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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • The Boom Years

    By Rob Eshman

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    If you look out the window of Room 120 at Sinai Akiba Academy, you'll see a hole. The hole is the size of a city block. It goes four stories deep into the earth, near where Wilshire and Beverly Glen boulevards cross. One year from now, the hole will be fitted with a parking garage to...
  • Celebrating Israel’s Independence

    May 22, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    While it may be true that if you ask two Jews a question, you're likely to get three different opinions, it appears that thousands were in agreement last Sunday: The Israel Independence Day Festival at Hansen Dam was the place to be to celebrate the Jewish State's 49th birthday....
  • Just           Down the Street

    By Ruth Stroud

    May 22, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles is expected to make as its new home a modern six-story marble-and-glass building that's a few blocks east of its current headquarters.

    The Federation is currently in negotiations to sublease, for three years, 112,000 square feet on...

  • Family Business

    By Diane Arieff

    May 22, 1997 | 7:59 pm

    Seated, the late Max Laemmle, founder of the theater chain, with son Robert, left, and grandson Greg.
    Back in the heyday of the self-made Jewish movie moguls, the studios were, to a certain degree, family businesses. For Louis B. Mayer, Jack and Harry Warner, and others, nepotism...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    May 15, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    For some brides-to-be, family relationships will never become fairy tale "happily-ever-afters..."


    No Fairy Tale Wedding

    Dear Deborah,

    I am 32 years old and getting married this summer. Ever since my mother passed away four years ago, my family has been a mess. I am the only girl of four...

  • In Defense of Evil

    By Diane Arieff

    May 15, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Wendy Collins (left) plays a legal secretary for Madonna Magee (right), who plays a Jewish attorney defending the free speech rights of a man who denies that the Holocaust took place, in "Denial," an Actors Alley production, at the Storefront Theatre in North Hollywood.


    In 'Denial,'...

  • Never Forgetting Sarah

    By Linda Feldman

    May 8, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I was thinking about my friend Lillian Ross last week as I was driving over the Golden Gate Bridge on my way north to an enzyme bath and massage in an outdoor Japanese tea house in Occidental. (I was celebrating freedom after submitting my manuscript for a book on families and family...
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