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  • Adding Mitzvah Multiplies Simcha

    By Donna Gordon Blankinship

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Sometimes the smallest details are the ones that make the biggest impression. You remember the pretty napkins or the mints with dessert. You remember the bride walking down the aisle with both her parents instead of just her father. You remember the way the bat mitzvah girl wore a...

  • Rites Launch Israel Tolerance Museum

    By Tom Tugend

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Amid a gaggle of Israeli security guards, bustling volunteers and California Highway Patrol officers wired up to communicate with who knows whom, Rabbi Abraham Cooper runs around the first two of about 50 rows of plastic seats temporarily set up in Jerusalem's Cats Square.

    "Bring me...

  • The Same Boat

    By Rob Eshman

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros once gave a speech about the tremendous growth of the Latino population in the United States.

    "I hear what you're saying," a non-Latino woman in the audience said, her voice filled with anxiety. "But can't anybody do...

  • Fine-Tuning

    By Rob Eshman

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's impending visit to Israel could be a win-win for the governor, the Los Angeles Jewish community and for Israel, but first some fine-tuning is in order.

    As we reported last week, the governor is scheduled to travel to Jerusalem May 2 to participate in...

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  • A Sunny Hungarian Rhapsody

    By Tom Teicholz

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    As winter chill gives way to spring sun, it's not too early to start planning a summer trip to Budapest.

    Budapest, Hungary's capital, straddles the Danube, with historic old Buda on the hill, and Pest with its atmospheric 19th century and Art Nouveau architecture. In recent years,...

  • Functional Seating to Avoid Teen Chaos

    By Julia Kay

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It had been perfectly planned. For my brother's bar mitzvah reception, each member of our family was responsible for sitting with and entertaining a particular constituency. Eric had his friends and younger cousins. My parents had the adults. And I, the older sister, had everyone...

  • B’nai Mitzvah Planning 101

    By J. G. Friedman

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    So you're going to have a mitzvah -- whether it is a bar or a bat, the planning begins early. Way before Hebrew school age, you will hear at least one grandfather wistfully thinking aloud at about age 5, "In eight years, we will have a bar mitzvah."

    From there it continues directly...

  • Question of Ethics

    By Bill Boyarsky

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    As both a Los Angeles city ethics commissioner and a Jewish community journalist, I was in a skeptical mood as I took a seat in the audience of a discussion on "Jewish Ethical Values in the Halls of Power: From the Board Room to the Council Chamber."

    The Jan. 25 panel was part of a...

  • A Portrait of My Wedding

    By Soriya Daniels

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    After only two hours of sleep, I woke up on Aug. 13, 2000, to the sounds of drizzle hitting my hotel window. With a pit in my stomach, I got out of bed -- terrified and excited all at once. It was my wedding day, the culmination of three months of harried planning. I desperately...

  • Revitalizing the Core

    By John Fishel

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    We live in an extraordinarily diverse and pluralistic city. It is in our Jewish DNA to want to participate in making the world a better place. It is also in our self-interest to live in a place where the societal needs are being adequately addressed. That is why The Jewish Federation...

  • Down to the Wire

    By J.D. Smith

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I'm getting married in a couple of hours. My little brother is coming to pick me up and take me to the hotel to marry my long-suffering fiancée, Alison. This is the last article I'm writing from this side of the fence. The next time you hear from me, I will be a married man. You...

  • Community Briefs

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    ADL Sponsors "Safe Community" Program in Encino

    Earlier this year, a string of arson attacks on five houses of worship rocked the interfaith community. Earlier this month, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) sponsored an interfaith forum to prepare the community in case such...

  • Remember the Good

    By Rabbi Ron Shulman

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    One of the most precious moments parents and children share with each other is the quiet and routine of bedtime. I hope you sleep well at night, but, as we all know, sometimes it is difficult to fall asleep, or to have a restful sleep. There are too many things on our minds. We're...

  • Be Prepared

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The following tips on properly preparing for unexpected emergencies have been gathered from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Web site (www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/interapp/editorial/editorial_0287.xml ).



    Assemble an Emergency Kit

    A person should be...

  • Beware of a ‘Farhoud’

    By Ehud Ya’ari

    February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Is the United States going to fight for that New Babylon, a democratic, peace-loving, malice-free Iraq that will serve as a model for the whole Arab re-gion? The answer is probably "yes."

    Is the success of the military operation guaranteed? Of course. There's no way that Saddam...

  • Moonves: No Sympathy for Hitler

    By Ivor Davis

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    President and CEO of CBS Television Leslie Moonves came in for a good deal of flak last year following news that the network was planning to make a two-part miniseries from British history professor Ian Kershaw's book, "Hitler: 1889-l936: Hubris" (W.W. Norton & Company, 2000),...

  • Planning Ahead Can Save on Health Care

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Eva, 74 and a widow, was a healthy and independent woman until she went shopping one day last December and was mugged. She was attacked with a screwdriver and thrown to ground, breaking her shoulder in four places.

    "I ended up on the sidewalk, totally helpless," said Eva, who lives...

  • How Ready Are We?

    By Mike Levy

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "For bioterrorism, we're about as prepared as we are for snow," said City Councilman Jack Weiss, who has spent a year working with security experts and local officials to figure out what Los Angeles needs to do to prepare for and prevent terrorist attacks. The report of the results...

  • The Battle Over Mesivta

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    At a shabby, deserted golf course in an isolated area of Calabasas, a half-started construction site sits idle, and some 31 yeshiva bocherim learn Talmud at the makeshift campus of Mesivta of Greater Los Angeles.

    Rabbi Shlomo Gottesman had opened the high school with nine students in...

  • Jewish Studies Flourish on Campus

    By Tom Tugend

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    While the headlines speak of confrontations between pro-Palestinian and Jewish students at California's public universities, the number and variety of Jewish studies programs on the campuses have never been more bountiful.

    Students can earn their doctorate degrees in Jewish studies...

  • Thinking Ahead

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    My attorney, Irwin Goldring, is a wise man. Never pushy, never alarming. Fifty years in estate planning, you learn something about people.

    "Hey, for me this is just a questionnaire," he tells me. "For you, it's something more."

    I'll say. Irwin has sent me two legal forms stating when...

  • 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...

  • For Richer or Poorer

    By Rebecca R. Kahlenberg

    July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Money has always been a divisive issue in Christina and John Barton's 19-year marriage. John "nearly broke out in a sweat" when he saw the $60 dinner bill. "I call him the original tightwad," says Christina, 47, describing herself as more free-spending than her husband.

    Recently,...

  • Bonding Over Bonds

    By Beverly Gray

    November 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Monique Maas Gibbons believes that in the 21st century women will be more in charge of their finances than ever before.

    "Now we have to start thinking about how to save and how to make our money grow," Gibbons told the Journal.

    So Gibbons herself started thinking. The result was "Women...

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