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  • On Shabbat, Stay Cool as a Cucumber

    By Lisa J. Solomon

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Miami is hot. In the summer, even sometimes in the winter, the air arches off the streets radiating heat circles that bend but do not break as you walk though them, slowly, slowly.

    My grandparents, Oma and Opa, bought an apartment in Miami Beach that my family of eight piled into for...

  • Boys Will Be Boys in ‘Harold,’ ‘Garden’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When "The Graduate" hit theaters in 1967, a poster depicted Dustin Hoffman as the quintessential aimless college graduate: "This is Benjamin. He's a little worried about his future."

    If every decade has its disaffected-youth films, two unconventional summer movies are adding to the...

  • Scholarship Takes No Vacation

    By Journal Report

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Two local synagogues are offering an opportunity for Jewish scholarship this summer, and a third is offering weekly Hebrew classes at all levels.

    Through the Community Scholar Program, Tustin's Congregation B'nai Israel will help host a six-day visit by a professor of Jewish history...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Somewhere New

    Are you traveling to new places this summer?

    Maybe you're exploring the desert like the Israelites have been in recent Torah portion. They're getting closer and closer to Israel, but they have to pass through the lands of many different tribes.

    Maybe you will be visiting Israel, too.

    If you do, please write to us about your experiences there.

  • Sweet Days of Summer at Day Camps

    By Stefanee Freedman

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Local synagogues, Jewish centers and other cultural organizations are holding day camps throughout the summer months that expose children to Jewish culture, popular culture and even pre-Columbian culture.

    The Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Orange County operates two camps in two...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    June 24, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Somewhere New

    Are you traveling to new places this summer? Maybe you're exploring the desert like the Israelites are in this week's Torah portion -- Chukat. They're getting closer and closer to Israel, but they have to pass through the lands of many different tribes. Maybe you will be visiting Israel, too. If you do, please write to us about your experiences there.

  • Israel Opens Arms to L.A. Vacationers

    By David Finnigan

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A 10-day Los Angeles Jewish community trip to Israel in December caps off what is expected to be a stronger tourist year for the Jewish state.

    The "Mega Mission" trip was originally planned last December as an Aug. 1-10 journey incorporating all denominations, with support from...

  • Rabbis’ Tact Puts Sex Victims First

    By Julie G Fax

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    David Schwartz, who pleaded no contest last year to charges associated with child molestation at an Orthodox summer camp, has been released from a yearlong stay at a residential treatment facility and is now living in the Pico-Robertson area. Rabbinic and mental health professionals...

  • Time to Transition From Day to Night

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    This summer, Jacqueline Berlin, 7, will leave her mom, dad and younger sister to enter the world of overnight camp for the first time.

    "As soon as she found out that she would be old enough to go [to Camp Ramah in Ojai] this summer, she wanted to go," said Jacqueline's mother,...

  • Summer Reading

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I had planned to spend my summer in Hollywood. I had teed up on my reading list "Maneater" by Gigi Levangie Grazer, "Action!" by Robert Cort and "San Remo Drive" by Leslie Epstein. But, as Primo Levi used to say, life proved otherwise.

    I had high hopes for "Maneater." I like...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Matters of the Heart

    In this week's Torah portion, Re'eh, we are yet again told not to forget the needy. The Torah just can't stop repeating this message. This time it uses the words "do not harden your heart." Pharoah also hardened his heart. He gets so used to hardening his...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Valuable Vacation

    Summer's almost over. I hope you're having a great time. Did you go to camp? Were you in summer school? Did your parents take you on a fun trip?

    In this week's Torah portion, Ekev, Moses asks the Israelites to remember that, while they are about to enter a rich...

  • Trauma Triggers Camp Funds

    By Andrea Adelson

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The summer he attended a Christian day camp for free made a lasting impression on Allen Alevy, age 7 at the time. "They said I'd go to hell," he recalled of an attempted conversion.

    His father, a naval shipyard laborer, could afford little else. The nonobservant family of...

  • Comedian Provides Laughs to Israel

    By Gaby Wenig

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Avi Liberman likes to keep his jobs separate. A Sinai Akiba Academy teacher's assistant by day and a stand-up comedian by night, Liberman doesn't do arts and crafts on stage and doesn't tell jokes at school. Which is why, after class, scores of second-graders chase Liberman down the...

  • Community Briefs

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    ADL Sponsors "Safe Community" Program in Encino

    Earlier this year, a string of arson attacks on five houses of worship rocked the interfaith community. Earlier this month, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) sponsored an interfaith forum to prepare the community in case such...

  • The Core of Judaism

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Each year, Rabbi Leib Saras made a pilgrimage to see Rebbe Dov Ber, the Maggid of Mezrich. When asked what Torah he went to learn, Leib Saras answered: "I do not go to learn interpretations of Torah. I go to watch the way he ties his shoes."

    Try this experiment: Put your hands in...

  • Support for Summer CampAddicts

    By Lisa Keys

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It's a sweaty summer day in the city, and the sun -- worthy of a heat-advisory at 9:30 a.m. -- mercilessly scorches the sidewalks as I dodge bus-exhaust fumes, doughnut carts and the tourist masses while making my way to my office cubicle.

    Mentally, however, I'm 700 miles away,...

  • The Camp Quest

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    While the summer is still a good four months away, the race to register for Jewish overnight camp has already kicked into high gear.

    "A lot of families don't realize that you've got to act fast," said Stacey Barrett of Sherman Oaks, whose daughter has attended Brandeis-Bardin...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Ack! Summer's halfway over. I hope you're having a great summer. Are you at camp? Did your parents take you on a fun trip? A cruise, perhaps?

    In this week's portion, Moses asks the Israelites to remember that while they are about to enter a rich and fertile land, "flowing with milk...

  • The Hebrew Holiday of Love

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine a Jewish holiday on which you don't have to fast or pray and whose history does not involve commemorating a war.

    The little-publicized Tu B'Av -- not Tisha B'Av -- otherwise known as the Holiday of Love, literally means the 15th day of Av and falls this year on July 24. It...

  • Briefs

    July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Programs Continue at Valley JCCs

    Programs will continue at the various Jewish Community Centers (JCC) around the San Fernanado Valley, albeit not all under the same umbrella. The new North Valley Jewish Community Center, Inc., (NVJCC) a nonprofit organization created after the...

  • Tisha B’Av

    By Abby Gilad

    July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    You are enjoying the fun of summer when -- plunk! -- there's a day of mourning. This year, the ninth of Av, the day both Temples were destroyed, falls early in the summer. The fast starts at sunset on July 17 and continues until sunset on July 18.

    There are some things that are...

  • Parshat Chukat

    By Abby Gilad

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    We have almost reached the end of the book of Numbers -- just as we are almost at the end of the school year. The Israelites have undergone a transformation. Sure, they still complain about the lack of food and water in this chapter. In fact, this is the chapter in which the famous...

  • Unity Holiday

    By Rabbi Avi Shafran

    May 24, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Shavuot, one of the trio of Jewish pilgrimage festivals that includes Passover and Sukkot, tends to get short shrift from most American Jews. Coming mere weeks after the Passover seders, perhaps the first-fruits festival simply finds many folks holidayed out. Or maybe it's because...

  • Israel’s Wagner Taboo

    By Larry Derfner

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Ideology seems to have won out over culture in Israel: The taboo on playing the music of pre-Nazi German composer Richard Wagner in concert has been upheld.

    After strenuous protests by Holocaust survivor groups, backed by virtually the entire Israeli political spectrum, the decision...

  • 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...

  • The Two Sides of the Street

    By Eric Silver

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The only thing Jerusalem's Jewish and Arab shopping malls had in common when news broke last Friday of the Wye II deal was that no one was dancing in the streets. There was relief that something at last was about to move on the Israeli-Palestinian front, but it takes more than...
  • A Parent’s Guide to a Jewish Summer

    By  Orit Arfa

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Hebrew school is out. Day school is over. The High Holidays are off in a distant time called fall. Hey, even most rabbis take July off. But all this doesn't mean children and teens -- and their parents -- can't find a way to make Judaism and summer fun go hand in hand. Besides,...
  • Pulpit Phobia

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Dorothy 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....
  • Summer Plays

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A visit to the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum gives new meaning to the escapist concept of getting away from it all -- if only for an evening.

    Its newly renovated 299-seat amphitheater is terraced into the hillside of a rustic ravine along Topanga Canyon Boulevard. For picnickers,...

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