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  • Rabbis on Duty

    By Tom Tugend

    July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The July 4 attack at the El Al check-in counter, in which a gunman killed two people, occurred at 11:32 a.m., and within an hour, two Los Angeles rabbis, who double as police chaplains, were on the scene to comfort airline passengers and crew.

    Rabbi Dan Shevitz of Temple Mishkon...

  • Homeland Insecurity

    By Rob Eshman

    July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Two words have yet to come up in the commentary and analysis of the tragic July 4 shooting at Los Angeles International Airport. Those words: Buford Furrow.

    Furrow was the last man to purposely target Jews in a shooting rampage in Los Angeles. The Aug. 10, 1999 attack at the North...

  • Motive Behind the Madness

    By Tom Tugend

    July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As the painstaking probe into the July 4 killings at Los Angeles International Airport continues, the basic question that faced investigators and the public from the beginning remains unresolved.

    Was the deliberate shooting by Egyptian-born Hesham Mohamed Hadayet at the El Al...

  • Calling It Like It Is

    By Rabbi Daniel Gordis

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Not long ago, we were invited to friends for Shabbat lunch. They'd recently moved into a new apartment, in more or less the same neighborhood, and over the course of conversation, someone asked them how they liked the new location. Our hostess, a refined and relatively private...

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  • Letter from Israel:On the Road

    By David Margolis

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    As you might imagine, living in Israel right now feels schizophrenic. We continue with our regular lives -- going to work, eating dinner, shopping, praying, catching a movie -- and meanwhile, not far away, our soldiers are at war. The newspapers appear, the soccer games go on, people...

  • There to Stay

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It's Yom Kippur in Israel, and former Los Angeles resident Eve Harow talks about the atmosphere in her adopted homeland of 12 years.



    "The mood is somber," says Harow. "We're somewhere between normal life and war."

    Harow and her husband, Earl, live with their seven children in...

  • Building Better Relationships

    By Julie G Fax

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In the weeks immediately following the North Valley JCC shooting, one of the most incendiary articles to come out was headlined, "Where Were the Rabbis?"

    The column in New York's The Jewish Week quoted an anonymous JCC executive from L.A. saying things like, "We felt the hand of...

  • One Year Later

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    August 10, 1999. It was a day that will never be forgotten. One man was killed. Five people - including three children - were badly injured. Six innocent human beings became targets of a gutless killer's hatred, and when that happened, an entire community was shaken to its core. What...

  • Waiting for Furrow

    By Tom Tugend

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    A year and a day after Buford O. Furrow Jr. allegedly burst into the North Valley Jewish Community Center, spraying the lobby with 70 bullets from a 9mm semiautomatic assault weapon, the case is slowly winding its way through the federal legal system - very slowly.

    Furrow, 38, is...

  • The Jewish Cop

    By David Evanier

    June 22, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    3:45 a.m. I am walking down a very dark, silent alleyway in Oakwood, a two-square-mile, mostly low-income community in Venice, behind police officer Robert Eisenhart. A 16-year-old boy, a member of the Venice Shoreline Crips gang, has been shot in the shoulder and in the middle of...

  • The Diminished Assault on Truth and Memory

    By Michael Berenbaum

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In the wake of the Littleton shooting tragedy, a nation of finger-pointers has rounded up the usual suspects: media violence, guns, video games, the Internet. But for Jonathan Kellerman, this laundry list -- inevitably brought out in the wake of such violence -- omits one major...
  • Fitting the Crime

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Eleanor Kadish had only returned to work for a couple of weeks when she learned that federal prosecutors were seeking the death penalty for Buford O. Furrow, Jr., the avowed white supremacist who is awaiting trial for allegedly shooting her son and four other people at the North...
  • All in the Family

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    August's North Valley Jewish Community Center shooting is still on the minds of parents and educators.

    That was the feeling one got attending a recent panel on violence in schools, held at Westwood Charter Elementary School, where members of the community gathered to air their...

  • To Life!

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Benjamin Kadish is a very lucky kid. The most critically injured of the five North Valley Jewish Community Center shooting victims is home and doing well. Despite his lengthy hospital stay and his often painful recovery from his wounds, he is warm and outgoing, even performing a...
  • Safety First?

    By Beverly Gray

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    On the first day of school, when Barbara Gindi escorted her children to Maimonides Academy, she was appalled by what she saw: Two security guards stood out front, a Sheriff's squad car was parked at the curb, and the administrative staff was on high alert.

    "It brought tears to my...

  • How to account for the different stories

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    I read Gary Rosenblatt's indictment of Los Angeles' rabbinate with some unease. It did not square with my understanding of what had occurred in the aftermath of the shootings at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills. Accounts from our reporter, Julie Gruenbaum...
  • Three’s Company

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    This was one weird summer for American Jews.

    On one hand, it brought an unprecedented wave of anti-Semitic terror attacks: three Sacramento-area synagogues firebombed in June, six Jews shot leaving a Chicago shul in July, an armed assault on the North Valley Jewish Community Center in...

  • Orthodox Community Protests Police Shooting

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Hundreds of strictly Orthodox Jews took to the streets of Brooklyn, N.Y., this week to protest the fatal shooting by police officers of an emotionally disturbed member of the community.

    The shooting victim, Gary Busch, 31, was felled by a hail of bullets Aug. 30 after he attacked a...

  • Furrow Enters Innocent Plea

    By Tom Tugend

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A judge entered an innocent plea for Buford O. Furrow Jr. at the white supremacist's arraignment in federal court Monday.

    Furrow has allegedly confessed to killing U.S. postal worker Joseph Ileto and to a shooting spree at the North Valley Jewish Community Center, in which five...

  • Pulling Together

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The week of Aug. 10 was a horrifying and difficult one for our Jewish community. The unexpected attack on the North Valley Jewish Community Center, an important link in the system of communal services provided by the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles has, we are certain, left all of...

  • When Tragedy Strikes…

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 19, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    For Lois Weinsaft, the Aug. 10 shooting spree at the North Valley Jewish Community Center (NVJCC) hit close to home. Too close.

    After all, Weinsaft's own daughter, Becky, literally grew up with the Valley Centers.

    "Becky called me and said, 'That could have been me as a camper, that...

  • Rabbis Respond with Concern

    By Julie G Fax

    August 19, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Shoshana, a preschool teacher at the North Valley JCC, looked down a hallway into the barrel of Buford Furrow's submachine gun. She had dodged a hail of bullets to duck into her classroom and safely usher out the 4- and 5-year-old preschoolers under her care.

    Now, it was time to...

  • “I Heard a Loud Pop and We Ran Outside”

    By Tom Tugend

    August 11, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Richard Macales was working in his office in the UCLA Extension Building when his mother called on Tuesday morning.

    Had he heard a radio report about a shooting at the "West Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills," she asked.

    Macales hadn't, but he was puzzled, knowing that...

  • How Scared Should We Be?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 11, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Has The Order, the most violent and notorious white supremacist group in recent history, been resurrected?

    Gunman Buford O. Furrow has strong ties to The Order, a militant offshoot of Aryan Nations, sources say. Furrow told Las Vegas police that his shootings should serve "as a...

  • Mideast

    By Eric Silver

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    A Divided Land

    By Eric Silver, Mideast Correspondent

    Recent murders in Hebron indicate a new trend in extremism

    What the Israeli right likes to call "the battle for the Land of Israel" is in danger of turning into a war of the ultras, Arab extremists...

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