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  • Letters

    July 2, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    What if you discovered a modern-day genocide plot? What if you discovered that the perpetrators had killed over 1 million people on the way to their goal of the destruction of an entire race of 6 million people? Would you have the courage to act?

    ...

  • Crossing the Line

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    July 2, 1998 | 7:59 pm

    In addition to the usual bathing suits, socks and shorts, as suggested by Camp Hess Kramer on its inventory list, my daughter, Samantha, needed an orange sweat shirt with blue (preferably royal) lettering spelling out the words "Leadership '97" on the front and her name on the back....

  • ‘Excavating the Past’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 25, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Actress Stephanie Satie uncovers her Jewishidentity in 'Refugees'

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Entertainment Editor

     

    The Artist Behind OurCover

    By Shelley Adler, Art Director

     

     

    [Theater]

    'Excavating the Past'

    Actress Stephanie Satie uncovers her Jewish identity in...

  • Community

    By Tom Tugend

    June 25, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    By Tom Tugend,Contributing Editor

    From 'Liberation to Palestine'

    Now on exhibit at the L.A. Holocaust Museum:Ruth Gruber's moving postwar photos of Jewish refugees

    By Ruth Stroud,Staff Writer

    The Rebbe's Reach

    By Robert Eshman,Managing Editor

     

    Reform: Changing...

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  • Conflict and Controversy over the CentralConference of American Rabbis—Three Perspectives

    June 25, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Retired Maj. Gen. Oren Shachor


    Retired Maj. Gen. Oren Shachor, former Israel Defense Forces chiefintelligence officer, held a field briefing for his subordinateofficers and field operatives last week at Cava restaurant on westThird Street.

    Actually, it was just an interview with a...

  • Cover Story

    By Martha Cooley

    June 25, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    How long is summer in L.A.? Ask ussometime in late August, when the thermometer registers 90 atdaybreak, traffic stands still on PCH, and the kids prowl the housechanting "Now what?" Well, here's what: The Journal's listing ofgreat things to do for kids and grown-ups, and summer...

  • Community

    By Tom Tugend

    June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    Hier Backs Schom

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    Ambassador Thomas G. Borer, Switzerland's point man in dealing with his country's wartime legacy, accuses Schom of "McCarthyite guilt-by-association tactics," in an Op-Ed article in Wednesday's (June 17) Los Angeles...

  • Letters

    June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Regarding your June 5 cover story: If Jews are so special -- and I believe we are -- when are we going to find or create visual images of ourselves other than those from 18th century Eastern Europe that can inspire us today?

    As...

  • A Vote at a Time

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The big political story that's emerged from last week's California primary is not the Davis-Lungren gubernatorial race nor the high-profile propositions. The big story is yet unfolding and takes us to a small corner of our town, in the east end of the San Fernando Valley. At this...

  • A Future So Bright

    By Beverly Gray

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Jessica Shpall (Beverly Hills High School. Will attend UC San Diego.)

    "I went to Israel last summer, and I had a rebirth. I definitely want to start Hebrew in the fall."

    Erin...

  • The Arts

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    [Film]   

    Director Lisa Cholodenko, above, lured actresses Patricia Clarkson and Ally Sheedy, top to her movie, originally a project at Columbia's graduate film school.

    Cholodenko's 'High Art'

    ...

  • Los Angeles 5758

    By Julie G Fax

    June 2, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Your rabbi is a banana. Your cantor thinks she'sJohn Lennon. And the entire congregation is singing Beatlestunes.

    A nightmare? A parallel universe?

    No, it's just Purim at Sha'arei Am: The SantaMonica Synagogue, and Rabbi Jeff Marx's megillah reading is just oneof many bizarre scenes...

  • Letters

    May 28, 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...

  • Is Youth Served?

    By Rob Eshman

    May 28, 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...

  • Opinion

    By Joel Kotkin

    May 28, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Gray Davis

    On the surface, Gray Davis -- with his immaculately combed hair, preppy suits and almost mannequin-like WASPy demeanor -- seems like the Gentile from central casting. Yet it's likely no...

  • Power, Politics & People

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Watching Binyamin Netanya-hu work the Jewishcommunity in New York and Washington last week, it was hard not tothink of Itzhak Perlman on the violin or Eric Clapton on the guitar.Like them, he displayed the virtuosity of an artist who knows justhow to craft the sounds and evoke the...

  • Life’s Dualities

    By William Yelles

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Craig Richardson always wanted to make a moviethat involved survivors of Nazi Germany, especially after seeingfilms of the liberation of the concentration camps. But as thesubject matter has been explored numerous times, Richardson wanted todo it a little bit differently. "I wanted...

  • A Jewish Guy

    By Adam Gilad

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    When I moved to Los Angeles and we tried to set upa play date for our son, we got this odd reply, "Can't this week; I'mcrazed!"

    We called another mom and got, "I'm really crazeduntil May. Call me in two months!" Echoes upon echoes: "Oh, we'd loveto, but we're really crazed for the...

  • Yoram Ben Ze’ev

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Several months ago, I happened to be present when Yoram Ben Ze'ev, Israel's ConsulGeneral in Los Angeles, addressed a local group at the Jewish Federation offices on Wilshire Boulevard. The talk, of course, wasabout politics: the conversion bill, the peace process, Israel and America...

  • Community Briefs

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Most fathers would bristle at the thought of theirteen-age daughters facing mortal combat on a regular basis. Not sowith Dr. Bernard Weinstock.

    "My dad always yells, 'Keep your hands up, keepyour hands up,'" says his 18-year-old Adele Weinstock.

    But then again, Adele Weinstock is no...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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