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  • School’s Out—Forever?

    By Beverly Gray

    January 14, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    At a time when many Jewish day schools in the area are bursting at the seams and new ones move closer to opening their doors, Temple Isaiah Day School is making plans to go out of business.

    The formal decision about the fate of the school has just been handed down by the Reform...

  • Reaching for Torah

    By Julie G Fax

    November 12, 1998 | 6:59 pm

    Julia Celia Canhi Moreno remembers when 6-year-old Daniel would stand up at the Teva, the Ark, at Sephardic Temple, and reach for the Torah from his special foot bench.

    Back then, she called him "Daniel the Prince." Today, the 90-year-old great-grandmother addresses him as Rabbi...

  • Halloween Lessons

    By Jolie Greiff

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Halloween celebrations and trick-or-treating: just clean fun or forbidden anti-Jewish activities? Like most issues in the Jewish community, it depends on who you ask. And not surprisingly, a Jewish school's stand on Halloween observance may not be shared by the students or their...
  • Fatal Flaws

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Students of drama are well acquainted withAristotle's view about the "fatal flaw." Protagonists of tragedy, nomatter how exalted, are brought down by a tragic flaw from within:bad judgment or bad character.

    Centuries before Aristotle developed his theory,the Torah illustrated it,...

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  • Cover Story

    By Joel Kotkin

    June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The recent revelations about the South OrangeCounty Community College District's desire to offer a course that, inpart, blames the Mossad and the Anti-Defamation League for theassassination of President John F. Kennedy read something like a badclipping from the area's far-right past.

    ...

  • Los Angeles 5758

    By Julie G Fax

    June 2, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Your rabbi is a banana. Your cantor thinks she'sJohn Lennon. And the entire congregation is singing Beatlestunes.

    A nightmare? A parallel universe?

    No, it's just Purim at Sha'arei Am: The SantaMonica Synagogue, and Rabbi Jeff Marx's megillah reading is just oneof many bizarre scenes...

  • Putting Heart

    By Beverly Gray

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The rabbis-in-training were making the rounds at UCLA Medical Center. They stopped at bedsides to chat with patients, to inquire about their needs, to offer prayer and consolation. Then, unexpectedly, the sight of wires, tubes and surgical dressings took its toll. One student rabbi...
  • Fine Cut: A Festival of Student Film

    By William Yelles

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Student films from throughout Southern California are currentlybeing featured on the three-part KCET series "Fine Cut: A Festival ofStudent Film," airing on Sundays at 10 p.m. The series, hosted bydirector Michael Apted, will feature a total of 17 films fromstudents at UCLA, USC,...

  • Fine Cut: A Festival of Student Film

    By William Yelles

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Student films from throughout Southern California are currentlybeing featured on the three-part KCET series "Fine Cut: A Festival ofStudent Film," airing on Sundays at 10 p.m. The series, hosted bydirector Michael Apted, will feature a total of 17 films fromstudents at UCLA, USC,...

  • The Chief of Staff

    By Diane Arieff

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Abraham Joshua Heschel said that he prayed for one thing: the giftof wonder. He prayed for astonishment, for the capacity to besurprised. As he wrote, "I try not to be stale. I try to remainyoung. I have one talent, and that is the capacity to be tremendouslysurprised at life and at...

  • Education Israel as a Core Requirement?

    By Beverly Gray

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    My daughter flew home for Thanksgiving with two college friends in tow. At the dinner table, the conversation revolved around computers and the antics of the Stanford Band. At some point in the course of that whirlwind four-day visit, Hilary informed me that, though she's been...
  • Caught in the Interim

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    In Rabbi Michael Katz's office at Cal State Northridge Hillel hanga "Star Trek" poster and a picture of Binyamin Netanyahu. There'salso a futon -- not your basic college-issue office furniture.

    The new interim director, who has worked at CSUN Hillel since1986, is obviously a man of...

  • Cops and Chassids

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm


    Rachmiel Steinberg is a "Bostoner" Chassid, but, he quips, he is also the Los Angeles Police Department's "show-and-tell rabbi." That's because the Yavneh Hebrew Academy teacher has taken on some unusual students lately: officers of the LAPD's Wilshire Division.

    Steinberg attends...

  • On Jews and Judaism

    By Ari L. Goldman

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Ann Terrick, the rabbi's secretary, said that her boss wasn't taking calls but that she would dial him anyway. It's been a little more than two months since Rabbi Isaiah Zeldin, 77, was felled by a mild heart attack, but his voice booms through the receiver as he picks up the phone....
  • Reality Bites

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Are seniors at Milken Community High School really "Wildcats" after all?

    Aaron Fishman, outgoing student body president, told me that earlier this year, students tried to change the school's sports mascot from the Wildcats to "something more Jewish."

    "We wanted a symbol that would...

  • Young and Independent

    By William Yelles

    June 12, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Notes from a visit with a senior class: After seeing friends and peers smoking marijuana and using other drugs , students at Shalhevet High School didn't wait for their parents or teachers to educate them about the harmful effects of narcotics. Instead, they undertook the challenge...
  • The Great Mulholland Divide

    By Tom Tugend

    May 22, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    When I was a UCLA student, some...uh...50 years ago and lived in Hollywood, I thought nothing of picking up a date in Boyle Heights, but I wouldn't even consider going out with a girl from the San Fernando Valley.

    I shared the common Angeleno perception that the Valley was some...

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