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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1992 | JOHN DART
Two synagogues that merged last July under the new name of Adat Shorashim have decided to dissolve their relationship because of what spokesmen called a clash of personalities and ideas. The 520-family Temple Ner Maarav of Encino had moved in with Congregation Beth Ami, a 320-family synagogue in Reseda, in anticipation of building a $5.5-million facility for the merged synagogue on land owned by Ner Maarav in Encino.
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NEWS
April 5, 2000 | From Reuters
Two brothers accused of murdering a gay couple were arraigned Tuesday on charges of torching three Sacramento-area synagogues and a building housing an abortion clinic. Benjamin Matthew Williams, 31, and James Tyler Williams, 30, pleaded not guilty to last summer's attacks, which caused more than $1 million in damage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1989 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
Only about 25% of the half-million Jews in the Los Angeles area are members of synagogues--the lowest percentage of Jewish congregational affiliation in an American urban area--despite wide-ranging opportunities for worship. Jewish religious trends seen nationwide are especially evident in Los Angeles, said Rabbi Jack Simcha Cohen, president of the Southern California Board of Rabbis. "More and more Jews are almost voluntarily giving up their religion . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1994 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dana and Jonathan Greenspan want a synagogue where son Daniel can celebrate his bar mitzvah, the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony for 13-year-olds. But they recently moved to Westlake Village and are unfamiliar with what's available in the west San Fernando Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1997 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Synagogues in the growing area from Calabasas to Thousand Oaks are usually in a polite competition for new members before the High Holy Days. But this year the Conservative, Orthodox and Reform temples also have banded together in a united front against a newcomer--a Jewish congregation that believes in Jesus as the Messiah.
NEWS
June 19, 1999 | MARK GLADSTONE and VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Arsonists attacked three synagogues early Friday, gutting a library and leaving leaflets at two of the houses of worship blaming Jews for the war in Kosovo. The worst of the damage was at 150-year-old Congregation B'nai Israel, which calls itself the oldest synagogue in the West. The Reform synagogue's library housing tapes and other materials on Jewish history was blackened, its contents destroyed. The early morning fires caused nearly $1 million in damage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1995 | KAY HWANGBO and JOHN DART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday ordered an Orthodox Jewish congregation to close a synagogue, which has been operating illegally in a two-bedroom house in a residential neighborhood of Encino, by the end of October. The Sephardic Jewish Center began holding weekly services in a 1,000-square-foot house near the corner of Ventura Boulevard and Lindley Avenue four years ago without getting city permission to operate a house of worship in a residential zone.
NEWS
July 17, 1993 | MARLA CONE and DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Rabbi Michael Mayersohn of Temple Beth David isn't politically active, and he isn't particularly outspoken or visible in the community. So when he learned that a white supremacist had allegedly targeted his synagogue, he was reminded with startling clarity that people face random hatred and violence solely because of their religion or race. "I've been aware of the organized groups in this area," the rabbi said. "But the possibility that we were targeted certainly did surprise me.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The founding family of 77-year-old Temple B'nai B'rith has donated $2 million to the synagogue, its largest gift ever. Daniel Hochman, a grandson of founding temple members Lester and Viola Girsh, said his family was inspired to give the gift so the temple can continue its work "from generation to generation," in good times and bad. Congregation B'nai B'rith will dedicate the temple sanctuary in the family's name during a celebration May 14.
NEWS
October 7, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Vandals attacked a synagogue for the second time in a week during Judaism's holiest time of year, as a spiral of hate-fueled violence persisted despite condemnations by political leaders and Germany's reborn Jewish community. No one was injured in the rock-throwing in Berlin's western Kreuzberg neighborhood. It followed the attempted firebombing of a synagogue in Duesseldorf on Monday night.
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