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  • Marriage Conversion Rate Proves Low

    By Rachel Silverman

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Low conversion rates among intermarried Jewish families continue to plague those working to reverse the demographic downtrends in American Jewry.

    Fewer than one-fifth of non-Jews who marry Jews convert to Judaism, according to a new study distributed by the American Jewish Committee....

  • Pentecostal Revival Embraces Israel

    By Tom Tugend

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In uncounted speeches before diverse audiences, Ehud Danoch, Israel's consul general in Los Angeles, would never have expected such an enthusiastic reception.

    Addressing 16,000 Pentecostal Christians in the jam-packed L.A. Sports Arena last week, Danoch pledged, as he has done time...

  • I’m Going to Jail Over Darfur Genocide

    By Rabbi Steve Gutow

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    (Editor's note: This article was written and published prior to Rabbi Steve Gutow's planned arrest.)

    I'm going to jail.

    Along with interfaith religious leaders, members of Congress and others, I am being arrested in Washington,

    D.C., Friday, April 28, outside the Embassy of Sudan...

  • Questions, Prayers and Shabbat Lights

    By Amy Klein

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Interfaith Questions

    Why do bad things happen to good people? Or why do bad things happen to me? Dr. Aryeh Dean Cohen paraphrased these questions at an April 5 interfaith dialogue on theodicy or how to reconcile a benevolent God with evil.

    The roundtable dialogue, "Jewish and...

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  • When Faiths Jam

    By Rob Eshman

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    At the Southern California Islamic Center last Saturday night, only Shawn Landres dared utter a four-letter word. That word was, "kumbaya."

    Yes, the evening brought together about 150 Jews, Muslims and Christians for a night of prayer and music at the center, which had never before...

  • Passover Fest Offers Many Paths to Fun

    By Robert David Jaffee

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    At a time when hundreds of thousands of protesters crowded downtown chanting "Let My People Stay," Passover may be resonating more acutely across all racial and ethnic groups than it has in recent years.

    It is not only illegal immigrants for whom the Passover tale holds appeal. The...

  • Letters

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Cartoons

    Thank you for your thoughtful comments on the cartoon episode ("Drawn to Controversy," Feb. 10). My one area of disagreement is with the quote from Rabbi [Abraham] Cooper: "We live in a world based on freedom of expression."

    No we don't. We live in a culture with those...

  • Community Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Gold Train Delivers to Local Agency

    The Hungarian Gold Train has finally pulled into the station, figuratively speaking, bearing $67,536 for Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Los Angeles.

    In the chaotic days following the end of World War II in Europe, 24 freight cars loaded with boxes...

  • Hillel Students Help Rebuild Gulf Coast

    By Larry Luxner

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Southern Mississippi's Jewish population suddenly mushroomed -- as 135 members of the campus organization Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life fan out through the area, repairing roofs of houses severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

    The Hillel students, who wore distinctive...

  • Letters

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Mensches, Menschen

    The plural of "mensch" has always been "menschen" ("Mensches: Some Big-Hearted Angelenos You Would Be Proud to Know," Jan. 6). Come Purim, will we read about "hamentasches"?

    I was impressed, though, by the dedication of those featured in the accompanying article.

    ...

  • ‘Tis Never the Season for Chrismukkah

    By Jane Ulman

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    On Dec. 25, Rod Shapiro and Pat Wong will exchange Christmas and Chanukah gifts spread under a seven-foot Christmas tree. They will listen to carols sung by Johnny Mathis and Chanukah songs by the Klezmatics.

    In the evening, this interfaith couple in their mid-50s, married two...

  • A Single Problem

    By Rob Eshman

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    I have a perfect record in setting up my friends on dates: I have struck out every single time. I am 0 for 20, maybe worse. Only one relationship that I tried to initiate made it past the first date. That one lasted for four years and ended in tears, anguish and confusion. The only...

  • Conservative Jews Gather at Crossroads

    By Sue Fishkoff

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    How should Conservative Judaism cope with dwindling membership, growing intermarriage rates and society's increasing religious and political polarity, while remaining true to its base in halachah (Jewish law)?

    Those are some of the vexing questions the United Synagogue of...

  • Interfaith Dialogue Can Bring Change

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Teshuvah," turning, repentance, reconciliation, is a gift given to all people. People change, institutions change, policies change.

    Consider the largely unreported and unheralded change in the Presbyterian Church (USA). By a vote of 431 to 62 in July 2004, the church voted to begin...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, November 19

    Keshet Chaim Dancers and the Idan Raichel Project come together tonight to raise funds for some 20,000 Ethiopian Jews awaiting immigration to Israel. Raichel hasn't made it to L.A. since last February, so this one-night-only concert might be your only chance...

  • Letters

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Though I am somewhat ashamed to admit it, I had barely heard the name Rabbi Eliezer Silver (z"tl) before my arrival in Cincinnati, OH a little over seven years ago. As I quickly became more acquainted with the life of this great leader, I was awed by the extent of his service to...

  • Calendars Remove Anti-Israel Day

    By Toby Axelrod

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    A campaign by Berlin-based activists has resulted in the erasure of "Al Quds Day" from some interfaith calendars in the United States and United Kingdom.

    As Iran's president was calling for Israel to be wiped off the map, members of Together Against Political Islam and...

  • What Happened When Jews Stopped Being Jesus’ Killers

    By Jane Ulman

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Rev. Robert J. McNamara plans to do something this Friday evening that would have been unthinkable in the first 2,000 years of the Catholic Church: He's going to a synagogue.

    More unthinkable, he's going to be delivering the Shabbat sermon.

    Indeed, until fairly recently,...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Israel: No Hamas in Elections

    Top Israeli leaders confirmed that they do not want Hamas to take part in Palestinian elections. It's up to the Palestinians to "decide if they would like to have real elections," Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom told journalists in New York on Monday,...

  • The Inner Sanctum

    By Rob Eshman

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I had just finished up with a tour of the new Mormon Temple in Newport Beach when I came face to face with Kathleen. Forthright, with a shining smile, straight shiny hair and the physique of a beach volleyballer, she seemed to embody the ideal of young Mormon womanhood.

    Kathleen grew...

  • Right the Wrongs

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Last January, I breathed a sigh of relief. The new domestic partnership law went into effect in the state of California, giving senior citizen and same-gender couples a range of state rights nearly equal to the rights given married couples in California.

    In so doing, California...

  • Abraham’s ‘Children’ Connect at Seder

    By David Finnigan

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Rare is the Passover seder that includes an Islamic call to prayer. But in the middle of this interfaith celebration, Muslim guests excused themselves momentarily from the third-floor banquet hall of Wilshire Boulevard Temple to pray in the hallway outside.

    Jews in attendance...

  • Jews Welcome Choice of Pope

    By Chanan Tigay

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    As the regal red curtains were pulled aside, clearing the way for the still-unidentified new pope to emerge on the balcony of the Vatican Basilica and offer a blessing to church faithful, many Jews joined the world's 1 billion Catholics in holding their collective breath.

    The...

  • Hashem, Allah and Jesus in Jerusalem

    By Jessica Steinberg

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The group stood in silence, heads bowed. The triumvirate of Catholic, Episcopal and Presbyterian ministers waited for responses within the prayer circle at the Cenacle (the upper room), the traditional site of the Last Supper, on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem.

    "I wish for peace among...

  • Interfaith Couples ‘Prepare’ for Bliss

    By Michael Jackman

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The rose-colored glasses often worn by couples headed for the bimah can easily hide some relationship blemishes. So when the glasses come off after the honeymoon, the new vision of the future can be a bit shocking. Before you take that long trip down the aisle, you might want to...

  • Three Faiths Unite in Pilgrimage

    By Mahmoud Abdel-Baset

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    On Feb. 10, 40 Jews, Christians and Muslims will embark on a joint "spiritual pilgrimage" to Israel and Jordan. The trip will focus solely on religious themes common to all three faiths. The author, an Egyptian-born engineer, is one of the trip's organizers. You can learn more...

  • To Tree or Not to Tree

    By Seth Menachem

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    For the first time in my adult life I'm dating a Jewish girl.

    Her father's Catholic -- an Italian -- but according to my

    rabbi, "She's all good."

    (Maybe he didn't use those exact words, but something to that effect.)

    Carrie and I bicker but never have any real fights; that is...

  • Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Q: When does a Christmas tree become a Tu B'Shevat tree?

     

    A: When a Westwood church and a Santa Monica synagogue decide that having one tree do double duty is good both for the environment and the spiritual awareness of their congregants.

     

    After the hard-working tree has done its...

  • Kadima Comes Home

    By Julie G Fax

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Like a young family relishing the newfound freedom of a first home, Kadima Hebrew Academy in West Hills has painted the walls of its new building whatever colors it wants.

    Kadima, a 34-year-old Solomon Schechter Conservative day school, had been renting a building from Los Angeles...

  • December Dilemma: Distorting Chanukah

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    At Temple Beth Hillel, Mark Singer teaches his third-grade Hebrew school class about Chanukah using all the usual props: he lights a menorah, spins a dreidel and throws a doughnut and latke party.

    However, considering that anywhere from 25 to 100 percent of his students come from...

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