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  • A Different Standard

    By Julie G Fax

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Ask Mimi Feigelson a simple question, you don't get a simple answer.

    "So how do you like L.A.?" I ask, as we sit down for coffee and pastries at a Pico-Robertson cafe, thinking this is just the warm-up for the real questions.

    But for Feigelson, a visiting lecturer in rabbinics...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Jacob sends his family over the Yabbok river to meet up with his brother Esau. He remains alone for the night, and is confronted by an angel. He wrestles with the angel all night long. At dawn, the angel congratulates Jacob for his strength and persistence, and changes Jacob's name...

  • JCCs in Jeopardy

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In what appears to be a critical juncture for the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA), the organization is devising a structural overhaul to prevent severe cutbacks in services and the potential closure of several centers.

    For decades JCCGLA has offered Jewish...

  • Diamant Finds a Harbor

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    While writing "Good Harbor," about the midlife friendship between two Jewish women, Anita Diamant says she suffered a bout of "second-novelitis."

    Her 1997 debut novel, "The Red Tent" -- a sexy spin on the biblical story of Dinah -- had been a runaway best seller that's still on the...

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  • The Importance of Zinni

    By Michael W. Sonnefeldt

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    One of the most significant elements in Secretary of State Colin Powell's speech of Nov. 19 was the appointment of Anthony Zinni, the much-decorated and admired retired Marine Corps four-star general, as his Mideast envoy.

    Zinni's last post was as head of CENTCOM, the command that...

  • Strike Up the Klezmer

    By Beverly Gray

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    This is not your grandmother's halftime show. Unless of course, Grandma grew up in a kibbutz or shtetl with a 145-piece marching band in residence.

    Santa Monica High School's Viking Marching Band and Color Guard performs at halftime during the school football team's home games. Band...

  • From Tel Aviv to Tinseltown

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Mili Avital is describing the difference between paparazzi here and back home in Israel. "It's not hysteria in Israel, except about politics," she says.

    Avital should know. The gregarious actress, 29, is perhaps the only ingenue of her generation to successfully segue from Israeli to...

  • To Stay or Go?

    By Jessica Steinberg

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Yossi Cohen, a Tel Aviv taxi driver, is taking it easy these days. He has been slicing time from his usual 10-hour shifts because there just aren't many clients out there. At the same time, he wouldn't consider leaving Israel for anywhere else.

    "What, I need to be a cabbie in...

  • Durban, the Sequel

    By James D. Besser

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Geneva and Ann Arbor, Mich., may be a world apart, but they now have something in common: both are settings for a reinvigorated effort to undercut the very legitimacy of Israel.

    The same folks responsible for turning this summer's Durban conference on racism into an anti-Israel...

  • A New Iraqi Threat?

    By Eric Silver

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    George W. Bush's gritty message to Saddam Hussein this week that any nation that develops weapons of mass destruction for terrorist purposes "will be held accountable" flashed a warning light to Israel.

    If Iraq is indeed next on Washington's anti-terrorist menu, and if that means not...

  • Museum Maven

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    It was all she could think about, leading up to the night of Nov. 1: "I was worried about the turnout. We really worked very hard to get this turnout."

    The woman fretting was Jean Friedman, and the event she was stewing over was, for her, the culmination of a dream.

    The Discovery...

  • Southern Scandals

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    TV writer Loraine Despres dreamed up her award-winning debut novel, "The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc," (William Morrow, $24) after a creative writing class stirred her memories of growing up Jewish in Amite, La.

    Despres recalled the bullet holes in her bedroom wall, courtesy...

  • Singles And Calendar

    By Solange Borna

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Calendar

    SATURDAY/1

    Temple Emanuel: 9:15 a.m. Tot Shabbat, followed by a snack and Torah study. 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 274-6388.

    Barnes & Noble: 8 p.m. Author Michael Alexander discusses and signs "Jazz Age Jews," a book about Jewish jazz...

  • What Is the Holiday Miracle?

    By Jane Ulman

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Nes Gadol Hayah Sham.

    We all agree that the letters on the sides of the dreidel stand for "A Great Miracle Happened There." (In Israel, of course, the letters stand for Nes Gadol Hayah Po -- "A Great Miracle Happened Here.")

    But -- and this is why there's a book titled "Two Jews,...

  • Flourish, Not Fail

    By Rob Eshman

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The financial crisis facing Jewish Community Center (JCC) programs and locations this week will come as an awful shock to tens of thousands of area Jews, and it should (see story, page 14).

    JCC officials and Federation lay leaders and staff stress there is no cause for panic. They...

  • Confront and Comfort

    By Judy Gruen

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Avi Schnnur doesn't get a lot of sleep these days. Schnnur, a West Los Angeles physicist who works for the defense industry, now spends nearly all his nonwork hours putting the finishing touches on a communitywide conference he has organized, billed as "Spiritual Responses to...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Designing Women

    Haute couture was en vogue at the Women's International Zionist Organization Los Angeles annual membership luncheon, held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Hanna Rubinstein chaired the event. Following a fashion show by Beverly Hills boutique Votre Nam,...

  • The Most Dangerous Game

    By Rabbi Yakov Vann

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Today I received a phone call from an 18-year-old named Steven. Steven and I were scheduled to meet at Starbucks in a few days, prior to his leaving for U.S. military service. He called to let me know that he could not keep our appointment as the Marine Corps insisted that he report...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Anti-Arafat Complaint Filed in Belgium

    A group of Israelis filed a complaint against Yasser Arafat in Belgium. The group, called the Terror Victims Association, said the complaint against Arafat and several Palestinian groups, including the Palestinian Authority and the PLO,...

  • Classical Klezmer

    By Mike Levy

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    What do you do when your symphony season hinges on a theme of celebration, but your country is still reeling from terrorism? When your opening concert features a piece called "Suite for Klezmer Band and Orchestra," and the klezmer band cancels?

    If you are Noreen Green, artistic...

  • Volunteer Lifesavers

    By Julie G Fax

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Hatzolah Volunteer Emergency Medical Rescue Squad, long a fixture in New York, just went public in Los Angeles, serving a circumscribed area of the mostly Orthodox Beverly-La Brea Jewish community and becoming the only volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) corps in the city.

    ...

  • Your Letters

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Palestinian Statehood

    It is hard to believe that thoughtful people in the Jewish community can still oppose a Palestinian state and think that moral, political and economic catastrophe can be avoided while Israel continues to occupy 1.5 million people ("The Dangers of a Palestinian...

  • The New Face of the UJ

    By Tom Tugend

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Sitting in his sunny Bel Air hilltop office, the president of the University of Judaism (UJ), Dr. Robert Wexler, is in a cheerful mood.

    A high-profile lecture series of top American and Israeli personalities is generating national attention and an unexpected financial bonanza. The...

  • Stepping Out

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When 23-year-old Michal Gaon caught the No. 7 Egged Bus from Hadera to Givat Olga last November, a car bomb detonated nearby, causing severe burns and the loss of both legs.

    Gaon is one of 1,890 Jews injured since the Al Aqsa Intifada began more than 13 months ago; another 191 have...

  • Entering the New World

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Brave New World, here we come.

    A Worcester, Mass., biotech company reported this week that it had created a human embryo directly from human cells. A cell implanted with adult DNA split into six cells, then died, stopping far short of the 150-plus needed to create viable stem cells,...

  • The Age of Reason

    By J.D. Smith

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I thought I had exhausted every possible way to meet members of the opposite sex: blind dates and JDates, fishing for invitations to big Hollywood parties and intimate dinner gatherings. I joined art groups in the hopes of finding like-minded women while shrouding myself in a veneer...

  • A Nice Jewish Porn Star

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "I'm just a nice Jewish boy with one vice," says Queens native Ron Jeremy. "Twenty-three years of porn films."

    Scott J. Gill's documentary "Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy," which opens today in Los Angeles, chronicles the life and times of the unlikeliest Jew in the world -- and...

  • Eulogies:Nathan Pollak

    By Eva Yelloz

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The passing of Nathan Pollak on Oct. 26 sent shock waves throughout the Jewish community. Nathan was a dynamic worker for many Jewish causes, and his sudden demise left an enormous spiritual and physical vacuum.

    Nathan was born in Sighet, Hungary in 1930. He was a descendent of...

  • Sephardic Survival

    By Adam Wills

    November 29, 2001 | 6:59 pm

    "Survivor" as inspiration for Jewish programming?

    It seems strange that the divisive show where deceit, backstabbing and empty promises are de rigueur would serve as the inspiration for a Shabbaton that stresses the importance of religious and cultural continuity. Yet Sephardic...

  • Celebrate with Cheesecake

    By Judy Zeidler

    November 29, 2001 | 6:59 pm

    On the first night of Chanukah, the family always gets together at our home for a special evening. We enjoy lighting the Chanukah candles, eating traditional foods and exchanging gifts.

    Dessert is always a highlight of the evening, and this year for Chanukah, I am going to surprise...

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