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  • Daddy Track

    By Michael Levin

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    My daughter turned 4 weeks old today. She has never heard of the State of Israel, the book of Deuteronomy, Albert Einstein, Shawn Green, Joe Lieberman, the Holocaust, Golda Meir, Yasser Arafat, the Western Wall, God, or, I suspect, her father.

    It's such an extraordinary thing to hold...

  • End in Sight

    By Tom Tugend

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Establishment of a $4.2 million humanitarian fund to aid needy Holocaust survivors in California has been delayed by bureaucratic snafus for almost a year, but there are strong hopes that the fund will finally be operative by the end of the year.

    An agreement by three Dutch insurance...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Mike Levy

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm


    Israel Horovitz's dark, absurdist comedy "Line," the longest-running play in New York's off-off-Broadway history (25 years and counting), begins a Saturday late-night run tonight at West Coast Ensemble. The story follows five characters waiting for an unspecified event, as...

  • Reflecting on Rabin

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League:

    "Yitzhak Rabin left Israel with a twin, interconnected legacy that remains even more relevant today than in his lifetime. First is the need for Israel to be strong - militarily, politically, psychologically - because...

  • Remembering Rabin

    By Peter Hirschberg

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Sharon was always inspired by Yitzhak Rabin. Twenty-three when she moved to Israel from the United States in 1980, she went to peace rallies and rejoiced when Rabin won in 1992. A year later she exulted over the Oslo peace breakthrough.

    After Rabin was shot to death by a Jewish...

  • Why is this election different from all other elections?

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Campaign 2000's white noise of candidates, pundits and paid advertisements has all but drowned out one important set of facts: What's really at stake in this election?

    The polls have one answer, but the voters - Mr. and Ms. Average Citizen - seem to have another. For that, The Journal...

  • Fall Film Festivals

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Fall is here, and with it a harvest of Jewish cinema. Two film festivals are offering sneak peeks of the best Jewish movies of the year. There's an engaging assortment of features, documentaries, revivals and short films - some 30 in all - many of them personal stories of the...

  • Letters to the Editor

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    School Vouchers

    In response to Sue Stengel and Connie Rice's article ("Private Schools: 'Many Who Apply Will Not Be Admitted,'" Oct. 27) against school vouchers, I would like to agree with them that not all of those who apply to private schools will be accepted. There just aren't...

  • Vienna’s first Holocaust museum

    By Edward Serotta

    November 2, 2000 | 6:59 pm

    For a country that has had more than a few problems facing its past, the decision to build Vienna's first Holocaust museum came almost easily.

    It was the follow-through that was difficult, time-consuming and controversial.

    Vienna's Holocaust Memorial in the inner city's Judenplatz was...

  • Signs of Love

    By Susan Josephs

    November 2, 2000 | 6:59 pm

    Esther has been dreaming about Jake for four years. So when he finally asked her out, she did not hesitate to say yes. It no longer mattered that he lived in Miami and did not lead an Orthodox Jewish life. Though she hated to think of leaving New York City and wanted to make sure...

  • Bevy of Jewish-Directed Films

    November 2, 2000 | 6:59 pm

    Bevy of Jewish-Directed Films

    They're hot, they're Jewish, and they all have new movies out this weekend. At your local cineplex, you'll find four films directed by Jewish filmmakers: There's "Requiem for a Dream," the latest from stylish filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, a bleak,...

  • Healthy Future

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Smiling at the memory of being asked to serve as chairman of the board of City of Hope, Jack Suzar confides, "They caught me in one of the weakest points of my life."

    He had just spent two weeks in bed with a case of pneumonia. Whether despite or because of his weakened condition,...

  • The Novice

    By Amanda Hesser

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It is called Pilates, and I had been hearing about it for some time but dismissed it as a faddish '90s workout. It fit the mold perfectly: It had the requisite exotic name (pronounced puh-LAH-tees), you had to go to a gym to do it, and celebrities hailed it as a miracle workout that...

  • Facing Truths

    By David N. Myers

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Having just learned that a cousin serving in the Israel Defense Forces was wounded in action, I find it painful, but necessary to speak out. The latest convulsions of violence have pushed Israelis and Palestinians closer to the brink of mutual destruction. Meanwhile, in the United...

  • Health Briefs

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Power Suit

    In the prayer-filled world of neuromuscular rehabilitation, Euromed's Adeli suit is the hot new therapy. Developed for the Soviet cosmonaut program, the suits, which employ a series of elastic bands that correspond to the body's musculature, have been used since 1994 for...

  • Private Schools: “Many Who Apply Will Not Be Admitted”

    By Sue Stengel

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Since August, all of us have been the targets of television advertisements supporting and opposing Proposition 38. No doubt proponents of the initiative will be quick to use the results of a recent Harvard University study that found an improvement in academic achievement of some...

  • Sounds of Healing

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Half of Tina Feiger's family fled from there in 1938. Barbara Ravitz became so anxious on a visit there in 1969 that she hasn't been back since. Sherri Lipman, like so many American Jews, has never been there.

    On Nov. 25, they will be in Germany, part of a huge, largely Jewish choral...

  • Required Reading

    By Rob Eshman

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    So now what? Does Israel dig in and prepare itself for a state of escalating, interminable siege? Does it try to get back to the negotiating table with Yasser Arafat? Does it do both?

    Among the millions of words pouring out over the conflict of late, I found two pieces uniquely...

  • Mr. Oslo

    By Eric Silver

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Uri Savir may not have won a Nobel Peace Prize, but far more than the three national leaders who did, he is Mr. Oslo. For three long months in 1993, the then director-general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry sat secretly in the Norwegian capital and hammered out an agreement with the...

  • Hoop Dreams Do Come True

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Gabriel Elias vividly remembers his frustration as a teenager not being able to participate in intramural sports because games fell on Shabbat.

    As the spiritual leader of the Hillcrest-area Congregation Mogen David tells The Journal, "I swore to myself that I would give the...

  • Behind the Scenes

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Every Jew in Los Angeles cheered when Holocaust denier David Irving lost his libel suit against author and historian Deborah Lipstadt this year. But the actual proceedings against the former UCLA professor remained shrouded in mystery (cameras aren't allowed inside British courts).

  • The Hope Deficit

    By James D

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Since the latest spasm of Mideast violence began almost a month ago, American Jewish leaders have been getting together for almost daily conference calls.

    The teleconferences follow a standard format: the machers talk about how to defend Israel in the media and how to deal with an...

  • A Beacon of Hope

    By David Evanier

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Carlanna is a young woman who was paralyzed in a car accident in high school. She is now a producer with the "Judge Judy" show. Alex is a qualified doctor from the Ukraine who cannot work in his profession here. He is now a highly successful radiology technician. Irene was a newly...

  • A Time to Mull

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    So it turns out that the Arabs of Judea and Samaria really hate the guts out of us Jews.

    For seven years, Israel had been engaging in confidence-building steps. Israel even gave Yasser Arafat weapons to build a police force and agreed to patrol in "joint Israeli-Palestinian patrols"...

  • Balancing Acts

    By David Landau

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Prime Minister Ehud Barak and opposition leader Ariel Sharon are trying to get their respective parties to join a national unity government before the Knesset begins its winter session Monday.

    They are calling it a "government of national emergency" and insisting that the ongoing...

  • “Public Schools Are Today’s Door to Assimilation”

    By Rabbi David Eliezrie

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Jewish community, along with the rest of the citizens of California, have a chance to change the educational destiny of the their children in the upcoming election. Appearing on the ballot is a voucher initiative that will enable parents to choose the school that best fits the...

  • Varied on Vouchers

    By Beverly Gray

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Though many Jewish organizations, including The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Bureau of Jewish Education, prefer to remain officially neutral on Proposition 38, their members often have strong emotions pro and con.

    Dr. Ron Reynolds, director of school services for...

  • The Contender

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It is three weeks before Election Day. Doctor and candidate Sid Gold sits in a booth at Jerry's Famous Deli in Woodland Hills and orders a large breakfast. He looks like he could use refueling. The 57-year-old father of four is running a difficult campaign against Rep. Howard "Buck"...

  • A Lesson Plan From Israel

    By Diane Arieff

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In our hardwired global village, the old curse "May you live in interesting times," has particular resonance. For local educators, the recent clashes between Israelis and Palestinians have made these past few weeks interesting times indeed. As events continue to unfold thousands of...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Mike Levy

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm


    Washington D.C.-based political comedy troupe The Capitol Steps "put the mock in democracy" with 20 albums worth of satirical songs, from the mid-'80s fun of "We Arm the World" to their most recent, "It's Not Over 'Til the First Lady Sings." The group performs more than 500...

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