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August 9, 1988 | BILL BOYARSKY, Times City-County Bureau Chief
Two political consultants have told Los Angeles City Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky that he will lose to Tom Bradley in the mayoral election next year unless he becomes an uncompromising foe of overdevelopment, learns to smile more and improves his fund raising, especially among his fellow Jews.
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December 3, 2001 | DAVID PIERSON and ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Los Angeles pediatrician whose daughter was seriously wounded in suicide bombings in Jerusalem expressed anger, frustration and sorrow Sunday at the vicious cycle of retaliation and violence that has dimmed the prospects for peace in Israel. Speaking at the Museum of Tolerance, Charles Feinstein said he was horrified by the wounding of his 20-year-old daughter, Ariela, who was hit by shrapnel in Saturday's explosions.
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September 15, 1993 | Researched and written by John Dart
This is the Jewish New Year 5754. Though modern Jews acknowledge the scientific view that the Earth is billions of years old, the holiday tradition follows the reckoning of 12th Century Jewish scholars who said the world was created 3,761 years B.C., or before the Common Era.
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July 23, 2001 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
In a show of solidarity with Israelis, about 5,000 members of Los Angeles' Jewish community rallied Sunday to reaffirm their support in the face of ongoing violence, economic hardship and demoralization in the Holy Land. The rally was billed as a "people to people" demonstration, rather than a more controversial display of political support for the Israeli government, now led by conservative Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
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May 31, 1996 | LARRY GORDON JOHN DART and DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Transfixed by the closeness of the Israeli election results, Los Angeles' Jewish and Israeli emigre communities pondered the voting results Thursday with a mixture of joy, fear, uncertainty--and above all passionate interest in how the complicated politics of the small democracy will affect its security and economy. "A country that is so divided is going to require extraordinary leadership to bring it together," John R.
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May 22, 1996 | ANDREA FORD TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an attempt to repair what is widely perceived as a breach between African Americans and Jews in Los Angeles and in the nation, about 100 members of the local communities met Tuesday to lay groundwork for future coalitions on issues. The five-hour event was sponsored by the African American/Jewish Leadership Connection, a group made up mostly of religious and civil rights activists and leaders.
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August 22, 1998 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
In a development that reflects the ever-changing spiritual texture of Los Angeles, a historic but dying Hollywood synagogue that once counted among its members such luminaries as the Warner brothers, actor Edward G. Robinson and cosmetics king Max Factor is getting a new lease on life as the region's first Iranian American Jewish center. Earlier this year, Hollywood Temple Beth El's congregation decided to sell the building, citing dwindling membership and financial troubles.
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August 23, 1995 | STEVE RYFLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The City Council on Tuesday rejected demands from the leader of a prominent Jewish-rights organization for removal of swastika-like designs from 930 street light poles installed in the 1920s, saying they were never meant to be Nazi symbols. Irv Rubin, national chairman of the Jewish Defense League, criticized the city last month, saying the symbols around the base of the ornate green light standards were offensive to Jews and should have been removed long ago.
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November 5, 1995 | SHARON BERNSTEIN and JILL LEOVY and JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As the sun sank on Saturday and a full moon rose to signal the close of a disturbing Sabbath, Jews and others with ties to the Middle East drew close in the San Fernando Valley, phoning loved ones and talking of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in the low, intense tones of the grieving. "I feel empty inside," said Michael Jotkowitz, a high school senior. "I wanted to visit an Israel that was the most peaceful place on Earth. I've lost hope."
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October 7, 1992 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a day dedicated to introspection and atonement, this year's Yom Kippur has additional significance for Jews in Los Angeles as they reflect on a tumultuous year in this city, as well as one of hope in Israel. "The theme of Yom Kippur is self-scrutiny," said Harvey J. Fields, rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple. "But it is also a reminder that we live in a city that has been literally torn apart and it is each of our responsibilities to aid in its healing."
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June 19, 2001 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Southland Muslim and Jewish leaders decided Monday to restart a troubled interfaith dialogue group after Mideast tensions moved the Islamic side to freeze the effort last month. The group, launched in 1998 in what members hoped would become a national model for Muslim-Jewish relations, has lost members in the last several months as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict stoked emotions and suspicions on both sides.
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June 4, 2001 | DAVID PIERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The ninth biennial Valley Jewish Festival at Cal State Northridge was an opportunity to celebrate Jewish culture. But it also served as a way for the community to acknowledge the violence in Israel and the energy crisis in California. Many of the estimated 30,000 people at the event, organized by the Jewish Federation Valley Alliance, expressed deep worry over the turmoil in the Middle East in light of the suicide bombing that killed 20 young Israelis outside a Tel Aviv club Friday night.
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April 16, 2001 | NEDRA RHONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As he stood in a Florida synagogue last month eulogizing an old friend, Fred Kort, a Holocaust survivor and Los Angeles businessman, was struck with thoughts about his own mortality for one of the few times in his life. The first time was more than 50 years ago, when Kort listened from his hiding place in a lumber shed as hundreds of Jews were slaughtered at Treblinka, a Nazi concentration camp near Warsaw, Poland. Both Kort, 77, and the man he eulogized escaped from Treblinka in 1944.
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November 27, 2000 | MARY ROURKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a heartfelt letter to his congregation at Temple Israel of Hollywood, Rabbi John L. Rosove described the first stage of the breakdown. One of the members of the Jewish Muslim peacemakers group he belongs to had just resigned. He spoke of being deeply disappointed about prospects for peace in the Middle East and recognized that many in his congregation felt the same way.
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November 10, 2000
Bridging oceans, continents, culture and a 10-hour time difference, hundreds of students from Milken Community High School in Los Angeles participated in a video conference with students in Tel Aviv Thursday during a high-tech memorial for former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Wearing white shirts, Milken students spoke, prayed, and sang songs commemorating the legacy of Rabin--war hero, peacemaker, Nobel prize-winner and politician--on the fifth anniversary of his assassination.
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October 13, 2000 | GREG RISLING, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Showing their support for the peace process, about 600 people gathered in the San Fernando Valley on Thursday night to urge Israelis and Palestinians to resume talks. The rally at the Bernard Milken Jewish Community Campus in West Hills was organized by Los Angeles-area Jewish organizations amid escalating tensions in the Middle East. Security was tight. Police patrolled the campus and guests were required to pass through a metal detector.
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March 13, 1990 | IRA RIFKIN
When David V. Karney came to Los Angeles from Israel in 1952, he was welcomed by the local Jewish community as a hero and something of a novelty. At the time, Jewish pride over the founding of the state of Israel was overflowing, and Karney was a sabra, a native-born Israeli who had fought in his country's War of Independence. "I had invitations everywhere," recalled Karney, a developer who lives in Bel-Air. "I had help from everyone in social life and in business.
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August 14, 2000 | LEE CONDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marking the first anniversary of the shootings at North Valley Jewish Community Center and the slaying of a Filipino American postal worker, local activists held a rally Sunday to demand tougher gun control and hate crime laws. "It's time for us to lead this nation into a hate-free society," said Ismael Ileto, whose brother, Joseph, was shot and killed Aug. 10, 1999, allegedly by neo-Nazi Buford O. Furrow.
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April 19, 2000 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Why is this Seder different from all other Seders? At a Passover ritual feast near Griffith Park this week, the unleavened bread was laid out just as it has been for more than 3,000 years. The traditional songs were sung, the four questions asked about why Passover is different from all other nights as a gathering of 300 people celebrated the timeless story of the Jewish people's exodus from Egypt and liberation from slavery.
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