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  • Images of Israel

    By Ruth Stroud

    December 10, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Robert Cumins was working on the staff of his junior high school paper in Fair Lawn, N.J., when he had his first scoop.

    He sent a note to Pierre Salinger, then press secretary to President Kennedy, asking for an interview. Salinger invited Cumins to the White House, where the...

  • Community Briefs

    December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • Homage for the Holidays

    December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Don't call her the "Jewel" of Jewish preschool.

    Sure, Pearl B. sings to the accompaniment of her acoustic six-string. And she does lean professionally on her gem-like first name. But that is where any similarity to the chirpy pop star ends.

    "There are so many levels of Judaism -- from...

  • The Cardinal Comes to the Board of Rabbis

    By Ruth Stroud

    December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    In a historic address to the Board of Rabbis of Southern California last week, Cardinal Roger Mahony, archbishop of Los Angeles, called for the elimination of centuries of Catholic and Christian anti-Semitic teaching and a new era of Catholic-Jewish understanding and cooperation....
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  • When Poverty Strikes

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Every evening, the petite, homeless Jewish woman discreetly parks her compact car across the street from a public park. She spends the night in an automobile that holds all her possessions. She keeps it meticulous. In the morning, she washes up, also discreetly, in the park's public...

  • Community Briefs

    November 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • Honey, I Want a Divorce

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    On Nov. 27, Jeff Brain, president of Valley VOTE, will be a very happy man. That's the day he gets to turn in the more than 195,000 signatures that will start the ball rolling on the San Fernando Valley seceding from the city of Los Angeles.

    Rumblings of separatism have been heard...

  • Stars Searching for the Perfect Home Sing ‘My Sharona’

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    "If you were my client, you'd have six hours of my time. If it's about me, forget it. In a service-oriented career, you've got a lot of clients' needs to meet first."

    She's not kidding. Pinning down interview time with real estate agent Sharona Alperin is like trying to re-bottle a...

  • Community Briefs

    November 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • From Violins to Violence

    By Yehuda Lev

    November 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    My mother, whose family came from Lithuania, used to claim of my father's family, which migrated from Galicia, that in the Old Country they had earned their living as horse thieves.

    Which, if true, makes it all the more surprising that one descendant of such scurrilous ancestors is...

  • And the Nominees Are…

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    If you think the Academy Awards are unfair, biased and arbitrary, wait until you see what we've come up with for our first Jewish film awards.

    Herewith are The Jewish Journal nominees for the best and worst in Jewish movies for 1998.

    To cast your vote, e-mail us at ab871@lafn.org or...

  • How Do We Egage Teens?

    By John R. Fishel

    November 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    There are more than 30,000 Jewish teen-agers in Los Angeles -- how do we engage them?

    I was thinking about this a few weeks ago while visiting the Bern-ard Milken Jewish Community Campus in West Hills. The occasion was a happy one, the ground-breaking for a new youth and sports...

  • Jewish Life on Film

    By Diane Arieff

    November 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    For those Angelenos looking for a respite from million-dollar hype and "Happy Meal" tie-ins to studio blockbusters, late autumn is also a time when a flurry of small, offbeat film festivals grace local movie screens. Among them is the modest but engaging, Cinema Judaica: The Los...
  • The Big Winners

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    November 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    More than just a victory for California Democrats, Tuesday's election has special meaning for the Jewish community.

    Gray Davis

    Jews made up 4 percent of the California voter rolls this week (compared with 3 percent nationally), and Davis got 84 percent of that support in his decisive...

  • Returning Home

    By Ruth Stroud

    November 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    There's no place like home, but getting people to agree where home should be has not been easy for the Los Angeles Jewish Federation.

    Last week, the organization's board voted unanimously to return in two years to the 12-story building at 6505 Wilshire Blvd., which has been the...

  • Community Briefs

    November 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • Becoming a Best Seller

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    While cities such as Detroit and St. Louis were holding major Jewish book festivals year after year, drawing celebrity authors such as Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, observers here asked, Why isn't there a Jewish book festival in Los Angeles?

    Seville Porush and her colleagues at the...

  • Grousing About Our Jewish Book Fair

    November 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    I am probably being unfair, but I will say right off that I am unhappy with Los Angeles' Jewish book fair, which starts Nov. 14. Partly, my grousing is about those writers who are absent; and, partly, it is a response to the fair's theme -- or, should I say, lack of theme.

    Mostly,...

  • Be the Angel

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    November 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    At least there's one good thing we can say about Abraham preparing to sacrifice his own son Isaac. When he lifts the gleaming knife above the boy's head, an angel calls out: "Do not harm that child." Jews don't sacrifice their children. It might have been the norm in pagan societies,...
  • Dance With Them That Brung You

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    It was more in anger than sorrow that Sen. Alfonse D'Amato met with a group of Jewish community leaders last week to plead his case for re-election.

    No Republican senator has done more for Israel and Jewish causes in recent years, the three-term GOP veteran argued. He led the fight to...

  • Shifting Sands

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    I had only to hear Nettie Becker's voice this past Tuesday to know how bad things look for Matt Fong.

    For Jewish Republicans such as Becker, who had traveled in June with Fong to Israel on behalf of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), her party's U.S. senatorial...

  • Heather Pre-empts Newt

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    More than ever, Hollywood and Washington have much in common: dirty politics, even filthier sex scandals and the profane worship of numbers, whether they be exit polls, box office stats or the ratings Nielsen.

    So entering the final lap of a tight congressional race, who did Republican...

  • NoisesWithin—Grumbles Without

    By Charles Marowitz

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The question in regard to Lillian Hellman is not so much, What is her place in the American theater? Rather, it's, Is she even entitled to one?

    Since she burst into prominence in 1934 with "The Children's Hour" and then consolidated her position five years later with "The Little...

  • Jews, Propositions and Voting Attrition

    By Ruth Stroud

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    For the first time in several elections, there are no state propositions on the November ballot that are clearly rousing Jewish communal organizations. Yet, at an open forum last week at Stephen S. Wise Temple, close to 200 people showed up to listen to experts discuss the...
  • Senior Years Bring Special Legal Concerns

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    When Julian Diamond was a boy, seltzer water was the traditional dinner drink at his family's table. The bubbly stuff came in old-fashioned glass bottles (called siphons), complete with chrome-plated pewter nozzle tops, inner glass tubes and decorative labels with distributors' names...
  • Recognizing Ourselves on Film

    By Diane Arieff

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    For those Angelenos looking for a respite from million-dollar hype and "Happy Meal" tie-ins to studio blockbusters, late autumn is also a time when a flurry of small, offbeat film festivals grace local movie screens. Among them is the modest but engaging, Cinema Judaica: The Los...
  • Forging a Common Future

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Allies or adversaries? That is the question confronting Jewish and Latino political leaders as they assess the current and future relations of their communities.

    Some legislators, such as Assemblyman Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, disagree that Jews and Latinos are at cross purposes...

  • Community Briefs

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • Reaching Out

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Richard Alarcon looks a lot more relaxed these days. Although it is the final weeks before the Nov. 3 election, his race for the state senate's 20th District seat appears to be a sure win -- and the political atmosphere considerably less charged than when he was dealing with the...
  • The Race for Governor

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The day after taking office, California's new governor will assume at least two key roles: He will become the state's chief political figure, and, immediately thereafter, he will be placed (by the press) on the short list of presidential hopefuls. It worked that way for Ronald Reagan...
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