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  • Life With A Terror Twist

    By Gregory Rodriguez

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I was drinking a martini on the terrace of the King David Hotel when I started counting sirens. An ultra-Orthodox social worker had told me earlier in the week that that is what people often do here, count sirens. One siren is probably a heart attack. Two might be a fire. If you hear...

  • Immigrants and the Recall

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Who would have thought that a recall campaign built around the energy and budget crises might end up being decided by attitudes toward immigrants? Yet that may be what happens on Election Day. The controversy over a new law granting driver's licenses to undocumented residents may...

  • Single Conspiracy

    By Carin Davis

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Someone call Oliver Stone, I've uncovered a conspiracy. The system is trying to keep the single woman down. That's right, the world revolves around happy little couples. And who pays the price? I'll tell you who pays the price. Single people, that's who. And we're not going to take...

  • Funny, They Don’t Sound Jewish

    By Rachel Brand

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Laura Bush on Howard Stern; J. Lo waking up with a pimple on her nose; Homer Simpson running for governor of California. No, it's not a slow day on "Live on E!" It's a game of "Scenes from a Hat" -- one of 40 interactive games that improv comedy troupe ¡The Los Hombres! has in its...

  • Your Letters

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    ISM and Terror Victims

    I read with tears the moving first-person account of the friend of a terror victim ("My Mikvah Lady," Sept. 12), the story of Dr. David Applebaum, who saved so many lives and who died with his daughter on the eve of her wedding, and the astounding piece by...

  • Unaffilated Find Connection in LINK

    By Julie G Fax

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Simone Gold walked into Shalom Time at Borders Books in Westwood, the first thing she noticed was that she was not dressed quite as conservatively as many others in the audience, who wore long skirts and sleeves.

    But her 2-year-old son was enjoying the Jewish songs, dances and...

  • Pomegranates: The Healthy, Spiritual High Holiday Fruit

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When you cut open a pomegranate, first removing its turreted crown, then scoring its red, leathery skin, before breaking it apart under water (so the juices won't squirt and stain your clothes), you are presented with sacks of glistening, abundant garnet fruit caviar.

    These fruit...

  • Youth Charts Future for Ethiopian Jews

    By Julie G Fax

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    For most of the last hour in this bomb shelter-cum-multipurpose youth room in Ashdod, Israel, Avivit Sabat has been sitting quietly, her long arms and legs folded protectively across her body. Her hair, pulled tight in a low bun, highlights her delicately defined 17-year-old beauty.


  • A Child’s Murder, a Mother’s Strength

    By Wendy Mogel

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "The Blessing of a Broken Heart" by Sherri Mandell (Toby Press, 2003).

    When a crime takes place in my neighborhood, I play a mental trick. Of course that (naive) person was mugged. She was walking alone after dark. Naturally that (careless) family was burglarized -- they left their...

  • Higher Ed. and the High Holidays

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Do classes, study sessions and a budding social life conflict with observing the High Holidays? Not for these college students. Here's how local coeds and young Angelenos attending out-of-state schools are planning to spend Rosh Hashanah.

    Aaron Kachuck

    Age: 18

    School: Yale...

  • South African Jews Fear for the Future

    By Moira Schneider

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    South Africa's main Jewish group is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and concerns about the community's future -- as well as its past -- are dominating the organization's efforts.

    One of the issues causing the concern is the widely held conviction among South African Jews that...

  • Hebrew High Parents Accept The Shlep

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    West Side and South Bay parents who send their teenagers to Los Angeles Hebrew High School (LAHHS) had to contend with some extra miles and a longer school day this week as the program moved its Sunday classes from the University of Judaism (UJ) to Pierce College.

    With growing...

  • Campaign by PETA Profanes Holocaust

    By Joel Geiderman

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) took its campaign equating factory-farm animals to Holocaust victims to the streets of Los Angeles this week with a protest in front of the Simon Wiesenthal Center Tuesday at noon (see story on page 12).

    The protest speaks to PETA's...

  • The Great Jewish Hope

    By Carin Davis

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Dmitriy Salita doesn't fight on the Sabbath, which gives his competition a much-needed day of rest from this powerful junior welterweight. With a 13-0, 10 KO record, the 5-foot-9, 139-pound fighter who goes by the moniker "The Star of David," is a rising star in the boxing ring.


  • Arnold’s Choice

    By Rob Eshman

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    If there was a presidential candidate whose father accused "the Jew media" and "Jewish pundits in New York and Los Angeles" of beating the drums for war, and said he had no problem with harassing and punishing the Jews -- but such things shouldn't be done in "a loud clamor" -- would...

  • New Writers Lack Roth Shock Value

    By Donna Rifkind

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Lost Tribe: Jewish Fiction From the Edge" edited by Paul Zakrzewski (Perennial, $14.95).

    It's official. American Jews are now the People of the Book Festival.

    Not so long ago, in a simpler America, there were Jewish-themed books and there were people who read them. Reading was an...

  • Sean’s Last Ride

    By Aaron Shohet Kemp

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On Aug. 21, my dear friend Sean Nova, a beloved member of the Pico-Robertson and greater Los Angeles Jewish communities, passed away in a freak accident while repairing electronic equipment in his studio. Sean was only 30 years old.

    I first met Sean in 1996, several years after he...

  • Mizrachi Options to Liven the New Year

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    While apples and honey are de rigueur among Ashkenazim for celebrating the New Year, Middle Easterners turn to the more exotic, like dates, quinces or pomegranates during the High Holidays. So if you're looking for some unique recipes this High Holiday season, you might want to turn...

  • World Briefs

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    U.S. Vetoes U.N. Resolution

    The United States vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have demanded Israel not "remove" Yasser Arafat. The United States vetoed the resolution Tuesday at the 15-member council in New York because it does not explicitly condemn...

  • World Left Guessing on Arafat’s Future

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In September 1982, an Israeli sniper in Beirut had Yasser Arafat's head in his gunsights, and he waited for an order from Ariel Sharon, who in turn was awaiting word from Jerusalem: Kill him or set him free?

    Sharon, then defense minister, soon got the order from Prime Minister...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Gee Force

    Community members turned out in full force when Geoffrey Gee, former Israel Humanitarian Foundation Chair and University Synagogue president, was honored at a Cure Familial Dysautonomia fundraiser at University Synagogue in Westwood. The luncheon event was graced by a...

  • Rhodesli Sefer Torah Visits Westwood

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    An 800-year-old Jewish sage is coming to Westwood this week. One of the oldest biblical scrolls in the world, will be the center of a reception at Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel's Levy Family Exhibition Center on Sept. 21. The Sefer Torah's yearlong Los Angeles stay is a result of...

  • Community Briefs

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Chabad Telethon Hits New Heights

    West Coast Chabad Lubavitch once again pulled out the big guns for its 23rd annual "L'Chaim -- To Life!" telethon on Sunday, Sept. 14. Celebrities like Academy Award-winner Jon Voight, singer Christopher Cross and actors Jeffrey Tambor, Mindy...

  • Good Timing Lands Luck in Director’s Lap

    By George Robinson

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I'm sure that when Greg Pritikin made his first feature film, "Dummy," now in theaters, he had no inkling that he had inadvertently grabbed an indie-film brass ring. But when he cast Adrien Brody as a maladroit but sweet schlemiel who is obsessed with ventriloquism as the way to win...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The Red Valley

    Have you seen the Red Planet lately? A few weeks ago, Mars came closer to Earth than it has in thousands of years. Usually, Mars is 50 million miles away. Although it is now receding, it is still about 34 million away. That means that it's 16 million miles closer...

  • Hitler’s Conductor: Man or Monster?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On opening night of Ronald Harwood's "Taking Sides," revolving around Hitler's favorite conductor, viewers accosted the playwright. A woman said, 'How could you do this to such a great artist?'" Harwood recalled. "Then a man grabbed me and said, 'Wilhelm Furtwängler was an absolute...

  • Being a Woman in Wasserstein’s World

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "My father loved me dearly, but I'm not a Jewish American Princess," playwright Wendy Wasserstein said. "I'm a Jewish mother, but I'm not Molly Goldberg."

    Which is why Wasserstein -- among the most articulate voices of a generation of women who came of age in the 1970s -- often...

  • Food Poverty Grows in Israel

    By Loolwa Khazzoom

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When, not so long ago, the director of an Israeli nonprofit organization noticed that an employee would appear at work every Sunday morning so fatigued that he could barely function, he issued him a stern warning to "stop partying so hard on Saturday nights."

    The gaunt-looking...

  • Changing Porcupines Into Family

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It was unseasonably cold on the eve of the New Year. The lakes were frozen; the sun retreated from the heavens on erev Rosh Hashanah. A group of porcupines noted for their rugged individualism were caught shivering in wintry storms. They decided to huddle together and thereby find...

  • Style and Substance

    By Rob Eshman

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    What can the 2003 National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS) tell us that The New York Times wedding announcements can't?

    I read both this weekend, pretty much one after the other, and I can tell you that the nuptial notices make up in pretty portraits what they lack in hard data....

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