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  • The Grand Design of Daniel Libeskind

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    October 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It was in Poland's primeval forests, where bison roamed amidst labyrinths of poplar and maple trees that Daniel Libeskind first began to understand concepts of land, space, shelter and natural resources, themes that would be the underpinnings of his career as an architect.

    In his...

  • 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...

  • DVD Set Showcases Legendary Producer

    By Tom Tugend

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Over a period of 42 years, legendary producer Arthur Cohn has made only 12 films, of which half have been recognized with Academy Awards, giving the Swiss producer the highest batting average in the annals of the motion picture industry. This record has been recognized by the...

  • Jewish Charities Get Favorable Rating

    By Joe Berkofsky

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    If you're concerned that the money you donate to Los Angeles Jewish charities is eaten up by administrative and fundraising costs, fear not.

    Most Jewish charities in Los Angeles have a favorable rating for the amount of dollars spent on their projects compared to dollars spent on...

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  • Hot Property

    By Lilla Zuckerman

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    My ex-boyfriend and I had been engaging in some very dangerous activities lately. At first it started out as a rekindled friendship.

    And then it grew into dinner dates, late nights and long talks. Then we crossed the "just friends" boundaries and got intimate. But the most dangerous...

  • Funds Combat ‘Who Is a Jew’ Wars

    By Journal Staff

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In 1997, stimulated by the controversy over whether non-Orthodox converts would be registered as Jews by the Israeli government -- the latest battle in the "who is a Jew?" wars -- The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles began making funds available to what it calls "pluralism"...

  • From L.A. to Tel Aviv—

    By David Margolis

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    An Israeli girl and a Los Angeles girl celebrate their bat mitzvahs together in Tel Aviv. Two Holocaust survivors from the same European town rediscover each other during an intercontinental videoconference call. Financial experts from Los Angeles assist their Tel Aviv counterparts...

  • Move Over, Los Angeles

    By Karen Alexander

    August 30, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    While the kosher butcher prepares her order, a Jewish city councilwoman chats with other customers about her upcoming campaign.

    Within a few miles of where she buys lamb chops for her family, ambitious building projects worth at least $30 million are under way -- or recently...

  • Hands Off My Volcano

    By Wendy Mogel

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    One evening not too long ago, I strolled through the science fair at a local middle school. The work of the students was not much in evidence, but the fingerprints of their parents were everywhere. No matter how often they are warned by teachers to let their children do the science...

  • The School Project Nightmare

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The fourth grade take-home assignment seemed fairly straightforward: take a huge hunk of butcher paper, lay your kid down on it, and trace a life-size version of their favorite American tall-tale protagonist.

    My daughter selected Johnny Appleseed. She carefully colored in his plaid...

  • Student Union

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    It all began with an idea for a building. Aron Hirt-Manheimer was a UCLA senior-year psychology major in 1969 when The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles proposed to buy a building for student activities. In light of a strong Hillel and Chabad presence on campus, "we felt that...