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  • Time’s on his Side

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    There's no denying that Fox's critically acclaimed "24" is a fast-moving show that, unlike other dramas, operates in "real time" -- each 60-minute episode's action literally unfolds over an hour's time.

    But what series co-creator Joel Surnow never anticipated was that his rookie show...

  • Still Got ‘Game’

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Like Budd Schulberg's "What Makes Sammy Run?" Phillip Roth's "Portnoy's Complaint" and other milestones of Jewish American literature, Will Eisner's "Name of the Game" explores the depths of Jewish self-loathing and assimilation. But what separates "Name" -- a tale chronicling two...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    ADL Satisfies Medavoyeurs

    About 60 people came to West Hollywood's Wyndham Bel Age Hotel for an evening with Mike Medavoy. The Oscar-blessed movie producer and former studio chief -- behind such hits as "Rocky," "Annie Hall," "10," "Platoon," "Philadelphia," "Hoosiers" and "Silence...

  • In the ‘Company’ of Kline

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Come and knock on my door,"began the jingle on the popular '70s ABC sitcom "Three's Company." These days, opportunity knocks on the door of actor Richard Kline.

    Kline, who played smarmy bachelor Larry Dallas on the quintessential sitcom, returns this week as director of KNBC...

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  • Community Briefs

    By Mike Levy

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Farrakhan for Free?

    A City Council decision to waive event fees for a February Nation of Islam convention drew protests from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Nearly $30,000 in Convention Center rental fees and costs were waived by the council, which determined the event served a...

  • Ray of Hope

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    What will become of five Jccs?

    The question has still not been answered, but by next week, a resolution will be definitively closer.

    Five center must submit their business plans by next week to the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles' (JCCGLA) new transition committee...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Kollel's New Home

    More than 500 people gathered for the dedication of Kollel Los Angeles' new home at 7216 Beverly Blvd., in the heart of the Beverly-Fairfax-Hancock Park communities. Rabbi Matisyahu Solomon addressed the crowd at the Chanukat Habayis dedication. Kollel, headed by...

  • Ponderosa Past

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In the 1940s, when Burt Lancaster and Harold Hecht formed their production company, Hecht-Lancaster, they optioned debut novels by two young Jewish writers: "The Naked and the Dead," by Norman Mailer and "Burial of the Fruit," by David Dortort. Dortort and Mailer were hired to adapt...

  • The Torah as Gospel

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Torah may be the true Gospel, but next week, one synagogue is bringing the true Gospel to the Torah.

    Temple Aliyah will host its Fourth Annual Gospel Service on Jan. 18, in cooperation with the choir of New Christ Memorial Church of God and Christ of Pacoima, led by Pastor Andrae...

  • The Art of Hollywood Survival

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Mike Medavoy's quote on the back of his new book, "You're Only as Good as Your Next One" (Pocket Books), sums up what makes a successful producer or studio chief: "If I had a talent for anything, it was a talent for knowing who was talented."

    "It sums up what makes a good anything,"...

  • Morgan Muses

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The close of Todd Morgan's tenure as chairman of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles could not have come at a more chaotic time: post-Sept. 11, with the umbrella outreach nonprofit still reeling from recent layoffs and its much publicized and scrutinized role in L.A.'s...

  • In Like Jake

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Jake Farber definitely has his work cut out for him.

    The longtime, active supporter of L.A.'s Jewish community this week starts his two-year term as the new chairman of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

    "I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Jewish...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    That's a Lot of Carving ...

    Temple Beth Hillel Brotherhood served Thanksgiving dinners for 300 needy guests selected by the Valley Interfaith Food Pantry. The templewide project involved all ages of Temple Beth Hillel's membership. Scott Tessler of SilverSpoons Catering donated...

  • Westside JCC May be Rescued

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Of the five doomed Los Angeles area Jewish Community Centers (JCC), at least one center's membership is not rolling over without a fight. About 100 members showed up for a Sunday morning emergency meeting Dec. 23 at the Westside JCC's Birch Auditorium, where, in a dramatic turn of...

  • Daily News Cartoon Provokes Anger, Apology

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    An editorial cartoon that ran on the Editorials & Letters page of the Los Angeles Daily News on Dec. 21 outraged readers with an image that confused as much as it provoked.

    Cartoonist Patrick O'Connor offended readers with his "View From The Valley" one-panel political cartoon. The...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Legal and Regal

    So what took them so long? Perhaps it was all that time they spend in court.

    Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA) finally held its very first black-tie gala to celebrate the association's 70th anniversary. The evening, at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel,...

  • JFS Picks Up Several JCC Services

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Effective Jan. 1, Jewish Family Service (JFS) will take over some key JCC services -- SOVA Kosher Food Pantry, Israel Levin Senior Adult Center, and Westside JCC's Social Day Care Center for seniors and people with disabilities. At the annual JCCGLA meeting, Jewish Federation...

  • The Race for Resolution

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA) on Monday announced an emergency plan to restructure their organization in an attempt to keep an uninterrupted JCC presence in Los Angeles.

    While Bay Cities JCC, Valley Cities JCC, North Valley JCC and Silverlake JCC are...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Vodka Latka

    On the fifth night of Chanukah, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles gave to us the third annual Vodka Latka. Some 600-plus Federation agency staff, guests, donors and a gaggle of celebrities packed the El Rey Theater for the multipurpose evening of celebration...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The ADL's Kodak Moment

    It's only fitting that The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) held its annual dinner/dance gala at the brand new Kodak Theatre. After all, the brand new Hollywood and Highland complex is an architectural tribute to D.W. Griffith's 1916 movie epic "Intolerance" --...

  • Beyond the Cover

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Many know author Walter Mosley as the creator of the popular Central L.A.-set Easy Rawlins detective series of which the book "Devil in a Blue Dress," became a film starring Denzel Washington. But what is not as well-known is Mosley's Jewish background on his mother's side.

    Mosley,...

  • Latkes With a Muscleman

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Why wait till tashlich to celebrate your Judaism at the beach? On Dec. 16, Pacific Jewish Center (PJC) will commemorate its recently wrapped renovations with a rousing Chanukah party.

    To say that "The Shul on the Beach" -- literally located on Venice's boardwalk -- is enmeshed in the...

  • Bring a Rabbi Home

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Stumped by what to buy as a Chanukah present? This year, you can give "The Rabbi Says..." doll to someone on your list.

    The lovable stuffed rabbi, a creation of the Motor City's Gary Barris, debuted this season as "the Jewish response to teddy bears."

    "A couple of holidays ago, I...

  • Federation Lay-Offs Total 30

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The streamlining continues at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, the city's biggest nonprofit outreach organization. A total of 30 positions were cut; 20 union and 10 nonunion. In the past month, buzz among Federation employees was that anywhere from 30 to 40 positions...

  • JCCs in Jeopardy

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In what appears to be a critical juncture for the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA), the organization is devising a structural overhaul to prevent severe cutbacks in services and the potential closure of several centers.

    For decades JCCGLA has offered Jewish...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Designing Women

    Haute couture was en vogue at the Women's International Zionist Organization Los Angeles annual membership luncheon, held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Hanna Rubinstein chaired the event. Following a fashion show by Beverly Hills boutique Votre Nam,...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Marrano-A-Go-Go

    Move over, Molly Brown. The 5th Annual Los Angeles Sephardic Film Festival's gala opening proved unsinkable, attracting an enthusiastic turnout despite taking place on the same night as a cliffhanger World Series finale and the twice-delayed Emmy Awards.

    Held at the...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Challah if You Need Me

    Last month The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles' ACCESS program along with The Brandeis-Bardin Institute and numerous L.A. area singles organizations co-sponsored the Shabbat at Sunset Communitywide Dinner. The event may have been the follow-up to...

  • Guardian Angels

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Chatting with Leo Spiwak, one gets the impression that there is no spirit stronger than that which binds members of The Guardians, the fundraising arm for Jewish Home for the Aging of Greater Los Angeles.

    As Guardians president, Spiwak, with past President Brad Luster, will co-chair...

  • When Prejudice Eclipses Pride

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Don't be misled by the play's title.

    "After Crystal Night," a comedy-drama now at the Odyssey Theatre in West Los Angeles, is not a story about the November 1938 Nazi rampage. Not literally, anyway. The Kristallnacht connection is metaphorical; a reminder that what happened once in...

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