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  • Beyond the Kitchen

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A roomful of women come together on a chilly December evening in Southern California. They eat, they laugh, they talk. One woman stands up and tells everyone that she learned how to say, "No." Her announcement is met with applause. Another stands up and says how happy she is that she...

  • The Man Behind the JDL

    By Tom Tugend

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In the FBI's dossier he is listed as Irving David Rubin, 56, a self-described conservative Republican, Air Force veteran, married for 21 years and the father of two children.

    To everyone else he is Irv Rubin, chairman of the Jewish Defense League, an acute embarrassment to most...

  • Your Letters

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    JCC Closures

    The organized Jewish community uses its most needy members to raise money. Elderly, low-income and disabled Jews are featured in ads to attract donations. But it seems that when push comes to shove, these are not the folks whose needs are cared for by the powers that...

  • Goodman Quits Team

    By The Baltimore Jewish News

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Star basketball player Tamir Goodman ended his career at Towson University in Baltimore last week, when the school took the side of the head coach in a dispute that ended with Goodman's resigning from the team.

    The incident that sparked this took place after Towson beat Morgan State...

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  • Sharon: No More Words

    By David Landau

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Trick or treat? That slightly out-of-season challenge reflects Israeli reaction to Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat's dramatic call on his people for "a complete stop to all armed activities, especially the suicide attacks."

    Analysts noted that it was Arafat's strongest...

  • Follies

    By Rob Eshman

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In the solar system of Jewish life, Irv Rubin is Pluto.

    The man accused of conspiring to plant a pipe bomb at a mosque and at the office of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-48) has long operated at the distant edges of greater Los Angeles' Jewish population that numbers some 600,000.

    If you...

  • He Mines the Mannerisms

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Don't tell Elliott Gould his hysterically shticky "Ocean's Eleven" character Ruben Tischkoff, is a negative Jewish stereotype. Sure, Tischkoff -- wearing a gauche gold Magen David -- says "schmuck" a lot and forks out bucks to finance the con in the Las Vegas heist flick.

    But then...

  • A Look Back

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When I was 16, my family moved from Santa Monica to Sacramento. I had just finished my first year at Santa Monica High School and had been selected to play drums with the school's jazz band in the Hollywood Bowl (which I did the night before we moved). I was certainly not looking...

  • Terrorists or Fall Guys?

    By Mike Levy

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The Bust

    Tuesday, Dec. 11, 9:45 p.m.

    Jewish Defense League (JDL) Chairman Irv Rubin had just finished dinner at Jerry's Famous Deli in Encino and was en route to his Monrovia home, when law enforcement officers pulled him over and placed him under arrest.

    Shortly before, his dinner...

  • Living the Chai Life

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    They're celebrating the fourth night of Chanukah at the Chai Teen and Youth Center, and, to put it mildly, this joint is jumping.

    Nearly two dozen teenagers fill the huge recreation room, with its gaming tables lined up two by two, like the animals on Noah's Ark. Some kids play air...

  • Destination: Strasbourg

    By Anthea Gerrie

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    It's not every day a grown woman gets her cheeks pinched by another woman who's tickled pink to see her eating, but then Yvonne Haller is no ordinary French restaurateur.

    She's one of the handful of honorary Jewish mothers -- actually elegantly coifed and no doubt WASPy grande dames...

  • 7 Days

    By Solange Borna

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, Dec. 22

    The famous atom was derived from the work of two brilliant physicists, Werner Heisenberg and Niels Bohr. During World War II, the two who had once worked so close together were now on opposite sides of the war. "Copenhagen" is the riveting play that illustrates...

  • JFS Picks Up Several JCC Services

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Effective Jan. 1, Jewish Family Service (JFS) will take over some key JCC services -- SOVA Kosher Food Pantry, Israel Levin Senior Adult Center, and Westside JCC's Social Day Care Center for seniors and people with disabilities. At the annual JCCGLA meeting, Jewish Federation...

  • The Race for Resolution

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA) on Monday announced an emergency plan to restructure their organization in an attempt to keep an uninterrupted JCC presence in Los Angeles.

    While Bay Cities JCC, Valley Cities JCC, North Valley JCC and Silverlake JCC are...

  • U.S. Terror Victims

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The U.S. State Department will now include American victims of Palestinian terror on its Rewards for Justice Program, which offers "substantial monetary rewards"for information leading to the arrest or conviction of people responsible for acts of terrorism.

    The government's decision...

  • Schmoozapalosers

    By Carin Davis

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Like a pareve partygoer in a world of milk and meat, I'm traipsing between two distinct December traditions. While I don't belong in Christmas festivities, I don't enjoy the season's organized Jewish events. And so, I'm more confused than Anne Heche on a trip to Fresno.

    The Christmas...

  • JCC Mission

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Halfway through my conversation this week about the Jewish Community Centers (JCC) crisis with super-fundraiser Emanuel Forster, we learned that both of us are members of the Santa Monica Family YMCA.

    For two Jewish activists to seek recreation at a YMCA goes a long way toward...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Vodka Latka

    On the fifth night of Chanukah, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles gave to us the third annual Vodka Latka. Some 600-plus Federation agency staff, guests, donors and a gaggle of celebrities packed the El Rey Theater for the multipurpose evening of celebration...

  • Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Bush Suspends Embassy Move

    President Bush, on Monday, postponed moving the Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem for an additional six months.

    The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 requires the United States to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But presidents have been suspending...

  • Hey Kids!

    By Abby Gilad

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Zimmer Kids Say

    Zimmer kids were asked this question:

    "If you could invite anyone to your house, whom would you invite and why?"

    Here are some of their answers:

    I would invite my friend Armando, because whenever I don't have lunch, he shares his food with me. So I will invite...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Solange Borna

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, Dec. 15

    Food. It's a big part of the Chanukah, but by the end of the holiday your family might want something a beyond potato latkes. Today, learn what to cook for the last nights of the "Festival of Lights" with "Jacques Pépin's Chanukah Celebration," an hour-long...

  • Eulogies: George Konheim

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    George Konheim, philanthropist, business entrepreneur and a pillar of the Los Angeles Jewish community, died Saturday, Dec. 8, at the age of 84.

    Konheim died of complications of pneumonia and renal and heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

    His greatest legacy...

  • Why Orange County Matters

    By Rob Eshman

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    This is the fourth special Orange County section that The Journal has produced this year. Despite our brief and unsuccessful entry into Orange County two years ago, we decided that the community there is too vibrant, and too important not to serve.

    This time, we intend to stay in the...

  • A ‘Ring’ of Bias Not Likely

    By Craig A. Bird

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I imagine the fish out of water is the only fish to have an inkling of water. -- J.R.R. Tolkien

    J.R.R. Tolkien, the "discoverer" of Middle Earth and the source of the imminent-blockbuster movie "The Fellowship of the Ring," (which opens in theaters Dec. 19) was a lot of things....

  • Serious Play

    By Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    We call it the Festival of Lights, but Chanukah starts in a very dark place.

    It begins with two stories, each very serious. One tells of a severely outnumbered band of Jews who fought a powerful enemy for religious freedom. And there's the other, even more painful tale of Jew vs....

  • Briefs

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Walk Raises $500,000 for Terror Victims

    About 12,000 people took to the streets on Dec. 9 for the Israel Solidarity Walk-A-Thon to raise an expected total of $500,000 for Israeli terror victims. The morning 5K walk was the first leg of a nationwide fundraising campaign of...

  • White Power, O.C. Style

    By Penny Starr

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Who knew that sunny Orange County, home of Disneyland and family values, was the "Mekka [sic] of National Socialist skinhead bands" and "the skinhead capitol [sic] of the world." But that's what White Power rock group Extreme Hatred says on its Web site, and they seem to be a band...

  • A Principal’s Principles

    By Andrea Adelson

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Even before Columbine High School would become a national synonym for school violence in April 1999, an Orange County school administrator was troubled by finger-pointing that inevitably surfaced during that awful season of school shootings.

    Gangs, drugs and violent video games,...

  • Bad Feelings, Big Questions

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    As Jewish Community Center (JCC) supporters seek answers to troubling questions regarding the current crisis and the future of Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA), Jewish Federation officials say they are working "day and night" to address the current crisis.

    ...

  • Can the JCCs Be Saved?

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    About 160 members turned up at Westside Jewish Community Center's Birch Auditorium last Sunday in an effort to keep their center from closing down. The room buzzed with determined activity. Subcommittee members exchanged information. Two members were busy painting "Save the Centers"...

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