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OPINION
June 22, 2012
Re "Community at odds over synagogue," June 18 Given that we have caring and religious people on one side (Chabad), and caring and religious people on the other side (the residents), isn't there room for common ground regarding the fight over the expansion of a Sherman Oaks synagogue? Some understanding of one another's needs? Chabad does great work in our communities. And the nearby Chandler Estates residents are entitled to some peace and quiet in their neighborhood.
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April 8, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - The former executive director of Congregation Beth El synagogue in La Jolla has pleaded guilty to embezzling $394,872 from the synagogue over five years, federal prosecutors said Monday. Eric Levine, 36, had control of the synagogue's bank account and credit card from 2008 to 2013, overseeing the synagogue's annual budget of nearly $2 million. Levine recorded the expenses as Ritual Fund, Rabbi Emeritus, High Holidays, Purim Baskets, landscaping and other things, according to documents filed in federal court in San Diego.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2009 | Richard Winton
Los Angeles police detectives said Friday that they have "strong leads" in the shooting that left two people wounded Thursday morning at a North Hollywood synagogue. Detective Rich Wheeler says federal authorities are using high-tech equipment to enhance and clarify grainy video footage from the parking garage at the Adat Yeshurun Valley Sephardic Synagogue where the two men were shot as they arrived for a morning service. The footage shows the gunman, officials said. After determining that the attack wasn't a hate crime and ruling out terrorism, detectives are focusing on other motives, Wheeler said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Even for a city in which architectural surprise is no surprise, the Wilshire Boulevard Temple surprises. Do yourself a favor and step inside; the interior has just been magnificently restored. A radiant 1929 mural surrounds the domed synagogue, conveying Jewish history from biblical times to the arrival of Jews in the New World in vivid Hollywood-esque imagery. Commissioned by the Warner brothers, it defies an orthodox reading of the Second Commandment, which forbids graven images.
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April 8, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - The former executive director of Congregation Beth El synagogue in La Jolla has pleaded guilty to embezzling $394,872 from the synagogue over five years, federal prosecutors said Monday. Eric Levine, 36, had control of the synagogue's bank account and credit card from 2008 to 2013, overseeing the synagogue's annual budget of nearly $2 million. Levine recorded the expenses as Ritual Fund, Rabbi Emeritus, High Holidays, Purim Baskets, landscaping and other things, according to documents filed in federal court in San Diego.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1997
It is clear that Congregation Etz Chaim's request for a conditional use permit was rejected because a powerful interest group called in a political debt owed by City Council President John Ferraro (July 9). What is less clear is why the Hancock Park Homeowners Assn. opposed the application in the first place. Has the homeowners association forgotten that Orthodox Jews' desire to remain in and return to Hancock Park is a major factor in preserving and enhancing property values? These Jews want to live in Hancock Park precisely because of the synagogues that are within walking distance of their homes.
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December 20, 2009 | By Robert Faturechi
Congregants at Temple Beth El who had gathered to celebrate the last night of Hanukkah were met by a group of neo-Nazi demonstrators who waved red-and-black swastika flags outside the Reform synagogue in Riverside on Friday evening. Rabbi Suzanne Singer said the demonstration was the third such protest at the temple in recent months. She said she thinks it was connected to a counter-protest held in September by members of the synagogue and others responding to a neo-Nazi protest at a day labor site.
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April 8, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Law enforcement officials believe that an explosion outside a Jewish organization in Santa Monica on Thursday -- first believed to be some type of gas blast -- was actually a homemade explosive device purposely placed there, according to sources. Santa Monica police Friday issued an alert to other law enforcement agencies, saying there was a specific man who detectives want to talk to in connection with the case. They said the man frequents synagogues and Jewish community centers and should be considered "extremely dangerous.
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April 9, 2011 | By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
Police on Friday were searching for the suspect in a Santa Monica synagogue explosion that authorities had earlier believed to be an accidental blast. Santa Monica police released a photograph of the short and heavyset suspect, Ron Hirsch, 60, also known as Israel Fisher, saying they thought he was behind Thursday morning's blast outside Chabad House on 17th Street between Broadway and Santa Monica Boulevard. Police described Hirsch as a transient. "Hirsch should be considered extremely dangerous," said a police bulletin sent to other law enforcement agencies.
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April 9, 2011 | By Robert Faturechi and Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
First it was believed to be a bomb, then it was dismissed as a freak industrial accident, and now authorities are again saying that the explosion last week near a Santa Monica synagogue was, most likely, deliberately planned. Part of the confusion, authorities say, was connected to the device itself: An explosive layered under hundreds of pounds of concrete poured into a trash bin is not something bomb technicians typically encounter. "This is clearly not a traditional type of explosive device," said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.
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August 16, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
When Joseph Harounian came out of the closet to his Persian Jewish family, relatives told him to march right back in. Some worried he'd turn his cousins gay. Others feared for the family's reputation. They began excluding him from family events. It was only after his grandmother intervened that he was gradually welcomed back into the fold. Now, years later, Harounian says his family has come to terms with who he is. But he knows that the fear of ostracism still keeps other gay Persian Jews from coming out. Support for gay rights and same-sex unions has never been higher, according to numerous polls.
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August 14, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
A long-running legal dispute over the use of a Hancock Park home as an Orthodox Jewish prayer house ended Wednesday with the city of Los Angeles agreeing to pay $950,000 in attorney fees and costs to settle the case. The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to pay lawyers representing Congregation Etz Chaim in the case involving a residential property at 3 rd Street and Highland Avenue. Synagogue leaders sued the city in 2010, challenging its denial of a conditional use permit to use the enlarged home as a religious sanctuary.
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February 11, 2013 | Martha Groves
Erika Glazer came of age at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, listening to the preachings of the late Edgar Magnin -- the "rabbi to the stars" who envisioned a grand sanctuary west of downtown Los Angeles and persuaded Hollywood notables to help fund it. "He was always speeding things up," said Glazer, the daughter of shopping mall developer Guilford Glazer. "I remember as a kid he would skip [Torah] pages. " Now it's Glazer's turn to move things along. The philanthropist has pledged $30 million over the next 15 years toward the synagogue's ongoing restoration and redevelopment.
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January 30, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz and Rick Rojas,
Los Angeles Times
He was remembered by patients and colleagues as a caring and talented physician, one who followed his father's footsteps into medicine. And his friends spoke of how devout he was in his Jewish faith as well as of his kindness and his zest for life. "He was just a good soul," one colleague and friend said. Now police are trying to determine why someone would walk into the urologist's Newport Beach offices and shoot him to death. Dr. Ronald Gilbert was killed Monday in an exam room of his practice in the heart of a bustling medical community, allegedly gunned down by a 75-year-old retired barber who recently told a neighbor that he had cancer and didn't expect to live much longer.
OPINION
June 22, 2012
Re "Community at odds over synagogue," June 18 Given that we have caring and religious people on one side (Chabad), and caring and religious people on the other side (the residents), isn't there room for common ground regarding the fight over the expansion of a Sherman Oaks synagogue? Some understanding of one another's needs? Chabad does great work in our communities. And the nearby Chandler Estates residents are entitled to some peace and quiet in their neighborhood.
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June 18, 2012 | Catherine Saillant
For two decades, Dee Tuntkavep has enjoyed a view of pine-shrouded Chandler Boulevard from the upstairs reading room of her Sherman Oaks home. Now all she sees are concrete walls two stories high -- the still-in-progress expansion of an Orthodox Jewish house of worship. In fact, plans for the upgraded Chabad of North Hollywood are for a structure nearly nine times the size of the prayer house it replaces. On its website, the Chabad gives thanks: "Divine Providence has finally shined down on this long-awaited project.
NEWS
May 26, 1989 | From Reuters
Anti-Semitic and Nazi slogans were daubed on the walls of a French synagogue Thursday, a day after the arrest of Paul Touvier, a fugitive World War II criminal. Roland Gerbi, head of the Jewish community in the Normandy city of Rouen, said the slogans "Death to Jews," "Bring Back the SS" and "Nazi Klan" were painted on the synagogue.
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January 24, 2012 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Facing the same dire fate as thousands of homeowners in the recession-flattened Inland Empire, a synagogue in Corona is battling a local bank to stave off foreclosure. Congregation Beth Shalom built a $1.4-million house of worship at the top of the real estate market in 2008, only to see income from donations plummet as regional unemployment soared. "No question, we took a hit on the amount of money coming in. We built at the worst possible time, like a lot of people around here," said congregation President Bruce Williams.
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May 24, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
A transient suspected of setting off a large explosive device outside a Santa Monica synagogue pleaded not guilty Monday in Los Angeles federal court to multiple felony charges in connection with the incident. A grand jury indictment accuses Ron Hirsch, 60, of four federal felony counts: use of an explosive to damage property, use of an explosive to commit a federal felony, use of a destructive device during and in relation to a crime of violence, and possession of an unregistered destructive device.
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