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  • Valley congregation debuts Russian-language program

    By Ryan Torok

    August 29, 2012 | 1:32 pm

    Congregation Beth Meier will debut a religious school program in Russian for children ages 6 to 8 at its Studio City campus starting Sept. 9. Citing a limited number of local Russian-language programs for elementary students, Rabbi Aaron Benson said the Sunday morning classes at...

  • Susan Shelley: Berman-Sherman’s Republican Jewish opponent

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 15, 2012 | 8:40 pm

    Earlier this month, when the Los Angeles Daily News announced its endorsements in the San Fernando Valley’s 30th District Congressional race, the newspaper tapped two Jewish candidates — but not the same two candidates whom voters have been hearing so much about.

    Along with its...

  • From Valley to Vegas, Phillip Wells is remembered

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    March 21, 2012 | 4:49 pm

    It was Patrick Hoffman’s first time in a gay bar, and he was terrified. Until he met Phillip Wells.

    Wells was tending bar at the Rainbow Club West in Knoxville, Tenn., that night some 10 years ago, and he flashed Hoffman his signature oversized smile.

    “I wasn’t old enough to...

  • Live Broadcast: Berman v. Sherman Debate (With Mark Reed) [LIVE RECORDING]

    By JewishJournal

    February 21, 2012 | 2:40 pm

    [UPDATE: This is a recording of a live broadcast from Tuesday, Feb. 21.] 

    On Tuesday night, Feb. 21, JewishJournal.com will live stream a congressional debate from Temple Judea in Tarzana.  The debate will feature 30th district candidates Brad Sherman, Howard Berman and Mark Reed.

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  • Being Sad, the End of an Era & Sex with Trolls

    By Ilana Angel

    February 16, 2012 | 10:32 am

    I have been sad for a couple of days.  Not depressed, just sad.  It was the anniversary of my dad’s passing, my son is growing up, I miss my family, and I have decisions to make about my work, but none of that is the cause of my sadness.  I was just sad.  I have been crying easily...

  • No endorsement by Calif. Dems in Berman-Sherman race

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 12, 2012 | 11:06 pm

    The California Democratic party isn’t taking sides in the race between Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman, the two incumbent Democrats facing off in the 30th Congressional District.

    I wasn’t at the state party convention in San Diego this weekend, but according to KQED’s...

  • Milken JCC to close in June

    By JewishJournal

    February 3, 2012 | 2:02 pm

    The JCC at Milken in West Hills announced this week that it will shut its doors permanently as of June 30. The 42-year-old center will also close its Early Childhood Center, which has 80 preschoolers, on June 15.

    In a Feb. 1 e-mail, Milken JCC chair Steven V. Rheuban announced that...

  • Tribe Calendar November 2011

    By  Shoshana Lewin Fischer

    October 20, 2011 | 5:45 pm

    Saturday, November 5

    YAD Havdalah Hike
    End Shabbat on a natural note with a Havdalah ceremony and schmooze at the summit of Mission Canyon’s Inspiration Point after a moderate four-mile hike. Bring water, a flashlight or headlamp, and dress for hiking. Sponsored by the Santa...

  • Dating & Sex in Your 40’s

    By Ilana Angel

    October 17, 2011 | 8:17 am

    I had dinner on Saturday night with my friend Anjelica.  Next year we will celebrate our 20th anniversary, and I love her.  I don’t think there is a person on the planet that knows more of my secrets, dreams, and fears. She is the keeper of my stories, and my longest love affair.

    ...
  • Opinion: Obama’s numbers could swing 30th district race

    By Bill Boyarsky

    September 28, 2011 | 12:05 pm

    Rep. Brad Sherman doesn’t intend to follow Rep. Henry Waxman’s advice to give up his San Fernando Valley congressional race against Rep. Howard Berman.

    Instead, he has hired a high-profile campaign manager, Parke Skelton, who has worked for many Democrats, including Los Angeles...

  • Valley and Proud: City vs. Valley

    By Orit Arfa

    May 20, 2011 | 1:57 pm

    The battle for Jewish geographical supremacy goes back to talmudic times, when Jews of Babylon (Bavli) and Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) each asserted their city as the coveted center of Jewish life. In the Middle Ages, the battle took place between the Jews of Northern Europe (Ashkenaz)...

  • Valley and Proud: Valley Savvy

    By Rachel Heller

    May 20, 2011 | 12:58 pm

    If it’s happening in the San Fernando Valley, chances are Karen Young knows about it. Not only that — she’s probably already been there, chatted with the bigwigs and written up a whip-smart recap for her thousands of online readers.

    Young, a spirited connoisseur of all things...

  • I Miss Us

    By Rob Eshman

    May 10, 2011 | 6:35 pm

    Here are my complaints about the annual Israel Independence Day Festival:

    The falafel makers use too much breadcrumb filler. There’s never enough shade near the main stage, where the music is always too loud, anyway. The audience never pays attention to the honored speakers, who...

  • Annual Israel festival at Woodley Park canceled

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    April 12, 2011 | 4:47 pm

    A lack of funding has forced organizers to cancel this year’s Israel Independence Day Festival in Woodley Park, a community event that at its height attracted as many as 30,000 people. An immediate donation of around $30,000 could reverse the decision, according to Yoram Gutman,...

  • Camp Obama vs. Shavuot: The Third Story

    May 28, 2009 | 3:19 pm

    Hundreds of young people gathered to become a part of Camp Obama for intensive three-day weekend retreats throughout the months of July and August of 2007. Several of the retreats were led by Marshall Ganz, a Harvard professor of sociology, and son of a rabbi and World War II Army...

  • Tel Aviv Grill Comes to Encino

    By Dikla Kadosh

    March 18, 2009 | 7:06 pm

    Itzik Hagadol knows how to “open up a table,” as they say in Israel.

    The restaurateur, whose real name is Itzik Luzon, has a reputation in Tel Aviv for lavishing his guests in Middle Eastern style — serving up an abundance of food that includes heaping platefuls of salads....

  • Friendship and freedom at Adat Chaverim

    By Tom Tugend

    September 25, 2008 | 3:11 am

    "What does it mean to be free and why is freedom so important?" was Karlo Silbiger's first question to some 20 kids ranging from 3 years to early teens.

    The youth and their parents were meeting on a recent Sunday morning to check out the offerings of Adat Chaverim (Community of...

  • Survivor, rabbi recall horror of Metrolink train crash

    By Tom Tugend

    September 17, 2008 | 5:11 pm

    Richard Slavett normally takes the 4:36 p.m. Metrolink train from Glendale to his home in Thousand Oaks, but last Friday his daughter-in-law was flying in from the East Coast and he decided to go home early.

    Slavett, 69, owner of the Glendale Tire Co. of Glendale, caught the 3:45...

  • Wine, Women, Song

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As the daylight hours dwindle down to a precious few, and hurricanes, fires and floods give the distinct feeling that the world is indeed coming to an end, let's turn our thoughts to two of the things that make so many Jews so happy: wine and Hawaii.

    That's where Judd and Holly...

  • Small Shul With a Big Heart

    By David Finnigan

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When comedic actor Larry Miller and his wife first went to Studio City's Congregation Beth Meier 11 years ago, the very small shul's Tomb of Rachel architecture was less inspiring than watching elderly Rabbi Meier Schimmel toss one back at L' Chaim time.

    "He pours himself a blast of...

  • Valley’s Toras HaShem Seeks to Lure City Jews Over the Hill

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It's Thursday night at Toras HaShem, an outreach yeshiva in North Hollywood and some 40 people are here to hear Rabbi Zvi Block's weekly Torah portion sermon. Tonight the class includes college-age women wearing long skirts; a number of septuagenarians; a middle-aged man, who is...

  • Loss for Jews if Secession Wins

    By Jack Weiss

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The question has been posed to me frequently over the past several months: Is Valley secession "good for the Jews?"

    Truthfully, it's a difficult question to answer. Other current matters are easier to address. Is President Bush good for the Jews? Prime Minister Ariel Sharon certainly...

  • Better Future Tied to Secession

    By Keith Richman

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    For decades, hard-working, committed citizens have been struggling to break the Valley free from remote politicians and uncaring bureaucrats, whose interests are focused on downtown interests with downtown influence. If we are successful, Valley independence will provide a more...

  • Valley Secession: Better for Jews?

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    For the Jewish community, like the rest of Los Angeles, the issue of Valley secession boils down to one key question: Will we be better off after secession than we are now?

    Some officials predict that secession would actually make very little difference to the Jewish community. In...

  • Valley Community Resources

    By  Orit Arfa

    July 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    According to The Jewish Federation/Valley Alliance, 43 percent of the total estimated Jewish population of the greater Los Angeles area live in the San Fernando, Conejo, Simi, Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys.

    The following is a partial list of Jewish organizations, schools and...

  • Replacing a Legend

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 17, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    This month sees the official retirement of a Valley legend. Rabbi Eli Schochet of Shomrei Torah will step down after nearly 40 years at the pulpit. Still available for "life-cycle events," the synagogue's new rabbi emeritus will be essentially withdrawing from his very public...
  • Valley High

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Weaving together the threads of music, youth activities and social action, the eighth annual Valley Jewish Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 6. This year's festival, which organizers call the largest event of its kind on the West Coast, finds a new home...
  • The Valley

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    July 16, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    Camp Chesed in Woodland Hills provides a unique experience for disabled kids


    A Special Summer

    By Wendy J. Madnick, Valley Editor

    Counselor Joshua Hay, left, and camper Cory Lefkowski enjoy the sights at Disneyland.

    Six-year-old Cory Lefkowski has multiple health problems, including epilepsy and cerebral palsy; he is also learning disabled...

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