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  • Ex-Israel President Weizman Dies at 80

    By Dan Baron

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    He was the ultimate Israeli high-flier, literally as well as metaphorically, shepherding and shaping the Jewish state through war and peace with a singular, sometimes mordant charm.
    And although Ezer Weizman, who died Sunday at 80, ended his public career tainted by scandal,...

  • Moving Forward Passover

    By Rabbi Karen Deitsch

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    I was sitting at lunch with my best friend the other day discussing life. This is her tsuris at the moment: she is involved with a guy who loves her very much, accepts her unconditionally, is cute, bright, Jewish, healthy, loyal. But she knows that he is not the one. She is so...

  • Bishop Helps Save Silver Lake JCC

    By Marc Ballon

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    In the end, it wasn’t a Jewish organization that saved a valuable Jewish community center, but a forward-thinking Christian cleric.
    Bishop J. Jon Bruno, head of Los Angeles’ Episcopal Diocese, has stepped in with the money needed to rescue the Silverlake Independent Jewish...

  • AIPAC Packs Punch Despite Fed Probe

    By Howard Blume

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    It was a balmy spring evening, and the Jewish elite of Los Angeles had gathered in Beverly Hills to hear two U.S. senators provide a top-level briefing on Israel and the Middle East. The dinner at the Beverly Hilton was hosted by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee...

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  • L.A. Visit Excites Shoah Survivors

    By Karin Kloosterman

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    For Israeli Shifra Fyne, 83, this week’s journey to Los Angeles will be her first time leaving Israel in 56 years, and her first trip ever on an airplane.
    Yehuda Goldstein is making the same trip. He hopes to reconnect with John Gordon, an L.A. resident he met last year in...

  • Raise Funds Online With Help From eBay

    By Eric Gazin

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Online auctions have gone from an Internet curiosity to a multibillion-dollar enterprise in less than a decade. The phenomenon has changed how we buy and sell, and deal with the junk in our attic. And much like Google, a new verb has entered our vocabulary to describe using the...

  • Three Faces of Shoah Interpretation

    By Michael Berenbaum

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    “The Destruction of the European Jews” (Third Edition) by Raul Hilberg ( Yale University Press, 2003).

    “The Origins of the Final Solution: The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy September 1939-March 1942” by Christopher R. Browning, with contributions by Jurgen Matthaus (...

  • Spectator

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Location, location, location is the secret to many people’s success. But for Meir Fenigstein, founder of the Israel Film Festival, timing is the key. That’s why he’s moved the Los Angeles portion of his 21st annual Israel Film Festival from spring to late fall, where approximately...

  • A Wing Girl and a Prayer

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I’m your average middle-aged schmo. I’ve never been able to pick up women in bars or bistros. Never met my beshert in a bakery on Fairfax Avenue or in Beverly Hills, or in one of Los Angeles’ retro-hip boîtes with those sleek banquette settee things, either.
    But I did go out with two...
  • Learn to Remember

    By Julie G Fax

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Skip Aldrich signals a student to turn down the lights and flips on the projector. An image of a gaunt concentration camp inmate hunched over a workbench evokes a collective gasp from the 10th-grade world history class at John C. Fremont High School in South Los Angeles....

  • What Bergen-Belsen Taught Us

    By Menachem Z. Rosensaft

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    On Sunday, April 17, hundreds of Holocaust survivors from around the world, along with their children and grandchildren, gathered on the site of the German concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen to observe the 60th anniversary of the camp’s liberation. I was privileged to...

  • Nation and World Briefs

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Three Boys Die in Pesach Fire
    Three Jewish boys in Brooklyn died after a fire on Passover ripped through their apartment. Sunday's fire began in the kitchen, where the Matyas family had left two stove burners on since last Friday evening. The boys who died in the Chasidic...

  • Creative Judaica Takes Different Path

    By Kelly Hartog

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Walk into any Judaica store looking for a Kiddush cup, candlesticks or spice boxes and you’ll find yourself confronted with a plethora of silver and wood and an abundance of carved or engraved Jewish symbols from Stars of David to Lions of Judah.

    Painter and sculptor Tobi Kahn...

  • Local Writers Recall Times of Tyranny

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    In a tale rooted in personal experience, Dr. John Menkes explores the themes of loss and recovery in his novel “After the Tempest” (Daniel & Daniel, 2003). A Holocaust survivor, Menkes returned to his hometown of Vienna after the war and found that not only was his family and his...

  • Calendar

    By Keren Engelberg

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    KEREN'S CORNER

    Mixer and Machers

    Jewish screenwriters take two this Tuesdsay, May 3, as The Journal and Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles present the second in the "Meet the Machers!" Jewish Screenwriter Speaker Series. Young Professionals are invited, as writers from "24,"...

  • L.A. Visit Excites Shoah Survivors

    By Karin Kloosterman

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    For Israeli Shifra Fyne, 83, this week’s journey to Los Angeles will be her first time leaving Israel in 56 years, and her first trip ever on an airplane.
    Yehuda Goldstein is making the same trip. He hopes to reconnect with John Gordon, an L.A. resident he met last year in...

  • Holiday of Freedom Spent Behind Bars

    By David Finnigan

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The high concrete walls of the little-used cafeteria at the Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles hardly spoke to Passover’s concept of freedom found and bondage ended. But this is where a dozen inmates gathered for their seder, in a setting that cried out Egypt rather than the...
  • Is It Good for Them?

    By Rob Eshman

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Earlier this week, an official in the ruling Palestinian leadership sat down for dinner at the Beverly Hills estate of a wealthy Jewish businessman and listened to a plan to save Palestine.
    The businessman, Guilford Glazer, is the staunchly pro-Israel former chair of Israel Bonds,...

  • Pots-and-Pans Faith

    By Ruth Mason

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    When I was in 12th grade at L.A. Hebrew High School, our Chumash teacher, Eliezer Slomovic, interrupted a lesson to share with us a little of his anger. He had davened on the previous Shabbat in a friend’s shul — I think to attend a bar mitzvah. Eliezer, as we called him, always...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    How are the following missing words related to the plague of frogs?

    On the holiday of ____________, we celebrate the season of ____________. On this holiday, we eat matzah to remind us of the Israelites’ bread that did not have time to ____________.
    This year, it came a bit later...

  • Political Journal

    By Idan Ivri

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Hey, Big Spender
    The imminent mayoral election must have incumbent Jim Hahn feeling generous. In a sharp break from last year, Hahn's 2005-2006 proposed budget increases city spending by $566 million.
    This year's proposed budget weighs in at more than $5.95 billion....

  • Tsunami Leaves Us Awash in God Talk

    By Cathy Young

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Last December, as the world tried to grapple with the devastating scope of the tsunami that hit South Asia -- at last count, the death toll stood at nearly 300,000 -- the tragedy became fodder for fatuous religious discussions, focusing on an ancient question: How can a just, good,...

  • Tragedy and Triumph Comes Alive for Teens

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    As 14-year-old Lisa Jura said goodbye to her mother at a Vienna train station in 1938, Jura’s mother spoke words that would inspire her for a lifetime: “Hold on to your music. It will be your best friend.”
    Jura didn’t imagine that these words — and how her life came to embody...

  • Israel Skeptical of Abbas Moves

    By Leslie Susser

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    The appointment of new commanders to lead a reformed Palestinian Authority security force would seem to be a step toward meeting one of the Palestinian Authority’s key obligations under the “road map” peace plan.
    Yet far from winning plaudits for P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas,...

  • The Nation and The World

    By Kelly Hartog

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Accessible Ark
    On April 3, B’nai David-Judea synagogue dedicated its newly renovated building, the Rabbi Philip Schroit Sanctuary. Shirley Kotlar and family named the building in honor of Schroit, who died three years ago and was at the helm of the shul for nearly 50 years.
    The...

  • Community Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    L.A. Teens Join International March of the Living
    On Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Memorial Day, which falls on May 5 this year, 53 Los Angeles-area teenagers, along with seven chaperones, will join a record 18,000 people on a 3-kilometer march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, following...

  • No Easy Answers to the Jesus Question

    By Pinchas Giller

    April 21, 2005 | 8:01 pm

     

    "Why the Jews Rejected Jesus: The Turning Point in Western History," by David Klinghoffer (Doubleday, $24.95).

    I worked, for a number of years, in a vibrant and fiercely Zionist summer camp in the Catskills. It was a regular feature of our educational program, about a...

  • Episcopal Church Saves Silver Lake JCC

    By Marc Ballon

    April 21, 2005 | 8:01 pm

     

    Just two months before its probable closure, the Silver Lake Independent Jewish Community Center has gained a new lease on life thanks to the efforts of a benevolent high-ranking member of the Episcopal Church.

    In a bid to save the center, Bishop Jon Bruno of the Episcopal Diocese...

  • New ‘Design’ Adds Flair to the Holidays

    By Julie G Fax

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    “Kosher By Design Entertains” by Susie Fishbein (Mesorah Publications, $34.99).

    It’s probably already too late. Dishes from Susie Fishbein’s new “Kosher By Design Entertains” are probably gracing Shabbat tables and brunches all over the country. Recipes from her first two books,...

  • Come Fill Fatima’s Cup With Hope

    By Rabbi Lee Bycel

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Ten days ago, I was in the Al Serif Camp in Darfur, Sudan, with Fatima, the girl you see in the photograph. She lives there with 15,000 other refugees.

    Not only has she lost her home and much of her family, she has seen horrors no child should ever imagine, let alone endure....

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