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  • Fennel & Spice & Everything Nice

    By Leilah Bernstein

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    It's 8:30 a.m. at Zane's Kosher Foods, but Peter and Vivienne Price's workday is already two hours old. Since opening their kosher meat shop on La Cienega Boulevard in May, the couple have risen early and stayed late to prepare the fine cold cuts, sausages and smoked salmon their new...
  • When Tragedy Strikes…

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 19, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    For Lois Weinsaft, the Aug. 10 shooting spree at the North Valley Jewish Community Center (NVJCC) hit close to home. Too close.

    After all, Weinsaft's own daughter, Becky, literally grew up with the Valley Centers.

    "Becky called me and said, 'That could have been me as a camper, that...

  • On The Road To Normalcy

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 19, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    An estimated 1,000 people gathered at the Unity Rally held Sunday, Aug. 15, at Cal State Northridge. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles, the Southern California Board of Rabbis and the Anti-Defamation League, the rally brought together national, state and local officials to honor the heroes and victims of last week's shooting rampage in Granada Hills.
  • Live From New York—It’s Friday Night

    August 19, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Susan Josephs says that she and her friends actually avoid Congregation B'nai Jeshurun's weekly 1,000-person draw -- a prime singles opportunity on New York's Upper West Side.

    "It's like Vegas," the Manhattan-based writer says of the Shabbat hot spot. "The buffets are so...

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  • Reaction and Overreaction

    August 19, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In the aftermath of the Granada Hills shooting, we've learned two sets of facts that seem, in true Jewish tradition, wildly paradoxical:

    Fact 1: One hundred and twenty-eight of 130 campers and 37 of 40 preschoolers returned to the North Valley JCC the Monday after the shooting.

    Fact 2:...

  • Chabad’s Prime-Time Bash

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 19, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    You never know who is going to show up at Chabad's annual "L'Chaim -- To Life" telethon, which this year is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 29, from 5 p.m. to midnight, on KCOP Channel 13.

    Bob Hope has paid his respects. Bob Dylan has appeared five times. And last year, the entire cast of...

  • On Being Targeted

    By Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

    August 19, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine my surprise to read in the Los Angeles Times that Buford O. Furrow had "scouted three of the West Coast's most prominent Jewish institutions."

    Among those institutions is the place that I work, a place I have loved for many years. By that news report, what previously had been...

  • Rabbis Respond with Concern

    By Julie G Fax

    August 19, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Shoshana, a preschool teacher at the North Valley JCC, looked down a hallway into the barrel of Buford Furrow's submachine gun. She had dodged a hail of bullets to duck into her classroom and safely usher out the 4- and 5-year-old preschoolers under her care.

    Now, it was time to...

  • ‘This Kind of Hate Crime Is Not an Epidemic’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 19, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A week after Buford O. Furrow shot innocents at the North Valley Jewish Community Center, a question lingered in the Jewish community: How serious is the threat of recurrent, violent hate crime against Jews in Los Angeles?

    The anxiety continued as anti-Semitic graffiti was scrawled on...

  • Weighing His Options

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 12, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Assemblyman Robert Hertzberg strides through his district offices at a pace usually reserved for a commuter late to catch and early morning flight to Sacramento -- a situation with which the busy politician is all...

  • How Scared Should We Be?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 11, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Has The Order, the most violent and notorious white supremacist group in recent history, been resurrected?

    Gunman Buford O. Furrow has strong ties to The Order, a militant offshoot of Aryan Nations, sources say. Furrow told Las Vegas police that his shootings should serve "as a...

  • If You’d Like to Help

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 11, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    * Letters of support and donations can be addressed to the North Valley Jewish Community Center, Attn: Center Director, 16601 Rinaldi St., Granada Hills 91344-3833.

    * The North Valley JCC plans to hold a Shabbat healing service, open to the entire community, on Friday, Aug. 13, at 6...

  • Terror in Granada Hills

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 11, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    It couldn't happen here. But it did.



    Standing in the blazing August sun, the parents of the children and counselors at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills did their best to stay...

  • Security Measures Come Under Scrutiny

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 11, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    How can we stop this from happening again? This was the question on every Jewish parent's and official's mind in the aftermath of Tuesday's shootings at the North Valley Jewish Community Center.

    According to parents and staff, security at the Granada Hills site was nonexistent. Unlike...

  • To Live and Date in L.A.

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 5, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Daisy Lawrence is worried about her friends.

    "They're really nice Jewish people," says the twentysomething single, "hard working, very bright, nice looking, ethical Jewish people -- and they all have tremendous difficulty meeting other Jewish people."

    So when the Jewish Federation of...

  • Writing a Successful Personals Ad

    July 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    So you've finally decided to place a personal ad.Can't believe you waited so long. Just describe yourself, the personyou want to meet and -- Shazam! Couple of phone calls, cafe, Italianrestaurant, and you'll be on your way.

    Easier than finding mustard at a hot dogconvention....

  • Ticket to Enlightenment

    By Teresa Strasser

    July 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Ever since I moved to Los Angeles, I've been completely lost.

    No, I don't mean spiritually or emotionally. I mean literally. I've been lost for pretty much two straight years.

    What is the Thomas Guide to me but the Book of Babel? I have a hard enough time just knowing where I am in...

  • Westward Expansion

    By Julie G Fax

    July 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    With its recent purchase of an office building near the corner of Pico Boulevard and Doheny Drive, Chabad has established a two-block stretch of facilities -- which the outreach group plans to call "Rebbe Square" -- in the heart of one of Los Angeles' prime Jewish neighborhoods.

    The...

  • Community Briefs

    July 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    While cities such as Detroit and St. Louis were holding major Jewish book festivals year after year, drawing celebrity authors such as Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, observers here asked, Why isn't there a Jewish book festival in Los Angeles?

    Seville Porush and her colleagues at the...

  • Barak and the Latest American Soap Opera

    July 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    America and Israel have an odd, new ritual. Israeli leaders come here to present their message. America is suddenly swept up in some domestic soap opera. Israel's message is lost in the noise. It can be infuriating if you're Israeli.

    It started with Bibi Netanyahu's January 1998...

  • A Timeless Hollywood Tale

    By Tom Tugend

    July 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "Merton of the Movies," the wonderfully funny production at the Geffen Playhouse, shows that not all that much has changed in Hollywood since the comedy's première in 1922.

    Sure, we now have sound, special effects and star salaries -- which could have then purchased all the movie...

  • World Briefs

    July 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When Roberto Benigni won the grand prize at Cannes for his Holocaust tragicomedy, "Life is Beautiful," he rushed to the stage and kissed the feet of juror Martin Scorsese.

    The Italian comedian couldn't resist playing the clown, either, when his Holocaust fable recently screened for...

  • Conquering A Disease

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    July 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Los Angeles residents Pam and George Smith never expected to create a foundation that would raise more than $4 million for research. But then, they never expected their daughter to be born with a genetic disease so rare that it effects only between 500 to 1,000 Americans.

    In the early...

  • Cedars-Sinai Among America’s Best

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Angelenos can sleep a little easier at night, knowing that the best non-university hospital in Southern California stands in their own backyard.

    For the second year in a row, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center topped the list of non-university Southern California hospitals, according to a...

  • An Argument for Jewish Vegetarianism

    By Jane Ulman

    July 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "If God had wanted us to be vegetarians, he wouldn't have invented animals," announces Zack, my 15-year-old carnivorous son.

    He turns the large steak that's sizzling on the outdoor barbecue for him and his brothers, Gabe, 12, and Jeremy, 10. My husband's piece of fish is relegated to...

  • Long Overdue

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Abigail Yasgur has a vision for the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles.

    "Why can't the library serve as a civic hub?" the director of library and information services asks. "Why not be a storefront for the [Jewish] Federation [of Greater Los Angeles], like Jewish Vocational...

  • Self-Help for Singles

    By Teresa Strasser

    July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "This is an amazing book," said my friend Lynn, solemnly handing me my birthday present, a paperback she handled as though it were the Holy Grail. "But rip off the cover right away."

    When I looked down at my gift, I had the sudden urge to douse my hand in hydrogen peroxide. And then,...

  • Trouble in Paradise

    July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Why did Jewish groups follow the Zionist Organization of America's lead in scuttling Salam Al-Marayati's appointment to a national commission on terrorism? The reason has much to do with politics, extremism and timorousness -- and I'm not speaking of Al-Marayati.

    Recently, Jewish...

  • All Jews Count

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    It is a familiar sight. On each flight to Israel, in the back of the plane, a minyan gathers for services.

    It was no different on my flight to Israel last year. Although I was participating in an Israel Bonds rabbinic mission, our delegation from Los Angeles was small, and we didn't...

  • A Hate-Crime Conspiracy?

    By Tom Tugend

    July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Two brothers arrested as suspects in the killing of a gay couple have also been linked to arson attacks on three Sacramento-area synagogues, according to federal investigators.

    In addition, authorities are checking out possible connections between the alleged crimes and the white...

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