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  • Film

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Cinema Vérité

    The documentaries of Albert Maysles, a pioneer of documentary film,

    will be screened at a UCLA retrospective

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer

    Top, Albert Maysles and his late brother David, 1985. Above, ascene from Maysles' "Grey Gardens."

    These are some of the images...

  • Digging Behind Yesterday’sHeadlines

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Readers of the Los Angeles Times on Saturday,May 15, 1948, saw this headline stretching across the top of fivecolumns on Page 1.

    "Jewish State Recognized by U.S. in SurpriseMove, Air Raiders Bomb Tel Aviv"

    Underneath the headline were threestories - one dealing with President...

  • Caring and Controversy

    By Rob Eshman

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Two olive trees grow somewhere in downtown LosAngeles. They are the lasting fruits -- cynics would say the only fruits --of a peace demonstration organized by local Jews and Arabs at theoutbreak of the Palestinian uprising, or intifada, in 1989.

    They are also a living...

  • Los Angeles Jewry and the Birth ofIsrael

    By Stephen J. Sass

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles Jewry and the Birth ofIsrael By Stephen J. Sass

    "My heart is in the East, and I am in the end ofthe West."

    Yehuda Halevi was describing his feelings oflonging for the Holy Land as a Jew living in Spain during the MiddleAges, but his words express just as well the...

  • L.A.‘s Ultimate Power Broker

    By Joel Kotkin

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Eli Broad (left) is the primary moving force behind thefinancing of the downtown Disney Concert Hall designed by architectFrank Gehry, lining up corporations to drop megabucks into theproject..

    For most of this century, Los Angeles has been a city of twoelites -- one predominately...

  • A Hole in Kosher L.A.

    By Diane Arieff

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    A Hole in Kosher L.A.

    By deciding to introduce meat products into itsformerly all-dairy outlets, Noah's Bagels has provoked a strongresponse from observant Jewish noshers

    By Diane Arieff Zaga, Arts Editor

    You can tinker with the "classic" Coke recipe, add color to thegray New York...

  • Rabbi Is Held Up at Westchester Synagogue

    By Ruth Stroud

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    On Sunday afternoon, Nov. 30, as he worked on his computer in hisoffice at B'nai Tikvah Congregation in Westchester, Rabbi MichaelBeals saw a man he didn't recognize walking through the synagogueparking lot. The rabbi waved, thinking the man might be a homelessperson en route to the...

  • A Requiem for Rabin

    By Ruth Stroud

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Yitzhak Rabin, by Peter Max

    Writing, producing and arranging music for the likes of TinaTurner, Aretha Franklin and Carly Simon is what Aaron Zigman is bestknown for. So what possessed the 34-year-old Angeleno to spend sixmonths pouring his heart and soul into a serious classical...

  • Jewish Life on Film

    By Diane Arieff

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Sabrina Boudot is Rachel in "Nick and Rachel."
    If Los Angeles is the nation's undisputed film capital, in recent months it also seems eligible for the title of the Jewish film capital, and that is largely because of the efforts of the Laemmle Theatres organization. Laemmle's played...
  • Hot Dresses for

    By Rob Eshman

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Melanie Griffith and Annie Potts shop there. So do Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow. And so do dozens of Orthodox Jewish women.

    At Janice McCarty, a small corner dress shop on a boutique-filled stretch of West Third Street, the strictly trendy meets the strictly observant.

    The racks...

  • Letters

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Re: Joel Kotkin's piece on AJ Congress and the sweatshopCommission ("A Stitch in Time May Save Jobs," Nov. 7):

    While I believe there is a role for Jewish activism on workingconditions in the garment industry, I have voiced privately myconcern that the make up of the AJ Congress...

  • Chabad Wins this Round

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    The latest round in the decade-long battle over whether Chabad candisplay a large Chanukah menorah in Beverly Hills has been decided.

    And the winner is...Chabad. Kind of.

    Last week, U.S. District Judge Terry H. Hatter Jr. struck down asunconstitutional a provision of a Beverly Hills...

  • American Books and Jewish Identity

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Tucked away in a collection of J.D. Salinger's"Nine Short Stories" is a work of fiction I've always liked: "Down atthe Dinghy." When I read the story for the first time, maybe fiveyears after it was first published (perhaps sometime in the early1950s), the thought occurred to me that...

  • Loretta Sanchez

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Feisty Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Orange County,whose narrow upset victory last November toppled arch-conservativeRepublican Robert K. Dornan and signaled the growing power of theLatino voter, made her case to the Jewish community last week.

    It is a stronger case than you might...

  • Coming Together Aboard Bus No. 2

    By Beverly Gray

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    I have never been a fan of group travel. Bernie and I like to headout for parts unknown, armed only with a guidebook and a rental car.So what were we doing on the mammoth Golden Anniversary CommunityMission sponsored by the Jewish Federation Council of Greater LosAngeles?

    Frankly, the...

  • Supporting Their Claims

    By Tom Tugend

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    California's insurance commissioner has promised to use the power of his office to help thousands of the state's residents collect on unpaid insurance policies stemming from the Holocaust era.

    Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush gave the pledge during an often dramatic hearing on...

  • Writing a New Chapter

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Writing a New Chapter

    The People of the Book is the

    Los Angeles area's first attempt at a Jewish book festival

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer



    For years, Rabbi Harold Schulweis was perplexed by the question,Why isn't there a Jewish book festival in Los Angeles?

    To promote his own...

  • A Final Resting Place?

    By Tom Tugend

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 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 park, whose...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    From "Teenage Confidential," Chronicle Books, 1998.

    Bat Mitzvah Advice

    Dear Deborah,

    This Dec. 6, our daughter, Melanie, will celebrateher bat mitzvah. In the Jewish tradition, this event marks a comingof age and an acceptance of responsibility to obey the commandmentsand laws...

  • Stanley Hirsh Elected New Publisher

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Stanley Hirsh, a founding member of The Jewish Journal's Board ofDirectors, was elected publisher of this newspaper by a unanimousvote of the Board last week. He succeeds the late Edwin Brennglass,who died October 23.

    Hirsh, who is owner of the Cooper Building and a former chair ofLos...

  • Letters

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    As the members of the Los Angeles Jewish Commission on Sweatshops,we were dismayed and extremely disappointed that Joel Kotkin has soquickly jumped to conclusions about our work ("A Stitch in Time MaySave Jobs," Nov. 7). In our examination of work conditions in thegarment industry,...

  • Making a Noise

    By Tom Tugend

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Above, Jill Hill and Geoff Elliott in a scene from A NoiseWithin's production of "King Richard III." Top, co-founder ArtManke.

    In every other Mickey Rooney-Judy Garland movie, there came apoint when one or the other would pipe up with, "Hey, kids, let's puton a show," followed by a...

  • Netanyahu’s Day in L.A.

    By Tom Tugend

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Netanayu and Kirk Douglas. Photo by Peter Halmagyi

    Netanyahu's Day in L.A.

    The Israeli prime minister crams in meetings, a pressconference and a gala dinner before shuttling off to London

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu arrived at Los...

  • Mission Accomplished

    By Ruth Stroud

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Above, the site of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination has beenturned into a public memorial. Left, Rabin's son, Yuval, listening toa mission speaker.

    Photos by Ruth Stroud

    The largest Israeli mission ever launched by the Jewish FederationCouncil of Greater Los Angeles, and the biggest...

  • The Chosen Beer

    By Rob Eshman

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    He-Brew has a microbrewery bite and a hip Jewish identity

    By Robert Eshman, Associate Editor

    One day, a tall, youthful Stanford grad named Jeremy Cowan decidedthat it was time to chuck his career in computers and create the verything human society lacked most: a Jewish beer.

    The idea...

  • Taking Their Case to Israel

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm


    Taking Their Case to Israel

    Southland rabbis are among a delegation voicing concernover the proposed conversion law

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer

    Rabbi John Rosove.

    The urgent telephone call came on Monday, Oct. 20, for Rabbi JohnRosove of Temple Israel of Hollywood. A crisis was...

  • Other VoicesIn Memory of Edwin N. Brennglass:

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    From President Bill Clinton

    Hillary and I were saddened to learn of your husband's death, andwe extend our deepest sympathy. We hope that the love and support ofyour family and friends will sustain and comfort you during thisdifficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    From Los...

  • Personal Voice

    By Judy Gruen

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    A Plea From a Kneady Noah's Fan

    By Judy Gruen

    The news hit me as hard as a stale mandlebrot: Noah's Bagels wasgoing treif. They were abandoning us, tossing aside Los Angeles'loyal kosher consumers like so many day-old minis.

    For two years, we've enjoyed a carbohydrate high -- any of a...

  • Where Do We Go From Here?

    By Rob Eshman

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Can't we all just get along? Reviewing the events of the pastyear in our community, the answer seems to be: just barely. For theChinese, this has been the Year of the Rooster. For Los AngelesJewry, let's call it the Year of the Grudge.

    The big stories of the year were not Jew vs....

  • The Paintings of Chaim Soutine

    By Rob Eshman

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    In the paintings of Chaim Soutine (1893-1943), we are fortunate to glimpse the work of one of this century's great Jewish (and European) artists, and one of its major pre-war expressionists.

    The creator of what has been described as churning brushwork is the subject of a...

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