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  • In Times of Sorrow

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Ceramic bas relief by Albert Greenberg


    "I am sure," said Sinai Temple's Rabbi DavidWolpe in his Rosh Hashanah sermon, "that in almost every pulpit inAmerica from whatever denomination rabbis are speaking about theterrible strife we are enduring -- Jew against Jew, as well as Jewagainst Arab -- in the Land of Israel." ...

  • Charitable Legacy Lives On

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Mickey Weiss, everybody's favorite mensch and philanthropist, diedmore than a year ago, but his good works go on.

    His most lasting monument is the Charitable Distribution Facility,which he and his wife Edna established 10 years ago. Since then, theFacility has routed millions of...

  • Bittersweet Melodies

    By Diane Arieff

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Teacher and student: Hal Robinson and Justin Kirk (atpiano).

    The Geffen Playhouse's new season opens on a memorable note withJon Marans' intelligent and bittersweet two-character drama, "OldWicked Songs," a finalist for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize. This WestCoast production features...

  • Letters

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I am writing in response to Rabbi David Eliezrie ("It's Time to Talk," Oct. 3). I don't think he is being true to the teaching of the Torah when he manipulates facts and figures to attack other rabbis who are not Orthodox and says his way is the only way. How many times throughout...
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  • Beyond the Classroom and Themselves

    By Beverly Gray

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    How does a school become a community? For 215 students at MilkenCommunity High School, it all began with a trip out of town.

    Milken, affiliated with Stephen S. Wise Temple, kicks off itsschool year by sending students and faculty on a three-day Shabbaton.Under the majestic oaks of...

  • Letters

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Regarding "Forgiving and Pardoning Jonathan Pollard" (Oct. 3):Irving Greenberg puts forth far too many reasons to release Pollardand not one real reason to keep him incarcerated.

    I say that the traitor should be expelled from our countryand let him seek his sanctuary wherever he can...

  • Knowledge for the Good Life

    By Linda Feldman

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    One of mycousins called the other day to tell me that she wasn't interested ina cousins reunion. "Well, that's unanimous -- if I count silence as ano," I said. Even though our parents had a family circle that metmonthly, it looked as if their kinder rejected the idea to meet...

  • Easing the Pain

    By Beverly Gray

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Ethan Gura doesn't remember his sister. Still, he cannot forgether. He can't forget that Rebecca Alexandra Gura died in 1991 after afour and a half year battle with leukemia. She was then six yearsold. He was three.

    Now, at age 9, Ethan is a veteran of various therapies, alldesigned...

  • And Now, For Something CompletelyDifferent

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Some years ago, when I was in my "Jew In theLotus" phase of spiritual development, I approached the rabbi duringthe break in the High Holiday services.

    "The problem with Jewish prayer," Isaid, filled with the chutzpah of one with nothing to lose, "is thatit's stiff and static....

  • Cedars-Sinai Merges with Two Westside Hospitals

    By Rob Eshman

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    When Cedars-Sinai Medical Center announced last Monday that itplans to take over management of two smaller West Los Angeleshospitals, the headlines could easily have read, "Man Bites Dog."

    In these days of brutal health-care competition, it is largefor-profit health-care conglomerates...

  • Honey History

    By Rob Eshman

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Hello, honey. This is the time ofyear when honey shines our apples, sweetens our cakes, and slicks ourlips and tongues. Straightforward talisman of a sweet year to come,honey appears and reappears in the course of High Holiday meals.

    We will eat our honey tossed with rounds of...

  • Shul Searching

    By Rob Eshman

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Shul SearchingFor many Los Angeles Jews, looking for the 'right' synagogueat the High Holidays is a late-summer rite

    You would think that, in a city with 519,000 Jews and at least 175synagogues of all different strains, Judith--she requested her lastname not be used--would be able...

  • Lifting the Language Barrier

    By Beverly Gray

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    In the past, when members of Los Angeles Hebrew High School's student body applied for foreign language credits at their home high schools, some were routinely turned down. This despite the fact that they had spent the school year studying Hebrew intensively three times a week, in...
  • Repentance and Recovery

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Orthodox, Conservative and Reform rabbis attended a summerbrunch and took away "T'shuvah" greeting cards featuring artwork byRaphael Abecassis. Left to right, Joshua Bittan, Rabbi Zvi Block,Rabbi Haim Louk, Rabbi Alan Freehling, Rabbi Paul Dubin, Rabbi JoelRembaum, Rabbi Marvin...

  • Our Message to Israel

    By Diane Arieff

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Just hours after the news broke that an elite Israeli commandounit had been wiped out in Lebanon, Shula is sobbing over thetelephone from her apartment in Givatayim. Her son -- a paratroopernow in Lebanon -- is due to finish his army service in November. "Ican't take it anymore,"...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Untitled, by Rose Mandel, 1947. Photofrom Catalogue of Pacific Dreams (Armand Hammer Museum 1995)

    Middle-Aged Marriage

    Dear Deborah,

    Why is it so much more difficult to recover fromour middle-age marital difficulties than it was when we were in our20s? We used to be able to...

  • Honoring Community Mitzvahs

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Top, left to right, Ilana Weinberg, Larry Weinberg, MarkBorovitz and Barbi Weinberg. Above right, Pauline Ledeen. Above left,Audrey Irmas.

    September is awards season in Los Angeles. Evenbefore the Emmys were handed out last weekend, the Jewish FederationCouncil of Greater Los...

  • Letters

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Jane Lazarre's article "Raising Black Sons: AJewish Mother's Meditation," (Sept. 5) struck a deep chord in me. I,too, am raising black-Jewish children: a son, Boaz, and a daughter,Chana.

    As a black-Jewish parent, I often worry howseverely they will be affected when they first feel...

  • Tailor-Made

    By Rob Eshman

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    State and federal inspectors spoke at the inaugural meeting ofthe Los Angeles Jewish Commission on Sweatshops. Photo bySlobodan Dimitrov


    You could understand why the guys along the wall were concerned.There they sat, stone-faced and straightbacked, in the room's bestsuits, looking...

  • Kirk Douglas’ Greatest Role

    By Tom Tugend

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Douglas in "Cast a Giant Shadow."

    After surviving a 1991 helicopter crash, Douglas,80, has taken a greater interest in Judaism.


    Kirk Douglas' Greatest Role

    The legendary actor rediscovers and redefines his Jewish side

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    When Kirk Douglas was in his...

  • A Perfect Union

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Complete with a ketubah signing, champagne, speeches and a few tears, the installation of Rabbi Michael Beals at B'nai Tikvah Congregation in Westchester seemed more like a wedding. More than 300 people attended the Sept. 7 event. Among the speakers were Rabbi Elliot Dorff, rector of...
  • Flower Tower

    By Rob Eshman

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I'm sitting in front of Bernie and Ed Massey's television set,choking back tears.

    On screen plays a video about the brothers' latest public artproject. Among the powerful scenes, Ed Massey, the artist, helps aterminally ill boy of 6 paint a flowered panel. The colorful panelwill...

  • Passing the Torch

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "We are dwindling," says the 1939 Club's Fred Diament.

    "We are afraid of what will happen when we are no longer around tokeep the memory alive," says the Lodzer Organization of California'sKal Berson.

    The aging Holocaust survivors are speaking not only of fellowsurvivors but also of...

  • Food

    By Rob Eshman

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Just one floor beneath the legendary Polo Lounge atthe Beverly Hills Hotel, there's a large room that, for much of theweek, remains locked. The chef has the key. So does the cateringmanager. But if they ever want to so much as crack open the door,they can't do so alone. First, they...

  • Jewish Leaders Condemn Tribute to Riefenstahl

    By Tom Tugend

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Leni Riefenstahl, film director and producer, in a 1934 photo, at work on a documentary on the Nazi party in Germany. Spaarnestad Fotoarchief, Haarlen, Netherlands. Photo from "The World Must Know" Little, Brown and Company, 1993.
    An award bestowed on German filmmaker Leni...
  • Telethon Time

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Previous telethon guests include (from top): Ann Jillian, Mayim Bialik, William Windom, Charles Durning, Fyvush Finkel, Sid Caeser and Jan Murray. Top right, Murray, who will also co-host the show with Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin.

    Left to right: Jon Voight, Tony Danza, Charles Durning...

  • A Walk on the Troubled Side

    By Rabbi David Fox

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I confess. I have some prejudices. Example: I want my children to marry Jews. Beyond that, I am comfortable with other people. I try to avoid racial humor, even when there is a good punch line. I'm a clinical psychologist and a professor, and I serve a multicultural population....

  • The Book on Olives

    By Rob Eshman

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    'Olives: The Life and Lore of a Noble Fruit,'

    by Mort Rosenblum (North Point Press, $25)

    In his endlessly fascinating book, "Olives: The Life and Lore of a Noble Fruit," Mort Rosenblum reminds us that domesticated olives were around before the Bible, "was a first draft scribbled on...

  • Searching for Hannah

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    When Yehiel Gubani read the shocking story in the Los Angeles Times last week, he thought of his mother's fervent wish before she died in December.

    "She kept saying, 'I want you to find your sister,'" says the Yemenite-Israeli émigré, 46, a plumbing contractor who lives in Los...

  • A Taste of Kosher L.A.

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Think kosher food, and you think blintzes, kishke, brisket, tsimmes, matzo balls, corned beef on rye.

    You don't immediately think of fajitas, smoked-salmon quiche, turkey burgers with onion rings, rosemary-grilled breast of chicken with braised leeks and forest mushrooms, or...

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