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  • Converting: The best decision of her life

    March 7, 2013 | 3:34 am

    When Donna Levine told her mother she had converted, the response was that she would burn in hell. A friend encouraged Levine to join Jews for Jesus. She had to explain to this friend that, unfortunately, that wouldn’t work.

    “I told her that if you are really serious about being...

  • BBI’s Linda Gross sees big upside in merger with UJ

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When Linda Volpert Gross took on chairing the board at Brandeis-Bardin Institute (BBI), it seemed that she would have a simple tenure. The institute had just hired Rabbi Isaac Jeret as president, someone they hoped could lead BBI into a bright new future.

    But ten months into his...

  • A Big Giver

    By Rob Eshman

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Anyone who cares about the future of Jewish life in Los Angeles eventually explodes in frustration over the community's inability to tap its own enormous wealth.

    On one hand, we see Jewish gazillionaires pour the vast majority of their donations into non-Jewish institutions. Just...

  • BBI and UJ join up to forge a home for pluralistic Judaism in landmark merger

    By Julie G Fax

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The University of Judaism (UJ) and Brandeis-Bardin Institute (BBI), two Southern California institutions that for the last 60 years have educated and inspired Jews of all ages and affiliations -- and that have both at times struggled through financial and leadership troubles -- this...
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  • UJ President Robert Wexler has roots in three denominations

    By Julie G Fax

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    We've been sitting at Starbucks over iced drinks for 20 minutes, and the subject of the University of Judaism (UJ) has yet to be brought up. We're schmoozing, Robert Wexler and I, and he asks a lot of questions about me -- where my grandparents are from, where I went to college,...
  • Yiddish curtain rises at the University of Judaism

    By Robert David Jaffee

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In a showbiz career that has spanned nearly six decades, Israeli American actor Mike Burstyn has played everyone from Al Jolson and Tevye to Nathan Detroit and P.T. Barnum.

    But for the one-time child actor who grew up in the Yiddish theater with actor parents Pesach Burstein and...

  • The Lion in Waiting

    By Rob Eshman

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Last Friday evening, I was pacing backstage at the University of Judaism's (UJ) Gindi Auditorium, rehearsing my introduction for Ehud Barak.

    Born on a kibbutz, 36 years in the Israel Defense Forces, fought in three wars, architect of the Entebbe raid, disguised as a woman to kill...

  • Learning With the Learned; Virtual Hartman Institute; Jewish Law Course Offers CLE Credit

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Learning With the Learned

    Five of Los Angeles' learned rabbis and teachers will share their wisdom in "Master Class," an advanced Judaic continuing education class open to all at the University of Judaism (UJ), beginning Nov. 9. Each thematic section will meet for three sessions on...
  • Americans fighters in Israel get overdue thank you

    By Tom Tugend

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Grandfathers and grandmothers looked at the photos on the wall and saw themselves again as young, strapping soldiers, sailors and pilots, far from home and close to the face of history.
     
    They were the American and Canadian volunteers who had fought in Israel's War of Independence...
  • Court Seeks to Ease Way for Conversions

    By Amy Klein

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When Susanne Shier first heard about the mikvah, the ritual immersion bath that's part of the conversion process, she was a bit leery.

    "I got nervous about it," she told The Journal before her immersion in March.

    But she relaxed when she toured the blue-tiled, vanilla-scented warm...

  • Sectarian Violence

    By Rob Eshman

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Backstage at Monday night's debate between Ann Coulter and Al Franken, guests drank wine with their vitriol.

    Or vice versa.

    At a private dinner for major supporters of the University of Judaism's (UJ) Public Lecture Series, the guests of honor each rose to say a few words to the...

  • Class Notes - National Nachas for Shalhevet

    By Julie G Fax

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Shalhevet School is on a winning streak, bringing the Los Angeles yeshiva high school to national prominence in the areas of ethics, politics and sports.

    Shalhevet is the only Jewish school and the only school in Los Angeles included in a national report on how to produce students...

  • Community Briefs

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Rabin Tribute Marks 10th Anniversary of Assassination

    A lively, heartfelt tribute to former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin brought more than 400 people to the University of Judaism to mark the 10th year since an assassin took his life.

    "I miss the man himself; I miss the man...

  • Raze Homes to Deny Palestinian ‘Victory’

    By Amira Schiff

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This debate on whether to destroy the houses in the Gaza settlements before disengaging is part of a series of discussions among younger scholars sponsored by the Center for Israel Studies of the University of Judaism.

    During recent months we have been witness to heated protests by...

  • Lovin’ the

    By David Finnigan

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    For playwright Miriam Hoffman, Yiddish is hardly a dying language. "It just doesn't want to die," said Hoffman, who will teach Yiddish at the Dec. 14-20 intensive language/culture immersion courses at UCLA and the University of Judaism.

    "Yiddish was always a problem since its...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday



    This weekend's your last chance to see Sam Bobrick's new mystery-drama "The Stanway Case" at the Horseshoe Theatre at L.A. Valley College. Fellow jurors on a murder case, Maura and Scott, get romantic despite their divergent personalities and views on the defendant's...

  • Abraham Not Guilty

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    And the verdict is: not guilty, by a razor-thin margin. An audience of more than 400 people had a chance to flex their "Law & Order" muscles while serving as the jury in the mock trial of Abraham -- that's right, our founding forefather -- held at the University of Judaism (UJ) Nov....

  • Hit Lecture Series Tries New Format

    By Tom Tugend

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Gady Levy, the dean of continuing education at the University of Judaism, faces a question familiar to Broadway and Hollywood producers.

    "OK, so you had a big hit, but that was last time. Can you score again next year?"

    The box office smash was a four-part lecture series last...

  • ‘It Was Chaos’

    By Eric Silver

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    David Kosak, a 35-year-old rabbinical student from the University of Judaism, was lunching with classmates at Hebrew University's Frank Sinatra cafeteria on Wednesday when the bomber struck.

    "All of a sudden there was a big explosion, lots of smoke, flaming objects flying in the...

  • No Laughing Matter

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Don't get Howard Rosenberg started on the snobs who dismiss sitcoms as trash.

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times TV critic thinks they're an American art form, which is why he's hosting "The Serious Side of Laughter," a panel discussion about television comedy Feb. 17 at...

  • Safe and Sound ‘Haven’

    By Tom Tugend

    November 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In the middle of 1944, nearly 1,000 Jewish refugees were plucked from war-torn Europe and transported to the United States, where they spent the next 18 months interned at a former Army post in Oswego, N.Y.

    Not the most likely plotline for a contemporary American musical, but...

  • When bad Things Turns 20

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In 1981, Rabbi Harold Kushner wrote a 150-page book, published with little fanfare, that changed the lives of the more than 4 million people who read it and made its title, "When Bad Things Happen to Good People," part of the vernacular.

    After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the 20th...

  • Exodus ... Cont’d

    By Julie G Fax

    October 18, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Right after Pesach last year, Ziony Zevit got a string of phone calls in Jerusalem, where he was on sabbatical from his position as a professor of biblical literature and Semitic languages at the University of Judaism (UJ).

    "Have you heard?"

    The callers' questions were in reference...

  • Survivor: The Musical

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 14, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It was early June, and the clock was ticking ominously for composer William Goldstein.

    He'd already written the score for "Oswego: An American Haven," a musical about the rescue of 982 refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe, based on Ruth Gruber's memoir. There were lyrics by Joe Darion...

  • Coastal Divide

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (ZSRS) at the University of Judaism (UJ) in Los Angeles completes its fifth year, it marks not only a transition within Conservative Judaism but the emergence of Los Angeles as a center for Jewish intellectual life. While it used to be that...

  • Everyday Hebrew

    By Adam Wills

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Meseret Rubin started learning modern Hebrew for the sake of her family.

    Rubin and her Israeli husband, Amir, are raising their two children in a Westside home where any one of four languages are spoken at any given time. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the...

  • Two Artists at One With Nature

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Sculptress Harriet Zeitlin and painter Pat Berger share a lot in common. Friends for many decades, both artists have worked for more than 50 years, have had extensive teaching experience, were active in organizations championing artists' rights in the 1970s, lost their husbands in...

  • Pass the Egg

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    July 13, 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,...

  • Ramah’s Begins Lishma Summer

    May 25, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Last year, as summer approached, Julie Pelc was moving towards a master's degree in education, with plans to go on to rabbinical school. Andrew Weitz was serving as the northeast field representative of the United Jewish Communities, working with Jewish student leaders on outreach...

  • Sound Advice

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Two recent conferences held in the Jewish community -- one on autism, the other on a wide scope of disabilities -- demonstrated the difficulties of reconciling research and reality when it comes to helping individuals with special needs.

    The University of Judaism (UJ) held its...

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