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  • Grousing About Our Jewish Book Fair

    November 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    I am probably being unfair, but I will say right off that I am unhappy with Los Angeles' Jewish book fair, which starts Nov. 14. Partly, my grousing is about those writers who are absent; and, partly, it is a response to the fair's theme -- or, should I say, lack of theme.


  • Be the Angel

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    November 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    At least there's one good thing we can say about Abraham preparing to sacrifice his own son Isaac. When he lifts the gleaming knife above the boy's head, an angel calls out: "Do not harm that child." Jews don't sacrifice their children. It might have been the norm in pagan societies,...
  • Dance With Them That Brung You

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    It was more in anger than sorrow that Sen. Alfonse D'Amato met with a group of Jewish community leaders last week to plead his case for re-election.

    No Republican senator has done more for Israel and Jewish causes in recent years, the three-term GOP veteran argued. He led the fight to...

  • Shifting Sands

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    I had only to hear Nettie Becker's voice this past Tuesday to know how bad things look for Matt Fong.

    For Jewish Republicans such as Becker, who had traveled in June with Fong to Israel on behalf of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), her party's U.S. senatorial...

  • Heather Pre-empts Newt

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    More than ever, Hollywood and Washington have much in common: dirty politics, even filthier sex scandals and the profane worship of numbers, whether they be exit polls, box office stats or the ratings Nielsen.

    So entering the final lap of a tight congressional race, who did Republican...

  • NoisesWithin—Grumbles Without

    By Charles Marowitz

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The question in regard to Lillian Hellman is not so much, What is her place in the American theater? Rather, it's, Is she even entitled to one?

    Since she burst into prominence in 1934 with "The Children's Hour" and then consolidated her position five years later with "The Little...

  • Jews, Propositions and Voting Attrition

    By Ruth Stroud

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    For the first time in several elections, there are no state propositions on the November ballot that are clearly rousing Jewish communal organizations. Yet, at an open forum last week at Stephen S. Wise Temple, close to 200 people showed up to listen to experts discuss the...
  • Senior Years Bring Special Legal Concerns

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    When Julian Diamond was a boy, seltzer water was the traditional dinner drink at his family's table. The bubbly stuff came in old-fashioned glass bottles (called siphons), complete with chrome-plated pewter nozzle tops, inner glass tubes and decorative labels with distributors' names...
  • Recognizing Ourselves on Film

    By Diane Arieff

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    For those Angelenos looking for a respite from million-dollar hype and "Happy Meal" tie-ins to studio blockbusters, late autumn is also a time when a flurry of small, offbeat film festivals grace local movie screens. Among them is the modest but engaging, Cinema Judaica: The Los...
  • Forging a Common Future

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Allies or adversaries? That is the question confronting Jewish and Latino political leaders as they assess the current and future relations of their communities.

    Some legislators, such as Assemblyman Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, disagree that Jews and Latinos are at cross purposes...

  • Community Briefs

    October 29, 1998 | 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...

  • Reaching Out

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Richard Alarcon looks a lot more relaxed these days. Although it is the final weeks before the Nov. 3 election, his race for the state senate's 20th District seat appears to be a sure win -- and the political atmosphere considerably less charged than when he was dealing with the...
  • The Race for Governor

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The day after taking office, California's new governor will assume at least two key roles: He will become the state's chief political figure, and, immediately thereafter, he will be placed (by the press) on the short list of presidential hopefuls. It worked that way for Ronald Reagan...
  • No Laughing Matter

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 22, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Italian comedian-director Roberto Benigni was mortified by the journalist's accusation at Cannes. How, the reporter queried, could he be so tacky as to make a comedy about the Holocaust?

    Sweet, effusive Benigni is still pained by the question, though his Chaplinesque fable, "La Vita e...

  • Art as History’s Witness

    October 22, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Art as History's Witness

    Paintings from Terezin are on exhibit at the Jewish Federation Building

    By Diane Arieff Zaga, Arts Editor

    Left: "Competitors for Potatoes" by Eli Leskley. "Many [paintings] ... are like ghoulishly bright cartoons in which the subject matter is anything but...

  • The Adoption Challenge

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 22, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Ellen Sloan met her husband-to-be, Will Hoffman, at an Ivy League cocktail party on Nov. 13, 1992. Sloan, then 36 and never married, attended the party because "I had heard it was a good place to meet smart guys," she says, with a laugh.

    She was a successful financial planner with an...

  • Taking the Peace Movement by Storm

    By  Orit Arfa

    October 15, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Not long before Hurricane Georges churned up the southeast, Hurricane Galia slammed into Los Angeles. And advocates for Middle East peace couldn't have been more relieved.

    It may be overstating the case to call Galia Golan, a founder of Peace Now -- the Israeli peace movement -- a...

  • Current Events

    October 15, 1998 | 8:00 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,...

  • Not in My Back Yard

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 15, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Despite objections from some local homeowners, the city of Los Angeles' Planning and Land Use Committee this week unanimously approved a density bonus for a proposed senior housing development in Sherman Oaks. The issue is slated to go before the City Council on Oct. 21.


  • Community Briefs

    October 15, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    What do you give the country that has everything?The thousands of children in Jewish day and Hebrew schools throughout Los Angeles are planning to give Israel a very special present for its 50th birthday -- an ambulance.

    Over the course of the school year, children fromall day...

  • Monica Lewinsky is Jewish

    October 15, 1998 | 7:59 pm

    The New York Times devoted 1,500 words last Sunday to a biographical profile of Monica Lewinsky, the 24-year-old woman who allegedly had an 18-month affair with President Clinton and who has been accused of lying about it under oath.

    The New York Times' reporters are nothing if not...

  • Alive and Kicking

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Aaron Paley, 41, grew up living and breathing Yiddish.

    His world was a community of leftist Jews who considered the radical Workmen's Circle the reichte, the right wing. Paley attended the collectively-run Yiddish Kindershule and Mittelshule in Van Nuys, where he studied labor history...

  • Seinfeld Borrows a Talmud

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    On an upcoming "Seinfeld" episode, Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) investigates her "shiksa appeal."

    'Seinfeld' Borrows a Talmud

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

    The Jewish Community Library is used to catering to the literary needs of groups of school children, Yiddish scholars and...

  • A Helping Hand

    By Jolie Greiff

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    "Where's the jelly? I need five jellies."

    "Hand me 18 fruit rolls, will you?"

    "I love your skirt, where did you get it?"

    The scene: A typical Thursday evening at Tomchei Shabbos' warehouse, at 353 1/2 N. La Brea Ave., where a team of fast-working, quick-talking volunteers gathers to...

  • Death of a Patriarch

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Tom Bradley was buried Monday, hailed as Los Angeles' longtime mayor, statesman, leader and friend. His is a grand biography; a son of Texas sharecroppers and the grandson of slaves, Bradley broke down ethnic and class barriers and forged a new multiracial political base that...
  • Dr. Laura and the Rabbi

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Between tackling the Ten Commandments and co-authoring a book with a best-selling writer, it's no wonder that Rabbi Stewart Vogel is feeling so inspired these days.

    Vogel, head rabbi of Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills, is co-author of the recently released book "The Ten Commandments:...

  • Politics

    By James D

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    "Why do Jewish men wear those side curls?" asks the police-
    woman with the short, slicked-back hair and serious manner.
    Neal Shapiro and his brother-in-law, Sheldon Altman, explain as Wilshire Division Officer Terri Utley listens intently.

    About 20 officers have just heard Shapiro and...

  • L.A. 5758 Sephardic Spirit

    By Julie G Fax

    October 6, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    To understand the mystic approach to life thatsuffuses the Pinto Torah Center, simply listen to Rabbi Yaakov Pintotell the story of how his parents met.

    At the age of 18, Rabbi Moshe Pinto decided thathe was ready to marry, and so he went to his father, Rabbi ChaimPinto, the great ...

  • Haunting Visages

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    In the paintings of Chaim Soutine (1893-1943), we are fortunate to glimpse the work of one of this century's great Jewish (and European) artists, and one of its major pre-war expressionists.

    The creator of what has been described as churning brushwork is the subject of a...

  • Twenty Years and Counting

    By Tom Tugend

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Marvin Hier arrived in Los Angeles on July 4, 1977, to inspect the sizable building he had purchased on unfashionable Pico Boulevard, it was one of the few times in his life that he was genuinely scared.

    "The place had been stripped of all light fixtures," he recalls. "We...

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