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  • Can Bob Hertzberg Save L.A.?

    By Joel Kotkin

    July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On a drizzly morning, with the city just opening its eyes, Bob Hertzberg is sitting at Solley's Delicatessen in Sherman Oaks. Even before having his coffee, he seems animated, even agitated, by his great new project: how to save Los Angeles.

    To Hertzberg, speaker emeritus of the...

  • Going in Circles

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Glenn discovered that I knew all the lyrics to the "Love, Sidney" television theme song that fateful night at Buca di Beppo in May 1998, I think he knew I was the one. I knew it when he quoted dialogue from the Menudo episode of "Silver Spoons." What can I say? We're victims of...

  • Volunteer of Hope

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Anna Krakovich's kind eyes and bright smile don't express the horror she experienced that tragic day eight years ago. Her small facial scars, however, are a permanent reminder of when "my hopes for a better future and a new life were turned into a nightmare."

    The 44-year-old bombing...

  • Thinking Ahead

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    My attorney, Irwin Goldring, is a wise man. Never pushy, never alarming. Fifty years in estate planning, you learn something about people.

    "Hey, for me this is just a questionnaire," he tells me. "For you, it's something more."

    I'll say. Irwin has sent me two legal forms stating when...

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  • Bad Feelings, Big Questions

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    As Jewish Community Center (JCC) supporters seek answers to troubling questions regarding the current crisis and the future of Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA), Jewish Federation officials say they are working "day and night" to address the current crisis.

    ...

  • Rescuing the VCJCC

    By Mike Levy

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    At the Valley Cities Jewish Community Center, the metaphors were dire. "This is like a horrible accident, and we're the paramedics," Mike Brezner told an advisory committee meeting on Monday night. "All we can do is save the patient's life. We can't worry about scars or what caused...

  • Islam Is the Answer

    By Reuven Firestone

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I was visiting a dear Palestinian Muslim friend in Jerusalem some years ago during the first intifada. I had noticed that he was becoming more religiously observant at the time. His wife had begun covering her hair, and he was more punctilious in his prayers and in what he ate and...

  • Light One Candle

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    By rights, this should be a one-candle Chanukah.

    Tradition tells us, of course, that we light two candles on the first night, three the next, and so on for eight days. In all, Jews would ordinarily light 44 candles over next week.

    But after the World Trade Center attacks and the Ben...

  • Crises of Faith

    By Julie G Fax

    November 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    What is most striking about all the photographs of lost souls that still line the streets of lower Manhattan, says Chaplain Gila Katz, is how many of those faces are young.

    "There's a real crisis of faith, but also a crisis of wondering what is going to happen in the future," says...

  • Go East, Young Jew

    By  Orit Arfa

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Yael Barzideh applied to two colleges last year: University of Pennsylvania because she wanted to go there, and UCLA because that's where her parents wanted her to go.

    But when she received an acceptance letter from Penn, she immediately withdrew her

    UCLA application, because she...

  • Grandma’s Bridge

    By Allan M. Jalon

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The Grandma Moses retrospective traveling around America these days doesn't tell a story I know about this particular Moses. Nowhere does the story appear in the more than 60 pictures of apple picking, maple sugaring and other pleasant rural scenes by a "primitive" artist whom...

  • Investing in Teachers

    By Jonathan Friendly

    May 24, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Jews have long understood the importance of study both as a religious activity and as the passageway to a shared culture. American Jews are waking up to how important it is to give their children a solid Jewish education so that they can choose the part they will play in the future...

  • Lotta Y.A.D.A.

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Jessica Freedman felt like neither fish nor fowl while pursuing her degree in Jewish studies at UCLA, and her social life was even less uplifting. During Rush Week on campus, Freedman looked into joining a Jewish-founded sorority. To her dismay, she discovered the house was awash in...

  • Purim Story

    By Gina Nahai

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I have a picture of my daughter the first time she dressed up for Purim. She is 4 years old, her bangs too short as a result of a self-inflicted haircut, her face round and perfect as a green apple. She is standing between her two brothers, an arm around each boy's neck, a...

  • Personal Touch

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Michal Amir prefers "a Jewish conversation."

    Entering her second year as co-chair of a donor support program called Face-to-Face, Amir believes the phrase is a more accurate description of the Super Sunday tradition aimed at strengthening ties between big donors ($1,000 or more) and...

  • Slackers No More

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    What's the difference between ignorance and apathy? The answer to the old joke -- "I don't know and I don't care" -- has often been used to define young Americans of the past decade. It was tres en vogue to depict the rising generation of 20- and 30-somethings as disconnected,...

  • How Can We Stand By ?

    By Carl E. Coan

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    With the Days of Awe just behind us, it might do us all good to consider the content of the prayers we collectively uttered. Many were personal prayers for one's self and loved ones, but many also included prayers for the faceless poor and needy as expressions of our concern for the...

  • Home on the Mesa

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Some folks say New Mexico is the face of America's future. A barren moonscape of rocky peaks and desert mesas, it's a study in contrasts, a high-tech haven amid some of the nation's worst poverty. It's home to the Los Alamos nuclear labs and the ancient Acoma pueblo, America's oldest...
  • It’s Always About Choice

    December 30, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    I was all set to write an end of year/end of century column for this week's issue. You know, the prospects for a future that looks exciting, but also that seems new and unfamiliar and even a bit threatening to someone over 40. And, of course, I intended to conclude with some profound...
  • The Completion of an Extraordinary Two-Year Experience

    By John R. Fishel

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In July, I was privileged to join almost 80 other Los Angelenos, many of their spouses and a few of their children, in Jerusalem for the completion of an extraordinary two-year experience. The Wexner Heritage Foundation has just given our community a wonderful gift. Eighty young men...
  • A Man of Wealth,

    By Tom Tugend

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Ronald Steven Lauder has a dream.

    At some point in the future, Israel's Negev desert, now "basically Arizona without people," will be a lush garden spot, made fruitful by a string of desalination plants purifying seawater.

    Trains will run from Tel Aviv to Beersheba to Eilat, carrying...

  • The Nano Meter: Israel Adds to the Future of Technology

    By Wendy Elliman

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli scientists, like their colleagues worldwide, are thinking smaller and smaller. The world's first computer occupied an entire room. Today's laptop does everything better and faster than its elephantine predecessor.

    The key to this miracle of miniaturization is, of course, the...

  • Reinventing Hollywood

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There was a telling moment, midway through the Sept. 7 press conference announcing the CBS-Viacom megamerger, when one of the unmentionables of American entertainment peeked through the veils for an instant. It came when a reporter asked CBS President Mel Karmazin why he wanted this...
  • Some Thoughts on My New Year

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Another year come and gone. Another one beginning. For me, an occasion more for recollection than repentance.

    So much seems connected to the past. My oldest son, Alexander, calls from Florida. There is talk about the summer gone by, plans for the future, a wish for the new year. I...

  • The Man in the Middle

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Michael Melchior of Jerusalem has one heck of a job ahead of him.

    Newly appointed to Ehud Barak's Cabinet, he's got the unenviable assignment of trying to make Jews get along with each other. His official title, minister for social and world Jewish affairs, says it all. "Social"...

  • European Jews Debate Identity

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Nearly 600 Jewish community leaders and representatives from 39 countries gathered here over the weekend for what they described as a major step toward the goal of creating a new European Jewish identity.

    Organizers and participants at the first General Assembly of the European...

  • Send in the Clowns

    By Teresa Strasser

    February 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Girl meets clown.

    Girl is fascinated by clown, who is a bona fide graduate of clown college and can walk on stilts. Girl also can't help but notice clown is tall and handsome and can stick a long nail all the way up his nose. Girl makes it obvious that she wouldn't be adverse to the...

  • Young and Committed

    By Shlomit Levy

    February 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When leaders from 119 North American Jewish federations met here this week, they did not make any earth-shattering decisions or vote on anything binding.

    Instead, they did what many involved described as even more revolutionary: They listened to each other, building trust and...

  • Creating Order in Our Lives

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    October 15, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Isn't technology great? I'll tell you why I'm asking. The first chapter of the Torah is always presumed to be about creation, and God's power and wisdom in His role as Creator. In a book published about a dozen years ago, Harvard Divinity School's Dr. Jon Levenson takes issue with...
  • Living in the Here and Now

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    When the Chassidic master, Reb Yitzchak Yakov, the Seer of Lublin, died, his disciples divided his worldly goods. One got his books and his notes, another his shtender, his study lectern, one his Kiddush cup, another his tallit and tefillin. When it was all distributed, there...
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