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  • Granny’s Chanukah

    By Beverly Levitt

    November 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    I can still see my Granny, an apron protecting her good dress, her clunky lace-ups (the original granny shoes) planted firmly on her linoleum floor, grating potatoes, onions and crying. "I'm not crying 'cause I'm sad," she'd sniff, waving the onion fumes from her face. "We're going...
  • A Temple’s Pride

    November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When visiting Berlin you can't miss the golden dome of the New Synagogue on Oranienburger Strasse. It towers over the city skyline and stands as a reminder of the rich history of Berlin Jewry. Crowned with the Star of David, the dome also reminds us of persecution and near...
  • Beyond the Garden of the Finzi-Contini’s

    By Tom Tugend

    November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The leaders of the Jewish community worry about the high intermarriage rate, whether the children of such marriages are to be accepted as Jews, and about the separation of church and state.

    Sounds like part of the communal agenda in almost any American city, but in this case the...

  • Meandering Plots Derail ‘Train’

    By Curt Schleier

    October 28, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "Train of Life" uses fantasy and humor to deal with a Holocaust theme. Sound familiar?

    Actually, the French film (with English subtitles) was conceived and completed before "Life Is Beautiful," and the central role of Shlomo the Fool was offered initially to Roberto Benigni, director...

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  • Wise Works Its Wonders for Mitzvah Day

    By Curt Schleier

    October 28, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There were a multitude of good works to choose from during the Jewish Federation Valley Alliance's fifth annual Mitzvah Day, from the high-profile CROP Walk for Hunger to tree-planting at Lake Balboa to canned food drives at every temple from Simi Valley to North Hollywood. The only...
  • Celebrating Jewish Filmmakers In a BIG Way

    By Curt Schleier

    October 28, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Earlier this year, Greg Laemmle wasn't sure there was going to be another Cinema Judaica: The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival.

    The vice president of Los Angeles' premiere art house chain founded the festival four years ago, theorizing that if cities like Fresno and Buffalo have a...

  • Krispy Kreme

    By Curt Schleier

    October 21, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The clown blowing balloons in the parking lot is working at breakneck speed, trying her best to keep the crowd entertained. The wait in line is at least an hour. And cars have snaked around the building and up Van Nuys Boulevard, sitting in the hot sun for as many as three hours.

    All...

  • Book Group

    By Teresa Strasser

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Here's the scene I most remember when I think about moving here from San Francisco: I'm in my $385-a-month apartment, which is furnished only with a monolithic file cabinet I rescued from my uncle's garage and a day bed suited for a small child. The only light in the room is...
  • Leah’s Restaurant

    By Beverly Levitt

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Leah Adler has a couple of secrets. She leaves the lime out of the guacamole. She adds burnt onions to everything from egg salad to creamed spinach crepes. And she wrote her son Steven "gastro-intestinal notes" when he wanted to play hooky from school.

    "I go my own way," she says...

  • Casting their Differences Upon the Water

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Four West Valley synagogues representing three different denominations -- the Calabasas Shul (Orthodox), Temple Solael (Reform), Temple Aliyah and Shomrei Torah (Conservative) -- will join together for a Tashlich ceremony Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Westlake Village Marina.

    "The goal was...

  • A Forgotten Jewel

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    As you drive north along Figueroa Street in Highland Park, past La Pescador and the car wash, past Frank's Cameras and the farmacia, you come to El Paso Shoe Store, where families from the neighborhood shop to get a good bargain on shoes. It was at this location, back in the early...
  • Welcoming a New Year With Sweet Celebrations

    By Judith Geller Marlow

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    On the first day of Tishri, Sept. 10, the Jewish New Year begins at sunset. Every year, the reminder of the tensions between solemn and happy days, reflections on the past and a sense of renewal for the future, the sounds of wailing and the joy of singing hallelujah, create the...
  • The Year Ahead

    By Rahel Musleah

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Tahel shanah u-virkhoteha! Let the new year begin with all its blessings. With this hearty declaration, the Rosh Hashanah feast begins in my home. But, like many families of Sephardic and Mizrahi (Eastern) origin, we don't actually eat the meal until we have recited many blessings in...

  • To Live and Die in West Beirut

    By Tom Tugend

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There have been a few Israeli films that dealt with relationships between Arabs and Jews (among them the superb prison drama "Beyond the Walls"), but rarely do we see an Arab movie that tells the story from the perspective of the "other side."

    If only to fill that gap, the screening...

  • Community Briefs

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • Fennel & Spice & Everything Nice

    By Leilah Bernstein

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    It's 8:30 a.m. at Zane's Kosher Foods, but Peter and Vivienne Price's workday is already two hours old. Since opening their kosher meat shop on La Cienega Boulevard in May, the couple have risen early and stayed late to prepare the fine cold cuts, sausages and smoked salmon their new...
  • Rabbis Respond with Concern

    By Julie G Fax

    August 19, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Shoshana, a preschool teacher at the North Valley JCC, looked down a hallway into the barrel of Buford Furrow's submachine gun. She had dodged a hail of bullets to duck into her classroom and safely usher out the 4- and 5-year-old preschoolers under her care.

    Now, it was time to...

  • Community Briefs

    August 12, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • Maccabi Magic In Mexico

    By Brian Schiff

    July 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The Pan Am Maccabi Games are a 12-day Olympic-style athletic and cultural festival for Jewish athletes from around the world. The Ninth Annual games, held earlier this month in Mexico City, featured more that 2,500 athletes from 15 countries including the United States, Canada,...
  • Community Briefs

    July 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    While cities such as Detroit and St. Louis were holding major Jewish book festivals year after year, drawing celebrity authors such as Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, observers here asked, Why isn't there a Jewish book festival in Los Angeles?

    Seville Porush and her colleagues at the...

  • Skirball’s Sephardic Festival

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When you grow up in the States, all you know is Ashkenazi Jewish culture," laments Moroccan-Jewish musician Ron Elkayam. "But that is such a small part of the continuum of Jewish life."

    Elkayam helped found the musical group Za'atar in late 1997 to bring U.S. Jews a taste of the...

  • An Argument for Jewish Vegetarianism

    By Jane Ulman

    July 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "If God had wanted us to be vegetarians, he wouldn't have invented animals," announces Zack, my 15-year-old carnivorous son.

    He turns the large steak that's sizzling on the outdoor barbecue for him and his brothers, Gabe, 12, and Jeremy, 10. My husband's piece of fish is relegated to...

  • A Hate-Crime Conspiracy?

    By Tom Tugend

    July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Two brothers arrested as suspects in the killing of a gay couple have also been linked to arson attacks on three Sacramento-area synagogues, according to federal investigators.

    In addition, authorities are checking out possible connections between the alleged crimes and the white...

  • Community Briefs

    July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • Community Briefs

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    While cities such as Detroit and St. Louis were holding major Jewish book festivals year after year, drawing celebrity authors such as Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, observers here asked, Why isn't there a Jewish book festival in Los Angeles?

    Seville Porush and her colleagues at the...

  • Once Again, Anti-Semitism

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    How worried should we be? The question refers, of course, to the rapid succession of hate crimes that have hit the front pages of newspapers across America. First, there were the arson attacks on three Sacramento-area synagogues, with total damage estimated at close to $1 million....

  • Local Authors: From Torah to Tinseltown

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The tale of an orphan's search for acceptance. A lawyer's fantasy of a Holocaust survivor's revenge. A book that may save your marriage.

    These are just a few of the interesting choices made for this year's People of the Book Festival.

    Featuring more than 30 authors, including Nathan...

  • Community Briefs

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    While cities such as Detroit and St. Louis were holding major Jewish book festivals year after year, drawing celebrity authors such as Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, observers here asked, Why isn't there a Jewish book festival in Los Angeles?

    Seville Porush and her colleagues at the...

  • Why Us?

    By Alan N

    June 24, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    I'm sure that most of you have heard about how three synagogues in my hometown of Sacramento were firebombed early Friday morning. And perhaps you have heard about the pain that so many Jews around the country are feeling. And, of course, these feelings run even deeper among those of...
  • ‘United Against Hate’

    By Tom Tugend

    June 24, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Under a giant banner that read "Sacramento United Against Hate," some 4,500 citizens of all faiths and colors dedicated themselves to the fight against bigotry as their answer to coordinated arson attacks on three local synagogues.

    More than 2,500 people crammed into the Community...

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