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  • The Ghosts of ‘Riga’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    While writing an aria based on a speech by Joseph Goebbels, for his 1991 opera, "The Ghosts of Versailles," William M. Hoffman was visited by ghosts of his murdered family.

    "I started to wonder what I would be doing if I were at that moment in Auschwitz," says the award-winning...

  • Complaining the Jewish Way

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    January 14, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Schwartz, a wealthy Jew, took ill in Boston. The medics rushed him to the best hospital, Mass General, where he received VIP treatment. But, after one week, he requested to be transferred to Beth Israel, a much smaller and less prestigious hospital.

    At Beth Israel, an intern gathered...

  • Linking Up Our Community

    By Joel Kotkin

    November 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    For much of their history, Jews have been the masters of networking. Even before the destruction of the Second Temple, far-flung Jewish communities, usually through itinerant traders traveling precariously across the Mediterranean and land routes, maintained sophisticated...
  • The Anti-Seinfeld Comes to L.A.

    By Diane Arieff

    November 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    A few years ago, at the age of 24, Brooklyn-born Danny Hoch got the kind of phone call most struggling actors dream of. It was his agent, telling him that the people from "Seinfeld" had called: they wanted Hoch to get on a plane the next morning to tape a guest-starring role on the...
  • Dance With Them That Brung You

    November 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Abe Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, says that he's opening up a new front in his organization's 85-year campaign to protect Jews from defamation. This new fight is a little different from battles past, though, because its target is other Jews.

    Foxman wants...

  • Bibi’s Betrayal

    By Eric Silver

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    "Binyamin Netanyahu is no longer the leader of the national camp," Aharon Domb, general secretary of the West Bank and Gaza Jewish settlers' council, said this week, with all the finality of a judge pronouncing sentence.

    Arutz Sheva, the settlers' pirate radio station, called on army...

  • Art as History’s Witness

    October 22, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Art as History's Witness

    Paintings from Terezin are on exhibit at the Jewish Federation Building

    By Diane Arieff Zaga, Arts Editor

    Left: "Competitors for Potatoes" by Eli Leskley. "Many [paintings] ... are like ghoulishly bright cartoons in which the subject matter is anything but...

  • In Search of the Western Jew

    By Tom Tugend

    October 15, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Signaling the burgeoning role of West Coast Jews in their region and within the overall American Jewish community, USC has announced the establishment of its Institute for the Study of Jews in American Life.

    The rationale for the new "think tank and research center" is given by one of...

  • Notes From Friday Night

    By Teresa Strasser

    October 15, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I'm in the bathroom of Sinai Temple, hunched over my notebook, scrawling down words in the fluorescent light and wondering what I was thinking when I decided to catch Friday Night Live, alone.

    My skin has a greenish hue, which I notice when I see my face in the mirror. I write down...

  • Through the Eyes of a Child

    By Ruth Stroud

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Those who grew up in the 1950s and '60s heard little about the Holocaust. Considered a subject too frightening for children, it was seldom discussed or taught. Even now, with almost a glut of literature, films, exhibits and college courses on the subject, it is still a difficult...
  • Strangers No More

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Each Yom Kippur, a vestigial loneliness creeps over me. I achingly feel that my parents and family are back East; that my cousins live in Japan; that some of my dearest are dead. On this day, dispersion and alienation seeps in, and I cling to my community like fog to the shore. And...
  • ADL reports on Hate Group

    By James D

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Hate groups have been out of the news in recent months, but that doesn't mean they are not exploiting recent events--including the tumult on the stock market and the Monica Lewinsky scandal--to expand their base.

    That was the message in a new Anti-Defamation League report on the...

  • 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...

  • Divisions between Orthodox and Conservative Jews in the US

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    My grandparents were Orthodox Jews. They arrived on these shores shortly before the onset of the first world war and had four children, two sons and two daughters. Two of the children were artist-intellectuals, somewhat on the bohemian side (a musician and an artist) and quite...
  • Knowledge is Power

    By Beverly Gray

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Most Jews bring to the High Holidays indelible memories of their childhood. But those who have chosen to become Jewish as adults have their own special feelings about the holiday period. Such is the case with many graduates of the University of Judaism's Introduction to Judaism...
  • Kenneth Bob

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Kenneth Bob, a software executive from Long Island,N.Y., is registered to vote in this month's World Zionist Congresselections, but he's having a hard time deciding how to cast hisballot.

    His vote, along with those mailed in by 149,370other registered voters, will determine the makeup...

  • JDC’s Priority:

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union are in a desperate situation as a result of the transition from Communism to capitalism, said Michael Schneider, executive director of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).

    Schneider, in Los Angeles last week to talk with top...

  • In a Class of Its Own

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 17, 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...

  • Retracing History

    By Tom Tugend

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Israel's 50th anniversary celebration has brought forth a stream of reminiscences, not the least by American veterans seeking recognition for the contributions of overseas volunteers in the fledgling state's 1948-49 War of Independence.

    A useful overview of the role played by the men...

  • Taking the First Step

    September 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Taking the First Step

    More than 40 rabbis, from Orthodox to Reform, look for ways to increase respect among Jews

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax, Religion Editor

    One of them calls himself a hardliner. Another says he doesn't believe in pluralism. Still another admits he has...

  • The Russian Meltdown

    By James D

    September 3, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    For several years, Soviet Jewry activists in this country -- the term seems archaic, but nothing better has been invented -- have complained that their communal colleagues are ignoring the fate of the world's biggest endangered Jewish population.

    Maybe. But the relative silence of...

  • Opinion

    By Joel Kotkin

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Clinton, Lewinsky and the Jews

    By Joel Kotkin

    Arthur Hertzberg, arguably one of America's most prominent rabbis and Jewish intellectuals, has been a familiar guest at every White House since Lyndon...

  • Mideast

    By Eric Silver

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    A Divided Land

    By Eric Silver, Mideast Correspondent

    Recent murders in Hebron indicate a new trend in extremism

    What the Israeli right likes to call "the battle for the Land of Israel" is in danger of turning into a war of the ultras, Arab extremists...

  • Shylock Reinterpreted

    By Charles Marowitz

    August 27, 1998 | 7:59 pm

    Venice" is 400 years old. The play was first entered on the register of the Stationer's Company in July 1598, along with a proviso that it shouldn't be published till the Lord Chamberlain gave his consent. And that didn't happen until 1600. It may...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Why Be Jewish?

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    There is a story that haunts me this time of year.

    Franz Rosensweig. Photo from "My Jewish World"

    It is the story of a young Jew who lived in...

  • Community Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Supporting the Republican

    Some Orthodox Jews are throwing their support behind gubernatorial candidate Dan Lungren

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    State Attorney General Dan Lungren, the Republican candidate for governor, tested the waters of Jewish community...

  • Previewing the ‘Prince’

    By Tom Tugend

    August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Since Jeffrey Katzenberg started production three years ago of "The Prince of Egypt," an animated film version of the life of Moses, he has probably learned more about America's ethnic and religious sensitivities than any other Hollywood mogul.


  • Letters

    August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm

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    Crossing the Line

    Marlene Adler Marks' column on the aftermath...

  • Power, Politics And People

    August 13, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    J.J. Goldberg writes regularly for The Jewish Journal.


    The Cities Aren't Safe

    During his bizarre, self-incriminating appearance on the witness stand at the close of his...

  • Cover Story

    By Beverly Gray

    August 13, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    As Zionism turns 100 and Israel approaches 50, a Sept. 14 conference re-examines our affection for the Jewish State.

    Photo from Jerusalem in 3000 Years, Konemann, 1995.

    To many American Jews in their 20s, 30s and 40s, Zionism, the ancient dream of a Jewish homeland that spawned a...

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