Jewish Journal

David Evanier

  • Women of the Shoah

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Seventy elementary, high school and middle school teachers, principals, counselors and psychologists gathered Jan. 18 at the Museum of the Holocaust for the first of four sessions in the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) 18th Annual Teacher-Training Workshop on the Holocaust, titled...

  • A Decrease in Vigilance

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A conference on genetic diseases held by the Cultural Foundation of Habib Levy in November led The Journal to examine the Jewish community's reduced state of awareness about genetic testing for prospective parents. During the past 30 years, large-scale genetic screening of Ashkenazi...

  • Bedside Manner

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Scott Braunstein sits in a hospital room with Sam Bottleman, 91, on the Sunday of Chanukah. Bottleman has a neck brace and a deep wound on his head after falling down 12 steps in his apartment building the day before. Braunstein, 27, a resident in internal medicine at...

  • Parents Sue Over Canavan Test Patent

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The families of children with Canavan disease are suing the researchers who found the gene responsible for the illness, using blood and tissue from two children in Chicago and other children who died of the disease. The researchers received a patent for it in 1977. Daniel and Debbie...

  • Legacy of a Quiet Giant

    December 21, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Black and Jewish legislators, colleagues and friends of Rep. Julian C. Dixon, who died on Dec. 8 at the age of 66, spoke to The Journal this week about a man they regarded as a bridge-builder -- a quiet and unassuming but highly gifted and dedicated champion of civil rights and...

  • Teaching Cops Tolerance

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    There's enough work to go around for everyone in teaching tolerance and diversity to law enforcement in California, according to the Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

    The ADL's A World of Difference program, which targets law enforcement personnel, among...

  • Forgive, But Don’t Forget

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Alan Lachtman began Shabbat services at Temple Beth David in Temple City on Dec. 8 by having the children's choir sing "Light One Candle," a song by Peter, Paul and Mary. The song had symbolic meanings, both positive and destructive, for the congregation. Twenty years ago, on...

  • Twenty-First-Century Racist

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Until he was indicted in San Diego last week on charges of harassing a Jewish congressman, a Latino mayor and two other officials, Alexander James Curtis thought he was one of the smartest racists around, smarter than the police and the federal government.

    Curtis, a 25-year-old former...

  • Butterfly Ballot Blues

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Politicos and machers who had given heart and soul (and a lot of cash, in some cases) to their respective candidates saw conspiracy, fraud or betrayal in the ballot crisis in Florida this week. Feeling ran strong, but no one was willing to predict whether Bush or Gore would turn out...

  • Majoring in Courage

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    These are tense days for the Los Angeles parents of Jewish students studying at Israeli universities and yeshivas. Their sons and daughters are among some 4,000 Americans studying in Israel this year in a wide range of programs. Major universities, yeshivas, kibbutzim, the Israel...

  • A Beacon of Hope

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Carlanna is a young woman who was paralyzed in a car accident in high school. She is now a producer with the "Judge Judy" show. Alex is a qualified doctor from the Ukraine who cannot work in his profession here. He is now a highly successful radiology technician. Irene was a newly...

  • Campaign 2000: Jewish Stake in the DA’s Race

    October 19, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Gil Garcetti is down but not out, at least among his Jewish supporters. With the district attorney race between Garcetti and Steve Cooley heating up, Jewish community activists are still strongly behind him, even as he faces what polls and pundits are calling a fight to the finish....

  • Coalition Politics That Work

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "It's almost magical," said Jon Friedman, a Democratic activist, of the effective coalition politics waged by the 47th Assembly District Committee. The committee, which covers a wide rectangular area including Culver City and the South Fairfax and Beverlywood neighborhoods, and...

  • Profile of a Centrist Democrat

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein is an enlightened pragmatist, a politician anchored in reality, bent on getting things done with lucid assessments of problems and situations. She speaks with clarity, flexibility and openness, and radiates a sense of rationality and good will.

    A centrist...

  • Not a Knock, a ‘Nudge’

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    These days, doing the right thing as an entertainment industry player is heavy with political overtones, as Republican and Democratic candidates have made campaign fodder out of the industry's product. Last Monday night, presidential candidate Al Gore and his running mate, Sen....

  • Hollywood Jews and the FTC Report

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Leading Jewish Hollywood executives and directors responded with a sense of shame this week to the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) report criticizing the marketing of media violence to minors. Reached by phone, they spoke with The Jewish Journal about how they struggled to reconcile...

  • Jewish Republicans Assess Bush

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Cold, hot, lukewarm - two months shy of the November election, local Jewish Republicans are still conflicted about the man at the head of their party's ticket. A sampling of attitudes indicates a wide range of attitudes toward Gov. George W. Bush.

    Those who are most supportive anchor...

  • Not Just Another Pretty Face

    August 31, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Tom Campbell, the freshly scrubbed, bright and articulate Republican senatorial candidate, works the room of elderly Jews at Fairfax Towers retirement home like a pro, just as he did the Hadassah convention a month ago. But there's something wrong with this rosy picture. Who would...

  • ‘Strange Fruit’ and Stalinism

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
    Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
    Black body swinging in the Southern breeze,
    Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

    David Margolick, writer of books and articles on legal issues for The New York Times and Vanity Fair, has hit a raw...

  • Backing Gore

    August 10, 2000 | 7:59 pm

    What a difference a day makes. When Al Gore chose Joe Lieberman as his running mate on Monday morning, he transformed the Jewish community's attitude toward him from one of bemusement and perplexity to a clear affirmation. Gore had seemed distant and abstract. Overnight he changed...

  • Conventioneer Confidential

    July 27, 2000 | 7:59 pm

    They are a grass-roots activist, a lawyer, a professional Democratic Party leader, and a grandmother who got her law degree at 62. They are all going to the Democratic National Convention. Some have gone to conventions for 50 years, and some are going for the first time. For all of...

  • Making a Difference

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There was a time, I realize now, when I doubted that one individual could make a difference; that is, a real difference in the lives of others. It was the system, the institutions, the economy, I told myself and others; it was social forces, wars, history itself that affected our...

  • The Jewish Cop

    June 22, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    3:45 a.m. I am walking down a very dark, silent alleyway in Oakwood, a two-square-mile, mostly low-income community in Venice, behind police officer Robert Eisenhart. A 16-year-old boy, a member of the Venice Shoreline Crips gang, has been shot in the shoulder and in the middle of...

  • Breaking the Silence:

    May 4, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Frank Nikbakht dates his decision to speak out about the realities of Jewish life in Iran to 1998. "The mainstream Jewish thinking both in Iran and in the American Jewish Iranian community in the U.S. was this," he recalls: "If you openly protest one killing of a Jew, then they will...