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  • Valley ‘Walk for Darfur’ raises $35,000

    By Julie G Fax

    June 5, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    More than 1,400 people marched up Vanowen Street and across Victory Boulevard in West Hills last Sunday to raise funds and awareness about the genocide in Darfur. The second annual three-mile Walk for Darfur raised more than $35,000 for Jewish World Watch's work in refugee support,...
  • For Israeli ex-pats, the homeland is calling

    By Ayala Or-el

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Merav and Roy Lobel are going back to Israel. Since the birth of their baby boy, now eight months old, they have longed to be with their families. Each time they've hung up the phone after a call to Israel, they've felt as if part of their heart was still there.

    Guilty feelings about...

  • Anti-Semitism charge colors liquor license fight in City of San Fernando

    By Roberto Loiederman

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Real estate developer Sev Aszkenazy recently settled a lawsuit with the city of San Fernando over a liquor permit he was denied for a planned steak house. He said the denial was due, in part, to anti-Semitic bias.

    City Administrator Jose Pulido confirmed as much, testifying that...

  • City Voice: The perfect combination

    By Bill Boyarsky

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    An evening at Shomrei Torah Synagogue got me thinking about Barack Obama and how much the San Fernando Valley has changed since I first roamed there in 1970.

    It's an odd combination of thoughts, I know. Or, perhaps not. The more I thought about it, the combination made perfect sense...

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  • City and Feds offer $95,000 reward for information on Valley firebombings

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 26, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Los Angeles and Jewish officials announced today that the reward for information about last week's firebombing attacks on The New JCC at Milken and the West Valley residence of a Jewish family has been increased to $95,000.

    The City Council had responded last Friday to the Feb. 18...
  • Villaraigosa condemns Molotov cocktail attack on Milken JCC

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    The Molotov cocktail tossed at The New JCC at Milken Monday caused minimal property damage and injured no one, but the community response to the middle-of-the-night attack was pronounced.

    "In a city defined by unparalleled diversity, hate crimes of any kind will not be tolerated,...
  • City Voice: Condo conversions cause casualties

    By Bill Boyarsky

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Late one afternoon, I visited an apartment house in Pico-Robertson, where the tenants are uneasily contemplating a fate increasingly familiar to renters - the conversion of their building to condominiums.

    I talked to Mary Ellen Satterfield, Brenda Lara and Rachel Minkove, who rent...

  • LAPD arrests man for defacing councilman’s Valley office

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    A Sherman Oaks man has been arrested for defacing the Valley district field office of L.A. City Councilman Jack Weiss early Thursday morning with three swastikas and two incoherent messages, glued to the glass entrance door with epoxy.

    Police arrested Adonis A. Irwin, 32, at about...
  • Meet Harry Schwartzbart—defender of the First Amendment

    By Jane Ulman

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Harry Schwartzbart proselytizes as hard as any Christian clergyman in this country.

    He makes about 2,000 phone calls a year. He speaks two or three times a month at various houses of worship within a 100-mile radius of his Chatsworth home. And he books lunch or dinner engagements...

  • Jewish emergency info card a hit with LAPD; Postcard and dog tag campaign seeks release of Israeli

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish emergency info card a hit With LAPD

    LAPD patrol officers in the San Fernando Valley are now packing a powerful resource small enough to fit into a breast pocket. The Jewish Federation/Valley Alliance has teamed up with Deputy Chief Michael Moore and LAPD chaplain Kenneth...

  • Seniors Seek Loving Hands, Home

    By David Finnigan

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    When Arden Realty Chairman and CEO Richard Ziman's elderly father was beginning to fade about 10 years ago, the father made a simple request.

    "'If I begin to lose it, take me there,'" said the father, as recounted by his son. "'I will never be in better hands and with better people...

  • Jewish Population on Rise in South Bay

    By Julie Brown

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Thirteen years ago I called my cousin in the San Fernando Valley and announced to her that I was moving to the South Bay.

    "Why would you do that?" she said. "There are no Jews in the South Bay!"

    I don't know when that rumor might have held a modicum of truth, but it isn't the case...

  • Valley Is No Longer a Remote Outpost

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I've lived in two of the country's most ridiculed locales. I was born in New Jersey, the punch line of stand-up comics everywhere. Adding insult to injury, my family moved to the San Fernando Valley in the early '70s. At that time, the Valley was perceived as the end of the earth --...

  • Preschoolers Relay for Friend

    By Adam Wills

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Temple Ahavat Shalom parents and preschoolers strolled around America's Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College on Jan. 27, waiting for Alexa Weiner to arrive for her fifth birthday party. When they learned that the event had been canceled due to a family emergency, none of them could have...

  • Off the Bimah: A Concerted Effort

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    With her slender figure, long, shining strawberry-blonde hair and big hazel eyes, Alison Wissot looks more like a stage ingénue than most people's conceptions of a cantor -- not surprising, since that's what she was 10 years ago.

    Wissot's cantorial career is off to a brilliant...

  • No Divorce

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Valley will rise again, even if we have to sue: that was the vow of secessionists as the measure to breakup the City of Los Angeles went down in defeat, winning by a narrow margin in the San Fernando Valley but losing in the citywide vote.

    But supporters of the breakaway effort...

  • Valley Races That Also Matter

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    With the spotlight on secession for the past few months, it is almost easy to forget that there are major political races involving Jewish candidates in the San Fernando Valley.

    The most significant battle is the one being waged in the 27th U.S. House District. Rep. Brad Sherman...

  • Valley Jew/City Jew

    By Rob Eshman

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Why is it that the majority of Jews in Los Angeles and in the San Fernando Valley oppose secession?

    The most recent poll that counted Jewish voters, conducted last July by the Los Angeles Times, found that 57 percent of Jewish voters opposed secession and 34 percent said they were...

  • Not a Full Slate

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It is undoubtedly one of the strangest elections in history. Come Nov. 5, not only will voters in the city of Los Angeles be asked to decide whether the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood get to secede, but voters in each of those two areas will simultaneously vote for the City...

  • Valley Secession: An Inside Look

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Zev Yaroslavsky has served on the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) since its inception in 1998. This experience, plus eight years as a Los Angeles County supervisor representing both sides of the Santa Monica Mountains, and a councilman before that, has made him one of the...

  • Elephant in the Valley

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Used to be that every once in a blue moon, a rare Republican, who happened to be Jewish, would decide to run for office in the heavily Democratic San Fernando Valley, only to be soundly defeated at the polls.

    This year, Jewish Republicans hope to change all that with three...

  • Community Funding

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    An Israel advocacy mobile unit for college campuses. A community rabbi to cover the West San Fernando Valley. A series of cultural events to forge bonds between the Jewish communities of the East Valley. These are just a few of the innovative programs to be launched by grants from...

  • 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...

  • A Map Is a Mirror

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    No one said redistricting is fun. But this once-a-decade political ritual does provide a mirror to how much leverage a community has, or lacks.

    In the case of the proposed map for the Los Angeles City Council, this time the mirror says what many in our community are still reluctant...

  • On Hertzberg’s Horizon

    By Mike Levy

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Even though Robert Hertzberg will step down from the speakership of the California Assembly on Feb. 6, he still has plenty to say. The Sherman Oaks Democrat, as a rule, keeps busy.

    On what he sees as his responsibilities, he's fond of quoting from the Talmud: "You are not expected...

  • Opening ‘The Box’

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Like most of his grad student peers at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer always thought he would eventually become a pulpit rabbi, even taking an assistant rabbi position at a prominent San Fernando Valley synagogue as training for...

  • He’s Always Been Fyvush

    By Mike Levy

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Comedy Nite 2002 started out as a fundraising evening for Hillel at Pierce and Valley colleges on Saturday, Jan. 26. It quickly turned into a mutual admiration society meeting when Fyvush Finkel showed up. The evening's honoree gave as good as he got, praising Hillel for providing "a...

  • Beyond the Kitchen

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A roomful of women come together on a chilly December evening in Southern California. They eat, they laugh, they talk. One woman stands up and tells everyone that she learned how to say, "No." Her announcement is met with applause. Another stands up and says how happy she is that she...

  • Living the Chai Life

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    They're celebrating the fourth night of Chanukah at the Chai Teen and Youth Center, and, to put it mildly, this joint is jumping.

    Nearly two dozen teenagers fill the huge recreation room, with its gaming tables lined up two by two, like the animals on Noah's Ark. Some kids play air...

  • Separate Cities Pay Off

    By Jeff Brain

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    If the people of the San Fernando Valley want to vote to become their own independent city and it is not going to take any money away from the rest of the city, then why should any among us feel we have the right to deny them that right?

    State law gives every California community...

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