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  • Discovering Morocco

    By  Orit Arfa

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    If you think that with the tense climate in the Middle East no Muslim country would warmly welcome, let alone happily invite, Jewish visitors, then you haven't been to Morocco. Ever since Jews first arrived on Moroccan soil approximately 2,000 years ago, they have, for the most part,...

  • Community Briefs

    April 29, 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...

  • The Warrior and Witness

    By Eric Silver

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Ben-Zion Blustein, the teen-age lone survivor of a White Russian Jewish family, spent most of World War II on the run, hiding in the forest, fighting with the partisans against the German occupiers and their local collaborators.

    In July 1944, when the Russians liberated the area near...

  • A Place Where We All Feel at Home

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    This past summer, while leading a Jewish Heritage tour through Central and Eastern Europe, we spent Shabbat in the beautiful city of Prague. On Shabbat morning, we prayed at the famous 13th-century Altenu Shul. The Altenu Shul is the oldest existing synagogue still functioning in...

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  • Matzos and Mitzvahs

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Shoshanna Levi* identifies with the Passover story of Jews traversing the "narrow place," yetziat mitzrayim.

    Last Pesach, her Orthodox family celebrated a plentiful seder in their spacious home in the West Valley. But then Levi's husband, David,* lost his job of many years; the family...

  • Passover Recollections

    By Merrill Shindler

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    I know it's getting really boring to talk ad infinitum about our dysfunctional families. But trust me, pilgrims -- when it came to the Passover seder at the Shindler homestead in the Bronx, dysfunction didn't even begin to describe the chaos and torments of Gehenna that afflicted my...

  • A Priceless Day

    By Teresa Strasser

    March 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    You have three goals for your Sunday: wash your car, wash your clothes, wash yourself.

    You've accomplished two of the three when you find yourself driving by the Farmer's Market on Fairfax. You pull in and find a parking place right away, which you think is a good omen. This must be...

  • Jerusalem’s Catwoman

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Gotham City had its Catwoman. Now Jerusalem has one of its own. Only this one isn't causing chaos for our Caped Crusaders. Quite the contrary.

    Recently, American-raised Tova Saul, who made aliyah 17 years ago, has become something of a folk hero in the streets of the Old City,...

  • “Girl Power”

    March 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Cult filmmaker Sarah Jacobson can one-up any L.A. Jewish reader who felt like an outcast in high school.

    Her small-town Minnesota classmates told her she was going to burn in hell. "Everyone was really blond," adds Jacobson, now 27. "It was like L.A., except in Minnesota, people are...

  • God’s Fingerprints

    By Rabbi Janet Ross Marder

    March 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    It was a Saturday morning in the middle of winter -- bright and sunny and cold, with a sky washed clean by the wind. Outside, it was business as usual: the boulevard teeming with cars and pedestrians, thousands of plot lines stretching across the city. But inside the sanctuary, it...

  • Movie Memoirs

    By Diane Arieff

    February 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Some of the best recent American documentaries are nonfiction, highly subjective narratives that explore the Sturm und Drang of family relationships. Filmmaker Ira Wohl calls this kind of up-close cinematic memoir "first-person documentary."

    It's an apt description for his latest...

  • Answering the Call

    By Eric Silver

    February 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Anne Roberts is passionate about the idea of tzedakah, a concept she has diligently instilled in her son Spencer Nieman.

    A second-grader who is not quite 8 years old, Spencer has managed to save up $120 this year and will donate it in a small ceremony that has become an annual...

  • Cinema Judaica

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    In years past, the Sundance Film Festival -- a two-week marathon of industry schmoozing, skiing and screenings in Park City, Utah -- has served as the launching pad for Jewish independent cinema. The gematria-laced, sci-fi-tinged "Pi," the Simon Wiesenthal Center-produced Oscar...

  • Community Briefs

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 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...

  • The Artistry of ‘Art’

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    January 21, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    n it debuted in the summer of 1994, Saveur reinvented the food magazine genre by focusing, like any good chef, as much on ingredients as on finished dishes. With its expertly lit and angled close-ups, the magazine gave food the same kind of attention most magazines devote to...

  • Community Briefs

    January 14, 1999 | 7:00 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...

  • A Cinematic Look at Israel

    By Diane Arieff

    December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The Israeli Film Festival, now in it's 15th year, has, in many ways, come of age -- in subject matter, directorial style and sensibility. Some offerings are powerful, lyrical, unflinching. Others are self-conscious, slight, even silly.

    Film festivals, after all, by their very...

  • Hostile Intimidation

    By Eric Silver

    November 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Every Saturday afternoon, spot on 5 p.m., through the summer and into autumn, a squad of Jerusalem police clip-clopped on horseback past my house on Rehov Hanevi'im, the Street of the Prophets. Half an hour later, equally as prompt, dozens of fervently-Orthodox Jews in their Sabbath...

  • Community Briefs

    November 19, 1998 | 7:00 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...

  • An Art Form

    By Ruth Stroud

    November 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Artists from places as far afield as Brooklyn, Baltimore and Tal-Shahar, Israel, and as near as Beverly Hills will be exhibiting at the 18th annual Festival of Jewish Artisans at Temple Isaiah on Nov. 21-22. Among the crafts on the display will be sandblasted glass, ceramics, gold...
  • Tripping Over Memory Lane

    November 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    When General Publishing Group assigned free-lance writer David Seidman to scribe their nostalgia compendium, "All Gone: Things That Aren't There Anymore," they found the perfect man for the job.

    After all, Seidman, 40, was born at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Hollywood -- which...

  • Becoming a Best Seller

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 5, 1998 | 7:00 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...

  • Be the Angel

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    November 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    At least there's one good thing we can say about Abraham preparing to sacrifice his own son Isaac. When he lifts the gleaming knife above the boy's head, an angel calls out: "Do not harm that child." Jews don't sacrifice their children. It might have been the norm in pagan societies,...
  • Senior Years Bring Special Legal Concerns

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    When Julian Diamond was a boy, seltzer water was the traditional dinner drink at his family's table. The bubbly stuff came in old-fashioned glass bottles (called siphons), complete with chrome-plated pewter nozzle tops, inner glass tubes and decorative labels with distributors' names...
  • Screenings

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 22, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    In Roger Hanin's semi-autobiographical film, "Soleil" (1997), 13-year-old Meyer is kicked out of school for being Jewish in Vichy North Africa. It is a sign that things have changed for his family in Algeria, where Jews had peacefully lived for centuries amid the Moslems. Now,...
  • Kosher Feng Shui

    October 22, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Last Tuesday evening, we had dinner with Dick Morris. Can youthink of a more fitting person to dine with during these days ofatonement? Dick Morris: one-time adviser to the president of theUnited States. Widely credited with winning President Clinton'sre-election. Caught on a tabloid...

  • Alive and Kicking

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Aaron Paley, 41, grew up living and breathing Yiddish.

    His world was a community of leftist Jews who considered the radical Workmen's Circle the reichte, the right wing. Paley attended the collectively-run Yiddish Kindershule and Mittelshule in Van Nuys, where he studied labor history...

  • All the Children

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    On the eve of Simchat Torah, many synagogues auction the three major honors of the day, with proceeds benefiting the synagogue or other Jewish institutions. Two honors, Hatan Torah (for the one called to the final reading in Deuteronomy) and Hatan Bereshit (for the one called to the...
  • BBI Loses Mars

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Last Tuesday evening, we had dinner with Dick Morris. Can youthink of a more fitting person to dine with during these days ofatonement? Dick Morris: one-time adviser to the president of theUnited States. Widely credited with winning President Clinton'sre-election. Caught on a tabloid...

  • A Hands-On Holiday

    By Julie G Fax

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Teachers have known for a long time that hands-on projects can bring a message home better than any lecture or study session.

    And perhaps there's no holiday on the Jewish calendar that better lends itself to creative manual labor -- for kids and adults alike -- than Sukkot, which...

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