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  • Telling Both Sides Of The Story

    By Nechemia Meyers

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Every time I open my e-mail, I find material from one or two new Web sites devoted to Israeli hasbara (advocacy). I suspect that they have very little impact because, for the most part, they are preaching to the converted.

    Arab Web sites are also multiplying day by day. And, again,...

  • Congregation in the Caribbean

    By Jeff Hoyt

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi wanted in tropical paradise. Unique opportunity to serve a multicultural congregation in the oldest Jewish synagogue in continuous use in the Western Hemisphere. Position offers competitive salary, three-bedroom house, sandy beaches and sandy synagogue floors. Knowledge of...

  • Beth Sholom Serves as National Model

    By Journal Staff

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A homegrown experiment in reforming afternoon religious school at Santa Ana's Temple Beth Sholom is among five alternative models developed by other innovative congregations singled out for recognition by the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union...

  • ‘Diamond’ Story Has Familiar Ring

    By Keren Engelberg

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Dan Cohen wasn't told what his father did for a living until he was a teenager -- not because his father was an underground criminal or international spy. In fact, Cohen's father was a diamond salesman -- a job rife with risk of robbery.

    That's the premise of Cohen's film "Diamond...

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  • The New Portrait of U.S. Jewry

    By Joe Berkofsky

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    American Jews soon will see the fullest picture of their community ever developed. The initial results of the much-anticipated National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS) 2000 will be made public Oct. 8, nearly 12 years after the last survey. If the 1990 survey is any indication, the...

  • Pro-Israel Ads Hit the Airwaves

    By Joe Berkofsky

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Ads trumpeting Israeli democracy and the country's cultural and political similarities to America came to TV sets nationwide.

    But not without a fight.

    CNN rejected requests to run the pro-Israel ads nationally, leaving the two Jewish groups behind the ads scrambling to buy air time...

  • Cal Keeps Class, Yanks Description

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Since the inception of the Intifada in September of 2000, Palestinians have been fighting for their right to exist. The brutal Israeli military occupation of Palestine ... has systematically displaced, killed and maimed millions of Palestinian people. This class takes as its...

  • Support for IsraelElementary to Watson

    By Mike Levy

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    She may not know the word shteibel, but she knows what's going on.

    "I represented [them] before, you know, in the '80s when I was a state senator," said Rep. Diane Watson (D-Los Angeles), referring to the Jews of Hancock Park. "They wanted to pray, to have a temple in a house. I...

  • Artifacts of a Survivor

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In 1949, 16-year-old Ernest Michel never dreamed that the very belt and pants he wore at Auschwitz would become treasured relics in a special exhibit. At the time, the young labor camp inmate was more concerned with survival. Now at age 79, the former executive vice president of the...

  • Ramallah Withdrawal Sends Mixed Message

    By Leslie Susser

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The scenes from Yasser Arafat's headquarters in Ramallah this week played tricks on the mind. The gaping ruins seemed to epitomize the collapse of the Palestinian Authority and demonstrate the Palestinian Authority president's impotence. But Arafat's smiling emergence after Israel...

  • Eulogies:Harvey Silbert

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Harvey Silbert, philanthropist and attorney, died Sept. 28. He was 90.

    For more than six decades, as a businessman, founding partner and attorney of counsel to numerous law firms, Silbert had been a professional and philanthropic engine in Los Angeles.

    In a eulogy, Rabbi John Rosove...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In our Image

    The stars were out again last Tuesday. In the wake of the Emmys, Jewish celebrities, community leaders and entertainment industry people gathered at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, to honor their peers at the second annual Jewish Image Awards in Film and...

  • Thinking Twice About War

    By J.J. Goldberg

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On a single day during Passover 1986, most of Israel's major dailies ran oddly identical front-page stories describing a secret negotiation, recently collapsed, between Israel and Iraq. Iraq, it was said, had approached Israeli representatives in New York, asking that Jerusalem...

  • Terror Victim Lives On in Video

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Lisa Frost was always No. 1. She was the firstborn in her family. She was the first person to start a community service program at the School of Hospitality at Boston University, from which she graduated in May 2001 and was the valedictorian. She will also be the first completed...

  • Lessons From Israel

    By Andrea Adelson

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Irvine's police chief is anxious to see his force mimic Israeli counterterrorism efforts.

    Michael Berkow, police chief for more than one year, spent part of a recent trip to Israel shadowing an on-duty general responsible for supervising a rock concert. The location was Jerusalem's...

  • Mother Weathers Terror’s ‘Storm’

    By Helen Schary Motro

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Storm of Terror: A Hebron Mother's Diary," by June Leavitt (Ivan R. Dee, $22.50).

    Either excoriated as illegal conquerors or praised as pioneers, Jews living in the territories conquered by Israel in the Six-Day War are never portrayed neutrally. The very name of where they live...

  • Intifada Fruits: A Palestinian Perspective

    By Muhammed El-Hasan

    October 3, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    What were the Palestinians thinking when they revolted against Israel two years ago?

    By all appearances, they're much worse off now than before the clashes began.

    My uncle Sakher, in the village of Beit Iba near Nablus, told me it's never been this bad, not even during the first...

  • Sukkot and Our Duty to Alleviate Poverty

    By Rabbi David Saperstein

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This Friday marks the end of the celebration of Sukkot. The word Sukkot, of course, means "booths," and refers to the temporary dwellings that we spent the past week eating, singing and even sleeping in. We remember the wandering of the Jews in the desert and celebrate the fall...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    LAX Shooter Had Terror Ties?

    The man who killed two people in the July 4 attack at Los Angeles International Airport told U.S. officials in the mid-1990s that Egyptian officials had accused him of being affiliated with terrorists. As a result of the disclosure made this week by...

  • Battle of the Iranians

    By Tom Tugend

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    After an evening of social drinking and dancing at a well-publicized Persian Night at the Goodbar nightclub in West Hollywood, some 20 young Iranian Muslims followed two young Iranian Jews into the street and, amidst shouts of "F--k the Jews, Kill the Jews," attacked the two.

    The...

  • Prez by Day, Punk by Night

    By Henry Benjamin

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Lawyer, lecturer, punk rocker --and executive president of an Orthodox synagogue.

    Welcome to the world of Bram Presser, 26, the Melbourne, Australia-based lead singer of Yidcore, a Jewish punk rock group that specializes in Jewish and Hebrew songs.

    As executive president of...

  • The Unexpected

    By Elyce Wakerman

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It was Sept. 11, 2002, and there was no reason on earth to feel anything but somber. That pervasive sense of doubt and vulnerability that had been thrust upon us a year ago would probably have been reawakened anyway, but certainly, with all the media replays, ceremonies and...

  • A Small School With Big Plans

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On a recent Thursday afternoon at the New Community Jewish High School (NCJHS) in West Hills, 20 students fill the biology lab to hear a guest speaker discuss cryogenics. Next door, another 14 teenagers sit in a semicircle as their English teacher describes their next chapter in...

  • The Silencing of the Left?

    By Julie G Fax

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    No one -- neither Rabbi Paula Reimers nor board members who voted not to renew her contract -- believes that she was let go just because of the Israeli flag incident. After all, the decision about the woman who had led Temple Emanu El in Burbank for seven years was surely more...

  • Eulogies: Dr. Robert W. Brooks

    By David Margolis

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Dr. Robert W. Brooks, an interna-tionally renowned mathematician who made aliyah with his family from Los Angeles in 1995, died of a heart attack on Sept. 5, at the age of 49.

    A native of Washington, D.C., he earned his doctorate degree from Harvard in differential geometry in 1977,...

  • Emmy ‘Loves’ TV Tribemembers

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Brad Garrett accepted his best supporting actor Emmy on Sunday, Sept. 22, the irony was thick as a Sicilian pizza -- or a deli sandwich. The 6-foot-8-inch Jewish actor plays Ray Romano's sullen cop brother, Robert, on the CBS hit "Everybody Loves Raymond," featuring the sitcom...

  • The Clergy of 1,000 ‘Faces’

    By Joe Berkofsky

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Rabbis: The Many Faces of Judaism," by George Kalinsky (Rizzoli International, $39.95).

    It was 1962, and Marilyn Monroe had just died. So George Kalinsky did what he always did when something important happened -- he visited a rabbi.

    Kalinsky, now 60, recalled listening to a...

  • Community Briefs

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Jews Support Farm Unions

    What do Jews have to do with farm workers?

    A lot, recently, as a handful of Jewish leaders have organized to make sure Gov. Gray Davis supports a new bill.

    The controversial bill, authored by State Senate President Pro Tem John Burton (D-San Francisco),...

  • An Inch Late, a Dollar Short

    By Paul Franklin Stregevsky

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Well?" prompts my wife, gliding down the stairs in a black satin evening dress. I give her the elevator eye, approving until my line of sight crosses her ankles to find ... Payless flats.

    "No heels?" I ask.

    "I can't," Lina sighs, meaning: "I'd tower over you."

    At 5 feet 7 inches,...

  • The Self-Denying Prophecy

    By Lawrence H. Summers

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This address was given Sept. 17, 2002, at morning prayers at Harvard University's Memorial Church in Cambridge, Mass.

    I speak with you today, not as president of [Harvard] University, but as a concerned member of our community, about something that I never thought I would become...

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