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  • Staying Put

    By Burt Prelutsky

    November 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When I was in my 20s and 30s, I did a fair amount of travel, spending various lengths of time in Canada, Mexico, Japan, Yugoslavia, England, Portugal, Panama, the Canary Islands, Chile and Brazil. I also found time to visit about a third of the states. Then, one day, I said, enough!...
  • Israel: Land of Sustainable Growth?

    By Avi Machlis

    November 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The captains of Israel's economy told world economic leaders at the annual conference of the International Monetary Fund last month that Israel's sluggish economy is set for a revival after a three-year slowdown.

    Rosy government forecasts have been backed by a series of recent...

  • Reputed Gangster Emerges as Suspect in Biggest Money-Laundering Case in History

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A reputed gangster who calls himself "a simple Jew from Kiev" has emerged as the central suspect in an international bank-fraud probe that investigators term the biggest money-laundering case in history.

    The case involves an apparent scheme by Russian mobsters to launder billions of...

  • Greenlighting the Future of Jewish L.A.

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Lynne Sturt Weintraub had a problem. It involved what she prefers to call the "chronologically gifted" members of Temple Beth Zion, where she is co-president.

    "Unfortunately they're on fixed incomes," says Weintraub. Unable to drive, and with most of their money going to food and...

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  • I Wish It Were More

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    I am a lousy gift-giver. I'm bad enough on birthdays, when gift-giving makes me so nervous that my gifts never arrive on time. But I'm absolutely awful in December, when I feel so pressured by Chanukah expectations that I buy gift after gift for three of the people on my list,...
  • Looking for Mr. & Mrs. Losnick

    By Teresa Strasser

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Money, Meaning and Mongolian Beef

    As if in slow motion, the ominous hand of a waiter dips down into the center of view, dropping the check before I've had a chance to excuse myself to the restroom.

    I'm in some Chinese restaurant in...

  • Diminished Returns

    By Tom Tugend

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Matt Fong
    California Treasurer Matt Fong is having second thoughts aboutthe sanctions he imposed on Swiss banks, partly due to what he saysare "mixed signals" from the Jewish community.

    Since July, Fong has liquidated some $2 billion worth ofCalifornia funds in Swiss banks by not...

  • All the Tenacity

    By Rob Eshman

    August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    All the Tenacity

    in the World

    Neglected by publishing and the press, author Robert AnthonySiegel is out pitching his funny first novel by himself

    By Robert Eshman, Associate Editor

    For Robert Anthony Siegel,April is indeed the cruelest month.Siegel's first novel came out in April --...

  • Insult to Injury

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Only justice can set them free.

    When Gerhard and Ursula Maschkowski met at the Deggendorf displaced persons camp in Bavaria soon after liberation, Gert weighed 70 pounds. He had survived not only four years in youth labor camps and two years in Auschwitz, but five months of a Nazi...

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