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  • Education Briefs

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Breathing New Life Into Reform Curriculum

    For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Reform movement has introduced a new religious school curriculum. This fall, several religious schools around Los Angeles have incorporated Levels 3 and 4 of the CHAI: Learning for Jewish Life...

  • Your Letters

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Arnold Schwarzenegger

    The Talmud says, "Give everyone the benefit of the doubt." Arnold Schwarzenegger has a long record of support for the Jewish community and for Jewish causes. If anyone has earned the right to be given the benefit of the doubt that our tradition requires, he...

  • Fill in the Blank

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When I began to study Torah seriously as a college student, I was introduced to its spiritual depths. I found that the meanings of the holidays went beyond the agricultural and historical sources, and often had complex spiritual teachings woven in. I remember that, back in those...

  • Arnold’s Post-Recall Bridge Building

    By Marc Ballon

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger has worked quickly to build bridges to the Jewish community and live up to his promise of including people of all races, religions and political views in his administration. Schwarzenegger, who some Jews have viewed with suspicion because of his...

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  • Israel Addresses Fence Concerns

    By Ron Kampeas

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Israel is plotting each meter of its security fence with great care and consideration, Israeli officials say -- not just to keep terrorists out, but to keep the United States on Israel's side.

    With the Bush administration close to Israel on most other issues of Middle East...

  • Helping Teachers Master Judaism

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It is Tuesday night at the University of Judaism (UJ) and lecturer Rami Wernik is going around the room asking his students what they think is the biggest concern of the Jewish community today. The answers vary -- some think it is the cost of Jewish education; others, the threat of...

  • Lessening Reality’s Bite

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    After his 1996 arrest on drug-related charges, a handcuffed John Lehr sat in the back of a squad car, tripping on LSD. "This kid just stopped and stared at me, and suddenly I saw myself through his eyes," said the actor, who hosted the reality show, "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of...

  • Israeli History the Dershowitz Way

    By Adam Rubin

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "The Case For Israel," by Alan Dershowitz (John Wiley & Sons, $19.95).

    Alan Dershowitz's new book describes an Israel no Israeli would recognize, an impossibly virtuous country whose intentions are always pure, whose conduct is forever above reproach, and whose rare misdeeds can be...

  • Tzedakah-Giving On A Budget

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Last year, Malka Nutkiewicz and her friend, both students at Emek Hebrew Academy in Sherman Oaks, raised more than $1,000 for Camp Simcha, a kosher summer camp for youngsters with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses in Glen Spey, N.Y. During the 2002-2003 school year, the...

  • Pledge for a Holiday in Israel

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    During High Holiday services at Sinai Temple this year, Rabbi David Wolpe stood in front of his congregation with a pledge card, and encouraged everyone to make a pledge. Instead of there being dollar amounts to be folded down, this pledge card had months and the words "I care. And...

  • Kibbutz Camp Offers Hope to Survivors

    By Eric Silver

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In Kibbutz Negba, a dozen Israeli teenagers attending a summer camp in the guesthouses of this Negev kibbutz were asked to model small trees, and then decorate them with photographs of themselves.

    One sculpted a tree that had been struck by lightning and died. Another molded a...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    GO GRETCHEN GO!

    A movie about the "big 3-0" and a good cause drew the famous and the wannabe famous to Club Ivar in Hollywood as "Gretchen Brettschneider Skirts Thirty" had its L.A. premiere on Sept. 28. The screening of the San Diego Film Festival Jury Prize-winner, written,...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Links in the Chain

    That is what our year is. The year is a circle from one Rosh Hashanah to another. Your birthday is a circle from one birthday to another. And on Simchat Torah, we celebrate the circle of the Torah. Every year we read through the whole Five books of Moses, and we...

  • I’m Dreaming of My School’s Sukkah

    By Julie G Fax

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The sound of metal folding chairs scraping against rocky parking lot asphalt always gives me the chills -- but only in a good way.

    To me it's the sound of Sukkot in the Shaarei Tefila sukkah, where I ate soggy tuna sandwiches and carrot sticks out of rumpled paper bags for most of my...

  • Attack Forces Israel to Strike at Syria

    By Dan Baron

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    This week's Israeli airstrike on an Islamic Jihad training camp near Damascus, which followed the group's deadly suicide bombing in Haifa on Saturday, was a sign to the Arab world that Israel will not be constrained by borders when it comes to the war on terrorism.

    The attack came...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Chaverim Simcha

    Four members of Chaverim, a social program for adults with developmental disabilities celebrated their bar/bat mitzvahs at Valley Beth Shalom. Karen Cook, Cindi Rothstein, Ron Corn and Stephen Wise didn't have the opportunity to partake in the Jewish ritual at the...

  • Jews Split Over Arnold Victory

    By Tom Tugend

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "It used to be in California that we were afraid to speak out in a roomful of Jews, but now we're standing up and speaking up," said a jubilant Bruce Bialosky, who chairs the Southern California chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition. "Why, even the rabbis are changing their...

  • Meet Bill

    By Rob Eshman

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    What was that all about?

    Those on the left will say the recall election we just survived was a sneaky Republican power grab. Those on the right will say it was a citizen revolt against a sleazy and ineffectual governor.

    Those in the middle will say, "Are we done yet?"

    It's not clear,...

  • The Pacifist Who Fought Hitler

    By Tom Tugend

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Early in the Nazi regime, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a rising young Protestant minister and theologian, was asked by his twin sister to speak at the funeral of her Jewish husband.

    Bonhoeffer consulted his church superiors and refused. Later, tormented by his decision, he asked himself,...

  • Jewish Charities Get Favorable Rating

    By Joe Berkofsky

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    If you're concerned that the money you donate to Los Angeles Jewish charities is eaten up by administrative and fundraising costs, fear not.

    Most Jewish charities in Los Angeles have a favorable rating for the amount of dollars spent on their projects compared to dollars spent on...

  • Israel Links With Cyberkids

    By The Washington Jewish Week

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Get them while they're young. The Israeli embassy has just launched a new Web site, and the hasbarah -- an Israeli word which means public relations as well as propaganda -- is aimed at children.

    Two years in the making, the colorful animated site (www.embassyofisrael.org/kids...

  • The Lulav, the Etrog, the Medicine Pipe

    By Michael Barclay

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    For many years, I used to have long talks with Anselmo Valencia, the Chief of the Yaqui Indian Nation, about the similarities and distinctions between the beliefs and practices of Native American cultures and Judaism. Similar discussions have taken place over the last 10 years...

  • Jesus’ Death Now Debated by Jews

    By Eric J. Greenberg

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The controversy over Mel Gibson's upcoming film about the death of Jesus has spurred painful exchanges between Jews and Christians and progressive and traditional Catholics in recent days. To date, the debates have centered on the "proper" interpretation of the role of Jews in Jesus'...

  • Why I Voted For Arnold

    By Si Frumkin

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    First a disclaimer: I have never met Arnold Schwarzenegger, have never spoken to him, was never contacted by his political people, no one ever asked me to support him, or offered me money to do so. I supported him because I respect him and because I am convinced that he will be good...

  • World Briefs

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Syrians Struggle at U.N.

    A Syrian-led draft resolution condemning Israel is not getting support at the U.N. Security Council. Syria has been unable to convince Security Council members to vote on the resolution. Introduced Sunday, it criticizes Israel's attack that morning on a...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday

    They're breakin' out the fine china for two big Jewish entertainers today. As if seven Emmy's and five Golden Globes weren't enough, Ed Asner racks up another award "for his tireless contributions" to FirstStage Theatre, an organization dedicated to helping writers refine...

  • Market Yourself Into Marriage

    By Amy Klein

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Why are you single?"

    The woman who recently hurled this accusation at me, I suppose, intended it as a compliment: how could someone as ________ as me not have a husband? We were both attending a baby shower for a mutual friend, and I hadn't seen this woman since our mutual friend's...

  • Your Letters

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Peace Rally

    Readers of David Finnigan's article, "Just a Peace Rally? Read the Fine Print," (Sept. 26), may have been left with the erroneous impression that the Progressive Jewish Alliance (PJA) did not support the recent "End the Occupation" rally in Hollywood primarily "out of...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Sukkot is a holiday when we are commanded to be happy. We feel cleansed and joyful after Yom Kippur is over and now it is time to party!



    Here is a tasty sukkah.

    You will need:

    1. 3 halves of Graham Crackers

    (two pieces broken into halves).

    2. Smooth/Creamy peanut butter.

    3....

  • A Sampling of Sermons

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    This week, The Journal contacted various rabbis throughout the Southland and asked them to share with us excerpts from their High Holiday sermons.

    A Time to Rest and Reflect by Rabbi Debra Orenstein Congregation Makom Ohr Shalom

    Many Jews understand Shabbat as a series of...

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