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warns residents about, are professionals. Latta said a good estimate is that just 1 in 10 panhandlers are actually homeless and in need of service. The areas most frequented by panhandlers are the business triangle and Beverly Drive, Latta said. “Elevator lobbies, entrances or exits of City-owned parking structures are currently the most popular place for panhandlers to set up shop,” Latta said, adding sidewalk cafes and outside dining areas are also targets. Panhandling is protected by the First amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the City does have an ordinance that regulates aggressive panhandling that has been in effect since 2007. The ordinance prohibits panhandling within-15 feet of open air dining, ATM’s, designated bus stops, on public bus-

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inventive and to try to tell stories,” he told The Courier. “I always tell my students, ‘Write the story only you can tell.’” As independent films continue to trend away from theatres, Landau said it was critical for emerging screenwriters to create nuanced complex characters that navigate within

es, elevator lobbies, entrances and exists of City-owned parking structures. Latta said panhandling increases according to weather and season and said the City is expecting a bump in panhandlers during the holiday season. The City heightened its panhandling efforts, Latta said, in March 2010 when a local homeless man was found dead. He repeatedly rejected offers from the City to help him apply for benefits and obtain housing. A local business allowed him to stay in their alley and people gave him enough spare change to manage day-to-day. Latta says that as residents are out shopping and dining this holiday season, they should simply say “not today” or “no thank you” if approached by a panhandler. If the individual becomes aggressive, residents are encouraged to call Beverly Hills Police Dispatch at (310) 5504951. original stories. “Movies are the universal language,” he said. Following a talk and a Q&A, Landau will sign his newest book, The Screenwriter’s Roadmap: 21 Ways To Jumpstart Your Story. Samuel French is located at 7623 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90046. For more information, visit www.neillandau.com.

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has been leading monthly prayer services for women at the Wall for over two decades, sent shock waves throughout the Jewish community when it became known that she was stripped searched by police following her arrest. According to Geller, it’s just the tip of the iceberg about a divisive internal issue in Israel in the wake of inevitable social change. “This is a symbolic issue and also an issue of what public space means in Israel,” she told The Courier. “The way to engage change is through working together in conversations, not through confrontation.” The Western Wall or Kotel, constructed around 3,300 years ago, is the most holy place for Jews to pray in the world. Run by a group of ultraOrthodox rabbis that oversees the segregation of men and women and forbids women to wear prayer shawls, the concrete holy place is the epicenter of a theological gap in Israel between modern and traditional Jews. “It seems to me that the Kotel is the end of the process,” B'Nai David-Judea Rabbi Yosef

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rently living in Good Shepherd Center’s four residence. Over the past 28 years, the Center

Kanefsky said. “For Israeli society to have coherence, the society has to understand…what it’s fighting for, what it stands for.” Modern society doesn’t segregate men and women. “Orthodoxy is too difficult for modern people,” Kanefsky added. Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi Dovid Eliezrie disagreed. “We’re seeing a shift to a greater sense of tradition and religiosity,” he said. And while what was done to Hoffman was “disgusting,” he said, she still was breaking tradition. “If you sever religion from state, it would undermine the very core of Jewish identity, which would weaken the core of the Jewish state,” Eliezrie said. In response to the clear need for unity among the Jewish people, Siegel announced that he would be putting together a task force to engage the community. “It’s a complex, sensitive reality that we need to work through,” he said. “It takes time for a culture to accommodate change.” Siegel is himself an emblem of change. The consul general’s father was the second Conservative rabbi in Israel. Tohas helped over 25,000 women and children. For more information visit www.gschomeless.org. The Crocker Club is locat-

November 30, 2012 | Page 11 day there are 120. Likewise, Hoffman, who is today executive director of Israel Religious Action Center, represents change. A champion swimmer who grew up in a secular household in Israel, it wasn’t until she came to UCLA to swim and got involved with Hillel that she discovered that an alternative to Orthodox Judiasm existed – and it was one that she embraced wholeheartedly. Rabbi Nicole Guzik, director of Sinai Temple Israel, said changing the attitudes and policies in Israel are important for future generations. “It’s hard as a rabbi to teach contradictions to our children,” she said, referencing how Jewish American women are taught to wear prayer shawls when they pray but are instructed to remove them when visiting the wall. Geller said she anticipated there would be more town halls at the Beverly Hills congregation known for putting together important community events, such as having the governor speak on Yom Kippur. “The community really cares about this issue,” she said.

ed at 435 S. Spring Street, os Angeles, CA 90013. On Friday, the Govans will visit the Center to distribute the toys to the children.

BH Courier 11-30-12 E-edition  
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Beverly Hills Courier November 30, 2012 E-edition