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  • The Battle Over Gaza in America

    By Marc Ballon

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It all started with a dream.

    One night in March, Jon Hambourger slipped into a deep sleep and envisioned a train rolling through history. The 47-year-old Los Angeles mortgage broker said he had a choice: jump on or risk irrelevance.

    The next morning, the Orthodox father of one told...

  • Strand’s ‘Roads’ Less Traveled

    By Keren Engelberg

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In 1917 Alfred Steiglitz was a giant in the world of photography. His "Steiglitz Circle" included artists like Arthur Dove, Paul Strand and Georgia O'Keefe, "all of whom believed in the expression of a modern art, one that was distinctly 'American,'" according to Anne M. Lyden,...

  • A Bissel Taste of Big Apple’s Best

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    "Arthur Schwartz's New York City Food: An Opinionated History and More Than 100 Legendary Recipes" by Arthur Schwartz (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $45).

    "I am not the first in my family to be obsessed with food," food writer Arthur Schwartz said. "I like to say I was born with a...

  • Q & A With Rabbi Steven Burg

    By Kelly Hartog

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    After five years working as the National Council of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) West Coast regional director, 32-year-old Rabbi Steven Burg is heading back to New York with his wife and children, following his appointment as national NCSY director.

    Burg has managed to turn NCSY around...

  • Woodman Returns

    By Tom Teicholz

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    At the end of Woody Allen's "Melinda and Melinda," I sat in my seat stunned: Woody Allen had actually made a movie I liked -- a good movie that had something to say about life and literature. It felt like a long time since I'd enjoyed one of his films.

    Many years ago, when Allen...

  • Q & A With Parvaneh Doustan Sarraf

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Almost 30 years ago, Parvaneh Doustan Sarraf began teaching Judaism and Torah studies in Iran, becoming one of that community's first women to join a profession long dominated by men. Since then, she's taught a multitude of young students about the joys of Judaism at Jewish schools...

  • Music Man Silenced at 82

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Film composer Elmer Bernstein, who died last week at the age of 82, was born in New York, the son of immigrants from Ukraine and the Austro-Hungarian empire. After being blacklisted during the McCarthy era he came back to pen such classic scores as "To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Man...

  • Israel, N.Y. Schools Drop Weinberg Suits

    By Julie G Fax

    June 24, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Yeshiva University (YU) in New York and a Derech Etz Chaim yeshiva (DEC) in Israel have settled a lawsuit sparked by allegations that a former California rabbi made sexual advances toward students.

    The settlement, which allows YU students to get credit for taking classes at DEC,...

  • Lewis Black Hits It Big by Seeing Red

    By Marc Ballon

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Lewis Black is pissed off.

    In his HBO special, "Black on Broadway," the black-clad Jewish comic from New York with the tobacco-tinged rasp unleashes a torrent of four-letter words and razor-edged observations about the world around him -- a world that could be so much better, so much...

  • I’ve Got Cramps

    By Teresa Strasser

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    What little style I have, it's being cramped. New York will do that to you.

    My toaster is the perfect metaphor for life in the Not-Big-Enough Apple.

    The appliance, unlike a standard toaster that situates the slices of bread side by side, is a slender affair. It toasts the bread not...

  • Bill Tackles Life Insurance Blacklist

    By Joe Berkofsky

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    New York state legislators are trying to prevent insurance companies from blacklisting travelers to Israel so that they cannot obtain life insurance coverage.

    Sheldon Silver, speaker of the New York Assembly, and Assemblyman Peter Grannis unveiled a bill Jan. 15 that would bar state...

  • Sept. 11 Still Roils Our Nation’s Heritage

    By Arthur J. Magida

    September 4, 2003 | 7:59 pm

    Anniversaries take on lives of their own. The further from the original event, the more laden they become with symbolism, meaning and portent.

    Since the tempo of our time is fast, even abrupt, it's not surprising that since Sept. 11, 2001, we've backed away from the stomach-churning...

  • A Healer Returns

    By Toby Axelrod

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Daniel Libeskind is coming back to New York to help heal the wounds created on Sept. 11. He won't be working with words or medicine but with stone, cement, glass and steel.

    "My hopes are that out of the tragedy that happened, from the depths of the ground, something will soar into...

  • Anything but Ordinary

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Adventures in Jewish Cooking" by Jeffrey Nathan (Clarkson Potter, $32.50).

    When it comes to kosher fine dining, chef Jeffrey Nathan of New York's Abigael's restaurants wrote the book. Now, just in time for Rosh Hashana, he's written "Adventures in Jewish Cooking," a collection of...

  • Rabbis to the Rescue

    By Tom Tugend

    August 22, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    "It's a little bit unnerving for an Orthodox Jewish boy from Brooklyn," says Rabbi Chaim Kolodny, after he found himself an instant media celebrity for tracking down a suspected serial rapist.

    "Every local TV and radio station and newspapers from as far away as New York must have...

  • What’s That You Say About the West Coast?

    By Mike Levy

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It seems Arabs and Jews in Los Angeles can agree on one thing at least -- a touch of resentment toward East Coast "national" organization headquarters.

    Following its national convention in June, the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Thousands March for Israel in New York

    Tens of thousands gathered in New York to salute Israel. Marchers and onlookers filled Manhattan's Fifth Avenue on Sunday for the annual Israel Day Parade.

    Palestinians Fake Jenin Funerals

    Palestinians reportedly have been holding...

  • David and Goliath and David

    By Rob Eshman

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    You want media bias? I'll give you media bias. Here's one big city newspaper's account of the Israeli incursion into the Jenin refugee camp: "Jenin camp looks like the scene of a crime. Its concrete rubble and tortured metal evokes another horror half a world away in New York,...

  • Expressions of Evil

    By Michael Berenbaum

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I have seen each of the works planned for the "Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery/Recent Art" exhibit slated to run March 17-June 30 at the Jewish Museum in New York. I have seen the video and have most recently, after the exhibition became controversial, been party to the discussion....

  • The ‘Last Man’ Standing

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Harry Ralston admits the scruffy Jewish intellectual in his neurotic comedy, "The Last Man," opening today in Los Angeles, is "the ultimate worst version of myself."

    After an apocalypse, Alan Gould (David Arnott) thinks he's the last guy on earth, so he's making a video "bible" for...

  • Single in the City

    By Rachael Brickman

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It's 8 p.m. on Friday and a large crowd has gathered in front of Congregation Ohab Zedek (O.Z.) on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Blue police barricades have been set up to keep more than 500 20- and 30-something congregants from blocking the street. The wooden barriers are mostly...

  • The Faces Behind Fairfax

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Ask Boris Dralyuk about his student days at Fairfax High School and the impish young man with startlingly blue eyes will mockingly compare himself to one of the great anti-heroes of literature. "I know about the experiences of Saul Bellow's Augie March and the little Jewish kids...

  • 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...

  • The L.A. Image

    By Joel Kotkin

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The best thing about David Lehrer's firing as head of the local Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has been the local reaction, which has done more to awaken Los Angeles' Jewish leadership than anything in recent memory. The worst thing about Lehrer's firing: That the ADL's New York...

  • L.A. ADL Talks of Split

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Following the recent dismissal of Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Regional Director David Lehrer, Los Angeles members continued to discuss the prospect of splitting off from the New York organization.

    Close to 100 people attended the meeting of the executive board of the Pacific...

  • Real Leaders

    By Rob Eshman

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I sure hope Abe Foxman knows what he's doing, because no one else can seem to figure it out.

    By summarily dismissing David Lehrer from his position as regional director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) here, Foxman has managed to unite a good portion of this often divided...

  • Bicoastal Mensch

    By Mike Levy

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Joel Wachs, former 2nd District city councilman, is now in New York serving as president of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in Manhattan. But he keeps his Valley home and still comes to visit his mother every month, just as he promised.

    With the election to pick his...

  • Eulogies:Nathan Pollak

    By Eva Yelloz

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The passing of Nathan Pollak on Oct. 26 sent shock waves throughout the Jewish community. Nathan was a dynamic worker for many Jewish causes, and his sudden demise left an enormous spiritual and physical vacuum.

    Nathan was born in Sighet, Hungary in 1930. He was a descendent of...

  • Reflections on Ground Zero

    By Jack Weiss

    November 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I had not intended to go to New York. Instead, after having helped launch Los Angeles's Threat Preparedness Task Force, my focus for the past several weeks had been on practical measures that our city can implement to be better prepared in the event of a catastrophe. My brother, who...

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