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  • Charitable Legacy Lives On

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Mickey Weiss, everybody's favorite mensch and philanthropist, diedmore than a year ago, but his good works go on.

    His most lasting monument is the Charitable Distribution Facility,which he and his wife Edna established 10 years ago. Since then, theFacility has routed millions of...

  • Building Your

    By Linda Feldman

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    My years inSanta Cruz are measured by the Jewish calendar. Through a coincidenceof dates, I arrived in 1995 the night before erev Rosh Hashanah. Butit was no accident that I joined Temple Beth El by fax from LosAngeles. Murray Baumgarten -- a man whom I had never met but whosename...

  • Common Ground

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    My little Long Island town had two shuls: ourConservative synagogue close to home and the one we called the"other," across town. My parents never mentioned it by name. The shulwas Reform.

    The "other" shul, smaller than ours and locatedoff a main highway, symbolized everything...

  • Psychology at the U.J.

    By Beverly Gray

    October 23, 1997 | 7:59 pm

    The campus of the University of Judaism where Lutzker'sclasses are taught

    Sometimes we all need a good nudge before we do the right thing.Nearly 10 years ago, when the University of Judaism approached Dr.John Lutzker to head its fledgling psychology department, he broachedthe...

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  • Bittersweet Melodies

    By Diane Arieff

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Teacher and student: Hal Robinson and Justin Kirk (atpiano).

    The Geffen Playhouse's new season opens on a memorable note withJon Marans' intelligent and bittersweet two-character drama, "OldWicked Songs," a finalist for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize. This WestCoast production features...

  • Letters

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I am writing in response to Rabbi David Eliezrie ("It's Time to Talk," Oct. 3). I don't think he is being true to the teaching of the Torah when he manipulates facts and figures to attack other rabbis who are not Orthodox and says his way is the only way. How many times throughout...
  • Life’s a Mixed Bag

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Life's a Mixed Bag

    Who shall live? Who shall die? And what do weleave each other? Here are three whose lives touched mine, gone thisyear. Their names are part of my Yizkor prayers.

    Elizabeth Hobson was lying in her bed at NewYork's Lenox Hill Hospital when I saw her a few...

  • Back in Thyme

    By Rob Eshman

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Israel's newest weapon in its battle for economic well-being andworldwide acceptance is a tall, thin New Yorker with a great lambrecipe.

    Her name is Rozanne Gold. New Yorkers know Gold because, whilestill in her 20s, she served as the personal chef for the city's thenmayor, Ed Koch....

  • ‘If She Couldn’t Pay, She Couldn’t Pray’

    By Michael Barclay

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    As a Jew in his early 30s,I have had many different experiences of beauty and pain during theTen Days of Awe, ranging from the first time I started to reallyunderstand the implications of being on trial for my life, to thefirst Yizkor after my father's death. Yet last year, I...

  • Murder Sparks U.S.-Israel Flap

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Amid the bizarre string of foreign-policy fiascos in which Israelfound itself mired as it greeted the new year, surely none was quiteso bizarre as the case of runaway teenager Samuel Sheinbein ofMaryland.

    Sheinbein, 17, a high school senior from Montgomery County, anaffluent suburb...

  • And Now, For Something CompletelyDifferent

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Some years ago, when I was in my "Jew In theLotus" phase of spiritual development, I approached the rabbi duringthe break in the High Holiday services.

    "The problem with Jewish prayer," Isaid, filled with the chutzpah of one with nothing to lose, "is thatit's stiff and static....

  • Honey History

    By Rob Eshman

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Hello, honey. This is the time ofyear when honey shines our apples, sweetens our cakes, and slicks ourlips and tongues. Straightforward talisman of a sweet year to come,honey appears and reappears in the course of High Holiday meals.

    We will eat our honey tossed with rounds of...

  • Yamim Noraim

    By Adam Gilad

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "Yamim Noraim" -- it's usually translated as "Daysof Awe." But you wouldn't be wrong to translate it as "Awful Days." Iface them with dread.

    I have enlightened my holy days in big revivaltents in Woodstock, wondering if I liked the glib convenience of thecall for "at-one-ment." I...

  • Jewish Values That You Can Dance To

    By Diane Arieff

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    As long as there have beenfamilies, campfires and stories to tell, there have been songs thatchildren love. But it's only in recent decades that "children'smusic" has mushroomed into a separate growth industry, complete withits own concert tours, TV tie-in shows and recognizable...

  • Lifting the Language Barrier

    By Beverly Gray

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    In the past, when members of Los Angeles Hebrew High School's student body applied for foreign language credits at their home high schools, some were routinely turned down. This despite the fact that they had spent the school year studying Hebrew intensively three times a week, in...
  • An Uncomfortable Line

    By Eric Silver

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The door of Irving Moskowitz's home near the Montefiore windmill in Yemin Moshe, Jerusalem's first Jewish neighborhood built outside the ancient walls a century ago, was barred and bolted. The shutters were sealed. A gossipy neighbor said the owners were seldom there, two or three...
  • The ‘Disappearance’of Ya’acov Schwartz

    By Larry Derfner

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    On Sept. 10, the day Secretary of State Madeleine Albright arrived in Israel, the country became preoccupied with another event: the disappearance of Ya'acov Schwartz. Police said that they suspected the 63-year-old Schwartz, whose car was found abandoned near the Gaza Strip, had...
  • Our Message to Israel

    By Diane Arieff

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Just hours after the news broke that an elite Israeli commandounit had been wiped out in Lebanon, Shula is sobbing over thetelephone from her apartment in Givatayim. Her son -- a paratroopernow in Lebanon -- is due to finish his army service in November. "Ican't take it anymore,"...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Untitled, by Rose Mandel, 1947. Photofrom Catalogue of Pacific Dreams (Armand Hammer Museum 1995)

    Middle-Aged Marriage

    Dear Deborah,

    Why is it so much more difficult to recover fromour middle-age marital difficulties than it was when we were in our20s? We used to be able to...

  • Yale vs. the Orthodox

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Rachel Wohlgelernter

    Last week, Yale freshman Rachel Wohlgelernter of Los Angeles stoodwith her fiancé before a justice of the peace in Manhattan andwas civilly married.

    She wore her everyday clothes.

    When the bride and groom were pronounced man and wife, they didnot embrace or kiss...

  • My Bronx Tale

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    It's been 20 years since I last saw my cousin Mel. If weever had a personal conversation, I don't recall it. We keep in touchvia our parents, rumor substituting for facts in our extended familylife. Mel's father, Ben, died a few years ago; I never even sent himcondolences.

    A few...

  • Zionism 101

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Avrum Burg (left, chairman of the Jewish Agency, spoke at theconference.

    Photos by Peter Halmagyi


    Organizers of last weekend's "Celebration of Israel" conference inSanta Monica had cause to be elated after a day of talking aboutZionism. More than 400 people, drawn primarily from...

  • Treading Water

    By Eric Silver

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Madeleine Albright left behind a Middle East that's more fearful than when she arrived on Sept. 10 to salvage the peace process. In her first official visit, the secretary of state failed to restore even a modicum of trust between Israelis and Palestinians, or to coax the Syrians...
  • Tailor-Made

    By Rob Eshman

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    State and federal inspectors spoke at the inaugural meeting ofthe Los Angeles Jewish Commission on Sweatshops. Photo bySlobodan Dimitrov


    You could understand why the guys along the wall were concerned.There they sat, stone-faced and straightbacked, in the room's bestsuits, looking...

  • The Story Behind Us

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    On the fourth Thursday of each November, we gather around a table laden with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pie, and we tell a story:

    In 1620, our Pilgrim ancestors escaped the tyranny of the Old World and braved a treacherous journey to find freedom on the shores of this...

  • Trial by Humor

    By Linda Feldman

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A few Sundays ago, while a tropicalFlorida rainstorm raged outside, my second cousin Laura,granddaughter of my aunt Ruthie, married Geraldo Morales, in aceremony led by a pastor who quoted Jeremiah and mentioned Jesus onlyonce (we were all counting). The groom's family was dressed in...

  • A Perfect Union

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Complete with a ketubah signing, champagne, speeches and a few tears, the installation of Rabbi Michael Beals at B'nai Tikvah Congregation in Westchester seemed more like a wedding. More than 300 people attended the Sept. 7 event. Among the speakers were Rabbi Elliot Dorff, rector of...
  • War Stories

    By Diane Arieff

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Like any other visitor to Israel, Stephanie Liss has apretty collection of souvenirs from her travels. Jerusalem potteryand metal Judaica decorate her comfortable San Fernando Valleyapartment. But appearances can be deceiving.

    The true breadth, depth and danger of her forays into...

  • Flower Tower

    By Rob Eshman

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I'm sitting in front of Bernie and Ed Massey's television set,choking back tears.

    On screen plays a video about the brothers' latest public artproject. Among the powerful scenes, Ed Massey, the artist, helps aterminally ill boy of 6 paint a flowered panel. The colorful panelwill...

  • Cleared of Charges?

    By Tom Tugend

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Charges against a Brooklyn Chassidic rabbi of groping a 15-year-old girl during a transpacific flight were part of an extortion plot and will be dismissed by federal prosecutors.

    So states prominent Washington attorney Nathan Lewin, who's representing Rabbi Israel Grunwald, leader of...

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