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  • Israeli Surfs New Turf

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Windsurfer Gal Friedman became the first Israeli to win the gold medal at the World Mistral Sailboard Championships, held in Pattaya, Thailand, on Sunday, Dec. 15. Out of the 11 races in the regatta, Friedman won four and in two more he placed second, making it the best-ever...

  • Candles Shine From L.A. to Tel Aviv

    By Rachel Brand

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The miracle of Chanukah took on a double meaning Dec. 4, when Los Angeles Holocaust survivors participated in a menorah-lighting ceremony with their counterparts in Tel Aviv via videoconferencing.

    "We celebrate the miracle of Chanukah, and we also celebrate the miracle that we...

  • Support Group Helps Second Generation

    By Rachel Brand

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    As the only child of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Morry Waksberg was always under enormous pressure to succeed -- to carry out the dreams that his parents never had the opportunity to realize.

    "It made it hard to be a kid," Waksberg said. "How could I complain about some little...

  • Jewish Studies Popular With Non-Jews Around the World

    By Tom Tugend

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Contrary to widespread fears of a rising global wave of anti-Semitism, "we, as Jews, have many more friends than we think we have," said professor Lawrence H. Schiffman, president of the Association of Jewish Studies, which recently held its 34th annual meeting in Los Angeles.

    The...

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  • A Year to Remember

    By Rob Eshman

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I once had a history teacher who was ambivalent about dates. Before a test, an anxious student would invariably ask whether we'd need to remember what year an event happened.

    He'd wave off the question, "Just remember the big ones."

    Don't you get the feeling 2003 will be a Big One?...

  • Reality For Campus Ills

    By Chaim Seidler-Feller

    December 19, 2002 | 7:01 pm

    During the past year, if you were to mention the campus to anyone involved in Jewish life, you would surely elicit a response that was a mixture of anxiety, contempt and anger.

    Headlines screamed with assertions that our universities were hotbeds of anti-Semitism and that Jewish...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    U.S. to Reduce Sinai Presence

    The United States has convinced Israel and Egypt to accept an immediate cut in the American presence in the Sinai, JTA has learned. According to an Israeli official, the United States will continue to lead the Multinational Force and Observers --...

  • Before the Beit Din

    By Jennifer M. Paquette

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I feel naked before the three rabbis of the beit din (Jewish court of law), heretical hairs straying from beneath my slapped-on linen hat. They sit across from us in black suits and black hats, black notebooks concealed, perhaps for noting my progress -- and Ted's -- along this black...

  • Blessed With Talents

    By Abby Gilad

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Everybody's good at something. The trick is to discover what it is. In Parshat Vayechi, Jacob blesses each of his 12 sons. They each receive a blessing that is appropriate to their skills. Judah is blessed with leadership, for from him will be born kings. Benjamin is told he is a...

  • Intifada Put Aside in Slaying of Two Girls

    By Helen Schary Motro

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Two child murders in Israel pushed all else off the Israeli news. The intifada, next month's elections, the souring economy and soaring poverty levels, all were forgotten by a country obsessed with the almost simultaneous disappearance of two girls in Jerusalem -- one Jewish, the...

  • Living Part Is Key for Brody

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    On a bitterly cold day in February 2001, actor Adrien Brody struggled to scramble over a wall into a nightmarish moonscape of a destroyed city.

    It was the first day of production of Roman Polanski's powerful Holocaust drama, "The Pianist," based on Wladyslaw Szpilman's 1946 memoir,...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday

    So lovely is that scene of Gene Kelly skipping along, Arthur Freed song in his heart, umbrella in his hand, that it's become a part of our cultural memory. In honor of "Singin' in the Rain's" 50th anniversary, Warner Bros. Classics has digitally restored the sound and...

  • A Graceless Will?

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Is Jewish the new gay? That's how it's looking this season on NBC's "Will and Grace." Grace's (Debra Messing) romance with hunky Jewish doctor Leo Markus (Harry Connick Jr.) has been a source of conflict between her and gay best friend, Will (Eric McCormack), ever since Leo rode in...

  • Will Lieberman Run?

    By Matthew E. Berger

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Can a Jew become president of the United States? We may soon find out.

    Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) is expected to announce his candidacy for president next month. A declaration seems more likely following former Vice President Al Gore's revelation Sunday that he would not seek...

  • Builder to Fashion a Lofty Downtown

    By Marc Ballon

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Mark Weinstein can barely contain his excitement. Standing on the roof of a historic downtown building in the heart of the Fashion District, the boyish-looking developer points to a group of surrounding structures, his voice rising with excitement.

    Where the untrained might see...

  • Antwerp’s Diamonds, Jews Are Forever

    By Annette Bishop

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    If you own a diamond, you can be 80 percent sure it's been to Antwerp, Belgium, at some point in its life. Perhaps it was graded there in the heart of ancient Europe -- or ground, polished, valued, bought or sold there.

    Diamonds might be everlasting, but there is another fascinating...

  • Politics on Rye

    By James Besser

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Nationally, the big question is whether Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) can parlay his strong performance on the 2000 campaign trail into primary wins if he runs for the presidency in 2004. Locally, the big question is this: corned beef or pastrami?

    Lieberman is just one of the...

  • Community Briefs

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Spielberg Donates $1 Million to Aid Israel

    Producer-director Steven Spielberg pledged $1 million to aid Israeli terrorism victims and has named five Israeli and U.S. organizations as the initial recipients of the grant. Spielberg's Righteous Persons Foundation cited the...

  • Vote Scandal Could Cost Likud Election

    By Leslie Susser

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Until now, the Israeli election campaign has seemed like a formality: The only question seemed to be how large a majority Likud Party leader Ariel Sharon would win when the ballots were counted.

    Not any more. Pundits say a police investigation into allegations of corruption in the...

  • ‘Dreamers’ Still Hold Hope for Peace

    By Gil Sedan

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Sometimes, they say, hope shines brightest in the darkest hours. Palestinians and Israelis have never been further apart in the past decade, with nearly 3,000 people killed in the two years of the Palestinian intifada.

    Yet "the dreamers," as some call them, are still busy preparing...

  • Check Out the Library’s New Digs

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Sally Hyam didn't mind working on her birthday. A librarian for the last 19 years at the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles (JCLLA), Hyam was actually delighted that some 40 visitors were checking out books and videos at the opening reception celebrating the library's new...

  • Emek CelebratesNew Growth Spurt

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "I got my first mild concussion over there," Yehuda Pollack said with a sentimental chuckle, pointing to the new auditorium window at Emek Hebrew Academy.

    Recounting his ninth-grade days and the perils of tackle football, the 33-year-old former student looks around the new facility...

  • Cruise Vacation Worth the Weight

    By Tom Tugend

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Here's a tip to non-Jewish travelers looking for a low-cost vacation cruise.

    Pick your cruise dates to include the Jewish High Holidays in September or October, because then the ships offer their deepest discounts to fill the empty berths left by the noticeable absence of Jewish...

  • Your Letters

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A 'Final' Decision

    I have never written a letter to the editor, but I feel motivated to break 30 years of silence because I was publicly humiliated by a former friend, Marshall Grossman ("A 'Final' Decision Courts Trouble," Dec. 13). He called me "jealous" and a "failure." The...

  • Harder Choices

    By Rob Eshman

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Little noted amid the full-frontal assault on Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott's (R-Miss.) latest sensationalistic folly was President George W. Bush's move to ease the flow of federal dollars to faith-based charities.

    Bush's Dec. 12 executive order implemented key elements of his...

  • Arab Accountability

    By Loolwa Khazzoom

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When people hear about the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, they assume that Israelis are white, European oppressors and that Palestinians are indigenous people of color being taken over and kicked out of their native home. The familiar script of European racism and...

  • The Matzah Bull

    By Carin Davis

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Christmas Eve 2001. Bing Crosby's on my radio, Jimmy Stewart's on my television and I'm on my couch.

    I usually find a night with my remote pretty satisfying, but tonight it's not hitting the spot. Tonight I'm feeling grumpy, disheartened and a little bit lonely.

    It just seems like...

  • Persian Jews Protest Recent INS Tactics

    By Tom Tugend

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Members of the Persian Jewish community in Los Angeles are accusing the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service of mistreatment during a federally mandated registration of certain groups of immigrants.

    "We know of some Iranian-born Jews who are being held under subhuman...

  • Power of a Blessing

    By Rabbi Naomi Levy

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    If you were told that you had only a matter of days to live what would you do?

    Write out a will? Eat your favorite meal? Try to repair troubled relationships? In our Torah portion this Shabbat, Jacob knows he is dying. Faced with this knowledge, there is only one thing he wants to...

  • ‘West Wing’-ing It

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Aaron Sorkin has opened his mind to Jewish culture. It's evidenced in the recent Yiddish-language opener of the Dec. 11 Christmas episode of the "The West Wing," with a 1950s scene of three men in topcoats -- who belonged to the Jewish mob.

    "I'm not in the community enough," said...

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