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  • An Argument for Jewish Vegetarianism

    By Jane Ulman

    July 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "If God had wanted us to be vegetarians, he wouldn't have invented animals," announces Zack, my 15-year-old carnivorous son.

    He turns the large steak that's sizzling on the outdoor barbecue for him and his brothers, Gabe, 12, and Jeremy, 10. My husband's piece of fish is relegated to...

  • Long Overdue

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Abigail Yasgur has a vision for the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles.

    "Why can't the library serve as a civic hub?" the director of library and information services asks. "Why not be a storefront for the [Jewish] Federation [of Greater Los Angeles], like Jewish Vocational...

  • Wanting What the West Has

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When people talk about the San Fernando Valley, non-residents may envision a vast sea of shiny new homes and retail areas, schools and parks, joined seamlessly by a pathway of soccer moms driving sports utility vehicles.

    In reality, there are two Valleys -- the one where the...

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  • In Their Rightful Place

    By Tom Tugend

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The first part, titled "Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honor," forbade marriage and sexual relations between Jews and "citizens of German blood." (This section contains the only handwritten change in the typed text, when someone crossed out the word "sexual" in...
  • My Problem with the ZOA

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Scarcely a week goes by without a barrage of press releases -- one-two-three, pow, pow, pow -- from the ZOA (Zionist Organization of America) shooting across my desk. It is always alarm day, or eternal vigilance, or Israel's enemies at the gates.

    Recently, the call to arms concerned...

  • Opening New Chapters

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The National Jewish Coalition for Literacy, which arrives in L.A. this summer, began with a dose of chutzpah.

    Several years ago, Leonard Fein, the founder of Moment Magazine, heard President Clinton call for one-million volunteer reading tutors to help public school children in grades...

  • Joan Hyler’s Class Acts

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 24, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Joan Hyler sees her life in five acts. A bit like Shakespeare.

    It's a dramatic arc that's taken her from working as a top agent in Hollywood to setting up shop as a high-powered manager and producer with three offices around town. Smack in the middle of Act III, the woman who's...

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