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  • The High Cost of Jewish Living

    February 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Weekday mornings at 8:20, Judy Penso sets out for her office at a Jewish Community Center just outside San Francisco, where she runs the Marin County region of the Bay Area Jewish Community Relations Council.

    Before heading across the bridge from her Berkeley home, though, she drops...

  • Movie Memoirs

    By Diane Arieff

    February 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Some of the best recent American documentaries are nonfiction, highly subjective narratives that explore the Sturm und Drang of family relationships. Filmmaker Ira Wohl calls this kind of up-close cinematic memoir "first-person documentary."

    It's an apt description for his latest...

  • Valley Briefs

    February 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When Roberto Benigni won the grand prize at Cannes for his Holocaust tragicomedy, "Life is Beautiful," he rushed to the stage and kissed the feet of juror Martin Scorsese.

    The Italian comedian couldn't resist playing the clown, either, when his Holocaust fable recently screened for...

  • Answering the Call

    By Eric Silver

    February 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Anne Roberts is passionate about the idea of tzedakah, a concept she has diligently instilled in her son Spencer Nieman.

    A second-grader who is not quite 8 years old, Spencer has managed to save up $120 this year and will donate it in a small ceremony that has become an annual...

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  • Teachers and Technology

    By Rebecca Kuzins

    February 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    A parent in North Hollywood is appalled by what passes for religious-school education: His child has a terrible teacher. A parent in Brentwood is ecstatic: Her child's current teacher is outstanding. Marcy Goldberg, director of education at Temple Aliyah of Woodland Hills, sums up...
  • Federation Matters

    By Rabbi Paul J. Kipnes

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    It is hard to say where it is more frightening to be a Jew today, in Iran or Russia. In both countries, anti-Semitic activity is escalating to chaotic levels. In Iran, 13 Jews, including several rabbis and a 16-year-old boy, sit in jail facing possible execution, falsely accused of...

  • Having Tea with Hussein

    By Tom Tugend

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    While the leaders of nations eulogized King Hussein for his statesmanship and advocacy of peace, one Los Angeles couple remembered the Jordanian monarch for his human and social touch.

    Edward Sanders, one of the most senior Jewish leaders in the United States, and his wife, Rose, were...

  • You’re on Candid Dating

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    After 13 years in Hollywood, Myles Berkowitz didn't have a film deal. Or a girlfriend.

    "So I decided to combine my two biggest failures: my personal and my professional life," says Berkowitz, now 36.

    The struggling director hired a cheap cameraman and clandestinely videotaped himself...

  • A Call for Support

    By Ruth Stroud

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Few people look forward to being asked for money. But Super Sunday, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles' largest single day of fund raising each the year, is the exception.

    "It's the one time of the year when people say, 'I was waiting for your phone call,'" says David...

  • ‘Three Stories’: From Krakow to L.A.

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The world was a different place for writer-director Pavel Vogler when he arrived here from Poland six years ago.

    "It was very hard," Vogler says. "There were no friends or family or supporting circle.... I started from zero.... A couple of years ago, I decided to start to make my own...

  • A Hero’s Welcome

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The cover of film director Paul Mazursky's first book, "Show Me the Magic" (Simon and Schuster, $25) offers book-jacket browsers a list of all the famous names to be found inside. There's Danny Kaye, whose television show a young Mazursky helped write, Natalie Wood, Bette Midler and...
  • His ‘Friend Was Peace’

    By Rabbi Marvin Hier

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    It was my privilege to know His Majesty King Hussein in connection with our work, but more so, to know him personally as a human being. Undeniably, he was a king, and most certainly entitled to wear his crown, but, instead, he preferred to act "kingly" and walk humbly.

    The most...

  • An Advertising Tale

    By Rob Eshman

    February 11, 1999 | 6:59 pm

    When Spectator caught up with Monique Powell, lead singer of the pop sensation Save Ferris, she was wandering around Anaheim, tired, displaced and searching for food.

    But this was no VH1 special in the making. After two years of nonstop global touring in support of her band's two...

  • Community Briefs

    February 4, 1999 | 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...

  • Shalhevet’s un-Orthodox Approach

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    I don't know about you, but I am often drawn to men and women who are boldly stamped by commitment. What I like is that they pursue an idea no matter where it takes them, simply because of their belief or passion. The educators at Shalhevet High School, founded in 1992, are like...

  • 6505: Home for the Next Generation

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    For Federation executives and board members, 6505 Wilshire is more than just another building. It is a monument to years of memories; an edifice awash in nostalgic value. But does the Miracle Mile area headquarters hold any meaning for the new generation of Federation leaders? And...

  • Benigni in L.A.

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When Roberto Benigni won the grand prize at Cannes for his Holocaust tragicomedy, "Life is Beautiful," he rushed to the stage and kissed the feet of juror Martin Scorsese.

    The Italian comedian couldn't resist playing the clown, either, when his Holocaust fable recently screened for...

  • Wanted: A Few Good Teachers

    By Beverly Gray

    February 4, 1999 | 6:59 pm

    A parent in North Hollywood is appalled by what passes for religious-school education: His child has a terrible teacher. A parent in Brentwood is ecstatic: Her child's current teacher is outstanding. Marcy Goldberg, director of education at Temple Aliyah of Woodland Hills, sums up...
  • Committed to Community

    By Shlomit Levy

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When 17-year-old counselor-in-training Frayda Breverman fell for a 20-year-old staff member at Camp Ramah, their romance became the scandal of the summer of '63. Fast forward. The scandal was short-lived, but Fredi and Joel Rembaum, after 33 years of marriage, are still quite an...

  • Prime-Time Rabbi

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    As part of the edgy juggling-magic-performance act The Mums, back in the 1980s, Albie Selznick ate razor blades, threw knives and produced doves from thin air while juggling torches. He took the head off of a pigeon (only an illusion), then put the head back on. He performed for...

  • Torah, Technology and Tolerance

    By Tom Tugend

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    David Wilstein is among the breed of men who built and shaped the postwar Jewish community in Los Angeles. He migrated from the East Coast as a young man, made a great deal of money, and then poured much of his energy and business savvy into the welfare of the community as well as...

  • USC & HUC: A Winning Partnership

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    In the annals of party-going, the dinner hosted by USC President Steven Sample and his wife, Kathryn, at their impressive San Marino estate home last week, ranked right up near the top.

    The food and drinks were excellent, the speeches short and few, and the general bonhomie so...

  • Backing Up Their Claims

    By Tom Tugend

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    In a precedent-setting decision, a Los Angeles judge ruled on Monday that European companies can be sued in California courts for nonpayment of life insurance policies stemming from the Holocaust era.

    The specific case involves a $135 million suit against the giant Generali Insurance...

  • Debating the Future

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The rampant factionalism and firecracker unpredictability that marks Israeli politics these days came visiting Los Angeles last weekend.

    More than 300 people left their cozy Sunday morning behind to participate in the all-day conference, "Israel: 1999 and Beyond," sponsored by the...

  • Making Do with More

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Was the United Jewish Fund 1998 campaign up, down or flat? It depends on how you interpret the numbers.

    Strictly speaking, the campaign, which the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles oversees, finished on Jan. 8 with an increase in pledges -- $42.2 million, compared with last...

  • A Unique University

    By Beverly Gray

    January 21, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The University of Judaism is not easy to categorize. Unique among this country's Jewish institutions of higher learning, it combines an undergraduate college, a graduate school of education, an MBA program, a long list of continuing education offerings, two nationally renowned think...

  • Meet LA’s Art Czar

    By Tom Tugend

    January 21, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When Joanne Corday Kozberg talks about her new job as president and chief operating officer of the downtown Music Center, the key words are "challenges," "outreach" and "re-energizing."

    The new job, which she will assume next month, is formidable even for someone who recently wrapped...

  • Collecting an Unpaid Debt

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    January 21, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Campus organizations often go overlooked or get taken for granted by students and alumni alike. Hillel at Pierce and Valley Colleges has those problems -- and then some. Try serving thousands of students on multiple campuses with a small staff and a smaller budget. And from an office...

  • Northridge Renewal

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    January 14, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Over at Temple Ramat Zion in Northridge, they've planted a small garden. It's just a few flowers now. Adjacent is a patio that will one day hold benches, a place where Hebrew-school students can come study or where people can take...

  • Israel Beyond 1999

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 14, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Now that a year of reviewing and celebrating Israel's first half century has passed, it's time to ponder the next 50 years. That's the premise behind a daylong conference taking place on Jan. 24 in West Los Angeles.

    Sponsored by the Jewish Federation's Jewish Community Relations...

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