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  • Jump-Start for Schools’ Arts

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Mark Slavkin sounded like a proud parent when he described the play staged in the Wilmington Middle School auditorium, previously dark for more than a decade.

    "No one even knew where the light switch was," said Slavkin, head of the education division at the Music Center in downtown...

  • Jewish Studies Flourish on Campus

    By Tom Tugend

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    While the headlines speak of confrontations between pro-Palestinian and Jewish students at California's public universities, the number and variety of Jewish studies programs on the campuses have never been more bountiful.

    Students can earn their doctorate degrees in Jewish studies...

  • Evangelism and Us

    By Tamar Frankiel

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The issue of evangelical Christian churches attempting to convert Jews has arisen once again -- this time as an accompaniment to Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert's acceptance of a $500,000 gift from a church in San Diego.

    It is admirable that any group would want to make a charitable...

  • Learning From Israel and Its Mistakes

    By Tom Segev

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When I accepted a one-semester teaching position at Rutgers University's Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, I hoped to get away for a while from the tense atmosphere in Israel; I was looking forward to a quiet academic fall. The fall had been magnificent indeed, but I...

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  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    11 Israelis Arrested as Spies for Hezbollah

    A military officer is among 11 Israelis arrested on charges of spying for Hezbollah. The lieutenant colonel in the Israeli army allegedly passed on information about Israeli deployment along the country's border with Lebanon in...

  • Hilltop Struggle Casts Long Shadow

    By Leslie Susser

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On the face of it, the struggle between Israeli troops and a group of unruly young settlers for control of a windswept West Bank hilltop does not seem all that important.

    The illegal outpost, known as Gilad Farm, is minuscule; evacuating it was not part of any breakthrough deal with...

  • Why Does Everyone Want My Money?

    By Jane Ulman

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Chanukah Traditions," "Rainbow Happy Birthday," "Shooting Stars" and "Per-fect Presents." These are the four rolls of Sally Foster gift wrap, along with assorted colored tissue, that I am buying to support Heschel Day School. The school will receive 50 percent of my $39.50, and...

  • I Do!—But Not to You

    By Paul Franklin Stregevsky

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Ting, ting. A dinner spoon rapped on a glass at our table of single wedding guests.

    "Let's go around the table," another guest said, "and let everyone say a bit about himself."

    One by one, my seatmates at Table No. 3 delivered an awkward Who-Am-I.

    Another wedding, where I'm an FOB...

  • Our Holiday or Not?

    By Abby Gilad

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Here comes Halloween! Do we, as Jews, celebrate this holiday or not? Well, it's based on a pagan holiday. But even some Jewish holidays are based on pagan agricultural festivals. However, this holiday tends to get a little preoccupied with witches, spirits and black magic. It...

  • Would a Split Spell Business Relief?

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Carol Silver supports secession. The owner of PIP Printing in Sun Valley for 21 years, Silver is running for a Valley City Council seat in the 7th District, in part because of her strong feelings about Los Angeles' failure to attract and retain companies.

    "When I opened my company, I...

  • Spinning a Jewish Web

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When preschool teacher Sylvia Rouss noticed a lack of children's literature about Judaism, she did something about it: she wrote the books herself. Rouss, who teaches at Stephen S. Wise Temple, is the author of the popular "Sammy Spider" series, which are widely used in Jewish...

  • Flapper Era

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I t was a unique collaboration forged at the turn of the 20th century. Benjamin Strauss would photograph celebrities; Homer Peyton would manipulate backgrounds of the prints by hand. The resulting images were atmospheric, sometimes borderline surreal.

    Now, collector Stephen White...

  • Proselytizing

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It's the Bible redone as salad. In "Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie," little tomatoes, leeks and peas bop around ancient Israel (they can't walk because vegetables don't have legs) telling stories and singing songs about the joys of morality. Prophet Jonah is recast as an asparagus, who...

  • Learning to Live on the Knife-Edge

    By David Silverberg

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    What's it like to be a citizen of a country that preempts its enemies -- now that this is the official national security doctrine of the United States? Americans might look to the Israeli experience.

    Preemption has guided that Middle Eastern state since its founding in 1948. Israeli...

  • A Solid Gold Artist

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Not long ago, Jeffrey Gold disappeared from Los Angeles' art scene."I just buried myself in my work," said the 45-year-old artist. "I didn't let people see the work. I was kind of struggling."

    The impressive results of his 2000-2002 artistic hibernation will show at Forum Gallery...

  • Sharon Seeks a Trade

    By Leslie Susser

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The first shot has yet to be fired in the anticipated American-led war against Iraq, but diplomats are already preparing the ground for a concerted effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as soon as it's over.

    The "Quartet," made up of the United States, European Union,...

  • The Return of Big Brother?

    By David N. Myers

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Like America at large, the American university is a teeming marketplace of ideas.

    Its greatness lies in its unrestrained commitment to open debate. Conversely, its darkest moments have come when the gateways of debate were closed.

    We should know this as Jews and as Americans. In...

  • Community Briefs

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Banks Waive Fees on Reparation Payments

    Holocaust survivors in California will no longer have to pay up to 12 percent of their reparation payments in wire transfer fees charged by five banks.

    At a news conference Oct. 8, Assemblywoman Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) announced...

  • Your Letters

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Tolkin vs. Prager

    One would expect Michael Tolkin's counterpoint ("Prager's Tactics Are Lacking," Oct. 11) would be a response to Dennis Prager's question as to the silence of Hollywood when it comes to Israel ("Hollywood's Silence on Israel," Oct. 11). Instead of responding to...

  • Watch Necessary on Campus

    By Jonathan S. Tobin

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    American Jews have spent a lot of time worrying about the difficulties facing college students in recent years. As a result, American Jews have put their money and ingenuity to work on behalf of programs that would combat assimilation on campus.

    We have poured more funds into...

  • Shades of ‘Grey’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Before Tim Blake Nelson wrote and directed his controversial Holocaust drama, "The Grey Zone," he set out to create a play about his family's escape from Nazi Germany just before Kristallnacht.

    "But it just felt like the same old survivor's tale," the erudite director said during an...

  • Magnolias and Menorahs

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Shalom Y'all: Images of Jewish Life in the American South" photography by Bill Aron, text by Vicki Reikes Fox (Algonquin Books, $24.95).

    While the idea of Southern Jews may be as improbable for some as snacking on matzah while drinking a mint julep, in fact, the American South has...

  • Amsterdam’s Split Personality

    By Anthea Gerrie

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Anne Frank's house, a fabulous 17th century synagogue and an excellent heritage museum give Amsterdam special appeal for Jewish visitors. But they are all sites whose very existence reflect the city's incurable split personality, making for a sightseeing experience that constantly...

  • Days of Learning and Bounty

    By Matthew Goodman

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Every Jewish community has its own sorrows to bear, but perhaps none quite so poignant as the Jews of Iraq. The life of the oldest continuous Jewish community in all the world has now come to an end, and has done so in the saddest possible way: in silence and without marker. In the...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Settlers Protest Outpost Dismantling

    Jewish settlers protested at an illegal outpost in the West Bank to oppose army plans to dismantle mobile homes there. According to witnesses, protesters beat up journalists and stoned their cars Wednesday, damaging camera equipment. At midday,...

  • Goldhagen Book Rocks Germany

    By Toby Axelrod

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The message is not new, but it still smarts in Germany: The Catholic Church stood by during the Holocaust and full atonement is long past due. That's the message of American scholar Daniel Goldhagen's latest controversial book, which is under attack from the church.

    Acting on...

  • The Turn to Civil War

    By Gil Sedan

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Some 60 miles southwest of Yasser Arafat's besieged Ramallah headquarters, supporters of the Palestinian Authority president are engaged in another confrontation. The new front is not against Israel, but against their Palestinian brethren -- Hamas supporters in the Gaza Strip, who...

  • Many Jews OK With Proposition K

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The recent publicity centering around Hamilton High School's Jewish parents' disapproval of Proposition K -- the $3.35 billion school bond issue -- gave the impression that the Jewish community was against the proposition.

    But Jewish activists are speaking up in defense of the...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    19/SATURDAY

    B'nai B'rith is one more organization hopping onto the "shop for Israel" bandwagon. And who can blame them? Frankly, we commend them on merging our two favorite hobbies: shopping and supporting Israel. Worth the shlep today (or tomorrow) is their Fine Art Show: Israel's...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Rah Rah Riordan!

    American Jewish Community (AJC) honored children's rights activist Nancy Daly Riordan with its Human Relations Award at the Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. (From left) L.A. Chapter President Peter Weil; honoree Nancy Daly Riordan; AJC Western Regional...

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