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  • Norway to Pay Shoah Victims

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Norway has begun accepting applications for the approximately $60 million fund it created in March for Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Applicants will be eligible for as much as $25,500. Further information is available from: The Ministry of Justice, Civil Department, P.O. Box 8005...

  • California Pressures Insurers to Settle Holocaust-era Claims

    By Tom Tugend

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    California's top officials, legislators and private organizations are throwing their collective weight behind a series of measures aimed at pressuring European insurance companies into settling claims from the Holocaust era.

    The charge is being led by Gov. Gray Davis and state...

  • Rabbi Steven B. Jacobs lobbies for the release of three captive Americans

    By Tom Tugend

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Steven B. Jacobs was received at the White House on Monday, together with other members of the Rev. Jesse Jackson's mission to Belgrade that successfully lobbied President Slobodan Milosevic of Yugoslavia for the release of three captive American soldiers, he passed on a...
  • Questions for the Board Room

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Let me share with you three scenes.

    Last Sunday, I spent part of a pleasant afternoon at Pan Pacific Park, site of the Israel Independence Day Festival. Those who tally the numbers estimate that 40,000 people turned out for the celebration. There were booths staffed by Jewish...

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  • Making a Case for Victims of the Holocaust

    By Professor Burt Neuborne

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    What progress have American courts made in bringing legal closure to some of the appalling evils perpetrated by the Nazis during their reign of terror?

    First we have to understand what is actually going on. There are five sets of cases currently pending: The first was filed in 1996...

  • The Warrior and Witness

    By Eric Silver

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Ben-Zion Blustein, the teen-age lone survivor of a White Russian Jewish family, spent most of World War II on the run, hiding in the forest, fighting with the partisans against the German occupiers and their local collaborators.

    In July 1944, when the Russians liberated the area near...

  • A Reason for Remembrance

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Once upon a time, we celebrated holidays and honored men and women and moments from our past as though they were charged with meaning. Armistice Day, Independence Day, Lincoln's birthday. I remember a Memorial Day, in 1976, when everyone marched through the six-block town to the...

  • A Journey into the Heart of Darkness

    By Michael D. Braun

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There was something haunting about taking the train. The aged boxcars on a parallel track seemed frozen in time. I quieted my thoughts. After all, the train was a necessary evil. This bitter irony was not lost on me as the train sped from Munich to Dachau on probably the very same...
  • Pesach on the Autobahn

    By Marvin J. Wolf

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    It was nearly midnight when Louis Roth's seder ended and we packed ourselves into my old Bug. My wife, Kyongcha, rode shotgun; Steve, my 12-year-old brother, shared the cramped back seat with a case of matzo and boxes of kosher-for-Passover canned goods from the chaplain's office. It...
  • On the Rise

    By Julia Goldman

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Vandalism against Jewish institutions and property rose slightly in 1998, ending a three-year decline in reported anti-Semitic incidents, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

    In 1998, 1,611 acts of vandalism and harassment directed against Jews were reported in 42 states and the...

  • Laborers File Suit for Wartime Injustices

    By Tom Tugend

    March 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Jews who worked as slave laborers during the Nazi era are one step closer to receiving some measure of compensation for their ordeal.

    After months of torturous negotiations, an agreement has been reached to establish a $5.2 billion fund for these victims of the Holocaust, according...

  • He Said, She Said, We Said

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    "Two Jews, Three Opinions" (Berkeley, $24.95) is the kind of book you assume has been around for centuries, if only because the concept has. But it's new, and well worth picking up. The brainchild of Sandee Brawarsky and Deborah Mark, it is a thick and juicy compilation of...

  • Going After Generation Next

    By Ruth Stroud

    February 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    There's a bit of dialogue that Ben Younger wrote for his first film, "Boiler Room," that sums up the slippery morality of the hotshot young stockbrokers whose world he examines:

    "My father once asked me where my work ethic is. Looking back now, I realized that wasn't the problem. I...

  • Terms of Endearment

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    With everything going on lately -- the royal demise, the presidential trial, Mike Tyson's latest bust -- you may have missed the big legal story out of Israel last week.

    That's a pity. Besides being a blockbuster news event, this story tells you a lot about Israel today. It also...

  • 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...

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