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  • 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...

  • Secession Won’t Work

    By Mike Feuer

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Last month, the ground lurched beneath the crowd trying to split the San Fernando Valley from the rest of Los Angeles. The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) determining whether and how breakup proposals reach the ballot, turned the rallying cry of Valley secessionists on its...

  • Togetherness Through Mitzvot

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 18, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In a rustic little corner of Chatsworth, flanked by trees and horses and dry, dusty land, sits the nerve center of the oldest interfaith program in the San Fernando Valley.

    From its offices in a building owned by a United Methodist church, the Valley Interfaith Council (VIC) has,...

  • What makes Us Special

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    July 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When I took the position of Valley editor back in 1998, some people questioned the need for a reporter to cover the Valley. After all, nothing ever happens here, right?

    In any given week in the San Fernando, Conejo and surrounding valley areas one can find: a "healing" service using...

  • The MTA View

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish Journal: It has been 10 years since the East-West Transit Corridor was first proposed. Why do you think there is still so much resistance to the project, despite the fact that everyone is affected by the dismal traffic conditions in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles?


  • Chandler Busway:Round Two

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A proposed busway continued to spark fierce debate during two public hearings held in the San Fernando Valley during the last weeks of June.

    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is in the final stages of gathering public commentary on the proposed San Fernando Valley East-West...

  • Could Be Green and Great

    By Peer Ghent

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Numerous spokespeople for the Orthodox Jewish community have passionately opposed any transportation solution that includes using the Chandler portion of the MTA right of way. I would like to express support of the MTA's proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route on the Burbank/Chandler...

  • Photo Finish

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    April 10 is the ultimate day at the track for the nation's second-largest school district. Never before has so much ridden on the backs of campaign horses as in the current race for positions on Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) Board of Education.

    Vying for two of three...

  • A Losing Battle?

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    December 21, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Burbank is a unique place, a small Midwestern town accidentally transplanted next to Hollywood. While most outsiders equate Burbank with NBC studios, Carson and Leno, townsfolk see it as a small haven amidst the chaos of Los Angeles. It has its own city hall, police, firefighters...

  • Challenging Hate

    By Yaakov Arnold

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Two teenage boys were arrested Sun., Sept. 24, in connection with the ransacking of classrooms and painting of swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti on the walls of the West Valley Hebrew Academy in Woodland Hills.

    Police officers, responding to a call from a neighbor who apparently...

  • Cousin Sima

    By Jane Ulman

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In a perfect world, my cousin Sima and I would have grown up together. Almost exactly a year apart, we would have talked in secret code, tormented our younger siblings and giggled together at family seders. We would have shared our adolescent crushes and angst, and danced at each...

  • Waging Peace

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In a small grove of trees on the campus of Pierce College in Woodland Hills this past Sunday, a group of government officials and concerned citizens gathered to honor the victims of hate crimes. About 300 people representing a cross-section of the diverse Los Angeles community...

  • A Petition for Justice

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    July 27, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Kineret Fischer is on a quest. At a time in her life when most young women are thinking about boyfriends or worrying about starting college, the recent graduate of Yeshiva University of Los Angeles high school (YULA) has been concentrating on fulfilling a mission: to bring to justice...

  • A Mostly Jewish Festival

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    July 13, 2000 | 7:59 pm

    Q: When does a fence equal freedom?
    A: When it's an eruv.

    On Sun., July 2 the Jewish community of Northridge will celebrate the official initiation of its new eruv, allowing observant Jews the ability to carry on the Sabbath within its domain.The project was initiated more than 10...

  • Honoring Jablon

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 22, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Representatives of the Valley Alliance celebrated the successes of the past year at their annual meeting, held June 13 at the Bernard Milken Community Campus in West Hills.

    Among the achievements noted were the long-awaited opening of the Fern Milken Sports & Youth Complex, the aid...

  • Masters of Their Domain

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 22, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Q: When does a fence equal freedom?
    A: When it's an eruv.

    On Sun., July 2 the Jewish community of Northridge will celebrate the official initiation of its new eruv, allowing observant Jews the ability to carry on the Sabbath within its domain.The project was initiated more than 10...

  • Wanting What the West Has

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When people talk about the San Fernando Valley, non-residents may envision a vast sea of shiny new homes and retail areas, schools and parks, joined seamlessly by a pathway of soccer moms driving sports utility vehicles.

    In reality, there are two Valleys -- the one where the...

  • Honey, I Want a Divorce

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    On Nov. 27, Jeff Brain, president of Valley VOTE, will be a very happy man. That's the day he gets to turn in the more than 195,000 signatures that will start the ball rolling on the San Fernando Valley seceding from the city of Los Angeles.

    Rumblings of separatism have been heard...

  • JFS Opens New Center for Seniors

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Seniors in the San Fernando Valley will have greater access to mental-health and day-care services, thanks to a generous donor and the newly expanded facilities of the Jewish Family Services' Valley Storefront in North Hollywood.
  • Community

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Vandals Attack Temple Solael


    Valley Hate Crimes on the Rise

    By Wendy Madnick, Valley Editor

    In the latest in a spate of anti-Semitic incidents in the San Fernando and Conejo valleys, vandals...

  • Keep Your Opinions to Yourself

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Recently, The Jewish Journal announced that it was hiringreporters and stringers to cover the San Fernando Valley andsurrounding areas. In response, we received numerous resumésand clips of people looking to write...columns. Is that, we wondered,a particularly Jewish phenomenon? Why...

  • 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...

  • The Great Mulholland Divide

    By Tom Tugend

    May 22, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    When I was a UCLA student, some...uh...50 years ago and lived in Hollywood, I thought nothing of picking up a date in Boyle Heights, but I wouldn't even consider going out with a girl from the San Fernando Valley.

    I shared the common Angeleno perception that the Valley was some...

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