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  • Power, Politics & People

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Steven Grossman, chair of the Democratic National Committee, appeared at Tufts University in Boston recently to talk with students about his party's future. It was, he reported later, one of the most enthusiastic audiences he has faced in awhile -- 150 young people, eager to learn...
  • A Day of Mitzvot and Meaning

    By Ruth Stroud

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Young Mitzvah Day volunteers clean-up Taft High School inWoodland Hills.

    A Day of Mitzvot and Meaning

    The annual Valley event provides social-action projects andopportunity for community involvement

    Mitzvot, acts of loving kindness or just plain charity:Whatever you call them, Jews are...

  • Jewish Community Chaplaincy Program of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California

    By Ruth Stroud

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    In a Jewish community the size and scope of ours, it is sometimes easy to lose sight of the small acts of kindness that define our concern for justice and quality of life.

    The Jewish Community Chaplaincy Program of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California provides such acts. There's...

  • Letters

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Happily and coincidentally, I was at the Toward Traditionconference in Washington D.C. described by Judy Gruen ("One People:Religious Christians and Jews," Oct. 17), as well as the JewishPolicy Center meeting in San Diego discussed by Gene Lichtenstein ("IHear Mermaids Singing:...

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  • Charitable Legacy Lives On

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Mickey Weiss, everybody's favorite mensch and philanthropist, diedmore than a year ago, but his good works go on.

    His most lasting monument is the Charitable Distribution Facility,which he and his wife Edna established 10 years ago. Since then, theFacility has routed millions of...

  • Murder Sparks U.S.-Israel Flap

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Amid the bizarre string of foreign-policy fiascos in which Israelfound itself mired as it greeted the new year, surely none was quiteso bizarre as the case of runaway teenager Samuel Sheinbein ofMaryland.

    Sheinbein, 17, a high school senior from Montgomery County, anaffluent suburb...

  • Cedars-Sinai Merges with Two Westside Hospitals

    By Rob Eshman

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    When Cedars-Sinai Medical Center announced last Monday that itplans to take over management of two smaller West Los Angeleshospitals, the headlines could easily have read, "Man Bites Dog."

    In these days of brutal health-care competition, it is largefor-profit health-care conglomerates...

  • Honoring Community Mitzvahs

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Top, left to right, Ilana Weinberg, Larry Weinberg, MarkBorovitz and Barbi Weinberg. Above right, Pauline Ledeen. Above left,Audrey Irmas.

    September is awards season in Los Angeles. Evenbefore the Emmys were handed out last weekend, the Jewish FederationCouncil of Greater Los...

  • Zionism 101

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Avrum Burg (left, chairman of the Jewish Agency, spoke at theconference.

    Photos by Peter Halmagyi


    Organizers of last weekend's "Celebration of Israel" conference inSanta Monica had cause to be elated after a day of talking aboutZionism. More than 400 people, drawn primarily from...

  • Tailor-Made

    By Rob Eshman

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    State and federal inspectors spoke at the inaugural meeting ofthe Los Angeles Jewish Commission on Sweatshops. Photo bySlobodan Dimitrov


    You could understand why the guys along the wall were concerned.There they sat, stone-faced and straightbacked, in the room's bestsuits, looking...

  • Cleared of Charges?

    By Tom Tugend

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Charges against a Brooklyn Chassidic rabbi of groping a 15-year-old girl during a transpacific flight were part of an extortion plot and will be dismissed by federal prosecutors.

    So states prominent Washington attorney Nathan Lewin, who's representing Rabbi Israel Grunwald, leader of...

  • Jewish Leaders Condemn Tribute to Riefenstahl

    By Tom Tugend

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Leni Riefenstahl, film director and producer, in a 1934 photo, at work on a documentary on the Nazi party in Germany. Spaarnestad Fotoarchief, Haarlen, Netherlands. Photo from "The World Must Know" Little, Brown and Company, 1993.
    An award bestowed on German filmmaker Leni...
  • From ‘Rubble to Renewal’

    By Tom Tugend

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The centerpiece of BBI's reconstruction, the Arts and Conference Center, will be celebrated Sept. 14. With song, dance and prayers of thanksgiving, the Brandeis-Bardin Institute will celebrate the reconstruction of its Simi Valley campus on Sunday, Sept. 14. The community is invited...
  • Igniting Israel’s Powder Keg

    By Larry Derfner

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The Reform movement's kindergarten in the Jerusalem suburb of Mevasseret Zion was torched by arsonists on the eve of Monday's opening of the school year. No one was injured, but the kindergarten's walls were blackened with soot, windows were broken, and equipment and toys were...
  • Letters

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    It is very concerning that The Jewish Journal has been reluctant to recognize why there is an uproar about the play "Mendel and Moses" ("The Play's Not the Thing," Aug. 1).

    A number of months ago, I received a call from a Jewish cast member in the production who told me she had left...

  • From the Tube to the Big Screen

    By Tom Tugend

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Veteran television writer/producer Saul Turteltaub had to wait 44 years for his first film credit, "For Roseanna," starring Mercedes Reuhl and Jean Reno.
    Saul Turteltaub, a name-brand television comedy writer and producer for 44 years, remembers submitting his first movie screenplay....

  • Who is Not a Jew?

    August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    In the midst of an international crisis over Whois a Jew, with Israeli police stopping Conservative and Reform menand women from praying together at the Western Wall and a smallOrthodox group declaring that liberals are not practicing Judaism,it's good to know there is, apparently,...

  • Wave of the Future

    By Ruth Stroud

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    If there's an image of the South Bay, it's this sun-drenched visionof perpetual summer and youth. But does this picture contain anyJews? For years, the myth has been that it didn't, or, if there wereany, they were passing as something else.

    But it turns out that there are more Jews in...

  • Letters

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Responses to Sexuality

    I was disappointed by your June 27 issue, which overall equates non-marital sex with maturity, and warns parents not to be judgmental about their children's behavior. In light of evidence showing that people who are sexually active prior to marriage have more...

  • Switzerland’s

    By Tom Tugend

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Photo ID card of Gertrud Levy.

    Switzerland's

    'Blood Money'

    By Tom Tugend,

    Contributing Editor

    About the time one is tempted to feel a wee bit sorry for the Swiss over the barrage of flak they're now getting, along comes a new probe of the country's conduct during World War II to set...

  • Up Front Books that Cook

    July 3, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    You can write a decent Jewish cookbook by collecting the recipes of decent Jewish cooks, or you can write a truly fine Jewish cookbook by compiling the recipes of fine cooks who happen to be Jewish. Make sense? It will when you consider two of the newest entries to the Jewish cooking...
  • Daring To Be Different

    By Diane Arieff

    June 26, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    As any parent will tell you, shepherding girls over the treacherous bridge of adolescence is no easy task. Making sure that there is a Jewish dimension to the journey adds other challenges. There are no easy answers. But a conversation with Tamar Frankiel seems a good place to begin....

  • The Birds

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 26, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Baruch Finkelstein has an unhappy revelation for his fellow Modern Orthodox Jews: Your teen-agers are dating, fooling around, perhaps having sex. They are no different from non-Orthodox Jewish teens.

    "The Orthodox community has been ignoring this," says Finkelstein, 38, who...

  • Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Professor Sandler at the podium; Simha and Sara Lainer (right) with Profesor EcksteinWhen Professor Shmuel Sandler was named first incumbent of the Lainer Chair in Democracy and Civility at Bar-Ilan University, he faced an immediate semantic problem.

    "There is no word for 'civility'...

  • Community

    By Ari L. Goldman

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Setting a Conciliatory Tone

    By Ari L Goldman

    Yossef Kanefsky and Ed Feinstein belong to an emerging generation of brash, younger Los Angeles rabbis who are distinguishing themselves by enthusiastically -- and openly -- embracing Jews who hold dramatically different beliefs.

    At a...

  • Open-Door Policy

    By Ruth Stroud

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    They are your brother, your cousin, your lawyer, your best friend, or possibly yourself. Yet, while there are as many gays, lesbians and bisexuals in the Jewish community as in any other, they often feel like outcasts in their own faith, afraid that they can't be open about their...
  • A Woman’s Voice

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Though the June 3 Los Angeles municipal election has garnered little attention in the general press, there are two races of special interest to The Journal readership.

    First, we must note the changing of the guard in the Valley/West Los Angeles council seat, being vacated, after 32...

  • A PARTY WITH A PURPOSE

    By Ruth Stroud

    May 22, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Some 40,000 people are expected to converge on the grounds of Pierce College for the June 1 Valley Jewish Festival. Photo by Bill Aron

    The Valley Jewish Festival has become a celebration of Jewish pride

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer


    Forty thousand fair-goers are expected to converge on...

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