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  • Community

    By Tom Tugend

    June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    Hier Backs Schom

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    Ambassador Thomas G. Borer, Switzerland's point man in dealing with his country's wartime legacy, accuses Schom of "McCarthyite guilt-by-association tactics," in an Op-Ed article in Wednesday's (June 17) Los Angeles...

  • Letters

    June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Regarding your June 5 cover story: If Jews are so special -- and I believe we are -- when are we going to find or create visual images of ourselves other than those from 18th century Eastern Europe that can inspire us today?

    As...

  • A Vote at a Time

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The big political story that's emerged from last week's California primary is not the Davis-Lungren gubernatorial race nor the high-profile propositions. The big story is yet unfolding and takes us to a small corner of our town, in the east end of the San Fernando Valley. At this...

  • A Future So Bright

    By Beverly Gray

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Jessica Shpall (Beverly Hills High School. Will attend UC San Diego.)

    "I went to Israel last summer, and I had a rebirth. I definitely want to start Hebrew in the fall."

    Erin...

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  • The Arts

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    [Film]   

    Director Lisa Cholodenko, above, lured actresses Patricia Clarkson and Ally Sheedy, top to her movie, originally a project at Columbia's graduate film school.

    Cholodenko's 'High Art'

    ...

  • Los Angeles 5758

    By Julie G Fax

    June 2, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Your rabbi is a banana. Your cantor thinks she'sJohn Lennon. And the entire congregation is singing Beatlestunes.

    A nightmare? A parallel universe?

    No, it's just Purim at Sha'arei Am: The SantaMonica Synagogue, and Rabbi Jeff Marx's megillah reading is just oneof many bizarre scenes...

  • Letters

    May 28, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    In his May 8 column "The Racialization of L.A.Politics," Joel Kotkin makes the point that "reasoned debate" on therelative merits of Proposition 227 is not taking place, because of "the issue's rapid racialization." I would like to attempt somereasoned debate by describing what is in...

  • Is Youth Served?

    By Rob Eshman

    May 28, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    As Zionism turns 100 and Israel approaches 50, a Sept. 14 conference re-examines our affection for the Jewish State.

    Photo from Jerusalem in 3000 Years, Konemann, 1995.

    To many American Jews in their 20s, 30s and 40s, Zionism, the ancient dream of a Jewish homeland that spawned a...

  • Opinion

    By Joel Kotkin

    May 28, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Gray Davis

    On the surface, Gray Davis -- with his immaculately combed hair, preppy suits and almost mannequin-like WASPy demeanor -- seems like the Gentile from central casting. Yet it's likely no...

  • Power, Politics & People

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Watching Binyamin Netanya-hu work the Jewishcommunity in New York and Washington last week, it was hard not tothink of Itzhak Perlman on the violin or Eric Clapton on the guitar.Like them, he displayed the virtuosity of an artist who knows justhow to craft the sounds and evoke the...

  • Life’s Dualities

    By William Yelles

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Craig Richardson always wanted to make a moviethat involved survivors of Nazi Germany, especially after seeingfilms of the liberation of the concentration camps. But as thesubject matter has been explored numerous times, Richardson wanted todo it a little bit differently. "I wanted...

  • A Jewish Guy

    By Adam Gilad

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    When I moved to Los Angeles and we tried to set upa play date for our son, we got this odd reply, "Can't this week; I'mcrazed!"

    We called another mom and got, "I'm really crazeduntil May. Call me in two months!" Echoes upon echoes: "Oh, we'd loveto, but we're really crazed for the...

  • Yoram Ben Ze’ev

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Several months ago, I happened to be present when Yoram Ben Ze'ev, Israel's ConsulGeneral in Los Angeles, addressed a local group at the Jewish Federation offices on Wilshire Boulevard. The talk, of course, wasabout politics: the conversion bill, the peace process, Israel and America...

  • Community Briefs

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Most fathers would bristle at the thought of theirteen-age daughters facing mortal combat on a regular basis. Not sowith Dr. Bernard Weinstock.

    "My dad always yells, 'Keep your hands up, keepyour hands up,'" says his 18-year-old Adele Weinstock.

    But then again, Adele Weinstock is no...

  • 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...

  • Letters

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    In his May 8 column "The Racialization of L.A.Politics," Joel Kotkin makes the point that "reasoned debate" on therelative merits of Proposition 227 is not taking place, because of"the issue's rapid racialization." I would like to attempt somereasoned debate by describing what is in...

  • The Ridiculous and Absurd

    By Charles Marowitz

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Of all the many eccentrics, weirdos andself-styled geniuses of the 1960s and 1970s, Charles Ludlam, founderof The Ridiculous Theatrical Company, was the most unmistakable and,in a certain sense, the most legitimate. Weirdness and eccentricitycarried to extremes sometimes create a...

  • Letters

    May 14, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I agree with Joel Kotkin that any politicalactions that serve to further divide Californians along racial linesare hurtful to all of us ("The Racialization of L.A. Politics," May8). However, I take issue at his support of Proposition 227 and itsco-author Ron Unz.

    As a teacher in...

  • Singles

    By Teresa Strasser

    May 14, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I'm not mental. Really. I'm not manic-depressive,hypomanic, borderline schizophrenic or psychotic. I don't hear voicesor imagine I'm being followed by Marie Osmond. I don't have tics or acompulsive need to wash my hands or avoid cracks in thesidewalk.

    Like a lot of people, I could...

  • The Editor’s Corner

    May 14, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Several monthsago, I happened to be present when Yoram Ben Ze'ev, Israel's ConsulGeneral in Los Angeles, addressed a local group at the JewishFederation offices on Wilshire Boulevard. The talk, of course, wasabout politics: the conversion bill, the peace process, Israel andAmerica --...

  • Life and Death with Morrie

    By Avi Lidgi

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Mitch Albom,highly decorated sportswriter for the Detroit Free Press, has probedevery subject from Dennis Rodman to Latrell Sprewell. Yet hisbest-selling book, "Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man,and Life's Great Lessons," finds him tackling an even more demandingsubject:...
  • The Racialization of

    By Joel Kotkin

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Last week, President Clinton diverted himself fromfending off scandal and defaming his accusers to denounce the Unzinitiative, Proposition 227, which is designed to end the currentsystem of bilingual education. In the process, he may havecontributed to the growing, and potentially...
  • In Honor of Justice

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Despite his Italian surname, joked DistrictAttorney Gil Garcetti, "[My heritage] is Mexican-American and my wife is Jewish.So our kids ask, 'Well, what are we?'"

    Garcetti was praising our city's multiethnicpopulation as he spoke at last week's Anti-Defamation League SpringLuncheon,...

  • Community

    By Beverly Gray

    April 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    CaliforniaTreasurer Matt Fong

    California has taken the lead in slapping newsanctions on Swiss banks to penalize them for alleged foot-draggingin settling the claims of Holocaust survivors.

    Getting a jump on other states, CaliforniaTreasurer Matt Fong ordered an immediate halt on all...

  • Taking the First Step

    April 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Taking the First Step

    More than 40 rabbis, from Orthodox to Reform, look for ways to increase respect among Jews

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax, Religion Editor

    One of them calls himself a hardliner. Another says he...

  • Up Front

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    It all started because of the theft of myautomobile. One sunny morning, while waiting for my car pool, Inoticed something in a storefront window across the street, justbehind some citizens standing at a bus stop. It was a monkey. In a diaper.

    To my knowledge, I have never had a...

  • Community

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    While many note the westward journey of Jews intoareas such as Calabasas, West Hills and Agoura, few realize there's asmall renaissance going on in the East Valley.

    As real estate prices rise in the West SanFernando and Conejo...

  • L.A. 5758

    By Julie G Fax

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    As Rabbi AllenFreehling of University Synagogue in West Los Angeles and a busloadof bishops and rabbis left the Rome airport for their hotel near theVatican, one of the bishops read aloud a document that would soonspark a firestorm of controversy around the world: the Vatican'sMarch...
  • Endangered Species

    By Charles Marowitz

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Rachel Rosenthal, her bald pate gleaming withsweat and her stark features grooved like gashes in alabaster, lookslike a female Erich von Stroheim -- who, let's face it, could himselfhave been a woman in drag. Short, stubby, Teutonic, and with the kindof wracked expression one...

  • Passover

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

     

    Seder at Spago,et. al.

    More and more restaurants put Passover on themenu.

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer

    "I'm a Jewish girl, and my husband's a Catholic,"says Barbara Lazaroff, who has been married for 15 years to renownedchef Wolfgang Puck.

    About 12 years ago, Passover was a...

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