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October 22, 1998 | 8:00 pmIsraeli-Palestinian coexistence and how to achieve it: That was the topic on everybody's lips when the 24th Annual Academic Conference convened at the Century Plaza Hotel last weekend. The panel, sponsored by American Friends of the Hebrew University, was followed by a luncheon...
September 24, 1998 | 7:59 pmTwo leaders of Israel's opposition Labor Party were in Los Angeles last week on separate visits and voiced sharp criticism of the current government's peace policy, and support for a strong role by the United States in the stalled negotiations.
First came Yossi Beilin, a Knesset...
July 16, 1998 | 8:00 pm
If the pursuit of peace in the Middle East will not unite the parties concerned, then one life-sustaining element may. Israeli, Arab and American researchers and engineers have come together to find ways to produce more potable water for agricultural...
July 2, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Eli Broad (left) is the primary moving force behind thefinancing of the downtown Disney Concert Hall designed by architectFrank Gehry, lining up corporations to drop megabucks into theproject..
For most of this century, Los Angeles has been a city of twoelites -- one predominately...
July 2, 1998 | 8:00 pm
When the invitation to my 50th high school reunion in New York City arrived in the mail earlier this year, I knew I would attend. I just wasn't sure why. Friends in Los Angeles were amused. I did not seem the type. Was there a special girl I wanted to see after all these...
May 14, 1998 | 8:00 pmAmerican Jewswoke up in a different country today, now that "Seinfeld" signed off.
We no longer live in a country whose favoriteentertainment is to turn on the tube and watch a New York Jew sitaround schmoozing dyspeptically with his friends. After nine seasonsand 170 episodes, Jerry...
May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pmDespite his Italian surname, joked DistrictAttorney Gil Garcetti, "[My heritage] is Mexican-American and my wife is Jewish.So our kids ask, 'Well, what are we?'"
Garcetti was praising our city's multiethnicpopulation as he spoke at last week's Anti-Defamation League SpringLuncheon,...
April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm
It's time that the American Jewish community wascalled to account. One of its number is languishing in the jaws ofthe criminal justice system, suffering for a mistake -- a gravemistake, admittedly -- to which the system has responded far, far outof proportion to the deed.
This is a...
March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm
It's finally happened. Marketing gurus have gottentheir hands on Shabbat, taking it off dining-room tables and throwingit up onto billboards across the nation -- in the hopes of bringingit back down to more tables.
With dozens of red-and-blue signs around town,radio jingles, and ads...
January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm
These are threeexperiences that have made me most hate being Jewish:
1. Living, in Jerusalem's Old City, among smugOrthodox holy-rollers, who are armored in their American-extractedmoney, their path cleared by the blood spilled by generations ofmostly secular Israelis, strutting...
January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pmThe New York Times devoted 1,500 words last Sunday to a biographical profile of Monica Lewinsky, the 24-year-old woman who allegedly had an 18-month affair with President Clinton and who has been accused of lying about it under oath.
The New York Times' reporters are nothing if not...
January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pmTravelers Meiand John Krich
The affinity of Jews to Chinese food reaches its apotheosis inJohn Krich's "Won Ton Lust: Adventures in Search of the World's BestChinese Restaurant" (Kodansha, $24). It's no outrageous stereotype tostate that, as a people, American Jews seem to need a good...
January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pmAs American Jews join in marking the 50th birthday of the State of Israel and the 100 years of the Zionist movement, there is cause for both celebration and concern.
"As we rejoice in the accomplishments of Israel, Zionism and American Jewry, they each face their own, though...
January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm
"Perfect Love," one of the Los Angeles premieres at theCinematheque this month.
The American Cinematheque continues its series, "Fast Forward:Recent French Filmmaking 1986-1998," with a salute to directorOlivier Assayas, several stateside and Los Angeles premières,and a collection of...
December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pmMy daughter flew home for Thanksgiving with two college friends in tow. At the dinner table, the conversation revolved around computers and the antics of the Stanford Band. At some point in the course of that whirlwind four-day visit, Hilary informed me that, though she's been...
December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm
My Thanksgiving column a few weeks ago was aboutpumpkin pie, the sine qua non of non-Jewish desserts. In passing, Imentioned mincemeat, which I had never seen nor tasted but feltcertain was the Maginot line separating "us" from "them." Spam, lacedwith lard and pieces of raw tongue,...
November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm
What can American-style liberalJudaism offer Israel? After the battle over the proposed conversionbill is settled, that question will remain. We can puff up our chestsand demand equality with Orthodoxy over who is a Jew. But,inevitably, every political victory in the Knesset will...
November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm
Swiss Ambassador Alfred Defago
Has unremitting pressure on the Swiss government and its banks byAmerican Jewish organizations and supportive politicians becomecounterproductive, or will only constant prodding move the Swiss todo the right thing?
The question is being spurred by a newly...
October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm
Director Peter Bogdanovich is best-known for "The Last PictureShow," "Paper Moon" and other films that explore the Americanexperience.
He is also known for his affairs with youthful, blond andquintessentially American sex symbols: a radiant, 22-year-old CybillShepherd from "The Last...
July 31, 1997 | 8:00 pm
About a decade ago, I was interviewing Professor Richard Hovannisian, the eminent UCLA authority on modern Armenian history.
He lamented the state of the Armenian Diaspora in Los Angeles, with its infighting and confrontations between church leaders, and its American-born generations...
June 26, 1997 | 8:00 pmFor the next few weeks, you will be hearing about girls and sex. "Oprah," "Leeza," "Charlie Rose," The New York Times, even The Jewish Journal -- media great and small will focus airwaves and inches on a topic that, while hardly new, rarely gets serious, sustained attention.
June 12, 1997 | 8:00 pmThe ad, which pictures a small child with a worried expression, is one way the UJF is trying to tackle the unfolding "Who is a Jew?" debate in Israel and to limit its impact among American donors to the UJF.
According to Bill Bernstein, an associate executive vice president who...