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  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Built to Last

    Team Mortorq from Beverly Hills High School won two prestigious awards recently at a robotics competition: The Entrepreneurship Award and the Autodesk Visualization Award for animation.

    The Entrepreneurship Award recognizes a team which, since its inception, has...

  • Huizar Proposal Would Close Razing Loophole

    By Tom Tugend

    March 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    An order to investigate the demolition of a historic Jewish Community Center (JCC) building in Boyle Heights is now on the agenda of the Los Angeles City Council.

    Under a motion introduced March 22 by Councilmember Jose Huizar, whose district includes Boyle Heights, municipal...

  • Boyle Heights JCC

    By Tom Tugend

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Someone has demolished a part of Los Angeles Jewish history and at this point no one in the Jewish community or even the city's building department seems to know who did it and why.

    The architecturally significant Soto-Michigan Jewish Community Center, the focal point of Jewish...

  • Zoning Snafus Keep New JCC Empty

    By Yasha Levine

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Flashback to last fall, the opening ceremony of YESOD, a first-of-its-kind Jewish community center in the heart of St. Petersburg. This three-story modern stone-and-glass building -- built by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) with funds raised primarily from...

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  • Russian City Gets New JCC

    By Yasha Levine

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    At a time when Jewish Community Centers in the West frequently struggle to survive in prosperous communities with lots of Jews, the small Russian port city of Arkhangelsk near the Arctic Circle is on the verge of getting a brand-new JCC. A local businessman had pledged to build and...

  • Milken JCC Thrives With Dollars, Sense

    By Jane Ulman

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In recent years, one of the biggest Jewish stories in Los Angeles has been the death of the Jewish Community Centers. For decades they'd served the broader community as well as Jews, often providing a gateway for nonobservant Jews into Jewish life and culture.

    But center after center...

  • Levelers Make for Moving Havurah

    By Barry Zwick

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It was 1974, and gas had soared to $1.29 a gallon. Tens of thousands of educated, white-collar Americans imagined that they were truckers, squawking "breaker, breaker" and "10-4" into their CB radios, adopting handles like "Rubber Duck." Super-sized recreational vehicles filled the...

  • Burning Bush Meets Burning Man

    By Julie Woldow

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In a tent on an ashen desert plain, seven Jews take refuge against the beating sun. One, a middle-age man with a thick Israeli accent, chants Haftorah as the wind kicks up white dust devils around the group. Next to him, a sun-kissed, raven-haired miss in bikini bottoms and halter...

  • Tentative Deal to Save Valley Cities JCC

    By Marc Ballon

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Valley Cities Jewish Community Center received a new lease on life late last week when its parent organization agreed in principle to sell the center property to a local partnership that will keep the JCC going. Without the agreement, the center could have shut down at the end of...

  • Krayzelburg Dives in to Rescue JCC Pool

    By Marc Ballon

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When Lenny Krayzelburg immigrated to the United States in 1989, he dreamed of a better future. Krayzelburg, a Ukrainian emigre who would go on to become a four-time Olympic gold medalist, found that future at the Westside Jewish Community Center. Despite his broken English and...

  • Episcopal Church Saves Silver Lake JCC

    By Marc Ballon

    April 21, 2005 | 8:01 pm

     

    Just two months before its probable closure, the Silver Lake Independent Jewish Community Center has gained a new lease on life thanks to the efforts of a benevolent high-ranking member of the Episcopal Church.

    In a bid to save the center, Bishop Jon Bruno of the Episcopal Diocese...

  • Young Adults Heed the Leadership Call

    By Marc Ballon

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Heather Greenberg has long known that she wanted to give back. Greenberg, 36, remembers well how Jewish charities helped her family as she grew up. There was the scholarship provided by the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in North Hollywood when her parents, recent émigrés from...

  • Calendar

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Journal is no longer accepting mailed or faxed event listing information. Please e-mail event listings at least three weeks in advance to: calendar@jewishjournal.com.

    By Keren Engelberg

    Calendar

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  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    SATURDAY

    Chinese restaurants and movie theaters notwithstanding, lonely Jews on Christmas have a new place at which to convene. The Skirball Cultural Center is open and mostly free to the public today. See the "Time/Space, Gravity and Light," "Celestial Nights," and "Visions and...

  • Task Force Reviews Access for Disabled

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Childhood polio didn't slow Jay Kruger. Although he couldn't run, Kruger led a normal life as a teenager and into adulthood. Now, like other seniors experiencing post-polio syndrome, his strength is receding. To get around, three years ago he began relying on an electric wheelchair...

  • Irvine Campus Set for Grand Opening

    By Andrea Adelson

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Bermans and Michaels expect their daily routines and social lives will alter substantially mid-August because of membership in the county's greatly expanded Jewish Community Center (JCC), relocated in Irvine.

    "I'm looking forward to that sense of community, of running into people...

  • Community Briefs

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Allstate to Insure Travelers Visiting Israel

    Plaintiff Allen Estrin won a major victory in his lawsuit against 14 life insurance companies over their refusal to cover people who travel to Israel. The number of defendant insurers in the suit fell to 13 when The Allstate Corp....

  • Your Letters

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Buy It Now

    Thank you for your article about the impending closures of Jewish Community Centers (JCC) ("Buy It Now," May 14). The Los Angeles Jewish community runs contrary to the rest of the country. Jewish philanthropy is very visible in the secular community, with large...

  • Buy It Now

    By Rob Eshman

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It continues to baffle me why anybody who cares about the future of Jewish communal life in Los Angeles would seriously contemplate closing the Valley Cities Jewish Community Center (JCC).

    Here is a vibrant center, serving about 1,000 people each week, in the midst of a large and...

  • Your Letters

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Mordechai Vanunu

    The Jewish Journal always has its fair share -- some would say more than its fair share -- of left-leaning articles and analyses regarding the situation in Israel. But your headline, "Vanunu: Hero or Traitor," is beyond the pale (April 23). This man was convicted...

  • Conejo JCC Red Ink to Bring Closure

    By Marc Ballon

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In a reflection of the continued struggles of the area's Jewish community centers, the Conejo Valley JCC is slated to close its doors forever on June 30, the second announced center closure in recent months.

    Meanwhile, the beleaguered Silverlake Independent JCC might survive. The...

  • Members Rally to Save Centers

    By Marc Ballon

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In a forceful display of support for the beleaguered Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center (JCC), an estimated 150 preschoolers, teachers and parents rallied March 23 in front of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles to protest the possible closure of their thriving...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Made With Fear

    In the Torah portion Ki Tisa, the Israelites take one ingredient -- gold -- and they melt, bake and mold it into a calf because they are fearful that Moses will not come back down the mountain. It turned out to be a bad idea and God became very upset with the...

  • Transition to New Center Under Way

    By Andrea Adelson

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The transition by Orange County's Jewish Community Center (JCC) to an expansive $20 million facility in Irvine this summer is already underway with the hiring, effective March 1, of an expanded management team.

    On the job only a few months, Dan M. Bernstein, the JCC's executive...

  • In Remembrance of Ringerman

    By Carin Davis

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It seems everyone has a story about Jerry Ringerman. The former director of Camp JCA Barton Flats and JCC San Francisco, who died on Jan. 6 at the age of 79, touched the lives of thousands of campers, staff and youth, and they, in turn, have touched the lives of thousands more. Born...

  • Chanukah Hoop Dreams

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Picture the "Bad News Bears" in a basketball court, add kippot and a dash of Chanukah and you have the makings of the Disney Channel's latest original movie, "Full-Court Miracle." The film is based on the true story of Lamont Carr (Richard T. Jones), a down-and-out former University...

  • JCC Director to Leave Before Project Finish

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Part of the team readying O.C.'s Jewish Community Center for its planned relocation and expansion next year in Irvine is not staying to see the result.

    Gerry Buncher, 53, the JCC's executive director since 1999, is resigning at the end of his current contract, effective Dec. 31.

    "I...

  • Community Briefs

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Center Board Wants Member to Resign

    Pini Herman, an activist and outspoken critic of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA), has been asked to resign from the advisory board of the Westside Jewish Community Center (WJCC) by the group's president.

    Herman,...

  • Your Letters

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Army of One



    In "An Army of One" (Jan. 24), The Jewish Journal states, "he can count the times he's missed a deadline on the fingers of one hand." It should have read, "Army Archerd has never missed a deadline in 50 years writing his column at Daily Variety."



    Army Archerd, Los...

  • Redefining Its Role

    By Marc Ballon

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    For the past 60 years, the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA) has been the glue which, until recently, has kept area Jewish community centers largely flourishing. As the organization struggles to reinvent itself as a consulting business, some in the Jewish...

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