December 4, 2003

Jewish Kiwis Thrive at Bottom of Earth

New Zealand has never been considered a center of Jewish life, but since our congregation, University Synagogue, was visiting Australia, we decided to hop over (1,200 miles) to this incredibly beautiful country.

The next day, we were deeply moved at the Canterbury Hebrew Congregation — named after the county so as not to be called the \”Christchurch Synagogue\” — where our hosts, Dr. David Cohen, a local professor originally from Fresno and a graduate of UCLA, and Dr. Ali Wegner, originally from Buenos Aires and Chicago, introduced us to their synagogue. They moved to what many would consider yenne velt (the end of the earth) to live at a slower pace with serenity and security.

Geneva Accord Stirs

After its gala launch in Switzerland this week, the unofficial Israeli-Palestinian peace proposal known as the Geneva accord is rapidly picking up international support.

Key Points in Geneva Peace Proposal

The following are some of the main points of the Geneva accord, the unofficial Israeli-Palestinian peace proposal launched Monday.

ADL Marks 90 Years

The Anti-Defamation League is celebrating its 90th anniversary this week, marking its beginnings in Chicago when Sigmund Livingston, a young Jewish lawyer, watched a vaudeville show portraying Jews as greedy, dishonest characters with hooked noses and thick accents.

For the Kids

For the Kids, fun facts and information for kids.

Your Letters

Letters to the Editor, Point of View in response to Articles.

Pastor Scott Bauer

Israel and the Los Angeles Jewish community have lost one of their most tireless supporters and good friends. Scott Bauer, senior pastor of the Church on the Way in Van Nuys, succumbed to a ruptured aneurysm on Oct. 24. He was 49.

Krusty’s Adult Bar Mitzvah

Krusty the Clown never had a bar mitzvah. It\’s a startling confession \”Simpsons\” fans will hear this Sunday when the Springfield celebrity discovers he doesn\’t have a star on the town\’s Jewish Walk of Fame.

In the episode, \”Today, I Am a Clown,\” written by Joel H. Cohen, the sardonic Krusty turns to his Orthodox father, Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky (Jackie Mason), and Mr. T for help.

Davening on the Lido Deck

On a recent Caribbean cruise aboard the MSY Wind Surf — the largest yacht among Holland America\’s upscale Windstar fleet — the talk on deck was about war, nannies and the country\’s best Catholic schools. Sunburned blondes lingered over a four-course dinner, featuring dishes such as bacon-crusted salmon and fresh pasta with shellfish.

Get Your Creative Jews Flowing

Calling all creative kids. If you have a way with words or an aptitude for art, you can use your unique talents by entering the first annual Jews for Judaism Jewish Students\’ Creative Writing & Art Contest.

Working with the theme \”I Love Judaism,\” future scribes and artists can express their feelings about their young Jewish lives by writing original poems, songs or short stories or creating a piece of artwork. The competition, which is divided into three age groups, is open to Southern California Jews in first through 12th grade.

The contest is sponsored by Jews for Judaism, an international organization that provides a wide variety of counseling services, along with education and outreach programs, that enable Jews of all ages to rediscover and strengthen their Jewish heritage. The group is also the Jewish community\’s leading response to the multimillion-dollar efforts of cults and Evangelical Christians who target Jews for conversion.

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