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  • 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.

    ...

  • Letters

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    One of my pet peeves is people who make generalconclusions from rather sketchy specific facts. Such is the column ofCharles Marowitz wherein he comments about Los Angeles' "unfailingability to turn crocks of manure into crocks of gold" ("Looking forthe Genius in 'Picasso at the Lapin...

  • Taking the Freeway to Love

    By Ruth Stroud

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The 405 Jewish Singles circuit bringstogether men and women from nine synagogues along the rush-hourartery

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

     

    Single and stuck in evening rush-hour traffic onthe 405 Freeway on the last Friday of the month? Instead of leaningon the horn and screaming at the...

  • A One Woman Show With a Vengeance

    By Charles Marowitz

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Debbie Allen and Stephen Smith in "Harriet'sReturn."
    Harriet Tubman, the fugitive-slave andabolitionist, was a kind of African-American Mata Hari. During theCivil War, she frequently conducted scouting parties and raids behindthe Confederate lines and was one of the North's most...

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  • Fine Cut: A Festival of Student Film

    By William Yelles

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Student films from throughout Southern California are currentlybeing featured on the three-part KCET series "Fine Cut: A Festival ofStudent Film," airing on Sundays at 10 p.m. The series, hosted bydirector Michael Apted, will feature a total of 17 films fromstudents at UCLA, USC,...

  • 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...

  • Up Front

    February 19, 1998 | 6:59 pm

    Rabbi MichaelBeals (above) was disturbed by press reports after arson fires at twolocal Orthodox synagogues. Left, a book damaged in the blaze.Photo at left by Peter Halmagyi

    Rabbi Michael Beals of B'nai Tikvah Congregation,a Conservative synagogue in Westchester, was disturbed when...

  • The Truth About the Media and Jews

    By Yehuda Lev

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Jonathan Tobin edits a Jewish newspaper inConnecticut, and his editorial opinions occasionally appear in TheJewish Journal. One such effort, "Distinguishing Fact from FictionIsn't Getting Easier," was published on Jan. 23. Herewith some factto counter Tobin's fiction.

    Tobin begins by...

  • Up Front

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

     

    Counting Jews

     

    By 2003, Israel will finally have fulfilled thedreams of its founders when it overtakes the United States to becomehome to the largest number of Jews in the world.

    This, according to the Institute of the WorldJewish Congress, which is to publish the new Jewish...

  • Multimedia Ode to Jerusalem

    By Diane Arieff

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Asaf Medina, one of the members of theKeshet Chaim Dance Ensemble

    Local dance ensemble Keshet Chaim willtake the stage for Israel's 50th

    By Diane Arieff Zaga,Arts Editor

    The mood in the Jewish state may not be one ofcelebration at the moment, but plans to commemorate the...

  • A Woman’s Voice

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Stop the presses: The Jewish communityis ready to discover...singles. That's right. What intermarriage and"continuity" were to the 1990s, singles will be in the years ahead: agroup to study, court, serve and, finally, value.

    Why are we discovering singles just now? Thearrival of...

  • Westside JCC May Be Sold to Shalhevet

    By Ruth Stroud

    February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

     

    Westside JCC May Be Sold to Shalhevet

     

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

    The Westside Jewish Community Center, a recreation and educationinstitution in Los Angeles for more than four decades, may be sold inthe next few weeks to Shalhevet High School. The modern Orthodox coedinstitution,...

  • Singles

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    It's Friday night, and you're at the table for another week's end.A Shabbat dinner like any other -- wine, challah and blessingspartaken amid some gregarious company. Oh, and the predominantlanguage spoken here is Russian.

    That's right -- Russian. You have just gotten a taste of a...

  • Looking for the Genius in

    By Charles Marowitz

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    One of the strangest anomalies in thetheater is that of the successful turkey -- plays that areessentially trivial, gauche and insubstantial, but still manage toachieve a certain kind of notoriety and even commercial success."Shear Madness," which has been playing for 15 years in...
  • The Results Are In

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Rumors of the imminent demise of theJewish population of Los Angeles are a little premature. For yearswe've been hearing that the rate of intermarriage in Los Angeles islikely among the worst in the nation -- probably more than 50percent, perhaps as high as 70 percent in some areas.

    ...

  • Sleeping with the Enemy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Ruth Neal, coordinator of Ezras Bayis, has seen Orthodox womenwho have been bitten, shoved, slapped, punched, spit at, scalded withhot chicken soup, threatened with a gun, pushed down a flight ofstairs. Wood cut by Kathe Kollwitz from "German ExpressionistWoodcuts," 1994.

     

    Ilana*, an...

  • A Commitment toEducation

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 29, 1998 | 6:59 pm

    In a move that many see as a turning point for thefuture of Jewish education in Los Angeles, the Jewish Federation ofGreater Los Angeles board agreed last week to almost double theamount that the Federation gives to Jewish day and Hebrewschools.

    "I am elated," said Dr. Gil Graff,...

  • Baby Sitters No More

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The first thing that struck me as PresidentClinton unveiled his $21.7 billion child-care proposal last week wasthat it was hardly noticed in our community at all. With the possibleexception of increased child-care tax exemptions, the nation's firstpreschool package won't touch the...

  • Broadway, Los Angeles Isn’t

    By Tom Tugend

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    ArtisticDirector Gordon Davidson

    Speaking at the Skirball Center recently, Gilbert Cates of theGeffen Theater in Westwood told an anecdote to illustrate,indirectly, why Los Angeles theaters don't draw audiences as dothose, say, in his native New York.

    Seems this elderly lady was about...

  • Spectator

    By William Yelles

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Eddie Cantor, among the Jewishperformers featured in the Skirball Cultural Center's current filmseries.

    The Skirball Cultural Center is continuing its "Vaudeville: JewishPerformers in Early Sound Film" series with screenings of the MarxBrothers, Eddie Cantor, and Burns and Allen,...

  • Celebrating Israel’s 50th

    January 22, 1998 | 6:59 pm

    The "America Salutes Israel at 50" show at the Shrine Auditoriumis hardly the only celebration in and around Los Angeles planned tocommemorate Israel's jubilee year. Here is a list of some other localevents.

    April 26 -- South Bay Israeli Festival at the TorranceCivic Center, sponsored...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    January 22, 1998 | 6:59 pm

    Barbed Words

    Dear Deborah,

    I don't understand, and I'm feeling hurt. I wasdating someone who, when she became upset, would say things that notonly didn't express how she felt but were verbally abusive. How can Iwork with someone who glibly says, "I never have any fun with you?" Ifound...

  • Community

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    "Who knew?" If the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles hasits way, that simple question will become as well-known a shorthandfor the Federation as "Got milk?" is for the California milk industryand "Just do it" is for Nike. The phrase will be the centerpiece ofthe organization's...

  • 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...

  • Film

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Cinema Vérité

    The documentaries of Albert Maysles, a pioneer of documentary film,

    will be screened at a UCLA retrospective

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer

    Top, Albert Maysles and his late brother David, 1985. Above, ascene from Maysles' "Grey Gardens."

    These are some of the images...

  • Digging Behind Yesterday’sHeadlines

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Readers of the Los Angeles Times on Saturday,May 15, 1948, saw this headline stretching across the top of fivecolumns on Page 1.

    "Jewish State Recognized by U.S. in SurpriseMove, Air Raiders Bomb Tel Aviv"

    Underneath the headline were threestories - one dealing with President...

  • Caring and Controversy

    By Rob Eshman

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Two olive trees grow somewhere in downtown LosAngeles. They are the lasting fruits -- cynics would say the only fruits --of a peace demonstration organized by local Jews and Arabs at theoutbreak of the Palestinian uprising, or intifada, in 1989.

    They are also a living...

  • Los Angeles Jewry and the Birth ofIsrael

    By Stephen J. Sass

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles Jewry and the Birth ofIsrael By Stephen J. Sass

    "My heart is in the East, and I am in the end ofthe West."

    Yehuda Halevi was describing his feelings oflonging for the Holy Land as a Jew living in Spain during the MiddleAges, but his words express just as well the...

  • L.A.‘s Ultimate Power Broker

    By Joel Kotkin

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Eli Broad (left) is the primary moving force behind thefinancing of the downtown Disney Concert Hall designed by architectFrank Gehry, lining up corporations to drop megabucks into theproject..

    For most of this century, Los Angeles has been a city of twoelites -- one predominately...

  • A Hole in Kosher L.A.

    By Diane Arieff

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    A Hole in Kosher L.A.

    By deciding to introduce meat products into itsformerly all-dairy outlets, Noah's Bagels has provoked a strongresponse from observant Jewish noshers

    By Diane Arieff Zaga, Arts Editor

    You can tinker with the "classic" Coke recipe, add color to thegray New York...

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