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  • A French Twist

    By Tom Tugend

    July 3, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    La Libre Parole an illustrations from "The Accused, the Dreyfus Trilogy" 1996

    A French Twist

    'The Accused' addresses the Dreyfus Affair,

    and the anti-Semitism of 1890s France,

    from various, odd angles

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    Few, other than historians of the period, will...

  • The Birds

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 26, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Baruch Finkelstein has an unhappy revelation for his fellow Modern Orthodox Jews: Your teen-agers are dating, fooling around, perhaps having sex. They are no different from non-Orthodox Jewish teens.

    "The Orthodox community has been ignoring this," says Finkelstein, 38, who...

  • Compromise

    By Eric Silver

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Binyamin Netanyahu's crises never come singly. One, of prime interest to American Jewry, was put on hold this week. Another, which hogged the headlines for Israelis, ended with blood on the saddle.

    Leaders of American Reform and Conservative movements reached an agreement, in...

  • The Family Man

    June 12, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The restaurant billboard advertised its Father's Day brunch in letters too large to miss.

    "If I had a father, we could take him out to eat," my daughter, Samantha, said, as we drove by.

    Samantha's voice held no accusation; she was entirely matter of fact. But I took it personally...

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  • 10 Ways to Welcome Converts

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Maller has written dozens of articles on conversion during his 30 years at Temple Akiba, Culver City. In "God, Sex and Kabbalah" (Samuel Weiser), he notes that many converts to Judaism were found to have Jewish ancestors. -- Ari L. Noonan



  • Finding Their Way

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Her husband, Christopher, a pianist and composer, agrees.

    "Sometimes, when I play at Jewish weddings, I have to explain to them that the kiddush should come before the motzi, the blessing of the bread."

    Like most converts, the Hardins take the precepts of their adopted faith more...

  • Up Front

    By Tom Tugend

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Sister Rose Thering with Monsignor Robert Sheeran The first thing that catches the eye when meeting Sister Rose Thering is the large pendant of a Star of David intertwined with a Cross dangling from her neck.

    The pendant is a kind of shorthand for the Dominican nun's lifework as...

  • Who Was Bart Crum?

    By Rob Eshman

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Who was Bart Crum? Now there's a question that separates the young from the old, or, to be kind, the younger from the older.

    For the generation that came of age in the 1940s and 1950s, Crum was a ubiquitous actor on the national stage. With Zelig-like frequency, he appeared at the...

  • Celebrating Israel’s Independence

    May 22, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    While it may be true that if you ask two Jews a question, you're likely to get three different opinions, it appears that thousands were in agreement last Sunday: The Israel Independence Day Festival at Hansen Dam was the place to be to celebrate the Jewish State's 49th birthday....
  • Looking for God in All the Wrong Places

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    May 8, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Why is it that when Jews seek spiritual wisdom, they'll go almost anywhere except their own traditions? Look into any cult, any radical new therapy, any metaphysical society or meditating community, and you'll find Jews far beyond our proportion in the population. And should they...
  • Remembering

    By William Yelles

    May 8, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Author Chaim Potok delivered the keynote address at the ceremony.

    Many members of the Los Angeles Jewish community along with numerous dignitaries, including Gov. Pete Wilson, gathered last Sunday to commemorate Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, during ceremonies at Sinai...

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