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  • Letters

    July 23, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    Your article, "Scientologists Cry Fascism" (July 10), comes across as a do-good maligned religion battling Germany, an old haven of bigotry. This is really the case of the proverbial "kettle calling the pot black."

    The Journal...

  • Unlimited Learning

    By Beverly Gray

    July 16, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    It's 5:30 p.m. on a Wednesday evening, and a group of well-dressed men and women have gathered in the swank board room of a Beverly Hills talent agency. On the long marble conference table in front of them are stacks of academic books. After a few...

  • Community

    July 16, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    A union victory was scored at the Miramar Sheraton Hotel in Santa Monica late last month, with some help from the Jewish community.

    During a press conference late last year, Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels of Beth Shir Sholom and Rick Chertoff of the Jewish Labor Committee marched into the...

  • Letters

    July 16, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The 45,000 Jews documented by the landmark Jewish population survey as residing in the South Bay must have been mightily mystified upon receiving their July 3 edition of The Jewish Journal with the map of Jewish Los Angeles on the cover ("Coming to Our...

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  • The Editor’s Corner

    By Joe R. Hicks

    July 16, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Marks Crossed the Line

    By Joe R. Hicks

    One thing is clear to most observers: What began as a hard-hitting campaign between two highly qualified Democratic candidates, both vying for California's 20th Senate District seat, has...

  • Community

    By Ruth Stroud

    July 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    About 20 years ago Ted Gostin, an urban plannerwith a growing curiosity about his family history, started searchinglocal phone books for Gostins. He made a cold call to a Sydney Gostinin Seal Beach, Calif. At 85, Sydney had no recollection of Herman,Ted's grandfather. "Well, they...

  • The Great Gift of Giving

    By John R. Fishel

    July 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Heidi Haddad was deeply moved by the graduation ofeight young men and women at Vista del Mar, the child-care agency.Shirley Turteltaub expressed enormous satisfaction in assisting anelderly Fairfax resident who receives ongoing help from the JewishFamily Service. And while addressing...

  • 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...

  • The Valley

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    July 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I have an acquaintance named Greg Goldstein. Gregis the kind of person I look at and think, "Where were the guys likehim when I was 25?" He is good looking, smart, active, takes greatvacations and runs a successful business in the West Valley. Foryears he rented a house in Calabasas,...

  • Coming to Our Census

    By Ruth Stroud

    July 2, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Eli Broad (left) is the primary moving force behind thefinancing of the downtown Disney Concert Hall designed by architectFrank Gehry, lining up corporations to drop megabucks into theproject..

    For most of this century, Los Angeles has been a city of twoelites -- one predominately...

  • Letters

    July 2, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    What if you discovered a modern-day genocide plot? What if you discovered that the perpetrators had killed over 1 million people on the way to their goal of the destruction of an entire race of 6 million people? Would you have the courage to act?

    ...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    June 25, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The True Meaning of Freedom

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    They're coming! The fireworks, the concerts and the barbecues are all happily bearing down upon us as the Fourth of July approaches again. Instinctively, and...

  • 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...

  • Cover Story

    By Martha Cooley

    June 25, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    How long is summer in L.A.? Ask ussometime in late August, when the thermometer registers 90 atdaybreak, traffic stands still on PCH, and the kids prowl the housechanting "Now what?" Well, here's what: The Journal's listing ofgreat things to do for kids and grown-ups, and summer...

  • 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...

  • Letters

    June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Regarding your June 5 cover story: If Jews are so special -- and I believe we are -- when are we going to find or create visual images of ourselves other than those from 18th century Eastern Europe that can inspire us today?

    As...

  • Language Barrier

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 28, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    One thing is clear: The Jewish community can no longer be assumed to take a cohesive, liberal stand on political issues. Although Jewish organizations continue to oppose measures such as Proposition 227 (along with Propositions 187 and 209, ending...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    May 28, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Martin Buber was wrong. Buber proposed that "alllife is meeting," and that all human interactions fit into twocategories: I-Thou and I-It. I-Thou describes those close, mutual,responsive relationships in which we become genuine, unique personsto one another. I-It is for everything...

  • Power, Politics & People

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Watching Binyamin Netanya-hu work the Jewishcommunity in New York and Washington last week, it was hard not tothink of Itzhak Perlman on the violin or Eric Clapton on the guitar.Like them, he displayed the virtuosity of an artist who knows justhow to craft the sounds and evoke the...

  • Community Briefs

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Most fathers would bristle at the thought of theirteen-age daughters facing mortal combat on a regular basis. Not sowith Dr. Bernard Weinstock.

    "My dad always yells, 'Keep your hands up, keepyour hands up,'" says his 18-year-old Adele Weinstock.

    But then again, Adele Weinstock is no...

  • Access Hollywood

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Access Hollywood

    Two entertainment lawyers use A-listconnections to advance Jewish causes

    Harvey Silbert: No "No's"

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Entertainment Editor

    Left to right, Harvey Silbert, with Barbara andFrank Sinatra. Silbert says the late Sinatra, who helped fund abuilding at Hebrew...

  • The Soundtrack for Life and Love

    By  Orit Arfa

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    That fact alone could explain David Broza's swiftrise to the top of Israeli pop charts in the 1970s and '80s, whenBroza could not walk in the street without being mobbed by swooningfans.

    But Broza is also a richly talented singer/songwriter. If his looks are Baldwin-esque, his music...

  • You seem to be a nice guy, so what are you doing living in Austria?

    By Tom Tugend

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    "You seem to be a nice guy, so what are you doingliving in Austria?"

    It's a question that Paul Grosz, the president ofVienna's Jewish community, has come to expect from foreign visitors,and he responds indirectly and somewhat wearily.

    "It's not taboo for a Jew in London or New York...

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  • Community

    By Beverly Gray

    April 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...

  • Crime and Punishment

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    It's time that the American Jewish community wascalled to account. One of its number is languishing in the jaws ofthe criminal justice system, suffering for a mistake -- a gravemistake, admittedly -- to which the system has responded far, far outof proportion to the deed.

    This is a...

  • A Belated Wedding Present

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The ad caught our eye: an all-expense paid Shabbatweekend at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute for couples married withinthe past 18 months. I had been to Brandeis before, so I knew that, ifnothing else, my husband, Neal, and I would experience a tranquilShabbat in a beautiful setting.

    ...

  • The People vs. The Executive Committee

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    This story should be called The People vs. TheExecutive Committee. The People in this instance are the families andindividuals who make up the approximately 5,000-strong membership ofthe Westside Jewish Community Center on Olympic Boulevard nearFairfax Avenue. The Executive Committee...

  • Twelve Quick Years

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Try as I will to guard against it, thepersonal always seems to intrude on my professional life.

    I first came to Los Angeles from Cambridge, Mass.,in May 1985. My intention was to court someone I had met here twosummers earlier and then return, woman in hand, so to speak, to theEast...

  • 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.

    Foxman...

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