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  • 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?


  • 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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    April 29, 1998 | 8:00 pm





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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.


  • Letters

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    One of my pet peeves is people who make generalconclusions from rather sketchy specific facts. Such is the column ofCharles Marowitz wherein he comments about Los Angeles' "unfailingability to turn crocks of manure into crocks of gold" ("Looking forthe Genius in 'Picasso at the Lapin...

  • Westside JCC May Be Sold to Shalhevet

    By Ruth Stroud

    February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm


    Westside JCC May Be Sold to Shalhevet


    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

    The Westside Jewish Community Center, a recreation and educationinstitution in Los Angeles for more than four decades, may be sold inthe next few weeks to Shalhevet High School. The modern Orthodox coedinstitution,...

  • Spectator

    By William Yelles

    February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The sixth annual Pan African Film Festival, the largest U.S.festival dedicated to black cinema, will exhibit more than 60features, shorts and documentaries from across North America, Africa,Europe and the South Pacific. Of particular interest to the Jewishcommunity is the documentary...

  • Missing America

    By David Margolis

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Here in Israel,immigrants from the States love to reminisce about the Old Country,where, for example, workmen care about doing a good job and clerksare helpful. From here, even the DMV looks good, compared to Israel'sbaroque bureaucracy: To learn to drive in Israel, you are required...

  • Caring and Controversy

    By Rob Eshman

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Two olive trees grow somewhere in downtown LosAngeles. They are the lasting fruits -- cynics would say the only fruits --of a peace demonstration organized by local Jews and Arabs at theoutbreak of the Palestinian uprising, or intifada, in 1989.

    They are also a living...

  • An American Story

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    A chassidic boy recites his prayers in "A Life Apart:Hasidism in America."

    An American Story

    At the heart of 'A Life Apart: Hasidism in America' is aculture war that mirrors the conflict in today's Jewish community

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer

    First we had the AFI Los Angeles...

  • Music to My Ears

    November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm


    Music to My Ears

    Just when I thought the whole Jewishcommunity had swung to the right, I visited with lyricists Alan andMarilyn Bergman; it was music to my ears. This songwriting pair movesseamlessly from show business to activism, having won three Oscars,two Grammys and three Emmys...

  • 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...

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