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  • Secular Connection

    By Evan Marc Katz

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I fell in love with a brilliant, attractive and witty Filipina woman last year. She was a fallen Catholic, didn't accept Jesus as her savior and was totally cool with raising kids Jewish. When I went to her uncle's place for a birthday party and everyone was singing "Sunrise,...

  • Irvine Orthodox Plan to Erect Eruv

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Ten years ago, Sean and Linda Samuels moved to Irvine, home to both a Chabad center and the Modern Orthodox Beth Jacob Congregation, along with other synagogues.

    As the couple grew more observant and had children, they wanted the family to be part of their journey, which, of...

  • New Prayer Communities Seek Spiritual High

    By Jane Ulman

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Don't call them synagogues.

    They are minyanim, or spiritual communities. They have evolved from shared and individual dreams and from serendipitous, profound and beshert connections. They are new, egalitarian, independent, warm, collaborative and vibrant.

    And they are all led by...

  • Bar Mitzvah Cheer—Without Cheerleaders

    By Andrew Silow-Carroll

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    We were halfway through my older son's bar mitzvah year, and I'd been stumbling through an emotional landscape littered with caterers' proposals, reception hall bills and unanswered e-mails from my wife demanding that I "please, please call the band and ask them if they are available...

  • We Must Renew Presbyterian Dialogues

    By Mark J. Pelavin

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Late last month, the 493 delegates to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (PC-U.S.A.) adopted a series of deeply troubling "overtures" (their term for policy statements).

    The General Assembly defeated an attempt to cut off funding for "messianic" congregations,...

  • Your Letters

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish Cool

    The torrents of ink on "Jewish hip," "Jewish cool" and "Jewish pop culture" obscures a simple truth: Only Jews who take seriously Judaism -- the religion -- can count on having Jewish grandchildren ("From Jew to Jewcy," July 23). This is because in an open society only...

  • Philosophical Blessings

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    While on a summer vacation on the East Coast, my family and I visited some spectacular sights in northwestern North Carolina, especially near Ashville. On our way to Ashville, we stopped and asked directions from a gentleman who turned out to be a Methodist minister.

    During our...

  • ‘Heart’ Celebrates a Nation’s Dream

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Controversy sells movies. Remember "The Passion of the Christ?" Now Michael Moore's Bush-bashing "Fahrenheit 9/11" is raking in millions since launching its own firestorm when Disney refused to distribute it, citing the studio's nonpartison history. This July 4 weekend, "Disney will...

  • Q & A With Rabbi Isaac Jeret

    By Adam Wills

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Brandeis-Bardin Institute (BBI) has had its share of crises in the last year -- from toxic well water to wildfires. But one of the more damaging forces the Simi Valley institution has had to weather recently is the pervasive rumor of discord within its leadership following the...

  • Not Another Teen Movie

    By Keren Engelberg

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Seventy-four percent of all evangelicals feel the mass media are hostile to their moral and spiritual values. -- Religion and Ethics Newsweekly/U.S. News and World Report Poll, April 2004.

    With its satiric take on the zeal of the Christian youth movement, and more broadly, religious...

  • Your Letters

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Gays and Judaism

    Steve Greenberg may be many things, but Orthodox is not one of them ("Gay Orthodox Rabbi Peels Back His Life," May 7).

    It is worse than presumptuous to tell people how to define themselves. Orthodox Jews believe in -- and have always believed in -- a binding set...

  • Seek the Convert

    By Dennis Prager

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Shavuot is the holiday when we read The Book of Ruth, a story of a Moabite woman who left her people to join her mother-in-law, Naomi, and the Jewish people. Ruth was the ancestor of David, King of Israel. On this holiday, we celebrate the converts, as Ruth said, "Your people shall...

  • Mount Sinai, Take Two

    By Jane Ulman

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    On the first of May, at his bar mitzvah at University Synagogue, my son, Danny, received the Torah, passed down from his grandparents to my husband, Larry, and me to him.

    This was not the first time.

    On the sixth of Sivan, 3,316 years ago at Mount Sinai, Danny also received the...

  • Dinner Celebrates Families

    By Andrea Adelson

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Aphilanthropic couple and a young family with a preschooler are to be recognized at the 9th annual Jewish Family Service of Orange County (JFS) dinner celebrating family.

    The contributions of Gerald and Eleanor Weinstein, of Tustin, are getting notice because Jewish tenets about...

  • Trial of King David Sabotages Lessons

    By Rabbi David Eliezrie

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I chose not to attend Tarbut's trial of King David. Billed as "the people against King David," it promised to be a trial that was "3,000 years in the making."

    I considered going when I read of the legal minds involved in the trial. Justice Sheila Sonenshine is an outstanding jurist;...

  • Donor Pool Swim

    By Jessica Ravitz

    April 29, 2004 | 8:01 pm

    Few days have haunted me like April 15, 2002. It was the day Time magazine screamed out from its cover that women cannot have it all.

    Like a slap to the face, the writer reported that the biological odds are against getting pregnant after 35 and that stories of women conceiving into...

  • Hertzberg Eagerly Enters Mayoral Race

    By Idan Ivri

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    If elections were won by sheer enthusiasm alone, Bob Hertzberg might be unbeatable.

    The former Assembly Speaker -- whose term limits ended his career in the Assembly -- is now back home in Los Angeles, revved about his entry into the 2005 mayoral race.

    An open admirer of Gov....

  • Persian Arrivals

    By Rob Eshman

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Tribes of Jews move through the history of Los Angeles in predictable cadences. First as new immigrants, raw and clannish and eager to succeed; then as successful citizens, integrated or assimilated, their accents lost in their children's mouths. Finally they earn the right to choose...

  • The Gifts

    By Magnificent Montague

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    From 1955 to 1967, Magnificent Montague was the most riveting rhythm-and-blues disc jockey in the nation, presiding over the birth of "soul" music. In addition to working as a DJ in Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and several other cities, he became a passionate...

  • Get Untangled From Web of Bad Dates

    By Amy Klein

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Evan Marc Katz has never had a bad Internet date. Well, except for the time his date had an aneurysm -- and that was hardly his fault, was it? OK, aside from the time that Katz's blind date had a seizure, he's never had a bad Internet date. That's because he follows his own rules...

  • Candidates Eye the Jewish Vote

    By Ron Kampeas

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Now that it's down to John Kerry versus George W. Bush, American Jews -- prominent in swing states in what could be a close election -- can expect plenty of attention.

    "Anything that moves a few hundred or a few thousand voters one way or another in any state can cause a seismic...

  • Viva Vashti

    By Jane Ulman

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "Vashti's the only one in the Purim story who should be congratulated," my son Danny, 12, says.

    You may recall that King Ahasuerus, who had been sumptuously drinking and feasting with his Shushan subjects for seven days, ordered his chamberlains to "bring Vashti the queen before the...

  • In Remembrance of Ringerman

    By Carin Davis

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It seems everyone has a story about Jerry Ringerman. The former director of Camp JCA Barton Flats and JCC San Francisco, who died on Jan. 6 at the age of 79, touched the lives of thousands of campers, staff and youth, and they, in turn, have touched the lives of thousands more. Born...

  • Campus Advocates Spring Ready

    By Rachel Pomerance

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    After 12 days of advocacy training in the Jewish state, Jonathan Goldberg is returning to the University of Michigan with concrete plans for promoting Israel's cause on campus.

    "The trick is to translate [passion for Israel] into something that somebody else would care about," said...

  • Let There Be Bart

    By David Finnigan

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Do you pray? Do you watch "The Simpsons" religiously? Do you pray while watching Bart and Homer and the rest of the Springfield gang?

    Answer yes to any of these queries and you belong at Sinai Temple in Westwood for its unique, February-March Torah study program centered on the...

  • Community Briefs

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    U.S. Withdrawal From Iraq Could Hurt Israel

    Middle East expert and former CIA analyst Kenneth Pollack told an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) audience that Israel would have to endure an emboldened Arab terrorist culture and other brutal, long-lasting side effects if the U.S....

  • Jewish Support     for Strikers Mixed

    By Marc Ballon

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    On Oct. 26, Associate Rabbi Zoe Klein of Temple Isaiah in West Los Angeles served free pizzas, salads and sodas to 15 striking supermarket employees and their families in the shul's social hall. Fifteen congregants ate alongside the baggers and cashiers, offering encouragement and...

  • Mothers, Daughters Bond Over Torah

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Netivot, the women's Torah study institute, will begin a program next month on a subject not often associated with Orthodoxy: bat mitzvah.

    Beginning Nov. 16, Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills will host a "Mother/Daughter Bat Mitzvah Seminar," in which girls ages 11-13 and...

  • 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,...

  • Leaders Stay Silent as Israel Collapses

    By Avraham Burg

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The Zionist revolution has always rested on two pillars: a just path and an ethical leadership. Neither of these is operative any longer.

    The Israeli nation today rests on a scaffolding of corruption and on foundations of oppression and injustice. As such, the end of the Zionist...

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