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  • Good and Late

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Some things never change. We all know the storyline. Moses was expected back after 40 days in heaven where he was receiving the

    Torah. But he was late coming back on the 40th day: "And the people saw that Moses tarried [boshesh], in coming down from the mountain" (Exodus 32:1).

    The...

  • Fishel to Play Key Falash Mura Role

    By Marc Ballon

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    John Fishel took his seat on the jetliner and glanced across the aisle. Seated near the president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles was an Ethiopian woman. Resplendent in traditional garb, she cradled an infant in her arms and looked lovingly at her toddler son seated...

  • Falash Mura Plight Stirs Support in U.S.

    By Uriel Heilman

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Perhaps no single party outside the Israeli government is as vital to Ethiopian aliyah as the American Jews committed to help paying for it.

    So this month, when the United Jewish Communities (UJC) brought a group of 100 people from America's wealthiest Jewish communities, including...

  • Wandering Jew - A Relief to Laugh

    By Robert David Jaffee

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    As master of ceremonies of "Middle East Comic Relief 2," Peter the Persian, a stout Iranian American comic who moonlights as a labor attorney, says of the comedians performing on a recent evening, "We've screened all these Middle Easterners. We've cleared them out. They're all Jewish...

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  • Wandering Jew - A Nosh of the Big Apple

    By Alina Tugend

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It seemed the perfect thing to do on a recent winter Sunday in New York -- visit some synagogues and nosh on ethnic foods.

    So my husband and two sons got in the car, drove through an amazingly empty Manhattan to the Lower East Side and joined the second annual Lower East Side Jewish...

  • Where Streets Were Paved With Sorrow

    By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Bodies and Souls: The Tragic Plight of Three Jewish Women Forced Into Prostitution in the Americas" by Isabel Vincent (William Morrow, $25.95).

    Memory is a central concept in Judaism. When someone dies, we say that he or she lives on in how he or she is remembered by others....

  • Program Tries to Sell Youth on Negev

    By Dina Kraft

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Endless stretches of sand and sky surround the teenagers as they tumble off buses in the Negev Desert.

    "It's really pretty here. It's very different from the Ukraine," said Larisa Protasova, 17, as she posed for a photo on the edge of a sand dune. A recent immigrant to Israel, it was...

  • Negev + Galilee = Israel’s Future

    By Batsheva Pomerantz

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "The Negev and the Galilee comprise 70 percent of the area of the State of Israel with 30 percent of its populace, but they guarantee 100 percent of the future of the state," said Ron Pelmer, the director of Or National Initiatives, a nonprofit organization that helps to develop...

  • The Great Question

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    We're almost halfway through the first decade of the 21st century. Not a bad time to assess "Who We Are."

    "Who We Are: On Being (and Not Being) a Jewish American Writer," edited by Derek Rubin (Schocken Books, 2005), an Israeli-born professor who teaches in the Netherlands, collects...

  • French Riots Show Need for Pluralism

    By Ronny Naftaniel

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    For once, it would appear that Jews, Judaism and Jewish interests are not the target of violence in Paris and in so many cities across France.

    After a surge in anti-Semitic hostility and incidents in recent years, that comes as something of a surprise. This time, it appears the...

  • There’s a New Deputy in Town

    By Tom Tugend

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Competition for postings to Los Angeles is fierce within the Israeli Foreign Ministry, and two young diplomats who made the grade, Yaron Gamburg and Gilad Millo, have joined the staff of the consulate general here.

    Gamburg, 34, has taken over the post of deputy consul general, the...

  • Rhodesli Keep the Faith in L.A.

    By Beverly Gray

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As a student at Cal State Northridge more than 30 years ago, Aron Hasson wrote a paper about the Sephardic synagogues of his ancestral homeland, the Greek island of Rhodes. His professor was so taken with Hasson's research that it ended up in a history journal.

    Hasson paid his first...

  • Evacuees Face Life of Uncertainties

    By Gil Sedan

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Shlomi Tabach was trying to pry the bronze mezuzah off his front doorpost with pliers, but it wouldn't budge.

    "Look at that. The mezuzah doesn't want to leave. It wants to stay in Gush Katif," said Tabach's mother-in-law, Yaffa Michaeli, referring to the main Jewish settlement bloc...

  • Shadows Obscure Illegal Aliens’ Hopes

    By Andy Glass

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In speaking about illegal aliens, President Bush says the time has come to bring "millions of hard-working men and women out of the shadows."

    However, Republican leaders in Congress claim that Bush's proposals would reward lawbreakers. They soon plan to pass legislation tightening...

  • Iran to L.A.—Hope, Hardship Mark Path

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Jahangir Javaheri lived a full life in Iran as a pharmaceutical retailer, complete with a nice car, large house and the esteem and satisfaction that came with being a leader within the nation's small but cohesive Jewish community. Yet he wanted something more for his family,...

  • Q and A With Dr. Francine R. Kaufman

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Obesity has reached record rates among children and adults, bringing with it increased risk for developing diabetes and related health problems. In addition to the more than 18 million Americans currently living with diabetes, another 41 million are considered prediabetic, and are...

  • The Many Lives of Lev Nussimbaum

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    "The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life" (Random House, $25.95).

    Lev Nussimbaum lived as though life were theater, inventing an identity, dressing the part, shifting scenes, seeking audiences everywhere. He thought he could keep rewriting the...

  • A Man and His Toys

    By Ellie Kahn

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Irvin Kipper may be 88 years old, but he still loves wooden blocks and Tinker Toys.

    In fact for 60 years, "Kip"

    has spent his days thinking almost exclusively about dolls and trains and stuffed bears, because he owns Kip's Toyland in the original Farmers Market.

    Kipper just can't...

  • Annulla Has Her Say

    By Keren Engelberg

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    For a one-person show, what you need foremost is a character. Meet Annulla. A warm, spirited older woman with an energy that belies her years and her difficult past, and the eponym of the Eclectic Company's new production, written by Emily Mann.

    "Annulla: An Autobiography" tells...

  • Angelenos Make Aliyah Dream Reality

    By Kelly Hartog

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    It's 4 p.m. "Erev Christmas," and 21-year-old Adam Bodenstein is still rushing around his home in the Pico-Robertson area. He has yet to take a shower before Shabbat comes. In four days time, the Modern Orthodox UC Berkley graduate, who grew up in a Conservative household, will...

  • Orthodox Stress Strong Israel Ties

    By Dina Kraft

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    North American Modern Orthodox Jews say they can explain their connection to Israel in one word: Torah.

    "It's an organic existence. An Orthodox Jew grows up and believes that Eretz Yisrael and the people of Israel are one. The fulfillment of Torah is Eretz Yisrael," said David...

  • Computer Age in Israel Turns 50

    By Tom Tugend

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When young Princeton engineer Jerry Estrin arrived in Haifa on a slow immigrant boat in late 1953 to build the Middle East's first computer, he faced just two problems: There were no parts or tools, from vacuum tubes to soldering irons, available in Israel, and there was no staff --...

  • Aspirations and Anxiety in America

    By Gregory Rodriguez

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "The Jews of the United States, 1654 to 2000" by Hasia Diner (University of California, $29.95)

    In the late 1970s, a time when Jews in the United States had arguably achieved more status and social acceptance than in any previous era of their long Diaspora, American Jewish groups...

  • Colonial Cuisine

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Knishes, brisket, borscht, flanken and overstuffed corned beef on rye.

    Imagine American Jewish food, and one envisions Ashkenazi fare brought by the 2.5 million Eastern European immigrants who settled here between 1881 and 1921.

    But long before pastrami ever hit a New...

  • 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...

  • GOP Shifts, Pursues Immigrant Votes

    By Jill Stewart

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

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  • Patriot Act: Does Security Trump Rights?

    By Marc Ballon

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    American Jews have long been among the staunchest supporters of civil and immigrant rights. Jews stood at the forefront of the civil rights movement and continue to account for a disproportionate share of American Civil Liberties Union members.

    Given their traditional liberalism,...

  • Russian Community Fundraises for Israel

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When obstetrician-gynecologist Ludmila Bess and her husband, a civil engineer, immigrated to the United States from Russia in 1977, they came with only $600 in their pockets. Like many others who arrived from the former Soviet Union with few or no financial resources "our goal was to...
  • Big Support From ‘Hot Pockets’

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Local leaders were keenly interested in the unknown and unexpected name prominently on display when the Samueli Jewish campus opened recently in Irvine.

    In silver lettering above the main entry and at the apex of a donors' list in the foyer inside are "Andre and Katherine...

  • Mizrahi Music Travels West

    By Loolwa Khazzoom

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Eitan Salman is at the far end of his store, leaning against a shelf lined with the new CD by Sarit Hadad, one of Israel's more popular Mizrahi, or Eastern, singers.

    Business at Salman's music store has fallen 80 percent over the last decade, but it's not altogether a bad thing:...

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