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  • Wolpe Leading Pick for Seminary Spot

    By Amy Klein

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The Forward newspaper has reported that Rabbi David Wolpe of Los Angeles has emerged as a top candidate to head the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York.

    The Nov. 18 article, "L.A. Rabbi Eyed as Conservative Seminary Head," asserted that "support is mounting for a prominent...

  • Community Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Hier, Pope Talk at Vatican

    During a private audience at the Vatican, the head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center urged Pope Benedict XVI last week to lead a "coalition of the good" against international terrorism and threats from Iran.

    The pope did not respond directly to the plea by...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Hey Kids! The Help Goes On

    Los Angeles Jewish schools continue with their efforts to help the hurricane victims. The students from Temple Emanuel donated money, wrote letters, drew pictures and collected shoes for the victims.

    This Sukkot, which begins at sundown, Monday, Oct. 17,...

  • A Smile Can Be Key to Temple Security

    By Ron Wolfson

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Will you feel safe going to synagogue this New Year?

    The High Holidays bring a special dilemma to American congregations. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur attract more Jews to synagogue -- and more attention to American Jews in general -- than at any other time of year.

    The very...

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  • Cantor Carries on Tennis Tradition

    By Tom Tugend

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Steven Walfish's life is ruled by the three Ts: tallit, tefillin and tennis.To illustrate this point, when his son Sam was in first grade, he asked his dad to drop by the school and join other fathers in talking about their professions.

    So the elder Walfish appeared in full regalia...

  • The Inner Sanctum

    By Rob Eshman

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I had just finished up with a tour of the new Mormon Temple in Newport Beach when I came face to face with Kathleen. Forthright, with a shining smile, straight shiny hair and the physique of a beach volleyballer, she seemed to embody the ideal of young Mormon womanhood.

    Kathleen grew...

  • The Circuit

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Founder Farewell

    Jonathan Jacoby, who helped found the Israel Policy Forum (IPF) in 1993, will move his primary residence from New York to Los Angeles in October and, shortly thereafter, step down as IPF's executive director. Jacoby has been a leading participant in efforts to...

  • Marking Tisha B’Av Takes Many Forms

    By Jane Ulman

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    On Saturday night Marci Malat will sit in silence and darkness pierced only by candlelight, listening to the chanting of Eicha, or Lamentations, in her synagogue to commemorate Tisha B'Av. But more than reflecting upon the long-ago destruction of the temples in Jerusalem, she will be...

  • KIDS PAGE

    By Abby Gilad

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Schmooze About Tammuz

    We have now entered the period Jews call "The Three Weeks." These are the weeks between two fast days: one is the 17th of Tammuz (the day the walls of Jerusalem were breached) and the other is Tisha B'av, the ninth of Av, the day the Romans destroyed our...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A Sad Time

    This year, the 17th of Tammuz falls on Sunday, July 24. This is a fast day -- no eating, no drinking. Why? Because on this day, thousands of years ago, the Romans breached the wall of Jerusalem. Three weeks later, the Temple was destroyed.

    History Lesson

    The 17th of...

  • Sudan Support Marks Memorial Day

    By David Finnigan

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Two events about two distinct crimes against humanity -- both in Sudan -- attracted strong Jewish community interest during the Memorial Day weekend.

    At least 600 Southern California Jews attended synagogue services around the Southland on Thursday evening, May 26, marking an end to...

  • Circuit

    By Kelly Hartog

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    A Slice of New York

    What better way for school kids to mark President's Day Weekend than with a trip to New York and a slice of pizza?

    On Feb. 19, 100 members of Jewish Student Union clubs, including 69 Los Angeles-area public high school students, took part in the third annual JSU...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The Fire of Money

    In Parshat Ki Tisa, each Israelite is instructed to give a half-shekel to the "temple fund" every year. There is a midrash – a story told by rabbis to teach a lesson – about this portion. Rabbis say that God took a fiery coin from under His heavenly throne,...

  • MATCH Puts Giving in Students’ Hands

    By Karen Alexander

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Learning about the importance of giving tzedakah is a basic tenet of any Jewish education.

    But p

    "It's not just about giving away money," said Emanuel's Rabbi Laura Geller. "It's about teaching young people how to be responsible Jews when it comes to giving tzedakah. It's not...

  • Calendar

    By Keren Engelberg

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    ...

    The Jewish Journal is no longer accepting mailed or faxed event listing information. Please e-mail event listings at least three weeks in advance to: calendar@jewishjournal.com .

    By Keren Engelberg

  • How the Maccabees Reshaped Jerusalem

    By Bill Gladstone

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    The Maccabees are celebrated throughout the Jewish world for recapturing Jerusalem for the Jews, rededicating the Temple and lighting lamps with a day's supply of oil that miraculously lasted for eight days.

    Less well-known, according to a leading Israeli archaeologist, is that...

  • Membership Briefs

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Humanistic High Holidays

    Three secular humanist groups -- Adat Chaverim, Society for Humanistic Judaism and The Sholem Community -- will hold High Holidays services in the Los Angeles area.

    Adat Chaverim, whose "celebrations" have been led by a madrich, or trained lay leader, since...

  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow

    By Michele Goldman

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    As I leave the world of Jewish Day schools and begin college, I journey like Dorothy into the mysterious Land of Oz.

    Wearing cropped jeans (instead of a blue-checkered dress), I anxiously follow the yellow brick road (or Interstate 5) to Stanford University.

    Halfway there, a...

  • Two Women Rabbis Will Fill Pulpits

    By Andrea Adelson

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Johanna Hershenson set off from Orange County for Alaska's sweeping vistas and majestic peaks, she was eager for a new congregational experience and professional challenges.

    She discovered that most Alaskan Jews are exiles by choice who sought the wilderness of the...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Triumph of the Technion

    Two students and a professor from the Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology, toured Southern California in a late February fundraising tour for the Haifa school's new cancer research unit.

    A Feb. 26 gathering brought about 20 philanthropists to the...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Marching On

    We leaped into leap month and we marched into March, and now we are springing into spring! This Shabbat is called Shabbat Hachodesh -- the "Shabbat of the Month," because we are entering the new month of Nisan. So why does this month deserve its own Shabbat? Because the...

  • Tikkun Alone

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Tikkun and its founder-leader Rabbi Michael Lerner came to Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 8 to run an area-wide conference, which proved both heartening and disappointing.

    It was heartening because, on one level, Lerner and his progressive San Francisco-based organization have remained...

  • Evolution of Reform Judaism Progressing

    By Joe Berkofsky

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    At Temple Congregation Ohabei Shalom in Nashville, Tenn., congregants newly trained in the ancient skill of shofar blowing sounded the ceremonial ram's horn for the first time this past Rosh Hashanah. It was the first time a lay member of the 150-year-old synagogue had blown the...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Gateways' 50th

    "Out of the Darkness.... Into The Light" was the official theme of the evening when the Echo Park-based institution Gateways Hospital & Mental Health Center celebrated its 50th anniversary at the Regent Beverly Wilshire. Since 1953, Gateways has helped thousands of...

  • Budapest in L.A.

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In the coming weeks I will spend many dreamy hours inside Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Two blocks east of Western on Wilshire, the landmark building is an imposing and awe-inspiring architectural gem that belongs to that school of temple architecture that says: We Jews are citizens,...

  • Power of Song Gives Hope to Mourners

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    August 28, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A project that began 10 years ago as a tribute to a dead brother has been expanded as a memorial to the victims of terrorist attacks in Israel.

    Chayim Frenkel, cantor at Kehillat Israel in Pacific Palisades, conceived "Nishmat Tzedek" ("A Righteous Soul") in 1993 after his brother...

  • Rabbi Fields Passes Torch of Leadership

    By Julie G Fax

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Aside from being the oldest and most architecturally magnificent synagogue in Los Angeles, Wilshire Boulevard Temple may be remembered for another historic accomplishment: possibly the smoothest transition between a retiring rabbi and new rabbi in the annals of synagogue history.

    ...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday



    It's Memorial Day Weekend, perfect timing for Marc Maron and Roy Zimmerman. The comedians wax patriotic tonight with their show, "Homeland Security." But flag-wavers be warned -- these guys are not in the warm and fuzzy, "God Bless America" camp. Maron, with his biting,...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday

    Big into cantorial music? Is this ever your weekend! Head over to the Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center's (PTJC) "Cantors in Concert." (No worries, they've probably cleared out all of the Rose Parade mess by now.) Or, for you West Valley-ites, wait till tomorrow and swing by...

  • Beth Sholom’s Engel Gets Kudos for Outreach

    By Andrea Adelson

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Santa Ana's Temple Beth Sholom named Monica Engel as the congregant of the year for her enthusiasm for teaching Judaism to interfaith families.

    Raised in an Orthodox home, Engel's own family scrapbook has a different character, reflecting a blend of Judeo-Christian life-cycle...

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