Jewish Journal

  • To Break the Chains

    By Julie G Fax

    May 25, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Hollywood met Jerusalem this Mother's Day, when the tennis court at the north Beverly Hills home of bestselling authors Jonathan and Faye Kellerman was transformed into a Tel Aviv rabbinic court hearing the ugly details of a divorce gone awry.

    Three rabbis sat in judgment, 200...

  • From Fandom to ‘Phantom’

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It all began when Steve Cisneros, as an 11th grader at La Mirada High School, was exposed to the plays of his English teacher, Bruce Gevirtzman.

    For 27 years, Gevirtzman has been teaching honors English and American literature at the high school. And for 25 of those years, he has...

  • A New Hope

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Janet's nightmare began when her 14-year-old daughter, Susan, began to earn failing grades, use drugs and exhibit the first violent signs of emerging bipolar disorder.

    By age 16, she had threatened her mother with a knife, carved "I'm ugly" in two-inch-high letters on her leg and slit...

  • For the Children

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "What do we want?" asked the speaker.
    "Common sense gun laws!" came the response.
    "When do we want them?"
    "NOW!" roared the crowd.
    Combining the high spirits of a pep rally with the solemnity of a memorial service, some 2,500 people massedSunday morning in front of the Federal Building...

  • New Leadership

    By Tom Tugend

    May 11, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Dr. Gary J. Schiller is an associate professor at UCLA, so perhaps it is not surprising that the new chairman of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust puts education and research at the top of his agenda.Schiller's accession also marks a generational change. The son of a...

  • Alive and Well

    May 11, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Aaron Paley, Los Angeles' impresario of Yiddish, finds his job is easier these days. He no longer has to work quite so hard to prove that Yiddish is not dead."Two years ago, it was like pulling teeth to convince people why Yiddish language and culture is important," says the director...

  • Terror, Again

    By J.J. Goldberg

    May 11, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Nothing much happened in Los Angeles last week to mark it as a special week in Jewish history. Ditto for Chicago and Sacramento, Calif.

    No, it was pretty much a normal week in all three cities. Kids read their bar and bat mitzvah portions. A few couples got married. Folks gathered,...

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