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  • The Sadat Legacy: 25 Years Later

    By Yuval Rotem

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Throughout last month, the Israeli people commemorated the 25th anniversary of the historic visit to Israel by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, and the resulting peace accord between Israel and Egypt. During that November in 1977, the physical distance traveled by Sadat from Cairo to...

  • Jewish Groups Stay Silent on Union Vote

    By Mike Levy

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A showdown between Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and hundreds of its registered nurses over unionizaton will come to head after three days of balloting ending Friday, Dec. 13.

    The hospital has strongly opposed the registered nurses push to be represented by the California Nurses...

  • Scandal Erupts Over Secret Arafat Funds

    By Gil Sedan

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Those inclined to look on the bright side might say that Israeli-Palestinian cooperation is alive and kicking: Israelis and Palestinians allegedly joined ranks to make big money, until one of them woke up with a bad conscience.

    The joint venture in question began in February 1997,...

  • Leon Hirsh Guide

    By Shirl Lee Pitesky

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Leon Hirsh Guide, conductor, music educator and musician, died in early October. He was 81.

    Guide was born Feb. 3, 1921, in Turkey to Clara and Joseph Guide, who had left Russia during the civil war. The family moved to Chicago when Guide was 2.

    He studied cello while attending...

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  • Hijinks ‘n’ Hilarity Mark Wit’s Career

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Irving Brecher, my 88-year-old writing partner, stood onstage at the Arclight Cinemas on Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street after screening "Meet Me in St. Louis." Irv wrote this classic in 1944, one of seven MGM musicals he did. The moderator of the Arclight "Screenwriter's Network...

  • Ask Wendy

    By Wendy Belzberg

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Accentuate the Negative

    Dear Wendy,

    My 7-year-old son has chosen as his best friends two of the rudest boys I have ever met. The words "please" and "thank you" have yet to cross their lips; each request begins with "give me" or "I want," and that is only the beginning. Is it...

  • Who I Really Am

    By Teresa Strasser

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Here's the scenario: I travel for work almost 20 days a month. It's lonely out there on the road, one long Bob Seger song. Dating is almost impossible, but I've met a guy who seems to fit the suit.

    By that, I mean he's employed, smart, sweet, even Jewish. We've had two dates so far,...

  • Your Letters

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    One American Muslim

    Tashbih Sayyed is a true American and a true American hero ("One American Muslim," Dec. 6). We should all support his efforts, as he is able to reach an audience the L.A. Times and The Jewish Journal cannot.

    Allyson Rowen Taylor, Valley Glen

    Steven Spielberg...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday

    Down an unassuming corridor off Santa Monica's Fourth Street lies a little gem of a theater space -- the intimate Santa Monica Playhouse. It's the perfect venue for small productions like the one-night-only performance of Murray Meyer's autobiosolo play "Walking Back to...

  • Severe Financial Crisis Hits Metivta

    By Julie G Fax

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Metivta, A Center for Contemplative Judaism, went into emergency survival mode late last month after the board discovered the organization was out of funds.

    "The board is looking intensely at our budget and trying to pare down costs to the absolute minimum to give us a chance to...

  • Ninth Circuit Misses on Iran

    By Nathan D. Wirtschafter

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I once appeared in court to ask that three additional defendants be held liable on a judgment.

    The judge was skeptical -- until I showed him that the additional defendants had forged both a set of articles of incorporation and a doctor's business license.

    The judge looked at the...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Good and Bad Luck

    Have you ever thought: "Oh, I'm having such bad luck. Nothing's going my way." In this week's parsha, Vayigash, Joseph reveals himself to his brothers. He says: "Don't feel bad about selling me into slavery. It happened for a reason. Now I'm a leader, and I can...

  • A Chanukah in the ‘People’s House’

    By Dr. Joel Geiderman

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The invitation to the White House was completely unexpected. It arrived in a caligraphied envelope, with a Chanukah stamp in the corner and a menorah showing through.

    A Chanukah card, I thought, but I was wrong. There was a gold presidential seal at the top of the card and a few...

  • The Ground Floor

    By Rob Eshman

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A lot of the problems and promise of Los Angeles Jewish life were on display last Tuesday evening in Bob and Marcia Gold's living room.

    The Golds live in a envy-inspiring home high upon a bluff in the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The greater Los Angeles Jewish community, all 4,000 square...

  • The Truth About Lotty

    By Amy Sara Clark

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Fans of Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski detective novels are used to following the hard-edged but soft-hearted Chicago private investigator unravel interlocking stories of white-collar crime and corruption.

    While there's plenty of crime and corruption in "Total Recall" (Dell, $7.99)...

  • Many Angry Voices

    By Mike Levy

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The old joke says, "For every two Jews, you have three opinions." So is it possible that, as members of the Jewish political left complained in an ad on the back page of this newspaper on Nov. 22, "In the name of unity in a time of crisis, the great Jewish tradition of vibrant and...

  • Bridging the Gap

    By Michael Berenbaum

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The announcement that Richard Joel has been named as president of Yeshiva University (YU) is an important and salutary development in American Jewish life. Joel is a gifted leader, able spokesman and prolific fundraiser. He has been able to establish the national Hillel organization...

  • Community Briefs

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Menorah at Work

    Menorah Housing Foundation, a beneficiary agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, celebrated the grand opening of its Echo Park Senior Housing -- 41 units of affordable accommodations earmarked for the elderly -- at 1727 Morton Ave., just north of...

  • A ‘Final’ Decision Courts Trouble

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A religious court ruled in favor of Chabad of California late last month, awarding it ownership of Marina del Rey properties contested by the Living Judaism Center (LJC), but the ruling has only exacerbated the battle between the two organizations.

    The crux of the highly charged...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli Sentenced For Hezbollah Contacts

    A Lebanese-born Israeli was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday for having contact with Hezbollah. Holon resident Nissim Nasser was convicted of having contact with a Hezbollah agent and passing information to the organization....

  • Beth Sholom’s Engel Gets Kudos for Outreach

    By Andrea Adelson

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Santa Ana's Temple Beth Sholom named Monica Engel as the congregant of the year for her enthusiasm for teaching Judaism to interfaith families.

    Raised in an Orthodox home, Engel's own family scrapbook has a different character, reflecting a blend of Judeo-Christian life-cycle...

  • One American Muslim

    By Rob Eshman

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Tashbih Sayyed told me he has cried three times in his adult life: once when his father died, once when his mother died and once when he had to sell his house.

    Sayyed was born in India in 1941 into a Shiite Muslim family. After the 1948 partition, his family, feeling persecuted by...

  • Dream a Little Dream

    By Rabbi Rami Shapiro

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Joseph's life is linked to dreams from his youth, and the way in which he responds to dreams reflects the level of his maturity.

    As a boy, he delights in using his dreams to torture his brothers and triumph over them. While he never interprets these dreams, their meaning is so clear...

  • Light and Thanks

    By Rob Eshman

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I spent most of this past week at the United Jewish Communities (UJC) General Assembly (GA), the annual gathering which, this year, brought nearly 4,000 Jewish communal representatives (and journalists) from North America, Israel and elsewhere overseas.

    The GA is part sales seminar,...

  • Lighting Up Your Life

    By Journal Staff

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    One depicts six grandchildren. Another is gold-plated and marks the 50th anniversary of Israel. Yet another was smuggled out of Russia and made its safe passage through Ellis Island in a brown paper bag.

    Nearly 60 Chanukah menorahs of historic and artistic merit and borrowed from...

  • Death Stalks Family

    By Tom Tugend

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A local American Israeli family, which lost a daughter in an airport shooting rampage last July 4, is in renewed mourning for a son who died Nov. 26 following a car accident.

    Nimrod Hen, the 18-year-old victim, was the brother of Victoria "Vicky" Hen, 25. She was one of two people...

  • Menorah Lights Our Way

    By Marisa N. Pickar

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    For three years, I lived in an apartment in Jerusalem next to a bus stop. The rhythm of my life quickly adapted to the bus schedule. Just by looking out my bedroom window, I knew exactly when to leave the house in order to catch the bus.

    When I returned to California, I assumed my...

  • Tzedakah for Chanukah

    By Journal Staff

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Chanukah wish lists of six needy local Jewish families will be filled by generous families from Rancho Santa Margarita's Morasha Jewish Day School.

    "These families have been financially disadvantaged for a long time," said Charlene Edwards, social services director for Jewish...

  • Up Close and Comical

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    ''I'm a ham," said legendary actor-writer-director Carl Reiner.

    "When you're a showoff, you've gotta get on that platform."

    Which is why 80-year-old Reiner is eager to regale the audience with tales of his life in a speaking engagement at the Orange County Performing Arts Center on...

  • ‘Dybbuk’ Nohs It

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    As far as Jewish plays go, "The Dybbuk" is a classic to those in the know or, perhaps more appropriately, those in the Noh -- the dramatic Japanese theatrical style.

    A new interpretation of "The Dybbuk" is coming to town. The play, directed by Tel Aviv University professor Zvika...

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