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June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Hacham Yedidia Shofet, a spiritual icon for Persian Jews both in Iran and the United States died last week at 96 in Los Angeles.
In Iran, Shofet served both as a religious leader and as the liaison representing Iran's Jewish community before the Shah's government. Shofet joined the...
May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Between 35,000 and 40,000 people spent Sunday, May 15 at Woodley Park in Van Nuys for the annual Israel Independence Day festival.
The festival's early afternoon main event featuring pro-Israel speeches and politicians lasted exactly one hour; on the last note of "The Star-Spangled...
March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm
Growing up religious in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, I didn't have much choice when it came to religious studies: it was full time till I was 18. I always felt it was being shoved down my throat.
So I stayed away from religious studies for about a decade -- from college, through...
November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm
George W. Bush wasn't the only Republican to win big on election night. Larry Greenfield, director of the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) of Southern California, also fared quite well.
Surrounded by a crowd of 250 Jewish Republicans partying at Beverly Hills' Level One club, a...
January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Jazz icon Dave Brubeck says he wanted to construct a musical bridge between Jews and blacks in composing "The Gates of Justice," a 50-minute oratorio celebrating the joint civil rights struggles of the two partners.
A new CD recording of "The Gates of Justice," will be released on...
June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Assuming a father already possesses his children's love, honor and respect, what more could he wish for? How about the power of persuasion? Sure, the little critters might love us, but how can we get them to obey us?
In this quest, fathers of the English-speaking world will find a...
May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm
In the violence-ridden month of March 2002, which saw the Passover massacre at a Netanya hotel and the siege of Yasser Arafat's compound in Ramallah, filmmaker Oliver Stone traveled to Israel and the West Bank to shoot a documentary on the escalating conflict.
The result is "Persona...
July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm
Inspirational speeches are sometimes improved by leaving out the words.
Deuteronomy records, for the most part, Moses' farewell address to his people. He begins by rehashing the events of the last 40 years, a story laden with some nasty national failings. Seeing that his audience at...
June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm