In 1990, a year out of the former Soviet Union, an unknown swimmer living in Los Angeles, Lenny Krayzelburg took part in the Maccabi Youth Games in Detroit.
Today, at 33, Krayzelburg is a retired Olympian, winner of four Olympic medals.
Today, he is still a Maccabiah athlete at heart.
On Sunday he was a featured speaker at the opening ceremonies, above, held in Madison Square Garden, of the 2009 JCC Maccabi Games.
Marlene Adler Marks, a columnist for the Jewish Journal in Los Angeles who gave a Jewish spin to such topics as politics and personal relationships, and finally to her battle with lung cancer, died last week at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 54.
A New York native, she began writing her column, "A Woman's Voice," about the death of her husband when she was named managing editor of the Jewish Journal in 1987.
Over the years, her column became a fixture in the Los Angeles Jewish community.
On his first visit to New York City after the Sept. 11 attacks a year ago, Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin, from Los Angeles, was talking with some fellow Lubavitchers about a Jewish response to terrorism.
"What would the rebbe do?" one of the chasidim asked, referring to the late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, leader of the Chabad movement.
"The rebbe would give New York City a gift," was the answer.
The chief rabbi of Moscow, in the United States during the shooting attack at a Jewish community center near Los Angeles last week, was distressed by the anti-Semitic incident, but encouraged by the forceful reaction of American political leaders.
Russian leaders are silent about recent outbreaks of anti-Semitism in Moscow, he says.
A man who likes extinct languages, Mel Gibson had a chance to practice his Latin this summer — he made several mea culpas.
Following his drunken, sexist, profane, anti-Semitic tirade in Malibu in July, the actor-director apologized to the police officers who arrested him. He apologized in a general public statement for saying “despicable” things. He apologized “specifically to everyone in the Jewish community,” to “those who have been hurt and offended by those words.”
Stuart Wolfer, who grew up in Dix Hills, L.I., surprised his parents on a visit back home during his freshman year in college when he announced he was going to join the ROTC military training program and eventually serve in the U.S. Army.
“We’re not army people. This is not your personality,” his father, Len, told him.
“I only go around once. I want to try everything,” Stuart Wolfer answered.
A middle-aged school administrator in Los Angeles, Hershey Fellig has been battling kidney failure for five years. Feeling tired each day, he was following a strict diet, taking a regimen of pills, waiting for a kidney donor and praying that someone would call with good news. A year ago someone called. Lauren Finkelstein, a stranger from New York, told Fellig she’d help get him a donor.
New Haven, Conn. — For a long time Yale University was not a good place to be a Jewish student. The WASPy Ivy League school here maintained a Jewish quota from the 1920s until the ‘50s, limiting the number of Jews to 10 percent of the undergraduate class.
A few Jews were hanging around Los Angeles’ City Hall, a can in their hands, asking for money the other day.
You’ll soon be able to see their appeal on TV.
Marlee Matlin, Jonathan Silverman and three other actors made their pitch as part of “Live Generously,” an advertising campaign coordinated by United Jewish Communities.
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