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  • 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...
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  • 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...
  • Reaching Out

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Richard Alarcon looks a lot more relaxed these days. Although it is the final weeks before the Nov. 3 election, his race for the state senate's 20th District seat appears to be a sure win -- and the political atmosphere considerably less charged than when he was dealing with the...
  • 60th anniversary of Kristallnacht

    By Arthur Stern

    October 22, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    November 1998 will mark the 60th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Sixty years have passed since the beginning of one of human history's darkest moments and even now we find ourselves still pursuing justice for the victims of the Holocaust.

    Last week Gov. Pete Wilson signed into law...

  • Not in My Back Yard

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 15, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Despite objections from some local homeowners, the city of Los Angeles' Planning and Land Use Committee this week unanimously approved a density bonus for a proposed senior housing development in Sherman Oaks. The issue is slated to go before the City Council on Oct. 21.

    Councilman...

  • Community Briefs

    October 15, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    What do you give the country that has everything?The thousands of children in Jewish day and Hebrew schools throughout Los Angeles are planning to give Israel a very special present for its 50th birthday -- an ambulance.

    Over the course of the school year, children fromall day...

  • Berlin Diary

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    In Berlin, one learns to mark the approach of the Jewish New Year by the annual reception given by the Central Council of Jews in Germany. This year, President Ignatz Bubis recounted blessings and disappointments of the outgoing year, 5758, while surrounded by journalists, invited...
  • Seinfeld Borrows a Talmud

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    On an upcoming "Seinfeld" episode, Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) investigates her "shiksa appeal."

    'Seinfeld' Borrows a Talmud

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

    The Jewish Community Library is used to catering to the literary needs of groups of school children, Yiddish scholars and...

  • Politics

    By James D

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    "Why do Jewish men wear those side curls?" asks the police-
    woman with the short, slicked-back hair and serious manner.
    Neal Shapiro and his brother-in-law, Sheldon Altman, explain as Wilshire Division Officer Terri Utley listens intently.

    About 20 officers have just heard Shapiro and...

  • Twenty Years and Counting

    By Tom Tugend

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Marvin Hier arrived in Los Angeles on July 4, 1977, to inspect the sizable building he had purchased on unfashionable Pico Boulevard, it was one of the few times in his life that he was genuinely scared.

    "The place had been stripped of all light fixtures," he recalls. "We...

  • Inspiration Points

    By Julie G Fax

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Aaron Paley, 41, grew up living and breathing Yiddish.

    His world was a community of leftist Jews who considered the radical Workmen's Circle the reichte, the right wing. Paley attended the collectively-run Yiddish Kindershule and Mittelshule in Van Nuys, where he studied labor history...

  • JFS Opens New Center for Seniors

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Seniors in the San Fernando Valley will have greater access to mental-health and day-care services, thanks to a generous donor and the newly expanded facilities of the Jewish Family Services' Valley Storefront in North Hollywood.
  • Police Get Lessons on Jewish Observance

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    "Why do Jewish men wear those side curls?" asks the policewoman with the short, slicked-back hair and serious manner. Neal Shapiro and his brother-in-law, Sheldon Altman, explain as Wilshire Division Officer Terri Utley listens intently.

    About 20 officers have just heard Shapiro and...

  • Inspiration Points

    By Julie G Fax

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    About 100 San Fernando Valley residents gathered at a community forum Sept. 2 to discuss a spate of recent and troubling anti-Semitic incidents.

    The meeting, held at Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills, demonstrated the kind of rapid response team that a scattered history of hate crimes...

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