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  • Vista Del Mar’s Grand Dame

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Ruth Shuken's backyard is a floral wonderland. Shuken, who turns 94 on July 4, strolls through aisles of roses, lilacs and azaleas. Her green thumb has also served her well in cultivating a garden of mitzvahs.

    Shuken's Beverlywood manor, which she has called home for 55 years, is a...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 28, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Recall Revelry

    It's odd to find a Republican event where the only wasps are the ones buzzing around the fruit salad and lemonade, but such was the case at the Republican Jewish Coalition of Southern California's (RJCSC) third annual summer barbecue at the Old West-themed Paramount...

  • Big Apple Of His Eye

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    He was the guy with all the good lines. The late Saul Steinberg helped establish The New Yorker magazine as a purveyor of visual excellence. "Art of the Spirit," an exhibit at The Jewish Federation running through Dec. 15, is a welcome reminder of the late illustrator's visual wit.

    ...

  • Habush Wrapped Life in L.A. History

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jerry Freedman Habush led excursions through historic Jewish Los Angeles as vice president of tours at the Jewish Historical Society of Southern California (JHS) for more than 20 years. In recent months, Habush's commitment slowed, but not from a waning passion. He was receiving...

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  • Writers: Redd Still Gold on TV Land

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Fred calls Lamont a "big dummy." Aunt Esther warns Fred to "Watch it, sucka!" Fred fakes a heart attack, crying out heavenward, "Elizabeth, I'm comin' to join you!"

    Thirty years ago, when few representations of blacks appeared on television, "Sanford & Son," starring Redd Foxx,...

  • Ariel Avrech

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Ariel Avrech died of complications from severe pulmonary fibrosis on July 1. He was 22.

    "He was incredibly learned," said Avrech's father, Emmy-winning screenwriter Robert Avrech ("The Devil's Arithmetic"). "I always learned from him. Our roles were reversed. He was also very funny...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Research and Rescue

    If you yell "action" for a living in Hollywood, you have no doubt visited the Beverly Hills Hotel. But if it's "Women of Action" you want, then the Beverly Hills Hotel would once again be your destination. The home of the Polo Lounge welcomed Israel Cancer...

  • The Madman of Montparnasse

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 26, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Before his life was tragically cut short in 1920 at the age of 35, Amedeo Modigliani left an impression on every person he met. Take fellow artist Jacques Lipchitz, whom the possessed Italian Jew liked to visit at 3 a.m.

    "We were suddenly roused from our sleep by a terrific pounding...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 26, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Dinners Party

    Literary Odyssey Dinners, a unique fundraiser which arranges 50 dinners with renowned authors in private homes to benefit the Los Angeles Public Library's Reading Programs for Children and Teens, held its kickoff party at The Peninsula in Beverly Hills.

    Speakers Larry...

  • Thursdays With Pini

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The moment you enter Tempo restaurant in Encino on a Thursday night, you realize that it's Pini Cohen's town, and we just dance in it.

    The local Israeli singer knows how to attract and work a crowd. First, Cohen packs them in so tightly that the waitresses navigating through the...

  • Foundations Try to Stop a Jewish Killer

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine a disease that strips a child of the routine autonomic and sensory abilities that we take for granted. A disease that affects a child's nervous system to such a degree that he or she cannot feel pain or produce tears, even when seriously wounded. The child becomes plagued...

  • Minority Retort

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A war is brewing. A minority in our midst is being actively persecuted. Society fears and loathes them. The government is using legislation to identify them and the military to hunt, contain and kill them. This is not Nazi Germany. This is America.

    If the plot of "X2: X-Men United,"...

  • Citizen Canine

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Stephanie Poretz brings Sasha, her 13-year-old cocker spaniel, to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center twice a week. Mark Ferber comes in with his beagle Miss Daisy. Beverly Byer brings down Brailley, her black lab who was rejected from guide dog school because of her bad hips.

    Since 1995,...

  • Irwin Goldenberg,

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Irwin Goldenberg, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles past president and an active community leader, died on March 20. He was 85.

    Goldenberg was born in Chisholm, Minn. -- population 8,000, which included about 35 Jewish families. His father had moved there from Minneapolis....

  • Janet Williams

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Janet Williams, a past president of City of Hope's auxiliary  division, Gems of Hope, died on Feb. 9, 2003. She was 84.

    Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Williams attended the same grammar school as her husband, Bernard. Her sister, Roslyn, and Bernie were in the same class....

  • Road to Wellness

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    At first, investment entrepreneur Judy Resnick did not realize that her daughter, Stacey Shiffman, was carrying a genetically transmitted disease.

    "We didn't know what she had," Resnick said. "It was after her first child was born, and she was getting sicker and sicker and thinner...

  • A Mitzvah

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 16, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When teen titan Henry Laufer needed to raise the bar on his bar mitzvah, he turned his drive for skateboarding into a skateboarding drive.

    Laufer, a pupil at Crossroads Middle School in Santa Monica, recently had his wheels spinning on what do to with his Feb. 1 bar mitzvah rapidly...

  • Oh Brother! He’s Been A Big One

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 16, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Marc Mostman recalls the first time he saw "Star Wars." "I remember waiting in line at the Avco at Westwood," said the 35-year-old attorney.

    While most grown men in their 30s no doubt recall the first time they were taken to see the 1977 science-fiction classic, Mostman's memory of...

  • ‘Dybbuk’ Nohs It

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    As far as Jewish plays go, "The Dybbuk" is a classic to those in the know or, perhaps more appropriately, those in the Noh -- the dramatic Japanese theatrical style.

    A new interpretation of "The Dybbuk" is coming to town. The play, directed by Tel Aviv University professor Zvika...

  • Lung Donor Needed to Save Young Life

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    On a cool November evening, the Avrech family -- Robert, Karen, and Ariel -- sit within the cozy confines of their Pico-Robertson home, where an Emmy Award that Robert won for his 1999 Holocaust-themed drama, "The Devil's Arithmetic," graces the mantle.

    But this is not your typical...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Say Halo to Samueli

    Nearly 600 guests were onhand as philanthropist Susan Samueli was honored at the John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI) Auxiliary's annual membership luncheon, held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire on Oct 23 during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Samueli received the...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    High priority

    Oct. 17, 2002, will go down as a special day in the history of Aviva Family and Children's Services. That was the day when everybody came together to celebrate the dedication of the new Aviva High School and administration building, a facility perched on the...

  • Funny, He Doesn’t Look Jewish

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "It's clobberin' time!" used to be the Thing's catchphrase -- but now he might be hollering, "It's davenin' time!"

    Four decades after his debut in "Fantastic Four" No. 1 (Vol. 1) -- the comic book that single-handedly launched Marvel Comics -- the craggy orange member of the...

  • Preparing for Terror

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Professor Shlomo Mor-Yosef, director general of Hadassah Medical Organization, who oversees the operation of Hadassah's two Jerusalem-area hospitals, visited Los Angeles last week.

    Founded in 1912, Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is a volunteer organization...

  • Terror Victim Lives On in Video

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Lisa Frost was always No. 1. She was the firstborn in her family. She was the first person to start a community service program at the School of Hospitality at Boston University, from which she graduated in May 2001 and was the valedictorian. She will also be the first completed...

  • Joined by a Kidney

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On the anniversary of Sept. 11, we offer a pancultural exchange with a happy ending.

    Back in November, UP FRONT reported about Patricia Abdullah, a Caucasian woman of Muslim faith who, after leading an unsuccessful search for a type O-positive kidney donor for acquaintance Mike...

  • Israel’s Best Hangs

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Israel in Crisis: 20 Years of Israeli Art, 1980-2000," a summerlong avant-garde art exhibit at The Jewish Federation's Bell Family Gallery, distills some of the best painters who have brought about a revolution in the Israeli art scene.

    The collection is courtesy of Michael...

  • Chabad rocks!

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Chabad of California's 22nd annual "L'Chaim to Life Telethon," hosted by Dennis Prager, was humming along nicely with a long roster of talent that included classic actors James Caan and Elliott Gould, comic actor Dom DeLuise and Israeli singer David "Dudu" Fisher. Then 10:30 p.m....

  • A Miracle Worker

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Maria Teresa and Maria de Jesus Quiej Alvarez are twins who were born conjoined at the cranium. Headline-makers since arriving at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at UCLA's Mattel Children's Hospital in Westwood, the twins were separated in a nearly 23-hour surgery on Aug. 6.

    ...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Action Packed

    Move over Vin Diesel -- you've got nothing on these Women of Action. Women of all ages and professions were honored when the Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) held their annual Women of Action luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

    As Jacqueline Bell, ICRF board chair,...

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