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  • Twenty Years and Counting

    By Tom Tugend

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Marvin Hier arrived in Los Angeles on July 4, 1977, to inspect the sizable building he had purchased on unfashionable Pico Boulevard, it was one of the few times in his life that he was genuinely scared.

    "The place had been stripped of all light fixtures," he recalls. "We...

  • Inspiration Points

    By Julie G Fax

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Aaron Paley, 41, grew up living and breathing Yiddish.

    His world was a community of leftist Jews who considered the radical Workmen's Circle the reichte, the right wing. Paley attended the collectively-run Yiddish Kindershule and Mittelshule in Van Nuys, where he studied labor history...

  • JFS Opens New Center for Seniors

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Seniors in the San Fernando Valley will have greater access to mental-health and day-care services, thanks to a generous donor and the newly expanded facilities of the Jewish Family Services' Valley Storefront in North Hollywood.
  • Police Get Lessons on Jewish Observance

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    "Why do Jewish men wear those side curls?" asks the policewoman with the short, slicked-back hair and serious manner. Neal Shapiro and his brother-in-law, Sheldon Altman, explain as Wilshire Division Officer Terri Utley listens intently.

    About 20 officers have just heard Shapiro and...

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  • Inspiration Points

    By Julie G Fax

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    About 100 San Fernando Valley residents gathered at a community forum Sept. 2 to discuss a spate of recent and troubling anti-Semitic incidents.

    The meeting, held at Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills, demonstrated the kind of rapid response team that a scattered history of hate crimes...

  • Labor’s Leaders Lobby for U.S. Support, Funds

    By Tom Tugend

    September 24, 1998 | 7:59 pm

    Two leaders of Israel's opposition Labor Party were in Los Angeles last week on separate visits and voiced sharp criticism of the current government's peace policy, and support for a strong role by the United States in the stalled negotiations.

    First came Yossi Beilin, a Knesset...

  • Letters

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Rob Eshman caught the mood of frustration and concern that was evident at Jerry Bubis' home at a recent meeting of our local Peace Now leadership. This concern is born of the destructive strategies and tactics of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. With the change in election laws it...
  • Forgiving the Vatican

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Congregants at Valley Beth Shalom heard an unusual plea for forgiveness at their Sept. 12 Selichot services. Monsignor Royale M. Vadakin, pastor of St. Anastasia Church in Los Angeles, spoke of efforts on the part of the Vatican...

  • JDC’s Priority:

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union are in a desperate situation as a result of the transition from Communism to capitalism, said Michael Schneider, executive director of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).

    Schneider, in Los Angeles last week to talk with top...

  • A Room of Their Own

    By Diane Arieff

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    It's Friday night in Westwood, and the room is packed. It's a stylish, attractive crowd -- lawyers, entertainment executives, marketing analysts and other professionals who look like they had a chance to stop off at home after work and freshen up before coming. The buzz is happy and...
  • In a Class of Its Own

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    About 100 San Fernando Valley residents gathered at a community forum Sept. 2 to discuss a spate of recent and troubling anti-Semitic incidents.

    The meeting, held at Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills, demonstrated the kind of rapid response team that a scattered history of hate crimes...

  • Granting Millions in Dollars and Wishes

    September 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    More than $2.2 million in grants -- including $1.7million to the Israel Experience Program -- was committed by theJewish Community Foundation last month to local programs benefiting avariety of Jewish organizations.

    The foundation's support for the Jewish FederationCouncil of Greater...

  • Facing Down Anti-Semitism

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    About 100 San Fernando Valley residents gathered at a community forum Sept. 2 to discuss a spate of recent and troubling anti-Semitic incidents.

    The meeting, held at Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills, demonstrated the kind of rapid response team that a scattered history of hate crimes...

  • Helping Those in the Shadows

    By John R. Fishel

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    In a Jewish community the size and scope of ours, it is sometimes easy to lose sight of the small acts of kindness that define our concern for justice and quality of life.

    The Jewish Community Chaplaincy Program of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California provides such acts. There's...

  • Community

    By Tom Tugend

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Building a Bridge

    The new Israeli consul for communications hopes to create dialogue between Israel and Jewish communities in the United States

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    Young Arthur Lenk, a native of Patterson, N.J., was at his desk in the protocol division of the Israeli...

  • Power, Politics & People

    August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    J.J. Goldberg writes regularly for The Jewish Journal.

     

    Swiss Story Lessons

    On Oct. 29, 1857, delegates from four cities gathered in Baltimore for a national Jewish protest...

  • Community Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Supporting the Republican

    Some Orthodox Jews are throwing their support behind gubernatorial candidate Dan Lungren

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    State Attorney General Dan Lungren, the Republican candidate for governor, tested the waters of Jewish community...

  • Cover Story

    By James D

    August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    The expulsion of Jews from the IberianPeninsula 500 years ago brought a tragic end to a Jewish presencethat had thrived for centuries in Sepharad, the Hebrew word for Spain. It also set in motion the dispersion of Sephardicculture.

    Strictly speaking, Sephardic Jewry includes...

  • Up Front

    August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Save the Trees -- and the Sukkahs

    For several years, the city of Los Angeles Street Tree Division has treated the Jewish community to a bounty of free palm fronds to use as schach , covering for the huts built in honor of the...

  • Federation Matters

    By John Fishel

    August 13, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    John Fishel is the executive vice president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

     

    Priorities:

    Local vs. National

    By John Fishel

    A few weeks ago, Jewish...

  • Community

    By Ruth Stroud

    August 13, 1998 | 8:00 pm

     

     

     

    A Passion for Politics -- and Sports

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

    New chair of the JCRC, Howard Welinsky, talks about his upcoming term

    Howard Welinsky is guarded when he talks politics. As the...

  • Cover Story

    By Beverly Gray

    August 13, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    As Zionism turns 100 and Israel approaches 50, a Sept. 14 conference re-examines our affection for the Jewish State.

    Photo from Jerusalem in 3000 Years, Konemann, 1995.

    To many American Jews in their 20s, 30s and 40s, Zionism, the ancient dream of a Jewish homeland that spawned a...

  • Power, Politics & People

    August 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    J.J. Goldberg writes regularly for The Jewish Journal.

     

    Dress Reversal

    How a certain cocktail dress could determine the future of Middle East diplomacy

    Sitting in the lobby of...

  • Cover Story

    By Ruth Mason

    August 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    "We boarded a big bird with steel wings. Mother cried and father was silent. He knew that everything was about to change. Goodbye to you Africa; everything erased in one day."

    -- from "Memories of Africa," on the CD "Shlomo Gronich and...

  • Nation

    By James D

    July 30, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Surge of Gay Bashing Worries Jews

    By James D. Besser, ...

  • The Passin of Tom Bradley

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    July 30, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Tom Bradley was buried Monday, hailed as Los Angeles' longtime mayor, statesman, leader and friend. His is a grand biography; a son of Texas sharecroppers and the grandson of slaves, Bradley broke down ethnic and class barriers and forged a new multiracial political base that...
  • On the Eve of Simchat Torah

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    July 30, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    On the eve of Simchat Torah, many synagogues auction the three major honors of the day, with proceeds benefiting the synagogue or other Jewish institutions. Two honors, Hatan Torah (for the one called to the final reading in Deuteronomy) and Hatan Bereshit (for the one called to the...
  • A Most Disheartening Time

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 30, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    This is a most disheartening time. It is the Jewish New Year, a time for celebration and reflection; for coming together with family and friends; for stock-taking and assessing one's life, past and present; for pausing while the daily currents of work, plans and news are allowed to...
  • Washington gears up for a battle with global implications

    July 30, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Fasten your seat belts, because we're all in for a bumpy ride as Washington gears up for a battle with global implications -- and it has nothing to do with Monica Lewinsky or Ken Starr.

    The conflict, which will have a huge impact on Jews here and around the world, is the emerging...

  • Letters

    July 23, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    Your article, "Scientologists Cry Fascism" (July 10), comes across as a do-good maligned religion battling Germany, an old haven of bigotry. This is really the case of the proverbial "kettle calling the pot black."

    The Journal...

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