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  • On the Road

    By Amy Klein

    May 1, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Here's what you miss when you go on an organized mission to Israel: You miss the closed-top market in Rosh Ayin, where sellers out-shout each other over megaphones, "Underwear, girls' underwear, three for 10 shekels."

    If you participate in an "emergency weeklong mission" -- where you...

  • U.S. Jews Differ on Israel Attachment

    By Rachel Pomerance

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Delight shot through the classroom of eighth-graders like a pogo stick gone wild.

    The 35 students at the Heschel School on Manhattan's Upper West Side erupted Monday afternoon with giddy comments and questions about the two-week trip to Israel they were about to begin the next...

  • Peace Opportunities Facing Obstacles

    By Leslie Susser

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On the face of it, conditions are ripe for a new chapter in Israeli-Palestinian relations.

    The American victory in Iraq has changed the regional balance of power, and the "road map" plan drafted by the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia marks a new, widely...

  • Care Programs Face State Funds Loss

    By Marc Ballon

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Life was good for Bennett Bridge. He owned his own business, raked in more than $100,000 a year, had a good marriage and two healthy children.

    Then, fate took an unexpected turn. In 1990, Bridge, then 50, had a massive stroke that nearly killed him. After surprising his doctors by...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm


    Beyond the tattooed and patchouli-scented bohemian excesses of the Venice boardwalk, tucked into the hidden walkways of the city's quieter neighborhoods, bloom exquisite little gardens that most of the year are off-limits to the likes of us. But not today. The Venice...

  • Lawmaker Sees Plan to Cut Funds Failing

    By Marc Ballon

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    State Assemblyman Lloyd E. Levine (D-Van Nuys), 33, sits on the influential Assembly Budget Committee. He recently spoke with The Jewish Journal about the possible impacts of Gov. Gray Davis' proposed 15 percent cut in Medi-Cal reimbursements.

    Jewish Journal: What pain would the 15...

  • Whose Loss Is it Anyway?

    By Amy Klein

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    JERUSALEM -- Have you heard of virtual tourism? It's the latest thing from America, where people who can't go to Israel -- because of security fears, economic constraints, parental prohibition, etc. -- give money to other people who are going. The tourists are then supposed to give...

  • From ‘Mailroom’ to the Top Rung

    By Amy Klein

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Oh, to be a young American Jew, the son of new immigrants, coming of age in the '30s, '40s and '50s. While some of your peers followed their parents into the shmatte business, and others struggled to gain admission to medical or law school, you shlepped to Hollywood with a dollar and...

  • Press Fight for Care Funds

    By Bill Boyarsky

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I had never thought of Medi-Cal as a Jewish issue. I've written about the program of medical aid for the poor, but my subjects were usually African Americans and Latinos, who comprise the largest number of the state's needy.

    I discovered how wrong I was recently, after learning that...

  • Straight From Heaven

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    During April 1996, I led what was going to be my first of numerous trips to Poland. On that trip I served as the rabbinic adviser for 40 high school students who were participating in the March of the Living program.

    On our trip we took the students to the city of Lublin, and we...

  • ‘Map’ Puts Pressure on Bush and Sharon

    By James D. Besser

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    With a new Palestinian government almost ready to roll, the Bush administration may be in the uncomfortable position of getting exactly what it asked for.

    But that's nothing compared to the potential conflicts facing Israeli Prime Minster Ariel Sharon, who now may have to make the...

  • Foundations Try to Stop a Jewish Killer

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine a disease that strips a child of the routine autonomic and sensory abilities that we take for granted. A disease that affects a child's nervous system to such a degree that he or she cannot feel pain or produce tears, even when seriously wounded. The child becomes plagued...

  • Roadblock Arises to Subvert ‘Road Map’

    By Leonard Fein

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    What can account for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's recent assault on the State Department? Gingrich, just eight years ago Time magazine's Man of the Year, these days largely reduced to self-promotion (Check his Web site at newt.org.), is a senior fellow at the American...

  • A Big Sunday

    By Rachel Brand

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Temple Israel of Hollywood held its first Mitzvah Day five years ago, it was just that: Temple Israel of Hollywood's Mitzvah Day. Over the years, however, as the annual "do-good" day has attracted the attention of other organizations throughout the Los Angeles area, Mitzvah Day...

  • The Mother of DNA

    By Julia Goldman

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In March 1953, Maurice Wilkins of King's College London announced the departure of his colleague Rosalind Franklin in a private letter to his friend, Francis Crick, a scientist at the rival Cavendish Laboratory.

    "Our dark lady is leaving us next week," Wilkins wrote.

    At the time,...

  • Minority Retort

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A war is brewing. A minority in our midst is being actively persecuted. Society fears and loathes them. The government is using legislation to identify them and the military to hunt, contain and kill them. This is not Nazi Germany. This is America.

    If the plot of "X2: X-Men United,"...

  • Holocaust Survivors Gather for Fun

    By Amy Klein

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Who's from Dorohoi?" asked Shmuel David, referring to the town in Romania where he was born and survived the Holocaust as a child.

    "I am," said Betty Guzman, who was 16 years old when she was sent to the ghetto.

    Last year David, 73, and Guzman, 80, discovered that they had been...

  • Ask Wendy

    By Wendy Belzberg

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Fatherhood Faker

    Dear Wendy,

    My husband and I have been happily married for two years. Before we got married he agreed to have his vasectomy reversed. He now claims to have no recollection of that promise. He is not at all prone to lying and I almost believe him. Unfortunately, I...

  • Sigma Sisters Speak Out on Real ‘Life’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When members of the Jewish sorority Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi appeared at UCLA Hillel on Sunday, they hoped to set the record straight.

    The four UC Davis students were on campus to discuss the ups and downs of becoming instant celebrities after MTV profiled their house on the hit...

  • Briefs

    By World Briefs

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    SARS Kills Toronto Jews

    A Jewish couple from Toronto died of SARS. The elderly couple apparently contracted SARS when the man was hospitalized for an unrelated heart condition and was placed in the same room as a SARS patient, according to the Jerusalem Post. The man's wife then...

  • Different Kind of Visit

    By Lilly Gohar Bolour

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I am in Israel for a few days to visit the victims of terrorist acts. I'm on my own, not with a group. It's the first time I've been in Israel with a purpose other than visiting family and enjoying myself. I'm not frightened but there is something unsettling to visit Israel this way....

  • Goodbye, Rabbi

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As posted on its Web site, part of Leo Baeck Temple's mission is to "develop an island of serenity within a complex, troubled world." This spring, the Reform synagogue says goodbye to a rabbi whose decades of calm, scholarly leadership is responsible for much of that serenity.


  • A Dangerous Triangle

    By Erin Williams Hyman

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Given to all-out, gleeful French-bashing of late, the American media has called the Hexagon every name in the book, indulging in a despicable parade of worn-out stereotypes, from Jerry Lewis and snippy poodles to vile traitors and "surrender monkeys." Anything to avoid debating the...

  • Going the Distance

    By Steve Greenberg

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Gee, you came quite a way to this event, didn't you?"

    "Gee, you sure have a long drive home."

    Gee, You. G.U.

    In the sprawling Southland, I've learned there's more to the rules of attraction than "How You Look," "What You Do" and "What You Earn." There's "Where You Live."

    I first...

  • Rockin’ Against Slavery

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Rather than speaking out against slavery, local students are rocking out to show their support. "When our club heard that 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the U.S. for slavery each year, we felt we had to do something," said Rena Stern, the co-president of the Teen...

  • Your Letters

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Hungarians in Hollywood

    I was very disappointed that Tom Teicholz's article, "Hungarians in Hollywood" (April 18), omitted any reference or mention of my late uncle, Joe Pasternak, who was among the most prominent and successful Hollywood movie producers from the 1930s to the late...

  • All That Glitters Is Golda

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Renee Taylor was growing up in the Bronx, her relatives described packaging matzah for Palestine with Golda Meir in the 1920s. "That made an impression on me," said Taylor, best known as "The Nanny's" Jewish mom, Sylvia Fine.

    Today the actress is hoping to make an impression...

  • Trafficking in People

    By Tom Teicholz

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It's 7:45 a.m. on a Friday morning, and the Koo Koo Roo on South Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills is almost full. I am here for traffic school. I ran a red light at the intersection of Robertson and Beverly boulevards, and the city of Beverly Hills has the photo to prove it.


  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Days of Sorrow and Joy

    Every year on the fifth of the Hebrew month Iyar (that day falls this year on May 7), Israel celebrates Israeli Independence Day to commemorate the founding of the State of Israel in 1948. Parties and parades are held all over Israel and the United States....

  • Holding on to Nick

    By Marianne McCarthy

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A newer story about the Markowitz family (January 19, 2007) is online now.

    She once filled her days with projects at home: gardening, decorating and caring for her son and two stepchildren. All that changed for Susan Markowitz on an August day in 2000, when a knock on her door...

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