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  • Stone’s ‘Persona’ Wears Out Welcome

    By Tom Tugend

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In the violence-ridden month of March 2002, which saw the Passover massacre at a Netanya hotel and the siege of Yasser Arafat's compound in Ramallah, filmmaker Oliver Stone traveled to Israel and the West Bank to shoot a documentary on the escalating conflict.

    The result is "Persona...

  • Looking for Truth   in Documentaries

    By Rachel Brand

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A Palestinian boy, about 8 years old, dressed in a red T-shirt and missing his two front teeth, is yelling in Arabic: "I foresee my death and I run toward it. On your life, this is a hero's death and he who seeks the death of a suicide warrior, this is it."

    The scene, which aired on...

  • Home of the Free

    By Joseph Hanania

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The first floor of the building in downtown Paris was shielded by black-tinted glass. It wasn't the clandestine offices of some secret government agency or a gay bar. Rather, it was the synagogue in which my nephew was to be bar mitvahed, with anyone entering the building searched by...

  • Community Briefs

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Making Little Lobbyists

    Call it the "Mini-Me" Mission. When dozens of Jewish activists from the Jewish Public Affairs Committee (JPAC) of California descended on Sacramento last week to lobby state officials, their retinue included a handful of young observers -- very young...

  • Your Letters

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Date Addict

    Amy, it's not some imaginary flaw in your profile that's attracting a lot of "commitment-phobic narcissists" ("True Confessions of a JDate Addict," May 16). There are a lot of commitment-phobic narcissists.

    When guys can expect sex even from nice, religious Jewish...

  • New Leader at City’s Oldest Synagogue

    By Julie G Fax

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Steven Leder was 14, he got into some trouble with the law. Rather than send him to reform school, his parents sent him to a Reform Jewish summer camp in Wisconsin.

    "It was a remarkable place," Leder said. "It was like a kibbutz program -- you build your own tents, grow your...

  • Jerusalem: The center city

    By Abby Gilad

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In 1967, after the Six-Day War, Jerusalem was reunified. This means that until that day in June, half of Jerusalem had been in Jordan, the country next to Israel. So, for 36 years, Jerusalem has been united within the borders of Israel. It is Israel's capital city. But Jerusalem is...

  • Support for Summer CampAddicts

    By Lisa Keys

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It's a sweaty summer day in the city, and the sun -- worthy of a heat-advisory at 9:30 a.m. -- mercilessly scorches the sidewalks as I dodge bus-exhaust fumes, doughnut carts and the tourist masses while making my way to my office cubicle.

    Mentally, however, I'm 700 miles away,...

  • A Jewish Marine’s Letters

    By Gaby Wenig

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    There is a photograph taken in Kuwait of Lance Cpl. Joshua Fine, 23, a Marine reservist, wearing a Notre Dame shirt and holding his rifle. The photo, taken shortly before his unit moved into Iraq, is a curious paradox of college and war: the student as a military man.

    From his...

  • Book Preps Jewish Students for College

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jeff Gabriel knows that when he arrives at the University of Colorado in Boulder this September, connecting to his Jewish roots won't be a priority. As the Calabasas High School senior prepares for college, his primary concern is adjusting to his new lifestyle, while living more than...

  • The Frozen Chosen

    By Rabbi Sheryl Nosan-Blank

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Although my rabbinic colleagues will always go the extra mile to serve their communities, I believe I actually cover the most miles in my commute: Every other month or so, I start my journey at 4:30 a.m. in the North Valley and end it some 10 hours later in a small airport in Juneau,...

  • Classic ‘Nathan’ Takes Modern Turn

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's "Nathan the Wise," now at the Lillian Theater, a bloody war ravages the Middle East. Jerusalem is the flashpoint.

    But the setting isn't modern-day Israel; it's the Third Crusade in 1192.

    If Lessing's 18th-century German classic feels contemporary, it is...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Family Man

    "There are three major religions and they all say the same thing: 'You honor others and you will have others honor just as you do.'"

    So sayeth Spartacus himself -- Kirk Douglas -- during a one-on-one discussion with Rabbi David Wolpe following a benefit screening on...

  • Your Letters

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Holy Boundaries

    In discussing the ordination of homosexuals, [Rabbi] Debra Orenstein's essay ("Holy Boundaries," April 25) goes to the core of Conservative Judaism. As Orenstein notes, both the biblical and the post-biblical sources (until the late 20th century) are uniformly and...

  • Morocco Bombings Shock Emigres

    By Philip Carmel

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    For most Parisian Jews with roots in Casablanca, the news that their home community had been targeted by Islamic terrorists came like a bolt from the blue.

    "Sure, it's happened in every other Arab country, in Egypt, even Tunisia, but we never thought it would happen in Morocco,"...

  • Soldier Survivors of Berga

    By Tom Tugend

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    After the American Army liberated them, the surviving prisoners looked like walking skeletons. They had been beaten, starved, humiliated, forced to dig tunnels under inhuman conditions and prodded through a 150-mile death march.

    A sad, familiar Holocaust story. Except that these...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm


    It's Memorial Day Weekend, perfect timing for Marc Maron and Roy Zimmerman. The comedians wax patriotic tonight with their show, "Homeland Security." But flag-wavers be warned -- these guys are not in the warm and fuzzy, "God Bless America" camp. Maron, with his biting,...

  • Dear Rabbi

    By Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Tattoos and Bar Mitzvah

    Dear Rabbi,

    I am an 18-year-old male who has just recently become more interested in my religion. First, am I too old to have a bar mitzvah? Second, I have a tattoo. What kind of problems does that create with heritage?


    Dear Stan,

    First, mazel tov on...

  • Love and Loyalty

    By Lia del Sesto

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    We would always say that we were the ambassadors of love and happiness, causing people to smile as they passed by us, the chemistry almost touchable.

    At that point, the fact that he was a Jew and I was an Italian Catholic didn't seem to make much difference. We were in love and that...

  • Ozzy’s Father-in-Law Bails Out Synagogue

    By The Manchester Jewish Telegraph

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Rock legend Ozzy Osbourne's father-in-law has intervened in the Higher Crumpsall/Higher Broughton Synagogue row with the Synagogue Council to settle the shul's debt with a burial board.

    Manchester-born Don Arden (formerly Harry Levy), whose sister Eileen Somers is administrator of...

  • Sharon’s Dilemma: Which Peace Move?

    By Leslie Susser

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It has become a familiar equation: Hope for progress toward peace leads not to a drop in Palestinian terror attacks but to their acceleration. Throughout the 1990s, Palestinian terrorists often tried to sabotage the peace process by stepping up their attacks whenever progress seemed...

  • Arab-Israeli Tension, Love Focus of Fest

    By Tom Tugend

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The 19th annual Israel Film Festival will showcase 33 movie features, television films, documentaries and student shorts from the Jewish State from May 28 through June 8.

    CNN talk show host Larry King, Hollywood producer Laura Ziskin ("Spider-Man") and Israeli director Erez Laufer...

  • How to Talk to Your Kids About Death

    By Rabbi Earl A. Grollman

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    These last few months we have seen scenes of bombs falling and troops marching through Iraq. We wish to protect our children from frightening topics, yet they know that a war took place, and that people died in battle. We must discuss death with them now, if we haven't already done...

  • Heschel’s ‘Visionary’ Principal Retiring

    By Jane Ulman

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "You always have to wait for Shirley," the receptionist at Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School announces to the people congregated in the office.

    Inside, Shirley Levine, the school's founder and head, confers with her assistant. She meets briefly with three teachers who have...

  • No One Spared

    By Gil Sedan

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Last Friday on the way to work from Pisgat Ze'ev, my home neighborhood in Jerusalem, I noticed an armed guard standing by bus stop Number 6. At last, I said to myself, people can board a bus in Jerusalem with a sense of security. Two days later, a suicide bomber managed to board bus...

  • Women Directors ‘Reflect’ on Israeli Life

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    After Keren Margalit's boyfriend died in an army-related accident a decade ago, she envisioned the drama that would become "All I've Got," the opening-night film of the 2003 Israel Film Festival. The story revolves around a young woman who loses her boyfriend in a grisly car wreck;...

  • World Briefs

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Al-Qaeda Calls for Attacks on Jews

    Muslims should attack "Crusaders and Jews," an Al-Qaeda leader said on a new audiotape aired by Al-Jazeera. "The crusaders and the Jews only understand the language of murder, bloodshed and of the burning towers," the man said on the tape,...

  • California Jews Lobby for Medi-Cal

    By Marc Ballon

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Nearly 200 Jews descended on Sacramento this week to lobby California's most powerful politicians to protect major programs that serve the poorest and frailest Jews and other Californians from the budget ax.

    Jews from throughout the state, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San...

  • Realty’s Fealty for Jewish Los Angeles

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish philanthropy in Los Angeles can be summed up in three words: "Location, location, location."

    "Real estate gives far more with respect to Jewish causes," said Mark Karlan, chairman of the Real Estate and Construction (REC) Division of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los...

  • Students Seek Justice for Americans in Israel

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Armed with reams of notebook paper and plenty of pens, 600 yeshiva students rallied for legislation that would support American families whose loved ones have died in Israel at the hands of Palestinian terrorists.

    In honor of Yom HaZikaron (the Jewish Day of Remembrance), students...

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