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  • A Mortuary Comes to Life

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The story of Chevra Kadisha Mortuary and its significance to Los Angeles' observant community is an ongoing saga of crime, punishment and redemption surrounding an institution that deals with one of the most holy times in the Jewish life cycle. And, as in the grand cycle of life and...

  • Too Much Man

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    I hadn't even touched Moroccan soil when the friendly Royal Air Maroc flight attendant, Nabil, pressed a piece of paper on me, with a hurried whisper to call him. I looked down at the paper and saw his telephone number with a happy face and the words "call me" next to it. Was he...
  • Littleton Explodes

    By Matthew Dorf

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Now that hate has once again claimed the lives of innocent students, dumbfounded activists, teachers, clergy and politicians are searching for ways to stem the tide of teen-age violence.

    "We need to sort out what's around in our world that's facilitating this kind of thing...

  • Swift Response

    By Julie G Fax

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    With echoes of the Holocaust and pogroms haunting a collective conscience, the Jewish community in Los Angeles has mobilized forces to come to the aid of Kosovar refugees left homeless and hungry by Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic.

    Schools, synagogues and organizations have moved...

  • Autism: The New Epidemic

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Barbara and Sheldon Helfing never expected to have one autistic child, much less two. Their son Leland, now 5, was born prematurely and began showing signs of a neurological disorder before...

  • Dialogue in Distress

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There's good news and bad news in Catholic-Jewish relations. The good news is, relations between Catholics and Jews have never been better. The bad news is, relations between the Vatican and world Jewry have gotten so bad that the Vatican has severed its formal diplomatic link to the...

  • Voting for Education

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The community colleges, like the rest of the state's once-stellar educational complex, have been ignored for some 20 years, which is why Tuesday's Los Angeles election deserves our attention.

    Under a series of Republican governors operating during leaner times, the nine campuses that...

  • Primakov’s Promise

    By Lev Krichevsky

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Russia's prime minister has condemned the recent rise in anti-Semitism in Russia and said that he would press for new hate-crimes legislation to combat the growing scourge.

    Yevgeny Primakov's statements, which he told to officials with the Anti-Defamation League and the Russian Jewish...

  • Comment

    March 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    A curious thing happened in the pages of The Jewish Journal the week of Nov. 20. During a period when a host of issues of major importance to the American Jewish community were occuring that commanded front page attention elsewhere, The Journal chose to devote the cover story and an...

  • The High Cost of Jewish Living

    February 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Weekday mornings at 8:20, Judy Penso sets out for her office at a Jewish Community Center just outside San Francisco, where she runs the Marin County region of the Bay Area Jewish Community Relations Council.

    Before heading across the bridge from her Berkeley home, though, she drops...

  • The Jewish Community’s ‘Utility Infielder’

    By Tom Tugend

    February 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The world was a different place for writer-director Pavel Vogler when he arrived here from Poland six years ago.

    "It was very hard," Vogler says. "There were no friends or family or supporting circle.... I started from zero.... A couple of years ago, I decided to start to make my own...

  • ‘Build Me a Sanctuary’

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    February 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    We still don't like to talk about it much. The idea of Jewish domestic violence makes most of us nervous. Whenever I mention it to my congregation, people seem to furtively look around as if I am revealing a family secret and one of the neighbors might be listening at the door....

  • Too Close for Comfort

    By James D

    February 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Louis Freeh recently had some ominous words for Congress, but legislators and many Jewish leaders weren't in a listening mood.

    At a hearing on counterterrorism, Freeh described the rise of independent, well-financed foreign terrorists such as...

  • Federation Matters

    By Rabbi Paul J. Kipnes

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    It is hard to say where it is more frightening to be a Jew today, in Iran or Russia. In both countries, anti-Semitic activity is escalating to chaotic levels. In Iran, 13 Jews, including several rabbis and a 16-year-old boy, sit in jail facing possible execution, falsely accused of...

  • Inside Out

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When I first started out as a journalist, fresh from graduate school, I thought of my profession as that of the perennial outsider, a stranger who would pack up and leave the next day. "Objectivity" was my watchword. I had a friend who did not take a cup of coffee at a press...

  • Wanted: A Few Good Teachers

    By Beverly Gray

    February 4, 1999 | 6:59 pm

    A parent in North Hollywood is appalled by what passes for religious-school education: His child has a terrible teacher. A parent in Brentwood is ecstatic: Her child's current teacher is outstanding. Marcy Goldberg, director of education at Temple Aliyah of Woodland Hills, sums up...
  • Torah, Technology and Tolerance

    By Tom Tugend

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    David Wilstein is among the breed of men who built and shaped the postwar Jewish community in Los Angeles. He migrated from the East Coast as a young man, made a great deal of money, and then poured much of his energy and business savvy into the welfare of the community as well as...

  • Providing Lip Service

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 14, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Several years ago, Yvette Lowenthal's friend, ICM agent Doug Zandoren, thought her low rasp would make her a good candidate for radio spots. He was right. Since then, the twentysomething Lowenthal has been working nonstop, providing lip service on high-profile campaigns, which...

  • Israel Beyond 1999

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 14, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Now that a year of reviewing and celebrating Israel's first half century has passed, it's time to ponder the next 50 years. That's the premise behind a daylong conference taking place on Jan. 24 in West Los Angeles.

    Sponsored by the Jewish Federation's Jewish Community Relations...

  • The Scent of Controversy

    January 14, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Ronald Lauder, the billionaire cosmetics heir, philanthropist and conservative political activist, has been unanimously selected by a nominating committee to become the next chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

    The decision has ignited a...

  • Which Side Are You On?

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    January 14, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Is Mike Davis right about Los Angeles? And if so, what does it mean for our increasingly conservative Jewish community? That was the subtext of my meeting with Davis last Sunday at the Skirball Cultural Center.

    Davis' most recent book, "Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the...

  • Community Briefs

    December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • The Liberal Revival

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    November 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    What a great week this has been for liberals. If it does nothing else, Election '98 makes it OK to use "L" word again. I love it -- it is so much more descriptive of hope and dream than the neutered word "moderate." Liberals have been abused on both the left (by multiculturalists)...
  • How Do We Egage Teens?

    By John R. Fishel

    November 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    There are more than 30,000 Jewish teen-agers in Los Angeles -- how do we engage them?

    I was thinking about this a few weeks ago while visiting the Bern-ard Milken Jewish Community Campus in West Hills. The occasion was a happy one, the ground-breaking for a new youth and sports...

  • Jewish Life on Film

    By Diane Arieff

    November 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    For those Angelenos looking for a respite from million-dollar hype and "Happy Meal" tie-ins to studio blockbusters, late autumn is also a time when a flurry of small, offbeat film festivals grace local movie screens. Among them is the modest but engaging, Cinema Judaica: The Los...
  • Returning Home

    By Ruth Stroud

    November 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    There's no place like home, but getting people to agree where home should be has not been easy for the Los Angeles Jewish Federation.

    Last week, the organization's board voted unanimously to return in two years to the 12-story building at 6505 Wilshire Blvd., which has been the...

  • Shifting Sands

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    I had only to hear Nettie Becker's voice this past Tuesday to know how bad things look for Matt Fong.

    For Jewish Republicans such as Becker, who had traveled in June with Fong to Israel on behalf of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), her party's U.S. senatorial...

  • Jews, Propositions and Voting Attrition

    By Ruth Stroud

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    For the first time in several elections, there are no state propositions on the November ballot that are clearly rousing Jewish communal organizations. Yet, at an open forum last week at Stephen S. Wise Temple, close to 200 people showed up to listen to experts discuss the...
  • Race to the Finish Line

    By Tom Tugend

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    A couple of snapshots from the campaign trail, as the neck-to-neck senatorial race between Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer and Republican challenger Matt Fong hits the homestretch:

    Here's Boxer, standing on a portable wooden riser to elevate her 5-foot frame, punching the hot...

  • Recognizing Ourselves on Film

    By Diane Arieff

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    For those Angelenos looking for a respite from million-dollar hype and "Happy Meal" tie-ins to studio blockbusters, late autumn is also a time when a flurry of small, offbeat film festivals grace local movie screens. Among them is the modest but engaging, Cinema Judaica: The Los...
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