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November 19, 1991 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At a Westside synagogue last week, scholars and Sephardic Jews remembered the other landmark event of 1492. As everyone knows, Columbus reached the New World in 1492. But that same year, Spain's monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, also ordered the nation's Jews either to convert to Christianity or to leave the country under pain of death. At least 50,000 Jews--some believe as many as 300,000--were banished from Spain.
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April 18, 1999 | CECILIA RASMUSSEN
They were ordinary women--mother and daughter--whose devotion to tolerance and abhorrence of fascism launched them on an extraordinary adventure: the infiltration of prewar Los Angeles' Nazi movement. Before America's involvement in World War II, Navy widow Grace Comfort and her daughter, Sylvia, a single secretary--both Gentiles--joined a group of Jewish private citizens in Los Angeles to investigate the activities of Nazi-inspired groups in the area.
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June 12, 1991 | TERRY PRISTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 165,000-square-foot domed granite-and-glass structure has risen on Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles next to the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Less than three miles away, workers soon will be installing exhibits in a converted bank office alongside the Jewish Federation Council headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard. And just 1.
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April 27, 1987 | STEPHEN BRAUN, Times Staff Writer
For 42 years, Paula Lebovics carried the memory of the Soviet soldier who fed her a crust of black bread the day that the Russians liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. On Sunday, she thought she had found him again. Lebovics was one of dozens of Auschwitz survivors who flocked to a Holocaust Day memorial service at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in West Los Angeles to reunite with retired Soviet Lt. Gen.
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October 4, 1999 | MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The shelves were almost empty in the final days of Zellman's Menswear in Boyle Heights. About a dozen men's jackets hung from the racks and some baseball caps lined the wall. Shoes were going for 99 cents; pants were half off. Even the headless mannequins were for sale. After 78 years in business, the landmark Cesar Chavez Avenue clothing shop cleared out its merchandise and closed its doors Saturday.
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February 24, 1999 | AGNES DIGGS
The Jewish Federation's Valley Alliance phone fund-raising campaign exceeded its goal with $1.53 million in donations. "It's the highest one-day total we've ever had out here, so we're very excited," said Bonnie Somers, the group's public relation's director. Nearly 1,000 San Fernando Valley-area volunteers made about 10,000 phone calls in support of Super Sunday--the Jewish community's largest fund-raising event of the year.
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December 6, 1999 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
It seemed innocuous enough: a code of ethics to avoid stereotypes, repudiate violence and govern debate between Muslims and Jews in Southern California. But when two leading Muslim officials--Maher Hathout and Salam Al-Marayati--proposed the code last year, their involvement became a lightning rod for attacks by major Jewish organizations, which argued that the men actually condoned terrorism.
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January 17, 1998 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
During the strife-ridden days of the civil rights movement, two men of God sought to undo some of the uglier works of man. As he battled to dismantle America's apartheid, a charismatic African American preacher was joined in the fight by a bearded rabbi. The image still resonates today: blacks and Jews, arm in arm, foot soldiers struggling down the path to freedom. This week and next, synagogues throughout the Los Angeles area will commemorate the life's work of the two men: the Rev.
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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 23, 1996
Vandals smashed the glass door of the Shul--a nonprofit Jewish lending library and outreach center in Santa Monica--and stole $5 from the donation box early Friday. The take was small, but the significance was tremendous to the Shul's leaders. The incident follows other recent violent acts against the Jewish gathering spot. The most hateful crime occurred about a month ago, when anti-Semitic comments and swastikas were scribbled in the Shul's guest book.
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