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  • Friendship Among

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    This is 1997 A.D. (anno Domini, or in the year ofthe Lord), according to Christians, who date the calendar from thebirth of Jesus.

    The Islamic calendar is dated from 622 A.D., fromthe hegira, the flight of Mohammed from Mecca to Medina.

    Jews celebrate the New Year, 5758, a date that...

  • Honoring Community Mitzvahs

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Top, left to right, Ilana Weinberg, Larry Weinberg, MarkBorovitz and Barbi Weinberg. Above right, Pauline Ledeen. Above left,Audrey Irmas.

    September is awards season in Los Angeles. Evenbefore the Emmys were handed out last weekend, the Jewish FederationCouncil of Greater Los...

  • Zionism 101

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Avrum Burg (left, chairman of the Jewish Agency, spoke at theconference.

    Photos by Peter Halmagyi

    Organizers of last weekend's "Celebration of Israel" conference inSanta Monica had cause to be elated after a day of talking aboutZionism. More than 400 people, drawn primarily from...

  • Letters

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Jane Lazarre's article "Raising Black Sons: AJewish Mother's Meditation," (Sept. 5) struck a deep chord in me. I,too, am raising black-Jewish children: a son, Boaz, and a daughter,Chana.

    As a black-Jewish parent, I often worry howseverely they will be affected when they first feel...

  • Kirk Douglas’ Greatest Role

    By Tom Tugend

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Douglas in "Cast a Giant Shadow."

    After surviving a 1991 helicopter crash, Douglas,80, has taken a greater interest in Judaism.

    Kirk Douglas' Greatest Role

    The legendary actor rediscovers and redefines his Jewish side

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    When Kirk Douglas was in his...

  • A Perfect Union

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Complete with a ketubah signing, champagne, speeches and a few tears, the installation of Rabbi Michael Beals at B'nai Tikvah Congregation in Westchester seemed more like a wedding. More than 300 people attended the Sept. 7 event. Among the speakers were Rabbi Elliot Dorff, rector of...
  • Food

    By Rob Eshman

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Just one floor beneath the legendary Polo Lounge atthe Beverly Hills Hotel, there's a large room that, for much of theweek, remains locked. The chef has the key. So does the cateringmanager. But if they ever want to so much as crack open the door,they can't do so alone. First, they...

  • A Taste of Kosher L.A.

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Think kosher food, and you think blintzes, kishke, brisket, tsimmes, matzo balls, corned beef on rye.

    You don't immediately think of fajitas, smoked-salmon quiche, turkey burgers with onion rings, rosemary-grilled breast of chicken with braised leeks and forest mushrooms, or...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The first question asked of the human being in theTorah is God's question of Adam: "Where are you?"

    Pay attention to the Torah's questions. Read themas if they were italicized, written in red or underlined. For thequestions capture the essence of the Torah's lesson. "Am I...

  • Igniting Israel’s Powder Keg

    By Larry Derfner

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The Reform movement's kindergarten in the Jerusalem suburb of Mevasseret Zion was torched by arsonists on the eve of Monday's opening of the school year. No one was injured, but the kindergarten's walls were blackened with soot, windows were broken, and equipment and toys were...
  • Letters

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    It is very concerning that The Jewish Journal has been reluctant to recognize why there is an uproar about the play "Mendel and Moses" ("The Play's Not the Thing," Aug. 1).

    A number of months ago, I received a call from a Jewish cast member in the production who told me she had left...

  • Happy Anniversary

    By Beverly Gray

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    My 25th wedding anniversary iscoming up fast. Wish me luck.

    I'll need all the good fortune I can muster,thanks to one of the ways I've chosen to mark this momentousoccasion. Of course, Bernie and I will be celebrating conventionally,with a party for some of our oldest friends. But, in...

  • The World is More Than a Wedding

    By Linda Feldman

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "The Invention of Life," by René Magritte, 1926.

    When my kids were still preschoolers,young enough to be influenced by my every word, I used to have thisspiel about marrying out of Judaism. It went something like this:"It's an insult to the 6 million who died only because they...

  • What’s Wrong With

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    First, please understand that it has nothing to dowith health. The laws of kashrut -- the food restrictions imposedupon Jews by the Bible and the Talmud -- were not intended to keep ushealthy. Trust me, one can eat very kosher but very unhealthily.Kashrut is a symbol system. The...

  • Finding the Adult Within

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "So, tell me, what are you looking for in awoman?" I ask.

    "Someone kind and gentle, intelligent, educated,cultured, witty, fun, a professional, independent, but interested intraditional things, Jewish, haimish, warm, family-oriented...andthin, tall, attractive, blond, well-dressed."...

  • Another Melee Erupts as Women Pray with Men at WesternWall

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The forcible eviction of the worshipers from Judaism's mostrevered site came as thousands gathered there to mark Tisha B'Av, afast day marking the traditional anniversary of the destruction of,first, Solomon's Temple and, then, Herod's Temple.

    The men and women were worshiping...

  • Bringing Liberal and Orthodox Jews Together

    By Rabbi Richard N. Levy

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "We All Stood at Sinai" Above, an aerial view of the area believed to be Mount Sinai. From"The Synagogue," Phaidon, 1995. A few weeks ago, the heads of the three major rabbinical organizations in North America met for conversation at Congregation Mogen David in West Los Angeles. For...
  • Wolpe Reaches Sinai

    By Tom Tugend

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi David J. Wolpe, along with his wife and 6-month-old daughter, arrived in Los Angeles from New York on June 30.

    On July 1, he was at his desk to start his new job as senior rabbi of Sinai Temple in Westwood, the oldest and one of the most prominent Conservative congregations in...

  • Letters

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Responses to Sexuality

    I was disappointed by your June 27 issue, which overall equates non-marital sex with maturity, and warns parents not to be judgmental about their children's behavior. In light of evidence showing that people who are sexually active prior to marriage have more...

  • On Jews and Judaism

    By Ari L. Goldman

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Ann Terrick, the rabbi's secretary, said that her boss wasn't taking calls but that she would dial him anyway. It's been a little more than two months since Rabbi Isaiah Zeldin, 77, was felled by a mild heart attack, but his voice booms through the receiver as he picks up the phone....
  • Daring To Be Different

    By Diane Arieff

    June 26, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    As any parent will tell you, shepherding girls over the treacherous bridge of adolescence is no easy task. Making sure that there is a Jewish dimension to the journey adds other challenges. There are no easy answers. But a conversation with Tamar Frankiel seems a good place to begin....

  • Getting Their Kicks In

    June 26, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Ali Taylor gives a knee to Amir Perets at the Krav Maga National Training Center in West Los Angeles.

    Getting Their Kicks In

    Krav maga is going national. The scrappy, Israeli self-defense system is reaching the American mainstream at an almost incongruously lavish, new National...

  • 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...

  • Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Professor Sandler at the podium; Simha and Sara Lainer (right) with Profesor EcksteinWhen Professor Shmuel Sandler was named first incumbent of the Lainer Chair in Democracy and Civility at Bar-Ilan University, he faced an immediate semantic problem.

    "There is no word for 'civility'...

  • Community

    By Ari L. Goldman

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Setting a Conciliatory Tone

    By Ari L Goldman

    Yossef Kanefsky and Ed Feinstein belong to an emerging generation of brash, younger Los Angeles rabbis who are distinguishing themselves by enthusiastically -- and openly -- embracing Jews who hold dramatically different beliefs.

    At a...

  • 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 Mirror of

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Lawrence Kushner tells of the time he brought a nursery-school class into the synagogue sanctuary for a tour. He showed them the bimah, the ner tamid, the cantor's and rabbi's lecterns. Finally, the tiny kids stood before the huge doors of the Holy Ark.

    "What do you suppose is...


    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I often thought that I must have been put into the wrong slot when I was born," writes Nan Fink in her new book, "Stranger in the Midst: A Memoir of Spiritual Discovery" (Basic Books, $23), a chronicle of her conversion to Judaism.

    Fink's devout Christian fundamentalist grandmother...

  • Converts to Judaism Can Now Find Each Other Online

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Converts to Judaism can now find each other -- and counsel from several rabbis -- on line.

    On America Online, for example, there are currently 489 postings in a "Jews by Choice" area. Just click on keyword "Jewish" to get to the Jewish area called Jewish Community Online. There, click...

  • Ruth’s Legacy

    By Tom Tugend

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    At next week's Shavuot services, the moving words from the Book of Ruth, expressing the biblical convert's pledge of fidelity to Judaism, will be read in synagogues around the world.

    Echoes of the story of the Moabite woman, stemming from a people cursed in Deuteronomy but whose seed...

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