March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pmI have been reading two books lately, sort of shifting from one to the other -- a bad habit, I know, but it has been with me too long to correct at this point. The books are Henry Kissinger's "Years of Renewal," an indecent 1,151 pages, all about foreign policy during Gerald Ford's...
March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pmOn a cold winter day in 1974, 13-year-old Tony Goldwyn stared, shocked, as his father said Kaddish over his grandfather's grave.
Grandfather, of course, was the famed movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn, a Polish immigrant who produced such classics as "Wuthering Heights," "Stella Dallas" and...
November 5, 1998 | 7:00 pmThe life of Los Angeles Sheriff Sherman Block served as a textbook chapter in the American-Jewish saga, in which the grandson of East European immigrants and former deli counterman rose to lead the nation's largest county law enforcement agency.
Block, who died last week at age 74...
October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pmAllies or adversaries? That is the question confronting Jewish and Latino political leaders as they assess the current and future relations of their communities.
Some legislators, such as Assemblyman Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, disagree that Jews and Latinos are at cross purposes...
July 23, 1998 | 8:00 pm
The Saddest Story
By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer
Mourning a Russian-born border guard, killed in the line of duty
Ido Aharoni, the local Israeli consul for communications and public affairs, is preparing to
U.S. Border Patrol Agent Alexander Kirpnick, 27,...
May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pmLast week, President Clinton diverted himself fromfending off scandal and defaming his accusers to denounce the Unzinitiative, Proposition 227, which is designed to end the currentsystem of bilingual education. In the process, he may havecontributed to the growing, and potentially...
April 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Perli Pelzig first knew he had talent at the ageof 5, when he would chalk life-size figures of animals on thesidewalks in his native Germany. These figures attracted attentionfrom passers-by, and, not long after, Pelzig was named "wunderkind"for his dazzling artistic capabilities.
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...
August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm
Left, Flora and Vernon Stroud with two of their fivegrandchildren, Laura and Jonathan, in 1991.
The Family Melting Pot
By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer
Three generations of Grahams.
Is there such a thing as a "typical" Jewishgrandparent in America? When I thought about this impossibly...
July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pmMiriam Koral (second from right) surrounded by (from left), her brother Yuri; mother Ita; and mentor, Yiddish archivist, Hillel Kempinski. Below, Koral today.Miriam Koral is most definitely a zamler, a collector.
Her collecting usually takes her to a suburban garage, where the...