Ruth Andrew Ellenson


‘Progressive’ Shmatte King, Sweatshop Foe, Faces Workers’ Protests Over Harassment

By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

LOS ANGELES — Dov Charney, founder and CEO of American Apparel, has been hailed by Jewish anti-sweatshop activists as a pioneer in the fair treatment of garment workers in an industry plagued by allegations of substandard working conditions. But now his reputation is taking a hit with allegations of sexual harassment.AmericanRead More


Putting the Fun in Fundamentalism

By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

Born-again Christian youth pastor Shari Putney is standing at the top of a stairway outside a theater in Hollywood, Calif., presiding over a group of young adults, decked out in a sequined, pale-blue mother-of-the-bride dress and a huge diamond cross. Clearly subscribing to the theory that the higher the hair, the closer to God, PutneyRead More


At Summer Camp, a Time To Learn, Dance and Sing

By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

Many adults wax nostalgic about their childhood summers spent at camp, roasting marshmallows, playing games and learning to swim. But for the young adults attending the Brandeis Collegiate Institute this summer, going to camp is a strictly grown-up affair.Since 1941, the institute has been helping men and women immerse themselves in Jewish thoughtRead More


Iranian Jew Nabbed In L.A. Shul Arsons

By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

LOS ANGELES — Alarmed at a string of recent arson attacks against synagogues and other religious institutions in the affluent San Fernando Valley, residents of this city were relieved last weekend when a suspect was arrested — and then shocked when the suspect was identified as a Jewish immigrant from Iran.Farshid Tehrani, 40, is accusedRead More


Spirituality Center To Breathe Its Last?

By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

LOS ANGELES — Metivta, an educational institute that channeled New Age-style spiritual energies into the study and practice of Judaism, will close its doors and suspend its programming later this month, in a financial meltdown that has shocked many here with its swiftness.The threatened closure is the latest step in a series of emergencyRead More






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