December 15, 2005


letters to the editor

Agencies Join to Aid Special-Needs Kids

In November, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles brought together seven other agencies, including, the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Los Angeles, the Jewish Free Loan Association and Etta Israel Center, to create Hamercaz, a central resource for Jewish families raising special-needs children under 22.

Temple Israel Honors Its ‘Conscience’

As clear-minded and direct today as she was in her youth, Nussbaum these days embodies the history of an era that is quickly slipping away. She is the widow of Rabbi Max Nussbaum, who led this same congregation from 1942 until his death in 1974.

Judgment on ‘Munich’

Although there are flashbacks to the massacre throughout the film, the focus shifts to a meeting between Prime Minister Golda Meir and her top military and intelligence leaders.

Terrorism of ’70s Forced Israeli Move

The dates and times are all one blur. What remains crystal clear, however, is what it was like to be an Israeli in the early 1970s, when the phenomenon of international terror began: Japanese terrorists landing at Lod Airport and gunning down dozens of pilgrims just arrived from Peru; German terrorists trying to shoot down an El Al airliner taking off from Kenya; the hijacking of Israeli and foreign aircraft en route to Israel; attacks by the Red Brigades on Israelis and on embassies in London and Seoul, and in Athens, Paris and Rome. And, of course, the horrible massacre at the Munich Olympics.

Holiday Celebration of Arts and Eats

But, for the past 15 years, the festivities have included our special friends, artist Peter Shire and his wife, Donna. It all began when we invited Peter to visit the Skirball Museum, which was then located on the campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, next to USC.

Nation & World Briefs

Jews React to Williams\’ Execution
Way Cleared for Payments to Austrian Holocaust Survivors
Jackson Seeks Retraction of Anti-Israel Remarks by Iran

Jewish Jury Still Out on Christian ‘Narnia’

Catholic publishing companies are putting out companion guides. And the Jewish community is … well, no one knows quite what to think. That\’s because the film in question isn\’t Mel Gibson\’s \”The Passion.\” It\’s \”The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,\” the special-effects laden adaptation of British author C.S. Lewis\’ classic 1950 children\’s book.

The Circuit

Twenty-five years of great music and great Judaic art were celebrated at the 25th annual Festival of Jewish Artisans at Temple Isaiah in West Los Angeles.
Vibrato Jazz Grill joined forces with Vista del Mar Child and Family Service\’s Presidents Club to draw more than 200 young professionals from throughout Los Angeles to help at-risk youth.
Stars sparkled brightly inside and out at the Regent Beverly Wilshire recently when CBS Chair Leslie Moonves received UNICEF\’s Champion for Children Award at the first UNICEF Snowflake Ball for his dedication to positively impacting children around the world.

L.A. Enters the Season of Mitzvot

This year, traditional Christmas Day volunteering is being spread out across December. The shul\’s ATID young adult leadership group\’s annual Dec. 25 Mitzvah Day is being merged with templewide volunteering on Dec. 18, the formal start of Sinai\’s yearlong centennial anniversary.

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