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January 14, 1993 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For months, members of the Mogen Abraham synagogue knew that Rabbi Abraham Low was in deep financial trouble. Having launched an ambitious talmudical academy on top of his synagogue's usual obligations, he found it impossible to pay back millions of dollars in loans from wealthy congregants, sources in the Orthodox Jewish community said. As a result, some members left the synagogue, which Low's father-in-law founded in the 1950s as a refuge for European immigrants.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1994 | MATHIS CHAZANOV
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, comes early this year. Very early. Earlier than it has for 18 years. So early, in fact, that it catches congregants winding up their summer vacations. And now the rush is on. The rush to shop for a nice new outfit. The rush to lay in a supply of gefilte fish, turkey, brisket and honey cake. The rush to get tickets for the synagogue services that always bring in the biggest crowds of the year.
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December 18, 1991 | STEVE EMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You can tell Mendel Duchman's story in 25 words or less: Brooklyn boy decides to become a rabbi and do great things. He makes a big splash in Irvine, but later things don't go so good. There's a little more to it than that, of course. The last of the lawsuits has been settled. And the congregation at Chabad of Irvine Jewish Center, once in danger of dissolving, is rebuilding and looking for ways to pay off its estimated half-million-plus dollars of debt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1993 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For months, members of the Mogen Abraham synagogue knew that Rabbi Abraham Low was in deep financial trouble. Having launched an ambitious talmudical academy on top of his synagogue's usual obligations, he found it impossible to pay back millions of dollars in loans from wealthy congregants, sources in the Orthodox Jewish community said. As a result, some members left the synagogue, which Low's father-in-law founded in the 1950s as a refuge for European immigrants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1994 | MATHIS CHAZANOV
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, comes early this year. Very early. Earlier than it has for 18 years. So early, in fact, that it catches congregants winding up their summer vacations. And now the rush is on. The rush to shop for a nice new outfit. The rush to lay in a supply of gefilte fish, turkey, brisket and honey cake. The rush to get tickets for the synagogue services that always bring in the biggest crowds of the year.
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December 18, 1991 | STEVE EMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You can tell Mendel Duchman's story in 25 words or less: Brooklyn boy decides to become a rabbi and do great things. He makes a big splash in Irvine, but later things don't go so good. There's a little more to it than that, of course. The last of the lawsuits has been settled. And the congregation at Chabad of Irvine Jewish Center, once in danger of dissolving, is rebuilding and looking for ways to pay off its estimated half-million-plus dollars of debt.
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