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  • Access Hollywood

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Access Hollywood

    Two entertainment lawyers use A-listconnections to advance Jewish causes

    Harvey Silbert: No "No's"

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Entertainment Editor

    Left to right, Harvey Silbert, with Barbara andFrank Sinatra. Silbert says the late Sinatra, who helped fund abuilding at Hebrew...

  • You seem to be a nice guy, so what are you doing living in Austria?

    By Tom Tugend

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    "You seem to be a nice guy, so what are you doingliving in Austria?"

    It's a question that Paul Grosz, the president ofVienna's Jewish community, has come to expect from foreign visitors,and he responds indirectly and somewhat wearily.

    "It's not taboo for a Jew in London or New York...

  • 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...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    March 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Context is everything. Certainly, this must besaid concerning the curious opening of this week's Torah portion. Forthe portion opens with a command that has been issued many timesbefore: the command to observe the seventh day as a day of rest.There is no new information here. The...

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  • Valley High

    By Julie G Fax

    March 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    When Chabad decides to open a new center, itdoesn't bother with demographic studies, focus groups or testmarketing.

    In the words of Rabbi Mordechai Einbender,associate director of Chabad of the Valley, "We just make a pot ofchulent and hope people come."

    Usually, they come.

    They've...

  • 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...

  • How Jewish Fragmentation Alters Ties withCatholics

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Interfaith understanding will take a big leapforward this spring.

    On May 18, a group of 30 Jewish, Moslem andChristian scholars will gather at Auschwitz for a three-dayconference on religion and violence. Participants will include theOrthodox chief rabbi of Haifa, the Moslem primate...

  • 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...

  • Israel’s Chief Rabbi Visits YULA

    By Tom Tugend

    March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Photo by Peter Halmagyi Israel Meir Lau, the Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel, humorously ridiculed the concept of a joint institute with Orthodox, Conservative and Reform rabbis to prepare candidates for conversion in Israel, while appealing to the non-Orthodox branches of Judaism to...
  • Letters

    March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    I found your article "Weathering the Crisis"(March 13) little more than loshonhora (gossip). I have been in a fewmedical institutions in my 20 years as a registered nurse, but nonesuch as the City of Hope, until seven years ago when I was diagnosedwith acute leukemia and required a...

  • 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...

  • A Liberal Feminist Meets ModernOrthodoxy

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The second International Conference onOrthodoxy and Feminism was held at New York's Grand Hyatt Hotel overPresidents Day weekend. For liberal women like me, such conferencesare a thrill even from a distance. Two thousand women attended,double the number at the pioneering event a year...

  • Multiple

    By Shlomit Levy

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Ella Lewenz, pictured with one of her children,is the subject of her granddaughter's documentary.
    Filmmaker Myles Berkowitz made the comedy "20 Dates" on a budget of$60,000.

    Park City, Utah --

    Jewish filmmakers descended on this snowy townlast month for their annual 11-day-long holiday...

  • Coming of Age

    By Julie G Fax

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Left to right, Whittier Havurah membersMort Meskin, Ellen Meskin, Howard Schwartz, Lenore Leshin and ShelOsman.

    Long obscured by its tongue-twister name andmisunderstood ideology, Reconstructionism is coming on strong. Infact, it just might be the fastest-growing Jewishdenomination.

    ...

  • God Takes the Field

    By Larry Derfner

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    There's nothing more peculiarly, confoundinglyIsraeli than soccer on Shabbat. But it may be coming to an end. It'sa sign of the times.

    For 70 years, big-league soccer games in Israel --or, before 1948, in Palestine -- have been played on Shabbat. Whilethe game is beloved by all...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Deeply ingrained ideas die hard. This week'sparasha,however, helps to ring the death knell for one such idea. Many of ushave been trained to believe that the Torah's commandments can bebroken down into two basic categories. These re: the mitzvot we do for God and themitzvot we do for...
  • Los Angeles, 5758

    By Julie G Fax

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    There was noquestion: Of the three rabbis sitting up on the dais at UCLA Hillel,Rabbi Shlomo Riskin had the toughest sell. After all, audiences whocome to hear panels on pluralism usually bristle at Orthodoxy'sseeming exclusivity.

    But, true to self, Riskin didn't let theanticipation...

  • Power, Politics And People

    February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli lawmaker Alex Lubotsky was having a bad day on Jan. 29. Hehad come to Jerusalem's Ramada hotel to address a visiting group ofOrthodox Jews from America, to plead for their support of thecompromise conversion plan authored by Finance Minister YaakovNeeman.

    He didn't have much...

  • Singles: The Debate

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Wedding Goblet by Max Kohler the Younger, Breslau, 1752. SilverGilt. Photo from "Jewish Art,"1995.

    She Says

    On Jewish Men

    By Anonymous

    I would like to offer a new spin on intermarriage. Some of us arechoosing to marry non-Jews, not to escape our Jewishness but becauseit is our last...

  • Love, Jewish-American Style

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Despite the abundance of Jewish filmmakers in the entertainmentindustry, Jewish Americans fall somewhere ahead of Asian-Americansand well below Anglo- and African-Americans as a group represented oncelluloid. And no one is more aware of that than film historian andauthor Harry...
  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    My older cousin, Earl, was into Judaism in a bigway when I was a kid. I mean, he was cool and everything -- playedguitar, had long hair, a beard, earth shoes and his own room in theattic -- but the guy loved to daven. From what I can remember, thismade him something of an exception...
  • Singles

    By Teresa Strasser

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    I had hoped that it would be an "empowering"experience, going to the movies alone on New Year's Eve.

    And I really wanted it to be. But when I sat alonein a dark theater at midnight, sipping my Diet Coke and munchinggreasy popcorn, I didn't feel as Erica Jong as I had hoped.

    Truth be...

  • CommunityMilken’s Class Acts

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Left to right, Dr. Joseph Hakimi, Chaya Shamie, MarianneSiegel, Lowell Milken, Tova Baichman-Kass and Lynn Karz.

    Every year, the Milken Family Foundation gives public recognitionand $10,000 each to education professionals "who have madesignificant contributions to excellence in day...

  • Judaism & Homosexuality

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Left to right, panelist Rabbi Elliott Dorff of University ofJudaism, Rabbi Lisa Edwards of Beth Chayim Chadashim, moderator Mark Levine, panelist Rabbi Leila Gal Berner and lawyer and AIDS activistDavid Rephun, the panelist from an Orthodox background. Below,panelist Rabbi Allen...

  • Up Front

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Kosher Ahoy!

     

    Should you eat it as a sandwich, or break it apart and eat thecookie part separately from the cream?

    Kosher-observant Jews will now be faced with that classic Americandilemma with the historic koshering of the Oreo, billed by makerNabisco as America's favorite cookie.

    It's...

  • 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...

  • ALMANAC

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    For four millenia, the Jewish homeland hassurvived either as dream or reality. A nomadic tribe began migratinginto the Land of Canaan in the early second millenium B.C.E. Theirhistory of wandering, exodus and eventual conquest of Canaan, whichthey renamed Israel, forms the core story...

  • Warring Tribes

    By Larry Derfner

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Theoriginal idea, born after the 1948 War of Independence, was that allJews in Israel would be equal. No poor, no "ethnics," no excessivelyreligious people unless they were too stubborn to change. The nearly2 million Jewish immigrants (at first chiefly from Middle Easterncountries,...

  • A Birthday Rich With Questions

    By David Hartman

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The mirror of 50 years of statehood reflects ourwarts as well as our beauty marks. We can no longer sustain the mythof pure innocence nor can we suppress the worry we feel about ourfuture when reviewing our past.

    The history of Zionism is not a simple,one-dimensional story of good...

  • Deconstructing Woody

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Woody Allen, Elizabeth Shue and Billy Crystal.


    Film: Deconstructing Woody

    By Sally Ogle Davis


    Remember when Woody Allen, following the Soon Yi scandal, wasasked by the "60 Minutes" reporter how he could sleep with hisstepdaughter? He didn't seem to understand the question....

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