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  • Emergent Jews

    By Sarah Price Brown

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    When Rabbi Sharon Brous leads a worship service, Jews dance and sing and pray -- and talk politics. Her Los Angeles-based Ikar is not a traditional congregation but rather, as she describes it, a "spiritual community" of "modern, progressive Jews" who "boldly reclaim the...

  • Simple Minds

    By Rob Eshman

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I shared a ballroom last Saturday night with a group of people whose lives could easily inspire nothing more than pity. Like me, they were attending the annual gala of Etta Israel Center, a Los Angeles-based organization that provides outreach and services to developmentally disabled...

  • Chabad Menorahs Gain Acceptance

    By Chanan Tigay

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Ten years ago, the American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) sued the city of Beverly Hills to block the local Chabad house from erecting a 27-foot menorah in a public park near City Hall. Displaying the menorah -- a Jewish religious symbol -- on public property, the AJCongress argued,...

  • Jewish Interns Get Peers to ‘Come Out’

    By Marc Ballon

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender UCLA students recently gave Queen Esther, Haman and Queen Vashti a radical makeover.

    To jazz up the deliverance of the Jews from evil Haman, 10 LGBT undergrads staged "Purim for Divas." A bisexual woman donning a black cape, Mardi...

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  • Milken Teens Live, Learn on Skid Row

    By Jane Ulman

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Keep passing. Keep passing."

    It's 6 a.m. on a Monday morning in March, and students from Milken Community High School, wearing hairnets, plastic aprons and gloves, are dishing out hot cereal, sugar, applesauce, milk and a muffin assembly-line style onto blue trays.

    "We're a...

  • Israeli Docs Save Third World Hearts

    By Shaanan Meyerstein

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Inside the Mnaje Mojo hospital -- "one coconut" in Swahili -- it was absolute chaos. The place was teeming with people and I had to push my way through what seemed a never-ending crowd to get to the small room at the end of the corridor.

    When I opened the door to the pitch-black...

  • Russian Community Fundraises for Israel

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When obstetrician-gynecologist Ludmila Bess and her husband, a civil engineer, immigrated to the United States from Russia in 1977, they came with only $600 in their pockets. Like many others who arrived from the former Soviet Union with few or no financial resources "our goal was to...
  • Opportunities Open

    By Dina Kraft

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A recent day brought welcome news for a small group of young Bedouin women who weekly gathered in a tin shed in a corner of their windswept desert village of Kasr Alssr, Israel, to study.

    "Funding has come through, so you will now be able to study for your high school matriculation...

  • Opportunities Open

    By Dina Kraft

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A recent day brought welcome news for a small group of young Bedouin women who weekly gathered in a tin shed in a corner of their windswept desert village of Kasr Alssr, Israel, to study.

    "Funding has come through, so you will now be able to study for your high school matriculation...

  • Catholic Teachers Experience Israel

    By David Finnigan

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When John Fitzsimons traveled to Israel this spring, he spent a week away from his students at Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance, but as the Catholic teacher said, "They did announcements over the intercom every morning about where I was and what I was doing that day."

    ...

  • Persian Arrivals

    By Rob Eshman

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Tribes of Jews move through the history of Los Angeles in predictable cadences. First as new immigrants, raw and clannish and eager to succeed; then as successful citizens, integrated or assimilated, their accents lost in their children's mouths. Finally they earn the right to choose...

  • Kerry Begins Jewish Outreach Effort

    By Ron Kampeas

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Now that he's proven he's electable, John Kerry is ready to tell Americans why he should be elected.

    Only in recent days has the Massachusetts senator started to outline detailed policy positions. Some of these having to do with foreign policy and terrorism have been of particular...

  • Community Briefs

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Cooper Visits Sudan, Discusses Slavery

    Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, spent an eventful 21 hours in Sudan in mid-February when he met with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to discuss the country's ongoing slave trade and a peace treaty with...

  • Circle of Friends

    By Debbie Sedley

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Every Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m., Alysson Beckman and Julie Pinchak go to Victoria Maddis' house to hang out and play. What makes this situation unique is that Alysson and Julie are both 16-year-old high school students, while Victoria is a 7-year-old girl with a neurological...

  • Just a Peace Rally? Read the Fine Print

    By David Finnigan

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    This Sunday's "End Occupation" rally in Hollywood has led Jewish watchdog groups to be concerned about the increasing anti-Semitism of the antiwar movement.

    "How did the antiwar movement become anti-Semitic?" asked Amanda Susskind, regional director of the Pacific Southwest Region...

  • Sunday ‘Nights’ Alright for Outreach

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Craig Taubman has a knack for inventing Jewish pop culture.

    In 1998, he co-created "Friday Night Live" (FNL), the ebullient, musically driven young adult Shabbat service that's been snatched up by synagogues around the country. Since then, "FNL" has become part of the vernacular and...

  • Life of a Footsoldier

    By Andrea Adelson

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Shmuel Marcus is a bit like the lucky son of an ambitious frontier storekeeper, who relies on family to staff a second storefront.

    Since January, Marcus, 27, has operated Orange County's newest Chabad from a living room alcove of the second-floor Cypress apartment he shares with his...

  • ‘JAM’-packed Campus Outreach

    By Rachel Brand

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It's not unusual to see 60 students cramming into an nonairconditioned duplex on fraternity row on a Saturday night at UCLA -- unless those students happen to be surrounding a havdalah candle singing Hebrew songs.

    But so it is on this warm winter Saturday night, as a crowd of Jewish...

  • A Single Problem

    By Amy Klein

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Look, I know you're busy. What with the spouse, the children, the job, the synagogue, the gym, the board meetings, the dinners -- it's hard to find a moment in your day, your week, your month, your life.  But allow me a moment of your time to point your attention to an issue...

  • Valley’s Toras HaShem Seeks to Lure City Jews Over the Hill

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It's Thursday night at Toras HaShem, an outreach yeshiva in North Hollywood and some 40 people are here to hear Rabbi Zvi Block's weekly Torah portion sermon. Tonight the class includes college-age women wearing long skirts; a number of septuagenarians; a middle-aged man, who is...

  • Valley Yeshiva Seeking to Lure City Jews Over the Mountains

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It's Thursday night at Toras Hashem, an outreach yeshiva in North Hollywood and some 40 people are here to hear Rabbi Zvi Block's weekly Torah portion sermon. Tonight the class includes college-age women wearing long skirts; a number of septuagenarians; a middle-aged man, who is...

  • Beth Sholom’s Engel Gets Kudos for Outreach

    By Andrea Adelson

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Santa Ana's Temple Beth Sholom named Monica Engel as the congregant of the year for her enthusiasm for teaching Judaism to interfaith families.

    Raised in an Orthodox home, Engel's own family scrapbook has a different character, reflecting a blend of Judeo-Christian life-cycle...

  • Students Spread Light in Ukraine

    By Daniel MacIsaac

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Osik Akselrud got a little help from his friends in staging a recent workshop designed to teach students to teach others about the history and traditions of Chanukah.

    That's because the head of the Hillel office responsible for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova was able to use, as...

  • Community Briefs

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Bringing the Military Back to Maccabee

    Putting a new spin on Chanukah celebrations, the U.S. Marine Corps Marching Band will perform at The Calabasas Shul's annual menorah-lighting ceremony to honor the men and women of the United States armed forces.

    Local musician Brad...

  • Caring Across the Miles

    By Lisa M. Petsche

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Fifty-eight-year-old Ruth recently took early retirement from her bookkeeping job so that she and her retired husband, Harry, could see more of their children and grandchildren, who are scattered around the country. The two have also been looking forward to doing some traveling...

  • As Easy as Aleph, Bet, Gimmel

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "It's no sin to be a lefty and she's always right," instructs Rabbi Elie Stern of Westwood Kehilla in West Los Angeles.

    His adult students follow along in their textbooks, nodding and mumbling to themselves, as they commit the statement to memory. This pneumonic device for...

  • Support Groups Spur On Hospital

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, approximately 40 support groups raise millions of dollars for research, wards, departments, buildings and other medical and physical needs. These groups include the Women's Guild, Thalians, Teen Line and F.R.I.E.N.D.S. of Neurology. Some of the...

  • Israel History 101

    By Max Heuer

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    How much do American Jews know about Israel? Not enough to fight the battle taking place on college campuses over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    As petitions against the Jewish state circulate in academia, and media outlets run stories on racism in Syrian and Palestinian...

  • NPR Reaching Out to Jews, Arabs

    By Saron Samber

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    National Public Radio (NPR) has mounted a public relations campaign among Jews and Arabs in an effort to avoid being known as National Protest Radio.

    At the same moment that the president of NPR was addressing Jewish newspaper editors in Chicago about coverage of the Middle East,...

  • Liaison to the Past

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Since she fled the former Soviet Union more than a decade ago, Anya Verkhovskaya has come more than full circle. As an assistant to the director of outreach and notification for the International Commission on Holocaust-Era Insurance Claims, she travels frequently to her birthplace...

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