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  • Passing The Bar… Again

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Some things are just better the second time around. For some, it's marriage. For others, it's childbirth or career. For Mel Guthman, a member of Kehillat Israel in Pacific Palisades, this was the case with his bar mitzvah -- and well worth the 70-year wait.

    "One of the reasons I...

  • Born in East L.A.

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The East L.A. community of Boyle Heights has always been a neighborhood dominated by immigrants. Today, it's a poor Hispanic neighborhood. But Hershey Eisenberg, 75, remembers a different Boyle Heights: It was during the Great Depression, when the community was poor and Jewish, but...

  • Let’s Make a Mitzvah!

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In the nonprofit circles, former "Let's Make a Deal" host Monty Hall has built a reputation for being a "tireless" fundraiser, having helped raised nearly $1 billion over the years for a lengthy roster of charities, Jewish and non-Jewish alike. Yet "tireless" might be too weak an...

  • Blame It on the Dummy

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    If you've got something against the Jewish dummy named Velvel, blame Nat King Cole.

    Back in 1955, the legendary crooner would come into the Sunset Strip club where his wife worked, and catch Rickie Layne and Velvel in action.

    "He told Ed Sullivan, 'There's a guy working with my wife...

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  • Silver Lining for Silverlake

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    At the onset of 2002, it looked like curtains for the Silverlake-Los Feliz Jewish Community Center (JCC). The JCC, located at Sunset Boulevard and Bates Avenue, was one of five sites originally slated to be shut down and sold so that parent organization Jewish Community Centers of...

  • A Unique Sound

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Considering where he's been, it seemed unlikely that Craig Wyckoff would have been the man inducted on July 12 as president of Valley Outreach Synagogue (VOS).

    The entertainment agent was once so disillusioned with Judaism that he flirted with Eastern religions, until his wife Mary...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Perhaps Rome wasn't built in a day, but clothing retailers Mereille and Nader Manesh, who run the Avant Garde in Beverly Hills, created an entire clothing store overnight. Anything is possible when the incentive is to raise money to support Israel.

    It was all part of a unique...

  • Double Identity

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Vocalist Vanessa Paloma can not wait to sing at Fiesta Shalom on June 30. For the Angeleno, who performs Ladino music with her band, Flor de Serena, Fiesta Shalom, a celebration of her Jewish and Latin ethnicities, is a far cry from the mixed feelings she used to experience about...

  • A Bittersweet Day

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    They appear on a postcard with the romantic look of a turn-of-the-century Victorian family, although their names are anything but Victorian. Hyman, Manya, Slava, Nathan, Clara and Berra (later Ben) Chernoy all posed for the picture around 1905, looking young and fair and without any...

  • Curious About George

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 30, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    A mischievous monkey named Curious George achieved what millions of people could not: he escaped the Holocaust.

    In the pre-dawn hours of June 14, 1940, German Jews Hans Augusto (H.A.) and Margret Rey fled Paris on a makeshift bicycle, only hours ahead of invading Nazis, carrying the...

  • Ten Days in L.A.

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles reception welcomed 18 students participating in a cultural exchange sponsored by the Federation's Tel Aviv-Los Angeles Partnership. Fourteen students from Tel Aviv's A.D. Gordon School and four students from their paired partner,...

  • Why Not L.A.?

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When the Jewish Community Centers Association (JCCA) of North America convened its April 21-24 Biennial 2002 convention in Los Angeles, delegates from all over the continent assembled to discuss the challenges facing the JCC system: security issues, the direction of early childhood...

  • Goodbye, Rabbi

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A chapter is about to close for the Reform movement. After 30 years, Rabbi Allen Freehling is retiring from University Synagogue. As of June 30, Freehling, 70, will turn over the Brentwood synagogue's spiritual leadership to incoming Rabbi Morley Feinstein from Temple Beth El in...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Singles Groups Go Universal

    Universal CityWalk played host to an ambitious undertaking by two prominent Los Angeles-based Jewish singles enterprises on April 14. Nearly 650 singles attended an evening sponsored by SpeedDating and Klutz Productions. The multitiered singles event,...

  • Sunday in the Park

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Security" and "unity." Those were the two buzzwords of this year's Israel Independence Day Festival. And both were in great supply in what turned out to be a festive and safe celebration of Israel and Jewish culture.

    About 30,000 people converged at Encino's Woodley Park for a day...

  • The Show Must Go On

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On the surface, it could have been any other Hollywood industry event: legendary producer Mike Medavoy and actress-director-producer Penny Marshall received awards before the festival-opening movie screening at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Business as usual in...

  • Israel on Their Minds

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    For Jews in Los Angeles, the Middle East conflict in recent weeks has reached a frightening intensity. But for local Israelis with family residing in Israel, the emotional stakes have become particularly poignant.

    An April 16, the Yom HaZikaron (Israel Remembrance Day) ceremony at...

  • Man of Action

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    If there is a name for comic book action, it must be "David Goyer."

    When the 36-year-old screenwriter is not bringing superheroes to life in hyperactive flicks -- such as the just-released "Blade 2," starring Wesley Snipes -- Goyer is doing it in the pages of D.C. Comics. "Justice...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A Hungry Mob

    It was a moment that the members of Women's Department of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles' Business and Professional Division will never forget: a kitchen full of young women learning about and noshing on the Sicilian culinary stylings of chef Henry Hill....

  • Tolerance for Tots

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "What Would You Do?" is not only the title of a tolerance-thumping children's book distributed by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), but it's the question central to each of the book's three short stories. It's a device that the book's creators say is purposeful.

    "We wanted to make...

  • Clothes Call

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    There was a time when the retail clothing industry was thriving.

    "In the '80s, my customers spent almost 8 percent of their disposable income on clothing," said David Sacks, owner of Sacks SFO apparel stores.

    However, time and a change in consumer habits have eroded this reality....

  • Viva la Similarities

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It was a great idea: a restaurant gathering at Tomayo's, an East Los Angeles eatery known for its vibrant Latino cultural life, hosted by Israel's consul general in Los Angeles, that would unite Los Angeles' Jews and Latinos.

    "The idea was to bring the Jewish people to the Eastside...

  • Not Your Grandmother’s Macaroons

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    You knew this was bound to happen.

    Just this past Purim, The Journal reported about how hamantashen were becoming a hot food delicacy outside of Jewish circles. Now, two enterprising Los Angeles-area women are bent on doing the same for yet another holiday dessert staple -- the...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Bravo For SoCal's Educators and Administrators!

    You might call him the event's "grand Marshall."

    Garry Marshall -- director of "Pretty Woman" and "The Princess Diaries" and creator of TV shows such as "The Odd Couple" and "Happy Days" -- hosted this year's 20th annual Bravo...

  • The Trials of Ted Deutsch

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Auschwitz survivor Tibor (Ted) Deutsch will never forget the dark day in 1944 that forever shaped his life. Deutsch was only 16 when he and his older brother, Georg, were among the 1,000 Jews assigned to slave labor at a Trzebinia subcamp assigned to the service the venerable German...

  • ‘Sunday’ Aids Argentina

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    With Super Sunday approaching March 3, The Journal spoke with John Fishel, president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, to get his impressions on this year's daylong phone-a-thon.

    Fishel, who hopes to raise another $3 million to $5 million in the coming year in response...

  • Grace Period Under Pressure

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    All is not lost for the Jewish Community Centers.

    After months of a crisis that threatened to close several centers, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles announced that it will extend the repayment period of its $3 million loan to the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Executives Decision

    On Feb. 7 at the Warner Center Marriott, The Executives, a support group for the Jewish Home for the Aging, held a spirited debate between Democratic candidates Andrei Cherny and Lloyd Levine, who are seeking the seat of state Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg...

  • Marathon vs. Phone-a-Thon

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    From the beginning, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles knew when it scheduled this year's Super Sunday event on Mar. 3, that the phone-a-thon fundraiser would take place on the same day as the annual L.A. Marathon.

    "At the time," said Rachel Kaufman, the general chair of...

  • A magazine with attitude

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    She's young, sexy, defiant and Jewish. And now, journalist Jennifer Bleyer has created a magazine that is ... well, young, sexy, defiant and Jewish.

    HEEB, out nationwide Feb. 5, promises to be for young Jewish Americans what Los Angeles-based Giant Robot magazine has been for young...

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