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October 23, 1999 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Driving through the Sepulveda Pass on the San Diego Freeway, new generations of Southern Californians might easily assume that the Jewish religious and cultural institutions along the way have always been there. But the mountain pass that is home to the University of Judaism (1977), the Skirball Cultural Center (1996), Milken Community High School (1993) and Stephen S. Wise Temple (1968) wasn't always affectionately known as the "Hills of Judea." "I grew up in Los Angeles.
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October 23, 1999 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Driving through the Sepulveda Pass on the San Diego Freeway, new generations of Southern Californians might easily assume that the Jewish religious and cultural institutions along the way have always been there. But the mountain pass that is home to the University of Judaism (1977), the Skirball Cultural Center (1996), Milken Community High School (1993) and Stephen S. Wise Temple (1968) wasn't always affectionately known as the "Hills of Judea." "I grew up in Los Angeles.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1999
Larry Stammer writes in his Oct. 23 account of Rabbi Jacob Pressman's 80th birthday that Sepulveda Pass has been likened to the Hills of Judea because of the many Jewish institutions located there. He fails to list the grandpa of them all, Leo Baeck Temple, which was built in the mid-'60s before any of the organizations listed. Our temple has been described as a bowling alley, a supermarket or "Our Lady of the Freeway." But regardless, we were there first! ROBERT WEIL Los Angeles
NEWS
May 15, 1985
The University of Judaism will award degrees to 29 students May 20 at its 35th annual commencement exercises in Gindi Auditorium on the campus at 15600 Mulholland Drive. At the 3:30 p.m. event Allen Ziegler, longtime university supporter, will be inducted into the University of Judaism Society of Fellows and Rabbi Jacob Pressman, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Am, will receive a doctor of humane letters degree.
NEWS
March 4, 1998
* What did the dentist give the band director? A tuba toothpaste. (Clyde Winton, 6, Walnut, Walnut Elementary) * What do you get when you cross a pig with a tree? A porky-pine. (Benjamin Schwartz, 8, Tarzana, Castlemont School) * Why was the belt arrested? Because it held up a pair of pants! (Michael Eaton Jr., 7, Bedford, Texas, Highlands School) * What can you hold in your left hand that you can't hold in your right hand? Your right elbow.
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March 16, 1985 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
The Episcopal Church has nominated four bishops for the office of presiding bishop, a post to be decided when the 3-million-member denomination holds its triennial convention Sept. 7-14 in Anaheim. The men selected by a nominating committee this week include the first black ever picked as a candidate for the church's highest post, Bishop John T. Walker, 60, of Washington, D.C. The others nominated to succeed Presiding Bishop John M.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 1993
While I think that TV is operating at about 25% of its intellectual potential, the so-called violent programming is not the problem ("Producers Defend Violence as 'Honest,' " July 31). I contend that a person who has been reared by parents who have lots of contact with their children and one who is educated by a school system where a well-rounded education is the primary concern can watch as many hours as possible of the most violent TV and not manifest that violence himself.
NEWS
April 26, 1987
I appreciate the efforts of the View section to report on a Passover seder, albeit not a typical one, but I suppose that the usual is not always considered newsworthy. I further appreciate the efforts of the host couples, Evelyn and Mo Ostin and Donnie and Joe Smith, to retain some traditional flavor at Chasen's. However the tone and some of the stereotyped remarks of your reporter, Heidi Evans, bothered me. I was offended by her references to "overcooked vegetables" and traditional Passover food as "bland and heavy," not to mention "and such large portions, too."
NEWS
October 14, 1990
Page one of the Oct. 2 View section tossed me between the emotions of astonishment, pride and respect on the one hand, and disgust, revulsion and embarrassment on the other. The article "True Grit" described the rigorous, all-but-unbearable training young sailors undergo to qualify as SEALs in the U.S. Navy, "the military's most elite operational force." Side by side with it was "What Price for That Big Day?" describing the escalating expenditure by families of my co-religionists on the "theme" bar and bat mitzvah celebrations--in exploitation of which there was recently held what was deceptively called "Los Angeles' first bar mitzvah planning show."
BUSINESS
August 7, 1994
"In the Shadow of the '80s" (July 31) can easily lead to a harmful misconception of the teachings of the Jewish faith. Such phrases as " . . . he has renounced crime and found Jesus" and "he's banking on his dramatic conversion from Judaism to make a comeback" suggest that somehow crime and Judaism go together and that only by renouncing his faith through a "dramatic" conversion could he start a crime-free life. Neither Judaism nor its daughter religion, Christianity, teaches or countenances wickedness.
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