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  • Unearthing China’s hidden Jewish past

    March 8, 2011 | 6:22 pm

    When Shi Lei finished a presentation about China’s hidden Jewish past recently, his California State University, Northridge (CSUN), audience was full of questions.

    They wanted to know more about the former synagogue in Shi’s hometown of Kaifeng and about his Jewish ancestors who...

  • Creating a new community

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When I moved from Miami to Los Angeles four months ago with a tenuous plan and a lofty dream, I packed my car with all the things I thought I would need to survive on my own: 600 thread-count Calvin Klein sheets (because a gal's gotta dream), a Proust novel (intellectual sustenance...
  • Clues to family drama’s Jewish roots finally add up on ‘Numb3rs’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Add family drama plus FBI action, and the sum equals CBS's hit drama, "Numb3rs." The show, which just started its third season, is as much about fathers and sons as it is about using mathematics to solve crimes. Alan Eppes (Judd Hirsch) is the widowed patriarch to two disparate...
  • John Kerry’s Jewish Brother

    By Sharon Luckerman

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When Cameron Kerry fell in love with Oak Park, Mich., native Kathy Weinman, he chose to convert from Catholicism to Judaism.

    Little did he know that he already had a strong Jewish connection. His father's parents were Jewish -- a fact uncovered last year when the Boston Globe hired...

  • Viva la Cinema!

    By Corrie MacLaggan

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In Veracruz, Mexico, there lived a group of people who for generations had avoided eating pork and lit candles on Friday night without knowing why. In the early 1980s, some members of the group discovered their Jewish roots and converted to Judaism, and now, 20 years later, are...

  • A Journey to Home

    By Heather Fuller

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I was born to Protestant parents. By age 7, I was constantly questioning: Why are we here? Who is God? What happens to us after we die?

    I think I was 10 years old when I realized that Christianity wasn't for me.

    When I was 15, I fell in lust with the rock band Counting Crows' Jewish...

  • Seder Helps Poland Jews Reclaim Roots

    By Beverly Levitt

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Three years ago, Los Angeles entrepreneur Severyn Ashkenazy gathered in Warsaw, Poland, a small group of American and Polish Jews, all of whom had fled their native land during the Holocaust, and hosted the first Passover seder in that city since 1945.

    They savored Ashkenazic...

  • Zionism, by George

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In a key scene in "Masterpiece Theatre's" "Daniel Deronda," adapted from George Eliot's 1876 novel, the hero attends a Zionist meeting. "Isn't the way forward through assimilation?" asks Deronda (Hugh Dancy), an orphaned aristocrat unsure of his roots.

    "When we pretend to be what we...

  • Leaders of the Pack

    By Richard A. Macales

    February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Rock 'n' Roll Jews," by Professor Michael Billig (Syracuse University Press, $19.95).

    If you "Treat Me Nice," "Save the Last Dance for Me," or once were "A Teenager in Love," chances are you are old enough to remember the early, "innocent" years of rock 'n' roll music.

    For Baby...

  • Community Briefs

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Prime Minister Touts Museum

    If there was any doubt that the Polish government is taking seriously plans to build a Museum of Polish Jewish History in Warsaw, they were put to rest Feb. 5 in Beverly Hills.

    That's when Leszek Miller, prime minister of Poland, met with about 100...

  • The Consumer

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Ancient Greek democracy created the "citizen." Renaissance Europe invented the "gentleman." Colonial America produced the "frontiersman." Each human civilization, it seems, fashions its own unique character type. And ours is no exception. Contemporary America has spawned the...

  • ‘Finding Ourselves’ Through Genealogy

    By Tom Tugend

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "In this fast-food, fast-fame world, we are like single blades of grass," says Dr. Maya Angelou, the poet, author and historian. "But when we know our roots, we are like trees and we stand a little more erect."

    The pithy remark can serve as both introduction and summation of...

  • Kerry’s Jewish Roots

    By Peter Ephross

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    First it was then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Next it was Gen. Wesley Clark, the supreme allied commander of NATO during the war in Kosovo. Now it's Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry whose Jewish roots are being reported.

    Kerry? The Massachusetts senator, the...

  • New Route for Roots

    By Michael J. Jordan

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It's virtually "genealogy for dummies."

    In a nation of immigrants where more than 35 percent of the population -- or 100 million Americans -- have at least one relative who passed through Ellis Island, officials at that historic entry point to New York have unveiled a new Web site...