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  • “We” Judaism

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    NOW THAT THE HIGH HOLY days are over, we can begin to appreciate how the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington may alter American Jewish life.

    Like the rest of America we are stunned. Grieving. Angry. Afraid.

    The enormity of loss cast a dark spiritual shadow across the holiest...

  • New—and Risky—Game for Mideast

    By James D. Besser

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The devastating terrorist attacks in Washington and New York changed everything in America, and the repercussions of what President George W. Bush is calling the "first war of the 21st century" will be felt throughout the Middle East, as well.

    Already, the crisis has knocked the...

  • Surreal in the City

    By Peter Ephross

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Even for North American Jews used to thinking about security issues at home -- and confronting terrorist acts in Israel -- the series of horrific acts that struck Tuesday came as a devastating, unimaginable blow.

    "This is surreal. This whole situation seems surreal," said Martin...

  • Exploding American Complacency

    By James D. Besser

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Terrorism, a part of everyday life in Israel for decades, exploded in the face of a complacent America with the twin terror attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11 and left a gaping, charred hole in the Pentagon in Washington.

    The bombings could have...

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  • Ideological Insults

    By Michael J. Jordan

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As terror struck New York and Washington, D.C., Jewish activists were still recovering from the ideological bomb of a U.N. conference that lashed out at Israel as racist and apartheid.

    The final governmental declaration adopted here last Saturday by the U.N. World Conference Against...

  • Armageddon

    By Rob Eshman

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Early Tuesday morning, my wife and I stared dumbly at the television, mumbling words like hijacked, explosion, collapse. My daughter, 5, looked up from her cereal, confused and frustrated. What language are you speaking? she asked. They were words almost unspoken in American living...

  • An Artist’s Strange and Familiar World

    By Tom Tugend

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    New York artist Mark Podwal phoned a bit breathlessly. He had just received one of his frequent assignments -- on a one-day deadline -- from The New York Times for a sketch to run with an op-ed article by an Israeli journalist.

    At 8 o'clock that morning, he had met with Elie Wiesel...

  • What You Can Do

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    GIVE

    In times of tragedy and disaster, blood supplies often run critically low. Giving blood is an incredible mitzvah, and one which costs you only time. Call 1-800-GIVELIFE (1-800-448 3543); if the number is busy, the Red Cross requests that you please keep calling so that you...

  • Just the Beginning

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    This week's coordinated terror attacks on commercial and governmental sites in New York and Washington have stunned terrorism experts in their scope and sophistication -- and prompted dire warnings that more could be in store for American citizens.

    Daniel Pipes, who has written...

  • Deja vu

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    September 11, 2001.

    This morning, America woke up to the same nightmare that my parents did on February 6, 1985. On that morning, my parents in Los Angeles heard the news that a suicide bomber had attacked an Israel Defense Forces convoy in Southern Lebanon. Reports of casualties...

  • A Swift, Immediate Reaction

    By Avi Davis

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Watching the second tower of the World Trade Center crumble into dust on Tuesday, I was able to imagine the horror of the survivors of the Titanic as they witnessed their vessel sink into the Atlantic Ocean. A symbol of human progress and ingenuity, a monument to economic strength...

  • Empathy in Tragedy

    By David Landau

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israel's civilian and military authorities swung into full alert after the magnitude of the terror attacks against the United States became apparent.

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon summoned an emergency session of the Security Cabinet on Tuesday, together with key defense and security...

  • Words of Solace

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbis in the L.A. area responded to the tragedies in New York and Washington D.C., by making common cause with Israel and finding lessons from Jewish history.

    No retreat
    by Harold M. Schulweis

    From the American Jewish community perspective, this week's terrorism creates at least...

  • Terror Strikes Home

    By Tom Tugend

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Four downed planes. Three landmark buildings, two towers leveled. One nation under attack.

    Angelenos who woke up early Tuesday morning may have caught the beginning of the series of the terrorist attacks, when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City and...

  • Mobilizing Local Efforts

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Barely three hours after the massive acts of terrorism began unspooling in the East on Sept. 11, officials at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles representing an array of affiliated departments, agencies and partners assembled to discuss emergency strategies to help those...

  • Jewish Art Makeover

    By Julie Wiener

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A women's tefillin set with a beaded velvet box and blue satin straps.

    A silver "Kiddush" cup in which ceremonial wine passes through a delicately crafted silver net formed from the Hebrew word for "blessed."

    A sukkah with brightly painted walls made of the long, plastic

    strips...

  • Late-Nite Jew

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 30, 2001 | 7:59 pm

    Dave Attell has had his share of adventures on the road -- all after-hours. "I can't sleep," confides the affable New York comic. "I have insomnia. So I do a show, I go out drinking, and I usually don't [meet girls], because I look like Dave Attell, not Dave Matthews."

    The scruffy,...

  • New York Miracle

    By Teresa Strasser

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    There's a storefront church next door to my friend Bill's apartment in New York City's East Village. I'm staying with him for a week, so I pass the church a lot, and the sign in the window becomes like a refrain.

    "Free: hugs, foot washing, Band-Aids & money. While $upplies last."

    You...

  • Briefs

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    UJC Taps Tisch for Top Post

    The United Jewish Communities (UJC) offered its top volunteer position to the president of UJA-Federation of Greater New York, according to a member of the UJC nominating committee.

    The source said James Tisch of New York was asked to replace fellow...

  • Giving

    By Rob Eshman

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is one of our city's most successful philanthropies. Yet, nationwide, it ranks behind New York, Chicago, Detroit, the Bay Area, Philadelphia and Baltimore in the Chronicle of Philanthropy's annual listing of the 400 not-for-profit...

  • A Lesson in Friendship

    By Gary Wexler

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    I had met Reuven on a midnight coach in London, traveling from Gatwick to Heathrow Airport. We were the only two people on the bus. It would have been strange not to sit together, having both just flown on the same plane from Tel Aviv to London. In Jerusalem, where he lived and I had...
  • Back on Track

    By Tom Tugend

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) has reestablished its Los Angeles-based regional office with the appointment of a new president and a new executive director.

    AJCongress national president Jack Rosen named Dr. Steven A. Teitelbaum as president of the Pacific Southwest Region,...

  • Labor Lore

    By Tom Tugend

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In 1776, printers in New York City organized and declared a strike in support of the newly formed United States of America.

    In 1999, New York physicians led the fight to form a national labor organization in their field.Between these dates, millions upon millions of workers built...

  • Choosing Celibacy

    By Susan Josephs

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    At 16, Carl Birman started secretly to date men. At 21, he came out and plunged into a gay world of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. He joined a group called the Radical Fairies that promoted promiscuity and paganism. As for the ages between 5 and 10, he tried to bury them in the past....

  • The Journey Within

    June 22, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Three in five adults report that their level of Jewish involvement has changed substantially over the course of their adult lives. Remarkably, their involvement is nearly as likely to have increased as to have declined.What's constant is change. American Jews continually adapt and...

  • Memories of Summer Camp

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    June 1, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    My first and only experience at summer camp was magical, or so it seemed to me. I entered a world I had never known before, and by summer's end had gained some recognition into who I was and who I was not. No mean feat at 13.

    A city boy, I developed at camp a feel for the country,...

  • Interfaith Antics

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Stuart Blumberg remembers the days when he was a struggling writer, rooming in New York with his buddy, Edward Norton, the struggling actor. Every evening, Blumberg arrived home late, whereupon he and Norton settled in front of the TV with a couple of pizza slices. They popped...
  • Too Hip to be Jewish

    March 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Alex Dwek, a London-born real-estate developer, sits with a friend in a dimly-lit cafe on New York's fashionable Upper West Side, sipping white wine and chatting up a young lady he's just met. The three of them, all 30-something, fashionably dressed and single, have just emerged from...
  • Lost Tribes

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The placard near the escalator of New York's Grand Hyatt Hotel directed seekers up to the ballroom level for the founding convention of Edah, the fledgling voice of Orthodox liberalism. Stenciled below the arrow in bold blue letters, as if to fortify the fainthearted, was the slogan:...
  • Changing the Climate of Hatred

    November 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Over the weekend Prime Minister Ehud Barak came to New York seeking stronger American Jewish support for the accelerating Mideast peace process, and by and large he will get it.

    But two recent incidents point to the obstacles he faces in settling the lingering qualms of a significant...

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