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  • The Chosen Beer

    By Rob Eshman

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    He-Brew has a microbrewery bite and a hip Jewish identity

    By Robert Eshman, Associate Editor

    One day, a tall, youthful Stanford grad named Jeremy Cowan decidedthat it was time to chuck his career in computers and create the verything human society lacked most: a Jewish beer.

    The idea...

  • Power, Politics & People

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Steven Grossman, chair of the Democratic National Committee, appeared at Tufts University in Boston recently to talk with students about his party's future. It was, he reported later, one of the most enthusiastic audiences he has faced in awhile -- 150 young people, eager to learn...
  • Education Adopting a More Accepting Attitude

    By Beverly Gray

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Debra has always known she's adopted. At the age of 6 months, shecame into the lives of a couple I'll call the Rubins, who welcomedher with open arms. Now a feisty fifth-grader, she has the run of ahousehold filled with music, pets and love. But as she approachespuberty, her parents...

  • Where Do We Go From Here?

    By Rob Eshman

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Can't we all just get along? Reviewing the events of the pastyear in our community, the answer seems to be: just barely. For theChinese, this has been the Year of the Rooster. For Los AngelesJewry, let's call it the Year of the Grudge.

    The big stories of the year were not Jew vs....

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  • This Week’s Burst of Mideast Diplomacy

    By Diane Arieff

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    This week's burst of Mideast diplomacy, which included the first face-to-face meetings between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in almost a year and an impromptu Oval Office summit, reflected a shift in tactics in the U.S. effort to break the...

  • Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Around this time of the year, Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz, wearing his "Grateful Yid" T-shirt and baseball cap, offers an alternative to the legions of Los Angeles Jews, who wonder whether to spring anywhere from $100 to $400 for a High Holy Days synagogue admission.

    Schwartzie, as he is...

  • Passing the Torch

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Left to right: President Bill Clinton and Andrew Friedman, LongBeach California, Feb. 1996


    Passing the Torch

    Two years after Yitzhak Rabin's assasination, his legacycontinues in the internationally-recognized activism of a Brentwoodhigh school senior

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior...

  • Letters

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Happily and coincidentally, I was at the Toward Traditionconference in Washington D.C. described by Judy Gruen ("One People:Religious Christians and Jews," Oct. 17), as well as the JewishPolicy Center meeting in San Diego discussed by Gene Lichtenstein ("IHear Mermaids Singing:...

  • In Times of Sorrow

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Ceramic bas relief by Albert Greenberg


    "I am sure," said Sinai Temple's Rabbi DavidWolpe in his Rosh Hashanah sermon, "that in almost every pulpit inAmerica from whatever denomination rabbis are speaking about theterrible strife we are enduring -- Jew against Jew, as well as Jewagainst Arab -- in the Land of Israel." ...

  • The Dirty Little Secret of the Pluralism Debate

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Reuven Hammer is an American-born Conservativerabbi who has lived in Jerusalem since 1973, working as a writer andteacher -- Conservative rabbi is not much of a career option inIsrael -- and raising five kids along the way. Among variouspart-time jobs, he heads the bet din, or...

  • Jewish Survival

    By Joel Kotkin

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    As a young man going to Hebrew school back East, Ioften felt that a diaspora Jew was like a neutral country in WorldWar II -- a sideline observer of the great consuming drama occuringback in the Middle East. With an insight perhaps made clearer byinexperience, it seemed to me that...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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