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  • Outsiders

    August 5, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Are we destined always to play the role of history's outsiders? I am reminded of that question after reading the story about Ignatz Bubis, 72, who is president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany (see page 12), a legislative body that represents all of Germany's Jews.

    Bubis, who...

  • ‘The Danger Is Still Great Here’

    By Toby Axelrod

    August 5, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The man whom many call the conscience of Germany has announced that he has failed.

    In an interview with the newsweekly Stern, Ignatz Bubis gave a somber, often pessimistic assessment of his efforts to bring Jewish and non-Jewish Germans closer and to ensure that the Holocaust is never...

  • Community Briefs

    July 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    While cities such as Detroit and St. Louis were holding major Jewish book festivals year after year, drawing celebrity authors such as Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, observers here asked, Why isn't there a Jewish book festival in Los Angeles?

    Seville Porush and her colleagues at the...

  • The Truth About the ZOA

    By Morton A. Klein

    July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Gene Lichtenstein's July 2 editorial misrepresented the positions and activities of the Zionist Organization of America. The ZOA always has been, and remains, a centrist organization, and our efforts on behalf of Israel have broad support among American Jews.

    We are not associated...

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  • First Impressions

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    No matter what you've heard about the inevitability of George W. Bush, the presidential candidate closest to the heart of Jewish Republicans is, at least for the moment, Arizona Sen. John McCain.

    McCain, the self-described Reagan Republican, would run a familiar, old-fashioned...

  • Community Briefs

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    While cities such as Detroit and St. Louis were holding major Jewish book festivals year after year, drawing celebrity authors such as Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, observers here asked, Why isn't there a Jewish book festival in Los Angeles?

    Seville Porush and her colleagues at the...

  • Local Authors: From Torah to Tinseltown

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The tale of an orphan's search for acceptance. A lawyer's fantasy of a Holocaust survivor's revenge. A book that may save your marriage.

    These are just a few of the interesting choices made for this year's People of the Book Festival.

    Featuring more than 30 authors, including Nathan...

  • Wanting What the West Has

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When people talk about the San Fernando Valley, non-residents may envision a vast sea of shiny new homes and retail areas, schools and parks, joined seamlessly by a pathway of soccer moms driving sports utility vehicles.

    In reality, there are two Valleys -- the one where the...

  • Report from Washington D.C.

    By James Besser

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Rep. Peter King (R-NY) isn't Jewish, but this week's political about-face by the Long Island lawmaker reflected a mounting problem for Jewish backers of Texas Gov. George Bush.

    King, who had endorsed the GOP presidential frontrunner, abruptly switched horses and announced his support...

  • Missionary Passions

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Five years after his death, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson seems to be influencing more people than he ever did in life. But not in ways he might have expected.

    It's ironic, perhaps. Pundits were sure that Schneerson's demise in June 1994 would lead to the disintegration of the...

  • Community Briefs

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    While cities such as Detroit and St. Louis were holding major Jewish book festivals year after year, drawing celebrity authors such as Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, observers here asked, Why isn't there a Jewish book festival in Los Angeles?

    Seville Porush and her colleagues at the...

  • Opening New Chapters

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The National Jewish Coalition for Literacy, which arrives in L.A. this summer, began with a dose of chutzpah.

    Several years ago, Leonard Fein, the founder of Moment Magazine, heard President Clinton call for one-million volunteer reading tutors to help public school children in grades...

  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow

    By Howard Lovy

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Thirty years ago this week, the Exodus began for gays and lesbians.

    And because Jews are a people of stories, gay and lesbian Jews tell theirs this week with special bookmarks that open to the pages of their dual struggles.

    Just as the story of the ancient Hebrews' deliverance from...

  • Community Briefs

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 17, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    An Israeli court has convicted five people in the collapse of a bridge at the Maccabiah Games in 1997 that left four Australian athletes dead and scores of others injured.

    Following a trial that lasted more than two years, at which more than 80 witnesses testified about the disaster...

  • A Way of Remembering

    June 10, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    (News item: On June 25, the German Bundestag will vote whether or not to go forward with a plan to build a Jewish monument in Berlin. The design, by American Jewish architect Peter Eisenman, was selected by a five-member committee; they considered 25 invited submissions. According to...
  • Brave New ‘Worlds’

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 10, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Last week's film screening/discussion, Open Tent: L.A.'s Middle East Coalition -- part of an ongoing gesture of goodwill and communication between American Jews and Arabs -- couldn't have been more timely.

    The second installment of a program billed as the Middle East Film Festival: A...

  • A Life in Science

    By Tom Tugend

    June 10, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When Dr. David Baltimore, Nobel Laureate and president of the California Institute of Technology, looks at America's top science schools, he sees a decline in Jewish students.

    The fault lies in the Jewish home, he suspects.

    "In my generation, and the one before, the leading...

  • A New Beginning

    By Lionel Bell

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    It has been a long time since I last communicated with you, the larger Jewish community, through this space in the Jewish Journal. The reason for this hiatus was because I felt it was important for something truly extraordinary to happen before presuming upon your time. Now that...
  • Toward Tradition

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The way Rabbi Eric Yoffie figures it, that new "statement of principles" adopted by the Reform rabbinate last week in Pittsburgh, calling for a return to tradition, isn't going to make his job any easier.

    Not that Yoffie is against urging Reform Jews to study Torah and bring ritual...

  • Serving Community and Continuity

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    For Herb and Beverly Gelfand, the turning point came in the form of a population study. According to a census survey, the intermarriage rate among Jews in America had approached an all-time high of 52 percent. The sobering news motivated the Gelfands to rededicate their public lives...
  • European Jews Debate Identity

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Nearly 600 Jewish community leaders and representatives from 39 countries gathered here over the weekend for what they described as a major step toward the goal of creating a new European Jewish identity.

    Organizers and participants at the first General Assembly of the European...

  • Operation ‘Kosove’

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 27, 1999 | 7:59 pm

    Barbara Creme was exhausted. It was nearly 1 a.m. on Friday, Shavuot, and instead of being at home asleep or studying at a tikkun, the director of the Jewish Federation/Valley Alliance's Jewish Community Relations Committee was laying out tablecloths at the Bernard Milken Campus. For...

  • Not in Our Day School

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Not long after two teenagers committed mass murder at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., 150 9th through 12th graders gathered for a town hall meeting at Shalhevet High School. However, Nathan Reynolds, headmaster of general studies, didn't want to talk about Columbine. "I...
  • Orna’s Jazzy Ways

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Nocturnal in black, with an aura of cool magnified by her sexy South African accent, Orna sweeps through a set of jazz standards before a restaurant packed with twentysomething peers. Whether burning through "Fever" or coasting through "The Island" in Portuguese, the singer ensnares...
  • Ties Still Bind

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    With Monday's victory of Labor candidate Ehud Barak as Israeli prime minister, we can once again put to rest the age-old stereotype that American Jews are disinterested in Israel. As this week's Gallop poll indicates, nothing could be farther from the truth. A full 82 percent of...
  • Making History

    By  Orit Arfa

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Only eight men and women stepped up to the podium in front of the ark at Valley Beth Shalom on Monday to receive their smicha (rabbinical ordination) from the University of Judaism's Ziegler School of Rabbinical Studies, but the event resonated with historical and religious...
  • Gemara Under the Sun

    By Julie G Fax

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A pair of students -- a traditional chavruta study partnership -- grapple with a tricky piece of Gemara. Their heavy tomes rest not on a classroom desk top but on freshly mowed grass. And the tiny letters of the Rashi and Tosafot commentaries are illuminated by a blazing summer sun...
  • Starting Over

    By Edward Serotta

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    On March 22, Aca Singer, 70, thin and silver-haired, picked up the telephone in his Belgrade office and dialed a number in Budapest, where he was connected with Gusztav Zoltai, a man 10 years his junior.

    Speaking in Hungarian, Singer told Zoltai that the plan they had laid out the...

  • Israel On Broadway

    By David Margolis

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Here are a few choice opinions about Reform Judaism in America:

    Generally speaking, American Reform Jews are lazy about religion and unwilling to disrupt their comfortable lives for the sake of keeping Judaism alive. Their rabbis, who learned from their teachers to legitimize...

  • Payback Time

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Hillary Rodham Clinton, on a swing through upstate New York last week while trying out a bid for the U.S. Senate, asked a crowd of women if they had trouble feeling good about the level of child care their children received. Jewish women could not in truth raise their hands at her...
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