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  • Summer Reading From the

    August 7, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    This thick, compact tome is designed for people like me. We wantto be able to access the names, ideas, dates and import of nearly6,000 years of Jewish learning and history, but we simply don't haveenough room in our heads to store it all. A near-complete revision ofa similar book...
  • Straight Talk About Blacks and Jews

    By Diane Arieff

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Issac Bitton meets Peter Noel, the man who saved his life during the Crown Heights riots.
    Among Jews, the subject of black-Jewish relations inevitably brings to the surface two impassioned, if not unrelated sentiments: a liberal nostalgia for the integrated social activism of days...
  • Summer Plays

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A visit to the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum gives new meaning to the escapist concept of getting away from it all -- if only for an evening.

    Its newly renovated 299-seat amphitheater is terraced into the hillside of a rustic ravine along Topanga Canyon Boulevard. For picnickers,...

  • From a Woman’s Perspective

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Left, Susan Merson starring in her play "Tribal Tales,"to be performed July 27. Above, playwright Jenna Zark, whose work "A Body of Water," will be performed this Sunday. In March, the Jewish Women's Theatre Project arrived on the Los Angeles scene with a festival of plays by...
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  • On Exhibit: Diplomats and Émigrés

    By Tom Tugend

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Hiroki Sugihara (foreground) is among the five Simon Wiesenthal Center honorees in the new exhibit, "Visas for Life: The Righteous Diplomats." Members of a small and select club were remembered and honored on Monday with the opening of the exhibit "Visas for Life: The Righteous...
  • Beyond Their Means?

    By Rob Eshman

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "Jews: The Essence and Character of aPeople" by Arthur Hertzberg and AronHirt-Manheimer (HarperSanFrancisco, $25)

    Can one speak of a "national character"? Whileacknowledging that the practice has a pernicious side, Rabbi ArthurHertzberg, in his provocative, if mislabeled, new...

  • Beach Bio Bingo

    By Rob Eshman

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Eventually, we all will have to read a biography of Steven Spielberg. No other filmmaker, and few other humans, have had such an impact on the culture we live in and the one our children will inherit. So far, it looks like the biography we'll be reading will be Joseph McBride's...
  • Three’s Company

    By Ruth Stroud

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A visit to the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum gives new meaning to the escapist concept of getting away from it all -- if only for an evening.

    Its newly renovated 299-seat amphitheater is terraced into the hillside of a rustic ravine along Topanga Canyon Boulevard. For picnickers,...

  • Fugard at the Museum of Tolerance

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Fugard at the Museum of Tolerance

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer

    If you missed Athol Fugard's "Valley Song" at the Taper, here's a chance to see two plays by the pre-eminent South African playwright at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance.

    (The plays are reprises of...

  • No Longer

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Miriam Koral (second from right) surrounded by (from left), her brother Yuri; mother Ita; and mentor, Yiddish archivist, Hillel Kempinski. Below, Koral today.Miriam Koral is most definitely a zamler, a collector.

    Her collecting usually takes her to a suburban garage, where the...

  • Up Front Books that Cook

    July 3, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    You can write a decent Jewish cookbook by collecting the recipes of decent Jewish cooks, or you can write a truly fine Jewish cookbook by compiling the recipes of fine cooks who happen to be Jewish. Make sense? It will when you consider two of the newest entries to the Jewish cooking...
  • Daring To Be Different

    By Diane Arieff

    June 26, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    As any parent will tell you, shepherding girls over the treacherous bridge of adolescence is no easy task. Making sure that there is a Jewish dimension to the journey adds other challenges. There are no easy answers. But a conversation with Tamar Frankiel seems a good place to begin....

  • Barney’s Version

    June 26, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Author Mordechai Richler

    "Barney's Version"by Mordechai Richler, (Knopf, $25)

    Like some of his Jewish contemporaries to the south, Canadian novelist Mordechai Richler has mined a literary career from thefertile terrain of assimilationist Jewish culture, most notably inbooks such as "The Apprenticeship of...

  • ‘Mules’ Carries Emotion

    June 26, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    From left: Saundra Quarterman, Gail Grate and Bahni Turpin of Mules by Winsome Pinnock. Photo by Jay Thompson

    'Mules' Carries Emotion

    British playwright Winsome Pinnock wrote "Mules" -- about women hired to smuggle drugs on (or in) their persons -- after extensive research in...

  • Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Professor Sandler at the podium; Simha and Sara Lainer (right) with Profesor EcksteinWhen Professor Shmuel Sandler was named first incumbent of the Lainer Chair in Democracy and Civility at Bar-Ilan University, he faced an immediate semantic problem.

    "There is no word for 'civility'...

  • Community

    By Ari L. Goldman

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Setting a Conciliatory Tone

    By Ari L Goldman

    Yossef Kanefsky and Ed Feinstein belong to an emerging generation of brash, younger Los Angeles rabbis who are distinguishing themselves by enthusiastically -- and openly -- embracing Jews who hold dramatically different beliefs.

    At a...

  • Keeping in Rhythm

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The Creative Team: from left; Producer Garth H. Drabinsky, Choreographer Graciela Daniele, Playwright Terrence McNally (above), Composer Stephen Flaherty, Original Novelist E.L. Doctorow, Lyricist Lynn Ahrens and Director Frank Galati. Photo by Michael Cooper E.L. Doctorow was wary...
  • America, Set to Music

    By Diane Arieff

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Coalhouse Walker Jr.
    (Brian Stokes Mitchell),
    a ragtime pianist brimming
    with confidence and plans
    for the future

    America, Set to Music

    By Diane Arieff Zaga, Arts Editor

    Broadway-

    bound

    'Ragtime'

    reaches

    deep

    into the

    heart of

    Doctorow's

    novel and

    pulls out

    a rousing,

    epic musical

    After the...

  • Up Front

    By Tom Tugend

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Sister Rose Thering with Monsignor Robert Sheeran The first thing that catches the eye when meeting Sister Rose Thering is the large pendant of a Star of David intertwined with a Cross dangling from her neck.

    The pendant is a kind of shorthand for the Dominican nun's lifework as...

  • Spectator

    By Diane Arieff

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm


    Israel Through an Artist's Eyes

    By Diane Arieff Zaga,

    Arts Editor

    If you didn't know that David Rose was one of our priceless assets, proceed to his pen and ink drawings on exhibit at the University of Judaism's Platt Gallery. A look at this lively body of work suggests that virtually...

  • Family Business

    By Diane Arieff

    May 22, 1997 | 7:59 pm

    Seated, the late Max Laemmle, founder of the theater chain, with son Robert, left, and grandson Greg.
    Back in the heyday of the self-made Jewish movie moguls, the studios were, to a certain degree, family businesses. For Louis B. Mayer, Jack and Harry Warner, and others, nepotism...

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