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  • The Results Are In

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Rumors of the imminent demise of theJewish population of Los Angeles are a little premature. For yearswe've been hearing that the rate of intermarriage in Los Angeles islikely among the worst in the nation -- probably more than 50percent, perhaps as high as 70 percent in some areas.

    ...

  • Sleeping with the Enemy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Ruth Neal, coordinator of Ezras Bayis, has seen Orthodox womenwho have been bitten, shoved, slapped, punched, spit at, scalded withhot chicken soup, threatened with a gun, pushed down a flight ofstairs. Wood cut by Kathe Kollwitz from "German ExpressionistWoodcuts," 1994.

     

    Ilana*, an...

  • A Commitment toEducation

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 29, 1998 | 6:59 pm

    In a move that many see as a turning point for thefuture of Jewish education in Los Angeles, the Jewish Federation ofGreater Los Angeles board agreed last week to almost double theamount that the Federation gives to Jewish day and Hebrewschools.

    "I am elated," said Dr. Gil Graff,...

  • Baby Sitters No More

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The first thing that struck me as PresidentClinton unveiled his $21.7 billion child-care proposal last week wasthat it was hardly noticed in our community at all. With the possibleexception of increased child-care tax exemptions, the nation's firstpreschool package won't touch the...

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  • Broadway, Los Angeles Isn’t

    By Tom Tugend

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    ArtisticDirector Gordon Davidson

    Speaking at the Skirball Center recently, Gilbert Cates of theGeffen Theater in Westwood told an anecdote to illustrate,indirectly, why Los Angeles theaters don't draw audiences as dothose, say, in his native New York.

    Seems this elderly lady was about...

  • Spectator

    By William Yelles

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Eddie Cantor, among the Jewishperformers featured in the Skirball Cultural Center's current filmseries.

    The Skirball Cultural Center is continuing its "Vaudeville: JewishPerformers in Early Sound Film" series with screenings of the MarxBrothers, Eddie Cantor, and Burns and Allen,...

  • Celebrating Israel’s 50th

    January 22, 1998 | 6:59 pm

    The "America Salutes Israel at 50" show at the Shrine Auditoriumis hardly the only celebration in and around Los Angeles planned tocommemorate Israel's jubilee year. Here is a list of some other localevents.

    April 26 -- South Bay Israeli Festival at the TorranceCivic Center, sponsored...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    January 22, 1998 | 6:59 pm

    Barbed Words

    Dear Deborah,

    I don't understand, and I'm feeling hurt. I wasdating someone who, when she became upset, would say things that notonly didn't express how she felt but were verbally abusive. How can Iwork with someone who glibly says, "I never have any fun with you?" Ifound...

  • Community

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    "Who knew?" If the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles hasits way, that simple question will become as well-known a shorthandfor the Federation as "Got milk?" is for the California milk industryand "Just do it" is for Nike. The phrase will be the centerpiece ofthe organization's...

  • CommunityMilken’s Class Acts

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Left to right, Dr. Joseph Hakimi, Chaya Shamie, MarianneSiegel, Lowell Milken, Tova Baichman-Kass and Lynn Karz.

    Every year, the Milken Family Foundation gives public recognitionand $10,000 each to education professionals "who have madesignificant contributions to excellence in day...

  • Film

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Cinema Vérité

    The documentaries of Albert Maysles, a pioneer of documentary film,

    will be screened at a UCLA retrospective

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer

    Top, Albert Maysles and his late brother David, 1985. Above, ascene from Maysles' "Grey Gardens."

    These are some of the images...

  • Digging Behind Yesterday’sHeadlines

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Readers of the Los Angeles Times on Saturday,May 15, 1948, saw this headline stretching across the top of fivecolumns on Page 1.

    "Jewish State Recognized by U.S. in SurpriseMove, Air Raiders Bomb Tel Aviv"

    Underneath the headline were threestories - one dealing with President...

  • Caring and Controversy

    By Rob Eshman

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Two olive trees grow somewhere in downtown LosAngeles. They are the lasting fruits -- cynics would say the only fruits --of a peace demonstration organized by local Jews and Arabs at theoutbreak of the Palestinian uprising, or intifada, in 1989.

    They are also a living...

  • Los Angeles Jewry and the Birth ofIsrael

    By Stephen J. Sass

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles Jewry and the Birth ofIsrael By Stephen J. Sass

    "My heart is in the East, and I am in the end ofthe West."

    Yehuda Halevi was describing his feelings oflonging for the Holy Land as a Jew living in Spain during the MiddleAges, but his words express just as well the...

  • L.A.‘s Ultimate Power Broker

    By Joel Kotkin

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Eli Broad (left) is the primary moving force behind thefinancing of the downtown Disney Concert Hall designed by architectFrank Gehry, lining up corporations to drop megabucks into theproject..

    For most of this century, Los Angeles has been a city of twoelites -- one predominately...

  • A Hole in Kosher L.A.

    By Diane Arieff

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    A Hole in Kosher L.A.

    By deciding to introduce meat products into itsformerly all-dairy outlets, Noah's Bagels has provoked a strongresponse from observant Jewish noshers

    By Diane Arieff Zaga, Arts Editor

    You can tinker with the "classic" Coke recipe, add color to thegray New York...

  • Rabbi Is Held Up at Westchester Synagogue

    By Ruth Stroud

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    On Sunday afternoon, Nov. 30, as he worked on his computer in hisoffice at B'nai Tikvah Congregation in Westchester, Rabbi MichaelBeals saw a man he didn't recognize walking through the synagogueparking lot. The rabbi waved, thinking the man might be a homelessperson en route to the...

  • A Requiem for Rabin

    By Ruth Stroud

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Yitzhak Rabin, by Peter Max


    Writing, producing and arranging music for the likes of TinaTurner, Aretha Franklin and Carly Simon is what Aaron Zigman is bestknown for. So what possessed the 34-year-old Angeleno to spend sixmonths pouring his heart and soul into a serious classical...

  • Jewish Life on Film

    By Diane Arieff

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Sabrina Boudot is Rachel in "Nick and Rachel."
    If Los Angeles is the nation's undisputed film capital, in recent months it also seems eligible for the title of the Jewish film capital, and that is largely because of the efforts of the Laemmle Theatres organization. Laemmle's played...
  • Hot Dresses for

    By Rob Eshman

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Melanie Griffith and Annie Potts shop there. So do Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow. And so do dozens of Orthodox Jewish women.

    At Janice McCarty, a small corner dress shop on a boutique-filled stretch of West Third Street, the strictly trendy meets the strictly observant.

    The racks...

  • Letters

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Re: Joel Kotkin's piece on AJ Congress and the sweatshopCommission ("A Stitch in Time May Save Jobs," Nov. 7):

    While I believe there is a role for Jewish activism on workingconditions in the garment industry, I have voiced privately myconcern that the make up of the AJ Congress...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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