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  • Musician in Scotland Pipes Up on Identity

    By Rob Weir

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Individual identity is tricky and comes in at least three forms: the identities we assume, those that are thrust upon us and the ones that we can't shake no matter how hard we try. Mike Katz, 35, knows all three types, and the topic surfaces as we discuss music in the noisy Bow Bar...

  • The Arts

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The three A's in "Natasha" are filled in by tiny stylized Matryoshka dolls, the traditional Russian stacking dolls, on the book jacket of David Bezmozgis' radiant debut (Farrar Straus and Giroux, $18).

    In this collection of linked stories, the three figures at the center are a...

  • Music Man Silenced at 82

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Film composer Elmer Bernstein, who died last week at the age of 82, was born in New York, the son of immigrants from Ukraine and the Austro-Hungarian empire. After being blacklisted during the McCarthy era he came back to pen such classic scores as "To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Man...

  • Russian Emigre’s Tales of New World

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The three A's in "Natasha" are filled in by tiny stylized Matryoshka dolls, the traditional Russian stacking dolls, on the book jacket of David Bezmozgis' radiant debut (Farrar Straus and Giroux, $18).

    In this collection of linked stories, the three figures at the center are a...

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  • Alliance Backs Hotel Workers’ Pay Fight

    By Idan Ivri

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "I've been working at the Century Plaza for three years. I've had only a 44-cent raise, and I have two children. It's hard to support a family with this salary," hotel worker Sonya Lopez told a crowd in Roxbury Park at the Progressive Jewish Alliance's (PJA) Aug. 8 event, "Justice in...

  • Exploring Mexico City’s Jewish Past

    By Corrie MacLaggan

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    For someone wandering the cobblestone streets of Mexico City's Historic Center, where the sound of the cathedral bells fills the air and the streets have names like Jesus Maria, it's hard to imagine that this neighborhood was once the heart of the country's Jewish community.

    But...

  • ‘Heart’ Celebrates a Nation’s Dream

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Controversy sells movies. Remember "The Passion of the Christ?" Now Michael Moore's Bush-bashing "Fahrenheit 9/11" is raking in millions since launching its own firestorm when Disney refused to distribute it, citing the studio's nonpartison history. This July 4 weekend, "Disney will...

  • Odets Revival Hits Venice, Long Beach

    By Tom Tugend

    June 24, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Clifford Odets burst onto Broadway in 1935, when three plays by the 29-year-old actor-writer -- "Waiting for Lefty," "Awake and Sing" and "Paradise Lost" -- opened in the same year.

    Odets, the son of Jewish immigrants, was an early member of the fabled Group Theatre in New York,...

  • UCLA Alumna Heads Film School

    By Beverly Gray

    June 24, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Barbara Boyle has come full circle.

    When she first entered UCLA in 1957, she was one of four female law students in a class of 140. She considered herself a beatnik, dreaming of saving the world. Now she's back at UCLA as head of the Department of Film, Television, and Digital...

  • Immigrant Dreams

    By Rockard J. Delgadillo

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    On a recent trip to Manhattan, I traveled to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, which I'd heard about from friends in Los Angeles.

    The core of the museum is a restored 19th- century tenement house, which was a second point of landing, after Ellis Island, for a mixture of Italians,...

  • Israelis Fill Growing Security Niche

    By David Finnigan

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When Holocaust survivor and Los Angeles real estate developer Jona Goldrich wanted to hire security consultants and guards for his vast network of Southern California apartment buildings, he hired Israelis.

    "They are much better because of the training, and the problems they've got...

  • For Many, Israeli Life Just a TV Set Away

    By Idan Ivri

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In Haifa, the smell of frying falafel balls competes with the din of Israelis eating, yelling and slapping each other on the back. Every few seconds, they'll glance sideways at the television screen, watching the nightly Israeli news report that is also vying for their attention.

    But...

  • Persian Arrivals

    By Rob Eshman

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Tribes of Jews move through the history of Los Angeles in predictable cadences. First as new immigrants, raw and clannish and eager to succeed; then as successful citizens, integrated or assimilated, their accents lost in their children's mouths. Finally they earn the right to choose...

  • The Rebirth of Jewish Vienna

    By Curt Leviant

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    As our British Airways jet approached Vienna, we were able to make out the famous skyline of the Austrian capital. Excited, snatches of Viennese waltzes ran through our head, which somehow then turned to melodies by Mozart and Beethoven. But then more somber, darker images of the...

  • Bright Life Found in a Desperate Place

    By Daniel Asa Rose

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "There Are Jews in My House," by Lara Vapnyar (Pantheon, $17.95).

    Boiled potatoes in the first sentence, a beige oil cloth in the second. Yes, friends, we are in the much-feared terrain of émigré lit -- a darkly remembered world where wet shoes stuffed with newspaper never quite...

  • Cal State Bridges Culture Gap

    By Tom Tugend

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Los Angeles campus of California State University hardly seems fertile ground to introduce studies on Jewish culture and history.

    Located five miles east of the downtown Civic Center, Cal State L.A. has some 21,000 students, of whom more than half are Latino, almost a quarter...

  • Immigrants and the Recall

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Who would have thought that a recall campaign built around the energy and budget crises might end up being decided by attitudes toward immigrants? Yet that may be what happens on Election Day. The controversy over a new law granting driver's licenses to undocumented residents may...

  • The Great Jewish Hope

    By Carin Davis

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Dmitriy Salita doesn't fight on the Sabbath, which gives his competition a much-needed day of rest from this powerful junior welterweight. With a 13-0, 10 KO record, the 5-foot-9, 139-pound fighter who goes by the moniker "The Star of David," is a rising star in the boxing ring.

    ...

  • Rhodesli Sefer Torah Visits Westwood

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    An 800-year-old Jewish sage is coming to Westwood this week. One of the oldest biblical scrolls in the world, will be the center of a reception at Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel's Levy Family Exhibition Center on Sept. 21. The Sefer Torah's yearlong Los Angeles stay is a result of...

  • Hidden Impact of Sweatshop Laws

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    August 28, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Is your image of a sweatshop a black-and- white photograph of Jewish garment workers marching for labor rights 100 years ago, or the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire in 1911, in which hundreds of Jewish workers were trapped inside a burning building in New York (see sidebar)? If so,...

  • Present-Day Apathy Not Always Case

    By Michal Lemberger

    August 28, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Triangle: The Fire That Changed America," by David Von Drehle (Atlantic Monthly Press, $26)

    We live in cynical times. For years, young people have felt disengaged from the political process. Knowledge of governmental figures and the workings of law seem more tenuous among college...

  • A Sparkling Life

    By David Geffner

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Anthony Kantor was orphaned on Russia's streets a century ago, narrowly escaping the pogroms that killed his family, he couldn't have imagined that he would one day make his living trading diamonds and other precious stones in downtown Los Angeles.

    Nor did the late Kantor, a...

  • No One Spared

    By Gil Sedan

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Last Friday on the way to work from Pisgat Ze'ev, my home neighborhood in Jerusalem, I noticed an armed guard standing by bus stop Number 6. At last, I said to myself, people can board a bus in Jerusalem with a sense of security. Two days later, a suicide bomber managed to board bus...

  • JVS Program Heals Immigrants’ Lives

    By Marc Ballon

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Balancing a large tray on her shoulders, Nahide Kafri dashed from table to table serving dinner to patients with Alzheimer's disease at the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging (JHA). Despite the hard work, a smile crossed her face.

    As a certified nurse assistant (CNA), Kafri earns...

  • Aliyah Perspectives

    By Amy Klein

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    From Los Angeles, Israel is 20 hours away by plane and 10 hours ahead on the clock; it's also a world apart. But in the past 55 years of the State of Israel's independence, thousands of Jews have made aliyah from L.A., generally forfeiting a more comfortable lifestyle to follow their...

  • A Tie That Binds

    By Andrea Adelson

    May 1, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On the final night of the Pacific Jewish Film Festival in February, the South African emigre community jammed the theater to see the comedy about Christians and Jews in South Africa. Long after the credits ended, they stayed, kibbitzing in the aisles, hungering for their own...

  • A Dangerous Triangle

    By Erin Williams Hyman

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Given to all-out, gleeful French-bashing of late, the American media has called the Hexagon every name in the book, indulging in a despicable parade of worn-out stereotypes, from Jerry Lewis and snippy poodles to vile traitors and "surrender monkeys." Anything to avoid debating the...

  • Flamboyant Ballet

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Boris Eifman's ballet, "Tchaikovsky: The Mystery of Life and Death," premiered in Moscow in 1993, angry picketers surrounded the concert hall.

    "They stood with a banner that read, 'Stay away from our Tchaikovsky,'" said Eifman, whose ballet debuts at the Orange County...

  • We Soared With Ilan

    By Yuval Rotem

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Yuval Rotem, Israeli consul general for the Western United States, delivered these remarks at a Feb. 1 dinner for Pressman Academy, honoring him and his wife, Miri, at the Airport Westin Hotel.



    A verse in the Bible reads, "I am ready to stop, and my pain is continually before me."...

  • ‘Finding Ourselves’ Through Genealogy

    By Tom Tugend

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "In this fast-food, fast-fame world, we are like single blades of grass," says Dr. Maya Angelou, the poet, author and historian. "But when we know our roots, we are like trees and we stand a little more erect."

    The pithy remark can serve as both introduction and summation of...

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