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  • Rabbis to the Rescue

    By Tom Tugend

    August 22, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    "It's a little bit unnerving for an Orthodox Jewish boy from Brooklyn," says Rabbi Chaim Kolodny, after he found himself an instant media celebrity for tracking down a suspected serial rapist.

    "Every local TV and radio station and newspapers from as far away as New York must have...

  • Community Briefs

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Daniel Pearl Laid to Rest

    Family and close friends buried slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl Sunday morning and vowed that his example would continue to inspire "millions of friends and strangers touched by his life and death."

    Pearl, 38, was kidnapped and killed...

  • Taking It to the Streets

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    For years, an empty lot in Van Nuys was gathering garbage, used appliances, old furniture and was a "home" for the homeless and their shopping carts. Distraught neighbors were constantly calling the police and city officials, but to no avail. As the years passed, the problem grew...

  • Send in the Committees

    By Mike Levy

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As former Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard Parks gears up for a City Council race, the campaign for his old job went into high gear last week with 47 candidates vying for the post.

    Ethnic and community politics have added a level of complexity to the already difficult job of...

  • Camp Counselor Accused of Molestation

    By Julie G Fax

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A 35-year-old counselor at an Orthodox day camp was arrested last Sunday after two preschool boys told their parents that the counselor had sexually abused them.

    David Schwartz, a counselor at Camp Ruach in Culver City, has been charged with six felony counts of lewd and lascivious...

  • Rabbis on Duty

    By Tom Tugend

    July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The July 4 attack at the El Al check-in counter, in which a gunman killed two people, occurred at 11:32 a.m., and within an hour, two Los Angeles rabbis, who double as police chaplains, were on the scene to comfort airline passengers and crew.

    Rabbi Dan Shevitz of Temple Mishkon...

  • Cycle of Bloodshed

    By Larry Derfner

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    There is a new rhythm to the terror attacks against Israelis: They are coming in one-two punches, leaving the country staggering.

    On Saturday, March 2, a suicide bomber killed 11 people in Jerusalem, and the following morning, a Palestinian sniper killed 10 soldiers and settlers at...

  • Levy Missing

    By Aleza Goldsmith

    May 24, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Every morning as Rabbi Samuel Graudenz prays, he asks for the safe return of Chandra Ann Levy.

    "I can only pray, though the signs are not good, that God will find her alive and well," said the 85-year-old rabbi emeritus of Modesto's Conservative Congregation Beth Shalom, where Levy's...

  • Changes in Attitude

    By Eric Silver

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    There were more police than customers in Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda market last Friday morning, when Jewish families would normally stock up for the weekend. Downtown, the strolling, shopping and coffee-bar crowds had deserted the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall for the fashionable German...

  • Precautionary Move

    By Tom Tugend

    March 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles police officers have been visiting Jewish institutions, schools and synagogues to urge an extra measure of alertness while a high-profile trial is underway in the downtown federal courthouse.

    The defendant in the case is Ahmed Ressam, a 33-year-old Algerian accused of...

  • When Violence Hits Home

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish community in the West Valley and surrounding areas was rocked Feb. 5 by the murder of William and Bertha Lasky, former members of Temple Solael. The elderly couple died in their West Hills home from cuts and stab wounds, victims of an unknown intruder.

    According to...

  • Young Hero Sets Example

    By Melissa Minkin

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Nothing seemed unusual to sixth-grader Alexandra Coffey when she and nearly 300 classmates filed into the auditorium at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy last week. But then she spotted her parents. Next, she recognized a uniformed police officer. And before she knew it, she was called...

  • Roman Holiday

    By Ivor Davis

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    On Yom Kippur, my wife Sally and I went to shul just around the corner from the Vatican. It was a visit we will not soon forget. The imposing Comunita Ebraica di Roma Synagogue (the Great Synagogue of Rome) sits just off the Piazza del Firori close to the Tiber River and spitting...

  • Lock, Stock and Barrel

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Will downtown be safe? That's the question on the minds of the central city's many employees and business owners as the Democratic National Convention approaches. With the arrest July 31 of eight demonstrators outside the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia and the...

  • The Jewish Cop

    By David Evanier

    June 22, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    3:45 a.m. I am walking down a very dark, silent alleyway in Oakwood, a two-square-mile, mostly low-income community in Venice, behind police officer Robert Eisenhart. A 16-year-old boy, a member of the Venice Shoreline Crips gang, has been shot in the shoulder and in the middle of...

  • Indicting Inappropriate Behavior

    By Helen Schary Motro

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Sexual harassment hit the Israeli headlines with a jolt this week when police recommended that Transportation Minister Yitzhak Mordechai be charged with three counts of sexual assault.

    The recommendation that prosecutors hand down an indictment against Mordechai came a week after...

  • Uncovering Rampart

    March 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    By now there is no need to recap all the details of the Rampart Division police scandal. The newspapers have been on top of it, albeit late in the day. We have read about corruption by some policemen; lying and cover-ups by police administrators; planting of evidence; and even the...
  • Orthodox Community Protests Police Shooting

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Hundreds of strictly Orthodox Jews took to the streets of Brooklyn, N.Y., this week to protest the fatal shooting by police officers of an emotionally disturbed member of the community.

    The shooting victim, Gary Busch, 31, was felled by a hail of bullets Aug. 30 after he attacked a...

  • David Kalish: A Caring Voice

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 19, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    After working a 24-hour shift on the day of the North Valley Jewish Community Center shootings, Cmdr. David Kalish, LAPD's spokesperson, arrived home at 2:30 a.m., exhausted.

    "When I responded to the scene, my responsibility was to disseminate information to the media," says Kalish,...

  • Violence Strikes Home

    August 12, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Whether you live in Colorado, Georgia or California, one thing is certain about life in America today: The violence that seems to be forever happening somewhere else will eventually strike home. You might have thought the shootings and bombings and beatings were always, thankfully,...
  • Teddy Bear Patrol

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Every time a Los Angeles police officer or social worker goes to a home with court orders to remove a child who has been subjected to abuse or neglect, a teddy bear goes along. In the four years since the "Teddy Bear Patrol" began, 18,000 teddy bears have been given to children at a...
  • Berkeley Comes to Israel

    By Larry Derfner

    November 26, 1998 | 6:59 pm

    At the beginning of this week, dozens of Israeli university students entered the third week of their hunger strike. The country's 175,000 university students entered the second month of their strike from classes. Along the way students have been clubbed and even horsewhipped by...
  • Police Get Lessons on Jewish Observance

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    "Why do Jewish men wear those side curls?" asks the policewoman with the short, slicked-back hair and serious manner. Neal Shapiro and his brother-in-law, Sheldon Altman, explain as Wilshire Division Officer Terri Utley listens intently.

    About 20 officers have just heard Shapiro and...

  • Community

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Vandals Attack Temple Solael


    Valley Hate Crimes on the Rise

    By Wendy Madnick, Valley Editor

    In the latest in a spate of anti-Semitic incidents in the San Fernando and Conejo valleys, vandals...

  • Current Events

    By Ruth Stroud

    July 30, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    On Aug. 9, the "Tel Aviv Serial Rapist," who has the city's women looking over their shoulders in fear, evidently tried to commit his 10th rape in the last six months, but police say he let his pleading victim go, and ran off. On the same day, Police Minister Avigdor Kahalani advised...
  • Cops and Chassids

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Rachmiel Steinberg is a "Bostoner" Chassid, but, he quips, he is also the Los Angeles Police Department's "show-and-tell rabbi." That's because the Yavneh Hebrew Academy teacher has taken on some unusual students lately: officers of the LAPD's Wilshire Division.

    Steinberg attends...

  • A Russian Godfather?

    By Larry Derfner

    July 3, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    To the general Israeli public, the "Lerner Affair" reveals the frightening tentacles of the Russian mafia in Israel, and the danger it poses to this country's economic and political system. To many in the Russian immigrant community, however, the Lerner Affair is a case of harassment...
  • LettersConsider Jewish Officers

    June 12, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The article entitled "LAPD Black and Blue" by Xandra Kayden (May 23) disturbed me. The tone of the article implied that Los Angeles police officers are not only brutal, but they routinely lie. As a police officer in the LAPD, I know that nothing is farther from the truth. I hold...
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