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  • Discovering His Place in the World

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    From the way his friends talk about him, you'd almost think Rabbi Marc Schneier might end up chief rabbi of American Jewry some day, if he's not careful. His critics, on the other hand, suspect that's exactly what he's after, and they think it's the rest of us who'd better watch out....
  • Signs of the times

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    -- Richard Rodriguez, in the afterword to "Fast Forward"

    From top: book cover, Photojournalist Lauren Greenfield; photo from exhibit "Ashleigh, 13, with her friend and parents, Santa Monica." Signs of the times: At an upscale bar mitzvah party in Santa Monica, 13-year-old boys in...

  • Taking the First Step

    September 9, 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 doesn't believe in pluralism. Still another admits he has...

  • Under Siege

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 3, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    In Roger Hanin's semi-autobiographical film, "Soleil" (1997), 13-year-old Meyer is kicked out of school for being Jewish in Vichy North Africa. It is a sign that things have changed for his family in Algeria, where Jews had peacefully lived for centuries amid the Moslems. Now,...
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  • If the Spaceship Comes

    By Adam Gilad

    September 3, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I am in a cult.

    Not one with an Indian twist, nor a homegrown one full of fervid believers waiting for a modern-day Shabtai Tzvi to fly us all to a New Jerusalem. No, my cult is more like that of those UFO suicides in Rancho Santa Fe waiting for the spaceship to take them away to a...

  • Back To School Briefs

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Italian Import

    Instead of bringing home a Gucci handbag or a recipe for great risotto, Esther Elfenbaum returned from Italy with a host of bright, new ideas that could transform preschools as we know them.

    Elfenbaum, head consultant for...

  • Community Briefs

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Telethon Time

    Chabad returns to the air for an 18th year

    The Chabad Telethon -- that unique mix of caring, sharing and good production values -- returns to the small screen this Sunday, Aug. 30, from 5 p.m. to midnight on UPN Channel 13.

    ...

  • Community

    By Tom Tugend

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Building a Bridge

    The new Israeli consul for communications hopes to create dialogue between Israel and Jewish communities in the United States

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    Young Arthur Lenk, a native of Patterson, N.J., was at his desk in the protocol division of the Israeli...

  • Community

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    Hollywood Memorial Park faces closure unless a buyercomes to the rescue

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    Photos by Peter Halmagyi

    Hollywood Memorial Park is the cemetery of the stars, and rightnow it is starring in a cliffhanger of its own.

    At stake is whether the memorial...

  • Back To School

    By Brian Eule

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Confronting Racism

    Two friends deal with anti-Semitism at college

    By Brian Eule

    The phone in my dorm room rang just past midnight. "Josh is on the line," my roommate said. "He says...

  • L.A. 5758

    By Julie G Fax

    August 20, 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 doesn't believe in pluralism. Still another...

  • Arts

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    Left, "The March," a painting by Ida Bernstein, above, now at A Shenere Velt Gallery.

    A Life's Work

    Ida Bernstein's paintings reveal the tragedy and triumphs of her 90 years

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Entertainment Editor

    Ida Bernstein's spare, stark paintings reveal all the pain of...

  • Community Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Supporting the Republican

    Some Orthodox Jews are throwing their support behind gubernatorial candidate Dan Lungren

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    State Attorney General Dan Lungren, the Republican candidate for governor, tested the waters of Jewish community...

  • Cover Story

    By James D

    August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    The expulsion of Jews from the IberianPeninsula 500 years ago brought a tragic end to a Jewish presencethat had thrived for centuries in Sepharad, the Hebrew word for Spain. It also set in motion the dispersion of Sephardicculture.

    Strictly speaking, Sephardic Jewry includes...

  • Up Front

    August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Save the Trees -- and the Sukkahs

    For several years, the city of Los Angeles Street Tree Division has treated the Jewish community to a bounty of free palm fronds to use as schach , covering for the huts built in honor of the...

  • Letters

    August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm

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    Letters

    Crossing the Line

    Marlene Adler Marks' column on the aftermath...

  • Letters

    August 13, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Send your own letterto the Jewish Journal!

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    Thank You!

    Learning Exchange

    Thank you for your kind article on behalf of the Jewish Learning Exchange ("...

  • Up Front City of Angels

    August 13, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    City of Angels

    This invocation was delivered by Rabbi Bradley S. Artson, the new executive vice president of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, at the Los Angeles City Council on August 4.

    "Jacob's Vision,"18th century Italian engraving....

  • L.A. 5758 Briefs

    August 13, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    80 Years in Venice

    Congregation Mishkon Tephilo's historic Main Street sanctuary.

    Not much has stayed the same on Main Street in Venice over the past 80 years. From its early days as a heavily Jewish...

  • Federation Matters

    By John Fishel

    August 13, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    John Fishel is the executive vice president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

     

    Priorities:

    Local vs. National

    By John Fishel

    A few weeks ago, Jewish...

  • Community

    By Ruth Stroud

    August 13, 1998 | 8:00 pm

     

     

     

    A Passion for Politics -- and Sports

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

    New chair of the JCRC, Howard Welinsky, talks about his upcoming term

    Howard Welinsky is guarded when he talks politics. As the...

  • Cover Story

    By Beverly Gray

    August 13, 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...

  • Up Front

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    New York

    Two current photo exhibits focus on New York City, with all its ethnic variety, architectural styles and startling contrasts of wealth and poverty.





    ...

  • Community

    By Toby Axelrod

    August 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Left to right, Rabbis Abner Weiss, Lawrence Goldmark and Aaron Kriegel. Below, the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin located on Witten berg Platz, outside the entrance to a subway, across the street from Berlin's largest department store. Photos by Toby Axelrod

    Confronting...

  • The Passin of Tom Bradley

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    July 30, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Tom Bradley was buried Monday, hailed as Los Angeles' longtime mayor, statesman, leader and friend. His is a grand biography; a son of Texas sharecroppers and the grandson of slaves, Bradley broke down ethnic and class barriers and forged a new multiracial political base that...
  • Deborah Aaron’s Story

    By Tom Tugend

    July 30, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    For Deborah Aaron, Sept. 24 will be the end of life as she knows it.

    Over the past two decades, the British-born woman has been a Westside homemaker. She is a volunteer at her children's schools, at her Santa Monica synagogue and, of late, a valued employee of the charity Mazon: The...

  • Trafficking in Futility

    By Teresa Strasser

    July 23, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    Trafficking in Futility

    I was caught in the cruel cogs of a heartless machine. I was stripped of my humanity and dignity. I was without representation or recourse.

    I was in traffic court.

    Before my little run-in...

  • Community

    By Ruth Stroud

    July 23, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The Saddest Story

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

    Mourning a Russian-born border guard, killed in the line of duty

    Ido Aharoni, the local Israeli consul for communications and public affairs, is preparing to

    U.S. Border Patrol Agent Alex Kirpnick  was killed in June; right, a young Alex with his family,         immigrants from the former Soviet Union.

    U.S. Border Patrol Agent Alexander Kirpnick, 27,...

  • Letters

    July 23, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    Your article, "Scientologists Cry Fascism" (July 10), comes across as a do-good maligned religion battling Germany, an old haven of bigotry. This is really the case of the proverbial "kettle calling the pot black."

    The Journal...

  • Community

    By Ruth Stroud

    July 16, 1998 | 8:00 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...

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