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  • Trying to Make a Merger

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    For three decades, Temple Solael has sat on Valley Circle Boulevard, perched above the westernmost crest of Woodland Hills. Over the years the Reform synagogue gently competed with Temple Aliyah, a Conservative congregation, just up the road. Then, in the mid-1990s, Temple Aliyah...
  • ERA—Israeli Style

    By Naomi Segal

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Knesset has passed a landmark law granting equal rights to women in every sphere of Israeli life -- after the bill's sponsor gave up her committee seat to a male colleague.

    Along with granting women equality in the workplace, the military and in other spheres of society, the new...

  • Honoring the Righteous

    By Brianne Korn

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When the atrocities of the Holocaust came to public light, many unsung heroes remained in the shadows.

    In a ceremony at the United Nations on Monday, some rescued Holocaust survivors met their unknown heroes, or those heroes' family members, for the first time since the war.

    The...

  • Why Is This Night Different From All Other Nights?

    By Beverly Levitt

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Although I've been attending Passover dinners from the time I was knee-high to a scrupulously set seder table, there's something I've never really thought about until recently: how does all this storytelling relate to me? Storytelling is the essence of Passover. We gather together to...
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  • Border Bravado

    By Naomi Segal

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Israel is downplaying threats that it will suffer cross-border attacks once it withdraws its troops from southern Lebanon.

    Ever since the Cabinet approved the withdrawal a month ago, there has been speculation that Hezbollah gunmen would attack communities in northern Israel.

    This...

  • Personal Exodus

    By Melissa Minkin

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    When Evan Ross hosted his first Seder five years ago, his headaches had already started. He was growing concerned about other things he couldn't explain: bottles fell out of his hand and sometimes he couldn't hold down the clutch of his car with his foot. "I thought I was just being...
  • Moral Quandaries

    By Tom Tugend

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Bernhard Schlink is not what you would expect in a German judge and professor of constitutional law. He is a tall, sparse man of 55, dressed in an open-necked shirt and devoid of the traditional Teutonic self-importance bestowed by rank and title.

    He enjoyed his guest stint on "Oprah...

  • The Invisible Population

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The first time I saw a beggar on the streets of Los Angeles I was shocked. The man, disheveled and filthy, stood on the freeway offramp with a tattered sign: "Will Work for Food." Sure, there are beggars in Calcutta and panhandlers in New York, but not here! I stared at him for a...
  • A Letter From The Editor

    By James D

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    I first thought of publishing an Orange County section of The Jewish Journal -- or better yet a separate edition -- about five years ago. When I took a closer look, though, our resources seemed too thin. We lacked the necessary funds and staff. And so we -- the publisher, the board...
  • A Curious Thing

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A curious thing happened in the pages of The Jewish Journal the week of Nov. 20. During a period when a host of issues of major importance to the American Jewish community were occuring that commanded front page attention elsewhere, The Journal chose to devote the cover story and an...
  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    If the multitude of Jewish events are any indication, the holidays hit hard this season. To paraphrase Adam Sandler's "Chanukah Song," here's a list of organizations that are Jewish, just like you and me...

    Various divisions of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles celebrated...

  • Following the Money

    By Beverly Gray

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    How do you spend $1 million extra a year? That was the exciting but delicate issue administrators faced three years ago when The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles announced a new annual $1 million allocation for Jewish education. Then-President Herb Gelfand pushed hard for...
  • The Management of Art

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    As president and chief operating officer of The Orange County Performing Arts Center (OCPAC), Jerry Mandel must perform the delicate art of balancing the need to present great performances with the imperative to raise the funds to do so.

    "The kind of person you need today to run a...

  • Home on the Mesa

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Some folks say New Mexico is the face of America's future. A barren moonscape of rocky peaks and desert mesas, it's a study in contrasts, a high-tech haven amid some of the nation's worst poverty. It's home to the Los Alamos nuclear labs and the ancient Acoma pueblo, America's oldest...
  • Letters

    By James D

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Re: "Our Birthright," by Gene Lichtenstein (Jan. 15):

    A Jewish tour of Europe certainly would be enlightening for some, but clearly an Israel experience is more fundamental and transformative, appealing to Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jews alike.

    An Israel program is a "whole body" Jewish...

  • Analyzing Freud

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    As you walk through the "Sigmund Freud: Conflict and Culture" exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center, a scratchy BBC recording of Freud speaking in heavily accented English wafts through the space like an unintelligible message from the unconscious. It is only when you stand...
  • Claiming Freud

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Freud exhibit opens at the Skirball Cultural Center Tues., April 4, and it has set my mind racing; free associating, if you will.

    American as Apple Pie

    Like it or not, we are all Freudians in America. We may not be as deterministic in the way we see the world. We may not even have...

  • Does the Jewish Vote Matter to Gore and Bush?

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Inside a ballroom at the Washington Hilton, Rabbi Leonid Feldman, the Soviet-raised spiritual leader of Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach, captivates thousands of young Jews with his moving, heartwrenching account of the long, treacherous road that led him to discover the Judaism that so...
  • False Advertising

    By Julie Wiener

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    An advertisement that appeared in 80 American Jewish newspapers last week, including this one, looked fairly innocuous.

    The title of a film, "The Rabbi," appears in Hebrew-style lettering, above a close-up shot of a bearded, yarmulka-wearing man praying at the Western Wall in...

  • Marching to a Different Drum

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Building an audience has become something of a lifestyle for the group Guster. Formed at Tufts University, the band Guster consists of three Jewish boys -- Ryan Miller and Adam Gardner on guitars and vocals; Brian Rosenworcel on percussion -- who graduated from the Boston-area...
  • The Many Faces of Putin

    By Lev Gorodetsky

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    There have been at least two Vladimir Putins so far: the man who after being designated heir apparent by Russian President Boris Yeltsin promised President Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair that he would pursue free market reforms and human rights, and the former KGB...
  • Assad’s Chump Gambit

    By James D

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Administration officials were in stiff-upper-lip mode this week in the wake of the failed Geneva summit between President Bill Clinton and Syrian President Hafez al-Assad.

    But just beneath the official resolve to persist were other reactions: anger, disappointment and genuine...

  • The Mezuzah

    By Johanna Hershenson

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    My family lives in tract housing in Mission Viejo. The thing about tract housing is that families are always coming and going. They buy a house, stay a few years, and move on to a slightly nicer tract with the few bucks of profit made on the first house. Recently, the growth of the...
  • A ‘Love-Mock’ Relationship

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    At one point in Richard Greenberg's new play, "Everett Beekin," scheduled to premiere at South Coast Repertory (SCR) in September, a Jewish New Yorker arrives in Orange County and is perplexed by the efficiency, the serenity, the friendliness of the natives. "I don't want to mark...
  • Reform Rabbis: Same-Sex Ceremonies Kosher

    By James D

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Modification or compromise?

    Whatever you want to call it, the Reform rabbis' final decision on Jewish same-sex commitment ceremonies is being touted as "groundbreaking" and a major step forward for gay and lesbian Jews.

    After years of often heated debate on gay marriage, Reform...

  • My Date with Humility

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Here we are, weeks away from the first night of Passover, and I am already suffering PMS, Pre-Matzah Syndrome. Cranky, sullen, bloated, sweaty and dull. What gives?

    The Passover seder is a spectacle made for children. The lamb bone, parsley and egg, the wine spilled on the paper...

  • An Oasis in Irvine

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The first thing you notice is how pretty the campus is, with its pale beige Jerusalem stone and desert landscaping; if it were on a higher hill, it would look like a small version of the Getty Center. In the foyer, you see some puppets of characters from the book of Esther on...
  • Viagra and Love

    By Ellie Kahn

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    I've been thinking about sex.

    Now that I'm over 50, I'm enjoying sex more than I did in my youth. Will the fun last, I wonder?

    Many people assume that aging means the loss of sexuality. I don't want to believe it. Maybe, as we get older, our pictures of what constitutes sex just has to...

  • Interrupting? No Problem

    By Deborah N. Cymrot

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The next time someone accuses you of interrupting, you might want to explain that you are not being rude: You're actually engaging in high-involvement cooperative overlapping.

    Cooperative overlapping -- talking as another person continues to speak -- is typical of Jewish...

  • Knowing Our Enemy

    By Rela Mintz Geffen

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It is the Ides of March and the week before Purim. We know who Agag, King of Amalek -- the enemy of the Jews -- is, but are not sure who should beware.

    As an FOD (Friend of Deborah Lipstadt), I sit in the British courtroom on March 15 and watch the expressions on her face as her...

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