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  • Global Gatherings

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It was perhaps the most emotionally potent moment of the evening, as the elderly Rabbi Yedidiah Shofet, addressing his audience in Farsi, broke down and cried, his voice trembling, his frail body shaking.Representing the Nessah Cultural Organization, Shofet was part of a lineup of...

  • Networking with Net Workers

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    As June began, so did The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles' new Hi-Tech Division. The Federation officially booted up its Web-surfing coalition by the surf, with a shindig at the Santa Monica Beach-combing Casa del Mar Hotel.

    Co-chairs Sheryl Biesman of JOBTRAK.COM and Beth...

  • A Flame of Remembrance

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 27, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    This Sunday marks the eighth year that the Los Angeles Holocaust Monument in Pan Pacific Park will serve as the local centerpiece of the annual Worldwide Holocaust Memorial Day, in memory of the 6 million Jews who were murdered in Europe at the hands of the Nazi regime. Hosted this...

  • It’s Shuki’s World and We Just Live In It…

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 27, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    As he breezes into a Melrose trattoria, the international man of mystery known as Shuki could be mistaken for any other player in town -- cell phone in hand, expensive suit, hardball negotiator demeanor -- were it not for the long shock of Gene Simmons rock star hair tied back in a...
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  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 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...

  • Does the Jewish Vote Matter to Gore and Bush?

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Inside a ballroom at the Washington Hilton, Rabbi Leonid Feldman, the Soviet-raised spiritual leader of Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach, captivates thousands of young Jews with his moving, heartwrenching account of the long, treacherous road that led him to discover the Judaism that so...
  • Stopping the Violence

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It's no secret that Israelis experience many of the same social ills that Americans do. However, there has never been an official study to identify the breadth and nature of domestic abuse in the Jewish State... until now.

    A survey -- the first of its kind in Israel -- was recently...

  • Emergency Meeting

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Experts from Turkey, Uzbekistan and Los Angeles converged in Tel Aviv last month to trade disaster response strategies with Israelis. United by a shared history of disasters -- natural and man-made -- specialists in the forefront of emergency care attended the week-long International...
  • Super Sunday: The Next Generation

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    When Super Sunday rounds its 21st year this weekend, it will not only mark the phone-a-thon's two-decades-long history of soliciting contributions for the United Jewish Fund (UJF), but the dawning of a new millennium -- on calendar and in spirit. This year, in an attempt to attract...
  • Passing the Torch

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Looking back on the last year-and-a-half, Lionel Bell feels satisfied with what the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has achieved during his term as chairman of the board. He cites the reestablishment of 6505 Wilshire as Federation headquarters and the launching of its $20...
  • Wagner’s Visual Symphony

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Israel is the ultimate survivor, having transcended centuries of Roman conquest, Arab rule, and British occupation to blossom into an advanced civilization and a formidable global power.

    None of this has escaped the photographic eye of historian John Wagner. In the next few weeks, the...

  • Centennial Celebration

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Before there was Vista Del Mar Child Care, the Jewish Home for the Aging, or the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles -- there was B'nai B'rith International. And what the aforementioned institutions have in common with the world's largest Jewish organization is that they...
  • Around Town

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 21, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat came to town this week, seeking Washington's blessing for Palestinian statehood in return for postponing a unilateral declaration on May 4, when the interim Oslo period expires.

    Despite the fears of some Jewish leaders, he didn't get it; instead, he...

  • Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun Epidemic

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The statistics are shocking. Last year, more than 1 million children carried a concealed pistol to school. In 1997, 32,436 people died because of firearm violence. And of that number, only 268 deaths could be categorized as "justifiable homicides."

    These are just some of the reasons...

  • A Goal Beyond Winning

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Dr. Jerry Bobrow remembers it well. The year was 1990. The place: The Palace, in the Auburn Hills district of Detroit.

    There in the bleachers, among 16,000 people at the Maccabi Games, is Bobrow and his youngest son, Jonathan.

    As the Russian delegation of athletes entered the arena...

  • Chabad 1999: Here, There and Everywhere

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Backstage at Chabad Telethon '99, Jon Voight was like the Beatles song -- "Here, There and Everywhere." One moment, the erstwhile "Midnight Cowboy" was huddling in a corner with a telethon point person, putting last-minute touches on a speech. Moments later, he was hovering around...
  • ‘Ferris’ Singer’s Day Off

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 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...

  • New Israel Fund Honors Rabbi Susan Laemmle

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Last week, Rabbi Richard Levy, executive director of the Los Angeles Hillel Council, introduced to the Central Conference of American Rabbis in Pittsburgh a new Reform movement manifesto. And according to Rabbi Susan Laemmle, that's not his only contribution to Reform. For without...
  • “He’s Hip!”

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    A few years ago, at the age of 24, Brooklyn-born Danny Hoch got the kind of phone call most struggling actors dream of. It was his agent, telling him that the people from "Seinfeld" had called: they wanted Hoch to get on a plane the next morning to tape a guest-starring role on the...
  • ‘They Should Leave as Soon as Possible’

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 7, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    What can be done to help Russian Jewry? Loads, according to Simon Frumkin. He should know.

    The road to liberating Russian Jews has been a long and tortured process, and few people know this more than Frumkin, who has spent decades battling to facilitate Jewish flight from Russia....

  • A Weekend of Art

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    It was a dream come true for devotees of revered cartoonist Art Spiegelman last weekend, as the chain-smoking New Yorker flew into town to speak before capacity crowds at Second Generation and Skirball Cultural Center programs.

    For those unfamiliar with his "Maus" graphic novels,...

  • Up Front

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I don't know why they love me so much [in England]. Over there, I played the London Palladium for a month. It was just announced that I was going to play there, and the show has practically sold out. Here, I'm told I'm too Jewish; over there, they...

  • Singing the Composer’s Praises

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 4, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    "Air Force One." "Basic Instinct." "Poltergeist." "Planet of the Apes."

    Just a sampling of the more than 175 motion pictures bearing the distinctive imprimatur of master film composer Jerry Goldsmith, (left) who was recently honored by...

  • Celebrating Israel’s50th

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The peace process is stalled, pluralism issues remain unresolved and the Netanyahu government is in turmoil. But organizers of a major, star-studded 50th anniversary tribute to Israel later this year are focusing their attention on celebration, not contention. Indeed, a rare...
  • In Honor of Justice

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Despite his Italian surname, joked DistrictAttorney Gil Garcetti, "[My heritage] is Mexican-American and my wife is Jewish.So our kids ask, 'Well, what are we?'"

    Garcetti was praising our city's multiethnicpopulation as he spoke at last week's Anti-Defamation League SpringLuncheon,...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

     

    By Michael Aushenker

    "Mr. Rickles, I'm with the Jewish Journal."

    "That's your problem."

    So went my exchange with "Mr. Warmth" -- comedianDon Rickles -- at the Century Plaza Hotel.

    With wife Barbara by his side, the legendaryRickles was on hand to pay tribute to an icon in another field...

  • Love, Jewish-American Style

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Despite the abundance of Jewish filmmakers in the entertainmentindustry, Jewish Americans fall somewhere ahead of Asian-Americansand well below Anglo- and African-Americans as a group represented oncelluloid. And no one is more aware of that than film historian andauthor Harry...
  • Brooks And Reiner in the Year 2000

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    By Michael Aushenker, Community Editor

    Comedy maven Mel Brooks with his partner-in-crime, CarlReiner.
    "Send in the Jews!" Mel Brooks shouted, throwing the floodgatesopen for the scores of fans who valiantly fought the drizzle lastWednesday evening, Nov. 19, to meet him and his "Your...

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