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  • Hamas Rises as Kadima Declines

    By Leslie Susser

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    After a visit to Moscow, Hamas leaders claim "the wall" of diplomatic isolation Israel is trying to build around the newly empowered organization is collapsing.

    But Israeli government officials say they are still confident that the international community will cut off funds to a...

  • Scholar Discovers Hidden Russian Gem

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "The Five: A Novel of Jewish Life in Turn-of-the-Century Odessa" by Vladimir Jabotinsky; translated by Michael Katz (Cornell University Press, $17.95).

    A passing reference in Ruth Wisse's "The Modern Jewish Canon; A Journey Through Language and Culture" (Free Press, 2000) led to the...

  • Cantor Glickman Returns to Israel

    By David Finnigan

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Cantor Binyamin Glickman, who taught generations of Los Angeles children to love God through music, is returning home to his beloved Jerusalem.

    Ask him what he will see from his flat there and the 70-year-old smiles.

    "The cemetery of Mount Olive, where grandparents are buried and...

  • There’s a New Deputy in Town

    By Tom Tugend

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Competition for postings to Los Angeles is fierce within the Israeli Foreign Ministry, and two young diplomats who made the grade, Yaron Gamburg and Gilad Millo, have joined the staff of the consulate general here.

    Gamburg, 34, has taken over the post of deputy consul general, the...

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  • 7 Days in The Arts

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, October 15

    Joyous dance and celebration is at the heart of Russian American painter Ann Krasnow's art. Take it in, and meet the artist in person at Solaris Gallery's opening reception for "Ann Krasner: New Work."

    6-9 p.m. 9009 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. (310)...

  • Sacred Sounds All Over Town

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    There's an inescapable irony in vocalist Vanessa Paloma performing Ladino songs at the San Gabriel Mission, which was founded by Spanish Catholics. It was, of course, Spanish Roman Catholics who expelled Ladino-speaking Jews from Spain in 1492. Paloma called the venue "emotionally...

  • Book Details Hitler’s Knowledge of Shoah

    By Toby Axelrod

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Hitler knew in detail about the attempted extermination of the Jews. That's according to "Das Buch Hitler" -- "The Hitler Book" -- a newly published German translation of a work written in Russian for Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in 1949.

    Though few have really doubted that...

  • Russian Jews Favor Bush

    By Walter Ruby

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    While American-born Jews and Russian-speaking Jews in New York have been building stronger intercommunal ties in recent years, they remain far apart when it comes to presidential politics.

    A recent American Jewish Committee (AJC) poll showed American Jews favoring Democratic...

  • Briefs

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Bush Signs Security Aid

    President Bush signed a law giving $25 million to protect Jewish sites and other nonprofit institutions. On Monday, Bush signed the Homeland Security Appropriations Act, which earmarks money for high-risk nonprofit institutions to be doled out by the...

  • Cossacks Look to Make Over Image

    By Sue Fishkoff

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Nikolai Kozitsyn, chief of the Great Host of Don Cossacks, comes rushing into his second-story office in downtown Novocherkassk, apologizing for the informality of his navy blue sweat pants and flip-flops.

    "I've been taking care of my horses," he explains.

    Of course. What else...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday



    Aaron Samson wrote and stars in "Not Dead Yet," a piece inspired by his grandfather's memoirs of his Russian past: working for Leon Trotsky, the consequent threat of execution by Russia's communist regime and his quick escape to the United States where he began a new...

  • The Arts

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The three A's in "Natasha" are filled in by tiny stylized Matryoshka dolls, the traditional Russian stacking dolls, on the book jacket of David Bezmozgis' radiant debut (Farrar Straus and Giroux, $18).

    In this collection of linked stories, the three figures at the center are a...

  • Russian Kids’ Home Has Fashionable Help

    By Lauren Korduner

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Who would guess that every hip-hop kid sporting the Ecko label inadvertently helps save a Jewish child half a world away in the former Soviet Union?

    The founders of Ecko Unltd., a popular line of hip-hop apparel that features a distinctive rhinoceros, promised in 1998 to donate a...

  • Kazan’s Residents:

    By Marc Ballon

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A Sunday in the park. A brilliant, bright sun warms the air. The frozen tundra has given way to seedlings, flowers and patches of green. On this day, memories of the harsh Russian winter recede like so much melted snow.

    Along with the blue skies and verdant forests, Judaism has...

  • Teens Aid Russian Children

    By Journal Report

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Knowing little about Judaism, 11 Russian immigrant families in the Los Angeles area began meeting in 1991, holding Shabbat dinners together and learning Jewish teachings from their children, many of whom were enrolled in Jewish day schools.

    Among them was Olga Belogolova's family,...

  • Russian Singer’s Star Shines Again

    By Lea Silverman

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The waitress at Canter's Deli looks vaguely annoyed as Aida Vedischeva makes herself at home in a back booth, spreading her memorabilia across the table. The Russian singer is coiffed in the platinum blonde Marilyn-style hairdo of decades ago, and her green eyes are brought out by...

  • A One-ManRevolution

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When Soviet film schools banned Vladimir Alenikov due to anti-Semitism, he risked arrest to make his own movies in 1973. The director cold-called Soviet stars, who quickly signed on to his innovative projects. He bought leftover film stock, scavenged equipment, faked documents and...

  • Community Briefs

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Cooper Visits Sudan, Discusses Slavery

    Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, spent an eventful 21 hours in Sudan in mid-February when he met with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to discuss the country's ongoing slave trade and a peace treaty with...

  • The Protocols Come to L.A.—in Russian

    By Si Frumkin

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" have come to Los Angeles. On its 100th anniversary, the vicious, primitive forgery has struck again, this time in a Russian-language tabloid circulated in the heavily Russian Jewish neighborhoods around West Hollywood.

    First published on August...

  • Haven of Refuge

    By Nathan Ezra

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    For centuries, most people have viewed Siberia as a dreaded prison of frozen tundra, the closest cold spot on earth to the gloom of purgatory.

    But for the Jews of Asia and Europe, Siberia has represented something far more attractive: a great escape. The targets of deadly...

  • Flamboyant Ballet

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Boris Eifman's ballet, "Tchaikovsky: The Mystery of Life and Death," premiered in Moscow in 1993, angry picketers surrounded the concert hall.

    "They stood with a banner that read, 'Stay away from our Tchaikovsky,'" said Eifman, whose ballet debuts at the Orange County...

  • A Hero for Seder

    By Si Frumkin

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I don't remember how long ago it was that Michael visited Los Angeles. Fifteen years? Twenty? I do remember that I was driving him around the city when he said, "Could you stop the car for a moment? I would like to photograph this."

    I was puzzled. "Photograph what?" I asked.

    There...

  • A Call for Help

    By Marc Ballon

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli victims of terror might not feel so alone and desperate thanks to an upcoming Internet service. Beginning in June, terror victims will be able to go online and chat one-on-one and in real-time with rabbis, counselors and therapists about their personal and financial...

  • Russia’s Jews Rediscover Roots

    By Lev Krichevsky

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Lev Entin, a 90-year-old resident of St. Petersburg, has spent the past year relearning something he spent most of his life trying to forget: his Judaism.

    Entin's father was a shochet (ritual slaughterer), and until Entin was 12, he attended a cheder (Jewish school). But after that,...

  • Russia Returns 16 Long-Sought Books

    By Lev Krichevsky

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Lubavitch movement is celebrating the transfer of 16 more religious books to a Lubavitch-run synagogue in Moscow. But it is unclear when -- and indeed, if -- the balance of the thousands of books that make up the "Schneerson Library" will come into the ultra-Orthodox group's...

  • The Russian Club

    By Si Frumkin

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    What the Russian Jewish immigrants of Orange County lack in numbers they make up for in passion.

    There are between 3,000-10,000 Russian Jewish immigrants in Orange County -- no one is quite sure of the exact number.

    Most of these newcomers have only a slight connection to the...

  • From Russia with Love

    By Mike Levy

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Russian-speaking Jewish community in Los Angeles has come together for Israel in ways community leaders could not have imagined even a year ago.

    Though the Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union have always been outspoken in their love for the Jewish state, a variety of...

  • Honoring a Legacy

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    They appear on a postcard with the romantic look of a turn-of-the-century Victorian family, although their names are anything but Victorian. Hyman, Manya, Slava, Nathan, Clara and Berra (later Ben) Chernoy all posed for the picture around 1905, looking young and fair and without any...

  • The New Melones Murders

    By Si Frumkin

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The New Melones Lake, a reservoir near the city of Modesto, is in a quiet, rural area in central California. The reservoir resembles a river more than a lake as it winds its way among the hills of Calaveras and Tuolumne counties.

    The reservoir is a popular fishing area, but in the...

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