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  • Jamie McCourt Proves She’s an Artful Dodger President

    By Robert David Jaffee

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Bougainvillea and vines curl around a pergola at the Bel Air Hotel's outdoor patio restaurant, a lunch spot for Westside powerbrokers. It's 10:30 a.m., and powerbrokers are scarce at this hour, except for Jamie McCourt, vice chairman and president of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who is...

  • ‘Superman’ Director Lives Out His Dream

    By Robert David Jaffee

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Whether you're an immigrant or you're born in the heartland, at some point we all feel like an alien."

    Those are not the words of an immigration rights attorney but rather of filmmaker Bryan Singer, whose last three films, the first two editions of "X-Men" and the upcoming...

  • Tommywood - Unanswered Questions

    By Tom Teicholz

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On April 7, 1944, Rudolf Vrba escaped from Auschwitz, one of very few to do so; he died last week at age 81, a professor of pharmacology at the University of Vancouver, British Columbia. Vrba once said that he spent 95 percent of his life on science and 5 percent on the Holocaust. It...

  • Forget School—Let’s Go March

    By Jennifer Solis

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    OK, I'll admit it: I was one of the half-million congesting downtown Los Angeles the weekend of the massive pro-immigrant rally. My mother, who also went along, did so because many of her friends were marching, and it was a great social occasion.

    For me, it was an opportunity to...

  • Spectator - Scene of the Shot

    By Susan Josephs

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In New York City of the 1930s and '40s, Arthur "Weegee" Fellig often worked all night, shooting the latest murder, fire or urban melee with his Speed Graphic camera. An unshaven, fedora-wearing, tough-talking, cigar-smoking loner, Weegee renamed himself after the popular Ouija board...

  • Family History at the Holiday Table

    By Schelly Talalay Dardashti

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Reconnecting long-lost family often begins with a relative's random comment during a holiday gathering as generations gather around a dinner table. The holiday season is an ideal time to share roots and traditions, and to begin a family history project, adding lasting links to the...

  • Wrongful-Death Claim in Burbank Shooting

    By Howard Blume

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The family of an Israeli immigrant killed by Burbank police is pursuing a $51 million wrongful-death claim against the cities of Burbank and Los Angeles. Assaf Deri, 25, died a year ago when Burbank undercover police officers shot him in an alley in North Hollywood.

    Attorneys for the...

  • Baker Finds Right Recipe for Success

    By Gustavo Arellano

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    At 3 a.m., when most Orange County residents are halfway through their slumber, Solomon Dueñas leaves Aliso Viejo and begins the 15-minute commute he's made nearly every morning since 1988.

    The 54-year-old arrives at Solomon's Bakery and immediately relieves the three bakers who...

  • ‘Deadwood’ Lassos South Dakota Tales

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    David Milch's HBO Western series, "Deadwood," tells of a grimy mining town where drinking, whoring, killing, cussing and cheating are de rigeur. Illegally located on Sioux land ungoverned by United States law, its saloons and gambling dens seethe with debauchery -- largely...

  • Civil Rights Goes Beyond Ethnic Lines

    By Marc Ballon

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When the nation's largest and oldest Mexican American civil rights group selected a new leader recently, the committee that recruited her included the organization's chairman, a man who is neither a Mexican American nor an immigrant. Meet Joe Stern.

    For Stern, the immigrant...

  • Russian Singer’s Star Shines Again

    By Lea Silverman

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The waitress at Canter's Deli looks vaguely annoyed as Aida Vedischeva makes herself at home in a back booth, spreading her memorabilia across the table. The Russian singer is coiffed in the platinum blonde Marilyn-style hairdo of decades ago, and her green eyes are brought out by...

  • Most Ethiopians in Israel Find Life Hard

    By Dina Kraft

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Down a dark, smokey stairwell and in a Tel Aviv basement disco of swirling colored lights, the music grows louder -- a thumping beat with lilting Amharic lyrics piped through speakers and echoing onto a packed dance floor of young Ethiopian Israelis.

    In the jostling crowd that is...

  • Victor M. Carter Dies at 94

    By Tom Tugend

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Victor M. Carter, who rose from poor immigrant boy to become a creator and shaper of the post-World War II Jewish community in Los Angeles, died March 27, at the age of 94.

    Two of his longtime friends, Herbert Gelfand and Edward Sanders, described Carter in almost identical words:...

  • Folk Singer Observes a Pensive ‘Holiday’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Some years ago, folk diva Chava Alberstein discovered the rundown immigrant neighborhood around the south Tel Aviv central bus station. For the Israeli superstar, the area became a refuge, a place to stroll or sip coffee unmolested by fans. The residents were foreign workers from...

  • Delicious Link to the Past

    By Ellen Press

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Year after year I would walk up the pathway to Grandma Gussie's apartment, passing her kitchen window on the way to the door. I would hear the clanging of spoons, chopping of potatoes and vegetables or the tea kettle whistling on her tiny stove. My senses filled with the aromas of...

  • Read Your Way to Cultural Literacy

    By Sarah B. Boxer

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Julie Sandorf recalls her immigrant grandparents telling her that they learned to be Americans at the public library, where they improved their English and learned more about American culture.

    Now Sandorf wants this generation of Americans to use the public library to learn to be...

  • N. Hollywood Family Takes Plunge

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Mariah Edry, sits on a wooden garden swing in the hot Israeli sun, lazily watching her three children on the playground of Beit Canada, a Jerusalem absorption center.

    Yochai, one of her 2-year-old twins, chases a gray cat, while his sister, Emunah, climbs the slide ladder, crying...

  • Leon Uris, Author of ‘Exodus,’ Dies at 78

    By Christopher Lehmann-Haupt

    June 26, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Leon Uris, the novelist and screenwriter whose best-known works are "Exodus," a popular novel about Jews trying to establish modern Israel, and "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral," perhaps the archetypal Hollywood Western, died June 21 at his home on Shelter Island, N.Y. He was 78.


  • Community Briefs

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Birthright Plans to Send 1,000 to Israel

    Birthright Israel hopes to send 1,000 participants this winter despite violence in the Middle East. The program has sent 300,000 students to Israel in the past 21¼2 years. In a media conference call with the North American Jewish...

  • 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...

  • Those Were the Days

    By Michele Goldman

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Minnie Brandt was raised in the poor section of Cleveland in the 1920s. Her father, an immigrant from the Ukraine, supported his family by taking a horse and wagon to get rags, paper and cans for recycling. Her childhood was simple: At school she learned how to add, read, write, cook...

  • An Appeal for Help

    By Toby Axelrod

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Floodwaters have forced some 150 Jewish immigrant families to evacuate their refugee home in Dresden.

    They have joined at least 30,000 other residents of the historic German city who have lost homes and belongings in recent days, as floods from the Elbe River swept downstream. By...

  • ‘Marriage’ Material

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Somewhere in the middle of the Israeli import "Late Marriage," a 12-minute sex scene unfolds between the main characters.

    "I [said I would] do the scene because it was natural," said Ronit Elkabetz, one-half of that onscreen couple.

    The 37-year-old Israeli actress believes that the...

  • Still Got ‘Game’

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Like Budd Schulberg's "What Makes Sammy Run?" Phillip Roth's "Portnoy's Complaint" and other milestones of Jewish American literature, Will Eisner's "Name of the Game" explores the depths of Jewish self-loathing and assimilation. But what separates "Name" -- a tale chronicling two...

  • Jews Free Muslim

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 14, 2001 | 7:59 pm

    David Tabari's evening on April 29 started out as just another post-Shabbat night on the town. He and his wife were dining at a Malibu restaurant with 14 other Persian Jewish couples, among them Moize Benjamin.

    Benjamin told the group about Dariush Farshidian, an Iranian immigrant...

  • A Place of Their Own

    By Yaakov Arnold

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Reuben Dahan lives just down the block from his nearest synagogue. Yet every Shabbat, for the past seven years, Dahan, an Israeli immigrant who grew up in Petach Tikvah, has gone the extra mile, literally, to worship at a place he calls his spiritual home.

    "I live near Chabad,"...

  • Starting Over

    By Peter Ephross

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Millions of immigrants have flocked to the United States looking for streets paved with gold. Lenny Krayzelburg, who came to Los Angeles from Odessa, Ukraine, in 1988 is searching for gold as well - but in a pool at Sydney's Olympic Games.

    Several Jewish athletes from the former...

  • Going Underground

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The whole time Stacie Chaiken was growing up, nobody discussed her great-grandfather, Louie."My Grandpa Irving refused to speak about his father. Ever," says Chaiken, whose monologue, "Looking for Louie," is premiering at Pacific Resident Theatre.

    Louie was just one secret in a...

  • Russians & Gays & Lesbians, Oh My…

    By Tom Tugend

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Paul Koretz, a 44-year-old politician, owns up to an unusual distinction. He is the only member of the city council in the 15-year history of West Hollywood to have a wife and family at home.

    Anywhere else in the country, being married with young children would be considered a plus...

  • Marjorie Morningstar Lives

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Here's news you can use for Jewish Women's History Month: "Marjorie Morningstar" lives!

    Yes, despite the best efforts of feminists like me to shelve Herman Wouk's singular portrait of the American Jewish Woman, the 1955 novel and its eponymous character carry on, shaping Jewish lives...

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