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  • Wrap Party in Redondo Beach

    By Ruth Stroud

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Debbie Simmons earns her living as a CPA in Brentwood. But evenings, weekends and every other spare minute during the holidays and many other free moments during the year find Simmons shopping for bargain toys and wrapping paper, scanning the shelves or standing in checkout lines at...

  • The Cardinal Comes to the Board of Rabbis

    By Ruth Stroud

    December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    In a historic address to the Board of Rabbis of Southern California last week, Cardinal Roger Mahony, archbishop of Los Angeles, called for the elimination of centuries of Catholic and Christian anti-Semitic teaching and a new era of Catholic-Jewish understanding and cooperation....
  • Coming to Our Census

    By Ruth Stroud

    July 2, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Eli Broad (left) is the primary moving force behind thefinancing of the downtown Disney Concert Hall designed by architectFrank Gehry, lining up corporations to drop megabucks into theproject..

    For most of this century, Los Angeles has been a city of twoelites -- one predominately...

  • Community

    By Ruth Stroud

    March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Before therewas "Ellen," Chastity Bono, Rock Hudson's death from AIDS, or AIDSitself, there was Beth Chayim Chadashim. The year was 1972, and mostlesbians and gay men were deep in the closet. For four gay Jews whoshowed up for a rap session at Metropolitan Community Church in...

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  • Cover Story A Call for Support

    By Ruth Stroud

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Orli is the first to admit that she had everythinggoing for her while growing up in Brentwood: loving parents who tookher around the world, a top-flight Harvard education.

    But Orli (not her real name) became an alcoholic,a disease, she says, that afflicted her father. At first, she...

  • The Results Are In

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Rumors of the imminent demise of theJewish population of Los Angeles are a little premature. For yearswe've been hearing that the rate of intermarriage in Los Angeles islikely among the worst in the nation -- probably more than 50percent, perhaps as high as 70 percent in some areas.

    ...

  • A Commitment toEducation

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 29, 1998 | 6:59 pm

    In a move that many see as a turning point for thefuture of Jewish education in Los Angeles, the Jewish Federation ofGreater Los Angeles board agreed last week to almost double theamount that the Federation gives to Jewish day and Hebrewschools.

    "I am elated," said Dr. Gil Graff,...

  • Gearing Up for 50

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The peace process is stalled, pluralism issues remain unresolved and the Netanyahu government is in turmoil. But organizers of a major, star-studded 50th anniversary tribute to Israel later this year are focusing their attention on celebration, not contention. Indeed, a rare...
  • Community

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    "Who knew?" If the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles hasits way, that simple question will become as well-known a shorthandfor the Federation as "Got milk?" is for the California milk industryand "Just do it" is for Nike. The phrase will be the centerpiece ofthe organization's...

  • My First Trip to Israel

    By Ruth Stroud

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    "I know your relatives all think you're crazy, but we're gladyou're here," our tour guide, Zvi Lev-Ran, said as 36 tired Angelenospiled onto a bus after a 13-hour flight aboard a chartered El Al747-400 from Los Angeles. We were part of the largest mission eversponsored by the Jewish...

  • Sanford Gage:

    By Ruth Stroud

    November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Sanford Gage


    When Sanford Gage was asked to be general chair of the JewishFederation Council of Greater Los Angeles' United Jewish Fund, hewanted to know one thing: Could he make a difference?

    "That was the burning question for me," he said during a recentinterview at a restaurant near...

  • Religion and the State

    By Ruth Stroud

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    What rights would a yarmulke-wearing child have in a public school that decides to prohibit hats on campus? What about a group of Jewish inmates who want to light Chanukah candles when a regulation clearly bans fire of any kind inside a prison? Or a synagogue or church that wishes...
  • Postcards from Israel

    By Ruth Stroud

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    In every picture, Melissa Kahn is smiling -- whether covered withmud at the Dead Sea, riding a donkey up Mount Canaan or hiking fromthe Mediterranean to Lake Kineret. Kahn, 16, a junior atHarvard-Westlake School, mused recently about the eight weeks shespent in Israel last summer on...
  • Up Front

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Los Angelesare planning to give Israel a very special present for its 50thbirthday -- an ambulance.

    Over the course of the school year, children fromall day schools, Reform to Orthodox, will contribute their tzedakahmoney and hold special fund-raisers in order to purchase a...

  • Seinfeld Borrows a Talmud

    By Ruth Stroud

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    'Seinfeld' Borrows

    a Talmud

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

    The Jewish Community Library is used to catering to the literaryneeds of groups of school children, Yiddish scholars and day-schoolteachers. But seldom does it get a call for Talmudic texts to gracethe set of a sitcom. That...

  • Chabad’s Shofar Factory…

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Chabad's Shofar Factory...

    It's a Blast

    Thousands of Los Angeles-area youngsters participate inhands-on workshops

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

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    Quick, what's a kosher animal with horns that can be used to makea shofar?

    Uh, well, everyone knows the answer to that. A ram, right?

    OK. Right....

  • Chabad’s Shofar Factory…It’s a Blast

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Thousands of Los Angeles-area youngsters participate inhands-on workshops

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

    Quick, what's a kosher animal with horns that can be used to makea shofar?

    Uh, well, everyone knows the answer to that. A ram, right?

    OK. Right. But name another kosher animal with...

  • Cover Story: Grandparenting

    By Ruth Stroud

    August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Left, Flora and Vernon Stroud with two of their fivegrandchildren, Laura and Jonathan, in 1991.

    The Family Melting Pot

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

    Three generations of Grahams.

     

    Is there such a thing as a "typical" Jewishgrandparent in America? When I thought about this impossibly...

  • Wave of the Future

    By Ruth Stroud

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Left to right, Hebrew school pals Sam Graham, Matt Polinger,and Alex Shaw enjoy kosher hot dogs at Redondo Beach's Esplanade. Photo by Jefferson Graham If there's an image of the South Bay, it's this sun-drenched visionof perpetual summer and youth. But does this picture contain...

  • Wave of the Future

    By Ruth Stroud

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    If there's an image of the South Bay, it's this sun-drenched visionof perpetual summer and youth. But does this picture contain anyJews? For years, the myth has been that it didn't, or, if there wereany, they were passing as something else.

    But it turns out that there are more Jews in...

  • Wave of the Future

    By Ruth Stroud

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Left to right, Hebrew school pals Sam Graham, Matt Polinger,and Alex Shaw enjoy kosher hot dogs at Redondo Beach's Esplanade. Photo by Jefferson Graham If there's an image of the South Bay, it's this sun-drenched visionof perpetual summer and youth. But does this picture contain...

  • Israel or Bust

    By Ruth Stroud

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The Federation had received only four cancellations -- a total of seven people who decided not to go because of the twin blasts -- according to Evy Lutin, mission co-chair. More than 350 people are signed up for the 10-day mission, which celebrates the kickoff of Israel's...
  • A Sephardic Celebration

    By Ruth Stroud

    July 31, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Sephardic, Ashkenazic, Mizrachic, or just out for a good time -- whatever their background, Jews poured into the Skirball Cultural Center last Sunday for the first annual Sephardic Arts Festival. The event was a success beyond its organizers' wildest dreams. Attendance, estimated at...

  • Power Play

    By Ruth Stroud

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    After Shabbat services at a Conservative temple recently, one Los Angeles fund-raiser for the Jewish Federation Council was confronted by an angry congregant who has long been a generous donor to Israel.

    "They're letting the Orthodox dictate," said the man, who, with his wife,...

  • Soup, Sandwiches

    By Ruth Stroud

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    At left, from right, Al and Jean Langer with their son, Norm; Above, a mural in the back of the restaurant; Below, one of Langer's venerable waitresses serves their famous sandwiches to a hungry crowd.

    Photos by Ruth Stroud

    Amid a blizzard of Spanish-language signs for passport...

  • Open-Door Policy

    By Ruth Stroud

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    They are your brother, your cousin, your lawyer, your best friend, or possibly yourself. Yet, while there are as many gays, lesbians and bisexuals in the Jewish community as in any other, they often feel like outcasts in their own faith, afraid that they can't be open about their...
  • Feeling the Heat

    By Ruth Stroud

    June 12, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The ad, which pictures a small child with a worried expression, is one way the UJF is trying to tackle the unfolding "Who is a Jew?" debate in Israel and to limit its impact among American donors to the UJF.

    According to Bill Bernstein, an associate executive vice president who...

  • A Tale of

    By Ruth Stroud

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Do the Jewish communities of Los Angeles and Tel Aviv have much in common beyond their religious designation? Can they share ideas and expertise and form a useful partnership in the future? Following a week-long visit to the Southland by a small delegation of Tel Aviv civic leaders,...
  • The Third Generation

    By Ruth Stroud

    May 8, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    As the son of Holocaust survivors, Adi Liberman grew up, as many second-generation children did, with a sense of profound loss. He knew that he had no grandparents, that his mother, a hidden child during the war, had lost her parents at age 5, and that his father's father died before...
  • L.A.‘s New Leaders

    By Ruth Stroud

    May 8, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    If you're a young Jewish leader who would like to know more about Los Angeles civic life, or if you're a young civic leader who wants to be more in step with the Los Angeles Jewish community, the New Leaders Project might have a place for you. NLP, sponsored in Los Angeles by the...
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