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  • 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...
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  • 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...

  • From ‘Rubble to Renewal’

    By Tom Tugend

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The centerpiece of BBI's reconstruction, the Arts and Conference Center, will be celebrated Sept. 14. With song, dance and prayers of thanksgiving, the Brandeis-Bardin Institute will celebrate the reconstruction of its Simi Valley campus on Sunday, Sept. 14. The community is invited...
  • L.A.‘s Own Zionist Conference

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    As Zionism turns 100 and Israel approaches 50, a Sept. 14 conference re-examines our affection for the Jewish State.

    Photo from Jerusalem in 3000 Years, Konemann, 1995.

    To many American Jews in their 20s, 30s and 40s, Zionism, the ancient dream of a Jewish homeland that spawned a...

  • Letters

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    It is very concerning that The Jewish Journal has been reluctant to recognize why there is an uproar about the play "Mendel and Moses" ("The Play's Not the Thing," Aug. 1).

    A number of months ago, I received a call from a Jewish cast member in the production who told me she had left...

  • Chabad’s Shofar Factory…It’s a Blast

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Thousands of Los Angeles-area youngsters participate inhands-on workshops

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

    Quick, what's a kosher animal with horns that can be used to makea shofar?

    Uh, well, everyone knows the answer to that. A ram, right?

    OK. Right. But name another kosher animal with...

  • End of Conversation

    By Yehuda Lev

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I visited Los Angeles recently and learned thattwo of those dialogues, in which I had been active, had expiredwithout ceremony. The Cousin's Club, which survived eight years oftension, argument and even, on occasion, genuine dialogue, was nomore. And the Arab-Jewish Speakers Bureau,...

  • Dignity on Display

    By Rob Eshman

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Visitors to the museum discover the world of children who can'tsee, or can't hear, or have mental or other physicaldisabilities.


    How does it feel to be deaf? What does it mean tobe blind? What does a child in a wheelchair do at aplayground?

    Children and adults who visit the latest...

  • Wave of the Future

    By Ruth Stroud

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    If there's an image of the South Bay, it's this sun-drenched visionof perpetual summer and youth. But does this picture contain anyJews? For years, the myth has been that it didn't, or, if there wereany, they were passing as something else.

    But it turns out that there are more Jews in...

  • L.A. Stories

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I started reading Faye Kellerman's Peter Decker/Rina Lazarusmurder mysteries out of curiosity, after sampling from husbandJonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware series. I've stuck with Faye and,for the most part, haven't been disappointed. I have beenparticularly intrigued by LAPD Lt....

  • Cops and Chassids

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm


    Rachmiel Steinberg is a "Bostoner" Chassid, but, he quips, he is also the Los Angeles Police Department's "show-and-tell rabbi." That's because the Yavneh Hebrew Academy teacher has taken on some unusual students lately: officers of the LAPD's Wilshire Division.

    Steinberg attends...

  • ‘We Do Not Just

    July 31, 1997 | 8:00 pm


    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's tough response to Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's call of condolence echoed from Los Angeles on Wednesday, as Israel's consulate fielded nonstop calls from journalists and concerned Angelenos.

    "We are touched by [Arafat's] expression...

  • On What It Means To Be Armenian in America

    By Tom Tugend

    July 31, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    About a decade ago, I was interviewing Professor Richard Hovannisian, the eminent UCLA authority on modern Armenian history.

    He lamented the state of the Armenian Diaspora in Los Angeles, with its infighting and confrontations between church leaders, and its American-born generations...

  • A Sephardic Celebration

    By Ruth Stroud

    July 31, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Sephardic, Ashkenazic, Mizrachic, or just out for a good time -- whatever their background, Jews poured into the Skirball Cultural Center last Sunday for the first annual Sephardic Arts Festival. The event was a success beyond its organizers' wildest dreams. Attendance, estimated at...

  • Wolpe Reaches Sinai

    By Tom Tugend

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi David J. Wolpe, along with his wife and 6-month-old daughter, arrived in Los Angeles from New York on June 30.

    On July 1, he was at his desk to start his new job as senior rabbi of Sinai Temple in Westwood, the oldest and one of the most prominent Conservative congregations in...

  • A Perfect Orange

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    In addition to the usual bathing suits,
    socks and shorts, as suggested by Camp Hess Kramer on
    its inventory list, my daughter, Samantha, needed an
    orange sweat shirt with blue (preferably royal) lettering
    spelling out the words "Leadership '97" on the front and
    her name on the back....
  • Up Front

    By Rob Eshman

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I love cookbooks, but on lazy summer days, I usually read fiction -- few cookbooks are engaging enough to replace a good novel. And when I go into the kitchen at all, it's usually just to stand in front of the open freezer. But when I do find a cookbook that captures me, cooking with...
  • Summer Plays

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A visit to the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum gives new meaning to the escapist concept of getting away from it all -- if only for an evening.

    Its newly renovated 299-seat amphitheater is terraced into the hillside of a rustic ravine along Topanga Canyon Boulevard. For picnickers,...

  • Letters

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Responses to Sexuality

    I was disappointed by your June 27 issue, which overall equates non-marital sex with maturity, and warns parents not to be judgmental about their children's behavior. In light of evidence showing that people who are sexually active prior to marriage have more...

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