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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Community

    By Ruth Stroud

    March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Before therewas "Ellen," Chastity Bono, Rock Hudson's death from AIDS, or AIDSitself, there was Beth Chayim Chadashim. The year was 1972, and mostlesbians and gay men were deep in the closet. For four gay Jews whoshowed up for a rap session at Metropolitan Community Church in...

  • Letters

    March 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Marlene Adler Marks is dead wrong. Monica Lewinskyis not the"every daughter" she proposes ("The Daughter," Jan. 30). Monica'sfamily, mercifully is nothing like our own. The "undigested horrorsof the 20th century" have nothing to do with it.

    Wretched excess, greed, and insatiable...

  • Fitting Together

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    March 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    At the conclusion of the weekend, participantstook their puzzle piece name tags and together assembled a poster.Photos by Nancy Steiner

     

    For Jewish young adults in Los Angeles, connectingwith Judaism can be a puzzling experience. So it seemed appropriatethat the 145 participants of...

  • Valley High

    By Julie G Fax

    March 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    When Chabad decides to open a new center, itdoesn't bother with demographic studies, focus groups or testmarketing.

    In the words of Rabbi Mordechai Einbender,associate director of Chabad of the Valley, "We just make a pot ofchulent and hope people come."

    Usually, they come.

    They've...

  • Peace Talk

    March 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Beit Shalom is a newly minted coalition of 16American Jewish groups "dedicated to the advancement of peace andreligious pluralism in Israel." Based in New York, Beit Shalom (Houseof Peace) brings together Americans for Peace Now, Meretz, JewishLabor Committee and similar groups for...

  • Not For Sale

    By Ruth Stroud

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    They came to chastise, but stayed to cheer.

    An estimated 400 people packed the auditorium atthe Westside Jewish Community Center Tuesday night, prepared to chidethe leaders of the Jewish Community Centers of Los Angeles forseriously considering an Orthodox Jewish high school's offer...

  • Shabbat Across Los Angeles

    By Julie G Fax

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    It's finally happened. Marketing gurus have gottentheir hands on Shabbat, taking it off dining-room tables and throwingit up onto billboards across the nation -- in the hopes of bringingit back down to more tables.

    With dozens of red-and-blue signs around town,radio jingles, and ads...

  • Editorial

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Last weekend, I was at a gathering of maybe 80people, brought together to listen to a prominent Israeliintellectual who proceeded to dazzle us with his accounts ofpolitical, military and religious life in the Mideast. Actually, itwas more than dazzling. He was informative; he was...

  • Arts Briefs

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    British director Tyrone Guthrie, a non-Jew, oncesaid: "If all the Jews were to leave the American theater, it wouldclose down about next Thursday."

    Maybe that explains why there's so much Jewishtheater now in Los Angeles. Here's a roundup of the offerings: Wecan't guarantee they're...

  • The Proposition

    By William Yelles

    March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Like the priest in her latest movie, directorLesli Linka Glatter is finding her own faith.

    Set in aristocratic 1930s Boston, "TheProposition" stars William Hurt and Madeleine Stowe as Arthur andEleanor Barrett, an infertile couple who go to extreme measures toconceive. They employ the...

  • Labor’s Love is Lost

    March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    By J.J. Goldberg

    Labor's Love is Lost

    Sometime this spring, a report will be issued inLos Angeles by a select panel of rabbis and Jewish community leaders,recommending ways to stabilize Southern California's booming garmentindustry.

    Readers outside Los Angeles will be forgiven...

  • Israel’s Chief Rabbi Visits YULA

    By Tom Tugend

    March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Photo by Peter Halmagyi Israel Meir Lau, the Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel, humorously ridiculed the concept of a joint institute with Orthodox, Conservative and Reform rabbis to prepare candidates for conversion in Israel, while appealing to the non-Orthodox branches of Judaism to...
  • The People vs. The Executive Committee

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    This story should be called The People vs. TheExecutive Committee. The People in this instance are the families andindividuals who make up the approximately 5,000-strong membership ofthe Westside Jewish Community Center on Olympic Boulevard nearFairfax Avenue. The Executive Committee...

  • Letters

    March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    I found your article "Weathering the Crisis"(March 13) little more than loshonhora (gossip). I have been in a fewmedical institutions in my 20 years as a registered nurse, but nonesuch as the City of Hope, until seven years ago when I was diagnosedwith acute leukemia and required a...

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