Tuesday, May 26, 2020


Journal Staff


Another Chance to Buy Israeli

Last year\'s Israeli merchant fair in Irvine -- the first stop in a three-month caravan -- spoiled vendors with large crowds open pocketbooks and home-cooked meals.

Hello, Israel Calling

Marc Miller\'s fundraising goal is to surpass last year\'s record $2.25 million Federation campaign by 10 percent.

Academy for Adult Jewish Studies to Open

A pilot academy that would give adult students in Orange County certificates of graduation for completing three years of Jewish study expects to accept its first students in September.

Gibson Film Stirs Up Variety of Reactions

This masterfully crafted film deals with a troubling event and could lead to trouble.

Support Pledged on Marking Historic Ruling

In 1947, a group of parents led by Gonzalo and Felicitas Mendez of Westminster fought to end California\'s segregation of its Latino school children. Their suit came to the attention of the state\'s governor at the time, Earl Warren, who went on to hear the Brown case as chief justice of the nation\'s highest court.

Rabbi Wolpe Expected Full Recovery

Rabbi David Wolpe, the senior rabbi at Sinai temple for the last seven years, has been diagnosed with a brain lesion.

Community Briefs

Community Briefs

Lieberman Raises Funds in Newport Beach

When Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Joe Lieberman made an April visit to Newport Beach, Orange County\'s most Republican stronghold, he found an attentive group of about 100 people at a $1,000-a-person fundraiser at the private Pacific Club.

Holocaust Writing Contest Winners Announced

Themes for this year\'s submissions to the fourth Holocaust writing contest by Chapman University\'s Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education ranged from defiant public protesters in Berlin to the instigators of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising to hate mongers from Hitler to Osama bin Laden.

BJE Selects ‘Leaf’ for Reading Initiative

Written by Milton Steinberg, the book is based on a historical character, a renegade rabbi who lived during the Roman conquest of Judea and was excommunicated.

Center Construction Moves Ahead Despite Shortfall

\"We\'re moving ahead as originally scheduled,\" said Ralph Stern, of Tustin, who is leading fundraising. In a communitywide appeal in May 2002, he promised a fiscally conservative stance: construction would start when financial goals were met.

University Synagogue, Chabad Hope to Expand

Two Irvine synagogues are turning to congregants for money to fund building expansions that are expected to break ground this spring.

Hadassah Encourages Women to ‘Check Out’ Program

Despite winning a $5,900 grant in December 2001 from the Susan G. Komen Foundation to present the program free to 2,000 students, Hadassah\'s Long Beach-Orange County chapter has, so far, found few takers.

SUV Ads Might Make Residents Squeamish

A new anti-oil television advertising campaign that is intended to needle the consciousness of fuel-guzzling SUV owners will be making a lot of local residents uncomfortable.

Beth David’s Sentimental Shabbat

Since the outpouring of Valentine\'s Day sentiment falls this year on Shabbat, Westminster\'s Temple Beth David intends to combine the two with a special sisterhood-led service that follows a dinner featuring recipes by food writer Sharon Boorstin.

Long Beach Rabbi Receives NCJW Award

For using his pulpit and pen to advocate for fair housing, civil rights and opposition to the Vietnam war, Rabbi Wolli Kaelter, a rabbi laureate of Long Beach\'s Temple Israel, will be the recipient of an award by the National Council of Jewish Women on Feb. 18.

Community Briefs

Community Briefs

Crisis Funds Assist

Since Israel's current crisis began on Rosh Hashanah 2000, the public and private dislocations in Israeli life have been significant, including severe stresses on...

Up Front

The Jewish Community Center (JCC) is on the lookout for teen athletes who want to compete in the 2003 JCC Maccabi Games, a week-long international Jewish youth summer games competition, to be held Aug. 8 through Aug. 15. This year, 70 local athletes will be able to participate in games to be held in Houston and St. Louis, said Matt Lebovits, a Maccabi coordinator. This year\'s sports include boys basketball and soccer (for those 14 and under), boys and girls soccer (for those 16 and under), girls volleyball (16 and under), baseball, tennis, dance and swimming.

Funds Combat ‘Who Is a Jew’ Wars

In 1997, stimulated by the controversy over whether non-Orthodox converts would be registered as Jews by the Israeli government -- the latest battle in the \"who is a Jew?\" wars -- The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles began making funds available to what it calls \"pluralism\" projects. The projects are programs and activities aimed at stimulating religious pluralism and supporting \"alternative\" forms of Judaism in Israel, as well as increasing Jewish knowledge among Israel\'s secular population.

Tzedakah for Chanukah

The Chanukah effort is one of the first outcomes of Morasha\'s involvement with a three-year national research project of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles.

Rabbi Makes “Movers and Shakers” List

Rabbi Arnold Rachlis, spiritual leader of Irvine\'s University Synagogue, earned a spot on OC Metro magazine\'s \"Hot 25\" list of people who are making a significant difference in Orange County.

Beth Sholom’s New Siddur

To address the needs of congregants not fully comfortable with Hebrew liturgy, Rabbi Shelton J. Donnell, along with a group of lay leaders, spent eight years developing a new siddur.

Lighting Up Your Life

One depicts six grandchildren. Another is gold-plated and marks the 50th anniversary of Israel. Yet another was smuggled out of Russia and made its safe passage through Ellis Island in a brown paper bag.

Eat, Read and Meet Gary

The following events are part of The Jewish Federation of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys\' Jewish Book Festival.

Survival Series

Thomas \"Toivi\" Blatt overpowered concentration camp guards during a mass escape by several hundred prisoners. Nechama Tec evaded Nazi detection by leading a double life, passing for three years as the daughter of Catholic Poles. Assuming a Christian identity saved Tec, but the experience left her with the bitter feeling that she had betrayed herself and her fellow Jews. Now a University of Connecticut sociology professor, Tec has written several books that explore the mix of motivations in rescuers and resisters of the Holocaust. Thomas Toivi Blatt, now 84, will recount his teenage experience witnessing and fleeing the Polish death camp Sobibor. Blatt, who has also written about his account, is hoping to establish an organization to maintain the site, which is not marked, said Dr. Marilyn Harran, director of Chapman University\'s Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education.

Supporting a Home for a Song

A nine-woman choral group, ranging in age from 79 to 98, and all residents of the Heritage Pointe Jewish home for the aged, will enliven the 14th annual Chanukah fundraising gala, to be held Nov. 17 at Irvine\'s Hyatt Regency.

United We Stand

Nearly twice as many residents as last year intend to participate in the We Stand With Israel trip next month, Federation Executive Director Bunnie Mauldin said,adding that \"despite what\'s going on politically or war with Iraq on the horizon, our aim is the same.\" The trip is an opportunity for people to show their support.

The New Jewish Politic

Combative and fiesty, Larry Sternberg relishes the impact of his Libertarian views. When running in a congressional primary for Rep. Robert Badham\'s vacated District 47 seat, Sternberg advocated decriminalizing illegal drugs. Despite a lack of campaign resources, he stood out in a crowded field ultimately won by Christopher Cox. \"It was fun; it was a crazy fling,\" said the semi-retired Tustin accountant.

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