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  • Stein Scores Grammy

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    In the midst of all of the glamour of the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, one could easily miss the hurrahs of one local cantor. But it was a proud moment for Chazzan Mike Stein of Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills, one of a group of musicians honored Feb. 13 with an award in the Best...

  • Breast Cancer Tips Doctors Don’t Share

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    My mother recently called me with a request: One of the moms at the elementary school she works at was newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Could I give her a call?

    I immediately phoned Susan, a sweet, smart lady in her early 40s. She was weighing her options about surgery and...

  • Trader Joe’s Pulls Empire Chicken

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The battle for the lucrative kosher consumer market took a strange twist last month. Shortly after the end of Passover, Jewish shoppers were shocked to find Trader Joe's markets had eliminated their selection of Empire kosher chicken, substituting instead the company's own organic,...

  • Cracking a Controversial ‘Code’

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Rachel Bovitz sat down a few months ago to read the novel, "The Da Vinci Code," she was curious about the buzz surrounding the controversial best-seller. But what she wasn't prepared for was how profoundly disturbing she would find the book.

    "The book was a fun read; it...

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  • Alzheimer’s Home

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine you are 90 years old and the world you once knew, even your own home, feels like a frightening and unfamiliar place. Sometimes you find it hard to recognize even your closest family members. You don't understand why people get angry when you wander away or when you cannot...

  • 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...

  • Who Wrote the Torah?

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    If two Jews equal three opinions, what do you get when you mix five rabbis of various denominations to answer a topic as important as the origins of the Torah?

    Answer: A rather heated discussion, to say the least.

    Five Los Angeles rabbis dove into the topic "Who Wrote the Torah?" at...

  • 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...

  • L.A. ADL Talks of Split

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Following the recent dismissal of Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Regional Director David Lehrer, Los Angeles members continued to discuss the prospect of splitting off from the New York organization.

    Close to 100 people attended the meeting of the executive board of the Pacific...

  • Shalom Leases

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    An announcement last week by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) that it will not renew leases for its West San Fernando Valley properties will have an impact on two Jewish institutions: Kadima Hebrew Academy and the Rabbi Max D. Raiskin West Valley Hebrew Academy.

    ...

  • From Three to One?

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Can one Jewish Community Center (JCC) serve a population as vast as that of the San Fernando Valley?

    That is the question facing Jewish communities from Burbank to Calabasas, and so far, the answer is a resounding no -- even from some of the people who launched the idea in the...

  • Grand Marshal,  Grand Lady

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Sitting in her seat at the Max Factor Family Foundation Recreation Center of the Jewish Home for the Aging (JHA), 103-year-old Sylvia Harmatz cannot recall the first state to give women the right to vote. But, she remembers very clearly the first day she voted, in 1936.

    "I wasn't a...

  • A War of Words

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Students, faculty and staff members at CSUN were up in arms last week regarding an exhibit sponsored by the university's Muslim Student Association (MSA). The "Museum of Intolerance" exhibit, part of planned activities for the campus' Islam Awareness Week (Oct. 21-27), showed...

  • Special Needs Family Retreat

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Families of individuals with special needs often feel a sense of helplessness and isolation from the community, as well as confusion about how to best help their loved ones. In an effort to give families the tools to cope with these issues, Etta Israel Center (EIC) will hold its...

  • A Safe Spot

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    For the child whose parent has been diagnosed with cancer, each day becomes fraught with uncertainty -- will Mom or Dad be there today when I get home from school, or back in the hospital? Will Dad be too sick to come to my softball game? Why does Mom have to take that medicine that...

  • Photo Finish

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    April 10 is the ultimate day at the track for the nation's second-largest school district. Never before has so much ridden on the backs of campaign horses as in the current race for positions on Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) Board of Education.

    Vying for two of three...

  • Community

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    While many note the westward journey of Jews intoareas such as Calabasas, West Hills and Agoura, few realize there's asmall renaissance going on in the East Valley.

    As real estate prices rise in the West SanFernando and Conejo...

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