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  • Completing the Revolution

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When last we en-countered the Los Angeles Unified School District, it was in the midst of a revolution. The April 9 primary election swept out two incumbents and replaced them with reformers, Caprice Young and Mike Lansing. With the re-election of board member David Tokofsky, it was...
  • Serving Community and Continuity

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    For Herb and Beverly Gelfand, the turning point came in the form of a population study. According to a census survey, the intermarriage rate among Jews in America had approached an all-time high of 52 percent. The sobering news motivated the Gelfands to rededicate their public lives...
  • Always, The Next Generation

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    I suppose it comes under the heading of accident and happenstance, but the response last week of The Jewish Federation to the plight of the Kosovar refugees seems to me very much on target. The Federation's staff and leaders acted quickly and effectively. There was relatively little...
  • Open Enrollment

    By Julie G Fax

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The Academy for Jewish Religion, a transdenominational rabbinical seminary, will open its doors in Los Angeles this fall, giving formal expression to a longtime trend toward a more personalized, spiritually oriented, pluralistic Judaism, academy founders say.

    The branch in New York,...

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  • No Longer Alone

    By Lori Schneide

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Murray Cohen and his wife of 52 years, Lillian, were both Holocaust survivors. Since Lillian's death nine months ago, Murray spends most of his days inside. Without the attention of his daughter Barbara, Murray would hardly eat, shower or speak.

    Murray is a fictional character who...

  • Good As Gold

    By Rob Eshman

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When the editors of Gourmet named Jonathan Gold the magazine's restaurant critic, an obvious question came to mind: Why don't they just stick a fork in our hearts? To his fans in Los Angeles, losing Jonathan Gold cannot hurt much less.

    Gold has been writing restaurant reviews in Los...

  • Not in Our Day School

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Not long after two teenagers committed mass murder at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., 150 9th through 12th graders gathered for a town hall meeting at Shalhevet High School. However, Nathan Reynolds, headmaster of general studies, didn't want to talk about Columbine. "I...
  • Eye of the Damn Tiger

    By Teresa Strasser

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Like most women, I had never punched anyone in the face. That is, until I socked Spar Pro, a plastic peach-colored torso on a stick. It was a totally foreign sensation, twisting into a right-handed uppercut and letting Mr. Spar Pro have it right on the chin, his beady eyes staring...
  • Torah For Torah’s Sake

    By Beverly Gray

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The Jewish Federation's Westside facility was transformed into a beit midrash, a traditional Jewish study hall, last week when more than 250 people of all denominations gathered to study Torah together.

    "There were people sitting and standing in every crevice of the two rooms and...

  • Orna’s Jazzy Ways

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Nocturnal in black, with an aura of cool magnified by her sexy South African accent, Orna sweeps through a set of jazz standards before a restaurant packed with twentysomething peers. Whether burning through "Fever" or coasting through "The Island" in Portuguese, the singer ensnares...
  • The Storyteller

    By Rob Eshman

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The cover of film director Paul Mazursky's first book, "Show Me the Magic" (Simon and Schuster, $25) offers book-jacket browsers a list of all the famous names to be found inside. There's Danny Kaye, whose television show a young Mazursky helped write, Natalie Wood, Bette Midler and...
  • Teddy Bear Patrol

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Every time a Los Angeles police officer or social worker goes to a home with court orders to remove a child who has been subjected to abuse or neglect, a teddy bear goes along. In the four years since the "Teddy Bear Patrol" began, 18,000 teddy bears have been given to children at a...
  • Making History

    By  Orit Arfa

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Only eight men and women stepped up to the podium in front of the ark at Valley Beth Shalom on Monday to receive their smicha (rabbinical ordination) from the University of Judaism's Ziegler School of Rabbinical Studies, but the event resonated with historical and religious...
  • Triple-Dating

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The good news is that Roseanne may have finally found three nice Jewish boys as suitors for her three daughters. The bad news is that the boys live in England and the girls in Los Angeles.

    American television viewers can watch the long-distance romance unfold on "The Roseanne Show,"...

  • ‘Enigma’ Brilliance

    By Tom Tugend

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Novelist Abel Znorko, a Nobel laureate, has lived in solitude for 12 years on a remote Norwegian island, so close to the Arctic Circle that there are only two seasons -- six months of day and six months of night.

    His self-exile is broken only occasionally by a ferry that unloads his...

  • The Changing Face of Fairfax High

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Sitting shiva for public high schools has recently become a national pastime. In the wake of Littleton, schools are alternately pitied and blamed as the breeding ground for a generation of violent and disenfranchised youth.

    Now comes Fairfax High School's 75th anniversary to remind us...

  • To Give and Now Receive

    By Ruth Stroud

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    He was a boy from the Bronx, born below the Third Avenue El. She was a girl from Brooklyn, born near the famed "Tree Grown in Brooklyn." Both had immigrant, working-class parents who initially opposed their marriage.

    Almost 55 years, three children, 10 grandchildren and, in June, one...

  • A Soaring Exchange Rate

    By Beverly Gray

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There were cheers and happy tears at Los Angeles International Airport when the first contingent of Milken Community High School students returned from a three-month stay in Tel Aviv. The 13 students, all 10th-graders, attended classes at Milken's sister school, Tichon Hadash, while...
  • Will Friday Nights Ever Be the Same?

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Call it the "Phantom Menace" of singles events.

    Since its debut one year ago, Sinai Temple's "Friday Night Live" programming has evolved into a 2,000-pound gorilla not to be trifled with. Local Jewish organizations have tried to duplicate it. National media has swarmed it. And other...

  • Community Briefs

    By Julie G Fax

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • Meet the Real Jeffrey Katzenberg

    By Tom Tugend

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Some may have missed it, but April 28 was Jeffrey Katzenberg Day in California.

    Gov. Gray Davis read the proclamation at a festive American Jewish Committee dinner, though warning the 600 guests that they had only three more hours till midnight to celebrate Katzenberg Day.

    For the...

  • Questions for the Board Room

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Let me share with you three scenes.

    Last Sunday, I spent part of a pleasant afternoon at Pan Pacific Park, site of the Israel Independence Day Festival. Those who tally the numbers estimate that 40,000 people turned out for the celebration. There were booths staffed by Jewish...

  • Protect Your Head

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Every few years, we Angelenos are reminded that this is Earthquake Country. Then, before the last FEMA check is cashed, we forget.

    But not Hannah Givon. Givon moved to Los Angeles from Waterbury, Conn., with her two young children shortly before the 1971 Sylmar quake. That shook her...

  • Community Briefs

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • Notes on L.A.‘s Book Fair

    By Naomi Glauberman

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The lawns and quadrangles of UCLA this weekend looked like a great renaissance bazaar, with banners flying and rows of white tents lining the walkways. The tents were divided into hundreds of booths crammed full of books; books in display racks, books on shelves, tables piled high...

  • A Mortuary Comes to Life

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The story of Chevra Kadisha Mortuary and its significance to Los Angeles' observant community is an ongoing saga of crime, punishment and redemption surrounding an institution that deals with one of the most holy times in the Jewish life cycle. And, as in the grand cycle of life and...

  • A Note of Appreciation

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Charles Feldman remembers Los Angeles as a city burgeoning with new synagogues but not a lot of innovative liturgical music at the time he began his career.

    "There were very few people in the city who were major Jewish musicians at the time. I was a kid going into a field wide open,"...

  • Security Amid Rumors of Sex

    By Larry Derfner

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The Israeli Foreign Ministry has recalled Uri Oren, its ambassador to South Africa, for questioning regarding his much-publicized alleged liaison with a member of the South African military. Oren was the Israeli consul general in Los Angeles between 1993 and 1995.

    "I am amazed,...

  • A Class Act

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The political question of the week is, "What will David Tokofsky do now?" For four years, Tokofsky, the veteran teacher and former coach of Marshall High School's champion academic decathlon team, has played the role of maverick on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board. He...
  • Swift Response

    By Julie G Fax

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    With echoes of the Holocaust and pogroms haunting a collective conscience, the Jewish community in Los Angeles has mobilized forces to come to the aid of Kosovar refugees left homeless and hungry by Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic.

    Schools, synagogues and organizations have moved...

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