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  • Netanyahu’s Day in L.A.

    By Tom Tugend

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Netanayu and Kirk Douglas. Photo by Peter Halmagyi

    Netanyahu's Day in L.A.

    The Israeli prime minister crams in meetings, a pressconference and a gala dinner before shuttling off to London

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu arrived at Los...

  • Mission Accomplished

    By Ruth Stroud

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Above, the site of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination has beenturned into a public memorial. Left, Rabin's son, Yuval, listening toa mission speaker.

    Photos by Ruth Stroud

    The largest Israeli mission ever launched by the Jewish FederationCouncil of Greater Los Angeles, and the biggest...

  • The Chosen Beer

    By Rob Eshman

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    He-Brew has a microbrewery bite and a hip Jewish identity

    By Robert Eshman, Associate Editor

    One day, a tall, youthful Stanford grad named Jeremy Cowan decidedthat it was time to chuck his career in computers and create the verything human society lacked most: a Jewish beer.

    The idea...

  • Taking Their Case to Israel

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

     

    Taking Their Case to Israel

    Southland rabbis are among a delegation voicing concernover the proposed conversion law

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer

    Rabbi John Rosove.

    The urgent telephone call came on Monday, Oct. 20, for Rabbi JohnRosove of Temple Israel of Hollywood. A crisis was...

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  • Other VoicesIn Memory of Edwin N. Brennglass:

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    From President Bill Clinton

    Hillary and I were saddened to learn of your husband's death, andwe extend our deepest sympathy. We hope that the love and support ofyour family and friends will sustain and comfort you during thisdifficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    From Los...

  • Personal Voice

    By Judy Gruen

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    A Plea From a Kneady Noah's Fan

    By Judy Gruen

    The news hit me as hard as a stale mandlebrot: Noah's Bagels wasgoing treif. They were abandoning us, tossing aside Los Angeles'loyal kosher consumers like so many day-old minis.

    For two years, we've enjoyed a carbohydrate high -- any of a...

  • Where Do We Go From Here?

    By Rob Eshman

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Can't we all just get along? Reviewing the events of the pastyear in our community, the answer seems to be: just barely. For theChinese, this has been the Year of the Rooster. For Los AngelesJewry, let's call it the Year of the Grudge.

    The big stories of the year were not Jew vs....

  • The Paintings of Chaim Soutine

    By Rob Eshman

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 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...

  • Los Angeles Sephardic Film Festival

    By Eric Silver

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    In Roger Hanin's semi-autobiographical film, "Soleil" (1997), 13-year-old Meyer is kicked out of school for being Jewish in Vichy North Africa. It is a sign that things have changed for his family in Algeria, where Jews had peacefully lived for centuries amid the Moslems. Now,...
  • David De’or and Shlomo Bar

    By Larry Derfner

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    The sounds of heaven and earth merge when David De'or and Shlomo Bar, two internationally acclaimed Israeli artists, combine their musical talents.

    De'or captivates his listeners with an astounding vocal range that covers 3 1/2 octaves. His voice, which plunges to the depths of a rich...

  • Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Around this time of the year, Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz, wearing his "Grateful Yid" T-shirt and baseball cap, offers an alternative to the legions of Los Angeles Jews, who wonder whether to spring anywhere from $100 to $400 for a High Holy Days synagogue admission.

    Schwartzie, as he is...

  • Jewish Community Chaplaincy Program of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California

    By Ruth Stroud

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    In a Jewish community the size and scope of ours, it is sometimes easy to lose sight of the small acts of kindness that define our concern for justice and quality of life.

    The Jewish Community Chaplaincy Program of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California provides such acts. There's...

  • Passing the Torch

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Left to right: President Bill Clinton and Andrew Friedman, LongBeach California, Feb. 1996


    Passing the Torch

    Two years after Yitzhak Rabin's assasination, his legacycontinues in the internationally-recognized activism of a Brentwoodhigh school senior

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior...

  • In Times of Sorrow

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Ceramic bas relief by Albert Greenberg


    "I am sure," said Sinai Temple's Rabbi DavidWolpe in his Rosh Hashanah sermon, "that in almost every pulpit inAmerica from whatever denomination rabbis are speaking about theterrible strife we are enduring -- Jew against Jew, as well as Jewagainst Arab -- in the Land of Israel." ...

  • Charitable Legacy Lives On

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Mickey Weiss, everybody's favorite mensch and philanthropist, diedmore than a year ago, but his good works go on.

    His most lasting monument is the Charitable Distribution Facility,which he and his wife Edna established 10 years ago. Since then, theFacility has routed millions of...

  • Bittersweet Melodies

    By Diane Arieff

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Teacher and student: Hal Robinson and Justin Kirk (atpiano).

    The Geffen Playhouse's new season opens on a memorable note withJon Marans' intelligent and bittersweet two-character drama, "OldWicked Songs," a finalist for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize. This WestCoast production features...

  • Letters

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I am writing in response to Rabbi David Eliezrie ("It's Time to Talk," Oct. 3). I don't think he is being true to the teaching of the Torah when he manipulates facts and figures to attack other rabbis who are not Orthodox and says his way is the only way. How many times throughout...
  • Beyond the Classroom and Themselves

    By Beverly Gray

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    How does a school become a community? For 215 students at MilkenCommunity High School, it all began with a trip out of town.

    Milken, affiliated with Stephen S. Wise Temple, kicks off itsschool year by sending students and faculty on a three-day Shabbaton.Under the majestic oaks of...

  • Letters

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Regarding "Forgiving and Pardoning Jonathan Pollard" (Oct. 3):Irving Greenberg puts forth far too many reasons to release Pollardand not one real reason to keep him incarcerated.

    I say that the traitor should be expelled from our countryand let him seek his sanctuary wherever he can...

  • Knowledge for the Good Life

    By Linda Feldman

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    One of mycousins called the other day to tell me that she wasn't interested ina cousins reunion. "Well, that's unanimous -- if I count silence as ano," I said. Even though our parents had a family circle that metmonthly, it looked as if their kinder rejected the idea to meet...

  • Easing the Pain

    By Beverly Gray

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Ethan Gura doesn't remember his sister. Still, he cannot forgether. He can't forget that Rebecca Alexandra Gura died in 1991 after afour and a half year battle with leukemia. She was then six yearsold. He was three.

    Now, at age 9, Ethan is a veteran of various therapies, alldesigned...

  • And Now, For Something CompletelyDifferent

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Some years ago, when I was in my "Jew In theLotus" phase of spiritual development, I approached the rabbi duringthe break in the High Holiday services.

    "The problem with Jewish prayer," Isaid, filled with the chutzpah of one with nothing to lose, "is thatit's stiff and static....

  • Cedars-Sinai Merges with Two Westside Hospitals

    By Rob Eshman

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    When Cedars-Sinai Medical Center announced last Monday that itplans to take over management of two smaller West Los Angeleshospitals, the headlines could easily have read, "Man Bites Dog."

    In these days of brutal health-care competition, it is largefor-profit health-care conglomerates...

  • Honey History

    By Rob Eshman

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Hello, honey. This is the time ofyear when honey shines our apples, sweetens our cakes, and slicks ourlips and tongues. Straightforward talisman of a sweet year to come,honey appears and reappears in the course of High Holiday meals.

    We will eat our honey tossed with rounds of...

  • Shul Searching

    By Rob Eshman

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Shul SearchingFor many Los Angeles Jews, looking for the 'right' synagogueat the High Holidays is a late-summer rite

    You would think that, in a city with 519,000 Jews and at least 175synagogues of all different strains, Judith--she requested her lastname not be used--would be able...

  • Lifting the Language Barrier

    By Beverly Gray

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    In the past, when members of Los Angeles Hebrew High School's student body applied for foreign language credits at their home high schools, some were routinely turned down. This despite the fact that they had spent the school year studying Hebrew intensively three times a week, in...
  • Repentance and Recovery

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Orthodox, Conservative and Reform rabbis attended a summerbrunch and took away "T'shuvah" greeting cards featuring artwork byRaphael Abecassis. Left to right, Joshua Bittan, Rabbi Zvi Block,Rabbi Haim Louk, Rabbi Alan Freehling, Rabbi Paul Dubin, Rabbi JoelRembaum, Rabbi Marvin...

  • Our Message to Israel

    By Diane Arieff

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Just hours after the news broke that an elite Israeli commandounit had been wiped out in Lebanon, Shula is sobbing over thetelephone from her apartment in Givatayim. Her son -- a paratroopernow in Lebanon -- is due to finish his army service in November. "Ican't take it anymore,"...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Untitled, by Rose Mandel, 1947. Photofrom Catalogue of Pacific Dreams (Armand Hammer Museum 1995)

    Middle-Aged Marriage

    Dear Deborah,

    Why is it so much more difficult to recover fromour middle-age marital difficulties than it was when we were in our20s? We used to be able to...

  • Honoring Community Mitzvahs

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Top, left to right, Ilana Weinberg, Larry Weinberg, MarkBorovitz and Barbi Weinberg. Above right, Pauline Ledeen. Above left,Audrey Irmas.

    September is awards season in Los Angeles. Evenbefore the Emmys were handed out last weekend, the Jewish FederationCouncil of Greater Los...

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