The Schwartzes have been my friends for more than 21 years. Their learning and charisma has had a deep effect on many Jews, not least among them Jews in Hollywood's Jews.
When Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz (Schwartzie) received a 6:15 a.m. phone call saying that the World Trade Center had been bombed, he told his caller he'd been watching too many science fiction movies and advised him to get more sleep.
"But then, when I received another eight calls in succession, I knew that it was serious," Schwartzie told The Journal. Indeed, the mood today in the Los Angeles Jewish community was one of shock, sadness and disbelief as people awoke to images of the devastation and destruction in New York.