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September 19, 1990 | GEORGE FRANK
At sunset today, many of the estimated 100,000 Jews in Orange County will begin celebrating Rosh Hashanah, a two-day holiday that begins a 10-day period of repentance that culminates in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time for introspection and a time for taking stock, said Rabbi Mark Miller of Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach.
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July 23, 2001 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It wasn't quite 40 years in the wilderness, but the people of Temple Beth El did spend 20 years wandering around south Orange County without a permanent home. The congregation--now nearly 600 families--met in trailers, in other synagogues and in churches. During last year's High Holy Days, they worshiped in a Mormon meeting house. But Friday, the faithful will finally enter the promised land: a new, $18-million building of their own.
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March 24, 1992 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Visitors strolling the sidewalks of the Tamarack Woods Apartments are likely to encounter a melange of unusual smells. There is the spicy aroma of kotlely , a delectable dish made of ground meat. Or the sweet-smelling fragrance of pirozhky , a doughy baked concoction filled with meat, apples, cabbage and potatoes. "It smells like something I've never smelled before," said Pamela Marrocco, manager of the apartment complex.
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July 23, 2001 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It wasn't quite 40 years in the wilderness, but the people of Temple Beth El did spend 20 years wandering around south Orange County without a permanent home. The congregation, now nearly 600 families, met in trailers, other synagogues and churches. During last year's High Holy Days, they worshiped in a Mormon meeting house. But Friday, the faithful will finally enter the promised land: a new $18-million building of their very own.
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October 29, 1991 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the eve of the historic Middle East peace conference, Jews in Orange County expressed guarded optimism about the long-awaited talks scheduled to get under way Wednesday in Madrid. "I think people are hopeful that something positive will come out of this, and it's certainly better than people not talking," said Ed Cushman, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Orange County in Tustin. "There is new hope that the peace conference will bring about a real chance for peace."
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April 27, 1998 | BONNIE HAYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the 8,000 Jews who celebrated the 50th anniversary of Israel's statehood in Irvine on Sunday, nothing tasted sweeter than freedom--not even the latkes and blintzes they devoured, and which eventually sold out, during the daylong festival. "Wow, these are good," David Levin gushed over the pastries, which he was supposed to be sharing with his 3-year-old daughter, Eva.
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September 24, 1993 | JENNIFER BRUNDIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From sunset today through sunset Saturday, Jews across Orange County will celebrate Yom Kippur, the holiest of holidays on the Jewish calendar. The Day of Atonement is most commonly known as the culmination of a 10-day period that begins with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and is a time for introspection and self-scrutiny. The holiday also represents the end of a 40-day period, which begins with the Hebrew month of Elul, that prepares Jews for the final 10 days, said Rabbi Mark S.
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December 27, 1993 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an effort to build cultural understanding between blacks and Jews, more than 200 people packed the Bowers Museum on Sunday for a joint celebration of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Adults wearing yarmulkes joined children in kinte cloth for a solemn tribute to the two heritages. Locking arms and swaying from side to side, the crowd sang spirituals and Jewish folk songs.
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September 28, 1989 | LYNN SMITH, Times Staff Writer
Students of Rabbi Daniel Epstein's crash course in Hebrew are cramming for their first major test. The students--including children, lawyers and computer specialists--have learned Hebrew phonetics and the meanings of religious phrases. They have been taught that apples and honey symbolize the sweetness of a new year. Some have even tried to blow the shofar, a wind instrument made from a ram's horn that signifies spiritual awakening during the High Holy Days.
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July 31, 1999 | MATHIS WINKLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Arie Shikler was growing up in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Gan, his musical tastes ran to Elvis and the Beatles. Except on Friday afternoons, when he and his father would listen to the haunting, soothing chants over the radio of cantors marking the Sabbath. By 1970, Shikler, who had moved to California and tried to earn a living as a musician in folk and blues clubs, would find himself chanting the same prayers almost by accident.
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April 3, 2001 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sometime during Saturday's Passover service at Congregation Shir Ha-Ma'alot in Irvine, Cantor Arie Shikler will look over at Rabbi Bernard P. King, his friend and boss of 31 years, and remember. "It's an end of an era," Shikler said recently as tears welled in his eyes. "I'll treasure the moment. I'll have a touch of sadness for myself and a touch of happiness for Bernie."
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March 23, 2001 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The pitch goes something like this: Slow down your life for 24 restful hours each and every week! Unplug from your cell phone, computer and pager! As a bonus, get back to your spiritual roots! That's the advertising campaign of Shabbat Across America, an annual event targeting an estimated 5.5 million Jews across the nation who don't attend Sabbath services.
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December 18, 2000 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rose Lacher's dream of raising enough money to buy a house in Orange County for developmentally disabled Jewish adults, including her daughter, is closer to becoming a reality in 2001, the 79-year-old activist said Sunday. Lacher, who lives in Orange, is the founder of the Jeremiah Society, a 15-year-old advocacy group for Jewish developmentally disabled adults based in Orange County.
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October 16, 2000 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With its faux rustic buildings and molded cobblestone walkways, Huntington Beach's Old World Village is meant to evoke the quaintness of a Bavarian town, but darker aspects of German history just keep coming up. From the past presence of Nazi sympathizers to its controversial German developer, this shopping and housing complex near the San Diego Freeway has had more than a mall's fair share of controversy.
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October 10, 2000 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roni Shelcoviz, an Israeli citizen who lives in Irvine, doesn't attend temple much, not even on Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. But the 19-year-old found herself Monday at Irvine's Congregation Shir Ha Ma'alot, observing the Day of Atonement. The escalating conflict in her homeland brought her to the synagogue. "I feel like since I'm here and not in Israel, this is the least I can do," said Shelcoviz, who works at the temple and whose parents live in Tel Aviv.
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October 9, 2000 | DANIEL YI and LARRY B. STAMMER and RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The violence may be raging halfway across the world, but for thousands of Palestinians and Jews in the Southland, the deadly clashes in Israel hit very close to home. "I can't work. I can't sleep. I am checking my cell phone for news wires. I am watching the news, reading the newspapers," said Mustafa Mohammad, an Anaheim businessman who said his cousin was among 84 people killed so far in the conflict. "Even my wife gets frustrated," he said.
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May 31, 1996 | LARRY GORDON and DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Transfixed by the closeness of the Israeli election results, Southern California's Jewish and Israeli emigre communities Thursday pondered the results of Israel's election 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," said John R.
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October 7, 1992 | MARLA CONE
Addressing themes from coping with economic crisis to retaining their ethnic identity, thousands of Jews throughout Orange County are commemorating their holiest holiday today by seeking forgiveness for their sins as well as keeping a hopeful eye toward the next year. Yom Kippur, which began Tuesday evening, is the most sacred of Jewish holidays, when devout Jews seek atonement from God for the previous year.
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October 8, 2000 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rabbis have spent months preparing their high-holiday talks. Kosher markets have long since stocked their shelves for the season, and families have bought their tickets to tonight's services for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which starts at sunset with Kol Nidre services. The last-minute details fall to synagogue office managers, who have to make the extensive, seemingly endless preparations for the temple's busiest time in the year.
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September 30, 2000 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Aryeh Fein put a gnarled ram's horn to his lips and blew until veins stood out on his forehead. The 10-year-old from Rancho Santa Margarita sounded the shofar Friday morning to herald the start of Rosh Hashana in a program sponsored by Morasha Jewish Day School in Mission Viejo. "I blew it a little too long," Aryeh said, sitting in the grass until his dizziness passed. "It's cool because it makes so much noise."
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