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  • Plan Seeks to Draw Potential Jews

    By Tom Tugend

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis asked a group of approximately 80 retirees in his Conservative congregation how many had a non-Jewish member in their family, almost every hand shot up.

    "At first, I was genuinely shocked," said Schulweis, the spiritual leader of Valley Beth Shalom in...

  • Community Briefs

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    ADL Sponsors "Safe Community" Program in Encino

    Earlier this year, a string of arson attacks on five houses of worship rocked the interfaith community. Earlier this month, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) sponsored an interfaith forum to prepare the community in case such...

  • Song and Study Bring Temple to Life

    By Julie G Fax

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    To understand how Rabbi Morley Feinstein has re-energized University Synagogue, just peek in on his Friday night services, which have been attracting upwards of 125 people every week.

    Music fills the sanctuary as Feinstein, Cantor Jay Frailich and Assistant Rabbi Zachary Shapiro...

  • Explosion of Love in Encino Defeats Hatred

    By Michael Berenbaum

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The response to the attacks in early May against four houses for worship in Encino -- two synagogues, a Baha'i Community Center and a Protestant Church -- shows that the way Americans handle what seemed to be an explosion of hatred defeats that hatred and reinforces our sense of...

  • Love and Loyalty

    By Lia del Sesto

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    We would always say that we were the ambassadors of love and happiness, causing people to smile as they passed by us, the chemistry almost touchable.

    At that point, the fact that he was a Jew and I was an Italian Catholic didn't seem to make much difference. We were in love and that...

  • Backlash Threat

    By Marc Ballon

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As some 20 teens beat 18-year-old Rashid Alam with golf clubs and baseball bats in Yorba Linda on Feb. 22, they allegedly yelled "White Power!" The attack, which Alam's friends said was unprovoked, left the recent high school graduate hospitalized with a fractured jaw and broken...

  • Your Letters

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Who Should Pay?

    While Sharon Schatz Rosenthal's cover story notes that day schools are costly, it fails to address cost efficiency ("Who Should Pay?" Jan. 31). I believe the Jewish community's limited funding can be more effectively targeted at bolstering supplementary secondary...

  • Beth Sholom’s Engel Gets Kudos for Outreach

    By Andrea Adelson

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Santa Ana's Temple Beth Sholom named Monica Engel as the congregant of the year for her enthusiasm for teaching Judaism to interfaith families.

    Raised in an Orthodox home, Engel's own family scrapbook has a different character, reflecting a blend of Judeo-Christian life-cycle...

  • Your Letters

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish War Vets

    I would like it to be known that the reality of my statement regarding Jews in combat was that I spent too much time experiencing WWII to make an insensitive comment that Jews were not on the front lines ("Jewish War Vets Remember," Nov. 8). I removed the dog tags...

  • A Thanksgiving to Fill the Spirit

    By Elliot Fein

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    On the evening before Thanksgiving, my synagogue, Congregation Eilat in Mission Viejo, always gets together with a neighboring church, Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist, for an interfaith service. What is remarkable about this joint venture, and other pre-Thanksgiving services...

  • Ask Wendy

    By Wendy Belzberg

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Absent Father Wants to See Daughters

    Dear Wendy,

    My father left my mother when my sister was 8 and I was 5. His visits became increasingly infrequent until, about 20 years ago, we stopped hearing from him altogether. Recently he got in touch with my sister, told her he was...

  • A Nation Says ‘Kaddish’

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Flags flew at half-staff. People on the street made a stronger-than-usual effort to meet each others' eyes, acknowledging the sadness of the day. Parents lingered on schoolyards well after drop-off, watching their children, perhaps thinking of the hundreds of other parents who were...

  • California Kibbutz

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In a woodsy commune environment nestled within a dry, hilly valley, as the Beastie Boys blares from a boombox, a group of teenagers joke and laugh while they construct a hillside platform out of wood planks. For weeks now, these teens have spent their days doing such chores to earn...

  • Spiritual Sparring

    By Gaby Wenig

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It's not often that you hear the New Testament being read or Jesus' suffering being referenced in a synagogue. It is probably less often that you will hear the merits of celibacy being debated in a Jewish studies forum.

    However, both Temple Beth Am and the Jewish Studies Institute...

  • Orange County Briefs

    By Journal Staff

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Super Sunday, Super Success

    Nearly 150 volunteers, who phoned local residents for pledges earlier this month, raised $260,911 for the Jewish Federation of Orange County, a 50 percent increase over the $171,081 raised during last year's Super Sunday. The annual campaign is $100,000...

  • Dear Rabbi

    By Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Naming a Child in an Interfaith Marriage

    Dear Rabbi,

    I was brought up practicing the Jewish faith. While I have not continued the practice as an adult, I do plan on being more proactive with my beliefs. My husband is Protestant and we are currently expecting our second child....

  • Something in Common

    By Tom Tugend

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Interfaith relations between Christians and Jews have become a feel-good cliché among the well-meaning and a target of satire, a la Tom Lehrer's "National Brotherhood Week," among cynics.

    For readers in either category, the two-hour documentary, "Jews and Christians: A Journey of...

  • Interfaith Upswing

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 18, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Interfaith programs -- a concept which up until recently provoked a ho-hum attitude at best -- are suddenly sweeping the country as people of all faiths struggle to come to terms with events of the past five weeks.

    To look at one example, Valley Beth Shalom's lecture series "One God:...

  • A Jewish Environment

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    May 31, 2001 | 7:59 pm

    One of the country's fastest-growing environmental groups, the interfaith community, has been gearing up to fight President George W. Bush's new energy policies.

    Last week the Coalition of the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) and the National Religious Partnership for the...

  • Finding Middle Ground

    By Beverly Gray

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    First comes love, then comes marriage. But when baby makes three, an interfaith couple has to face hard decisions about their child's religious upbringing. Arlene Chernow, who for 16 years has headed the outreach department for the Pacific Southwest Council of the Union of American...

  • Building Bridges

    By Ruth Stroud

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    About a year ago, Rabbi Ron Shulman of Congregation Ner Tamid in Rancho Palos Verdes attended an interfaith meeting at a nearby Catholic retreat. The discussion focused on the importance of the millennium year as a time of renewal and reconciliation in the Catholic Church and other...

  • Feeding the Hungry

    By Jane Ulman

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    "We have slaves to help," Jerry Rabinowitz, the Friday co-captain of the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry, announces. "We Jews know something about slaves."

    The "slaves" this morning are my sons Gabe, 13, and Jeremy, 11, who have a day off school. They are fulfilling part of a...

  • ADL Passover seder for the schools in Los Angeles Unified School District

    November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    All evening Taumisha Freeman sat dutifully, listening to the story of the Exodus out of Egypt, tasting matzah ("It needs salt"), reciting the plagues, without any expression. It was hard to know if she was bored or if, given the fact that she had never been around anything Jewish...
  • How Jewish Fragmentation Alters Ties withCatholics

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Interfaith understanding will take a big leapforward this spring.

    On May 18, a group of 30 Jewish, Moslem andChristian scholars will gather at Auschwitz for a three-dayconference on religion and violence. Participants will include theOrthodox chief rabbi of Haifa, the Moslem primate...

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