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  • A New Beginning

    By Lionel Bell

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    It has been a long time since I last communicated with you, the larger Jewish community, through this space in the Jewish Journal. The reason for this hiatus was because I felt it was important for something truly extraordinary to happen before presuming upon your time. Now that...
  • Live and Be Well

    By Barbara Shapiro

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Susan Fishbein was a clumsy child. She couldn't climb stairs without falling. She was always dropping things, always spilling things when she poured. In 1983, after a bout with pneumonia, Fishbein, then a 33-year-old mother of two, living in Erdenhiem, Del., began falling more...
  • The Charter Reform Debate

    By Ruth Galanter

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The Los Angeles of today is the United States of tomorrow. We are a big city, a vibrant city, a rapidly changing city. We are fortunate to have the cleanest big-city government in the country. Our current charter provides a system of governing ourselves that encourages flexibility,...
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  • Stepping Down

    By Tom Tugend

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Dr. Michael Berenbaum last week stepped down as president and chief executive officer of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, established by Steven Spielberg five years ago, following the universal success of his film "Schindler's List."

    The Shoah Foundation has not...

  • Serving Community and Continuity

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    For Herb and Beverly Gelfand, the turning point came in the form of a population study. According to a census survey, the intermarriage rate among Jews in America had approached an all-time high of 52 percent. The sobering news motivated the Gelfands to rededicate their public lives...
  • Always, The Next Generation

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    I suppose it comes under the heading of accident and happenstance, but the response last week of The Jewish Federation to the plight of the Kosovar refugees seems to me very much on target. The Federation's staff and leaders acted quickly and effectively. There was relatively little...
  • European Jews Debate Identity

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Nearly 600 Jewish community leaders and representatives from 39 countries gathered here over the weekend for what they described as a major step toward the goal of creating a new European Jewish identity.

    Organizers and participants at the first General Assembly of the European...

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