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  • Non-Jewish man returns chametz

    April 28, 2011 | 11:34 am

    A non-Jewish man who took possession of the chametz given to him by a haredi Orthodox community just before the start of Passover returned the goods shortly after the end of the holiday.

    The return of the chametz, including expensive liquor, was reported in haredi newspapers and The...

  • Bibi slams rabbis’ ban on renting to non-Jews

    December 7, 2010 | 4:42 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blasted a ruling by dozens of Israel’s municipal chief rabbis that forbids renting homes to gentiles, and more specifically to Arabs.

    Netanyahu said the ruling, which became public Tuesday, was inconsistent with democratic values.

    The ruling...

  • Jewish Money

    By Rob Eshman

    December 24, 2008 | 2:57 am

    Give Bernard Madoff credit for one good deed: As much as his self-confessed Ponzi scheme revealed weaknesses in the Jewish world, it also laid bare many of our strengths.

    Trials and tribulations tend to do just that -- bring to light the good, the bad, the ugly. When some people...

  • Q&A with showbiz power broker Irv Weintraub:  Why doesn’t Hollywood give Jewish?

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 17, 2008 | 1:08 am

    Irv Weintraub, chief operating officer of the William Morris Agency, talks about his distaste for business travel, the philanthropic flipside of Hollywood excess and why Jews in entertainment don't support Israel.

    The Jewish Journal: What's the best thing about your job?
    Irv...
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  • Community Briefs

    By David Finnigan

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Decoding a 'Right' Supreme Court

    Two prominent federal judges presented different portraits of the U.S. Supreme Court's future to an audience of several-hundred Jewish lawyers at the Beverly Hills Hotel last week.

    The June 15 forum, titled, "Where Will Another Right Turn Take Us?"...

  • Matchmaker, Look Through Your Book

    By Keren Engelberg

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    It seems the Jewish tradition of matchmaking is alive and well these days, as two very different Jewish novels on matchmaking come to us just in time for Valentine's Day.

    "Seven Blessings" by Ruchama King (St. Martin's Press, 2003) is out in paperback, and focuses on the Orthodox...

  • Santa Barbara Sees Growth Spurt

    By Gaby Wenig

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It's Friday night at Young Israel of Santa Barbara, and an enthusiastic chorus of seven men and eight women sing Shabbat prayers while banging on the tables in rhythm to the melody.

    At least two of the 15 in this Orthodox storefront shul are not Jewish, but that doesn't appear to be...

  • Non-Jews Provide Key Community Support

    By David Finnigan

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    They are security guards, schoolteachers, cooks and banquet hall waiters. They are waitresses, agency and museum executives and walkie-talkie-toting synagogue maintenance workers. There are hundreds of non-Jewish support staff at synagogues and other Jewish institutions throughout...

  • A Love Like Mime

    By Mark Miller

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In my San Francisco days, I once had a brief romantic affair with a mime. I was living in a house with lots of bedrooms, which were rented out to many different people. One of them was her, Angie, a young woman who each day would leave the house, go down to the park and do her mime...

  • Righteous Rescuers Honored

    By Susanna Crosby Perrin

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Though certainly one of the most bitter memories of history, the Holocaust was also a time of true heroism and great humanity. On Sun., May 6, Mt. Sinai Memorial Park in Simi Valley dedicated a grove of trees to the non-Jewish heroes who risked their lives to save Jewish lives during...

  • Skirball at Five

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When the Skirball Cultural Center opened in April 1996, its founding president and CEO, Rabbi Uri D. Herscher, didn't buy the philosophy "If you build it, they will come."

    "My theory was, 'If they come, then you build,'" the rabbi said. "Prophesy is for fools."

    Not long before the...

  • Strangers at the Feast

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    My worst Passover was my first in Los Angeles, more than half a lifetime ago. I had nowhere to go the first night, and the second night, a college friend took me to an institutional seder that was so sterile and faceless that I went home early and, paraphrasing Scarlett O'Hara,...

  • Berlin Bound

    By Tom Tugend

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    More than 300,000 visitors have thronged the Jewish Museum in Berlin since it opened to the public in February 1999, and more are coming at a clip of 20,000 each month.

    The figure is astonishing, considering that the building is completely empty. The exhibits, tracing the...

  • An Acquired Taste

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A friend told me about a scene he witnessed recently at a delicatessen. There was a woman who apparently was not Jewish standing in line at the bakery counter. When they called her number she pointed to the prune and poppy seed hamantaschen and asked for a dozen.

    "No, you want...

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