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  • Meeting Dr. Soulmate

    By Teresa Strasser

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Somehow, the universe knows. It knows when you have on a fresh coat of MAC lipgloss, some cute heels you got on sale at Charles David and clean hair that's looking halfway decent. It knows. That's the night you won't meet anyone.

    If a principle is true, then so is its opposite,...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday

    Conflicted, critical and accused of self-hatred, you could call William Kentridge the Phillip Roth of the art world. His works, ranging from films to charcoal drawings, focus on two characters, Soho Eckstein and his alter-ego, Felix Teitlebaum. The white Jewish characters...

  • Coincidence? I Think Not

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When two friends who are torn apart by the Holocaust discover nearly 40 years later that they live in the same New York neighborhood, some would call it "coincidence."

    Yitta Halberstam and Judith Leventhal call it a "small miracle."

    The two friends have taken the "small miracle"...

  • Let Them Eat Cake

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Birthday parties. Bat mitzvahs. Weddings. Anniversaries. While so much of daily life in Israel has changed -- or stopped -- due to the security situation, life does go on: children celebrate birthdays, teenagers become b'nei mitzvah and couples marry.

    In these bitter times in Israel,...

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  • Museum Man

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Every day for several decades, Irving Belfer has gone into the kitchen of his Burbank home. In what he has dubbed "The Factory," Belfer, with no tools -- save for pocket knives and Elmer's glue -- toils away using plywood pieces. After a few months, sometimes up to a year later, he...

  • Jewish Groups Make Housing Affordable

    By Mike Levy

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The numbers are discouraging for anyone who does not own a home. Every month, California's housing prices seem to set new records. The state has the third lowest rate of home ownership in the country. Housing prices put pressure on rents, which rise even as stock-derived income,...

  • Born in East L.A.

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The East L.A. community of Boyle Heights has always been a neighborhood dominated by immigrants. Today, it's a poor Hispanic neighborhood. But Hershey Eisenberg, 75, remembers a different Boyle Heights: It was during the Great Depression, when the community was poor and Jewish, but...

  • ‘United We Flourish’

    By Andrea Adelson

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Putting his own twist on a frequently invoked slogan, Lou Weiss, the newly elected president of Orange County's

    Jewish Federation, intends to make inclusiveness a priority during his tenure.

    Rather than "united we stand," Weiss is adopting the motto, "united we flourish." His other...

  • Merit and Mazel

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I'll be 54 this weekend. Not for me the modesty of hidden age. I'll take my years, gladly, as I'm given them.

    My mother's age was 29 for more than a dozen years. My brother was amazed when he overheard her tell a friend that her upcoming birthday party was to celebrate her 50th.

    But...

  • Terror on Campus

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    July 31 was the last day of Ulpan, the six-week Hebrew class at Jerusalem's Hebrew University's Rothberg School for Overseas Students. Most of the students studying, lunching and lounging on the Mount Scopus campus that day were not Israelis. They were Americans, Canadians, South...

  • Exhibit Features Trauma-Inspired Art

    By Andrea Adelson

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Surviving a near-fatal auto accident deepened the realism in the work of Buena Park artist Carol Goldmark. Her renderings of flowers, previously painted in full bloom as a metaphor for beauty, now are depicted across the floral lifespan -- newly formed clenched buds to withering...

  • Your Letters

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Support for Israel

    While it was gratifying to see the discussion of creative and generous support for Israel ("Supporting Israel," July 2002), we call to your attention that the Jewish Federation Israel Emergency Campaign was not included. In the first six weeks since this special...

  • Higher Learning

    By Rob Eshman

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    To begin to understand the "strategy" behind killing innocent college students, visit the part of Mt. Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem that one rabbi there calls, "the burial area for the nation's unborn victims."

    There you will find the graves of women who, at nine-months pregnant, were...

  • ‘It Was Chaos’

    By Eric Silver

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    David Kosak, a 35-year-old rabbinical student from the University of Judaism, was lunching with classmates at Hebrew University's Frank Sinatra cafeteria on Wednesday when the bomber struck.

    "All of a sudden there was a big explosion, lots of smoke, flaming objects flying in the...

  • Meetings With Meaning

    By Ilene Schneider

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Singles frustrated with superficial dating encounters can find vastly different ways to do something about it.

    Whether it's a seven-minute SpeedDate, a shidduch rooted in tradition or something in between, Jewish singles are meeting and marrying in Orange County.

    Sometimes people...

  • Creating a Sacred Space

    By Elliot Fein

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In 1978, when I first applied to college, I didn't know what I wanted to study as an undergraduate. I left the space blank on the college application form where I was supposed to indicate an intended major. Someone in the admissions office, based on my grade point average and my...

  • Harmonic Convergence

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Singers and lovers of Jewish music will gather in Sepulveda Pass this week for a festival celebrating Jewish choral music of the past and present.

    The first David Nowakowsky International Jewish Choral Festival, which begins Sunday at the University of Judaism (UJ), will present a...

  • What’s That You Say About the West Coast?

    By Mike Levy

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It seems Arabs and Jews in can agree on one thing at least -- a touch of resentment toward East Coast "national" organization headquarters.

    Following its national convention in June, the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)...

  • Be Careful With ‘Terrorism’

    By Salam Al-Marayati

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The LAX shooting on the Fourth of July was another test of Muslim-Jewish relations.

    Some Jewish leaders complained that Los Angeles Muslims did not denounce the shooting. That some people didn't hear it, and then accused Muslims of remaining silent, seems to be a common problem in...

  • Let’s Make a Mitzvah!

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In the nonprofit circles, former "Let's Make a Deal" host Monty Hall has built a reputation for being a "tireless" fundraiser, having helped raised nearly $1 billion over the years for a lengthy roster of charities, Jewish and non-Jewish alike. Yet "tireless" might be too weak an...

  • Jewish Aging Crisis Looms

    By Sharon Samber

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Is the American Jewish community prepared for the aging tidal wave? With the number of Jewish elderly expected to soar over the coming decade, leaders at the national and local levels realize they must move beyond traditional methods of caring for the elderly to develop new plans and...

  • Der Fuhrer on Der Screen

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Adolf Hitler is no stranger to big screen and small. Charlie Chaplin first parodied Adolf Schickelgruber in the 1940 movie "The Great Dictator," and since then Der Führer has become a part of screen history. Mel Brooks poked fun at him in the movie "The Producers" in 1968 which was...

  • Three Little Words

    By Laura Levine

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When the book came in the mail, I lifted it from the Amazon box and gazed at it with pride. There on the cover were three little words that warmed my heart: By Laura Levine.

    I've been a professional writer for more than 35 years, and never have three words meant so much to me.

    ...

  • The Tale of the Allergist’s Mother

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Shirl Bernheim is sitting in her dressing room at the Ahmanson Theatre, her cane tucked in a corner, preparing to transform herself into the hilariously fierce Jewish mama of Charles Busch's hit play, "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife."

    "I'm getting fapitzed," she says an hour before...

  • Community Briefs

    By Journal Staff

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Congressmen: Investigate LAX shooter

    As the family of Victoria Hen, slain in the July 4 attack at Los Angeles International Airport, prepared to mark the end of the sheloshim mourning period with a public memorial service, pressure was increasing on federal authorities to declare...

  • The Dark Side of Israeli L.A.

    By Meir Doron

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    How much do we, the Israeli community, love reading and hearing about success stories of Israelis in America, and about how the Israeli mind comes up with great new inventions. But sometimes we fail to understand that many of these successes were not come by honestly, and that the...

  • Out on a Limb

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Janet Sternburg accomplishes in a phrase what usually takes pages, even books, to describe. She uses the image of the phantom limb -- the phenomenon whereby someone who has lost a limb continues to experience pain even when the limb is no longer attached -- as a metaphor for the...

  • Coming Out of the Dark

    By Keren Engelberg

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Entering the world of Joel Rothberg's art requires courage. His images are often unpleasant, and his current exhibition,"Etched in Darkness: The Graphic Art of Joel Rothberg," is no exception. But while his art is indeed graphic, both in style and in content, it is also quite...

  • The Way of No Way

    By Andrea Adelson

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Drawn in part by the recent movie, "Enough," in which actress Jennifer Lopez uses Krav Maga to even the score against an abusive husband, a long-established Orange County class in self-defense is seeing a jump in popularity.

    Sessions in the self-defense training developed for the...

  • Beyond the Cowboy

    By Tom Tugend

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In the office of John L. Gray, executive director and CEO of the Autry Museum, a large poster of Gary Cooper as the frontier lawman in "High Noon" hangs on the wall.

    Above his sheriff's badge is a small card imprinted with the name of Poland's Solidarity Party, and in his right hand,...

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