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November 3, 1999 | STEPHANIE STASSEL
The oldest synagogue structure in the San Fernando Valley--Adat Ari El's David Familian Chapel--will be designated as a California State Point of Historical Interest on Sunday, exactly 50 years after the building was dedicated. The chapel, with its many stained-glass windows depicting Jewish holidays, has always had a warm feeling, said Rabbi Moshe Rothblum, who has been with the 900-family Conservative synagogue since 1971. "It has a sense of history that this is where it all began," he said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1999
Sprawled at the top of the Sepulveda Pass with a spectacular view of the brushy hills and city below, Milken Community High School is among the nation's largest non-Orthodox Jewish high schools. At the college-like campus, ancient Jewish traditions share class time with such modern disciplines as robotics and biotechnology. The 10-acre campus cost nearly $40 million to build.
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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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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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