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  • Trio of films offers eclectic choices: sea, spies, punk

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "The Guardian"

    Raised in a secular Jewish family in Chicago, "The Guardian" director Andrew Davis learned early the values and ethics he continues to believe in.

    "My parents taught me war is not a good thing, so do everything you can to not go to war," he says during a telephone...
  • Exercise your right to read—without censorship

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The last week of September is Banned Books Week. Ever read a book from the "Harry Potter" series or "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"? Then you've read a banned book -- a book taken off of shelves in a classroom or library at one time because people complained about it....
  • Meat meets lemon—brisket gone wild!

    By Holly Wiland

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    One day last month, my husband returned from Trader Joe's carrying a large slab of brisket.

    "I invited our neighbors for dinner," he announced, "and they're kosher." I can cook, but my only attempt at a nice bubbie-style brisket took two days and was a memorable disaster. I'm sure...

  • Americans fighters in Israel get overdue thank you

    By Tom Tugend

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Grandfathers and grandmothers looked at the photos on the wall and saw themselves again as young, strapping soldiers, sailors and pilots, far from home and close to the face of history.
     
    They were the American and Canadian volunteers who had fought in Israel's War of Independence...
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  • Holy Moses—The Getty’s latest collection puts a Christian perspective on the leader, lawgiver and

    By Tom L. Freudenheim

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A few years ago I was leading a group of American Jews on a tour of sites in Eastern Europe. Convinced that the narrative and psychological history of Poland cannot be understood without a visit to Jasna Gora, the great pilgrimage church in Czestochowa, and a view of its devotional...
  • Finding Deeper Truths in Fiction—the Best About Israel

    By Alana Newhouse

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In recent weeks, many of us "Diaspora Jews" kept ourselves neck-deep in news from the Middle East: jumping out of bed to check the front page, keeping the television on all night, refreshing Web sites for the latest headlines. Of course, our routine paled in comparison to many...

  • From Agony to Acceptance—Documentary Delves Into Intermarriage

    By Tom Tugend

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When Holocaust survivor Leah Welbel learns that her American granddaughter is about to marry a Christian, she cries out, "When this happened in my old hometown, my family used to sit shiva. Here they expect me to open my arms. I can't do it."

    Leah's agony in the documentary, "Out...

  • Israel, U.S. Act on Request for Renewable Energy

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Israel and the United States will pool their scientific brainpower to find and develop alternative energy sources under a bill passed by the House and now wending its way through the Senate.

    Under the proposed U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperation Act, scientists and engineers from both...

  • Beverly Hills TV Agent Casts Himself in Reality Show: Lebanon War

    By Amy Klein

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Most American Jews were upset when the conflict broke out between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon this summer. Many felt frustrated and helpless watching the news from so far away, wondering what they could do about it. Matt Altman knew what he had to do: He had to get on a plane to...
  • Celebrate Rosh Hashanah in India? No Problem

    By Robin Esrock

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Young Israelis are among the world's most prolific travelers, gravitating to hot spots like Bolivia, Thailand and India, where the shekel stretches far. Having experienced Pesach in Argentina, surrounded by more than 400 mostly Israeli backpackers, I was curious to see where I might...

  • Rites Mark ‘94 Bombing of Jewish Center in Argentina

    By Lisa Hirschmann

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Although for most Americans -- or even American Jews -- the date of July 18, 1994, does not strike the melancholy chord that Sept. 11, 2001 does, for the Jewish population of Argentina it is a date as infamous as any in the history of the Argentine nation.

    On that morning in 1994,...

  • American-Born Spokeswoman Big Asset to Israel

    By Dina Kraft

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Miri EisenMiri Eisen fixes an eye to the camera and speaks clearly and deliberately -- and, most importantly for Israel, convincingly -- to the world media. The American-born Israeli government spokeswoman was an important strategic asset in a war against Hezbollah, where victories and...

  • Persian Angelenos Pledge Money, Support to Israel

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Karnit Goldwasser

    The young woman stood at the podium and spoke to a quiet, tearful audience. "We just got married last October," said Karnit Goldwasser, "and I can't describe to you how my life was just turned upside down on that one day."

    Goldwasser's husband is Ehud Goldwasser, one of the...

  • Israelis Bring Situation Close to Home for Campers

    By Julie G Fax

    July 19, 2006 | 8:01 pm

    When news of Israel filters through to Camp Hess Kramer, the kids do what is only natural -- they turn to the Israelis who are spending the summer with them to make sense of what they're hearing, and to bring it home in a way that is intensely personal.

    "Because my campers know...

  • Don’t Think Of Me As Different—I’m Not

    By Rachel Core

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My name is Rachel, and I am a Jewish American girl who was born in China. I was adopted. I am finishing the fifth grade, and I go to a Jewish school where I am not the only Chinese girl -- there is one other girl from China named Willow, who is in the fourth grade. We are friends.

    ...

  • The Lichtenstein Formula for a Jewish Paper

    By Tom Tugend

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "The role of a Jewish newspaper is to connect the Jewish community, not to unify it," said Gene Lichtenstein, founding editor of The Journal.

    During his nearly 15-year tenure, which ended in 2000, Lichtenstein's formula was to hire good, independent writers and columnists who could...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Upholds Contested Immigration Law

    Israeli Arabs are upset after Israel's top court upheld a controversial law that prevents Palestinians married to Israeli Arabs from living in Israel.

    By a vote of 6-5, the High Court of Justice on Sunday rejected petitions filed against the...

  • High Ideals and a Hot Bod

    By Robert David Jaffee

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Writers as varied as Shakespeare and Sir Walter Scott have written of the exotic beauty of Jewish women. But what about Jewish men?

    In "It Happened in Havana," a new play by Raul De Cardenas, that is playing at the Bilingual Foundation for the Arts, Marcos, a Jewish Cuban American,...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, May 13

    The beat goes on today at the annual Santa Monica Festival. Head down to participate in a drum circle; hear multicultural music, including a concert by Bucovina Klezmer; and enter the Eco Zone. The city steps up its commitment to environmental responsibility...

  • View on Eisen From L.A.: Thumbs Up

    By Amy Klein

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Local reaction was positive -- with an element of wait and see -- to the choice of Stanford professor Arnold Eisen as the new, de facto leader of the Conservative moment. Eisen, who isn't a rabbi, will take over this summer as chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New...

  • The Second American Jewish Revolution

    By Steven Windmueller

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The past 20 years have been marked by the single largest growth of new Jewish organizations -- well, at least since 1880, when the first defining period of American Judaism began.

    You can rightly call it a major American Jewish revolution that is now under way.

    This modern...

  • This Week - Passover Prep

    By Rob Eshman

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Shabbat dinner at the home of two doctors, north of Montana Avenue in Santa Monica: There's a terrific chicken with lemons and

    green olives, the lemons plucked from a tree in the yard. There's crisp roasted potatoes, salad and a 1998 Cabernet. The table is set with silver candelabras...

  • Feminist Desktop Revolution

    By Carin Davis

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Don't have time to shlep to a museum? Too tired to remember if the free museum day is the first or second Tuesday of the month? Want to conquer a large, overwhelming exhibit in small, 15-minute intervals? Then bring the museum to your desktop and browse at your own pace.

    The Jewish...

  • Spectator - A Three Nyuks Salute

    By George Robinson

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Three Jews are in a room screaming at one another, poking each other in the eyes, hitting each other on the head with objects ranging from frying pans to anvils. It's either a meeting of the synagogue's board of trustees or a Three Stooges film festival. Fortunately, this time, it's...

  • Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Irv

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "We were young, gay, reckless! That night I drank champagne from your slipper. Two quarts. It would have been more, but they were open-toed." -- Groucho Marx to Margaret Dumont in "At the Circus."

    When Irving S. Brecher was writing the Marx Brothers' movie, "At the Circus," in 1938,...

  • Nathan Takes a Bite Out of Boring Fare

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "The New American Cooking" by Joan Nathan (Knopf, $35).

    A tempeh Reuben sandwich and guacamole made with mayonnaise may sound like sacrilege to food purists, but not to food journalist Joan Nathan. The author of 10 cookbooks, including the award-winning "Jewish Cooking in America"...

  • Orthodoxy Has Chance to Reshape Role

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    A window has opened to the Orthodox community. We are being invited to help reshape the social dynamics of the American

    Jewish community. With courage and vision, we need to act on this opportunity by understanding the important changes that have occurred over the last decades and...

  • The Great Question

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    We're almost halfway through the first decade of the 21st century. Not a bad time to assess "Who We Are."

    "Who We Are: On Being (and Not Being) a Jewish American Writer," edited by Derek Rubin (Schocken Books, 2005), an Israeli-born professor who teaches in the Netherlands, collects...

  • Interfaith Dialogue Can Bring Change

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Teshuvah," turning, repentance, reconciliation, is a gift given to all people. People change, institutions change, policies change.

    Consider the largely unreported and unheralded change in the Presbyterian Church (USA). By a vote of 431 to 62 in July 2004, the church voted to...

  • Wanted: A General in the Obesity War

    By Brian Albert

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Obesity is the fastest growing health threat in this country, currently on track to overtake tobacco as No. 1.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 30 percent of American adults older than 20 (more than 60 million people) are obese. The percentage of youths...

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