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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Extracting the Pain

    By Charles Marowitz

    March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Anne Meara's "After-Play," a conversation piecenow at the Canon Theater in Beverly Hills, is a kind of "Look Back inAnguish" conducted by two middle-aged couples whose lives seem toencompass all the failings of the past half century: broken families,marital spite, psychoanalytical...

  • A Liberal Feminist Meets ModernOrthodoxy

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The second International Conference onOrthodoxy and Feminism was held at New York's Grand Hyatt Hotel overPresidents Day weekend. For liberal women like me, such conferencesare a thrill even from a distance. Two thousand women attended,double the number at the pioneering event a year...

  • A War of Words

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish andJapanese American community leaders are headed for what could becomea bruising confrontation in the coming weeks, a battle of honor overthe urgent question of how to discuss World War II politely. We areentering, literally, a war of words.

    The battlefield is a rocky...

  • Twelve Quick Years

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Try as I will to guard against it, thepersonal always seems to intrude on my professional life.

    I first came to Los Angeles from Cambridge, Mass.,in May 1985. My intention was to court someone I had met here twosummers earlier and then return, woman in hand, so to speak, to theEast...

  • Notes from the Village

    By Teresa Strasser

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    In my mind, Icall him Mr. Droopy Pants, my elderly neighbor who shuffles down thehall every morning to steal my paper, his orange toupee askew. I lethim steal my paper because I know it is one of his few pleasures,along with listening to the baseball games that I hear blaringthrough...

  • Coming of Age

    By Julie G Fax

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Left to right, Whittier Havurah membersMort Meskin, Ellen Meskin, Howard Schwartz, Lenore Leshin and ShelOsman.

    Long obscured by its tongue-twister name andmisunderstood ideology, Reconstructionism is coming on strong. Infact, it just might be the fastest-growing Jewishdenomination.

    ...

  • Letters

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    One of my pet peeves is people who make generalconclusions from rather sketchy specific facts. Such is the column ofCharles Marowitz wherein he comments about Los Angeles' "unfailingability to turn crocks of manure into crocks of gold" ("Looking forthe Genius in 'Picasso at the Lapin...

  • Taking the Freeway to Love

    By Ruth Stroud

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The 405 Jewish Singles circuit bringstogether men and women from nine synagogues along the rush-hourartery

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

     

    Single and stuck in evening rush-hour traffic onthe 405 Freeway on the last Friday of the month? Instead of leaningon the horn and screaming at the...

  • A One Woman Show With a Vengeance

    By Charles Marowitz

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Debbie Allen and Stephen Smith in "Harriet'sReturn."
    Harriet Tubman, the fugitive-slave andabolitionist, was a kind of African-American Mata Hari. During theCivil War, she frequently conducted scouting parties and raids behindthe Confederate lines and was one of the North's most...

  • Fine Cut: A Festival of Student Film

    By William Yelles

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Student films from throughout Southern California are currentlybeing featured on the three-part KCET series "Fine Cut: A Festival ofStudent Film," airing on Sundays at 10 p.m. The series, hosted bydirector Michael Apted, will feature a total of 17 films fromstudents at UCLA, USC,...

  • Los Angeles, 5758

    By Julie G Fax

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    There was noquestion: Of the three rabbis sitting up on the dais at UCLA Hillel,Rabbi Shlomo Riskin had the toughest sell. After all, audiences whocome to hear panels on pluralism usually bristle at Orthodoxy'sseeming exclusivity.

    But, true to self, Riskin didn't let theanticipation...

  • Up Front

    February 19, 1998 | 6:59 pm

    Rabbi MichaelBeals (above) was disturbed by press reports after arson fires at twolocal Orthodox synagogues. Left, a book damaged in the blaze.Photo at left by Peter Halmagyi

    Rabbi Michael Beals of B'nai Tikvah Congregation,a Conservative synagogue in Westchester, was disturbed when...

  • The Truth About the Media and Jews

    By Yehuda Lev

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Jonathan Tobin edits a Jewish newspaper inConnecticut, and his editorial opinions occasionally appear in TheJewish Journal. One such effort, "Distinguishing Fact from FictionIsn't Getting Easier," was published on Jan. 23. Herewith some factto counter Tobin's fiction.

    Tobin begins by...

  • Up Front

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

     

    Counting Jews

     

    By 2003, Israel will finally have fulfilled thedreams of its founders when it overtakes the United States to becomehome to the largest number of Jews in the world.

    This, according to the Institute of the WorldJewish Congress, which is to publish the new Jewish...

  • Multimedia Ode to Jerusalem

    By Diane Arieff

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Asaf Medina, one of the members of theKeshet Chaim Dance Ensemble

    Local dance ensemble Keshet Chaim willtake the stage for Israel's 50th

    By Diane Arieff Zaga,Arts Editor

    The mood in the Jewish state may not be one ofcelebration at the moment, but plans to commemorate the...

  • A Woman’s Voice

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Stop the presses: The Jewish communityis ready to discover...singles. That's right. What intermarriage and"continuity" were to the 1990s, singles will be in the years ahead: agroup to study, court, serve and, finally, value.

    Why are we discovering singles just now? Thearrival of...

  • Westside JCC May Be Sold to Shalhevet

    By Ruth Stroud

    February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

     

    Westside JCC May Be Sold to Shalhevet

     

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

    The Westside Jewish Community Center, a recreation and educationinstitution in Los Angeles for more than four decades, may be sold inthe next few weeks to Shalhevet High School. The modern Orthodox coedinstitution,...

  • Singles

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    It's Friday night, and you're at the table for another week's end.A Shabbat dinner like any other -- wine, challah and blessingspartaken amid some gregarious company. Oh, and the predominantlanguage spoken here is Russian.

    That's right -- Russian. You have just gotten a taste of a...

  • Looking for the Genius in

    By Charles Marowitz

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    One of the strangest anomalies in thetheater is that of the successful turkey -- plays that areessentially trivial, gauche and insubstantial, but still manage toachieve a certain kind of notoriety and even commercial success."Shear Madness," which has been playing for 15 years in...
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