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  • Pursuing Holocaust Claims

    July 16, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    A new sophisticated computer database may help the heirs of Holocaust victims receive the benefits of insurance policiestaken out by long-deceased relatives.

    Major European insurance companies have refused torelease benefits to such policies, believing them heir-less. Butparticipants...

  • Weighing a World Court

    July 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Weighing a World Court

    Some 5,000 diplomats, journalists and human rights activists from 150 countries are gathered in Rome this month to complete negotiations on a decades-long project that could be the fulfillment of an age-old Jewish...

  • California Imposes Sanctions Against Swiss Banks

    By Tom Tugend

    July 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    CaliforniaTreasurer Matt Fong

    California has taken the lead in slapping newsanctions on Swiss banks to penalize them for alleged foot-draggingin settling the claims of Holocaust survivors.

    Getting a jump on other states, CaliforniaTreasurer Matt Fong ordered an immediate halt on all...

  • Oh, Pioneers!

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    July 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Only justice can set them free.

    When Gerhard and Ursula Maschkowski met at the Deggendorf displaced persons camp in Bavaria soon after liberation, Gert weighed 70 pounds. He had survived not only four years in youth labor camps and two years in Auschwitz, but five months of a Nazi...

  • Community

    By Tom Tugend

    June 25, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    By Tom Tugend,Contributing Editor

    From 'Liberation to Palestine'

    Now on exhibit at the L.A. Holocaust Museum:Ruth Gruber's moving postwar photos of Jewish refugees

    By Ruth Stroud,Staff Writer

    The Rebbe's Reach

    By Robert Eshman,Managing Editor


    Reform: Changing...

  • Broadside Ballads

    June 25, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Klein says that he's surprised and hurt by the backlash. "McCarthyism is the use of state power against people without evidence," he says. "All I've done is to hold people accountable for their words and ideas. That's the role of a watchdog. ADL does...

  • Community

    By Tom Tugend

    June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Hier Backs Schom

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    Ambassador Thomas G. Borer, Switzerland's point man in dealing with his country's wartime legacy, accuses Schom of "McCarthyite guilt-by-association tactics," in an Op-Ed article in Wednesday's (June 17) Los Angeles...

  • The Arts

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    Director Lisa Cholodenko, above, lured actresses Patricia Clarkson and Ally Sheedy, top to her movie, originally a project at Columbia's graduate film school.

    Cholodenko's 'High Art'


  • Community Briefs

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    They must put something in the water at El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills. Not only did the school recently take first place nationally in the fiercely competitive Academic Decathlon; another team from ECR won the first annual Jewish Quiz Bowl, on April 26, at the Westside...
  • Remembering Poland’s Jews

    By William Yelles

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish roots in predominantly Catholic Poland canbe traced back to the 11th century. But when an estimated 88 percentof the 3.3 million Jews in Poland died in the Holocaust, thecountry's thriving Yiddish theater, literature and culture ceased toexist as well.

    The Jewish response to...

  • Beyond ‘Schindler’sList’

    By Tom Tugend

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    "He was a satyr, a black marketeer, a drunk and a savior."

    The pithy description by author Thomas Keneallyrefers, of course, to Oskar Schindler, the flawed but ultimatelyheroic German businessman who saved his 1,200 Jewish employees duringthe Holocaust.

    The man and the myth will be...

  • The Arts

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 19, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Far Beyond Tears

    For his portrayal of Primo Levi in'The Truce,' John Turturro tried to approach the subject as Levidoes: delicately and subtly

    By Naomi Pfefferman,

    Senior Writer

    In March 1996, John Turturro packed a trunk filledwith Primo Levi's books and traveled to a remote part of...

  • Letters

    March 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Marlene Adler Marks is dead wrong. Monica Lewinskyis not the"every daughter" she proposes ("The Daughter," Jan. 30). Monica'sfamily, mercifully is nothing like our own. The "undigested horrorsof the 20th century" have nothing to do with it.

    Wretched excess, greed, and insatiable...

  • Not For Sale

    By Ruth Stroud

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    They came to chastise, but stayed to cheer.

    An estimated 400 people packed the auditorium atthe Westside Jewish Community Center Tuesday night, prepared to chidethe leaders of the Jewish Community Centers of Los Angeles forseriously considering an Orthodox Jewish high school's offer...

  • How Jewish Fragmentation Alters Ties withCatholics

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Interfaith understanding will take a big leapforward this spring.

    On May 18, a group of 30 Jewish, Moslem andChristian scholars will gather at Auschwitz for a three-dayconference on religion and violence. Participants will include theOrthodox chief rabbi of Haifa, the Moslem primate...

  • Multiple

    By Shlomit Levy

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Ella Lewenz, pictured with one of her children,is the subject of her granddaughter's documentary.
    Filmmaker Myles Berkowitz made the comedy "20 Dates" on a budget of$60,000.

    Park City, Utah --

    Jewish filmmakers descended on this snowy townlast month for their annual 11-day-long holiday...

  • A Cinematic Salute to Israel

    By William Yelles

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    For the next five Tuesdays, Sephardic TempleTifereth Israel will commemorate Israel's 50 years of independence,with free screenings of films produced in the nation or celebratingmoments in its history. The series begins this week with "Hanna'sWar," the inspiring true story of Hanna...

  • A War of Words

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish andJapanese American community leaders are headed for what could becomea bruising confrontation in the coming weeks, a battle of honor overthe urgent question of how to discuss World War II politely. We areentering, literally, a war of words.

    The battlefield is a rocky...

  • The Jewish Connection

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    'We have a profound understanding of whatit is not to belong'

    -- Moisés Kaufman, director of'Gross Indecency'

    The Jewish Connection

    to Oscar Wilde

    By Naomi Pfefferman,Senior Writer

    Above, (left to right), J. Todd Adams, MitchellAnderson, Michael Emerson, Edie Bowz and Benjamin Livingston...

  • Notes from the Village

    By Teresa Strasser

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    In my mind, Icall him Mr. Droopy Pants, my elderly neighbor who shuffles down thehall every morning to steal my paper, his orange toupee askew. I lethim steal my paper because I know it is one of his few pleasures,along with listening to the baseball games that I hear blaringthrough...

  • The Home of God

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    In October 1995, the Cleveland Jewish Newsreported that at the 50th-anniversary celebration of the localfederation's Jewish Community Relations Committee, the guest speaker,Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League,shared his own 50th-anniversary story.


  • Not in Our BackYard

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm


    His Father's Game

    YULA standout Eli Hami has used basketball asa refuge since the 1993 murder of his 'Aba'

    By Avi Lidgi



    The future Yavneh Hebrew Academy sitewill accommodate 498 students.


    Not in Our BackYard

    Hancock Park residents express concernover Yavneh Hebrew...

  • Pursuing Justice, But at WhatCost?

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    One could almost see historyon the march in Washington last week when the House Banking Committeeheld a day of hearings on Nazi plunder -- stolen artworks in themorning, looted insurance policies after lunch -- and how to restoreit to its rightful owners.

    These days, of course, it is...

  • A Jewish New Wave

    By Harry Medved

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish filmmakers descended on this snowy townlast month for their annual 11-day-long holiday ritual of schmoozing,skiing and screenings, better known as the Sundance FilmFestival.

    That's hardly big news in an industry with morethan a few Jewish members. What is news is that Jews were...

  • Community

    By Tom Tugend

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    'David Fighting a CorporateGoliath'

    The heirs of a Holocaust victim and policyholder sueItaly's giant Generali Insurance Company for five decades ofrebuffing their claims

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    Above, Regina, Moshe and Edith Stern; Below,from left, William Palmer, General...

  • Film

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    In the disturbing opening sequence of "The Long Way Home," asurvivor recalls the horrified stares of her American liberators atBergen-Belsen. "I saw one...double over and throw up and then anotherand another," she says. "I saw they were looking at [me] in disgust,and a deep despair...

  • Coming Together Aboard Bus No. 2

    By Beverly Gray

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    I have never been a fan of group travel. Bernie and I like to headout for parts unknown, armed only with a guidebook and a rental car.So what were we doing on the mammoth Golden Anniversary CommunityMission sponsored by the Jewish Federation Council of Greater LosAngeles?

    Frankly, the...

  • Supporting Their Claims

    By Tom Tugend

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    California's insurance commissioner has promised to use the power of his office to help thousands of the state's residents collect on unpaid insurance policies stemming from the Holocaust era.

    Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush gave the pledge during an often dramatic hearing on...

  • Since the Partition

    By Yehuda Lev

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Nov. 29, 1947: A joyous day in Israel. Photo from"Jerusalem in 3000 Years," Konemann, 1995.

    Fifty years ago this week, on Nov. 29, 1947, the General Assembly ofthe United Nations voted to partition British-held Palestine into aJewish state, an Arab state, and a corpus separatum,...

  • Diminished Returns

    By Tom Tugend

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Matt Fong
    California Treasurer Matt Fong is having second thoughts aboutthe sanctions he imposed on Swiss banks, partly due to what he saysare "mixed signals" from the Jewish community.

    Since July, Fong has liquidated some $2 billion worth ofCalifornia funds in Swiss banks by not...

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