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  • The Lost Bird

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Yvette Melanson is a woman who might say the Sh'ma before going to sleep, and in the morning light whisper the Navajo prayer, "May I walk happily and lightly on the earth." Both are deeply felt, authentic expressions of her soul. As she explains, "I know that I'm Jewish. I feel...
  • A Holiday Tool Kit

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    As Rabbi Stewart Vogel of Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills sees it: "For many people, the fulfillment of the biblical injunction 'You shall afflict your soul' means simply coming to High Holiday services."

    It is true that for some Jews at this time of year, the issue of repentance...

  • Ten Days of Atonement

    By Jamie Pachino

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A year after my father's unexpected death from a kidney transplant, I returned home.

    Six months earlier, my mother had sold our house, the one I had lived in my entire life. The synagogue was the same. The family was the same. Their friends were the same.

    Only one thing was different....

  • Ten Ways to Make the High Holidays Meaningful

    By Ann Molin

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Dipping apples in honey, blowing the shofar, gathering together as a family -- these parts of the High Holidays appeal to most children. But to only teach our children about the customs surrounding Rosh Hashanah is to give them just one part of the story. The more difficult aspect of...

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  • Orthodox Community Protests Police Shooting

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Hundreds of strictly Orthodox Jews took to the streets of Brooklyn, N.Y., this week to protest the fatal shooting by police officers of an emotionally disturbed member of the community.

    The shooting victim, Gary Busch, 31, was felled by a hail of bullets Aug. 30 after he attacked a...

  • Chabad 1999: Here, There and Everywhere

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Backstage at Chabad Telethon '99, Jon Voight was like the Beatles song -- "Here, There and Everywhere." One moment, the erstwhile "Midnight Cowboy" was huddling in a corner with a telethon point person, putting last-minute touches on a speech. Moments later, he was hovering around...
  • Hitler’s Olympics

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The 1936 Olympics were grand spectacles both as sports and propaganda events, whose political ramifications are given full exposure in a striking exhibit, organized by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, at San Diego's Hall of Champions.

    The games were awarded to a then-democratic...

  • The Sound of Yontif

    By Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    I forgot to blow the shofar this morning. No, it's not quite Rosh Hashanah and I haven't missed this year's round challah or apples dipped in honey. But there is a tradition of beginning every morning during the month of Elul, the Jewish month preceding Rosh Hashanah, with the sound...

  • Beyond Puppets and Cookies

    By Beverly Gray

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Eleven-year-old Katie Zeisl, who attends Hebrew School at Adat Ari El, knows that the High Holidays are a time to "tell God I'm really sorry and I'll try not to do it again." But she's skeptical about making promises she may not be able to keep, and she has little use for her...

  • The Havana Jewish Social Club

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    My husband and I arrived in Havana in the early hours of Sunday morning; we had flown to Cuba via Tijuana to spend a week exploring and, hopefully, to find someone in the Jewish community to speak with. Although the majority of Cuban Jews had fled to the United States and Israel...

  • A Jew from Nogales

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Fred Rochlin can't understand all the fuss over his monologue, "Old Man in a Baseball Cap," about his adventures during World War II.

    "I'm not an actor," he insists. "I'm an old guy."

    Never mind Rochlin's invitation to the renowned Louisville arts festival; his residency at the...

  • The Year of the Bizarre

    By Daniel Kurtzman

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    From the beginning, there were clear indications of the kind of year that lay ahead.

    As the Days of Awe approached last September, President Clinton reached for a High Holidays prayer book and turned to the Yom Kippur liturgy in his search for the right words of contrition following...

  • Lessons From ‘My Jewtor’

    By Teresa Strasser

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    We're about the same age and, from a distance, it almost looks like we could be sisters. But that's where the similarities end between Melissa and me.

    Melissa is what I call "My Jewtor," a woman assigned to me by a local rabbi to tutor me about Judaism. For months now, I've been...

  • Our Gang

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A reputed gangster who calls himself "a simple Jew from Kiev" has emerged as the central suspect in an international bank-fraud probe that investigators term the biggest money-laundering case in history.

    The case involves an apparent scheme by Russian mobsters to launder billions of...

  • History’s Children

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A rush of stories in the press this week about the past.

    First, innocuously enough, music. Zubin Mehta, I read, brings the Israeli Philharmonic to Weimar, Germany to join forces with the Bavarian State Orchestra in a concert that clearly is about something more than music. Just before...

  • Nation/World Briefs

    By Daniel Kurtzman

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    From the beginning, there were clear indications of the kind of year that lay ahead.

    As the Days of Awe approached last September, President Clinton reached for a High Holidays prayer book and turned to the Yom Kippur liturgy in his search for the right words of contrition following...

  • The Year Ahead

    By Rahel Musleah

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Tahel shanah u-virkhoteha! Let the new year begin with all its blessings. With this hearty declaration, the Rosh Hashanah feast begins in my home. But, like many families of Sephardic and Mizrahi (Eastern) origin, we don't actually eat the meal until we have recited many blessings in...

  • Valley Torah Breaks New Ground

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Valley Torah High School, the only Jewish high school located in the San Fernando Valley, is getting a new home. Faculty, staff and students along with their families gathered Aug. 29 to celebrate the ground-breaking for the new boy's division on Chandler Boulevard, which organizers...

  • Off the Air

    By Avi Machlis

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    To Israel Radio's ear, the Reform and Conservative message "There's more than one way to be Jewish" may be too "ideologically controversial."

    The decision to delay the movements' ads prompted threats from the liberal Jewish streams that they will petition the Supreme Court against...

  • An Early Face Lift

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    On the north side of the Skirball Cultural Center, two dozen construction workers shout to each other over the roar of the 405 Freeway. They handle jackhammers and operate bulldozers amid huge piles of building materials. A crane several stories tall towers above the construction...

  • Furrow Enters Innocent Plea

    By Tom Tugend

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A judge entered an innocent plea for Buford O. Furrow Jr. at the white supremacist's arraignment in federal court Monday.

    Furrow has allegedly confessed to killing U.S. postal worker Joseph Ileto and to a shooting spree at the North Valley Jewish Community Center, in which five...

  • To Live and Die in West Beirut

    By Tom Tugend

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There have been a few Israeli films that dealt with relationships between Arabs and Jews (among them the superb prison drama "Beyond the Walls"), but rarely do we see an Arab movie that tells the story from the perspective of the "other side."

    If only to fill that gap, the screening...

  • A Sea Change Ahead?

    By David Landau

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Will 5759 be remembered as a year of radical change in the course and direction of Israel's history, or merely as a year when the government changed hands after an election and life went on much as it did before?

    The answer, as 5760 begins, is that the jury is still out. But if...

  • Peace by Fits and Starts

    By James D

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Despite the usual last-minute posturing, complaining and maneuvering in the region, administration officials prepared for Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's Mideast trip this week confident Israel and the Palestinians will sign an agreement that will lay out implementation of...

  • Relief Is in Sight

    By Gil Sedan

    September 2, 1999 | 7:59 pm

    A middle-aged man climbed up to the cabin of a crane and drew the operator's attention to a small suitcase on top of a pile of rubble left by last month's killer earthquake in Turkey.

    "Can you get it for me?" he pleaded. "Please, it's very important."

    The huge arm of the crane pulled...

  • Hardly a Garden of ‘Eden’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In Hollywood pitch meetings, in discussions with theater producers, the question is always the same for Jennifer Maisel: What's a nice Jewish girl from Long Island doing, writing dark, twisted material like this?

    Maisel, who's been described as "David Lynch with estrogen," explores...

  • Rock for the Ages

    By Scott Benarde

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In 1995, while on the Florida leg of a concert tour, Bob Dylan walked into Temple Beth El in West Palm Beach and attended Yom Kippur services. You would have thought Elijah had come through the door as worshipers who recognized him did double takes. Say what you want about Bob...

  • The Man in the Middle

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Michael Melchior of Jerusalem has one heck of a job ahead of him.

    Newly appointed to Ehud Barak's Cabinet, he's got the unenviable assignment of trying to make Jews get along with each other. His official title, minister for social and world Jewish affairs, says it all. "Social"...

  • Community Briefs

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • Furrow, Security and Hate

    By Tom Tugend

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Buford O. Furrow Jr. will be tried first in federal court on charges of murdering a U.S. postal carrier. The state trial of the confessed gunman for the alleged shooting spree at the North Valley Jewish Community Center will be delayed until after the federal case is concluded.

    A...

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