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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1996 | JASON TERADA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An Orthodox Jewish group has decided to scale back an expansion of the house it uses for prayer in this suburban community. The Chabad Lubavitch group, which holds its weekly prayer services in a tract house, received approval Tuesday from the Municipal Advisory Council to reduce its expansion of the home to 1,020 square feet, 340 fewer than approved by county officials in 1994.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
This review has been updated. Mohammed Fairouz's Symphony No. 3 "Poems and Prayers" is long, brash, overwrought, beatific - and huge. For its West Coast premiere Sunday night by UCLA's Philharmonia, University Chorus and Chorale, along with two vocal soloists and a solo clarinet, more than 300 performers crowded the stage at Royce Hall. Written in 2010 when the impressively prolific American composer of Palestinian descent was 25, the symphony is a young man's extraordinary effort to say what needs to be said, feel what needs to be felt and demonstrate what needs to be demonstrated about the Israeli and Palestinian morass in the Middle East.
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NEWS
January 15, 1986
Hundreds of Arabs threatening "blood and fire" surrounded Israeli members of Parliament on a new inspection tour of the Temple Mount, which is sacred to Muslims as well as to Jews. Police used tear gas to disperse the Arabs, and the Israelis were forced to flee. No injuries were reported in the incident, the second in less than a week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
A long-running legal dispute over the use of a Hancock Park home as an Orthodox Jewish prayer house ended Wednesday with the city of Los Angeles agreeing to pay $950,000 in attorney fees and costs to settle the case. The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to pay lawyers representing Congregation Etz Chaim in the case involving a residential property at 3 rd Street and Highland Avenue. Synagogue leaders sued the city in 2010, challenging its denial of a conditional use permit to use the enlarged home as a religious sanctuary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1999
Re "Supreme Court Will Rule on Student Prayers," Nov. 16: As if the Constitution were not enough of a stumbling block to having student prayers wafting over the public address system at high school football games, there is yet another problem to consider. If a Christian prayer is permitted, then naturally equal time must be given for a Jewish prayer, a Hindu prayer, a Muslim prayer, etc. When all the proselytizing is finally over, let us pray that there will still be time enough for the game.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1997
Santa Monica College will inaugurate a show on the Holocaust Sept. 8 with a display of about 40 photographs by Alfred Benjamin. Benjamin, 81, of Santa Monica, was nearly killed for photographing the Nazi destruction of a Jewish synagogue in Hamburg. "I was interrogated by the Gestapo and told to get out of Germany within 24 hours. I left 16 hours later," he said. He moved to England and then to Santa Monica, where he teaches photography. The show, which runs through Oct.
OPINION
November 14, 2002
Re "Arab Neighbors Grieve With Kibbutzniks for Slain," Nov. 12: As Israelis, we are witness to almost daily terrorist attacks. But the attack on Kibbutz Metzer on Sunday night was horrific, even by our standards. Yesterday we watched Avi Ohayon, father of Matan, 5, and Noam, 4, as he tried to make sense of this loathsome crime. He was interviewed on TV as he held two pacifiers belonging to these two innocent children. He didn't talk of blaming his government or the terrorists. He wondered what kind of person could shoot these two children as they lay sleeping with pacifiers in their hands.
NATIONAL
April 19, 2007 | Luis Perez, Newsday
Liviu Librescu's casket came Wednesday to a place he had never been. In the heart of Borough Park in Brooklyn, the unadorned wooden casket was shouldered by Jewish men who had not known the Virginia Tech science professor but whose fathers and grandfathers were, like Librescu, Holocaust survivors. A community leader called Librescu, 76, a "hero of the Jewish people." Librescu's wife, far from her Virginia home, spoke to those who had never met him. "He was a very human person.
NEWS
March 13, 1989 | From Associated Press
Chicago-born Abe Stolar joined his son in a Jewish prayer today and left the Soviet Union for the first time since his American parents brought him here more than half a century ago. Stolar, who waged a 13-year fight to emigrate; his wife, son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren boarded an Austrian Airlines flight to Vienna. They plan to settle in Israel.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
This review has been updated. Mohammed Fairouz's Symphony No. 3 "Poems and Prayers" is long, brash, overwrought, beatific - and huge. For its West Coast premiere Sunday night by UCLA's Philharmonia, University Chorus and Chorale, along with two vocal soloists and a solo clarinet, more than 300 performers crowded the stage at Royce Hall. Written in 2010 when the impressively prolific American composer of Palestinian descent was 25, the symphony is a young man's extraordinary effort to say what needs to be said, feel what needs to be felt and demonstrate what needs to be demonstrated about the Israeli and Palestinian morass in the Middle East.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2011 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Debbie Friedman, a self-taught Jewish folk singer and composer who transformed synagogue music and worship by infusing traditional prayers with a contemporary sensibility, died Sunday at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. She was 59. The cause was complications of pneumonia from an unknown viral infection, said her sister, Cheryl Friedman. Over the last four decades Friedman recorded more than 20 albums of songs that combine English and Hebrew texts with folk rhythms. Among her best-known compositions is "Mi Sheberach," the Jewish prayer for healing.
WORLD
September 28, 2009 | Richard Boudreaux
Israeli riot police entered the grounds of Islam's third-holiest shrine Sunday and fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse rock-throwing Palestinians who had gathered to prevent Jews from praying at the contested site in Jerusalem's Old City. The 45-minute clash outside the Al Aqsa mosque underscored the volatility of Jerusalem's holy places in the decades-old Middle East conflict. It sparked protests by Jordan, the 22-nation Arab League and the Palestinian Authority, which is engaged in U.S.-mediated efforts to revive peace talks with Israel.
NATIONAL
April 19, 2007 | Luis Perez, Newsday
Liviu Librescu's casket came Wednesday to a place he had never been. In the heart of Borough Park in Brooklyn, the unadorned wooden casket was shouldered by Jewish men who had not known the Virginia Tech science professor but whose fathers and grandfathers were, like Librescu, Holocaust survivors. A community leader called Librescu, 76, a "hero of the Jewish people." Librescu's wife, far from her Virginia home, spoke to those who had never met him. "He was a very human person.
OPINION
November 14, 2002
Re "Arab Neighbors Grieve With Kibbutzniks for Slain," Nov. 12: As Israelis, we are witness to almost daily terrorist attacks. But the attack on Kibbutz Metzer on Sunday night was horrific, even by our standards. Yesterday we watched Avi Ohayon, father of Matan, 5, and Noam, 4, as he tried to make sense of this loathsome crime. He was interviewed on TV as he held two pacifiers belonging to these two innocent children. He didn't talk of blaming his government or the terrorists. He wondered what kind of person could shoot these two children as they lay sleeping with pacifiers in their hands.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1999
Re "Supreme Court Will Rule on Student Prayers," Nov. 16: As if the Constitution were not enough of a stumbling block to having student prayers wafting over the public address system at high school football games, there is yet another problem to consider. If a Christian prayer is permitted, then naturally equal time must be given for a Jewish prayer, a Hindu prayer, a Muslim prayer, etc. When all the proselytizing is finally over, let us pray that there will still be time enough for the game.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1997
Santa Monica College will inaugurate a show on the Holocaust Sept. 8 with a display of about 40 photographs by Alfred Benjamin. Benjamin, 81, of Santa Monica, was nearly killed for photographing the Nazi destruction of a Jewish synagogue in Hamburg. "I was interrogated by the Gestapo and told to get out of Germany within 24 hours. I left 16 hours later," he said. He moved to England and then to Santa Monica, where he teaches photography. The show, which runs through Oct.
NEWS
March 25, 1989 | From Religious News Service
The Reconstructionist movement of Judaism is publishing a new prayer book that is believed to be the first for Jews that uses gender-neutral terms to refer to God. Titled "Kol Hanesamah" ("Voice of the Soul"), the volume is a pioneering effort in other respects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1985 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
Innovative prayers that avoid the traditional masculine emphasis of Jewish worship language have been circulated for years in mimeographed form. Now, just in time for Judaism's High Holy Days, the new prayers have been published in book form. Rabbi Richard N. Levy, the editor and translator of the prayers, said the book is aimed particularly at growing numbers of small groups who "wish to address God as a Being who created women as well as men in the divine image."
NEWS
May 21, 1997 | MARY ROURKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dressed in T-shirts and running shoes, 30 women finish aerobics class and get ready for part two of an unusual fitness program, led by a personal trainer, a Torah scholar and a rabbi. Now that the women have exercised their bodies, they are about to give their souls a workout. Using traditional Jewish prayers, modern dance movements and ancient Hebrew chant, they spend the next half-hour reciting the morning blessings, with movements that add emphasis to the words.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1996 | JASON TERADA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An Orthodox Jewish group has decided to scale back an expansion of the house it uses for prayer in this suburban community. The Chabad Lubavitch group, which holds its weekly prayer services in a tract house, received approval Tuesday from the Municipal Advisory Council to reduce its expansion of the home to 1,020 square feet, 340 fewer than approved by county officials in 1994.
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