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  • New ‘Encyclopedia Judaica’ goes from Aachen to Zyrardow

    By Peter Ephross

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The editors of the new edition of the "Encyclopaedia Judaica" confronted a whole new world.

    In the more than 30 years since the first edition was published, Jewish life has been revitalized in the former communist world, Las Vegas and Atlanta

    Volumes of Work

    Key facts about the...

  • Tikkun Olam

    By Rachel Pomerance

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    When it comes to helping victims of the Southeast Asian tsunami, the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is taking the adage, "teach a man how to fish," quite literally.

    As part of its long-term relief efforts for victims of the Dec. 26 tragedy, the group is working with its...

  • Alan King a Model for Seinfeld, Crystal

    By Peter Ephross

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Many young Americans know comedian Alan King's work -- they just don't realize it.

    The observational style of King, who died this week of lung cancer at age 76, was a model for younger comedians such as Billy Crystal and Jerry Seinfeld.

    Crystal, a close friend, was one of those...

  • Genetic Mutations Linked to Cancer

    By Peter Ephross

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    More information about health can only help -- even if the information isn't so positive.

    That seems to be the lesson of a new study confirming that Ashkenazi Jewish women with particular genetic mutations have a high risk of contracting breast cancer.

    But the effects can be...

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  • Remembering the Comedians

    By Peter Ephross

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Walking into Lillian Lux's Lower East Side home in New York is like entering a museum of Yiddish theater. The apartment holds a photo of Lux and her husband -- the late Yiddish actor Pesach'ke Burstein -- from an appearance in Argentina in the late 1930s. There also is a picture of...

  • His Name Was Chaim Potok

    By Peter Ephross

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Chaim Potok was a novelist who paved the way for a younger generation of religious American Jewish writers -- and a Jewish scholar who worked tirelessly to bring Jews and Judaism closer together.

    Potok, who was raised in an Orthodox home, but later became a Conservative rabbi, died...

  • Remembering the Comedians

    By Peter Ephross

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Walking into Lillian Lux's Lower East Side home in New York is like entering a museum of Yiddish theater.

    The apartment holds a photo of Lux and her husband -- the late Yiddish actor Pesach'ke Burstein -- from an appearance in Argentina in the late 1930s. There also is a picture of...

  • Surreal in the City

    By Peter Ephross

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Even for North American Jews used to thinking about security issues at home -- and confronting terrorist acts in Israel -- the series of horrific acts that struck Tuesday came as a devastating, unimaginable blow.

    "This is surreal. This whole situation seems surreal," said Martin...

  • Out of Bounds

    By Peter Ephross

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A New York Knicks basketball player has more to worry about this week than his team's current opponent in the NBA playoffs -- despite his apology.

    The American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) is calling on Katherine Harris, Florida's secretary of state, to bench point guard Charlie...

  • Defending Greenberg

    By Peter Ephross

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Irving "Yitz" Greenberg has built a reputation as a man of letters, but not of the kind that have swirled around him lately.

    In the latest volley in an escalating war of words, a majority of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council is defending Greenberg, the embattled council...

  • Orthodox Hoopster Skips Big Game for Shabbat

    By Peter Ephross

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Add Tamir Goodman's name to the small Hebrew school sports pantheon.

    Like baseball star Sandy Koufax -- who refused to pitch in the first game of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur -- Goodman refused to compete in a post-season tournament game because it conflicted...

  • Starting Over

    By Peter Ephross

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Millions of immigrants have flocked to the United States looking for streets paved with gold. Lenny Krayzelburg, who came to Los Angeles from Odessa, Ukraine, in 1988 is searching for gold as well - but in a pool at Sydney's Olympic Games.

    Several Jewish athletes from the former...

  • Small-Town Surprise

    By Peter Ephross

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It's not easy working for a Jewish vice-presidential candidate.

    Early last week, Joseph Lieberman's campaign scheduler was already scratching his head: How could he find a synagogue in the rural Midwest where the vice-presidential candidate could pray on Shabbat and still make it to...

  • Changing Attitudes

    By Peter Ephross

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When Al Smith campaigned for U.S. president - and lost - in 1928, his Roman Catholicism was used against him. When John F. Kennedy successfully ran for president in 1960, he felt the need to make speeches that distanced himself from the pope.

    But Sen. Joseph Lieberman's Orthodox...

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