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  • Reform Shuls Object to Kol HaNeshamah

    By Andrea Adelson

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Objections raised by two established Reform congregations to a start-up alternative shul in Irvine has forced the new group to temporarily

    postpone seeking admission to the Reform movement's national organization, the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC). Nearby synagogues,...

  • Passing the Torch

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Longtime "1939" Club member William Elperin didn't know what he was getting himself into when he became the leader of the Holocaust survivors' organization.

    "I signed on for one year," Elperin recalled.

    But when the "1939" Club -- entering its second half-century as a social club...

  • Severe Financial Crisis Hits Metivta

    By Julie G Fax

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Metivta, A Center for Contemplative Judaism, went into emergency survival mode late last month after the board discovered the organization was out of funds.

    "The board is looking intensely at our budget and trying to pare down costs to the absolute minimum to give us a chance to...

  • Tackling the Future

    By Tom Tugend

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When Steven Spielberg, fresh off the astonishing global impact of his film, "Schindler's List," established the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation in 1994, he outlined its mission.

    "Our hope is that the archive will be a resource so enduring that 50, 100 or even 500...

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  • ‘Justice’ for All

    By Tom Tugend

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    This is the second of two articles examining the status of Holocaust restitution and reparations as The Journal observes the 64th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Nov. 9). The first article dealt with the history, problems and future impact of the topic. This article deals with how the...

  • Community Briefs

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    L.A. Jews Meet "Adopted" Israeli Family

    In February 2001, a Palestinian bus driver ran over a group of soldiers at a bus stop, and caused severe injuries to Monique Evans, 19. She still walks with crutches, but has largely recovered due to the support the family received from...

  • JDL’s Questionable Future

    By Mike Levy

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Kelly Rubin will turn 13 on Nov. 20. His bar mitzvah, already postponed to December, is now on hold as his father, Irv Rubin, lies in critical condition at L.A. County-USC Medical Center.

    Prison and hospital officials say that Rubin, the leader of the Jewish Defense League (JDL),...

  • Mom, Can We Keep Him?

    By Rachel Brand

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    If your kids are out of the house and you're experiencing empty-nest syndrome, how about considering adoption? Don't worry though, this adoptee will be pretty low-maintenance -- all he needs is a caring family, food, water and, of course, plenty of fly-repellent gel.

    The adoptees are...

  • Networking for Jobs

    By Karen Alexander

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It's been nearly two years since David Lorch had a job. Currently, the former pricing analyst for an Orange County high-tech firm attends networking events near his home in Laguna Hills, does volunteer work for his shul, Congregation Eilat in Mission Viejo, and tries to maintain his...

  • The Mitzvah’s in the Mail

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    We need more stamps," a little boy yells. "How many cards do we have left?" asked a dark-haired woman. "I have more envelopes!" shouts a girl in a skirt. It's the Wednesday before Rosh Hashana at the Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda, yet the residents don't seem to mind the noise...

  • Get a CLUE to   Help the Poor

    By Mike Levy

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "It's not someone else's problem. It's our problem." The problem Devorah Shubowitz is talking about: poverty.

    Over the summer, Shubowitz worked with Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) to study the Jewish working poor in Los Angeles.

    Through CLUE, more than 400...

  • Shifting Gears

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "It's not someone else's problem. It's our problem." The problem Devorah Shubowitz is talking about: poverty.

    Over the summer, Shubowitz worked with Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) to study the Jewish working poor in Los Angeles.

    Through CLUE, more than 400...

  • A ‘Caring Heart’ for Israel’s Forgotten

    By Miriyam Glazer

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In the grim underground parking lot of the Rishon LeZion shopping mall in central Israel, hundreds of men and women of all ages are nervously sitting, standing restlessly or milling around, their faces weary, their eyes expectant. Judging from the range of skin tones, clothing styles...

  • Women Unite for Israel

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Yehudit Eichenblatt wanted to do her part for Israel, but she just wasn't sure exactly what that should be. She had been to protests outside of the Federal Building; written letters to President Bush, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; and...

  • Strange BRU

    By Mike Levy

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Who's taking a stand against Israel this week? Would you believe ... the Bus Riders Union (BRU)?

    On buses and trains, BRU leaders and members are distributing a two-page flyer with an essay titled "Let the Palestinian People Go!" that likens the BRU's stance to Dr. Martin Luther King...

  • Married to Israel

    By David Margolis

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Call it a shopping trip. Lou and Trudy Kestenbaum came to Israel last month on a Jewish National Fund (JNF) mission to spend money, as well as to follow up on how the money they've already spent in the Jewish state is doing.

    Lou Kestenbaum made his fortune in construction and then...

  • Be Careful With ‘Terrorism’

    By Salam Al-Marayati

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The LAX shooting on the Fourth of July was another test of Muslim-Jewish relations.

    Some Jewish leaders complained that Los Angeles Muslims did not denounce the shooting. That some people didn't hear it, and then accused Muslims of remaining silent, seems to be a common problem in...

  • Briefs

    July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Programs Continue at Valley JCCs

    Programs will continue at the various Jewish Community Centers (JCC) around the San Fernanado Valley, albeit not all under the same umbrella. The new North Valley Jewish Community Center, Inc., (NVJCC) a nonprofit organization created after the...

  • Community Briefs

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Angeleno Killed in Terrorist Attack

    Dr. Moshe Gottlieb, a chiropractor who moved to Israel from Los Angeles in 1978, was among the 19 people killed in the June 18 bus bombing in the neighborhood of Beit Safafa, near Gottlieb's home in Gilo.

    Gottlieb, 70, was on his way to Bnei Brak,...

  • California, Here They Come

    By Tom Tugend

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Los Angeles, founded in 1781 as one of a string of Spanish settlements along the Pacific coast, was nearly 60 years old when Jacob Frankfort arrived, apparently the first Jewish resident.

    By 1850, Los Angeles had less than 2,000 residents, of whom only eight were Jews. All of them...

  • Volunteer of Hope

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Anna Krakovich's kind eyes and bright smile don't express the horror she experienced that tragic day eight years ago. Her small facial scars, however, are a permanent reminder of when "my hopes for a better future and a new life were turned into a nightmare."

    The 44-year-old bombing...

  • Some Talk, Lots of Action

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Council of Israeli Community (CIC), an organization primarily known for planning the annual Israeli Independence Day Festival in Los Angeles, is moving in new directions in the wake of the current Middle East crisis.

    According to Vice President Haim Linder, the CIC (originally...

  • Community Briefs

    By Journal Staff

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Aid for Terror Victims

    A Passover appeal by Rabbi David Wolpe at Sinai Temple raised $700,000 in pledges for organizations in Israel helping victims of terror. The Magbit Foundation, a Persian Jewish charitable organization, will provide matching funds for this drive.

    Magbit...

  • Growing Apart

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A rift between the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA) and its primary benefactor, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, over the direction of Los Angeles' JCCs has prompted JCCGLA to sever its ties with The Federation.

    Each party claims that the other...

  • Survivor: Malibu

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Forget the South Pacific, the Australian Outback and Africa -- if you want to see a real survivor, look no further than in your own backyard.

    Despite the well-chronicled hardships of its parent organization, Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA), Malibu-based The...

  • Volunteer Lifesavers

    By Julie G Fax

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Hatzolah Volunteer Emergency Medical Rescue Squad, long a fixture in New York, just went public in Los Angeles, serving a circumscribed area of the mostly Orthodox Beverly-La Brea Jewish community and becoming the only volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) corps in the city.

    ...

  • Sampling of Extreme Right Propaganda

    By Sheldon Teitelbaum

    November 15, 2001 | 6:59 pm

    In the days following the attacks, domestically based extreme-right organizations struggled to formulate a position that balanced their ostensible nativism with an otherwise tailor-made opportunity to lash out at Jews and U.S. support for Israel. Typical of their commentary:

    • In...

  • Next Generation

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 30, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Support Israel via Monte Carlo, here in Los Angeles.

    That's the gist of next week's casino-themed evening that will officially launch Visions -- The Next Generation, the newly assembled under-40 division of Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF).

    ICRF is one of many Jewish...

  • Pico Settles Oil Suit

    By Julie G Fax

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    After two years of legal and political wrangling, concerned residents and BreitBurn Energy have entered into a settlement agreement that will allow for expanded oil-extraction operations at the corner of Pico Boulevard and Doheny Drive.

    Neighbors for a Safe Environment (NASE), the...

  • Giving

    By Rob Eshman

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is one of our city's most successful philanthropies. Yet, nationwide, it ranks behind New York, Chicago, Detroit, the Bay Area, Philadelphia and Baltimore in the Chronicle of Philanthropy's annual listing of the 400 not-for-profit...

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