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  • Giving Thanks

    By Rabbi Ron Shulman

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It's not only that this year Thanksgiving and Chanukah coincide, it's that the calendar makes us focus on the thanksgiving aspect of Chanukah's meaning. Every year, when we reflect on the glow of Chanukah's lights, we are celebrating a different form of Thanksgiving.

    Jewish tradition...

  • A Thanksgiving to Fill the Spiritby

    By Elliot Fein

    November 21, 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...

  • The Spirituality of Separation

    By Howard Kaplan

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Divorce Is a Mitzvah: A practical guide to finding wholeness and holiness when your marriage dies" by Rabbi Perry Netter (Jewish Lights Publishing, $16.95).

    Perry Netter's wonderful title comes from the preeminent biblical commentator, Rashi, who in the 11th century said of the...

  • The Clergy of 1,000 ‘Faces’

    By Joe Berkofsky

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Rabbis: The Many Faces of Judaism," by George Kalinsky (Rizzoli International, $39.95).

    It was 1962, and Marilyn Monroe had just died. So George Kalinsky did what he always did when something important happened -- he visited a rabbi.

    Kalinsky, now 60, recalled listening to a...

  • Standup, Sit-down, See the Light

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Picture 20 massage tables, with people lying down and being gently touched, with music playing in the background. On Yom Kippur.

    That was the custom at Makom Ohr Shalom in Woodland Hills. Although it's been modified to sitting on tables, it's one of the off-beat traditions at the XX...

  • What We’ve Learned

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Dr. Larry Eisenberg, president of the West Coast Region of the Orthodox Union, was in Toronto for a cousin's wedding. He had just dropped off his daughter, a Fordham University law student, at the airport about an hour before for her 8 a.m. flight...

  • Finding God

    By Elliot Fein

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I love to ask students of all ages a spiritual and revealing question: "When have you felt the presence of God in your lives?" I love to ask this question because the answers students give often inspire. Let me share some typical answers.

    I feel God's presence when I show kindness,...

  • Israel on the Agenda

    By Julie G Fax

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Jewish educators from around the country met for a five-day institute this summer at the University of Judaism, leaders at the Whizin Institute for Jewish Family Life did the only thing they could for their daylong slot of teaching. They scrapped their usual plenaries and...

  • The Sound of Cantors

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    For Shannon McGrady Bane, the music of the High Holidays had always welled up into a transcendent, life-changing event. Raised a Methodist, she found the theology of Judaism a better intellectual fit while attending college. There, a rabbi asked her to sing the holiday repertoire.


  • Service Oriented

    By Ilene Schneider

    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...

  • Rudderless Until Redemption

    By Howard Kaplan

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Under Radar" by Michael Tolkin (Atlantic Monthly Press, $23).

    Recently, I heard Michael Tolkin speak at Temple Beth Am about "Under Radar." Pacing frenetically, he explained that midway through the writing he had stalled and shelved the manuscript. During that time, slipping on his...

  • Harmonic Convergence

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Singers and lovers of Jewish music will gather in Sepulveda Pass this week for a festival celebrating Jewish choral music of the past and present.

    The first David Nowakowsky International Jewish Choral Festival, which begins Sunday at the University of Judaism (UJ), will present a...

  • A House Divided

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    July 18, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    On a blazing hot Saturday in the hills of Calabasas, the streets are deserted, devoid of the usual clusters of children playing ball or teens on bikes and scooters within this gated community south of the 101 Freeway. Houses shimmer in the glaring sun; garage doors hold the heat at...

  • The ‘Justice’ of Reggae

    By Baz Dreisinger

    July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    There's something very, well, Jewish about reggae music. So Jewish, in fact, that Rastas in clubs, swaying to Bob Marley, are uncannily reminiscent of rabbis in synagogue, prayer books in hand.

    No one knows this better than Elan, the 26-year-old singer/songwriter who will headline...

  • An Appeal to the Clergy of All Faiths

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Colleagues in faith, we must act together now. We owe it to our respective faiths and our common calling. We cannot feign blindness or muteness while all about us the toxins of racial and religious hate and the anarchy of anthrax continue to poison our environment. Lethal libels...

  • Six Months Later

    By Judy Gruen

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Sept. 11 was a watershed event in American history. Every decent person felt shock and revulsion to the very core. But human nature cannot maintain such a heightened sense of trauma indefinitely -- life goes on. Six months later, The Journal interviewed several local Jews and...

  • Sweet And Loeb

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb is eating a tuna sandwich and a spinach salad, talking about "Cake And Pie."

    In a voice as sweet and knowing as her wistful folk-pop, she says the point of her new album is that in life, as on the dining table, you can have your cake and eat your pie, too....

  • Light Eight Candles to Honor our Heroes

    By Rabbi Daniel S. Brenner

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    On the nights of Chanukah, Dec. 9-16, Jews around the country will remember a little pitcher of olive oil. In particular, we will recall a moment from the second century BCE when one of the Temple priests searched through the rubble of the vandalized sacred house. In the midst of...

  • The Ear of the Beholder

    By J. D. Smith

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When I worked for Warner Bros. Records, I spent a good deal of my time trying to calibrate, coordinate and prognosticate the exact moment the headlining artist would take the stage. This involved calls to the manager, the road manager, the box office, the artist and spiritual...

  • Trying to Talk

    By Tom Tugend

    September 27, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Relations between Southern California's 600,000 Jews and 500,000 Muslims, which have been marked by roller coaster-like ups and downs over a 50-year history, have hit near bottom in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

    With more than 200 hate crimes against Arab Americans...

  • Community Builders

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    On any given Sunday, there are more community-bonding events going on than you can shake a lulav at. Take June 10, when The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and Anti-Defamation League (ADL) buzzed with activity.

    At the Federation, Fashion Division and KOCHAV events took...

  • Zayde Mitzvah

    By Mike Levy

    January 11, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Every Bar Mitzvah is special, but Al Greenberg's was special.

    As his son Ken said at the ceremony, "Usually at a Bar Mitzvah, we pass our traditions down from the older generation to the younger. But at Gateways Beit T'Shuvah, we do things a little differently." On Sat., Dec. 9,...

  • Alternative Scene

    By Steve Getzug

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Shabbat morning services last Saturday were wonderful.

    The bar mitzvah did a fabulous job. The weekly drash was thought-provoking, rich with morality and relevance. And the kiddush? Complete, including even those little rainbow squares that you can only seem to find at shul on...

  • Beyond the Hype

    By Julie G Fax

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Sitting at Rosh Hashanah services tonight and tomorrow, imagine that the liturgy's abstract ideas about the birth of the world, the fate of our souls, God's relationship to the universe - that all of these ideas were so real to you, you could actually see them and touch them and feel...

  • Unaffiliated? How to find the right synagogue for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Every fall, hundreds of Jews who don't belong to synagogues fan out across greater Los Angeles for a once-a-year dip into Jewish worship, buying tickets or wangling free seats at services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Some are motivated by parents, others tag along with friends;...

  • Pass the Egg

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    My parents were Elderhostel students this week at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, and I shared Friday night services with them in the Conservative tradition of my youth.

    It was like coming home. The melodies, the longer version of prayers, the responsive readings in English,...

  • Seasons

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The warm-up room at the "Y" where I exercise is right next door to the children's playroom. While I perform a sun salutation, I hear a little girl calling out in a tiny excited voice.

    "Can I have one? I want one!"

    For a second, I recognize her voice, and so, though I haven't a clue...

  • Better Davening Through Yoga?

    By Jason B. Kohn

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Ida Unger's Yoga Garden studio in Santa Monica seems a far cry from a synagogue. Sticky mats in place of pews; oak beams above instead of an Eternal Light; open space and sunlight where a temple would have an ark. Yet for Unger and the many Jews who come to study Yoga with her, the...
  • Rabbi Steven B. Jacobs lobbies for the release of three captive Americans

    By Tom Tugend

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Steven B. Jacobs was received at the White House on Monday, together with other members of the Rev. Jesse Jackson's mission to Belgrade that successfully lobbied President Slobodan Milosevic of Yugoslavia for the release of three captive American soldiers, he passed on a...
  • An Extra- Ordinary Place

    By Ruth Stroud

    April 1, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Mordecai Finley is no ordinary rabbi; nor an ordinary man either, for that matter. First there is his past as a former marine sergeant with a doctorate in religion from USC. You can still glimpse the sergeant in the ramrod straight posture when he stands among members of his...

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