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  • The MTA View

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish Journal: It has been 10 years since the East-West Transit Corridor was first proposed. Why do you think there is still so much resistance to the project, despite the fact that everyone is affected by the dismal traffic conditions in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles?


  • Code Name: Hero

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Ben Donenberg says his Shakespeare productions are a lot like Reconstructionist Judaism -- both give the past a vote, but not a veto.

    As a Jew, Donenberg feels responsible to wrestle with traditional halacha and reconstruct it in a meaningful way. As the founder and producing...

  • Author Mordecai Richler Dies at 70

    By Bram Eisenthal

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Mordecai Richler, a Canadian Jewish literary giant, died of cancer Monday. He was 70.

    Richler was known for his stories about Jewish life in his native Montreal. "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz" and "Joshua Then and Now" are among his most famous works.

    "The Apprenticeship of...

  • Sorry, Cybill…

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    While looking for juicy parts in "Cybill Dis-obedience," actress Cybill Shepherd's memoir (Avon paperback, May 2001), UF found the following passage instead:

    "There are all kinds of excuses for spite and intolerance, and no one is holding any telethons for 50-year-old, blue-eyed...

  • Hezbollah Returns

    By Gil Sedan

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli security sources are warily considering the possibility that Hezbollah militants in Lebanon will expand their operations into Israel.

    Analysts believe the group is only awaiting a green light from Damascus to launch a new offensive against the Jewish State.


  • Yeshiva Bocher Goes Animalistic

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    If you make a movie with animals in the post-"Babe" era, the critters had better do more than talk. "They have to, like, do kung fu," says Larry Guterman, director of "Cats & Dogs," about a secret war between man's best friends.

    In the effects-laden live-action flick, canines...

  • Bringing Back Traditions

    By Alexandra J. Wall

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The new Reform guidelines for converts to Judaism will have little effect on the many Reform rabbis who already employ many of the traditional practices suggested.

    The guidelines, adopted last week by the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the Reform movement's rabbinical...

  • In Country

    By Rob Eshman

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israel may suffer from a lot of shortages -- oil, water, new immigrants -- but it has an astounding abundance, an endless supply, of opinions.

    I began hearing them on my Delta flight to Ben-Gurion Airport. I heard more standing in the passport-control line -- and I hadn't even...

  • Your Letters

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbis' Wives

    After 56 years of being a rabbi's wife, thanks to The Journal ("Rabbis' Wives," June 22) I now discover I am obsolete. I resent the implication that the old-fashioned rebbetzin is someone to disparage. Although I have never been a paid professional Jewish educator, I...

  • Community Power Station

    By Julie G Fax

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    For the right-wing community, much of the growth over the last 25 years had its seeds in the founding of the Los Angeles Kollel. With the goal of setting up a "yeshivische" community in Los Angeles, Rabbis Chaim Fasman and Moshe Rubinstein came out to Los Angeles from Lakewood,...

  • That Run-Down Feeling

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) plans to construct a grotesquely invasive "Bus Rapid Transit" corridor (the term is MTA's) along Chandler Boulevard in the East San Fernando Valley, and MTA's 300-page-plus environmental impact report (EIR) deceives the public in its...

  • Scouting With Troop 613

    By Jolie Greiff

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A 40-something man sporting a tan Boy Scouts of America shirt and a black kippah raises his right hand and extends his index, middle and ring fingers high into the air.

    "OK, everybody remember how this goes?" he asks as a group of Scouts raise three fingers skyward. "Now form a...

  • Art of Summer

    By Beverly Gray

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Max and Jesse Glaser come from a home where the fine arts are highly valued. Their father, Sam Glaser, is a well-known Jewish musician, and as their mother, Marcia, says, "We have a lot of artistic muses in our family." But because Max and Jesse are being educated in Orthodox...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Solange Borna

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, July 7


    • The first stand-up comedian to ever perform at Carnegie Hall, Shelley Berman is back with his one-sided telephone conversation skits. The author of books such as "Cleans and Dirtys" and "A Hotel Is a Funny Place" performs his comic routine reunites with cabaret...

  • Ask Moses and You Shall Receive

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    According to the Rabbi Chaim Cunin, director of AskMoses.com, the late Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Schneerson anticipated the Internet and the role it would play in our everyday lives as far back as the late 1970s. But it was not until 1998, when Chabad Lubavitch supporter Yuri...

  • What Next for the Mideast Quagmire?

    By Matthew E. Berger

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    One year after a Camp David summit produced the greatest hope yet that a far-reaching peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians was attainable, it now appears that peace is as elusive as ever.

    Both the Israelis and the Bush administration are at a loss for what to do next...

  • Extremist Danger

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    While leading a tour of Israel for a group of college kids in the summer of 1995, I read a newspaper headline that described a newly issued halachic ruling by 15 rabbis -- with former Chief Rabbi Avraham Shapira at their helm: "The evacuation of West Bank IDF military bases poses a...

  • Community Briefs

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Golden Rules

    Olympic gold medalist Lenny Krayzelburg returned last week to the Westside Jewish Community Center (WJCC), where he trained as a teenager, to teach young competitive swimmers what it takes to make the gold.

    Krayzelburg, along with former coach Stuart Blumkin and senior...

  • Hebrew Secret

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The discussion was con-fidential when Roger Richman, attorney for Hebrew University of Jerusalem, met with Bonnie Curtis, Steven Spielberg's producer on "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence." Spielberg needed the university's help on his top-secret film, about a robot child who longs to...

  • An Insult to Our Soldiers

    By Si Frumkin

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A German corporation that used slave labor to produce some of the weapons that killed American soldiers is now building a monument in Washington to honor the Americans who fought and died in World War II.

    How do I know? I was one of those slave laborers. There were 30,000 of us...

  • Lost No More

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    French-Canadian director Léa Pool calls her latest movie a teenage-lesbian version of "Romeo and Juliet."

    In "Lost and Delirious," which opens today in Los Angeles, the star-crossed lovers are Tory (Jessica Pare) and Paulie (Piper Perabo of "Coyote Ugly"). The girls are roommates and...

  • Chandler Busway:Round Two

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A proposed busway continued to spark fierce debate during two public hearings held in the San Fernando Valley during the last weeks of June.

    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is in the final stages of gathering public commentary on the proposed San Fernando Valley East-West...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli to Sue Arafat

    An Israeli wounded in a Palestinian terrorist massacre in 1974 plans to sue Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat in the International War Crimes Tribunal at The Hague. Haim Asulin plans to seek $1 billion in compensation for the families of the...

  • Could Be Green and Great

    By Peer Ghent

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Numerous spokespeople for the Orthodox Jewish community have passionately opposed any transportation solution that includes using the Chandler portion of the MTA right of way. I would like to express support of the MTA's proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route on the Burbank/Chandler...

  • Overweight and Counting ... Down

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Reena Dulfon, 14, trudges home every day after school, and no matter how much she begs, her mother won't pick her up in the car. Robin Dulfon is not being a mean mom, but is helping Reena accomplish her goal. And though Reena sees this 30 minutes of daily exercise as a chore -- after...

  • Friendly Skies

    By J. D. Smith

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I'd like to register a complaint against the airline industry. I know that I'm not alone, that there has been quite a bit of public outcry lately about flight delays and cancellations, but that's not my issue.

    My problem is that my friend Greg Stern met his beautiful wife on a...

  • Comedy Relief

    By Mike Levy

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When Heidi Joyce thinks Israeli-Palestinian conflict, she thinks comedy. It's worked for her before in an effort to combat domestic abuse, and it works again in her new play, "Friends and Enemies."

    Best known for her "Stand Up Against Domestic Violence" comedy fundraisers, Joyce...

  • Drastic Rule Change

    By Beverly Gray

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When Talia Hill started kindergarten, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) didn't know how to handle her. Hill had been diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy, moderate hearing loss and seizures. This combination made her unsuited for any of the district's self-contained...

  • Remembering Babi Yar

    By Rabbi Eli Hecht

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A great sadness came upon me after hearing of Pope John Paul II's recent visit to Kiev, Ukraine. The pope's trip to was an attempt to bring harmony between Ukrainian Greek Catholics and the Russian Orthodox Church. There, he visited and prayed at the Babi Yar Memorial. He offered a...

  • World Briefs

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Buries Bomb Victims

    Israeli soldiers cry during the burial of Sgt. Ophir Kit, 19, at the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem on Sunday. Kit and Sgt. Aviv Izak, 19, were killed last Friday when they responded to a call to help a jeep with Israeli license plates that...

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