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  • Back to school, sort of: Shalhevet students start their year under unorthodox conditions

    By Ryan Torok

    October 20, 2014 | 11:40 am

    Chaos has brought community to the Westside Jewish Community Center (JCC), where Shalhevet High School is operating for its 2014-2015 school year as construction proceeds on its actual campus.

    Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg, a Shalhevet Judaic studies teacher, dryly remarked that sharing...

  • ‘Agitated and angry’: White supremacists still a danger, experts say

    April 25, 2014 | 8:45 am

    The recent shootings at a pair of Kansas City-area Jewish facilities illustrate the persistent threat of white supremacist violence, even as broad measures of anti-Semitism continue to decline.

    Suspected gunman Frazier Glenn Miller, Jr. had a long history in the white supremacist...

  • Suspected Kansas City JCC shooter receives month-long delay from court

    April 24, 2014 | 10:20 am

    The suspect in the shootings of three people at two Jewish institutions in suburban Kansas City appeared in court and asked for a month-long delay in the proceedings.

    Frazier Glenn Miller, who also goes by the name Frazier Glenn Cross, appeared before Johnson County District...

  • Calls for peace at memorial for Kansas shooting victims

    April 17, 2014 | 11:17 am

    The scene of what authorities say was a hate crime just days ago became the setting for tears, prayers and calls for peace as religious leaders gathered at a Kansas Jewish community center for a memorial service in honor of three people shot dead on Sunday.

    Heavy security...

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  • Missouri mayor endorses suspected Kansas killer’s views

    April 17, 2014 | 9:09 am

    The new mayor of the Missouri hometown of Frazier Glenn Miller said he agreed with some of the views of the suspected killer of three people at Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City, Kan.

    Daniel Clevenger, who was elected mayor of Marionville on Tuesday, offered his endorsement of...

  • White supremacist charged with murder in Kansas shootings

    April 16, 2014 | 11:50 am

    The suspect in the killing of three people at two Jewish facilities near Kansas City over the weekend could face the death penalty on state murder charges filed Tuesday, prosecutors said.

    Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, who also goes by the name Glenn Miller, likely will face federal...

  • Three people killed in shootings at Jewish centers in Kansas

    April 13, 2014 | 4:34 pm

    Three people were killed in shootings Sunday afternoon at a Jewish community center and at a Jewish elderly care home in a Kansas City suburb, and a suspect has been taken into custody, authorities said.

    Police said they did not have a motive for the shootings, but were not...

  • Santa, the Easter bunny and raising a Jewish child

    December 19, 2013 | 1:30 pm

    Last spring, I found myself averting my eyes when my 4-year-old mentioned something about the Easter bunny in front of my dad.

    We were at my parents’ home in Michigan for Passover and my son said, “When I get back to Brooklyn, the Easter bunny is going to bring me a basket!”

    I...

  • Federations’ security arm stresses awareness on holy days

    September 6, 2013 | 12:33 pm

    Security awareness should be a primary consideration for synagogues during the High Holidays, the security arm of the national Jewish community said.

    “Synagogue staff, security volunteers and greeters should be on the lookout for suspicious persons and/or activity around their...

  • Baking bread as a meetup

    September 3, 2013 | 2:28 pm

    The steamy kitchen was filled with the heady scent of baking bread, while giddy young Jewish professionals stood around in pristine white aprons, drinking from tumblers full of rosy pink pomegranate lemonade. 

    Some seemed at ease among the electric mixers and cutting boards,...

  • Bar mitzvah video boy’s mom: ‘He’s got friends at Neiman Marcus’

    August 13, 2013 | 1:51 pm

    For most boys reaching bar mitzvah age, donning a prayer shawl is exciting enough. But Sam Horowitz of Dallas knew he wanted more.

    Horowitz, the star of a newly viral bar mitzvah video (the bar mitzvah actually happened last year), donned a sparkly white suit for the occasion and...

  • New Jew to reopen at former West Hills campus

    By Ryan Torok

    August 7, 2013 | 1:49 pm

    In a way, New Community Jewish High School’s Purim shpiels said it all. For the past several years, students at New Community Jewish High School (NCJHS) — founded in 2002 and commonly known as New Jew, for short — would use the opportunity of Purim, when it’s customary to perform...

  • Competing, Connecting Jewishly at Maccabi in O.C.

    August 1, 2013 | 10:17 am

    When the 2013 JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest kicks off Aug. 4 in Orange County, it is expected to attract more than 2,300 Jewish teens from around the world, making it the second-largest iteration of the annual events ever.

    Officials expect 62 delegations to compete in 14 sports...

  • Back to the racquet

    July 19, 2013 | 10:04 am

    Fifteen years removed from championship racquetball, Jerry Hilecher decided to attempt a comeback in the sport that made him famous, put him in the conversation about the greatest players and earned him enshrinement in the USA Racquetball Hall of Fame.

    He had had back surgery,...

  • Bonding at Baby U

    July 17, 2013 | 2:24 pm

    For new parents, having their first child can be scary, stressful and utterly stupefying. 

    Westside Jewish Community Center hopes it will be a little less so thanks to Jewish Baby University, a five-week class designed to prepare people for what parenthood is really like.

    The...

  • U.S. senators Kirk and Gillibrand decry Argentina-Iran commission

    March 13, 2013 | 10:17 am

    Two U.S. senators asked the president of Argentina to end her country’s agreement with Iran to establish a “truth commission” on the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish community center.

    Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) sent a letter Monday to...

  • Left without a JCC, Valley Jews look to start anew

    March 6, 2013 | 5:41 am

    For Amanda Prosin, Valley Cities Jewish Community Center in Sherman Oaks was her Jewish home when she was growing up. She went there for summer camp, learned about Jewish holidays and made lasting relationships. For her, it made Judaism, well, fun.

    That sense of community is what...

  • Israel summons Argentina’s envoy over deal with Iran

    January 29, 2013 | 11:26 am

    Israel's Foreign Ministry summoned the Argentinian ambassador over his country's agreement with Iran to jointly investigate the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires JCC.

    Israel's ambassador in Buenos Aires, Dorit Shavit, also requested a meeting with the Argentinian Foreign Minister...

  • Bank of America, St. Louis JCC reach settlement in lawsuit

    January 17, 2013 | 1:33 pm

    Bank of America and the Jewish Community Center of St. Louis settled a dispute over the JCC's repayment of bonds and a revolving line of credit.

    The terms of the agreement reached last week and announced Jan. 14 were not disclosed, The St. Louis Business Journal reported.

    The...

  • A shooting: Just like yesterday

    December 20, 2012 | 2:06 pm

    When I heard about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I shut my office door and wept.  And I couldn’t help but remember another day 13 years ago. 

    I was in a meeting.  My assistant interrupted and said that Sharon, my ex-wife, needed me urgently.  Sharon was screaming:...

  • No suspects in Malmö JCC attack, police say

    November 16, 2012 | 9:22 am

    Police in Malmö, Sweden have no suspects in September’s attack on the city’s Jewish community center.

    Anders Lindell, a police spokesman, told JTA that all charges were dropped against the two young men whom police arrested shortly after the Sept. 28 attack.

    “We have concluded...

  • New Jew breaks ground

    By Ryan Torok

    November 15, 2012 | 2:41 pm

    Months after the former JCC at Milken closed its doors at the Bernard Milken Campus in West Hills, officials representing the property’s new owners — New Community Jewish High School (NCJHS) — organized a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new campus.

    “A lot of us have been...

  • Malmo police see no reason to call JCC attack a hate crime

    October 3, 2012 | 11:53 am

    Police in Malmo, Sweden, said they had “no indication” that a recent attack on the offices of the local Jewish community was a hate crime.

    The police arrested and later released two 18-year-old men suspected of hurling a brick and a large firecracker at the entrance of the...

  • At joint iftar celebration, Muslim-Jewish High School Council launched

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 15, 2012 | 2:17 pm

    A recent break-fast meal, held in the courtyard of the Westside Jewish Community Center, began with the blowing of a shofar. The sun hadn’t yet set, so the baskets of pita and dried dates placed on every table remained untouched.

    And Yom Kippur was more than a month away.

    ...
  • What will happen when the JCC at Milken closes?

    By Ryan E. Smith

    June 27, 2012 | 1:19 pm

    Jacques Hay knows that the end isn’t always the end.

    When he learned that the JCC at Milken in West Hills will close on June 30 to become the home of New Community Jewish High School, he could have despaired. After all, Camp Chesed, the summer camp for Jewish children with special...

  • Letters to the Editor: Foie Gras ban, JCC closures, being a mensch

    June 13, 2012 | 3:05 pm

    Praise for Ban on Foie Gras

    In the June 8 Graduation section, I read about an 18-year-old young lady who helps rehabilitate abused horses and is moving into a nursing program with the goal of becoming an orthopedic surgeon (“Healing Others, and Herself”). I am so proud of our...

  • Krakow JCC head says BBC misrepresented him in anti-Semitism report

    June 7, 2012 | 10:21 am

    The “furious” director of the JCC in Krakow says the BBC manipulated his comments in order to bolster a “sensationalist” report on anti-Semitism and racism in Poland and Ukraine.

    The report, a half-hour documentary called “Euro2012: Stadiums of Hate,” was aired last week...

  • Fueling the jFed generation

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    May 30, 2012 | 1:00 pm

    Jennifer Rheuban wasn’t exactly plucked from Jewish obscurity.

    Rheuban is a self-described “JCC kid from a JCC family.” She grew up at the West Valley Jewish Community Center and went to Camp JCA Shalom in Malibu for years. But in college she dropped out of Jewish life, and...

  • Can millions of dollars power a new kind of community?

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    May 30, 2012 | 12:50 pm

    In a not-so-quiet corner of Café Stella at Sunset Junction in Silver Lake, Jill Soloway and Ayana Morse look around and see a model for Jewish connection. The café, wedged into an outdoor shopping/dining complex at the bottom of a steep hill, feels at once makeshift and homey —...

  • Ex-Argentinians in Israel helping to rebuild tornado-ravaged JCC

    April 9, 2012 | 3:03 pm

    Some Argentinians who moved to Israel have launched a campaign to rebuild a Buenos Aires province Jewish center destroyed in a tornado.

    The campaign by former members of Bet Am del Oeste-CISO, the only Jewish club in the western Buenos Aires province, has brought in $7,000 in its...

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