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  • Healing’s Many Colors

    By Rob Kutner

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine the shock Temple Knesset Israel members felt when they came to Shabbat services five weeks ago and found scrawled on their wall, "Jews die" and a swastika. The Los Feliz congregation is largely elderly; many are Holocaust survivors.

    A shock of a different sort awaited them...

  • PBS Pope Profile

    By Tom Tugend

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There is a haunting image in the early part of the PBS "Frontline" documentary on Pope John Paul II. As the Warsaw ghetto goes up in flames, just outside the wall and within sight and sound of the remaining Jewish resistance fighters, a carousel goes round and round, full of...
  • A Minyan in the Outfield

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    From his office in Pico-Robertson, Ephraim Moxson counts Jewish professional athletes. There are five playing in the National Hockey League, a couple in the National Basketball Assn., four in the National Football League. But in Major League Baseball, there will be, by the end of...
  • Forging Ahead

    By David Landau

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Prime Minister Ehud Barak's cozy late-night dinner with Yasser Arafat and some of the Palestinian leaders' top aides at a private home near Tel Aviv came as a pleasant surprise to Middle East peace watchers.

    Even Foreign Minister David Levy's public irritation at not having been...

  • Safety First?

    By Beverly Gray

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    On the first day of school, when Barbara Gindi escorted her children to Maimonides Academy, she was appalled by what she saw: Two security guards stood out front, a Sheriff's squad car was parked at the curb, and the administrative staff was on high alert.

    "It brought tears to my...

  • How to account for the different stories

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    I read Gary Rosenblatt's indictment of Los Angeles' rabbinate with some unease. It did not square with my understanding of what had occurred in the aftermath of the shootings at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills. Accounts from our reporter, Julie Gruenbaum...
  • Learning From Loss

    By Diane Arieff

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When painful loss occurs in our lives, we want to make some sense of it: Why did she get so sick? Why did I lose my livelihood? Why can't we conceive a child? Why did he die? In his new book, "Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times" (Riverhead Books, $23.95), David...
  • On Huts and Hospitality

    By Jane Ulman

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "You shall live in booths seven days in order that future generations may know I made the Israelite people live in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt" (Leviticus 23:42-43).

    It's not enough commemoration that for eight days of Pesach we eat matzo, which grows...

  • Rough Justice

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Some advice for the new year: Don't get into trouble in New Jersey. The judges there are really tough.

    How tough? Well, they've got Barry Fisher rattled, and that isn't easy. A Los Angeles human-rights lawyer, Fisher has tussled with some of the toughest of the tough. But those New...

  • Remembering Terrorism’s Victims

    By David Margolis

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    On this bright September afternoon, Zion Square, at the bottom of Jerusalem's downtown Ben Yehuda outdoor mall, is the usual confusion of pedestrian traffic -- shoppers, students, soldiers, tourists, all hurrying about their business in every direction. A few minutes after 1 p.m., a...
  • Making Reading a Star Attraction

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In a corner of downtown Central Library's Children's Literature Department, actor Elliott Gould is reading "Arthur's New Puppy." Over by the stacks, J. Paul Getty Trust President Emeritus Harold Williams enjoys a picture book about sunflowers. In another corner, TV personality Bob...
  • A Man of Wealth,

    By Tom Tugend

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Ronald Steven Lauder has a dream.

    At some point in the future, Israel's Negev desert, now "basically Arizona without people," will be a lush garden spot, made fruitful by a string of desalination plants purifying seawater.

    Trains will run from Tel Aviv to Beersheba to Eilat, carrying...

  • The Golan Debate Reaches New Heights

    By Avi Machlis

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Rosh Hashanah may be a time of year when Jews around the world pray for peace, but for the 16,000 Jewish residents of the Golan Heights, those prayers were somewhat more difficult to recite this year.

    They know that the price for peace with Syria is likely to be the return of all or...

  • The Nano Meter: Israel Adds to the Future of Technology

    By Wendy Elliman

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli scientists, like their colleagues worldwide, are thinking smaller and smaller. The world's first computer occupied an entire room. Today's laptop does everything better and faster than its elephantine predecessor.

    The key to this miracle of miniaturization is, of course, the...

  • Casting their Differences Upon the Water

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Four West Valley synagogues representing three different denominations -- the Calabasas Shul (Orthodox), Temple Solael (Reform), Temple Aliyah and Shomrei Torah (Conservative) -- will join together for a Tashlich ceremony Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Westlake Village Marina.

    "The goal was...

  • So, Nu?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There is an old joke from the Holocaust, Robin Williams says.

    Two old Jews want to kill Hitler. The fuhrer doesn't show up. "So one turns to the other and says, 'My God, I hope nothing happened to him,' " Williams quips.

    Williams, the pre-eminent comic actor of his generation, cites...

  • Her Call to Duty

    By Tom Tugend

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Terri R. Smooke sat at a table at Starbucks on Beverly Drive catching up on her letter writing.

    "It's been so hectic the last few weeks, I've got to use every spare moment," she explained.

    Smooke's appointment calendar started overflowing a month ago, when she took a call from Sharon...

  • Jerusalem Battle Moves to the Magic Kingdom

    By Julia Goldman

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The latest round in the battle for Jerusalem is being waged not in the Middle East but in the Magic Kingdom.

    The Arab League and Arab-American groups are planning to meet with representatives of Walt Disney World to discuss their concerns that a special exhibit at Disney's EPCOT...

  • Let’s Hear It for the Ram

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Sunset on Sunday. As Rosh Hashanah was ending, the local Chabad rabbi and a friend were walking down the hillside outside my home carrying rams' horns.

    "Hey Marlene, have you heard the shofar yet?" the young rabbi inquired. Of course I had, but it was wonderful to be asked. The sight...

  • Boy Meets Mom

    By Teresa Strasser

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Busted flat in Barstow, I realize the desert is no place for an old Plymouth. The mechanic says something about "a machine shop in Victorville," and I think that is one phrase you never want to hear in a sentence with your name. That and "feeding tube."

    I'm returning to Los Angeles...

  • What’s Happened Since the Handshake?

    By Gil Sedan

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Six years after the historic Rabin-Arafat handshake on the White House lawn, the Palestinians can point to a mixed bag of results from the Oslo peace process.

    Of perhaps most importance to them, the Palestinian people are closer than ever to achieving their goal of statehood.


  • Tweaking David Ives ‘Ancient History’

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Dear David Ives:

    I attended a preview performance of your play "Ancient History" last Saturday (Sept. 11) at the Fountain Theatre, where a member of the production company announced that the play still needed "tweaking," and so we should feel free to pass along our comments and...

  • East Coast vs.West Coast

    By Tom Tugend

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Anyone from the Western part of the United States aspiring to national Jewish leadership has "got to be an 11 on a scale of one to 10," Burton Levinson says. "We've got a lot of eights and nines in Los Angeles and elsewhere, but that's not good enough."

    Put another way, "For American...

  • Reinventing Hollywood

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There was a telling moment, midway through the Sept. 7 press conference announcing the CBS-Viacom megamerger, when one of the unmentionables of American entertainment peeked through the veils for an instant. It came when a reporter asked CBS President Mel Karmazin why he wanted this...
  • The Value of the Temporary

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    So have you heard the one about the two rabbis on a boat? It's actually a story told by the Talmud in its discussion of the laws of the sukkah. It seems that Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Gamliel were on a boat during the days leading up to the holiday of Sukkot, and it became clear that...
  • Let’s Celebrate! It’s Yom Kippur!

    By Julie G Fax

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In the waning hours of Yom Kippur, the last rays of sun cast long shadows through the stained-glass windows. It is time for "Ne'ila," the final prayer in a day filled with prayer, when the gates on high, opened especially wide for this day, begin their final closing.

    So still, so...

  • Dear Journal

    By Deborah Berger

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Sharon Ann Dror, born deaf, didn't enjoy seders with her hearing family while growing up in a traditional Jewish home in Santa Monica. She could read lips, but she couldn't see peoples' faces as they read from behind their Haggadot. &'009;

    "I felt frustrated and bored," recalls the...

  • Mideast Briefs

    By Douglas Davis

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish relief agencies and the government of Israel are mobilizing to send rescue missions and humanitarian aid to Turkey, in the wake of a devastating earthquake that, at press time, may have claimed more than 4,000 lives.

    The Israel Defense Force sent a 200-member rescue team to...

  • A Forgotten Jewel

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    As you drive north along Figueroa Street in Highland Park, past La Pescador and the car wash, past Frank's Cameras and the farmacia, you come to El Paso Shoe Store, where families from the neighborhood shop to get a good bargain on shoes. It was at this location, back in the early...
  • Resources

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    American Behavioral Studies Institute Counseling Center: 7-8:30 p.m. Women's therapy group deals with relationship issues. Mondays. Also Saturdays 8:15-9:45 a.m. Groups now forming. 292 S. La Cienega Blvd., Suite 103, Beverly Hills.

    Children of Aging Parents: Support group of the...

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