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  • A Question of Morality

    By H. David Nahai

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    We have been bombarded with the phrase "moral values" ever since it was announced that 22 percent of voters cited it as the single

    most important consideration in the 2004 election. Not Iraq, not terrorism, not the economy.

    Moral values. It is also reported that 23 percent of...

  • Calendar

    By Keren Engelberg

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Journal is no longer accepting mailed or faxed event listing information. Please e-mail event listings at least three weeks in advance to: calendar@jewishjournal.com.

    By Keren Engelberg


  • The $45 Million Question

    By Julie G Fax

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    As soon as word spread about last month's $45 million gift to Jewish day schools in Boston, one question arose for parents and educators around the city: What about Los Angeles?

    While no one is brazen enough to put a definitive number or date on such a godsend in Los...

  • Give Thanksgiving a Jewish Flavor

    By Linda Morel

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    "My sister-in-law stuffs Thanksgiving turkeys with a matzah ball mixture," says Faye Levy, food columnist and author of 14 cookbooks. "Instead of making patties and poaching them, she cooks this tasty mixture inside the turkey."

    This never struck Levy as odd, because her mother...

  • A Kidney for Chana

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Chana Bogatz is 5 years old, and she loves cutting and pasting paper, playing with her brothers and sisters and having "Happy Birthday" sung to her.

    In those ways she is a normal child, in other ways, she is not. She has never eaten food through her mouth -- only through a...

  • Iceberg Sinks ‘Race’ Menches

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Eleven teams. Thirty days. One-million dollars. Zero bagels. That is what 32-year-olds Avi Scheier and Joe Rashbaum tried to face as one of the teams on the sixth season of the around-the-world reality show "The Amazing Race."

    "Race" teams are given clues telling them where to go and...

  • Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Power of Yiddish

    The Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring honored Yiddish translator Hershl Hartman Nov. 7 at its annual awards banquet and silent auction, held at the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) union headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard.

    "Yiddish is the language that embodies...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Goodbye, Jacob, Goodbye

    Parshat Vayetze opens with Jacob leaving Be'er Sheva. Everyone feels his absence.

    Is there someone who used to live in your neighborhood or went to your school but moved away? How did you feel when they left? Was that person someone who did nice things?


  • The Occupier

    By Rob Eshman

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Yasser, it's not like we hardly knew ye. We knew ye all too well.

    All week I've watched as diplomats torture language to come up with something decent to say about this man.

    Imagine the nicest thing anybody could say at your funeral is, "Well, now that he is dead, there is a chance...

  • Arts and Entertainment

    By Tom Tugend

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Few academic disputes are fiercer than among biblical archaeologists, and "Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land" is bound to raise the tone of the arguments by a few more octaves.

    The hour-long NOVA documentary, airing on PBS station KCET on Nov. 23 at 8 p.m., follows an expedition to a...

  • Pioneer Tales From South Africa

    By Moira Schneider

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Today, the only remaining signs of the hardy Jewish pioneers of Namaqualand are a cemetery and a synagogue, which is now a museum.

    But these Jews -- who first arrived in this remote, arid region of South Africa in the mid-1850s -- once numbered as many as 200 and played an important...

  • Students Link to Shoah With ‘Clips’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    When George Jacobs heard about the children's Holocaust project in Whitwell, Tenn., he immediately thought of Malka.

    She was the emaciated young woman who had kissed the mezuzah on his lapel when the American airman had visited the infirmary at Mauthausen after World War II. When...

  • Obstacles Remain in Post-Arafat Era

    By Leslie Susser

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    The post-Arafat era has begun with high hopes in Washington, London, Jerusalem and even Ramallah -- but many of the obstacles that prevented peace in Arafat's day remain, and it's not clear whether any of the major players has the single-minded determination to make peace happen.

  • Why the Left-Wing Hand-Wringing?

    By Judy Gruen

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    I should have known better than to forward an e-mail recommending a boycott of French products for France's anti-Israel stance and willingness to tend to Yasser Arafat on his deathbed.

    In an age of e-mail overload, forwarding e-mail is already a risky proposition, and usually I am...

  • SAT, Grades Not Enough Anymore

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Click here to learn how to get into college

    Perry Factor looks like an ideal college applicant. The Harvard-Westlake senior scored 1530 on his SAT and maintains a 4.036 (weighted) GPA. He's volunteered for years at his former elementary school, is a production editor on the high...

  • Behold, You Are Fair

    By Miriyam Glazer

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    What books must every Jew read? What books are critical to informing your understanding of your faith, your culture, your people? With this issue, The Jewish Journal introduces a new weekly column: My Jewish Library. We've asked rabbis, scholars and thinkers to each pick the one...

  • How to Get Into College

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    • Start researching colleges early.


    • Think about your values and preferences (e.g., large vs. small; urban vs. pastoral) and look for colleges that fit.


    • Talk to college counselors, older friends, relatives and others who may have insight into the schools you're considering....

  • Play It Again, Sam

    By Sam Shmikler

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    We are in kickoff month for the '05 divorced model year.

    Yes, all those splits during this year are now on the

    market, in search of (pause for the sigh) soul mates.

    This is the perfect time to look into the latest and greatest, and many new faces will appear on the Internet. Don't...

  • Agencies’ Funding Cuts Hurts Assistance for Southland Poor

    By Marc Ballon

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Like their clients, several local Jewish agencies that serve the poor are struggling mightily.

    Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) and other Jewish nonprofits have recently lost millions in government funding at a time when demand for their services has skyrocketed. That has strained...

  • Letters to the Editor

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Totally Astonished

    You are not the only person to have read "The King's Persons" Mr. [Robert J.] Avrech ("Medieval Me," Nov. 12). Thank you so much for reminding me of one of my all-time favorite books and of Joanne Greenberg, one of my all-time favorite authors.

    As a German Jewish...

  • The Blood of Arafat

    By Deanne Stillman

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    There are reports that Yasser Arafat died from a blood disorder. His death, and in particular these reports, reminds me of a strange photograph that flew across the wires a couple days after Sept. 11. In it, Arafat was giving blood at the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, arm...

  • Flying Solo This Winter? Head South

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The leaves have turned, the days are shorter and Chag Urim, the Holiday of Lights, glimmers ahead. In the meantime, if you're single or a student, and itching to plan a winter getaway, we've rounded up a pair of juicy possibilities. Singles might consider a luxury Caribbean cruise...

  • Where Are Arafat’s Millions?

    By Dan Baron

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    With Yasser Arafat's burial, he took with him one of the enduring secrets of the Palestinian regime -- the whereabouts of a missing fortune in ill-gotten public funds.

    Ranked sixth on Forbes magazine's 2003 list of "the richest kings, queens and despots," with an estimated private...

  • Briefs

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Three Men Arranged for Murder of Israelis

    Three men facing possible death sentences for the murder of two Israelis were arraigned in L.A. County Superior Court on Nov. 10.

    During a brief court appearance, the men, handcuffed and wearing blue prison jumpsuits, pleaded not guilty to...

  • Whose ‘Land’ Is It?

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Barbara Grover had traveled the world photographing such heart-wrenching subjects as children living in trash dumps, but it was a garlic braid and a pair of kids' shoes in a bombed-out house that moved her most of all.

    That house belonged to Salah Shehada, commander of Hamas'...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, November 20

    Why just dust off that same old menorah when you can ring in this Chanukah with a shiny new one, too? The 24th annual Festival of Jewish Artisans comes to Temple Isaiah this weekend, featuring Judaica and decorative fine art by more than 30 artists. Kicking...

  • No Stranger to Strange

    By David Finnigan

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    From call girl to Trump girl, actress Lisa Edelstein has played myriad parts on stage and off. Now she's landed a plum role, starring on the Fox TV series "House," an "E.R."-meets-"CSI" drama. The Boston native heads the fictional teaching hospital that houses strangely ill...

  • Literary Journeys

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The most memorable books I've read recently have been, ironically enough, three memoirs that stand out for their sensitivity, intelligence and literary quality.

    Jonathan Schwartz's "All in Good Time: A Memoir" (Random House) is a particularly well-crafted, deeply felt story of...

  • L.A. Brigade Helps Israel Fight Hunger

    By Karin Kloosterman

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Rachel Bamberger Chalkovsky doesn't need statistics to know about poverty in Israel.

    Affectionately known as "Bambi," the retired head midwife of Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Hospital can tell heart-wrenching tales of women who gave birth wearing tattered undergarments and shoes, and...

  • Jerusalem Gets Business Jump-Start

    By Rochelle Furstenberg

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jerusalem might be a spiritually moving "holy city," but many Israelis see it as an economic backwater from which young people are fleeing. Roughly 7,000 highly educated young people leave the city each year, and 40 percent of the city's residents live below the poverty line.


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