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  • 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...
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  • 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...

  • Justice for Jonathan Pollard

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine that it is 1940, and Great Britain is fighting Hitler's Nazi Germany almost alone. Imagine, further, that an American who loves both America and England and hates the Nazis works in American intelligence and has access to secret files concerning Germany that, for whatever...
  • What Scarlett O’Hara Can Teach Us

    By Linda Feldman

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    When I was 16, I used to cut school, take the E-train to Union Square and stand around listening to the Communist speakers rant about injustice. You could say I was passion-challenged, living in Queens and attending Jamaica High School.

    I was the kid who had a crush on television...

  • 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...

  • ‘Mendel & Moses’

    By Teresa Strasser

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    When Mendel Moscowitz is transported from Brooklyn to ancient Egypt, the juxtaposition of a whiny New Yorker on the eve of the Exodus is supposed to create the setting for campy high jinks and musical hilarity.

    Billed as "Fiddler on the Roof" meets "The Ten Commandments," original...

  • A Woman’s Voice

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Though the June 3 Los Angeles municipal election has garnered little attention in the general press, there are two races of special interest to The Journal readership.

    First, we must note the changing of the guard in the Valley/West Los Angeles council seat, being vacated, after 32...

  • The Boom Years

    By Rob Eshman

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    If you look out the window of Room 120 at Sinai Akiba Academy, you'll see a hole. The hole is the size of a city block. It goes four stories deep into the earth, near where Wilshire and Beverly Glen boulevards cross. One year from now, the hole will be fitted with a parking garage to...
  • Lovers and Others

    By Diane Arieff

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Tuck Milligan as Man and Tracey Ellis as Woman in "Swan Song," one of the short plays by Debbie Pearl in "Sex."
    Like the uneven romantic fortunes of a veteran dater, "Sex" plays like a series of disparate encounters that range from memorable to better-off-forgotten. Playwright...

  • A Woman’s Voice

    May 15, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A few weeks ago, I saw my husband walking across the street, near the dry cleaners. He was wearing khakis, a beige shirt and the brown belt I bought him for his 48th birthday, the one with the gold buckle. I couldn't see the buckle, because I only saw him from behind. But I knew that...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    May 15, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A fable: There was a king who collected jewels. One night, he dreamed that somewhere in the world, there was a ring with strange, magical powers: When one was sad, it could make him happy. When he was giddy and drunk, it could sober him and bring him back to himself. When he was...

  • Up Front

    By Rob Eshman

    May 15, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Go into any synagogue, in any part of this town, and you will find them -- people whose courageous stories of survival during the Holocaust could each be the subject of a compelling movie or book. The Holocaust Remembrance Project of North Hollywood's Temple Beth Hillel more than...

  • 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...

  • A Woman’s Voice

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 8, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    My friend Jane and I met for dinner last week andhad a good laugh about death. California's political campaign season is just commencing, and we were discussing, in an off hand way, what my husband, an attorney, might have made of an upcoming ballot proposition were he still among...

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