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  • An Advertising Tale

    By Rob Eshman

    February 11, 1999 | 6:59 pm

    When Spectator caught up with Monique Powell, lead singer of the pop sensation Save Ferris, she was wandering around Anaheim, tired, displaced and searching for food.

    But this was no VH1 special in the making. After two years of nonstop global touring in support of her band's two...

  • Community Briefs

    February 4, 1999 | 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...

  • Shalhevet’s un-Orthodox Approach

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    I don't know about you, but I am often drawn to men and women who are boldly stamped by commitment. What I like is that they pursue an idea no matter where it takes them, simply because of their belief or passion. The educators at Shalhevet High School, founded in 1992, are like...

  • 6505: Home for the Next Generation

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    For Federation executives and board members, 6505 Wilshire is more than just another building. It is a monument to years of memories; an edifice awash in nostalgic value. But does the Miracle Mile area headquarters hold any meaning for the new generation of Federation leaders? And...

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  • Benigni in L.A.

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When Roberto Benigni won the grand prize at Cannes for his Holocaust tragicomedy, "Life is Beautiful," he rushed to the stage and kissed the feet of juror Martin Scorsese.

    The Italian comedian couldn't resist playing the clown, either, when his Holocaust fable recently screened for...

  • Wanted: A Few Good Teachers

    By Beverly Gray

    February 4, 1999 | 6:59 pm

    A parent in North Hollywood is appalled by what passes for religious-school education: His child has a terrible teacher. A parent in Brentwood is ecstatic: Her child's current teacher is outstanding. Marcy Goldberg, director of education at Temple Aliyah of Woodland Hills, sums up...
  • Committed to Community

    By Shlomit Levy

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When 17-year-old counselor-in-training Frayda Breverman fell for a 20-year-old staff member at Camp Ramah, their romance became the scandal of the summer of '63. Fast forward. The scandal was short-lived, but Fredi and Joel Rembaum, after 33 years of marriage, are still quite an...

  • Prime-Time Rabbi

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    As part of the edgy juggling-magic-performance act The Mums, back in the 1980s, Albie Selznick ate razor blades, threw knives and produced doves from thin air while juggling torches. He took the head off of a pigeon (only an illusion), then put the head back on. He performed for...

  • Torah, Technology and Tolerance

    By Tom Tugend

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    David Wilstein is among the breed of men who built and shaped the postwar Jewish community in Los Angeles. He migrated from the East Coast as a young man, made a great deal of money, and then poured much of his energy and business savvy into the welfare of the community as well as...

  • USC & HUC: A Winning Partnership

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    In the annals of party-going, the dinner hosted by USC President Steven Sample and his wife, Kathryn, at their impressive San Marino estate home last week, ranked right up near the top.

    The food and drinks were excellent, the speeches short and few, and the general bonhomie so...

  • Backing Up Their Claims

    By Tom Tugend

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    In a precedent-setting decision, a Los Angeles judge ruled on Monday that European companies can be sued in California courts for nonpayment of life insurance policies stemming from the Holocaust era.

    The specific case involves a $135 million suit against the giant Generali Insurance...

  • Debating the Future

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The rampant factionalism and firecracker unpredictability that marks Israeli politics these days came visiting Los Angeles last weekend.

    More than 300 people left their cozy Sunday morning behind to participate in the all-day conference, "Israel: 1999 and Beyond," sponsored by the...

  • Making Do with More

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Was the United Jewish Fund 1998 campaign up, down or flat? It depends on how you interpret the numbers.

    Strictly speaking, the campaign, which the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles oversees, finished on Jan. 8 with an increase in pledges -- $42.2 million, compared with last...

  • A Unique University

    By Beverly Gray

    January 21, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The University of Judaism is not easy to categorize. Unique among this country's Jewish institutions of higher learning, it combines an undergraduate college, a graduate school of education, an MBA program, a long list of continuing education offerings, two nationally renowned think...

  • Meet LA’s Art Czar

    By Tom Tugend

    January 21, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When Joanne Corday Kozberg talks about her new job as president and chief operating officer of the downtown Music Center, the key words are "challenges," "outreach" and "re-energizing."

    The new job, which she will assume next month, is formidable even for someone who recently wrapped...

  • Collecting an Unpaid Debt

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    January 21, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Campus organizations often go overlooked or get taken for granted by students and alumni alike. Hillel at Pierce and Valley Colleges has those problems -- and then some. Try serving thousands of students on multiple campuses with a small staff and a smaller budget. And from an office...

  • Northridge Renewal

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    January 14, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Over at Temple Ramat Zion in Northridge, they've planted a small garden. It's just a few flowers now. Adjacent is a patio that will one day hold benches, a place where Hebrew-school students can come study or where people can take...

  • Israel Beyond 1999

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 14, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Now that a year of reviewing and celebrating Israel's first half century has passed, it's time to ponder the next 50 years. That's the premise behind a daylong conference taking place on Jan. 24 in West Los Angeles.

    Sponsored by the Jewish Federation's Jewish Community Relations...

  • Anything but Old School

    By Julie G Fax

    January 14, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    There are some pretty big indicators that Ohr Eliyahu Academy, one of the city's youngest day schools, has secured a solid foothold in the Los Angeles Jewish educational landscape.

    The elementary school recently purchased the 4.5-acre Culver City public-school campus it has occupied...

  • Which Side Are You On?

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    January 14, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Is Mike Davis right about Los Angeles? And if so, what does it mean for our increasingly conservative Jewish community? That was the subtext of my meeting with Davis last Sunday at the Skirball Cultural Center.

    Davis' most recent book, "Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the...

  • Community Briefs

    January 14, 1999 | 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...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 14, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    If the multitude of Jewish events are any indication, the holidays hit hard this season. To paraphrase Adam Sandler's "Chanukah Song," here's a list of organizations that are Jewish, just like you and me...

    Various divisions of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles celebrated...

  • Jewish Federation Prepares for New Millenium

    By Lionel Bell

    January 7, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    As the new millennium draws near, how is the Jewish Federation preparing for it? An initial answer to that question became apparent two weeks ago at a meeting I attended in our new West Los Angeles office.

    Young Jewish adults, ranging in age from late 20s to early 40s, crowded into...

  • Community Briefs

    January 7, 1999 | 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...

  • Pledging to Produce

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 7, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Fifty-one years after going door to door and soliciting funds to help the fledgling State of Israel get off the ground, Jake Farber is at it again. But instead of trudging along Highland Avenue and seeking contributions of any size, Farber today meets in boardrooms and living rooms...

  • Community Briefs

    December 10, 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...

  • Art is long, and life is brief; at least that’s what they say.

    December 10, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The museum world in Los Angeles looks as though it is in for a significant challenge.

    The evidence underscoring this was suggested last week in a story reported in The New York Times. On the surface, the story read like an account of the Getty Center one year after the new building...

  • Putting on the Shvitz

    By Teresa Strasser

    December 10, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    On an un-chic stretch of Pico Boulevard -- somewhere you wouldn't happen to be unless you were looking for Roscoe's Chicken 'N Waffles -- is a Los Angeles landmark. One that has only recently opened its doors to women.

    City Spa is one of only a handful of old world saunas left in...

  • Images of Israel

    By Ruth Stroud

    December 10, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Robert Cumins was working on the staff of his junior high school paper in Fair Lawn, N.J., when he had his first scoop.

    He sent a note to Pierre Salinger, then press secretary to President Kennedy, asking for an interview. Salinger invited Cumins to the White House, where the...

  • Community Briefs

    December 3, 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...

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