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  • Beth Sholom’s New Siddur

    By Journal Staff

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    For some, synagogue choreography is as mystifying as opera. To enjoy an opera, though, aficionados know to review the scenes in a libretto before the curtain rises. Yet the typical siddur prayerbook provides no such guidance. "The prayerbook, rather than help them, becomes an...

  • Listening to Needs

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When kids from Sinai Temple celebrate Chanukah with the members of Temple Beth Solomon (TBS) in Tarzana on Friday night, Dec. 6, they'll notice that the service is slower and streamlined, but that the singing is performed with every bit as much gusto as a "Friday Night Live" service....

  • 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...

  • In Cantor vs. Rabbi, Synagogue Is Victim

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This High Holiday season, leaders of Temple Ner Maarav want people to know that they are still open for business.

    Some might have thought otherwise of the Encino synagogue, which was rocked by a battle that divided members between the shul's rabbi of 19 years and its more recently...

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  • Losing the War for the Temple Mount

    By Gary Rosenblatt

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    While the military conflict between Israel and the Palestinians continues, there is one war the Jewish state appears to have lost -- without even a struggle.

    That is its claim to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and the Jewish people's connection to the First and Second Temples as the...

  • A Rabbi’s Journey

    By Gaby Wenig

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Jacob Pressman decided to become a rabbi because he could not choose among all the career options that were available to him.

    "I was looking for direction, because unfortunately -- and this sounds self-serving -- I was outstanding in everything," says the current rabbi...

  • Eulogies:Rabbi Melvin Goldstine

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Melvin Goldstine, rabbi emeritus at Temple Aliyah, died Jan. 12 of a stroke at the age of 77.

    Goldstine will be remembered by many as the driving force behind the construction of the congregation's modern-looking complex in Woodland Hills.

    He was born in Chicago in 1924 and...

  • Togetherness at Teen Shabbat

    By Andrea Adelson

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The traffic-filled streets and overflowing parking lots of commercial office parks bordering John Wayne Airport empty fast on most Friday evenings.

    Occasionally, though, the traffic pattern at twilight is reversed. Such was the case earlier last summer at Baker and Redhill streets....

  • The Torah as Gospel

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Torah may be the true Gospel, but next week, one synagogue is bringing the true Gospel to the Torah.

    Temple Aliyah will host its Fourth Annual Gospel Service on Jan. 18, in cooperation with the choir of New Christ Memorial Church of God and Christ of Pacoima, led by Pastor Andrae...

  • High Time

    By Diane Arieff

    November 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    For the past three years, in meetings that often go toward midnight, a handful of local parents, educators and community leaders have been coming together to plan Los Angeles' next non-Orthodox Jewish high school.

    Now it has come to pass. Late last month, the Core Group, as the...

  • Reform Leader Angers Orthodox

    By Julie Wiener

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    U.S. Orthodox Jewish leaders are outraged by an Israeli Reform leader's comments drawing comparisons between fervently Orthodox Jews and the Islamic fundamentalists who attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

    But Rabbi Uri Regev, the outspoken director of the Israel Religious...

  • A Portion of Parshat Ki Tavo

    By Abby Gilad

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Very soon, the people of Israel will step across the border of the Promised Land. It is a land of abundance, full of fruits and crops. It is a land in which the rain falls at the right time and in the right amount. It is a land with mountains and deserts, rivers and oceans.

    What is...

  • 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...

  • A Dignified Exit

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 4, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Dr. Robert Kirschner, program director at the Skirball Cultural Center, received the call not long after Bill Graham's helicopter smashed into a Marin County transmission tower in 1991. The legendary impresario was dead at the age of 60, and his grieving family and friends needed a...
  • New Sculptures Debuted

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Sculptures by two prominent local artists are now on permanent display.

    "Benediction"(above) by Charna Rickey stands at Temple B'nai Emet in Montebello. The bronze sculpture was dedicated by Rickey and her brothers, Bernard and Howard Barsky, to the memory of their parents, Sonia and John Barsky, who were among the Temple's founders.

    A new marble sculpture (right) at the University of Judaism represents Ruth and Naomi mourning the death of Boaz. It is the work of 86-year-old sculptor Ben Bronson, who created it at a marble quarry in Carrara, Italy. -- Tom Tugend

  • Scars Fall on Alabama

    July 16, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Scars Fall on Alabama

    Close to half the Reform temples in Alabama are named "Emanuel," which is Hebrew for "God is with us." Jews all over the state are hoping it proves true this fall, when voters pick a governor.

    In a...

  • The Only Holiday Hallmark Hasn’t Designed a Card For

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Tisha B'Av, the day of mourning in commemoration of the destruction of the two Temples, is notable for at least two reasons. For one, it may be the only holiday that Hallmark hasn't designed a card for. And it seems to be the one holiday that most Jews have heard of, but few seem to...
  • Another Melee Erupts as Women Pray with Men at WesternWall

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The forcible eviction of the worshipers from Judaism's mostrevered site came as thousands gathered there to mark Tisha B'Av, afast day marking the traditional anniversary of the destruction of,first, Solomon's Temple and, then, Herod's Temple.

    The men and women were worshiping...

  • A Perfect Orange

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    In addition to the usual bathing suits,
    socks and shorts, as suggested by Camp Hess Kramer on
    its inventory list, my daughter, Samantha, needed an
    orange sweat shirt with blue (preferably royal) lettering
    spelling out the words "Leadership '97" on the front and
    her name on the back....
  • Power Play

    By Ruth Stroud

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    After Shabbat services at a Conservative temple recently, one Los Angeles fund-raiser for the Jewish Federation Council was confronted by an angry congregant who has long been a generous donor to Israel.

    "They're letting the Orthodox dictate," said the man, who, with his wife,...

  • Orthodox Voices

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    From the day the first Reform temple opened, in 1810, Orthodoxy has not had one definitive, consistent response to heterodoxy. Sharp condemnation and angry rhetoric often punctuated with plaintive requests that the reformers reconsider their mistaken ways and
  • 10 Ways to Welcome Converts

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Maller has written dozens of articles on conversion during his 30 years at Temple Akiba, Culver City. In "God, Sex and Kabbalah" (Samuel Weiser), he notes that many converts to Judaism were found to have Jewish ancestors. -- Ari L. Noonan



  • LettersJewish Education

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    We were pleased to read Beverly Gray's column entitled "Congregation of Learners" (May 16). The column on the Experiment in Congregational Education, sponsored by the Hebrew Union College Rhea Hirsch School of Education, pointed to the important work in enhancing congregational...
  • Westward Expansion

    By Ruth Stroud

    March 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Top, Students from Sinai Temple scatter soil fromIsrael on the ground in Simi Valley; below, Rabbi Zvi Dershowitz ofSinai Temple with Isabel Mandel, Cantor Meir Finkelstein and MiloMandell carrying the Torah. Photos by Russ Alben

     

    It could have been a wedding or a barmitzvah: A lively...

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