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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Anxiety about Jewish Literature

    By Ruth Wisse

    November 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    As long as the Jewish people lives, it will generate a living culture, and as long as that culture values the written word, Jews will write books.

    Individual genius notwithstanding, these books will reflect the Jewish culture of their time. The Talmud was argued and codified when the...

  • Business Wins in N.Y.

    By Adam Dickter

    November 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    During New York's mayoral campaign, Michael Bloomberg caused a minor ruckus when he seemed to advocate school prayer.

    In an off-the-cuff remark, he said that reciting the Lord's prayer in public school hadn't been a bad experience for him as a Jewish child.

    But Bloomberg, who won the...

  • Israeli VIPs Need to Branch Out

    By Tom Tugend

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    While New York, Washington and -- to a slightly lesser degree -- Los Angeles are inundated by visiting Israeli Cabinet ministers and other VIPs, other major American cities and Jewish communities are all but ignored.

    The charge has been leveled by Alon Pinkas, the Israeli consul...

  • To Laugh Again

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, club owners told comedian Marc Maron to lay off the topic. But the premiere alternative comic just couldn't let it alone.

    "The TV spin is all just white noise," says the 38-year-old performer, who'll riff on the attacks on Nov. 5 at the Beverly...

  • Jews in U. S. Politics

    By Sharon Samber

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A woman who was the trusted adviser to the governor of New York in the 1920s.

    The ambassador to Turkey in 1889.

    The attorney general in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal.

    Belle Moskowitz, Solomon Hirsch and Edward Levi were all Jews involved in U.S. political life in different...

  • “We” Judaism

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    NOW THAT THE HIGH HOLY days are over, we can begin to appreciate how the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington may alter American Jewish life.

    Like the rest of America we are stunned. Grieving. Angry. Afraid.

    The enormity of loss cast a dark spiritual shadow across the holiest...

  • New—and Risky—Game for Mideast

    By James D. Besser

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The devastating terrorist attacks in Washington and New York changed everything in America, and the repercussions of what President George W. Bush is calling the "first war of the 21st century" will be felt throughout the Middle East, as well.

    Already, the crisis has knocked the...

  • Surreal in the City

    By Peter Ephross

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Even for North American Jews used to thinking about security issues at home -- and confronting terrorist acts in Israel -- the series of horrific acts that struck Tuesday came as a devastating, unimaginable blow.

    "This is surreal. This whole situation seems surreal," said Martin...

  • Exploding American Complacency

    By James D. Besser

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Terrorism, a part of everyday life in Israel for decades, exploded in the face of a complacent America with the twin terror attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11 and left a gaping, charred hole in the Pentagon in Washington.

    The bombings could have...

  • Ideological Insults

    By Michael J. Jordan

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As terror struck New York and Washington, D.C., Jewish activists were still recovering from the ideological bomb of a U.N. conference that lashed out at Israel as racist and apartheid.

    The final governmental declaration adopted here last Saturday by the U.N. World Conference Against...

  • Armageddon

    By Rob Eshman

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Early Tuesday morning, my wife and I stared dumbly at the television, mumbling words like hijacked, explosion, collapse. My daughter, 5, looked up from her cereal, confused and frustrated. What language are you speaking? she asked. They were words almost unspoken in American living...

  • An Artist’s Strange and Familiar World

    By Tom Tugend

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    New York artist Mark Podwal phoned a bit breathlessly. He had just received one of his frequent assignments -- on a one-day deadline -- from The New York Times for a sketch to run with an op-ed article by an Israeli journalist.

    At 8 o'clock that morning, he had met with Elie Wiesel...

  • What You Can Do

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    GIVE

    In times of tragedy and disaster, blood supplies often run critically low. Giving blood is an incredible mitzvah, and one which costs you only time. Call 1-800-GIVELIFE (1-800-448 3543); if the number is busy, the Red Cross requests that you please keep calling so that you...

  • Just the Beginning

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    This week's coordinated terror attacks on commercial and governmental sites in New York and Washington have stunned terrorism experts in their scope and sophistication -- and prompted dire warnings that more could be in store for American citizens.

    Daniel Pipes, who has written...

  • Deja vu

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    September 11, 2001.

    This morning, America woke up to the same nightmare that my parents did on February 6, 1985. On that morning, my parents in Los Angeles heard the news that a suicide bomber had attacked an Israel Defense Forces convoy in Southern Lebanon. Reports of casualties...

  • A Swift, Immediate Reaction

    By Avi Davis

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Watching the second tower of the World Trade Center crumble into dust on Tuesday, I was able to imagine the horror of the survivors of the Titanic as they witnessed their vessel sink into the Atlantic Ocean. A symbol of human progress and ingenuity, a monument to economic strength...

  • Empathy in Tragedy

    By David Landau

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israel's civilian and military authorities swung into full alert after the magnitude of the terror attacks against the United States became apparent.

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon summoned an emergency session of the Security Cabinet on Tuesday, together with key defense and security...

  • Words of Solace

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbis in the L.A. area responded to the tragedies in New York and Washington D.C., by making common cause with Israel and finding lessons from Jewish history.

    No retreat
    by Harold M. Schulweis

    From the American Jewish community perspective, this week's terrorism creates at least...

  • Terror Strikes Home

    By Tom Tugend

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Four downed planes. Three landmark buildings, two towers leveled. One nation under attack.

    Angelenos who woke up early Tuesday morning may have caught the beginning of the series of the terrorist attacks, when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City and...

  • Mobilizing Local Efforts

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Barely three hours after the massive acts of terrorism began unspooling in the East on Sept. 11, officials at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles representing an array of affiliated departments, agencies and partners assembled to discuss emergency strategies to help those...

  • Jewish Art Makeover

    By Julie Wiener

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A women's tefillin set with a beaded velvet box and blue satin straps.

    A silver "Kiddush" cup in which ceremonial wine passes through a delicately crafted silver net formed from the Hebrew word for "blessed."

    A sukkah with brightly painted walls made of the long, plastic

    strips...

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