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  • Still Dead

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    My friend Jane and I met for dinner last week andhad a good laugh about death. California's political campaign seasonis just commencing, and we were discussing, in an offhand way, whatmy husband, an attorney, might have made of an upcoming ballotproposition were he still among us.


  • A Woman’s Voice

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 30, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Israel has always meant a lot to my parents, butit was my mother who took the Jewish state personally. She waspregnant at the time Israel was being created, in the spring of 1948,and to this day, she still describes the joy -- the triumph! -- ofbringing a new life into a world where...

  • The Exodus

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    My friend Susie asked me to recommend a "goodhaggadah" for her seder. Tell me first about your guests, I said. Arethere many children? Grandparents? Republicans? Buddhists? Today,selecting a haggadah is a form of Rorschach test, a unique,personalized snapshot of you in the here and...

  • A Woman’s Voice

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    My Passover seder was once again acclaimed by oneand all as the best ever. Good thing, too, since, as befits a holidayfilled with questions, anxiety had dogged my every step -- rightuntil the last moment.

    First, I worried about the weather. Passover felleven later last year than this,...

  • Clinton and the Feminists

    March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    For many Jewish women, the feminist movement hasbeen the key political event of our lifetimes. It has given us rolemodels, women of great personal power and intellectual agility, andallowed us to venture into unprecedented careers and lifestyles.Arguably, the reason so many Jewish...

  • How Do We Do It?

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    I was late getting home from mymeeting the other night. Too late to help my daughter prepare for herSpanish quiz. Too late to massage her shoulders after softballpractice. "Do Not Disturb," read the sign on her door. Hernight-stand light was on, but Samantha was already asleep.


  • A Woman’s Voice

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Stop the presses: The Jewish communityis ready to discover...singles. That's right. What intermarriage and"continuity" were to the 1990s, singles will be in the years ahead: agroup to study, court, serve and, finally, value.

    Why are we discovering singles just now? Thearrival of...

  • The Thirteen Wants

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    What can American-style liberalJudaism offer Israel? After the battle over the proposed conversionbill is settled, that question will remain. We can puff up our chestsand demand equality with Orthodoxy over who is a Jew. But,inevitably, every political victory in the Knesset will...

  • Music to My Ears

    November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm


    Music to My Ears

    Just when I thought the whole Jewishcommunity had swung to the right, I visited with lyricists Alan andMarilyn Bergman; it was music to my ears. This songwriting pair movesseamlessly from show business to activism, having won three Oscars,two Grammys and three Emmys...

  • Four Takes on Fifty

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Four Takes on Fifty

    Take No. 1: Round Numbers

    I was too young to turn 30; I was still a child,vacillating between independence and rebellion, even though I wasalready married and a property owner. At 30, I believed that love isall there is, that politics could be an extension of love,...

  • A Legendary Friendship

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Linda Deutsch and Theo Wilson livedacross the street from each other for most of the past 21 years. Theywere trial reporters who met in the Charles Manson courtroom,competitors and best friends. On Jan. 17, Wilson called Deutsch fourtimes while anxiously awaiting the limo that was to...

  • Back of the Bus

    July 31, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    True story. Last week at the Westside Pavilion, just
    outside Nordstrom, six women, dressed in the garb of
    Islam, were standing by the mall's ATM. Four wore
    colorful scarves, exposing the face and a bit of hair; two
    were completely in black, with only small slits, 1 inch by
    4 inches,...

  • 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....
  • Finding Our Place

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 1, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    My daughter and I were driving through Koreatown again. Five years had passed since the first Rodney King verdict, since the riots, since the day we'd first driven these same streets, with their smoldering buildings and the militia standing guard. She noted every new building and...

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