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  • The pro-Israel pastor

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 12, 2008 | 1:28 pm

    After all the press, controversial pastor John Hagee, as notorious for his incendiary remarks as for his Israel support, was quite boring.

    The most scintillating aspect of Stephen S. Wise Temple’s “Forum on Critical Values” dialogue between Rabbi David Woznica and Pastor Hagee last...

  • Program helps grandparents nurture interfaith grandkids

    By Sue Fishkoff

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Bettina Kurowski is the chair of the 2008 fundraising campaign of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and active in her Conservative synagogue.

    She's also a grandmother of three young grandchildren. They give her great naches, or joy, she says, but she's also worried -- the...

  • Briefs: Federations take California officials to Israel, gratitude, book fair a success

    November 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Federation Takes Local Pols to Israel

    For most, it was a first visit to Israel; for Assemblyman Mike Feuer, it was a return after 22 years to the Jewish state. But for each of the seven state assemblymembers who have just returned from a legislators' mission led by The Jewish...

  • Briefs: Interfaith call to action from Reform organization, Conservatives reflect on future

    By Amy Klein

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Interfaith Call to Action

    The prophet Amos said, "Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an overflowing stream." Why the word "justice" and not "charity?" Because justice addresses the root of a problem, Rabbi Suzanne Singer said, paraphrasing Rabbi Eric Yoffie,...

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  • New film shows love the Kurdish way

    By Tom Tugend

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Nice Jewish boy in Brooklyn dumps domineering Jewish fiancée when he falls for lovely Kurdish Muslim girl. Parents and relatives on both sides are horrified, but are reconciled at raucous interfaith wedding.

    That, in a thimble, is the plot line of "David & Layla," the umpteenth...
  • Briefs: Peres elected President of Israel; Oprah criticized for pro-Israel stance

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Peres Elected President of Israel

    Shimon Peres became Israel's ninth president. In parliamentary voting Wednesday, the longtime leader defeated rival Knesset members Reuven Rivlin and Colette Avital. Rivlin and Avital dropped out after the first round, having received 37 and 21...
  • Taste-testing Judaism

    By Amy Klein

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Ingrid Vanderhope, an Australian-born Christian and practicing Jehovah's Witness, recently saw an advertisement in the Los Angeles Times picturing a spoon holding the words, "A Taste of Judaism," followed by the words "...Are you curious?"

    Sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism,...
  • Don’t write off the intermarried

    By Edmund Case

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Charles Dickens' classic, "A Tale of Two Cities," begins with the famous line: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Sociologist Steven Cohen's new study on intermarriage has a similar title but a different spirit.

    Ignoring positive recent evidence from Boston and...

  • Crooners celebrate Canuckia’s Cohen and a first for our very own Greenberg

    By Keren Engelberg

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 24th

    A Leonard Cohen love fest takes place at Royce Hall this evening. The enigmatic genius poet/songwriter is paid tribute in an event titled "The Gospel According to Leonard Cohen," which is presented by Perla Batalla, a vocalist with whom he has frequently worked....

  • Briefs: Hier scolds Carter, and vice versa; StandWithUs distributes “Israel 101”

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Hier scolds Carter, and vice versa

    Former President Jimmy Carter has implicitly accused the Simon Wiesenthal Center of "falsehood and slander," after the center mailed Carter some 25,000 signed petitions protesting his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid."

    In a brief but...

  • Jewish parent + Christian parent = Jewish kids

    By Amy Klein

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In December, Patty Lombard and her husband, Bill Simon, took their two daughters to Florida to celebrate Christmas with her family, as they do every year. The children received presents, strung popcorn and decorated the tree -- a Yuletide tradition they would never allow in their Los...
  • Breaking new ground: Jewish, Muslim groups’ program encourages leaders to see the ‘other’ as friend

    By Marc Ballon

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Is it possible for Los Angeles Jews and Muslims to talk to one another, to share peacefully at the table?

    This is the question that some leaders of both groups locally are asking themselves.

    These are the ones who are willing to keep trying, despite the enmity in the Middle East...

  • Pluralistic rabbinical court seeks new funding; InterfaithFamily.com marks 200th issue

    By Amy Klein

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Pluralistic Rabbinical Court Seeks New Funding

    The Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din of Southern California, a local pluralistic religious court dealing with conversions, went on hiatus Jan. 1 due to lack of funding.

    The beit din was founded in 2002 by George Caplan, in memory of...

  • Fran Rosenfield: All About the Children

    By Adam Wills

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Fran Rosenfield
    Barri Evins

    Alex Baum

    Betty Neymark

    Eve Marcus

    Fran Rosenfield

    Marilyn Harran

    Noah Bleich

    Rebecca Levinson

    Yehoram Uziel

    Yoram Hassid

    Fran Rosenfield answers the door of her Northridge home a few moments after the musical doorbell has cycled through its tune....

  • Eve Marcus: Soul of the Food Pantry

    By Jane Ulman

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Eve Marcus
    Barri Evins

    Alex Baum

    Betty Neymark

    Eve Marcus

    Fran Rosenfield

    Marilyn Harran

    Noah Bleich

    Rebecca Levinson

    Yehoram Uziel

    Yoram Hassid

    Eve Marcus asks that people not call her on Saturday. Mostly they comply. Otherwise, as volunteer director of the North...

  • Billboard mystery ends with interfaith twist

    By Adam Wills

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The mysterious billboards went up across the Los Angeles area just after the High Holidays. Each used a variation on the same theme, juxtaposing illustrations: Latkes or fries? Bagels and lox or sushi? Yarmulke or cap?

    They carried no other information, and from the beginning it had...

  • Israel’s Sephardi Chief Rabbi Amar to visit Los Angeles

    By Amy Klein

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The Sephardi chief rabbi of Israel will visit Los Angeles next week for the first time, a move that signifies the growing importance of the religious community here around the world. Rabbi Shlomo Amar, who has been serving as chief rabbi since 2003, along with Ashkenazi counterpart...
  • Conejo and West Valley shuls rate high with newcomers

    By Adam Wills

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For a Jew who doesn't belong to a synagogue, the West San Fernando and Conejo valleys are good places to shop around. A new report from the Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI) gives a snapshot of the community as a whole and an assessment of its ability to react to newcomers, including...
  • New Queen Esther flick is whole ‘nother megillah entirely

    By Tom Tugend

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm


    "'Christian Money Makes Jewish Film,' that's the headline I'd like to see above your article," Matthew Crouch, producer of "One Night With the King," suggested in an interview.
     
    The film, based on the biblical Book of Esther, "brims with adventure, intrigue, romance and wonder...
  • Interfaith dialogue continues locally despite Hathout brouhaha; Sukkot huts inspires home building for homeless

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Interfaith dialogue continues locally despite Hathout brouhaha
     
    After the brouhaha surrounding Maher Hathout, the Muslim spokesman who received a human relations prize last month amid protests by some Jewish groups, the state of interfaith relations in Los Angeles may appear to be...
  • Muslims and Jews must move on and strengthen ties

    By Omar Ricci

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Muslim-Jewish relations in Los Angeles have undoubtedly undergone a test the past several weeks, the outcome of which is still unclear. But out of an acrimonious political battle, many Muslims would like to move on and attempt to re-establish discussion and dialogue with our fellow...
  • Bittersweet symphonies: the Pearls struggle to find life after Daniel’s death

    By Tom Tugend

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Eight days after Yom Kippur, Judea and Ruth Pearl will commemorate what would have been the 43rd birthday of their son, Daniel. As on every Oct. 10 for the last five years, it will be a day of intensely personal reflection and remembrance by the couple and their daughters, Tamara and...
  • September is a struggle for interfaith families

    By Jane Ulman

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Months before the High Holidays arrive, Patrick Patterson requests the days off for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur from his job as a firefighter/paramedic with the Los Angeles City Fire Department. A few days before, he reviews the entire High Holiday machzor, or prayer book, so...
  • Media reporters meet community; Karnit Goldwasser appeals for help

    By Norma Zager

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm


     
    A sold-out crowd of close to 450 men and women attended the Women's Alliance for Israel Aug. 8 symposium on "Israel and the Media -- How Fair the Coverage?" The event at Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel included panelists Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, founder and president of The...
  • Mideast Fighting Strains Fragile Interfaith Ties

    By Marc Ballon

    August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For more than three decades, Rabbi Allen Krause has believed in the power of interfaith and intercultural dialogue, especially between Jews and Muslims. In the aftermath of Sept. 11, the head rabbi of Temple Beth El in Aliso Viejo offered to have members of his congregation guard...

  • Cover Story

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    From: "Joel Bellman" Date: Thursday, July 20, 2006
    8:39 AM Subject: An Open Letter to Ramona Ripston
    
    Friends:
    
    I thought you might be interested in seeing the following
    letter, which I sent today.
    
    Joel Bellman
    
    *****************************************
    
    Ramona Ripston, Executive...
  • Letters to the Editor 07-07-06

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Converts
    As a convert to Judaism, I was reassured to read your series of articles on those like me who chose to become Jews ("Did It Stick?" June 2). A lapsed Catholic with many Jewish friends growing up on Long Island, early on I was attracted to the ethics and worldly focus of...

  • Angelenos Help Abraham’s Vision Come True

    By Tom Tugend

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Like many young Angelenos, Aaron Hahn Tapper and Gibran Bouayad are traveling to Europe this summer, and they're taking along a few companions -- 24 university students of both genders from seven American campuses. Twelve are Jewish and 12 are Muslims, mainly of Palestinian descent,...

  • Letters

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Middle-Class Squeeze
    Each year, the Jewish community bemoans the high cost of a day school education, while touting its value with subjective quote, such as, "Population studies have shown that day school alumni are more likely to retain a lifelong affiliation rate with Judaism and...

  • Letters 06-16-2006

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Is It Kosher?
    I applaud and appreciate that you were ready to take off the gloves and attack what merits attack, but I fear you left one on ("But Is It Kosher?" June 9). You were too much of a gentleman.

    I understand that you were courageously tilting against the strongest and...

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