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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November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm
October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm
On the first Saturday of each month, while weekly, traditional Shabbat morning services are taking place at Adat Shalom synagogue, another service transpires behind the main sanctuary that is anything but traditional. Women of all ages dance between davening, beat tambourines and...
October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm
As she enters her 23rd year in prison, Doris Roldan realizes that she has two choices: she can wallow in self-pity or she can continue to have hope.
On Tuesday evening, Sept. 30, while standing in front of her fellow inmates at the California Institution for Women (CIW), Roldan made...
August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm
It was Thursday afternoon, three days before 1,800 Jewish kids were to arrive for the final week of the JCC Maccabi games, and 40 delegation leaders were ironing out the logistics at a New Jersey hotel.
That's when the lights and the air conditioning went dead, and the room quickly...
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...
February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm
December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm
The miracle of Chanukah took on a double meaning Dec. 4, when Los Angeles Holocaust survivors participated in a menorah-lighting ceremony with their counterparts in Tel Aviv via videoconferencing.
"We celebrate the miracle of Chanukah, and we also celebrate the miracle that we...
November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm
The church is not a place that one typically associates with Chanukah. But that will change on Dec. 6 when members of Los Angeles' Jewish and African American communities come together at the West Angeles Cathedral. The Crenshaw District institution -- with a new $60 million...
November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm
October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm
On the evening before Thanksgiving, my synagogue, Congregation Eilat in Mission Viejo, always gets together with a neighboring church, Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist, for an interfaith service. What is remarkable about this joint venture, and other pre-Thanksgiving services...
September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm
September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm
Monty Hall is not going to be going to shul this Yom Kippur. On previous Yom Kippurs, the 80-year-old philanthropist and former "Let's Make a Deal" host attended the Temple Shalom for the Arts High Holiday services at the Wilshire Theatre. This year, because he is bedridden after...
September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm
Irvine is increasingly becoming Orange County's Jewish capital, with the establishment of a sixth synagogue, Congregation Kol HaNeshamah, which in Hebrew means "voice of the soul." The new shul's rabbi is H. Rafael Goldstein, who also serves as chaplain for the San Diego Jewish...
September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm
September 1-September 7
Heritage Pointe, Mission Viejo Chapter: Sun., Sept. 1, 5 p.m. Bus trip to the Hollywood Bowl to see "New York, New York." $40 (members), $45 (guests). 27356 Bellogente, Mission Viejo. For more information, call (949) 455-1535.
Jewish Single Parents and...
September 5, 2002 | 7:59 pm
Once again, they are upon us: the High Holidays. For some, the holidays are a time to reconnect with family and friends they haven't seen in a year. Others look on this as a time of spiritual renewal. And most -- whether they like it or not -- spend a significant part of the holidays...
August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm
It was a postcard-perfect afternoon outside Kerckhoff Hall on UCLA's campus on Tuesday, Aug. 6., but Debra Bach could not stop crying.
The day before, Bach had been in San Diego attending the funeral of her Hebrew University roommate, Marla Bennett. Now she stood among 150 people...
June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm
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B'nai Tikvah Congregation: 9 a.m. Shabbat service. 5820 Manchester Ave., Westchester. For more information, call (310) 645-6262.
Temple Beth Torah: 10 a.m. Shabbat Learner's Minyan, with discussion, "Focus On the Family." 16651 Rinaldi St., Granada Hills. For...
March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm
The list of pardons granted by President Clinton on his last day in office included fugitive financier Marc Rich and convicted drug dealer Carlos Vignali -- and then there was Al Schwimmer.
Nobody has paid much attention to the pardon for the 83-year-old former smuggler and...
October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm
September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm
The Journal contacted about 80 synagogues and other organizations that conduct High Holy Days services, from across the spectrum of religious observance. About 40 percent of the synagogues contacted returned information.
We assumed that synagogues which chose not to respond to our...
June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm
Rabbi Shimon Paskow, 68, let down his guard the other day and began to reel off a few of the jokes he had told at his retirement dinner on Sun., June 25, honoring his 31 years of service at Temple Etz Chaim of Thousand Oaks.
One goes like this: "You've heard the saying 'Old soldiers...
June 8, 2000 | 8:00 pm
Hebrew for forgiveness, Selichot services are a time of preparation for the New Year, generally held after the conclusion of Shabbat prior to Rosh Hashanah.
Kehillat Israel: 10 p.m. "Becoming and Believing" Selichot service 16019 Sunset Blvd., Pacific...
January 13, 2000 | 7:00 pmAn innovative musical service will premiere simultaneously at 40 synagogues in the United States and Canada on Shabbat Shirah, the Sabbath of Song, on Jan. 21.
Eleven Southland synagogues will participate in the event.
Cantors and children choirs at Conservative, Reform and...
June 24, 1999 | 8:00 pmI'm sure that most of you have heard about how three synagogues in my hometown of Sacramento were firebombed early Friday morning. And perhaps you have heard about the pain that so many Jews around the country are feeling. And, of course, these feelings run even deeper among those of...
May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pmDorothy Richman finished her rabbinical studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York this week, and she's about to start her new life. She's off to Honduras next month, leading a group of teens on a summer service program. They'll wind up in Israel in August....
February 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm
When leaders from 119 North American Jewish federations met here this week, they did not make any earth-shattering decisions or vote on anything binding.
Instead, they did what many involved described as even more revolutionary: They listened to each other, building trust and...
September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pmTisha B'Av, the day of mourning in commemoration of the destruction of the two Temples, is notable for at least two reasons. For one, it may be the only holiday that Hallmark hasn't designed a card for. And it seems to be the one holiday that most Jews have heard of, but few seem to...