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  • Judaism & Homosexuality

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Left to right, panelist Rabbi Elliott Dorff of University ofJudaism, Rabbi Lisa Edwards of Beth Chayim Chadashim, moderator Mark Levine, panelist Rabbi Leila Gal Berner and lawyer and AIDS activistDavid Rephun, the panelist from an Orthodox background. Below,panelist Rabbi Allen...

  • Up Front

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Kosher Ahoy!

     

    Should you eat it as a sandwich, or break it apart and eat thecookie part separately from the cream?

    Kosher-observant Jews will now be faced with that classic Americandilemma with the historic koshering of the Oreo, billed by makerNabisco as America's favorite cookie.

    It's...

  • Community

    By Shlomit Levy

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    More than 40 Jews planted a sapling at the Sepulveda DamRecreation Area as part of the third annual COEJL Jewish EnvironmentLeadership Training Institute. Photo by Shlomit Levy

    Connecting Judaism to the Environment

    Last weekend's COEJL conference brings

    together 100 activists

    By Shlomit...

  • ALMANAC

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    For four millenia, the Jewish homeland hassurvived either as dream or reality. A nomadic tribe began migratinginto the Land of Canaan in the early second millenium B.C.E. Theirhistory of wandering, exodus and eventual conquest of Canaan, whichthey renamed Israel, forms the core story...

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  • Warring Tribes

    By Larry Derfner

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Theoriginal idea, born after the 1948 War of Independence, was that allJews in Israel would be equal. No poor, no "ethnics," no excessivelyreligious people unless they were too stubborn to change. The nearly2 million Jewish immigrants (at first chiefly from Middle Easterncountries,...

  • A Birthday Rich With Questions

    By David Hartman

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The mirror of 50 years of statehood reflects ourwarts as well as our beauty marks. We can no longer sustain the mythof pure innocence nor can we suppress the worry we feel about ourfuture when reviewing our past.

    The history of Zionism is not a simple,one-dimensional story of good...

  • Deconstructing Woody

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Woody Allen, Elizabeth Shue and Billy Crystal.


    Film: Deconstructing Woody

    By Sally Ogle Davis


    Remember when Woody Allen, following the Soon Yi scandal, wasasked by the "60 Minutes" reporter how he could sleep with hisstepdaughter? He didn't seem to understand the question....

  • Community Briefs

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Meditation practices, kabbalistic wisdom, the spiritualapplications of music and other elements of what is often called theJewish Renewal Movement will be taught and discussed at a localconference Dec. 13-14. Convened by Metivta, a center forcontemplative Judaism headed by Rabbi...

  • Letters

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    As the members of the Los Angeles Jewish Commission on Sweatshops,we were dismayed and extremely disappointed that Joel Kotkin has soquickly jumped to conclusions about our work ("A Stitch in Time MaySave Jobs," Nov. 7). In our examination of work conditions in thegarment industry,...

  • The Thirteen Wants

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    What can American-style liberalJudaism offer Israel? After the battle over the proposed conversionbill is settled, that question will remain. We can puff up our chestsand demand equality with Orthodoxy over who is a Jew. But,inevitably, every political victory in the Knesset will...

  • Power, Politics And People

    By Susan Jacobs

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    New York publishing executive Steven Baum is a lifelong Conservative Jew who recently joined a Reform temple, and he's not happy about it. "There's hardly any Hebrew," he says. "They don't wear yarmulkes. It's just not the Judaism I grew up with."

    So why did he make the switch?...

  • Power, Politics & People

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Steven Grossman, chair of the Democratic National Committee, appeared at Tufts University in Boston recently to talk with students about his party's future. It was, he reported later, one of the most enthusiastic audiences he has faced in awhile -- 150 young people, eager to learn...
  • Education Adopting a More Accepting Attitude

    By Beverly Gray

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Debra has always known she's adopted. At the age of 6 months, shecame into the lives of a couple I'll call the Rubins, who welcomedher with open arms. Now a feisty fifth-grader, she has the run of ahousehold filled with music, pets and love. But as she approachespuberty, her parents...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    You know me, Rabbi. You know how important thesynagogue is to me, how much I enjoy services; you see me at yourTorah classes. You know what kind of Jew I am: I am the only one atthe family seder table who can read the Hebrew side of the Haggadah,but they won't accept me, because I...

  • Where Do We Go From Here?

    By Rob Eshman

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Can't we all just get along? Reviewing the events of the pastyear in our community, the answer seems to be: just barely. For theChinese, this has been the Year of the Rooster. For Los AngelesJewry, let's call it the Year of the Grudge.

    The big stories of the year were not Jew vs....

  • The Bible Codes

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    A Caltech mathematician and a leading Orthodox educational institution teamed up recently to turn up the heat on a simmering controversy over what they say is a scientifically and religiously suspect tool used by Jewish outreach organizations -- the Bible codes. Aish HaTorah, a...

  • Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Around this time of the year, Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz, wearing his "Grateful Yid" T-shirt and baseball cap, offers an alternative to the legions of Los Angeles Jews, who wonder whether to spring anywhere from $100 to $400 for a High Holy Days synagogue admission.

    Schwartzie, as he is...

  • In Times of Sorrow

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Ceramic bas relief by Albert Greenberg


    "I am sure," said Sinai Temple's Rabbi DavidWolpe in his Rosh Hashanah sermon, "that in almost every pulpit inAmerica from whatever denomination rabbis are speaking about theterrible strife we are enduring -- Jew against Jew, as well as Jewagainst Arab -- in the Land of Israel." ...

  • The Dirty Little Secret of the Pluralism Debate

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Reuven Hammer is an American-born Conservativerabbi who has lived in Jerusalem since 1973, working as a writer andteacher -- Conservative rabbi is not much of a career option inIsrael -- and raising five kids along the way. Among variouspart-time jobs, he heads the bet din, or...

  • Up Front

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Laibel Wolf

    How do you like your kabbalah? For those delving into the mysticalsystem of Judaism, there are plenty of choices these days. We won'tname names, but the menu runs from intense and concentrated tohalf-baked. For those of you who take your kabbalah on the...

  • Building Your

    By Linda Feldman

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    My years inSanta Cruz are measured by the Jewish calendar. Through a coincidenceof dates, I arrived in 1995 the night before erev Rosh Hashanah. Butit was no accident that I joined Temple Beth El by fax from LosAngeles. Murray Baumgarten -- a man whom I had never met but whosename...

  • Common Ground

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    My little Long Island town had two shuls: ourConservative synagogue close to home and the one we called the"other," across town. My parents never mentioned it by name. The shulwas Reform.

    The "other" shul, smaller than ours and locatedoff a main highway, symbolized everything...

  • Psychology at the U.J.

    By Beverly Gray

    October 23, 1997 | 7:59 pm

    The campus of the University of Judaism where Lutzker'sclasses are taught

    Sometimes we all need a good nudge before we do the right thing.Nearly 10 years ago, when the University of Judaism approached Dr.John Lutzker to head its fledgling psychology department, he broachedthe...

  • Accepting Judaism as a Privilege

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    One Sunday morning, many years ago, as parentscame to pick up their kids from the Hebrew school where I taught, Ioverheard a conversation. "How was class?" A father asked his son.The child began to whine. "I hate Hebrew school," he said. "It'sboring and stupid, the teachers are mean,...
  • Letters

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I am writing in response to Rabbi David Eliezrie ("It's Time to Talk," Oct. 3). I don't think he is being true to the teaching of the Torah when he manipulates facts and figures to attack other rabbis who are not Orthodox and says his way is the only way. How many times throughout...
  • Taking Off the Mask

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Taking Off the Mask


    During the long hours of Yom Kippur prayers lastweekend, my friend Sheldon occupied himself by conducting a census ofthe people called to the bimah for ritual honors.

    "My tally is 7-2, women to men," he told me whenwe sat down to break the fast. This...

  • Holidays

    By Norman Salsitz

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "But then a man with a red beard held aTorah out and called 'Zaleski, I give this honor to Zaleski.'"Photo from "The Jews In America," 1995.

    By 1965, I was a well-established suburbanite living inSpringfield, whose Jewish community included both a Reform andConservative congregation....

  • Letters

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Regarding "Forgiving and Pardoning Jonathan Pollard" (Oct. 3):Irving Greenberg puts forth far too many reasons to release Pollardand not one real reason to keep him incarcerated.

    I say that the traitor should be expelled from our countryand let him seek his sanctuary wherever he can...

  • Life’s a Mixed Bag

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Life's a Mixed Bag

    Who shall live? Who shall die? And what do weleave each other? Here are three whose lives touched mine, gone thisyear. Their names are part of my Yizkor prayers.

    Elizabeth Hobson was lying in her bed at NewYork's Lenox Hill Hospital when I saw her a few...

  • Fields: Support for Israel is ‘Conditional’

    By Tom Tugend

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    In language rarely, if ever, heard in a mainstream American synagogue since the rebirth of Israeli statehood, a leading Reform rabbi told his congregation in a High Holy Days sermon that the year past "has been filled with heartbreak, frustration and anger. Everything we have done...

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