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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Brave New ‘Worlds’

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 10, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Last week's film screening/discussion, Open Tent: L.A.'s Middle East Coalition -- part of an ongoing gesture of goodwill and communication between American Jews and Arabs -- couldn't have been more timely.

    The second installment of a program billed as the Middle East Film Festival: A...

  • Valley High

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Weaving together the threads of music, youth activities and social action, the eighth annual Valley Jewish Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 6. This year's festival, which organizers call the largest event of its kind on the West Coast, finds a new home...
  • Soy Vey! A Shavuot Without Milk

    By Rob Eshman

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The Jewish holiday of Shavuot, on May 21, is about the last time of year you would want to talk to Beth Ginsberg or her boss, Michael Milken. Ginsberg is Milken's chef, and together they co-authored the best-selling "The Taste of Living Cookbook: Mike Milken's Favorite Recipes for...

  • Time With Zeffirelli

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "There is something special about Jews," the famed Italian director Franco Zeffirelli says, not disingenuously. "They have an instinctive compassion for their neighbor."

    The 76-year-old auteur illustrates the sentiment in his latest and most personal film, "Tea With Mussolini," which...

  • Big Mac Lessons

    By Avi Davis

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Last week, I was walking down Pico Boulevard with my 4-year-old son when we passed a McDonalds restaurant. Enticed by the aroma of frying food and seeing a bag of french fries boldly displayed on a banner outside, my son led me toward the entrance.

    When I explained that McDonalds is...

  • Community Briefs

    By Julie G Fax

    May 6, 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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