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  • She Said: A Day Fit for a Family

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    My wedding story begins with a dress. Not just any dress, but the kind that makes people's heads turn when the wearer walks into a room.

    When my fiancé, Adam, and I got engaged last spring, my wedding dress was the last thing on my mind -- telling my kids was the first. It remained...

  • Everyone Into The Pool

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Alex Fullman has always loved to swim. He started when he was 2 years old and began swimming competitively at 6. So when representatives of American Red Magen David for Israel (ARMDI) visited his sixth-grade class at Heschel Day School to encourage students to consider making a...

  • An Ethical Vision

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Dov Seidman is used to riding a little ahead of the curve. Back in 1998, the Los Angeles-based attorney and founder of the legal research firm Legal Research Network (LRN) decided to expand his business to include an online course in business ethics.

     At the time, no one could...

  • Be Prepared

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The following tips on properly preparing for unexpected emergencies have been gathered from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Web site (www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/interapp/editorial/editorial_0287.xml ).



    Assemble an Emergency Kit

    A person should be...

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  • Passion for Politics

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Amanda Susskind doesn't look like she was raised in Berkeley. With her tweedy, conservative suits, paired with sweater sets and pearls, the new West Coast director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) doesn't look like she was brought up anywhere near the laid back, hippie haven.

    But...

  • 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...

  • Charismatic Rabbi Faces Charges

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Michael Ozair is, by many accounts, charming, charismatic and an excellent teacher.

    He is also in jail.

    The once-popular instructor at schools like Shalhevet High School on Fairfax Avenue and Sinai Akiba Academy on Wilshire Boulevard, who was an active participant in the Happy Minyan...

  • Funny Money

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Scrip. You can't join a synagogue or enroll your child in school without being hit up to buy it. Whether in the form of paper certificates, plastic gift cards or e-scrip online, this potent little fundraiser has become a major part of most nonprofit organizations' annual budgets.

    ...

  • Valley Secession: An Inside Look

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Zev Yaroslavsky has served on the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) since its inception in 1998. This experience, plus eight years as a Los Angeles County supervisor representing both sides of the Santa Monica Mountains, and a councilman before that, has made him one of the...

  • Never Say Die

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    While the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA) closes facilities around the Southland, leaders of the North Valley Jewish Community Center (NVJCC) have decided to emulate their big brother in the West Valley and try to take control of their center themselves.

    ...

  • Caring Never Grows Old

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In a corner of the brightly lit dining hall of the Eisenberg Village campus at the Jewish Home for the Aging sit The Three Wise Guys. These three men -- Ellis Simon, 77; Hy "Spike" Spikell, 93, and Jules Berlinsky, 90 -- have formed a friendship so strong that they rate having their...

  • A Man of Honor

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    To say that Shimon Erem deserves to receive the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Council of Israeli Community (CIC) for his work on behalf of Israel seems, upon meeting him, like an understatement. This man has not just worked for but literally fought for, lobbied on...

  • Who’s Who in the Valley Secession Fight

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    This is the first in a multipart series looking at the Jewish community and Valley secession. Let us know what you think about secession by taking part in our secession forum at www.jewishjournal.com/forum.

    The acronyms and titles relating to the Valley secession movement have been...

  • Bringing Back Memories

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A woman in a peach-colored sweatsuit sits in a sunlit hallway at the Silverado Senior Living Center in Calabasas. Once she was a professor at a California State University campus, teaching English literature. Now, because of the effects of Alzheimer's disease, she barely has a word...

  • Community Funding

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    An Israel advocacy mobile unit for college campuses. A community rabbi to cover the West San Fernando Valley. A series of cultural events to forge bonds between the Jewish communities of the East Valley. These are just a few of the innovative programs to be launched by grants from...

  • Court Writes Off Deductions

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes.

    For Jewishly committed parents, that saying should extend to one other area: private school tuition.

    Michael Sklar, a Tarzana accountant, recently tried to make a change to that rule and failed. On Jan. 31, the 9th U.S. Circuit...

  • Yomtov Pleads Guilty

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Teacher Mordechai Yomtov stood sobbing in his orange prison jumpsuit Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court as he pleaded guilty to two counts of committing continuous sexual abuse on a minor and one count of lewd act on a minor.

    The Feb. 4 plea follows an agreement worked out between...

  • Opening ‘The Box’

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Like most of his grad student peers at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer always thought he would eventually become a pulpit rabbi, even taking an assistant rabbi position at a prominent San Fernando Valley synagogue as training for...

  • The Wrong Goodbye

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The firing of Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Regional Director David Lehrer has stunned and saddened a broad swath of the local Jewish community.

    It is hard to discern which is causing more consternation: the fact that such a popular and respected Jewish leader was asked to step down,...

  • Living the Chai Life

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    They're celebrating the fourth night of Chanukah at the Chai Teen and Youth Center, and, to put it mildly, this joint is jumping.

    Nearly two dozen teenagers fill the huge recreation room, with its gaming tables lined up two by two, like the animals on Noah's Ark. Some kids play air...

  • Running With the Wolf

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    It used to be said that kabbalah should only be studied by the very old or very learned, otherwise it could inspire madness. In his book "Practical Kabbalah: A Guide to Jewish Wisdom in Everyday Life," Rabbi Laibl Wolf attempts both to dispel the mythology surrounding this ancient,...

  • The MTA View

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish Journal: It has been 10 years since the East-West Transit Corridor was first proposed. Why do you think there is still so much resistance to the project, despite the fact that everyone is affected by the dismal traffic conditions in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles?

    ...

  • Chandler Busway:Round Two

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A proposed busway continued to spark fierce debate during two public hearings held in the San Fernando Valley during the last weeks of June.

    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is in the final stages of gathering public commentary on the proposed San Fernando Valley East-West...

  • Valley Jewish Festival Goes Green

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    All the fish in the ocean,
    All the birds in the sky,
    All the trees in the forest,
    All the clouds floating by,
    All the boys and the girls,
    All the squid and the squirrels,
    Ought to know it's one world we share....
    - "One World," Craig 'N Co. © 1997



    If anyone knows how to have...

  • Beyond the Wall

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It is a bright, sunny day at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services. In her office, medical director Dr. Susan Schmidt-Lackner is sitting on the floor with one of her young patients -- not an easy feat for a tall woman in a long skirt, but the doctor is more interested in the...

  • The Necessary Next Step

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 26, 2001 | 7:59 pm

    Alvin Schrage knows what it means to shlep. Every weekday he gathers his three children into his Plymouth Voyager and makes the commute from their Agoura home to Emek Hebrew Academy in Sherman Oaks.

    "That's my nonpaying second job," jokes Schrage, who returns from his commute to his...

  • Planting the Tree Of Knowledge

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In 1997, an Israel-based rabbi, Yehoshua Kohl, dreamed of returning to his native Southern California and opening a center of learning for all Jews. After obtaining initial funding of about $150,000 from local donors in the Los Angeles area, along with seed money from benefactors in...

  • The Force Behind ‘The Group Room’

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 28, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Some people take lemons and make lemonade. Selma Schimmel took a diagnosis of cancer and turned it into a vast support network which has changed the lives of thousands of people.

    Schimmel, 45, is the creator and executive producer of "The Group Room," the only nationally syndicated...

  • Weighing His Options

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 12, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Assemblyman Robert Hertzberg strides through his district offices at a pace usually reserved for a commuter late to catch and early morning flight to Sacramento -- a situation with which the busy politician is all...

  • Autism: The New Epidemic

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Barbara and Sheldon Helfing never expected to have one autistic child, much less two. Their son Leland, now 5, was born prematurely and began showing signs of a neurological disorder before...

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