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  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Mike Levy

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday



    You might not want to trek to Glendale to see the Brothers Horwitz, but wouldn't you want to visit the historic Alex Theater for a "Three Stooges" film festival? Why soitenly you would, nyuk nyuk. The fifth-annual event offers up matinee and evening screenings of favorite...

  • Judges Facing Judgment Day

    By Mike Levy

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It is a simple enough question: yes or no? Voters on Nov. 5 will answer the question many times, and the independence of California's judicial system depends on the answer.

    Justices for the California Supreme Court and Court of Appeal are appointed for 12-year terms by the governor....

  • High Security Holidays

    By Mike Levy

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Last Sunday, a bomb squad van, police cars and fire trucks rushed to Temple Beth Torah in Culver City.

    Last Yom Kippur, a car crashed into a small synagogue on Pico Boulevard, and off-duty police officers immediately evacuated the nearby B'nai David-Judea.

    While both incidences...

  • The Real Gidget

    By Mike Levy

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In June 1956, a Jewish 15-year-old girl named Kathy Kohner began tagging along with some of the neighborhood boys and driving out from her Brentwood home to the beach in Malibu. The sport of surfing intrigued her, and she convinced the boys to teach her. Because she was young, slight...

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  • Jewish Groups Make Housing Affordable

    By Mike Levy

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The numbers are discouraging for anyone who does not own a home. Every month, California's housing prices seem to set new records. The state has the third lowest rate of home ownership in the country. Housing prices put pressure on rents, which rise even as stock-derived income,...

  • What’s That You Say About the West Coast?

    By Mike Levy

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It seems Arabs and Jews in can agree on one thing at least -- a touch of resentment toward East Coast "national" organization headquarters.

    Following its national convention in June, the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)...

  • No Shvitz

    By Mike Levy

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Hot on the heels of the Jewish Community Center closings, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles announced in late June that it would close the saunas and steam rooms in seven of the eight centers that still had them. (The Hollywood-Wilshire Y will leave its sauna open on a 90-day trial...

  • For What It’s Worth

    By Mike Levy

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    That silver kiddush cup you save for special occasions? Your great-grandmother's seder plate? Beautiful objects with sentimental and ritual value, sure, but what kind of cash value do you have sitting on your mantels and bookshelves? With a fun takeoff of a popular PBS show, the...

  • The Money Trail to Israel

    By Mike Levy

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Seven-hundred-and-fifty-thousand dollars will pay for three medical trauma units at Tel Aviv's Sourasky Medical Center, which has treated 500 casualties of terrorist attacks, including those from the Passover massacre in Netanya. One-million dollars buys bulletproof vests for 1,000...

  • L.A. Trembles

    By Mike Levy

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Although "Trembling Before G-d" has enjoyed a successful theatrical run in Los Angeles, drawing in theatergoers is only part of the mission of Sandi Simcha DuBowski's documentary about gay Orthodox Jews struggling to reconcile conflicting parts of their identities.

    "Dialogue is what...

  • On Hertzberg’s Horizon

    By Mike Levy

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Even though Robert Hertzberg will step down from the speakership of the California Assembly on Feb. 6, he still has plenty to say. The Sherman Oaks Democrat, as a rule, keeps busy.

    On what he sees as his responsibilities, he's fond of quoting from the Talmud: "You are not expected...

  • Trivial Matters

    By Mike Levy

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The answer is: This 17-year-old from Brentwood will be competing in the "Jeopardy!" Teen Tournament starting Feb. 4.

    The question: Who is Seth Disner?

    Disner, who considers himself a trivia buff, got a chance to test his skills against some of the quickest high schoolers in the...

  • He’s Always Been Fyvush

    By Mike Levy

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Comedy Nite 2002 started out as a fundraising evening for Hillel at Pierce and Valley colleges on Saturday, Jan. 26. It quickly turned into a mutual admiration society meeting when Fyvush Finkel showed up. The evening's honoree gave as good as he got, praising Hillel for providing "a...

  • Budget Worries

    By Mike Levy

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Gov. Gray Davis' proposed state budget for 2002-2003 has local Jewish organizations worried.

    With the state's approximately $12 billion deficit (in a proposed $98 billion budget) covered by program cuts, along with loans and spending deferrals, local agencies such as Jewish Family...

  • Community Briefs

    By Mike Levy

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Farrakhan for Free?

    A City Council decision to waive event fees for a February Nation of Islam convention drew protests from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Nearly $30,000 in Convention Center rental fees and costs were waived by the council, which determined the event served a...

  • Careless Undertaking

    By Mike Levy

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A gruesome scandal at two Jewish cemeteries in Florida may have implications at a cemetery near you.

    A class-action lawsuit alleges that Menorah Gardens oversold space at its Palm Beach County cemetery and at another cemetery in Broward County.

    The lawsuit also claims that remains...

  • Terrorists or Fall Guys?

    By Mike Levy

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The Bust

    Tuesday, Dec. 11, 9:45 p.m.

    Jewish Defense League (JDL) Chairman Irv Rubin had just finished dinner at Jerry's Famous Deli in Encino and was en route to his Monrovia home, when law enforcement officers pulled him over and placed him under arrest.

    Shortly before, his dinner...

  • Who’s on Second?

    By Mike Levy

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    For the first time since 1971, the City Council's 2nd District will elect a new representative. The winner of the Dec. 11 election will fill the seat of Joel Wachs, who left the position in October to head an arts foundation in New York.

    Wachs, a longtime member of Temple B'nai...

  • Was Hitler Gay?

    By Mike Levy

    November 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    With more than 100,000 books and scholarly articles over the last 50 years, you might think we know all we need to know about Adolph Hitler. At least, everything relevant.

    For instance, if Hitler had been a homosexual -- and many of his associates knew it and remarked about it in...

  • Latino Group Sues Over District Lines

    By Mike Levy

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    If the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) gets its way, state Senate elections scheduled for March will be postponed until June, and California's newly redrawn congressional districts will be re-redrawn.

    MALDEF has filed a lawsuit challenging congressional...

  • Spiritual Redevelopment

    By Mike Levy

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Cantor Mark Saltzman spent Sunday, Oct. 28 wearing a smile that could solve California's energy crisis.

    Leading his congregation in a member-composed rendering of "Ki Bayti" ("Because This Is My Home"), Saltzman had reason to smile. After nine years of searching, fundraising,...

  • Santa Monica Gets A Clue

    By Mike Levy

    September 27, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Did you hear the one about the rabbi, the priest, the minister, the union and the hotel? It's no joke.

    As workers at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel decide whether or not to organize in a union, more than 300 clergy members signed an open letter to Loews Hotels CEO Jonathan Tisch,...

  • Outside the Lines

    By Mike Levy

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The political battles over redistricting caused a brief but nasty showdown between two prominent California Jewish politicians.

    The conflict began earlier this month when a proposed redistricting plan, which has since been changed, moved as much as 60 percent of Rep. Brad Sherman's...

  • Is It Safe?

    By Mike Levy

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In light of Tuesday's terrorist attacks, synagogues and other Jewish organizations scrambled to evaluate security precautions.

    A week before Rosh Hashana, and with ongoing violence in Israel, the timing of the attacks raised serious concerns for many about the safety of high-profile...

  • The Mayor’s Eyes and Ears

    By Mike Levy

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Jennifer Stein wears two hats at City Hall. You could say one of them is a kippah.

    The recent Stanford University grad, 23, is the South Valley Area director in Mayor James Hahn's Office of the Neighborhood Advocate. She is also Hahn's liaison to the Jewish community.

    The...

  • No Guests Allowed

    By Mike Levy

    September 6, 2001 | 7:59 pm

    Three little words.

    That's what makes the difference between a religious school and a synagogue, as recently defined by the Los Angeles Central Area Planning Commission.

    The five-member Planning Commission, responsible for zoning decisions in Hollywood, Hancock Park and other...

  • Out of Commission

    By Mike Levy

    August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    There will be no Jews on the Board of Police Commissioners if the L.A. City Council confirms Mayor Hahn's appointees, as it is expected to do this month.

    Although some have voiced concern that the civilian body overseeing the Los Angeles Police Department will, for the first time...

  • Mamela’s Messages

    By Mike Levy

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Amy's Answering Machine" by Amy Borkowsky (Pocket Books, $14.95).

    (Beep.) "Yeah, hello, Amila. They just said on TV, 'It's 10 p.m., do you know where your children are?' And I'm thinking, I don't know, so I figured I'd call you, mamascheinz. You must be in the bathroom or...

  • Calendar & Singles

    By Mike Levy

    June 14, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Calendar



    SATURDAY/16

    Ohr Hatorah Congregation: 8:45 a.m. Shabbat services. Faith Tabernacle Church, 2147 Purdue Ave., West Los Angeles. For more information, call (818) 769-8223.

    Temple Judea: 9:30 a.m. Tot Shabbat services, followed by regular services. 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana....

  • Searching for ‘Esther’

    By Mike Levy

    June 14, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Wendy Graf's new comedy "The Book of Esther" focuses on a central character named Mindy, who, like Queen Esther, bravely declares her Jewishness in the face of opposition. Unlike Esther, Mindy doesn't save the Jewish people, but confronts her ardently secular family and friends when...

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