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  • 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...

  • Up Front

    May 28, 1998 | 8:00 pm











    Attention: Jim Cameron

    When my family gets...

  • Opinion

    By Joel Kotkin

    May 28, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Gray Davis

    On the surface, Gray Davis -- with his immaculately combed hair, preppy suits and almost mannequin-like WASPy demeanor -- seems like the Gentile from central casting. Yet it's likely no...

  • Seining Off

    May 14, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    American Jewswoke up in a different country today, now that "Seinfeld" signed off.

    We no longer live in a country whose favoriteentertainment is to turn on the tube and watch a New York Jew sitaround schmoozing dyspeptically with his friends. After nine seasonsand 170 episodes, Jerry...

  • Casting His Vote

    By Ivor Davis

    May 14, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Sixty one and still full of surprises, that'sWarren Beatty. This weekend, Beatty goes head to head at the boxoffice with "The Horse Whisperer," starring that other senior iconRobert Redford. Redford, like his contemporary Beatty, not only starsbut also directs and produces his movie....

  • Recalling the Danish’Miracle’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 14, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    John Davis has produced such blockbusters as "TheFirm," "Courage Under Fire," "The Chamber" and the upcoming "Dr.Dolittle."

    But "Miracle at Midnight," a much more modest TVmovie that airs Sunday night on ABC's "The Wonderful World ofDisney," has taken him a decade to bring to the...

  • Remembering Poland’s Jews

    By William Yelles

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish roots in predominantly Catholic Poland canbe traced back to the 11th century. But when an estimated 88 percentof the 3.3 million Jews in Poland died in the Holocaust, thecountry's thriving Yiddish theater, literature and culture ceased toexist as well.

    The Jewish response to...

  • Beyond ‘Schindler’sList’

    By Tom Tugend

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    "He was a satyr, a black marketeer, a drunk and a savior."

    The pithy description by author Thomas Keneallyrefers, of course, to Oskar Schindler, the flawed but ultimatelyheroic German businessman who saved his 1,200 Jewish employees duringthe Holocaust.

    The man and the myth will be...

  • A Woman’s Voice

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 30, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Israel has always meant a lot to my parents, butit was my mother who took the Jewish state personally. She waspregnant at the time Israel was being created, in the spring of 1948,and to this day, she still describes the joy -- the triumph! -- ofbringing a new life into a world where...

  • The Editor’s Corner

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    April 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The good news about Passover in America circa 1998is that more Jews than ever are embracing the holiday. It has become,as Dr. Ron Wolfson tells us (in the Passover section), our mostpopular Jewish holiday. Even non-Jews seek an invitation to a sederat the home of Jewish friends.


  • Taking the First Step

    April 8, 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...

  • Community

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    While many note the westward journey of Jews intoareas such as Calabasas, West Hills and Agoura, few realize there's asmall renaissance going on in the East Valley.

    As real estate prices rise in the West SanFernando and Conejo...

  • Community Briefs

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    "Israel at 50" will be the theme of a countywide observance sponsored by the Ventura County UJA/Federation during April, May and June.

    Israeli and American experts will speak to many of the 19 UJA-affiliated groups on such topical issues as Arab-Israeli relations and religious...

  • Passover

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm


    Seder at Spago,et. al.

    More and more restaurants put Passover on themenu.

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer

    "I'm a Jewish girl, and my husband's a Catholic,"says Barbara Lazaroff, who has been married for 15 years to renownedchef Wolfgang Puck.

    About 12 years ago, Passover was a...

  • The Arts

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Max (Clive Owen, left) and Horst (Lothaire Bluteau) in"Bent."

    What a peculiar piece of work is "Bent." The film version ofMartin Sherman's play, first presented on the London stage in 1979,and later on Broadway, has taken almost 20 years to come to thescreen. It's not difficult to...

  • Community

    By Ruth Stroud

    March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Before therewas "Ellen," Chastity Bono, Rock Hudson's death from AIDS, or AIDSitself, there was Beth Chayim Chadashim. The year was 1972, and mostlesbians and gay men were deep in the closet. For four gay Jews whoshowed up for a rap session at Metropolitan Community Church in...

  • Spin Cycle

    March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    By J.J. Goldberg

    Spin Cycle

    A spate of new polls shows Jewsdivided, Arafat unpopular and pollsters getting rich

    Some startling revelations have emerged aboutAmerican Jews and the way they view the Middle East, following lastweek's publication of parts of a new American Jewish...

  • Jews, Movies and the American Dream

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Writer-director-producer Simcha Jacobovici insists hisdocumentary debunks the myth that Jews control Hollywood.

    Right,Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures on a Hollywood set, circa 1940.

    It's perhaps not coincidental that the nightbefore the Academy Awards, you can catch a documentary...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    It was my third funeral of the week, and I wastired of death. I thought this one would be easier than the others,since it was an elderly woman who suffered terribly and truly wantedto die. Her name was Sarah; her only relatives left were her nephew,Harry, and his son, Joel.

    So I...

  • 50th Anniversary of ‘Calamity’

    By Larry Derfner

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Palestinians have an official term for whathappened to them when Israel gained its independence 50 years ago:"Nakba," or, in English, "Calamity." In the failed Arab attack on theJews in 1948, some 600,000 Arabs fled the land or, in tens ofthousands of cases, were expelled.

    The Nakba...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Why is this night different from all other nights?

    On all other occasions, Judaism compels us to penetrate our façades to discover who we really are. On Purim, we don masks and costumes and pretend to be who we're not. Year-round, we seek a clear appreciation of life and a true...

  • Taster’s Choice

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Here is how three generations of my family haveobserved the holiday of Purim, as seen through variations on therecipe for hamantaschen.

    Strong and Sturdy I asked my father's cousin Ritahow the family celebrated Purim when she was young.

    "Celebrate?" she said. "We weren't a...

  • Singles

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    It's Friday night, and you're at the table for another week's end.A Shabbat dinner like any other -- wine, challah and blessingspartaken amid some gregarious company. Oh, and the predominantlanguage spoken here is Russian.

    That's right -- Russian. You have just gotten a taste of a...

  • The Results Are In

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Rumors of the imminent demise of theJewish population of Los Angeles are a little premature. For yearswe've been hearing that the rate of intermarriage in Los Angeles islikely among the worst in the nation -- probably more than 50percent, perhaps as high as 70 percent in some areas.


  • Marco Polo Redux

    By Rob Eshman

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Travelers Meiand John Krich

    The affinity of Jews to Chinese food reaches its apotheosis inJohn Krich's "Won Ton Lust: Adventures in Search of the World's BestChinese Restaurant" (Kodansha, $24). It's no outrageous stereotype tostate that, as a people, American Jews seem to need a good...

  • PhotographyImages from the Territory of Belief

    By Diane Arieff

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Top, "Encampent in the Wilderness of Paran, Sinai," circa 1875.Above, "Moses' Well, Jebel Musa," 1868-69. Below "Arab Man inProfile," from the 1850s. Photos from "Revealing the Holy Land,"1997.


    In the company of his friend, fellow world traveler andphotographer Maxime du Camp, French...

  • Broadway, Los Angeles Isn’t

    By Tom Tugend

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    ArtisticDirector Gordon Davidson

    Speaking at the Skirball Center recently, Gilbert Cates of theGeffen Theater in Westwood told an anecdote to illustrate,indirectly, why Los Angeles theaters don't draw audiences as dothose, say, in his native New York.

    Seems this elderly lady was about...

  • Letters

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Thank you very much for your articles about the state of Beth OlamCemetery. Nobody was aware that it was in danger of being padlocked,abandoned, and subsequently available for vandalism and scavengers.To those many of us who have close relatives interred there and havepaid for graves...
  • Community

    By Shlomit Levy

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    More than 40 Jews planted a sapling at the Sepulveda DamRecreation Area as part of the third annual COEJL Jewish EnvironmentLeadership Training Institute. Photo by Shlomit Levy

    Connecting Judaism to the Environment

    Last weekend's COEJL conference brings

    together 100 activists

    By Shlomit...

  • The Prophet

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Abraham Joshua Heschel said that he prayed for one thing: the giftof wonder. He prayed for astonishment, for the capacity to besurprised. As he wrote, "I try not to be stale. I try to remainyoung. I have one talent, and that is the capacity to be tremendouslysurprised at life and...

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