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  • For Heaven’s Sake

    By Rabbi Gershon Johnson

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Torah portion for this Shabbat is Korach, which details a disastrous mutiny led by Korach, a first cousin of Moses and Aaron. Korach says to Moses, who is leading the Jewish people through the Sinai desert on the way to Canaan: "You take too much upon you, seeing all the...

  • Mrs. Smiles, You’re on the Air

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    While the Los Angeles community has it share of rabbis and teachers who can teach a great class or two, there is always an allure of having someone come in from overseas as a special guest speaker. But now, airplanes are no longer necessary to get an overseas speaker to talk in Los...

  • Will Jesus Film Poison Christian-Jewish Ties?

    By Joe Berkofsky

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jesus will appear on the Christian holy day of Ash Wednesday -- thanks to Mel Gibson.

    The Hollywood star directed and financed the $25 million epic "The Passion of the Christ," which is emerging from a nearly yearlong media storm and is due to hit 2,000 screens nationwide Feb. 25.

    ...

  • No Local Plans to Quench ‘Passion’

    By David Finnigan

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish leaders are talking -- but also wary of talking too much -- about filmmaker Mel Gibson's controversial religious film, "The Passion of the Christ," opening Feb. 25.

    "My fear would be an overreaction on the part of the Jewish community. It raises, to high prominence, Gibson and...

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  • Is There Life After Denominations?

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There were rabbis in hot tubs, rabbis on couches, rabbis in restaurants -- rabbis just about everywhere you turned in Palm Springs this week as more than 300 gathered for the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis' (PARR) 58th annual convention and the (Conservative) Rabbinical...

  • S. Africa Makes Bold Chief Rabbi Choice

    By Geoff Sifrin

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    At a time when South Africa's Jews are anxious over the future of the Jewish community, the religious body representing most Jews has taken a bold step by choosing a young man with little experience as chief rabbi.

    The decision by the Union of Orthodox Synagogues to appoint as...

  • The Circuit

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Patent Appointee

    Howard J. Klein, an Irvine patent attorney and Jewish Republican activist, was appointed to an advisory panel of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in July.

    Klein, 53, will serve a three-year term on the panel, created by Congress in 1999. Its function is to...

  • New Producers Join Chabad Telethon

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Chabad's annual "L'Chaim -- To Life!" telethon will look a little different this Sept. 14 since two new producers are helming the 23-year-old fundraiser.

    Barry Silver, who worked on "The Howie Mandel Show" and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," and Michael G. Levin, who worked as a...

  • Rabbi Revolution

    By Julie G Fax

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Picture major rabbinic leaders of Los Angeles gathering to discuss the future of synagogue funding. Now, instead of seasoned rabbis with well-earned wrinkles and gray hair, picture a group of energized new leaders in their 30s and 40s.

    With the retirement this year of several...

  • Rabbi Fields Passes Torch of Leadership

    By Julie G Fax

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Aside from being the oldest and most architecturally magnificent synagogue in Los Angeles, Wilshire Boulevard Temple may be remembered for another historic accomplishment: possibly the smoothest transition between a retiring rabbi and new rabbi in the annals of synagogue history.

    ...

  • Your Letters

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Holy Boundaries

    In discussing the ordination of homosexuals, [Rabbi] Debra Orenstein's essay ("Holy Boundaries," April 25) goes to the core of Conservative Judaism. As Orenstein notes, both the biblical and the post-biblical sources (until the late 20th century) are uniformly and...

  • Rabbinic Assembly Recharges Batteries

    By Julie G Fax

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    More than 300 rabbis from around the world -- along with spouses taking advantage of a warm California vacation -- gathered at the Sheraton Universal March 30-April 3 for the annual conference of the Rabbinic Assembly (RA), the Conservative movement's rabbinic umbrella group.

    It was...

  • Community Briefs

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    UCLA Hosts Conference on Italian Jews

    When Guido Fink was growing up in Ferrara in the late 1930s, the northern Italian city had 1,000 Jews and a German synagogue -- where his grandfather served as cantor -- an Italian one, a Spanish one and a fourth owned by a private family....

  • ‘JAM’-packed Campus Outreach

    By Rachel Brand

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It's not unusual to see 60 students cramming into an nonairconditioned duplex on fraternity row on a Saturday night at UCLA -- unless those students happen to be surrounding a havdalah candle singing Hebrew songs.

    But so it is on this warm winter Saturday night, as a crowd of Jewish...

  • Domestic Violence: A Jewish Issue, Too

    By Mel Roth

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    During Jewish holidays and festivals, many of us recite the familiar blessings for our loved ones. As a Jewish communal professional for 30 years and a synagogue member for 23 years, I wonder why congregations don't devote the same time and attention during religious services to...

  • Jump!

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    January 16, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It is the Torah's most exciting, most cinematic story. The Israelites, newly freed from slavery, were camped at the shores of the sea when suddenly the sounds Pharaoh's approaching chariots filled the air. Realizing they were trapped, the ex-slaves cried bitterly to Moses, "Were...

  • Your Letters

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Sadat Legacy

    The Jewish Journal must be praised for publishing that very eloquent article by Yuval Rotem, the consul general of the State of Israel ("The Sadat Legacy: 25 Years Later," Dec. 13).

    But I must take issue with Rotem on one point. In the paragraph where he states...

  • ‘Justice’ for All

    By Tom Tugend

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    This is the second of two articles examining the status of Holocaust restitution and reparations as The Journal observes the 64th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Nov. 9). The first article dealt with the history, problems and future impact of the topic. This article deals with how the...

  • Something to Talk About

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Their subjects will range from anti-Semitism to baseball's Ted Williams, from the messianic era to Disney's "The Lion King." The High Holiday sermons of Orange County's rabbis will be both as topical as today's headlines and as traditional as 2,000-year-old tomes.

    Rabbis spend weeks...

  • 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...

  • L.A. Rabbis, Jackson Push for Peace

    By Julie G Fax

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbis Steven Jacobs and Leonard Beerman from Los Angeles, along with six other clergy members traveling with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, had just left a meeting with Yasser Arafat and were on the way to see Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the head of Hamas, when they heard about the bombing at...

  • Rabbis With a Mission

    By David Margolis

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As if they were recapitulating the last half-century of Jewish history, a group of 13 Southern California rabbis undertook a nine-day mission that began in Germany with Holocaust remembrances and ended in Israel with Israeli Memorial and Independence Day commemorations.

    The trip's...

  • Divided We Stand

    By Amy Klein

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    One Friday night, I was at a local rabbi's house for Shabbat dinner, and he said to me: "The Jewish Journal should be a newspaper that unites the different denominations of our community."

    "Rabbi," I responded, "during this last hour alone I have heard two mentions of excommunication...

  • Religion, Rabbis and Reform

    By Joel Kotkin

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The San Fernando Valley secession movement faces almost total opposition from Los Angeles' political, civic, academic and media establishments. But over the coming weeks, it is likely to be taking flak from the city's religious elite, too.

    Among those likely to be weighing in against...

  • Youth Reinforcement

    By Amy Klein

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Russell Radwin came from Alabama to meet people, because there are so few Jews in Birmingham.

    Judy Feldman came from Beverly Hills to get ideas from other cities on how to plan Jewish leadership programs for Los Angeles in the wake of recent Federation cuts.

    For Claude Furman, a...

  • Waiter, Hold the Knishes

    By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    They're vanquishing the Viennese table, banning the bars, and even putting the kibosh on fancy kugels in Borough Park and other fervently Orthodox neighborhoods, where weddings have become extravagant -- and very, very expensive -- affairs.

    A group of 27 influential Charedi rabbis...

  • Deep Fry Diversity

    By Matthew Goodman

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The historical foundations of Chanukah are well documented, in the Apocrypha's First and Second Books of the Maccabees and "The Jewish War" and "Jewish Antiquities," written by the Jewish historian, Josephus, in the first century of the common era. As these sources relate, in the...

  • Confront and Comfort

    By Judy Gruen

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Avi Schnnur doesn't get a lot of sleep these days. Schnnur, a West Los Angeles physicist who works for the defense industry, now spends nearly all his nonwork hours putting the finishing touches on a communitywide conference he has organized, billed as "Spiritual Responses to...

  • Eulogies: Sadie Scheiner, 102

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Sadie Scheiner, 102, matriarch of a family of pioneer Orthodox Jewish community leaders and ardent Zionists in her native St. Louis and later in Los Angeles, died peacefully on Oct. 22. She was the last surviving child of the Talmudist HaRav Levi Friedberg (nee Melamud), an early...

  • Santa Monica Gets A Clue

    By Mike Levy

    September 27, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Did you hear the one about the rabbi, the priest, the minister, the union and the hotel? It's no joke.

    As workers at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel decide whether or not to organize in a union, more than 300 clergy members signed an open letter to Loews Hotels CEO Jonathan Tisch,...

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