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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • The Truth About the ZOA

    By Morton A. Klein

    July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Gene Lichtenstein's July 2 editorial misrepresented the positions and activities of the Zionist Organization of America. The ZOA always has been, and remains, a centrist organization, and our efforts on behalf of Israel have broad support among American Jews.

    We are not associated...

  • Shortage of Good Teachers

    July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A parent in North Hollywood is appalled by what passes for religious-school education: His child has a terrible teacher. A parent in Brentwood is ecstatic: Her child's current teacher is outstanding. Marcy Goldberg, director of education at Temple Aliyah of Woodland Hills, sums up...

  • Community Briefs

    July 15, 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...

  • Taste of KlezMex

    By Carvin Knowles

    July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In spite of thunder, lightning, pouring rain and occasional gusts of unchecked sentimentalism, the Viva Klezmer-L'Khayim Mariachi concert at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on Sunday, July 11, was a high-energy, crowd-pleaser that mostly delivered on its promise to explore the...

  • Community Briefs

    July 8, 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...

  • Local Authors: From Torah to Tinseltown

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The tale of an orphan's search for acceptance. A lawyer's fantasy of a Holocaust survivor's revenge. A book that may save your marriage.

    These are just a few of the interesting choices made for this year's People of the Book Festival.

    Featuring more than 30 authors, including Nathan...

  • Wanting What the West Has

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When people talk about the San Fernando Valley, non-residents may envision a vast sea of shiny new homes and retail areas, schools and parks, joined seamlessly by a pathway of soccer moms driving sports utility vehicles.

    In reality, there are two Valleys -- the one where the...

  • Manilow of the Year

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Add Sheba Humanitarian Award to the accolades garnered by the recording artist who Rolling Stone once named "showman of our generation."

    Last month, Barry Manilow was honored by the Friends of Sheba Medical Center for his musical and philanthropic gifts. The Regent Beverly Wilshire...

  • In Their Rightful Place

    By Tom Tugend

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The first part, titled "Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honor," forbade marriage and sexual relations between Jews and "citizens of German blood." (This section contains the only handwritten change in the typed text, when someone crossed out the word "sexual" in...
  • Only in America

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "Am I going to be slapped down if I say I love the Fourth of July?" writes a woman on my America Online chat.

    "America killed Judaism!" responded a guy. And soon the chat room was off and running, each combatant to joust from his or her own corner. Half of us praised the Boston Pops...

  • Community Briefs

    July 1, 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...

  • A Parent’s Guide to a Jewish Summer

    By  Orit Arfa

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Hebrew school is out. Day school is over. The High Holidays are off in a distant time called fall. Hey, even most rabbis take July off. But all this doesn't mean children and teens -- and their parents -- can't find a way to make Judaism and summer fun go hand in hand. Besides,...
  • Opening New Chapters

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The National Jewish Coalition for Literacy, which arrives in L.A. this summer, began with a dose of chutzpah.

    Several years ago, Leonard Fein, the founder of Moment Magazine, heard President Clinton call for one-million volunteer reading tutors to help public school children in grades...

  • A Brecht Debut and Finale

    By Tom Tugend

    June 24, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In an ironic twist that Bertolt Brecht would have appreciated, his legendary Berliner Ensemble will make its American debut at UCLA July 7 to 11, and then lower the curtain permanently.

    Brecht founded the ensemble in East Berlin in 1949 to direct and present the playwright's own...

  • Wanted: Volunteers

    June 17, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    This is by way of being an advance notice, a leg up, if you will.

    At the start of the upcoming school year, the Jewish Federation will embark on a new venture, Koreh L.A., the Los Angeles Jewish Coalition for Literacy. Its staff is busy (today) setting in place a cadre of volunteers...

  • Replacing a Legend

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 17, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    This month sees the official retirement of a Valley legend. Rabbi Eli Schochet of Shomrei Torah will step down after nearly 40 years at the pulpit. Still available for "life-cycle events," the synagogue's new rabbi emeritus will be essentially withdrawing from his very public...
  • A Call for Justice and Freedom

    By Tom Tugend

    June 17, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A dramatic appearance by the Rev. Jesse Jackson in Los Angeles last week helped kick into high gear an international campaign to free 13 Iranian Jews who were arrested by Iranian authorities for alleged espionage, and who face possible execution.

    In a news conference...

  • Swimming Star

    By Jason Levin

    June 10, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When the Olympic swimmers hit the pool in the summer of 2000 in Sydney, it will represent the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice. Few will have worked harder, or sacrificed more, than America's top backstroker, Lenny Krayzelburg. The 23-year-old American record holder in...
  • Brave New ‘Worlds’

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 10, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Last week's film screening/discussion, Open Tent: L.A.'s Middle East Coalition -- part of an ongoing gesture of goodwill and communication between American Jews and Arabs -- couldn't have been more timely.

    The second installment of a program billed as the Middle East Film Festival: A...

  • Valley High

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 10, 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...

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