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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Los Angeles Sephardic Film Festival

    By Eric Silver

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    In Roger Hanin's semi-autobiographical film, "Soleil" (1997), 13-year-old Meyer is kicked out of school for being Jewish in Vichy North Africa. It is a sign that things have changed for his family in Algeria, where Jews had peacefully lived for centuries amid the Moslems. Now,...
  • David De’or and Shlomo Bar

    By Larry Derfner

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    The sounds of heaven and earth merge when David De'or and Shlomo Bar, two internationally acclaimed Israeli artists, combine their musical talents.

    De'or captivates his listeners with an astounding vocal range that covers 3 1/2 octaves. His voice, which plunges to the depths of a rich...

  • Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Around this time of the year, Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz, wearing his "Grateful Yid" T-shirt and baseball cap, offers an alternative to the legions of Los Angeles Jews, who wonder whether to spring anywhere from $100 to $400 for a High Holy Days synagogue admission.

    Schwartzie, as he is...

  • Jewish Community Chaplaincy Program of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California

    By Ruth Stroud

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    In a Jewish community the size and scope of ours, it is sometimes easy to lose sight of the small acts of kindness that define our concern for justice and quality of life.

    The Jewish Community Chaplaincy Program of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California provides such acts. There's...

  • Passing the Torch

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Left to right: President Bill Clinton and Andrew Friedman, LongBeach California, Feb. 1996


    Passing the Torch

    Two years after Yitzhak Rabin's assasination, his legacycontinues in the internationally-recognized activism of a Brentwoodhigh school senior

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior...

  • 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...
  • 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...

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