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  • The Other Shiites

    By Rob Eshman

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The invitation to the gala event came out of the blue, from a woman I had never met, belonging to a group I had never heard of, part of a religious sect I knew nothing about.

    Naturally, I accepted.

    The evening was billed as, "A Journey Along the Cradle of Muslim Civilizations:...

  • A Walk in Rick Orlov’s City Hall

    By Catherine Seipp

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Rick Orlov of the Los Angeles Daily News, long known as the dean of City Hall reporters, is that rare media type who has no enemies. That's because he's long had a reputation for being an old-fashioned straight shooter who honors secrets not only in print, but also in hallway gossip....

  • Car Donations May Hit IRS Roadblock

    By Adam Wills

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Get rid of your old car, help out a charity and get a write-off. What could be easier?

    With the April 15 IRS deadline drawing near, charities are tapping taxpayer frustration by increasing their appeals for vehicle donations. But a proposed government crackdown on the value donors...

  • Grandma’s Secret

    By Andrew Wallenstein

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    There is no person on this planet more concerned with my single status than my grandmother. No phone conversion with her is complete without several highly unsubtle prods about finding a suitable Jewish female companion.

    Try as I might to steer our discussions as far away...

  • Then and Now Pesach 5764

    By Rabbi Gershon Johnson

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Most of us remember our parents telling us when we were children that when they were our age they had to walk two miles, every day, in the snow, uphill, both ways, to go to school. In ancient times we can imagine our ancestors telling their children that when they were their age they...

  • Matzah Masters Write About Every Nook and Cranny

    By Elli Wohlgelernter

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Ari Greenspan knows his matzah. It's not the only thing he knows, but he definitely knows his matzah.

    The former New Jersey resident has studied it inside and out, from the firebricks that line his own homemade oven in the basement of his house in Efrat, Israel, to the unbaked...

  • Your Letters

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Arab American Protest

    I wanted to add one more dimension to your report about the March 27 rally against Israel's elimination of Sheikh Yassin, held in front of the Israeli Consulate ("Arab Americans Stage Protest at Israeli Consulate," April 2).

    I was there as part of a quickly...

  • Groups Celebrate Seders With a Cause

    By Gaby Wenig

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    At Jewish Family Service's Freedom Seder, participants read from a haggadah that was just a little bit different. Instead of reading of the four sons, those at the Freedom Seder read about the "four community members."

    "The wise community member asks, 'How can we, as individuals,...

  • Victor M. Carter Dies at 94

    By Tom Tugend

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Victor M. Carter, who rose from poor immigrant boy to become a creator and shaper of the post-World War II Jewish community in Los Angeles, died March 27, at the age of 94.

    Two of his longtime friends, Herbert Gelfand and Edward Sanders, described Carter in almost identical words:...

  • Your Letters

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Silverlake JCC

    I always assumed that a healthy part of our donations to The Federation went to support our local JCCs and support Jewish education ("Members Rally to Save Centers," March 26).

    Now The Federation's commitment seems to be to building some flashy building in an area...

  • King David Gets His Day in Court

    By Andrea Adelson

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The high-profile defendant is a head of state accused of adultery and murder. The prosecutor is a trial veteran familiar to a nation of cable TV junkies enthralled by the O.J. Simpson case. The opposing defense attorney is a constitutional expert skilled at raising his own public...

  • Redemption!

    By David Finnigan

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    On an alcohol-free St. Patrick's Day in the tranquil, grassy courtyard of a Westside recovery house for Jewish drug addicts, a former addict displayed his battle scars from 17 years of relentless freebasing, mainlining, snorting, bingeing, shooting up and coming down. The ex-addict's...

  • Trio Spearheads New Bid to Save JCC

    By Marc Ballon

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    At the downtown YMCA on Saturday mornings, parents congregate at poolside tables to gossip, kibitz and trade jokes, while their children take swimming lessons. For the adults, these hour-long sessions represent nothing less than a much-needed respite from the grind of the work week....

  • Peter Yarrow—Peace, Love and Tikkun Olam

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Back in the social-action heydey of the 1960s, tikkun olam was everyone's favorite mitzvah. Repairing the world was hip, and folk anthems such as "Times They Are a Changin'" were as de rigueur around Jewish campfires as that ditty about animals boarding Noah's ark two by two.


  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Passover is a holiday that celebrates freedom and the coming of spring. And it is no coincidence that everyone does spring-cleaning. Life starts anew. We need to clean out the old to make room for new beginnings. On Passover, we conduct a seder to remind us of this. In...

  • Tend the Fire

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "Israel is not a people of definers but a people of witnesses." -- Abraham Joshua Heschel, "God in Search of Man" Among the several stunning memorials at Buchenwald concentration camp, designer Horst Hoheisel created a simple, flat steel square placed on the cold, hard ground and...

  • The hidden benefits of Meshuggeneh relatives

    By Leonard Felder

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Passover seder is a wonderful chance to connect with certain relatives that you love, along with hearing again the inspiring account of moving out of enslavement and fear while moving toward freedom and compassion for all who are hungry or mistreated. But for the majority of...

  • Money Buys Control

    By Bill Boyarsky

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The angry man in the back of the room at El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana was shaking his fist and calling us crooks.

    I made a big mistake -- eye contact. With me in his range, he raised his hand, and I think his middle finger, and yelled, "You!" Being a city ethics...

  • Pauper Turned Prince Gives Bat Yahm Gift

    By Andrea Adelson

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Isidore Myers and his three siblings had a less-than-carefree childhood. Their parents, penniless immigrants, eked out a living early in the last century in Akron, Ohio, where their barely literate father painted houses. Although the family managed food and shelter, they scrambled...

  • Go Ahead, Lick Your Lips

    By Leora Alhadeff

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When you clean your house for Pesach, don't forget your drawer full of makeup. Yes, makeup. Your lipstick, lip gloss, foundation and eye shadow may contain wheat and oats that some rabbis say you need to stash away with the rest of your unleavened food products.

    But for ladies who...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Wish Upon a Star

    March 13 found celebrities doing the work for a change, as television and sports stars chipped in for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles' 11th annual wine tasting and auction benefit, "Uncork a Wish."

    For more than 20 years, the organization's...

  • Community Briefs

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Center Launches Appeal on 12 Jews Missing in Iran

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center is asking concerned people around the world to join in a Passover appeal for 12 Jews missing in Iran, some up to 10 years.

    Eleven of the men, ranging in age from 15 to 57 at the time of their...

  • Chabad Brings Brooklyn to L.A.

    By Gaby Wenig

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Amid the kosher restaraunts, Judaica stores and storefront synagogues on a particular stretch of Pico Boulevard, a little  piece of Brooklyn has just been built.

    OK, the new three-story, 47,000-square-foot brown-brick building is hardly little, but it is straight out of 770...

  • The Next Generation Adds Its Own Touch to Seder

    By Julie G Fax

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When newer, color versions supplanted the 1923 Union Haggadah Revised, Tamar Soloff's brother and father hoarded enough copies of the original to ensure that their extended families would have a supply of their own.

    "That was the haggadah from my childhood," Soloff said. After...

  • A Class Trip to Remember

    By Andrea Adelson

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Yossi Sevy is the son of two Holocaust survivors who met and married in Israel. His father survived the infamous death march from Auschwitz to Germany, and his mother survived Bergen-Belsen.

    Next month Sevy will relive, in part, his parents' journey with his 18-year-old son, Nadav,...

  • Passion of Pesach

    By Rabbi Michael Beals

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In my junior year at UC Berkeley, I brought an Egyptian co-resident from International House named Khalid to Purim services.

    This was my gesture toward international understanding and cultural appreciation between Muslim and Jew. What a disaster!

    As my co-religionists carryied on...

  • Seder Tips

    By Julie G Fax

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Whether you've been doing it for years or are brand new, leading a seder is a challenging job.

    "Many arrive at the seder vaguely expecting to hear the great tale of the Jewish people's struggle for freedom," writes David Arnow in his new book, "Creating Lively Passover Seders:...

  • The Drawbacks of the Proposed Pullback

    By Dr. Nadav Morag

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The targeted killing of Hamas founder Ahmad Yassin and the "open season" that Israel has declared against Hamas leaders and those of other Palestinian terrorist organizations must be viewed as part of a larger Israeli policy designed to achieve a number of objectives.

    One of the...

  • The Simple Son

    By Rob Eshman

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When I was in college in New Hampshire, the pastor of a nearby church asked our Hillel rabbi to send over a Jewish student who could help his parishioners learn about Passover. I volunteered. For all the fuzzy, feel-good reasons that a liberal arts education supplies in abundance, I...

  • Jeremiah Society Hopes to Make Crowd Roar

    By Andrea Adelson

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Music and animal motifs from "The Lion King" will provide thematic structure for the April 18 talent show by members of the Jeremiah Society, a group serving Orange County's developmentally disabled Jewish adults.

    "The talent show uncovers hidden talent among our handicapped adults,"...

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