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  • Audrey Irmas will sell Twombly painting to benefit Wilshire Boulevard Temple

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    2 weeks ago

    Since 1990, an early Cy Twombly “blackboard” painting has hung in the living room of philanthropist Audrey Irmas’ home in Los Angeles.

    Irmas purchased the piece, “Untitled, 1968” — an 8-foot-wide canvas depicting rows of loops against a gray background — a quarter century ago for...

  • Who knows who L.A.'s Jews are?

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    July 25, 2012 | 11:33 am

    Susan Goldberg, rabbi of Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock, grew up in nearby Echo Park.

    “There were no Jewish families around when I was growing up,” Goldberg, 38, said. Now that these neighborhoods are being gentrified, and a young, creative crowd is moving...

  • Community Briefs

    By Julie G Fax

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Some Real Family Values

    Why should I feign interest in my 9-year-old's latest obsession, a Lego "Star Wars" computer game, just as I had in his "Backyard Baseball" meshugash, where I got to know fictional kids and their batting averages and pet peeves?

    Because if I want him to talk...

  • An Acquired Taste

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A friend told me about a scene he witnessed recently at a delicatessen. There was a woman who apparently was not Jewish standing in line at the bakery counter. When they called her number she pointed to the prune and poppy seed hamantaschen and asked for a dozen.

    "No, you want...

  • Dear Dad

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    June 17, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    From "The Extraordinary Nature of Ordinary Things," by Rabbi Steven Z. Leder (Behrman House, Inc.)

    "A parent's love isn't to be paid back; it can only be passed on."-- Herbert Tarr

    Dear Dad,

    Tomorrow is Father's Day, and we are thousands of miles apart -- apart as we are too often and...

  • A Sabbath of Comfort

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Thursday was Tisha B'av -- the ninth of the Hebrew month of Av -- the day on which we fast, pray and commemorate the tragedy of our people's past. According to tradition, many of the worst catastrophes to befall the Jewish people took place on Tisha B'av: The destruction of the first...
  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Striking the S-Word

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    I never heard the N-word, growing up, because we were Jewish. For my parents, the S-word sufficed. Although they never would have denied someone an opportunity based on skin color, it was " schvartzes " who...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    It was my third funeral of the week, and I wastired of death. I thought this one would be easier than the others,since it was an elderly woman who suffered terribly and truly wantedto die. Her name was Sarah; her only relatives left were her nephew,Harry, and his son, Joel.

    So I...