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  • Community Briefs

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Local Jewish, Christian Leaders Join to Support Israel

    "Sometimes the greatest blessings in the world have to do with showing up," said Rabbi Eli Herscher, senior rabbi at the Stephen S. Wise Temple referring to the more than 2,000 Jews and Christians who met at Oct. 2 at...

  • World Briefs

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Father Allows Child's Israel Study

    A New York man dropped a court case aimed at preventing his daughter from studying in Israel. Vladimir Brichkov last week dismissed the case he had filed to keep his daughter away from Israel, due to the potential for violence there.

    "She...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The word for book in Hebrew is sefer. The word for counting is sofer. On Yom Kippur, we count all the good and bad deeds that we've done in the past year and it gets recorded in the Book of Life. God also wants to put your story for the past year in that Book of Life. What great...

  • Community Briefs

    By Rachel Brand

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Synagogues Vandalized Over Rosh Hashanah

    Synagogues and buildings in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood were hit with strange graffiti over Rosh Hashanah.

    At least five buildings on Pico Boulevard, and the Kabbalah Centre on Robertson Boulevard were vandalized with spray paint...

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  • Washington Watch

    By James D. Besser

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Clark Looks for Jewish Money

    Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, who jumped into the crowded Democratic ring last week, isn't Jewish, but his Jewish roots could figure prominently in his strategy for winning the 2004 presidential nomination.

    The reason: Clark, a latecomer to the race,...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Sharing Your Blessings

    The people of Israel are about to step across the border of the Promised Land, a land of abundance, full of fruits and crops. In this portion, the children of Israel are told that they must put all their first fruits in a teneh (basket), and bring it to the...

  • Sept. 11 From the D.C. Perspective

    By Ivor Davis

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Lionel Chetwynd called the White House Press Office to request an interview with the president, he got lucky.

    Very lucky.

    The Los Angeles-based writer-producer had hit a brick wall on his script about how President Bush and his Cabinet acted hours following the catastrophic...

  • Positive Picture at University Goes Untold

    By Marc Dollinger

    August 28, 2003 | 8:01 pm

    It has been a great year in Jewish studies at San Francisco State University (SFSU). The program enjoys surging enrollments.

    A comparative religion course on Judaism, Christianity and Islam fills to capacity with representatives of all three faiths. Jews and non-Jews sit together and...

  • News That’s Fit to Paw Print

    By Melissa Maroff

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In 1999, Lori Golden left a 25-year career in freelance television production when she found industry changes and "ageism" working against her. Struggling to make ends meet, Golden taught herself desktop publishing and, soon after, The Pet Press was born.

    The paper's primary goals...

  • Communities Find Light in Darkness

    By Rachel Pomerance

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It was Thursday afternoon, three days before 1,800 Jewish kids were to arrive for the final week of the JCC Maccabi games, and 40 delegation leaders were ironing out the logistics at a New Jersey hotel.

    That's when the lights and the air conditioning went dead, and the room quickly...

  • Times’ Shalhevet Article Is Not News

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I have tried explaining it to friends outside Los Angeles. But the Los Angles Times of Sunday, Aug. 3, cannot be explained in words alone. One must have held the paper in hand to appreciate what appeared that day.

    A dear friend from the East, who that morning had e-mailed me the...

  • Mourning

    By Avner Hofstein

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On a white brick ledge in his Chatsworth backyard, Avi Hen's fancy barbecue -- once the symbol of his family's happiness -- now sits abandoned. Avi sometimes wanders over to it and remembers the days when he would host 30 people for a party.

    The house would fill with friends; his...

  • A Jewish Marine’s Letters

    By Gaby Wenig

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    There is a photograph taken in Kuwait of Lance Cpl. Joshua Fine, 23, a Marine reservist, wearing a Notre Dame shirt and holding his rifle. The photo, taken shortly before his unit moved into Iraq, is a curious paradox of college and war: the student as a military man.

    From his...

  • Morocco Bombings Shock Emigres

    By Philip Carmel

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    For most Parisian Jews with roots in Casablanca, the news that their home community had been targeted by Islamic terrorists came like a bolt from the blue.

    "Sure, it's happened in every other Arab country, in Egypt, even Tunisia, but we never thought it would happen in Morocco,"...

  • No One Spared

    By Gil Sedan

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Last Friday on the way to work from Pisgat Ze'ev, my home neighborhood in Jerusalem, I noticed an armed guard standing by bus stop Number 6. At last, I said to myself, people can board a bus in Jerusalem with a sense of security. Two days later, a suicide bomber managed to board bus...

  • The ‘Bogey’ Man

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Even though he promises to be a kinder, gentler version of himself, his raspy growl is -- and will be -- unmistakably unchanged.

    After a 19-month hiatus, in-your-face consumer advocate Mike "Bogey" Boguslawski is returning to the tube to do a softer version of his KCBS News segment,...

  • NPR Israel Coverage Sparks Protests

    By Gaby Wenig

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "The Palestinian uprising and subsequent Israeli offensive in the West Bank stirred enormous sympathy for the Palestinians throughout the Arab world.... Over the past year, scores of Egypt's top singers have come out with songs about the Palestinian uprising. Most are accompanied by...

  • Doctor Helps Kids Deal With Diabetes

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Ask just about any of Dr. Francine Kaufman's pediatric patients about her and the superlatives will start to fly.

    "Fran is one of the busiest people I know ... yet she's still able to find time for me and make me feel like the only child in the hospital," said 15-year-old Katie...

  • War and Passover

    By Rob Eshman

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Of course this Passover will be different from all other Passovers. This Passover is being broadcast on Fox News.

    The retelling of the Exodus resonates with the real images of a real war. The Israelite liberation echoes in the words of President Bush, who now casts the war almost...

  • Hispanic Coverage of Israel Mixed

    By Julie Drucker

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "What are they saying about us?" many Jews wonder about Spanish-language media, which have increased in number and influence.

    The spectacular growth of the Latino population in the United States has brought about a boom in Spanish-language media. In particular, television news...

  • Elli and Dinah

    By Gerry Segal Teitelbaum

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Elli and Dinah Horovitz z"l, Murdered by Palestinian Terrorists, Sabbath Eve, March 7, 2003.

    Like most people these days, I keep close tabs on the news. On Friday morning, March 7, when I read on the Internet that a couple was murdered in Kiryat

    Arba, my ears perked up...

  • World Briefs

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish Agency Aids Children

    The Jewish Agency for Israel distributed $5,000 each to children who lost a parent in a terrorist attack. The agency's terror victim's fund is allocating a total of $2.5 million to some 400 children. The money was raised by the United Jewish...

  • Community Briefs

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Prager Not Running for Senate

    Los Angeles-based national talk radio host Dennis Prager announced on Tuesday, April 1, that he has decided not to run for the U.S. Senate in 2004. However, he did not rule out a possible run in 2010.

    The conservative author/commentator, whose...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Before You Speak



    In Parshat Tazriya, we learn about the skin disease of leprosy. If one gets this disease, he or she must be isolated outside the Israelite camp until they have recovered. The rabbis inform us that someone gets leprosy because he or she has gossiped about or...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Israel to Get Less Money

    The United States will propose $3 billion less in supplemental military aid for Israel than the Jewish State had requested. An Israeli official in Washington confirmed that Israel would be offered $1 billion as part of a U.S. war costs bill, but the...

  • Community Briefs

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli Businessman Arrested on Smuggling Charge

    Israeli businessman David Menashe is being held in a federal prison in Los Angeles on charges that he tried to smuggle missile parts into the United States without declaring their proper value and contents to U.S. Customs...

  • World Briefs

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Mofaz: Army Avoids Harming Innocent Civilians

    The Israeli army does not know of a pregnant woman killed during a military raid in the Gaza Strip this week, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said Tuesday. Mofaz was responding to a question during a Cabinet meeting from Justice...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Snow Hits Israel

    Snow blanketed portions of Israel on Monday. Because of heavy snow in the north, the Hermon ski resort and roads leading to the Golan Heights were closed. In Jerusalem, which witnessed major traffic jams, schools closed at 2 p.m. Other parts of the country were...

  • Gifts for Hashem

    By Abby Gilad

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When the Israelites built the mishkan, the Torah says:

    "Take from yourselves a portion for Hashem, everyone whose heart motivates him shall bring it, as the gift for Hashem -- gold, silver, copper; turquoise, purple and scarlet wool; linen; goat hair; red-dyed ram skins; acacia...

  • Education Briefs

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Reform Day School Leaders Unite

    Some 40 people from around the country gathered to discuss education issues at the annual Progressive Association of Reform Jewish Day Schools (PARDeS) Conference at Wilshire Boulevard Temple from Feb. 22-25. This year's theme was values and...

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