I've wanted to tell you about my military service for a while now, but I never knew exactly what I want to say. However, since foreign media take a very negative, false approach towards the IDF, and more and more false accusations pop up every day, I feel I can't wait any longer...
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FRIDAY NIGHT, JANUARY 14 (Shabbat Shirah)
Los Angeles area
10345 W. Pico Boulevard
LA CA 90064
The service features Cantor Evan Kent, Cantor Lorna Lembeck, and our resident Jazz Band “Steve Fox and Friends”
Cantor Evan Kent...
May 15, 2009 | 10:56 am
Just finished a day-long stint of jury duty. After deferring four times in two years, I finally decided to suck it up and go. Part of it had to with my sincere belief in the trial-by-jury system. I find it in nothing less than incredible that American citizen has the right to have...
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April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pmWith about 40 people looking on, the elderly African American woman slowly got up and started singing a song she wrote:
"You can go to church Sabbath mornings
And shout out loud
But you can't hold out 'til Mondays
Before doing things wrong.
Oh, oh, God have his eyes on you and me....
February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pmLaura Gitlin-Petlak was 48 when she died on Feb. 12 at her home in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood.
The next day, a few blocks from her house, a couple hundred people jammed the premises of Aish L.A., an Orthodox synagogue and outreach center, for her memorial service.
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Flashing lights blind me. I am deafened by the pounding music. I feel lost among the moving bodies. Where am I? At the scene of yet another sensory-overloaded bar mitzvah party.
I am disturbed by the dancing girls dressed in tube tops and thigh-length skirts and people drinking at...
November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm
A mounting Internet feud has led to the expulsion of a public leader of the Holocaust revisionist movement from Amazon.com and triggered a slew of threatening e-mails against a Jewish communal official.
The trouble started soon after Allyson Rowen Taylor, associate director of the...
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Passover travel once meant shlepping to Miami Beach, where great operatic tenors like Robert Merrill and Jan Peerce would conduct the seder at a fancy-schmancy hotel, or to the Catskills, which was more haimish but just as fattening.
But Passover travel options today have expanded...
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Ah, the High Holidays. Time to gather, celebrate, eat, fast, repent and eat some more. But before you can get to any of that, there's another, perhaps less-ancient tradition that takes place a few weeks prior. It's the High Holiday scramble, and anyone without deeply planted roots...
August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Israel and the United States each have successes and failures in their respective health care systems, but the younger of the modern nations, rooted in its tradition of helping the needy, has much to teach its American ally. When it comes to some of the most important issues facing...
August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm
After midnight one Sunday last December, Motty Stock found his wife, Freda, unconscious on the bedroom floor. He picked up two phones and simultaneously called 911 and Hatzolah, an all-volunteer emergency first-response service.
While Stock was still on the phone giving information...
May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Sometimes the smallest details are the ones that make the biggest impression. You remember the pretty napkins or the mints with dessert. You remember the bride walking down the aisle with both her parents instead of just her father. You remember the way the bat mitzvah girl wore a...
April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm
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Friday, April 16
Laemmle Theaters: Release of the Academy Award-nominated documentary, "Prisoner of Paradise," about German Jewish actor Kurt Gerron, sent to a concentration camp and forced to write and direct Nazi propaganda. Laemmle Music Hall, Beverly Hills. (310) 274-6869....
March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Once, on a mission to Israel, we needed a minyan for a prayer service during the airplane flight. We were a total of six men in our group, so we began to scan the plane for the remaining four for the requisite 10 men.
As I went up and down the aisles, one fellow turned to me and...
March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Evan Marc Katz has never had a bad Internet date. Well, except for the time his date had an aneurysm -- and that was hardly his fault, was it? OK, aside from the time that Katz's blind date had a seizure, he's never had a bad Internet date. That's because he follows his own rules...
March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Everything was going wrong. First, her best friend moved. Not just to another town, she moved to another state.
Also, she was starting a new school this year. Middle school was scary to think about, though she would never admit it out loud. She was too cool for that.
And now her...
March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm
"Shalom Y'all" sounds suspiciously like a slogan designed to sell souvenirs to Jewish visitors in the American South, and indeed the phrase adorns T-shirts, mugs and other paraphernalia in the gift shop of Charleston's Beth Elohim Synagogue.
But the drawled greeting is also common...
March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm
When Stephen Marks and his wife, Janna, acquired Bike the Sites in December 2002, they didn't realize how their two-wheeled tours of Washington, D.C., would translate to a Jewish audience.
"We put together some talking points to generate discussion and thought from a Jewish...
November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm
In introducing us to the patriarchal family of Isaac, son of Abraham, this week's Torah portion of Toldot begins: "And these are the offspring of Isaac son of Abraham -- Abraham begot Isaac." Since Torah is not given to redundancy, this opening passage raises the question: Once we're...
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