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September 19, 1998
Ventura * The Ventura County Jewish Council--Temple Beth Torah in Ventura will observe the Jewish High Holidays in a series of services. The two most significant days of the season are Rosh Hashana--the Jewish new year--observed Sunday through Tuesday, and Yom Kippur--the Day of Atonement--which begins Sept. 29. The first Rosh Hashana service begins at 8 p.m. Sunday. At 10 a.m.
October 30, 1998 | TOM TUGEND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Tom Tugend is the West Coast correspondent for the Jerusalem Post in Israel and contributing editor to the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles
The Italian film "Life Is Beautiful," a tragicomic fable set partly in a concentration camp, has revived the decades-old debate on the latitude allowed the creative artist in depicting the ultimate horror of the Holocaust. Particularly in the Jewish community, which holds the Nazi murder of the 6 million deeply in its collective memory, any perceived trivialization of the Holocaust in literature or film quickly inflames profound sensitivities and never-healed scars.
Jews in Germany. The image that comes to mind is of yellow stars and concentration camps, of exile and slaughter. For the 12 years of Nazi rule, to be a Jew in Germany was to be a victim. But Jewish history here spans 2,000 years, most of it peaceful and productive, and the full story is one that a new museum attempts to capture in both its pain and its glory.
March 12, 2010 | By Larry Gordon
C. L. "Max" Nikias, USC's provost and second-in-command, will become its next president, succeeding Steven B. Sample on Aug. 3 at the helm of the 34,000-student university, school officials announced Thursday. Nikias, a Cypriot-born electrical engineer with expertise in radar and sonar, was long mentioned as the leading candidate to become USC's 11th president, so much so that some trustees reportedly argued against conducting a national search. But the board went ahead, considering 75 other educators before returning to a man well-known and well-liked on campus.
April 30, 2011 | Patt Morrison
Mazel tov to the bar mitzvah boy -- 65 years late. Branko Lustig has two Oscars and a slew of film and television production credits, among them "Schindler's List" and "Gladiator" and "Black Hawk Down" and the TV miniseries "War and Remembrance. " He also has a number, A3317, from his years as a young Croatian Jew imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps. He is now, as well, the possessor of a tallit, the prayer shawl given to boys to mark their bar mitzvahs. Lustig was presented with his this month at Universal Studios, as a prelude to the rest of the ceremony, which is set for May 2 at a place he knows all too well: Barrack 24 at Auschwitz, one of the two camps Lustig survived.
November 15, 2005 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
IT was probably the detailed discussion about the energy uses of cow manure that really threw me. Normally when I sit in on meetings at production companies, the talk is all about outrageous actor salary demands, insane shooting schedules and botched script development. But at Participant Productions, the self-absorption of the movie business feels as far away as a distant moon of Jupiter.
March 8, 1998 | Diane Haithman, Diane Haithman is a Times staff writer
Howard Hersh Felder is just 29 years old, but a conversation with him is like a visit with an older, wiser relative you don't see very often. A great-uncle, maybe. Or a grandmother. Someone who's lived so long that there are few things left that don't remind the person of a story.
It's not yet noon on a Sunday morning, and Marcia Berman has already recounted 100 years of history. As the video rolls, Berman, a children's songwriter, tells the saga of her family, from her Polish-born grandparents' arranged marriage to her parents' courtship at a Boyle Heights soda fountain to her own adolescent experiences in a socialist-Zionist youth group. Prompting the narrative is Ellie Kahn, founder of the oral history venture Living Legacies.
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