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  • Burton’s ‘Corpse’ Has Jewish Bones

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 15, 2005 | 7:59 pm

    Once upon a time, a bridegroom jokingly recited his marriage vows over a skeletal finger protruding from the earth. After placing his ring on the bone, his mirth turned to horror when a grasping hand burst forth, followed by a corpse in a tattered shroud, her dead eyes staring as she...

  • Southland Responds to Relief Needs

    By David Finnigan

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Prominent rabbis have been urging their congregations to give generously to Hurricane Katrina relief funds, the most prominent being one set up by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, which had raised more than $500,000 by early this week.

    The scope of the disaster is...

  • Lay Leaders Keep Synagogues Going

    By Sue Fishkoff

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    During the week, Dr. David Kolinsky practices family medicine in Pacific Grove, a sleepy Northern California coastal town. But on Saturday mornings he dons his tallit and leads Shabbat services for Congregation B'nai Torah, a Conservative congregation in neighboring Monterey.

    ...
  • Obituaries

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Meyer Adler died Aug. 10 at 94. He is survived by his sons, Jeffrey and Arnold; daughter, Sharyn; two grandchildren; and sister, Goldie Wolinski. Groman

    MIRIAM AUSTERLITZ died July 24 at 59. She is survived by her brother, Dr. Michael. Sholom Chapels

    Ida Bender died Aug. 10 at 87....

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  • Community Briefs

    By Amy Klein

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Interfaith Fasting for Yom Kippur

    Jews aren't the only ones fasting this High Holiday season.

    Two other religious organizations, one Christian, one Muslim, have joined with a Jewish one to call on Americans to take part in a nationwide fast of reflection, repentance, reconciliation...

  • Truth More Powerful Than Advocacy

    By Rona Ram

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    With a copy of "Making the Case for Israel" under one arm and a blue solidarity bracelet on my wrist, I first entered The Media Line's (TML) Jerusalem bureau seeking an outlet for my pro-Israel passion. I had spent the first part of the summer studying Hebrew, and was looking to...

  • Movie’s Journey Mirrors Director’s

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In 1993, actor Liev Schreiber stood at his grandfather's bedside in the blue-collar, Lower East Side apartment where he had spent many happy hours during an otherwise turbulent childhood.

    In his prime, Schreiber's grandfather, Alex Milgram, had been a tough but cultured proletarian...

  • Local Shuls Were Alleged Targets

    By Tom Tugend

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The target list of an alleged cell of homegrown terrorists included two synagogues located in the Pico-Robertson corridor, The Journal has learned.

    The target information emerged as a federal grand jury issued four indictments last week in the ongoing probe. It was confirmed by a...

  • Rehnquist’s Legacy: Church-State Rulings

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Chief Justice William Rehnquist was often the sole dissenter on the separation of church and state after he joined the United States Supreme Court in the early 1970s, arguing that while religion did not deserve extra protection, it merited federal funding.

    But now, after leading...

  • Spectator - The Great ‘Wall’ of Israel

    By Gaby Friedman

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Simone Bitton's new documentary, "Wall," opens with long, meandering shots of the Israeli security fence, the great concrete and barbed-wire structure that straddles more than 450 miles of land in Israel's disputed territories.

    As the camera lingers on the wall, the disembodied...

  • Acts of Faith - Farewell Service

    By Amy Klein

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    After World War II, two Jewish GIs returned to Los Angeles and founded a synagogue in Westchester. Beth Tikvah, as it was called, finally found a permanent home in 1959 on the Westchester bluffs.

    But last month, the Conservative congregation -- known since 1968 as B'nai Tikvah after...

  • Like Some ‘Guilt’ With Your Chick Lit?

    By Susan Josephs

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "The Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt" edited by Ruth Andrew Ellenson (Dutton, $24.95).

    When Ruth Andrew Ellenson achieved the writer's milestone of selling her first book, her father responded in classic Jewish parental fashion.

    "He was thrilled and said, 'Honey, that's...

  • The Circuit

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Hello Rabbi!

    Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks will conduct a very special Shabbat service highlighted by the installation of the congregation's new Senior Rabbi Ted Riter on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. This occasion marks the first installation of a senior rabbi at Adat Elohim...

  • Service Reaches Out to Jews by Choice

    By David Finnigan

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It fit somehow that this recent Saturday service for converts to Judaism took place in a synagogue library. Because this gathering, at Temple Beth Am near Beverly Hills, was both an exercise in worship and in teaching. Maybe it even fit that this was a children's library, because...

  • New Year Rings in New Role for Rabbi

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Toba August likes to accentuate the positive, and the new year is no exception.

    "Too often for the High Holidays, we're told about our shortcomings," August said. "I want to concentrate on what we're doing right.... We don't recognize the things we do that matter. I want us to...

  • Playing Favorites

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When I was a kid, I was a very important person in shul. My dad was not at all prominent in the greater society -- he merely worked for his brother, selling toys and stationery as a wholesaler in Manhattan's Lower East Side, starting his workday at 7 a.m. and working through 7 p.m....

  • ‘Apostle of the Ugly’ Outlasts Nazis, Gets His Due

    By Tom Tugend

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    For 40 years, painter Max Liebermann was the premier artist of Berlin, a cultural icon and pioneer in his native land, and the pride of the Jewish community in Germany.

    When Hitler came to power in 1933, Liebermann became officially a nonperson -- and when he died two years later at...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Saturday, September 10

    Party at tonight's sixth annual Barbie and Ken Toy Drive and you'll give the kids a reason to smile, too. Cover per person is one new unwrapped toy or combination of toys with a minimum $25 value, for which you get music, open bar and food till the wee...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Back to the Beach

    Just because we're back in school doesn't mean we can't think about the beach. If you want to go into the new Jewish year with another mitzvah under our belt, here is a fun opportunity:

    Coastal Cleanup on Sept. 17

    Help clean the Coastal Park area at Cabrillo Beach...

  • A Case for Pasadena

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Most people are surprised, even flabbergasted, to learn that there is a sizeable Jewish community in Pasadena, one that has been here for well over a century.

    I grew up in the San Fernando Valley, and I had never been to Pasadena. I knew little about it -- mostly that the Rose Parade...

  • Exodus of Family Hits a Low Note

    By David Finnigan

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Earlier this summer, Shana Leonard gave up her Fairfax District apartment to move to New Orleans and be near her 82-year-old father, legendary jazz photographer Herman Leonard. But late last month, the 33-year-old single mother, who also cares for her wheelchair-bound 10-year-old...

  • Post-Gaza: A Time for Israelis to Reunite

    By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The disengagement or expulsion has ended. But is this also the end of religious Zionism? Are there lessons we can and must learn that may enable us to emerge stronger from this most difficult period?

    The first lesson we learned is that we are indeed one nation. There was no real...

  • A Provocative Talk Among ‘We Jews’

    By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "We Jews: Who Are We and What Should We Do" by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz (Jossey-Bass, $24.95).

    Is modern Judaism facing an identity crisis? One would think so from reading "We Jews: Who Are We and What Should We Do?" by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz. This provocative work, which Steinsaltz...

  • Remember Sept. 11 the Jewish Way

    By Joel Haber

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I've always had a difficult time assimilating tragedy, and although it hit much closer to home for me, Sept. 11 was not much different.

    Even though it touched people all around me, and I was definitely affected, it still did not seem as intense or painful as it should have been.

    I...

  • Disaster Exposes Government Failures

    By James D. Besser

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    President Bush and Congress talk a good game when it comes to homeland security, but the tragic truth is that the country is less able to cope with disasters than before Sept. 11, 2001. The proof is on the flood-ravaged streets of New Orleans, where an unprecedented natural disaster...

  • Tommywood - WB’s Legal Eagles

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    On Monday, Sept. 19, at 9 p.m., the WB will premiere "Just Legal." Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the current home-run king of TV, this is no "C.S.I." clone, but rather a one-hour drama with occasional comic moments that is about the beauty, the promise, the reality and the...

  • Response a Disgrace—Not a Tragedy

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    We will be admonished not to make politics out of tragedy, but we have a responsibility to figure out what went wrong with the response to Hurricane Katrina.

    Today, far too often, tragedy is employed as an incantation to ward off responsibility. (Try Googling the phrase, "The events...

  • A Frantic Hour

    By Rob Eshman

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The dumbest question asked by any reporter anywhere in response to Hurricane Katrina came last Monday in Houston.

    Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H. Bush had just finished announcing a special relief effort -- the Hurricane Katrina Fund -- when someone in the press pool...

  • My Brilliant Masterpiece

    By J. Keith van Straaten

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    All the Casanovas open with some killer line.

    I stick my foot into my mouth every single time.

    If I were a great artist, I would use my expertise,

    Turn this foolish scene into my brilliant masterpiece. -- Don Conoscenti

    That's the chorus of a song by a singer-songwriter I stumbled...

  • Letters

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Inner Sanctum

    Being a Mormon, I really liked your article "The Inner Sanctum" (Sept. 2), however, there is some information you received, that I am not sure you understood correctly. It's the question of "literal truth." While we do believe that the Book of Mormon is historically...

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