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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Three’s Company

    By Ruth Stroud

    July 17, 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,...

  • Power Play

    By Ruth Stroud

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    After Shabbat services at a Conservative temple recently, one Los Angeles fund-raiser for the Jewish Federation Council was confronted by an angry congregant who has long been a generous donor to Israel.

    "They're letting the Orthodox dictate," said the man, who, with his wife,...

  • Power of the Hebrew Press

    By Tom Tugend

    July 3, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The Jewish newspaper scene in Los Angeles was recently enlivened by the rise and fall of the short-lived "Jewish Voice," and it is being invigorated again by the significant changes taking place in the local Hebrew-language press.

    Although the combined circulation of the Hebrew...

  • Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Professor Sandler at the podium; Simha and Sara Lainer (right) with Profesor EcksteinWhen Professor Shmuel Sandler was named first incumbent of the Lainer Chair in Democracy and Civility at Bar-Ilan University, he faced an immediate semantic problem.

    "There is no word for 'civility'...

  • Minister of Compassion

    By Tom Tugend

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai (center) in animated conversation with Federation President Herb Gelfand (right) joined by Israel Consul General Yoram Ben Ze'ev. Photo by Peter Halmagyi

    Minister of Compassion

    Yitzhak Mordechai, Israel's defense minister, delicately...

  • Open-Door Policy

    By Ruth Stroud

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    They are your brother, your cousin, your lawyer, your best friend, or possibly yourself. Yet, while there are as many gays, lesbians and bisexuals in the Jewish community as in any other, they often feel like outcasts in their own faith, afraid that they can't be open about their...
  • What Scarlett O’Hara Can Teach Us

    By Linda Feldman

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    When I was 16, I used to cut school, take the E-train to Union Square and stand around listening to the Communist speakers rant about injustice. You could say I was passion-challenged, living in Queens and attending Jamaica High School.

    I was the kid who had a crush on television...

  • A Tale of

    By Ruth Stroud

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Do the Jewish communities of Los Angeles and Tel Aviv have much in common beyond their religious designation? Can they share ideas and expertise and form a useful partnership in the future? Following a week-long visit to the Southland by a small delegation of Tel Aviv civic leaders,...
  • Up Front

    By Tom Tugend

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Sister Rose Thering with Monsignor Robert Sheeran The first thing that catches the eye when meeting Sister Rose Thering is the large pendant of a Star of David intertwined with a Cross dangling from her neck.

    The pendant is a kind of shorthand for the Dominican nun's lifework as...

  • ‘Mendel & Moses’

    By Teresa Strasser

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    When Mendel Moscowitz is transported from Brooklyn to ancient Egypt, the juxtaposition of a whiny New Yorker on the eve of the Exodus is supposed to create the setting for campy high jinks and musical hilarity.

    Billed as "Fiddler on the Roof" meets "The Ten Commandments," original...

  • Too Hot Kitchen?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Today the once-legendary Spanish Kitchen restaurant is a study in decay, the "K" missing from the neon sign, the arched storefront crumbling and covered with graffiti. It stands next door to the Yavneh Hebrew Academy, in the midst of a thriving Orthodox community on Beverly...

  • A Woman’s Voice

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Though the June 3 Los Angeles municipal election has garnered little attention in the general press, there are two races of special interest to The Journal readership.

    First, we must note the changing of the guard in the Valley/West Los Angeles council seat, being vacated, after 32...

  • UP FRONT

    By Rob Eshman

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Question: What do you get when you cross Hollywood, the Holocaust and Jewish communal fund-raising? Answer: Something exactly like last Wednesday night's Simon Wiesenthal National Tribute Dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

    It was a deliriously effulgent affair, a symbol of the...

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