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  • L.A. 5758 Sephardic Spirit

    By Julie G Fax

    October 6, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    To understand the mystic approach to life thatsuffuses the Pinto Torah Center, simply listen to Rabbi Yaakov Pintotell the story of how his parents met.

    At the age of 18, Rabbi Moshe Pinto decided thathe was ready to marry, and so he went to his father, Rabbi ChaimPinto, the great ...

  • Haunting Visages

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    In the paintings of Chaim Soutine (1893-1943), we are fortunate to glimpse the work of one of this century's great Jewish (and European) artists, and one of its major pre-war expressionists.

    The creator of what has been described as churning brushwork is the subject of a...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...
  • Accidental Death in Utah

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Orel in Hebrew means God's light. Orel Gigi was only 4 1/2 years old when she died in a car accident on Aug. 2, but to her parents and all who knew her, she was like her name -- a ray of divine light. "Her smile and outstretched arm towards anybody was magic, and a heart could not...
  • Trading Places

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    In a unique effort to redefine the future relations between Israeli and Diaspora Jews, 14 Israeli 10th-graders arrived last week to participate in what may be the first student-exchange program between Israeli schools and a non-Orthodox Los Angeles Jewish day school.

    But the Milken...

  • 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...

  • ACLU Saluted

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Tisha B'Av, the day of mourning in commemoration of the destruction of the two Temples, is notable for at least two reasons. For one, it may be the only holiday that Hallmark hasn't designed a card for. And it seems to be the one holiday that most Jews have heard of, but few seem to...
  • Center Provides Hope for Autistic Children

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    As Tony and Barbara Miller* awaited the birth of their first child in 1990, they excitedly planned for the future by purchasing a large, family-friendly home in a suburb renowned for its school district. When their son Robert* was born -- a striking child with olive skin and a halo...

  • 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...

  • Insiders, Outsiders

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Norman Mirsky, whose idiosyncratic blend of sociology and theology was one of the great delights at the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College, died suddenly last week and any tribute comes too late. At 61, oversized in both girth and wit (he once punned that a Hebrew...
  • Adat Ari El Senior Club

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Adat Ari El Senior Club meets for trips, entertainment, bingo and a light lunch, Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 12020 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. A theater trip is planned for late Sept. For information, call (818) 765-7963 or (818) 764-4532.

    Adat Shalom Seniors, 3030 Westwood...

  • 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...

  • A Breath of Fresh Air

    By Tom Tugend

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 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...

  • A Solid Foundation

    By Beverly Gray

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Until recently the Milken Community High School was housed in cramped rows of portable bungalows. The high school's students spent their day in what looked like bunkhouses at a summer camp. Several of the portables are still in use until finishing touches are completed on the...
  • Born to Raise Hopes

    By Tom Tugend

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The counselor at Roosevelt High School in East Los Angeles took one look at Antonio Villar's surname, skin color and attendance record and knew just where to place him.

    "You'll never go to college," the counselor assured the future UCLA grad and assigned him to upholstery and remedial...

  • The High Cost of High Holidays

    By Julie G Fax

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    For 25 years after his bar mitzvah, Bob Feldman didn't attend High Holiday services, and he felt little compunction -- "about 20 percent guilt and the rest...nothing at all."

    So when some friends suggested he attend Rosh Hashanah services at the Westin LAX Hotel a few years ago, he...

  • Hearing is Believing

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Tisha B'Av, the day of mourning in commemoration of the destruction of the two Temples, is notable for at least two reasons. For one, it may be the only holiday that Hallmark hasn't designed a card for. And it seems to be the one holiday that most Jews have heard of, but few seem to...
  • Discovering His Place in the World

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    From the way his friends talk about him, you'd almost think Rabbi Marc Schneier might end up chief rabbi of American Jewry some day, if he's not careful. His critics, on the other hand, suspect that's exactly what he's after, and they think it's the rest of us who'd better watch out....
  • Signs of the times

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    -- Richard Rodriguez, in the afterword to "Fast Forward"

    From top: book cover, Photojournalist Lauren Greenfield; photo from exhibit "Ashleigh, 13, with her friend and parents, Santa Monica." Signs of the times: At an upscale bar mitzvah party in Santa Monica, 13-year-old boys in...

  • Taking the First Step

    September 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Taking the First Step

    More than 40 rabbis, from Orthodox to Reform, look for ways to increase respect among Jews

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax, Religion Editor

    One of them calls himself a hardliner. Another says he doesn't believe in pluralism. Still another admits he has...

  • Under Siege

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 3, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    In Roger Hanin's semi-autobiographical film, "Soleil" (1997), 13-year-old Meyer is kicked out of school for being Jewish in Vichy North Africa. It is a sign that things have changed for his family in Algeria, where Jews had peacefully lived for centuries amid the Moslems. Now,...
  • If the Spaceship Comes

    By Adam Gilad

    September 3, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I am in a cult.

    Not one with an Indian twist, nor a homegrown one full of fervid believers waiting for a modern-day Shabtai Tzvi to fly us all to a New Jerusalem. No, my cult is more like that of those UFO suicides in Rancho Santa Fe waiting for the spaceship to take them away to a...

  • Back To School Briefs

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Italian Import

    Instead of bringing home a Gucci handbag or a recipe for great risotto, Esther Elfenbaum returned from Italy with a host of bright, new ideas that could transform preschools as we know them.

    Elfenbaum, head consultant for...

  • Community Briefs

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Telethon Time

    Chabad returns to the air for an 18th year

    The Chabad Telethon -- that unique mix of caring, sharing and good production values -- returns to the small screen this Sunday, Aug. 30, from 5 p.m. to midnight on UPN Channel 13.

    ...

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