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  • Learning With Naomi Wolf at Stephen S. Wise Temple

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    April 8, 2014 | 8:44 am


    Naomi Wolf speaking at Stephen S. Wise Temple Library Lunch I believe in books and that Benjamin Franklin was right when he said the library is the greatest American institution. I am a library evangelist and was delighted to be in Los Angeles for the “It Happens Every Spring: Annual Library Lunch” at Stephen W. Wise Temple organized by...

  • Slavin Library to close

    March 20, 2013 | 10:20 am

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles announced plans on March 14 to close the Slavin Children’s Library, which is located in the lobby of its Wilshire Boulevard building, to make room for an expansion of the Zimmer Children’s Museum. The space will become the new Slavin’s...

  • In Every Generation: Remaking The Szyk Haggadah [VIDEO]

    By Jared Baker

    May 16, 2012 | 10:25 am

    From Historicana:

    Shalom Sabar at the Library of Congress: The Washington Haggadah and The Szyk Haggadah.

    This video is a portion of the documentary film, “In Every Generation: Remaking The Szyk Haggadah (Historicana and JKR Productions, 2008), directed by Emmy-nominated Jim Ruxin....

  • Oh Carnival Cruise Line, how I wish you’d step up to the rest of them…

    By Julia Bendis

    July 18, 2011 | 9:26 pm

    Maybe some of you noticed that I haven’t written in the last week.  Alright, none of you noticed but that’s not the point.  My husband and I took the boys on a long awaited vacation on board the “brand new” Carnival cruise ship called ‘Splendor’, or as I am calling it ‘Ineptness’.

    ...
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  • Public libraries face crucial funding vote

    By Bill Boyarsky

    February 22, 2011 | 6:50 pm

    When Susan Kent was a child in Westchester County, N.Y., she read her way through the public library children’s section and then headed over to the adult books.

    When the librarian told Kent they were for adults only, she called in her father. “My father came to the library and...

  • L.A.’s Jewish Community Library Likely to Move

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    March 15, 2009 | 5:23 am

    A coalition of Jewish Community Library supporters say leaders at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles have spurned their efforts to create an independent library and to stop a proposed merger with the American Jewish University.

    Since March 2008, leaders of Federation,...

  • Briefs: Seeds of Peace extends past Summer; BBYO offers cash incentive for summer camps

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Seeds of Peace Extends Past Summer

    After a shaky start fighting over a girl they both liked, Joseph Katona, 19, a Jewish Angeleno, and Omar Dreidi, his 19-year-old Palestinian Arab bunkmate, formed a bond that would extend past the two summers they shared at a Seeds of Peace retreat...

  • Briefs: Espere la Luz in Mojave, Alonim campers step up to help, kids library returns

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli Firm Plans to Construct World's Largest Solar Power Park in Mojave Desert

    An Israeli company will build the world's largest solar energy park in Southern California's Mojave Desert to supply enough electricity to power 400,000 homes in Central and Northern California.

    The...

  • Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad; ‘West Bank Story’ screening

    By Keren Engelberg

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 3rd

    Naughty Jewish girls need love, too. Show it to 'em this weekend. "Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad" returns to Los Angeles for three nights at Tangiers. The variety show features comedy, music, spoken word and burlesque, with a healthy helping of kitsch. Klezmer Juice...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 2nd

    This weekend represents a final opportunity to view two Skirball Center multimedia exhibitions. "Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography" presents photos, video and multimedia pieces by emerging and mid-career artists, exploring the theme of Jewish...

  • The ‘Chosen’ Ones Across the Street

    By Robert David Jaffee

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It has long been a cliché that Los Angeles does not respect the culture of the book. It is true that this town famously eviscerated Faulkner and Fitzgerald, that Hollywood suits to this day treat screenwriters the way Henry VIII treated his wives. Yet, it is also true that Los...

  • Class Notes: Library’s PR Prize

    By Julie G Fax

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This calendar earned its dates with destiny. The 2004-2005 calendar of the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles won a spot in the American Library Association's "Best of Show" for library PR at the organization's annual conference June 26 in Chicago. The Family Calendar of events...

  • Schools Work Hard to Make the Grade

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School West team labored close to two years on their assignment. They administered surveys, compiled data and poured through reams of material. This homework, however, was completed not by students, but by staff and faculty. And the project was not so...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Goodbye, Jacob, Goodbye

    Parshat Vayetze opens with Jacob leaving Be'er Sheva. Everyone feels his absence.

    Is there someone who used to live in your neighborhood or went to your school but moved away? How did you feel when they left? Was that person someone who did nice things?

    What...

  • Read to Me

    By Rob Eshman

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    You never forget your first, and mine was Milton Steinberg.

    Not his novel, "As a Driven Leaf." I'd read that later in

    life, after my wife, a rabbi, looked at me unbelievingly one day and said, "You've never read 'As a Driven Leaf?'"

    For her, and for so many others, it was a seminal...

  • Delivery for Your Brain

    By Leora Alhadeff

    March 25, 2004 | 6:59 pm

    Need an amazing challah recipe? Want a book on Jewish history for your child's report? How about a film for the next holiday? Well, now you can order in.

    The Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles (JCLLA) created @ Your Door, a service to send some of its 25,000 books and resource...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Chaverim Simcha

    Four members of Chaverim, a social program for adults with developmental disabilities celebrated their bar/bat mitzvahs at Valley Beth Shalom. Karen Cook, Cindi Rothstein, Ron Corn and Stephen Wise didn't have the opportunity to partake in the Jewish ritual at the...

  • Dr. Louis Shub

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Louis Shub, longtime library director of the University of Judaism's (UJ) Jack and Bel Ostrow Library, died  March 10 of pneumonia at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica. He was 89.

    Shub is credited with building the UJ's library from a modest collection to one of the...

  • The Last Jew

    By Andrew Muchin

    January 16, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    According to family legend, Julius Rosenbush was a new immigrant living in Alabama when, in the late 1890s, he boarded a train for the countryside, looking for mineral water that he thought would cure his asthma.

    The train stopped at a country town, and the conductor asked if...

  • Check Out the Library’s New Digs

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Sally Hyam didn't mind working on her birthday. A librarian for the last 19 years at the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles (JCLLA), Hyam was actually delighted that some 40 visitors were checking out books and videos at the opening reception celebrating the library's new...

  • Protocol

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Rules of etiquette suggest that one must whisper in a library. But for the Jewish Community Library of Greater Los Angeles, that rule is just the beginning.

    The library recently held its culminating ceremony for a group of youngsters enrolled in its Children's Etiquette and Social...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    ADL Satisfies Medavoyeurs

    About 60 people came to West Hollywood's Wyndham Bel Age Hotel for an evening with Mike Medavoy. The Oscar-blessed movie producer and former studio chief -- behind such hits as "Rocky," "Annie Hall," "10," "Platoon," "Philadelphia," "Hoosiers" and "Silence...

  • Hidden Stacks

    By Sheldon Teitelbaum

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Read any good Hebrew books lately?

    If you live in the Valley -- we'll assume you read Hebrew -- you'll most likely have picked up the latest Ram Oren techno-thriller or Naomi Ragen frummie-potboiler at the recently opened Steimatzky bookstore on Ventura Boulevard near Corbin.

    Another...

  • Long Overdue

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Abigail Yasgur has a vision for the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles.

    "Why can't the library serve as a civic hub?" the director of library and information services asks. "Why not be a storefront for the [Jewish] Federation [of Greater Los Angeles], like Jewish Vocational...

  • Have Library, Must Travel

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 17, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    To reach David Hirsch's narrow, cluttered office at UCLA, you traverse bare, labyrynthine corridors in the basement of the University Research Library.

    Hirsch, the Jewish and Middle Eastern studies bibliographer at the library, supervises a collection of treasures that range from a...

  • ArtsThe Year’s Best Jewish Children’s Books

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Last month,the Association of Jewish Libraries announced the winners of its Sydney Taylor Award for this year's most distinguished contributions to Jewish children's literature. AJL's award committee chose a holiday story and a mesmerizing collection of legends as the finest of the...
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