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  • A.M.E., Rhythm and Jews

    By Erin Aubry Kaplan

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's Friday night, and as I wander toward the entrance of Temple Emanuel, a Reform synagogue in Beverly Hills, an usher approaches and asks brightly, "Are you with the choir?"

    I'm African American, but I'm not with the choir, at least not with the choir of Temple Bryant A.M.E....

  • Teens Find Peace On and Off Stage

    By Sima Borkovski

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "We don't care about politics; we just like each other," says Shira Ben Yaakov, a cheerful brunette who is an eighth-grade student at Tel Aviv's A.D. Gordon Junior High School.

    Ben Yaakov is referring to Israeli-Arab friends she has met through the Peace Child Israel drama group,...

  • My Friend, Shelley Winters

    By Aaron Shohet Kemp

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The movie house was dark. A beautiful blonde actress smiled at me from the screen in the small Duluth, Minn., theater.

    "She's Jewish," my grandma Goldie whispered as we watched "Knickerbocker Holiday."

    That was my introduction to Shelley Winters, a "Jewish movie star." The very...

  • Youth Groups Are Worth the Fight

    By Lisa Greengard

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Here is a dreaded conversation familiar to most parents of Jewish teens:

    Them: "Hi, this is your synagogue youth adviser calling to make sure you received the flyer about our upcoming youth group event. Will your child be joining us?"

    You: "Thank you for your phone call. I talked...

  • Flee to Be Me

    By Howard Nemetz

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    What is a friend? When I was a kid, the requirements were none too stringent. Is he in my class? Can I ride my bicycle to his house? Do his parents have any insane "not too much candy before dinner" rules?

    As I got older, other factors became more important. Do we root for the same...

  • We Have an Obligation to Speak Out

    By M.J. Rosenberg

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The major reason many American supporters of Israel line up behind the policies of the Israeli government is that they do not want to be in the position of second guessing the Israelis. The feeling is that they live there and have to bear the consequences of whatever policy Israel...

  • Evangelicals Are Not Our ‘Natural Allies’

    By Arlene Stein

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A few years ago, a few moderate American Jewish leaders tried to allay Jewish fears that the Christian right was a threat.

    American Jews had it wrong, they said -- former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed, the Rev. Pat Robertson and their ilk really were quite nice, even...

  • 100 Lessons

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    While studying for rabbinic ordination at Yeshiva University in the late '70s, I was at the main study hall dedication where the late Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik spoke, honoring the great philanthropist, Joseph Gruss, who underwrote the project.

    On that occasion, Rabbi Soloveitchik...

  • In Sickness and in Taffeta

    By Carin Davis

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As a woman prepares to say "I do," her friends prepare to stand by her side in purple puffy dresses and lavender dyed shoes. In sickness and in health, in velour and in taffeta, in chartreuse and in lemon. As her bridesmaids, they will participate in a tradition that may be as old as...

  • Wrestling With Family

    By Ric Drasin

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Yes, it's true. I was raised as an Orthodox Jew -- in Bakersfield no less. My parents were very strict about going to temple and observing the holidays and religion. But Dad also used to take me to the local wrestling matches when I was around 10. He got a kick out of watching the...

  • Should We Shun 80 Million Friends of Israel?

    By Rabbi Steven Weil

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    One of the more unusual characters in Jewish literature appears in the Book of Esther. The palace guard Charbonah originally plays a part inHaman's conspiracy to slaughter the Jews and dispossess 0them of their property. But somewhere along the way, he experiences a change of heart,...

  • Right Place, Right Time

    By Rabbi Ben-Tzion Kravitz

    August 28, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It was Sunday afternoon, July 6, 2003, and I was approaching the end of a successful three-week mission to Israel dedicated to responding to a new wave of missionary activity. In addition to lectures, news interviews and meetings with government officials, my colleagues and I...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm


    A documentary about an old-age home. Sound like a snoozefest? Au contraire! More like the IFP's L.A. Film Fest. By showing the lives of Lucille Alpert, 95, and Irja Lloyd, 81, two spitfire old ladies living in a politically progressive L.A. retirement home, today's film...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm


    On Shavuot, we read the Book of Ruth. Even though Ruth's husband died, she decides not to desert her mother-in-law, Naomi, who has lost her husband and two sons. Ruth leaves her home in Moab to accompany Naomi back to Israel. She cares for Naomi and goes to...

  • Classic ‘Nathan’ Takes Modern Turn

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's "Nathan the Wise," now at the Lillian Theater, a bloody war ravages the Middle East. Jerusalem is the flashpoint.

    But the setting isn't modern-day Israel; it's the Third Crusade in 1192.

    If Lessing's 18th-century German classic feels contemporary, it is...

  • Bond of Friendship

    By Amanda Siembieda

    May 1, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Most would argue that a couple thousand miles is a large enough gap to keep distance between people. Ten days and two groups of

    complete strangers put this notion to shame.

    For weeks, a group of nine of American teenagers anticipated the arrival of 10 Israeli students, who came...

  • The Set Up

    By Dave Kessler

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I just received e-mail today from a former Akiba Hebrew Academy classmate letting me know that she tried to set me up with an "attractive, Jewish writer" from our hometown, but she unfortunately just moved back to New York.

    The Zoloft must have finally kicked in, otherwise I...

  • Ask Wendy

    By Wendy Belzberg

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    An Unreasonable Invite?

    Dear Wendy,

    My wife and I recently had a falling out with very close friends whom we've known for over 40 years. When their daughter became engaged, they told us early on that, for budgetary reasons, our children would not be invited to the wedding. We...

  • Stepping Out

    By Debbie L. Sklar

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Time does move on.

    When Irwin Greenfield's wife died 16 years ago, he figured he had two choices: either stay alone behind closed doors curled up on his couch or get out and mingle with the rest of the world. He chose the latter, and he hasn't looked back.

    After checking out a few...

  • Where Immigrants Once Mingled

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    After World War II, when Japanese Americans were sent home from internment camps in Wyoming and Arizona, many found their lives had changed in untold ways. For Kenji Tanaguchi, his return to Boyle Heights -- an immigrant community east of the Los Angeles River -- was colored by what...

  • ‘An Uncommon Friendship’

    By Tom Tugend

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On the lecture circuit, Bernat "Bernie" Rosner and Frederic "Fritz" Tubach make for an odd couple. Rosner, at 70, is small, compact and bald, with a fighter's quick moves, while the gray-haired Tubach, 71, looks well-fed with a professorial air about him. Their differences, though,...

  • Friends

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    One glorious sunny day, my girlfriend "C" and I share a seaside restaurant table with a married couple, call them Harry and Sylvia.

    Harry gazes at Sylvia with such a glow. I tingled with memory.

    "What a look!" I say to Sylvia, while Harry goes to the pickup window for their order....

  • When Jay Became Yaacov

    By Bob Andrews

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I first met Jay in the early '60s. I was in the fourth grade, and he, a smart, funny Jewish kid, was bumped up to my class by skipping a grade.

    We hit it off immediately, and became good friends. Together with our friend, Eddie, we formed a club -- "Rat Finks Anonymous" -- complete...

  • An ‘Embrace’ to Remember

    By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Sixty members of Young Israel of Century City gingerly walked on the muddy path and crowded into Dalia Har Sinai's little farmhouse in the southern Hebron Hills community of Susia. Outside, the sheep and goats were in the barn. The farm and grazing land and organic vegetable patch...

  • Diamant Finds a Harbor

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    While writing "Good Harbor," about the midlife friendship between two Jewish women, Anita Diamant says she suffered a bout of "second-novelitis."

    Her 1997 debut novel, "The Red Tent" -- a sexy spin on the biblical story of Dinah -- had been a runaway best seller that's still on the...

  • Reunited

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 7, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It was a rekindling of a friendship that lay dormant for 56 years.

    On Memorial Day, at his lavish hillside manor, philanthropist Fred Kort, 77, reunited with an old friend, Victor Bilski, 80, for the first time since May 8, 1945 -- the day World War II ended in Europe. In the Korts'...

  • A Lesson in Friendship

    By Gary Wexler

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    I had met Reuven on a midnight coach in London, traveling from Gatwick to Heathrow Airport. We were the only two people on the bus. It would have been strange not to sit together, having both just flown on the same plane from Tel Aviv to London. In Jerusalem, where he lived and I had...
  • Over the Brooklyn Bridge

    By Mark Schiff

    February 10, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    I am a comedian and I have been lucky enough to have worked in my business for 20 years. This is a huge thing because most people in comedy never even work 20 days in 20 years. I have also been blessed to be part of a great group of comedians who have emerged in that time. Three of...
  • Late Night with Jenny Lerner

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    August 5, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    I promised I'd call her the next evening, but I never did. For five days, I felt guilty, but what could I do? To make the commitment to call Jenny Lerner is like signing on to a weekend of aerobics; you really want it -- the challenge, the learning opportunities -- but when the time...
  • Old Friends

    February 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    I have just emerged from a four-day conversational jag with an old friend who was visiting me from New York. There is something intoxicating about such reunions -- a bit like a family gathering that suddenly and unexpectedly takes you back to an earlier and different life.

    My old...

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