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  • Orthodox Hoopster Skips Big Game for Shabbat

    By Peter Ephross

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Add Tamir Goodman's name to the small Hebrew school sports pantheon.

    Like baseball star Sandy Koufax -- who refused to pitch in the first game of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur -- Goodman refused to compete in a post-season tournament game because it conflicted...

  • An Inspiring Rabbi

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Stephen Tolkin was sitting at his desk, recounting how Rabbi Mark Borovitz became the inspiration for the leading male character on his spiritually themed CBS series, "Kate Brasher."

    About six years ago, he met Borovitz, then about to enter rabbinical school, at the Shabbat dinner...

  • The Tastes of Purim

    By Nili Goldstein

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When breaking the Fast of Esther on the night before Purim, two Middle Eastern Jewish cultures offer particularly interesting entrees. Moroccans begin with Bar-ku-kas, a hot dairy cereal made from couscous, while a Yemeni's first taste is Zome or Zome F'tute, also a hot dairy...

  • Home Repair

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    My brother and I are sitting on the kitchen floor cutting pipe. Actually, he's cutting and I'm criticizing. This combines two venerable family traditions.

    Tradition No. 1: when Alan and I were young and still sharing a bathroom, my father would cut pipe, measure paneling, or hang...

  • Forging Ahead

    By Beverly Gray

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    For the past 37 summers, the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Los Angeles (BJE) has sent high school students to Israel through its pioneering L.A. Ulpan program. This year, that long tradition nearly ended.

    A sharp drop in enrollment, precipitated by the current unrest in...

  • New Coalition Opposes Intermarriage

    By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In the face of widespread popular Jewish acceptance of intermarriage and a sense that the Jewish community's leaders have given up any effort to oppose it, a group of 25 Jewish rabbis, intellectuals, lay leaders and communal affairs professionals is galvanizing to fight for change.


  • An Enabler of Genocide

    By Michael Berenbaum

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Edwin Black's new book, "IBM and the Holocaust" (Crown) has generated significant interest. Full-page advertisements in the New York Times and other prestigious newspapers and interviews on the "Today Show" and other prominent television programs have all been part of its marketing...

  • Estranged Bedfellows

    By Gil Sedan

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Only in Israel would a government minister refrain from singing the national anthem.

    Saleh Tarif, the first Arab appointed to the Cabinet in Israel's history, refused to sing "Hatikvah" during an event at the Tel Aviv fairgrounds at the end of an intensive week of struggle within...

  • Foodaism

    By Rob Eshman

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I once cooked Christmas dinner at the home of a Hollywood star. Her house was decked with green pine boughs and red velvet, and she set out, just for this occasion, a 16-piece set of Villeroy & Boch Christmas-pattern china. (This was in the days when I catered by night to support a...

  • Your Letters

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Presidential Pardon

    Rob Eshman's attack on supposed Jewish hypocrisy is really an attack on Jewish ethics and morals ("Shocked, Shocked," March 2). He confuses the ordinary human frailties of people and organizations with the position of the president of the United States. The...

  • A Purim SOS

    By Judy Zeidler

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Two weeks ago I got an actual SOS from a ship. Tova and Rabbi Zvi Dershowitz, en route to the Philippines on the Holland America cruise ship M.S. Rotterdam, were requesting a Persian Purim menu and recipes for the ship's executive chef.

    Queen Esther was a vegetarian, so the foods...

  • Virtual Schmooze

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    We all hear rumblings about a global community, but a global schmooze? That's just what the Jewish Community Centers of North America, in conjunction with the 92nd Street Y in New York City, propose to execute. Starting on Sun., March 11, the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los...

  • Topsy-Turvy

    By Stuart Schoffman

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    How do you feel about what's going on here in Israel? How do you think you're supposed to feel?

    What's gone on lately in our country has been very confusing for a great many people, not least those of us on the ground. To get a better handle on the matsav -- Hebrew for situation, and...

  • Calendar & Singles

    By Mike Levy

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm



    Temple Isaiah: 9 a.m. Minyan, Torah and nosh informal worship service followed by study session. 9:30 a.m. Tot Shabbat for ages 2-6, with bagel brunch, art and cooking projects. 10345 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 277-2772.


  • The Home Front

    By Larry Derfner

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Standing with the crowd in Netanya where, hours before, a Palestinian suicide bomber had killed three Israelis and himself, local carpenter Ya'acov Ohayon was asked if he thought the public -- the home front -- was ready for more of the same, or worse.

    "Are they ready?" he replied....

  • The Mouse Hawks Mezuzot

    By Bob Andrews

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Looking for the perfect gift for that upcoming wedding or bat mitzvah? If you're in the Anaheim area, you may want to check out Downtown Disney, the new shopping/dining/entertainment complex just outside Disneyland and the new California Adventure park. Make your way to the New...

  • Lighten Up

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    With the demise of the former Soviet Union and the fall of communism in the early '90s, the story of Soviet Jewry's battle for survival appears to be ancient history. Yet one of the truly remarkable books of our time is the autobiography of one of the famous refuseniks, Yosef...

  • A Boil is Lanced in Boyle Heights

    By Sheldon Teitelbaum

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The call came in last Wednesday from one J.R. Durrer, an Encino resident who works in Boyle Heights. Durrer had been heading west up Seventh Street, where he caught a red light at the corner of South Boyle. A glance at the mural on the wall surrounding the auto maintenance shop to...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Putting the Mitzvah in Bat Mitzvah

    Steven Spielberg had his amazing stories, and now we have ours. On Jan. 27, Danielle Goldberg enjoyed her bat mitzvah at Temple Beth Haverim in Agoura Hills. Danielle stood before a congregation that included brother Josh, 15, twin sisters...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Mike Levy

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    10 Saturday

    Hold on to that Purim spirit of dressing up and learn a bit about Israeli history today when historical impressionist Peter M. Small performs as Golda Meir. Small, who lived in Israel for six years, returned to the U.S. to teach history and developed his impressions as...

  • Santa Barbara Mourns Victims

    By Mike Levy

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    On March 2, as Shabbat drew near, Rabbi Stephen Cohen, Hillel chaplain at University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), waited for the parents of Ruth and Albert Levy so he could say "Kaddish" and pray with them, as he has done for much of the past week. Since the previous Friday...

  • Looking Right and Left

    By Naomi Segal

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Prime Minister-elect Ariel Sharon was expected to present his new government for Knesset approval on Wednesday, after the fervently Orthodox Shas Party signed a coalition agreement that gives Sharon a parliamentary majority.

    Sharon has signed up several major and minor parties in the...

  • On Jewish Liberalism—and Power

    By David N. Myers

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Several weeks ago, the eminent Harvard sociologist Nathan Glazer, one of the renowned New York intellectuals chronicled in the film "Arguing the World," came to town for a lecture and seminar at UCLA. The question that Glazer raised in his appearance in Los Angeles reflected the...

  • Whom Pardons Are “Made For”

    By Tom Tugend

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The list of pardons granted by President Clinton on his last day in office included fugitive financier Marc Rich and convicted drug dealer Carlos Vignali -- and then there was Al Schwimmer.

    Nobody has paid much attention to the pardon for the 83-year-old former smuggler and...

  • Get a Life

    By Teresa Strasser

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Girl meets boy. Girl falls in love with boy. Girl stops returning her friend's phone calls. Girl's world narrows. Girl loses boy. Girl starts calling her friends again. Girl meets another boy.

    A pattern emerges.

    It's obvious, really. I just never noticed it until my boyfriend gave me...

  • Reality-Based Schooling

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    One of the most engrossing reality-based television shows is the thrice-weekly KLCS public broadcasting program, "Conversation with Roy Romer." Unlike "Survivor" and "Temptation Island," where contestants wearing cruise and safari garb compete against each other and the weather,...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Mike Levy

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    3 Saturday

    Dr. Deborah Lipstadt offers her perspectives on her five-year battle against Holocaust denier David Irving, ultimately achieving a victory in a British courtroom against that destructive revisionist history. The Brandeis-Bardin Institute (BBI) lecture program also...

  • Golden-Aged Tell-All

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The scene: Avenue of the Stars, Century City.

    The characters: A few older men in a Park Hyatt suite.

    The action: They kibbitz

    Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is here from Atlanta to interview Golden Age Hollywood figures for an oral history, the Turner Classic Movies Archive Project....

  • The Almanac: What is Purim?

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    What it is:

    As told in the biblical Book of Esther, the Purim story recounts how Haman, the chief minister to King Ahasuerus, plotted to destroy the Jews of Persia. In Shushan, capital of Persia, Haman cast lots (purim) that fixed the date of the Jews' doom to 13 Adar. Esther, the...

  • One on One With Joel Wachs

    By Sheldon Teitelbaum

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    He says he's 61, but you wouldn't know it either to look at him or the paper-shrouded desk in his downtown office. After half a life crusading, his batteries retain their charge even as his office space threatens to succumb to the ever-encroaching mudslide of municipal files. I am...

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