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  • Repentance and Recovery

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Orthodox, Conservative and Reform rabbis attended a summerbrunch and took away "T'shuvah" greeting cards featuring artwork byRaphael Abecassis. Left to right, Joshua Bittan, Rabbi Zvi Block,Rabbi Haim Louk, Rabbi Alan Freehling, Rabbi Paul Dubin, Rabbi JoelRembaum, Rabbi Marvin...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Untitled, by Rose Mandel, 1947. Photofrom Catalogue of Pacific Dreams (Armand Hammer Museum 1995)

    Middle-Aged Marriage

    Dear Deborah,

    Why is it so much more difficult to recover fromour middle-age marital difficulties than it was when we were in our20s? We used to be able to...

  • 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...

  • Yale vs. the Orthodox

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Rachel Wohlgelernter

    Last week, Yale freshman Rachel Wohlgelernter of Los Angeles stoodwith her fiancé before a justice of the peace in Manhattan andwas civilly married.

    She wore her everyday clothes.

    When the bride and groom were pronounced man and wife, they didnot embrace or kiss...

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  • On Valor, Violinists and Vacations

    By Tom Tugend

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "A Hole in the Heart of the World" (Viking, $24.95) by JonathanKaufman

    The "hole" in the intriguing book title "A Hole in the Heart ofthe World" refers to the destruction of Central and Eastern EuropeanJewry under the two totalitarian scourges of this century: first, ofcourse, the...

  • My Bronx Tale

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    It's been 20 years since I last saw my cousin Mel. If weever had a personal conversation, I don't recall it. We keep in touchvia our parents, rumor substituting for facts in our extended familylife. Mel's father, Ben, died a few years ago; I never even sent himcondolences.

    A few...

  • 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...

  • The Story Behind Us

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    On the fourth Thursday of each November, we gather around a table laden with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pie, and we tell a story:

    In 1620, our Pilgrim ancestors escaped the tyranny of the Old World and braved a treacherous journey to find freedom on the shores of this...

  • 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...

  • Trial by Humor

    By Linda Feldman

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A few Sundays ago, while a tropicalFlorida rainstorm raged outside, my second cousin Laura,granddaughter of my aunt Ruthie, married Geraldo Morales, in aceremony led by a pastor who quoted Jeremiah and mentioned Jesus onlyonce (we were all counting). The groom's family was dressed in...

  • Flower Tower

    By Rob Eshman

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I'm sitting in front of Bernie and Ed Massey's television set,choking back tears.

    On screen plays a video about the brothers' latest public artproject. Among the powerful scenes, Ed Massey, the artist, helps aterminally ill boy of 6 paint a flowered panel. The colorful panelwill...

  • Passing the Torch

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "We are dwindling," says the 1939 Club's Fred Diament.

    "We are afraid of what will happen when we are no longer around tokeep the memory alive," says the Lodzer Organization of California'sKal Berson.

    The aging Holocaust survivors are speaking not only of fellowsurvivors but also of...

  • Skirball’s ‘Temporary Quarters’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Therman Statom, one of this country's pre-eminent experimentalglass artists, was perched atop a ladder beside hisprecarious-looking installation at the Skirball Cultural Center.

     

    Study for Sam Erenberg's "tabernacle," 1985.A study for"tabernacle," by Sam Erenberg, originally...

  • The Book on Olives

    By Rob Eshman

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    'Olives: The Life and Lore of a Noble Fruit,'

    by Mort Rosenblum (North Point Press, $25)

    In his endlessly fascinating book, "Olives: The Life and Lore of a Noble Fruit," Mort Rosenblum reminds us that domesticated olives were around before the Bible, "was a first draft scribbled on...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Dignity on Display

    By Rob Eshman

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Visitors to the museum discover the world of children who can'tsee, or can't hear, or have mental or other physicaldisabilities.


    How does it feel to be deaf? What does it mean tobe blind? What does a child in a wheelchair do at aplayground?

    Children and adults who visit the latest...

  • Fast Forward

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Tom Lehrer


    To some of us who were in college in the early 1960s, the nameTom Lehrer comes, in our pantheon, just below the Almighty andsomewhere above the Beatles.

    In 1966, when I was working for the BBC in Northern Ireland, aCatholic friend of mine played me "The Vatican Rag"...

  • From a Woman’s Perspective

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Left, Susan Merson starring in her play "Tribal Tales,"to be performed July 27. Above, playwright Jenna Zark, whose work "A Body of Water," will be performed this Sunday. In March, the Jewish Women's Theatre Project arrived on the Los Angeles scene with a festival of plays by...
  • On Exhibit: Diplomats and Émigrés

    By Tom Tugend

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Hiroki Sugihara (foreground) is among the five Simon Wiesenthal Center honorees in the new exhibit, "Visas for Life: The Righteous Diplomats." Members of a small and select club were remembered and honored on Monday with the opening of the exhibit "Visas for Life: The Righteous...
  • News of Our Own

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I see that it's time for the media to replay the perennial horror story known as The Dying Jew. "The Vanishing Jew," by Alan Dershowitz, is a mea culpa over his son's intermarriage. Elliot Abrams, the former Reagan administration official, has written "Faith or Fear: How Jews Can...

  • Beach Bio Bingo

    By Rob Eshman

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Eventually, we all will have to read a biography of Steven Spielberg. No other filmmaker, and few other humans, have had such an impact on the culture we live in and the one our children will inherit. So far, it looks like the biography we'll be reading will be Joseph McBride's...
  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Illustration from "Painting with Passion," 1994. Photo-illustration by Carvin Knowles

    Losing My Religion

    Dear Deborah,

    My husband and I have decided to get a divorce, and we have amicably worked everything out -- finances, custody, etc. What has become acrimonious and ugly are our...

  • The Facts

    June 26, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Where does a parent -- a Jewish mother -- begin a frank consideration of her daughter's sexuality? As the Zen master says, you have to start from where you are, and then let it flow.

    I am a single mom, and as a single mom, my sex life is pretty much on display. There's nothing I can...

  • 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...

  • Barney’s Version

    June 26, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Author Mordechai Richler

    "Barney's Version"by Mordechai Richler, (Knopf, $25)

    Like some of his Jewish contemporaries to the south, Canadian novelist Mordechai Richler has mined a literary career from thefertile terrain of assimilationist Jewish culture, most notably inbooks such as "The Apprenticeship of...

  • 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...

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