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  • Many Factors Enter Into Temple Choice

    By Gaby Friedman

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When Mark Firestone was searching for a shul to join, he didn't look for a shul that had a nursery school or Hebrew school attached. Nor did he fret about the services he'd be getting for his membership fee. Instead, he wanted a shul that was quiet.

    "I wanted it to be very quiet, so...

  • Rural Shuls Make Do Without Rabbis

    By Sue Fishkoff

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    There's been a Jewish community in Muskogee, Okla., since 1867, when furrier Joseph Sonderheim opened his import-export business.

    In 1916 the first synagogue was dedicated, Congregation Beth Ahaba, a lay-led Reform congregation that served a tight-knit Jewish community of merchants...

  • Letters

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Discussion Difficult

    Bernard Goldberg's response to Rob Eshman's critique turns out to be a fine example of why some conservative voices make intelligent discussion so difficult ("My Work Is Not to Blame for Jew-Haters," Aug. 5).

    Goldberg starts out with, "Usually I only respond to...

  • Support Opens Way for Special Needs

    By Michael Jackman

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    For most parents, preparing a child for a bar or bat mitzvah is just another of many coming-of-age stresses. But for parents whose children have special needs, the stress can be almost unbearable. Yet arranging b'nai mitzvah ceremonies for such children are not impossible, with a...

  • Will IDF Soldiers Oppose Gaza Orders?

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A group of prominent rabbis has called upon Israeli soldiers to refuse orders to evacuate Jews from Gaza. If the Gaza disengagement plan goes through the Knesset, many soldiers will face a bewildering dilemma, as they must choose between the orders of their commanding officers and...

  • Our Madonna

    By Rob Eshman

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Madonna's just-completed visit to Israel has been called a lot of things: scandalous, threatening, inspiring, encouraging, cheap.

    But what it mustn't be called is shocking.

    If Madonna really wanted to shock us, she wouldn't have flown to the Holy Land with 2,000 other followers of...

  • Membership Briefs

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Humanistic High Holidays

    Three secular humanist groups -- Adat Chaverim, Society for Humanistic Judaism and The Sholem Community -- will hold High Holidays services in the Los Angeles area.

    Adat Chaverim, whose "celebrations" have been led by a madrich, or trained lay leader, since...

  • Religious Court Serves as First Resort

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In downtown Los Angeles, three judges are deciding a case involving tens of millions of dollars and dozens of properties.

    The judges aren't dressed in robes or seated behind wooden podiums with a court reporter close at hand. Instead, the three bearded rabbis are sitting in a small...

  • Three Rabbis to Pursue Diverse Sabbaticals

    By Andrea Adelson

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Three of Orange County's senior rabbis have decided to take a sabbatical. While the three have decided on their own to take a respite from the 24/7 demands of being a rabbi, their congregations are taking a different approach to temporarily replacing an absent spiritual leader.


  • Two Women Rabbis Will Fill Pulpits

    By Andrea Adelson

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Johanna Hershenson set off from Orange County for Alaska's sweeping vistas and majestic peaks, she was eager for a new congregational experience and professional challenges.

    She discovered that most Alaskan Jews are exiles by choice who sought the wilderness of the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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