Receives U.S. Thumbs-Up

    By Ron Kampeas

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Low-key, detail-oriented, a master of the backroom deal: The same qualities that make Prime Minister-elect Ehud Olmert uninspiring for some Israelis are the ones that Americans who deal with him find exciting.

    Olmert's attention to the fine print and his less-than-mythic status in...

  • Snatched Away

    By Roberto Loiederman

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It was after midnight when Alejandra Alvarez Rojas, sleeping in her bedroom, was awakened by the ring of the doorbell. Who would be coming at this hour? The 13-year-old knew that her parents had weird friends: political activists, fellow scientists, bohemians. It could have been any...

  • Stumped by Pesach Meals? Hit the ‘List’

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Time was, when planning my Passover menu, I'd pore over cookbooks and magazines, wade through those yellowing newspaper clippings that I'm going to file some day -- I swear -- or just call Aunt Sally. But these days, with the click of a mouse, I can lean over a virtual back fence and...

  • I Love You, Carnivore

    By Rabbi Jonathan Klein

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    This column is in response to last week's Torah Portion by Rabbi Zoë Klein, who confessed her secret enjoyment of meat, despite her family's predominantly vegetarian diet.

    To: My Not-So-Flesh-Eating Wife

    From: Her Closeted Carnivorous/Publicly Vegetarian Husband

    Worry not, my dear,...

  • Could You Help Me Find My Uncle?

    By Robert Stevens

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Dear President Ahmadinejad:

    Allow me to introduce myself to you. My name is Robert Stevens, and I am a 27-year-old child of Holocaust survivors. The purpose of my letter is not to criticize you for being anti-Semitic or for wanting to wipe Israel off the face of the earth or for...

  • To the Promised Land

    By Uriel Heilman

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Indalo Tegudabaso wore a wide smile on his face as he sat in the departures hall of Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.

    Dressed in a crisp yellow shirt and seated beside his wife and infant son, Indalo had waited many years for this moment, the beginning of a new life far...

  • Exodus’ Trail of Woe

    By Uriel Heilman

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Just outside the gates of the Jewish aid compound in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a shantytown of decrepit tin shacks, overcrowded homes and debris-filled byways beckon the reticent visitor.

    Barefoot children stumble amid the flotsam, part of the milieu of stray dogs, mule-drawn carts and...

  • Nonverbal Baby Talk a Sign of the Times

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    While other infants and young toddlers let out a howl when they are hungry, 14-month-old Emmet Weisz simply brings his hands together at the heel and rotates the right hand over the left, making the hand-sign for his favorite food: cheese.

    "He has a great love for dairy," laughed...

  • Valentine’s Day.com

    By Amy Klein

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "J-ated," as in "jaded," might be the best way to describe the ennui that has set in among many JDaters these days, singles tired of the merry-go-round of endless possibility and disappointment.

    In spite of that, or because of it, new dating Web sites seem to pop up every day.

    ...
  • Boutique Teaches Brides Love Lessons

    By Carin Davis

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Where there's a bride to be, there's a bachelorette party. And for many Los Angeles women, that party means just one thing: The Love Boutique. For 25 years, the shop has entertained and educated parties of women about sexuality and sensuality. The Love Boutique parties are like...

  • Letters

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jack Abramoff

    David Klinghoffer's entreaty and Jack Abramoff's wounded feelings ring hollow for the same reason: each expects that the fact that Abramoff used purloined funds to better the Jewish community should somehow mitigate the harm that Abramoff has caused ("Sympathy for the...

  • The Fastest Therapy in the West

    By Teresa Strasser

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    First there was speed dating. Now, there's speed healing.

    Welcome to The Ten Minute Method, a new form of condensed counseling offered by a Chatsworth therapist that promises to be both fast and affordable at $18 a session.

    You may be thinking: 10 minutes? That's just long enough to...

  • Library Collection of Judaica Stands Out

    By Marc Ballon

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Growing up in the 1950s, Bonnie Stark remembers department store advertisements that ran in the local Pasadena Star-News around Christmastime: "Christian Help Only," they read.

    A half century on, Stark sees her role as combating the ignorance that leads to such hateful and hurtful...

  • Post-Bar Mitzvah Stress Disorder

    By Judy Gruen

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Our youngest son has just celebrated his bar mitzvah, and I am recovering from a case of Post-Bar Mitzvah Stress Disorder. This is a seriously underreported malady, yet shockingly, the government has yet to allocate a single dollar to research. If this doesn't change soon, I'm going...

  • Saul Kroll: Healing Hand at Cedars-Sinai

    By Tom Tugend

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    "Our rabbis speak of yetzer hara and yetzer hatov, man's dual inclination toward evil and toward good, and what you make of your life depends on which you follow," Saul Kroll observes.

    Kroll is a firm believer in yetzer hatov, and the 87-year-old Westside resident...

  • Karen Gilman: What Makes Her Run?

    By Amy Klein

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    To try to figure out all the volunteer projects social worker Karen Gilman is involved in -- and where she finds the time to do them all -- is to sift through a complex maze of stories of individuals who need help, or organizations that need help, or a volunteer staff that...

  • Joyce Rabinowitz: A Type Like No Other

    By Jane Ulman

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    Look at Joyce Rabinowitz's computer keyboard and you will see six blank keys in the middle row. They are actually the letters SDF and JKL, but the identifying marks have been worn off from use.

    In fact, those are only keys Rabinowitz uses, with the exception of the space...

  • Yaelle and Nouriel Cohen: Kindness Starts at Home

    By Julie G Fax

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    When the doorbell rings at the Cohens' Pico-Robertson home -- or more accurately when the door edges open, since it's almost never locked -- the littlest of Yaelle and Nouriel Cohen's six kids grab their shoes. If it's someone dropping off donated food or clothing, they...

  • Jennifer Chadorchi: The Hunger to Help

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    At 6:30 p.m. on a chilly Wednesday night in December, more than 30 young Jewish professionals gathered on the corner of Sycamore Avenue and Romaine Street in West Hollywood to feed homeless people waiting in line for a hot meal.

    There on behalf of the Greater West...

  • Our first annual big list o’ mensches

    By Photographs by Kevin Scanlon

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    To its detractors, Los Angeles seems very much like a modern-day Sodom or Gomorrah -- besotting civilization with a trash culture of celebrity murder trials, reality TV and movies that trade on violence and superficiality. Even to Angelenos, the city can be trying and...

  • Save Darfur - I Mean It

    By Laura Donney

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Do not stand idly by. Save Darfur."

    More than once a person has looked at this statement printed on the green wristband that I wear on my right arm. Usually, they read it unenthusiastically and then disregard it. But occasionally, someone asks what it means, and I am quick to...

  • Steven Firestein: Making Magic for Children

    By Marc Ballon

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    Steven Firestein thought he had it all. At 27, he owned a plush Encino home, drove a Cadillac and made a nice living as a real estate agent. Then he felt a bump on his scalp.

    For months, Firestein ignored the growth, fearing he had cancer. By the time he went under the...

  • Angels in America

    By Rob Eshman

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Angels are everywhere in America these days, and a lot of them are tacky. When I was growing up you saw them once a year, adorning Christmas trees. Since then they've swarmed across the thin border that divides religious imagery from kitsch. Gift shops stock angel T-shirts, angel...

  • A Developing Reputation

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

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    The two young, sari-clad women, one in blue and one in orange, stand in the thatched-roof meeting hall, take...

  • L.A. Enters the Season of Mitzvot

    By David Finnigan

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Christmas Day is the day of the year which some Jews often fill by doing some mitzvah volunteer work, then enjoying Chinese food and a movie. But that annual mitzvah-Chinese food-movie ritual is being put aside this Dec. 25 for Chanukah.

    "Chanukah makes it a big deal because now Jews...

  • Music Exec Rocks Philanthropy World

    By Marc Ballon

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Growing up, Richard Foos dreamed of becoming a social worker, a reflection of his bedrock belief in the Jewish concept of tikkun olam, or healing the world. As a college student at USC in the early '70s, he helped establish an organization called The Free Store, which gave residents...

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