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September 10, 1999 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
In a jarring juxtaposition of the sacred and profane, the recent spate of anti-Semitic violence is shaping the prayers, sermons and physical security measures taken by the Jewish faithful as they begin the High Holy Days--the 10-day period of penitence that begins tonight. Many community leaders stress the need to react with prudence, not panic.
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September 9, 1999 | From Associated Press
Edward Alpert had heard stories of Jewish persecution and knew anti-Semitism persisted. But he had never been afraid of being a target until a 21-year-old white supremacist shot and wounded six Jews just a few miles from Alpert's synagogue. As Jews prepare for their most sacred time of year--the High Holy Days, which start Friday at sundown with Rosh Hashana and run through Yom Kippur on Sept. 20--synagogues across the country will be on alert, with armed guards and security cameras.
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September 9, 1999 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seeking to address a conspicuous stumbling block among schoolchildren, Los Angeles Jewish leaders Wednesday unveiled a campaign to assist hundreds of struggling readers at area elementary schools. About 350 volunteers will spend one hour each week over the next school year reading side by side with children at 30 campuses in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Koreh L.A.
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August 15, 1999 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Congregants arriving at a synagogue in East Hollywood on Saturday were confronted with a swastika and the words "Jews die" spray-painted on the front of the building overnight. Many of those who attend services at Temple Knesset Israel on Vermont Avenue are elderly Holocaust survivors who were horrified by the act of hatred. Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's Northeast station documented the vandalism and notified the department's criminal conspiracy section.
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August 15, 1999 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Three decades ago, federal authorities claimed wide-ranging and often-abusive powers in the name of national security as FBI agents trailed, harassed and threatened liberal demonstrators, black militants and many others whose ideas were deemed dangerous. Today, the pendulum has swung so far away from the abuses of the J. Edgar Hoover era that authorities are wary of proceeding against an extremist group without a "reasonable indication" of criminal activity.
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August 14, 1999 | MATT LAIT and JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard C. Parks, stepping squarely into the fierce debate over gun control, said Friday that every assault rifle and Saturday night special handgun in America should be banned, collected and destroyed. Parks said the shooting at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills is proof that such weapons "have no place in a domestic society." The chief, in an interview with The Times, also pressed for tighter licensing and registration of guns and gun owners.
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July 23, 1999 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Leading Los Angeles Muslims and Jews agreed Thursday to move beyond national acrimony sparked by recent Jewish campaigns against public appointments of American Arabs and Muslims. Pledging to keep Los Angeles on the cutting edge of Muslim-Jewish relations, members of both groups agreed to renew efforts to forge a code of ethics to civilize debate.
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April 26, 1999 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
According to ancient Jewish teachings, a deaf Jew could not marry, sue or be sued, own or buy real estate. The harsh laws were enacted because rabbis could not communicate with the heresh, as they were known. As a result, they were effectively barred from undertaking the traditional coming-of-age ceremony--the bar mitzvah for males and the bat mitzvah for females.
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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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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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