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  • Politics at Miss Universe Pageant

    By JTA Staff

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Miss Lebanon is boycotting this year's Miss Universe pageant, saying she will not participate alongside Miss Israel. Yamit Har-Noy, a 20-year-old member of the Israel Defense Force, called Christina Sawaya's decision "very distressing." "It is only a beauty pageant," Miss Israel said of the competition, which took place May 29 in Puerto Rico. "It has nothing to do with politics." -- JTA

  • Parshat Beha’alotcha

    By Abby Gilad

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Israelites complain that they are tired of manna. "That's all we ever get, day in, day out!" God rains so much quail on them that they get sick. Meanwhile, Miriam and Aaron slander Moses' wife, Tzippora, behind her back. When God confronts them, they say: "How come you only talk...

  • Watching Elie

    By Mojdeh Sionit

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I have been here less than two months, from Iran by way of Washington, D.C., and my very first days in Los Angeles are strange and lonely.

    I gravitate toward a nearby public library. In a strange city, it is water in the wilderness. I glance around, and spot something familiar, not...

  • Valley Secession: An Inside Look

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Zev Yaroslavsky has served on the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) since its inception in 1998. This experience, plus eight years as a Los Angeles County supervisor representing both sides of the Santa Monica Mountains, and a councilman before that, has made him one of the...

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  • Defending Shylock

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Since the Holocaust, "The Merchant of Venice" -- which opens Sunday at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum -- has been Shakespeare's most controversial play. The story of Shylock, the moneylender who demands his "pound of flesh," has been lauded by some as humanistic and condemned by...

  • Rules of Engagement

    By Rob Eshman

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The return of suicide bombings following Israel's military campaign in the West Bank demonstrates, among other things, that Israel and its supporters are in this struggle for the long haul.

    And as the time span increases, so does the chance of dissension within the Jewish community.

    ...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Chandra Levy Remembered

    More than 1,200 mourners attending the memorial service for Chandra Levy on Tuesday were greeted by the strains of Hebrew melodies, played by a quartet from the local symphony. As Chandra Levy's family -- parents Robert and Susan and 21-year-old brother Adam...

  • Hero Not Forgotten

    By Tom Tugend

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Almost 58 years after U.S. Army dentist Capt. Benjamin Lewis Salomon was killed defending his aid station against Japanese troops, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the American military's highest decoration, by President Bush.

    Salomon, a Los Angeles native, was 29...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    House Party

    And this is the way ... we rock the house!

    House of Blues Concerts presented Jam Night III, the annual Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles-sponsored music industry fundraiser.

    More than 800 people filled the House of Blues on Sunset to get down while giving it up...

  • Do Fences Make Good Neighbors?

    By Leslie Susser

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Israel may soon become a testing ground for the proposition that good fences make good neighbors.

    As the Palestinians resume the pace and ferocity of their terror onslaught, Israelis increasingly are demanding that their government build a fence between Israel and the West Bank that...

  • Never Say Die

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    While the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA) closes facilities around the Southland, leaders of the North Valley Jewish Community Center (NVJCC) have decided to emulate their big brother in the West Valley and try to take control of their center themselves.

    ...

  • A Matter of Crime

    By Teresa Strasser

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Crime does pay. Wait, no. I pay for crime. That is to say, I pay for books about crime because I can't get enough of serial killers, crime profiling, unsolved murders, exonerating DNA evidence, assassins, date stalkers, maximum-security prisons and forensics.

    You know that...

  • Theater of the Divine

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In Dean Fortunato's stage adaptation of Philip Roth's "The Conversion of the Jews," a kid named Ozzie has a vexing question for his rabbi: "If God created the world in six days, why can't He whip up an Immaculate Conception?" The rabbi retorts: "You'll never get bar mitzvahed if I...

  • Banners Unfurled

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Generals, it is said, are always preparing to fight the last war, and so it also may be for American Jews.

    Middle East terror and Palestinian suicide bombings have roused us to action. The torpor is receding. Except, we can't quite agree on which last war we expect to be fighting:...

  • Secession War: Both Sides Gearing Up

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Valley secession is finally on the ballot, and observers say the Jewish vote may well be a factor that tips the scale either for or against the biggest break away in U.S. history.

    "We tend to constitute about 15 percent of local city voters in municipal elections," said statistician...

  • Eulogies:Saul Pick

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Saul Pick, a Holocaust survivor who developed the Cinerama Dome and built the first high-rise hotel on Sunset Boulevard, died of pneumonia on May 8. He was 85.

    Son Mark Pick, a managing partner of Sunset-Gower Studios, remembers a man of conviction with a generous and passionate...

  • Synagogue’s Biggest Hit

    By Carin Davis

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It's 20-19 in the seventh, two outs, runners on first and third. The unrelenting Valley sun beats down on four-time league champions Temple Judea, who have allowed Kol Tikvah Black to score three runs in the game's final inning and narrow the margin to one. With a clean crack of the...

  • Your Letters

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Curse of Certainty

    As the director of moral education referred to by Alexander Maksik in his recent diatribe about being a teacher at "an Orthodox Jewish school" ("The Curse of Certainty," May 24), I cannot resist the opportunity to offer some personal advice to Maksik and...

  • Community Briefs

    By Journal Staff

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Youth Panel at USC A panel dubbed "Peace in the Mideast:

    Youth Speak Out" will be held at USC on June 5. The roundtable discussion, moderated by KCRW's "Which Way L.A."'s Warren Olney, will feature 10 young adults from throughout Southern California high schools and universities to...

  • Jewish Students Versus Palestinian Supporters

    By Rachel Brand

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Free Zaidi," read signs held by pro-Palestinian students at UC Riverside during an on-campus rally May 22 organized in support of fellow student, Nauman Zaidi, who was imprisoned by Israeli authorities May 10 for entering the Church of the Nativity during the recent standoff in...

  • Earth to Heaven

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A woman in Alcoholics Anonymous once told Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twersky, a leading psychologist, the following story: An old friend of hers, who was still an alcoholic, asked her how long she had been sober. She responded that it was already two years. The friend couldn't believe it and...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    1/SATURDAY

    Amnesty International's screening of the documentary, "The Inner Tour" will certainly stir up some emotion. Filmed in 2000, the Israeli/Palestinian collaboration follows a group of Palestinians from the West Bank on a three-day sightseeing bus tour of Israel. The...

  • If Seeing Is Believing, Who’s Seeing?

    By Akiva Gottlieb

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As an amateur film critic, I pride myself on being able to separate the subject from the art. To paraphrase Roger Ebert, a movie is not about what it's about; it's about how it's about what it's about. In past years, I've enjoyed wonderful films about heroin use, pedophilia and...

  • Second Take

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This is a Los Angeles story, moreover one with a Hollywood ending. But it is also partly a Jewish American tale.

    It is the story of 20 months in the early adult life of Frances Kroll Ring, written in the form of a memoir, "Against The Current." "Last Call," on Showtime last...

  • Recreating Eden

    By Linda Arntzenius

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Shut your eyes. Go on. Now think of Eden. Chances are the image forming in your mind includes a full-frontal Adam and Eve, fig leaves, apple and coiled serpent. Staple icons of the culture? Not in the new interpretation of the "Six Days of Creation" by artist Margaret Handwerker. The...

  • Curious About George

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 30, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    A mischievous monkey named Curious George achieved what millions of people could not: he escaped the Holocaust.

    In the pre-dawn hours of June 14, 1940, German Jews Hans Augusto (H.A.) and Margret Rey fled Paris on a makeshift bicycle, only hours ahead of invading Nazis, carrying the...

  • The Bookstore and the Jew

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "You can say for us," said my rabbis, "that if the rich and important and soul-harassed Jews of the town will come to our synagogues, we will not tell them about God alone but teach them how to fight." -- Ben Hecht in PM newspaper, 1941.

    The war got odd for me the other evening when...

  • Mommy, What Is a Terrorist?

    By Peni Bouskila

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Last month, I boarded a plane to Washington with my 5-year-old daughter, Shira, so that together we could attend what turned out to be the largest gathering of support for Israel in recent decades. Yes, I was the one who made the reservations and booked the tickets, but it was Shira...

  • The Curse of Certainty

    By Alexander Maksik

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On Sept. 12, I walked into my eighth-grade English class determined to talk about what had happened the day before. I asked if anyone had anything to say. A boy with contact lenses and gelled hair raised his hand. "Mr. Maksik, now do you see why I said what I did last year?"

    I teach...

  • The Jewish Earthquake

    By Journal Staff

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Squad that he threw his uniform into a fireplace and burned it.

    "I had gone through two years of grueling training and was very disappointed," the 34-year-old defender for the San Jose Earthquakes said in a phone interview. "But I think more has been made of this incident than it...

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