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  • Question of Ethics

    By Bill Boyarsky

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    As both a Los Angeles city ethics commissioner and a Jewish community journalist, I was in a skeptical mood as I took a seat in the audience of a discussion on "Jewish Ethical Values in the Halls of Power: From the Board Room to the Council Chamber."

    The Jan. 25 panel was part of a...

  • Viva la Cinema!

    By Corrie MacLaggan

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In Veracruz, Mexico, there lived a group of people who for generations had avoided eating pork and lit candles on Friday night without knowing why. In the early 1980s, some members of the group discovered their Jewish roots and converted to Judaism, and now, 20 years later, are...

  • My Father, My Hero

    By Avner Hofstein

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There's a framed glass poster that hangs on the wall of Assaf Ramon's Houston bedroom wall. While the image of the smiling astronaut in the orange jumpsuit is famous, the Hebrew words inscribed at the bottom of the poster are not:

    "Assaf, my oldest son, each night, look at the sky...

  • Jerusalem

    By Amy Klein

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "A voice from the heavens/

    Carries down to the whole world/

    The angel is crying above/

    Lamenting his son's image."

    Israeli countertenor David D'or might be singing about himself in the ethereal song, "A Voice From the Heavens." With a three-and-a-half-octave range, the crossover pop...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Justices on Justice

    Justice Alex Kozinski, a Reagan-appointed conservative on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, joined Justice Stephen Reinhardt, a Carter-appointed liberal also on the 9th Circuit, for a lively discussion of recent Supreme Court precedents at the The Jewish...

  • Friends Found a World Away

    By Rabbi Arnold Rachlis

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Every other year, our congregation travels to a different part of the Jewish world to meet and, if necessary, help our fellow Jews. Having traveled to Israel, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union many times, as well as Turkey, Morocco, Spain, Argentina and Brazil, our...

  • Newman Cares

    By Tom Teicholz

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Are we the luckiest people in the world to live in Los Angeles, leading the lives others only dream about? Or is this the most unfair city in the nation, where the few are insulated from the harsh realities of the many? And what, you may wonder, does any of this have to do with Randy...

  • Maccabi Athletes Take Gold in Pan Am

    By Carin Davis

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    From the fanfare of the banner-waving opening ceremonies to the pride of hearing the U.S. national anthem played during their medal ceremonies, Southern California athletes made the most of their experience at the 10th Pan American Maccabi Games. They joined over 2,000 Jewish...

  • Rewriting Lives

    By Rob Eshman

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    David Levinson, 44, has written for television, theater and feature films. He and his wife Ellen Herman, also a television writer, have crafted a good life from an unforgiving business, with a home in Hancock Park and three growing children, who, he informed me over lunch this week,...

  • French Jews

    By Philip Carmel

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    French Jewish leader Roger Cukierman has moderated his tone during the past 12 months -- but his message appears largely unaltered.

    Jews in France are living "in a time of malaise," Cukierman, president of the CRIF umbrella organization of French Jews, told more than 800 guests at...

  • The Sundance Tribe

    By Amy Klein

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    We were late for the movie because of Shabbat dinner. With fresh sectional challah imported from Zomick's bakery in Long Island, N.Y., and kosher Cabernet Sauvignon brought from California, a few other traditional Jews gathered at our bicoastal condo for Friday night dinner just as...

  • Let There Be Bart

    By David Finnigan

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Do you pray? Do you watch "The Simpsons" religiously? Do you pray while watching Bart and Homer and the rest of the Springfield gang?

    Answer yes to any of these queries and you belong at Sinai Temple in Westwood for its unique, February-March Torah study program centered on the...

  • A Leg Up

    By Carin Davis

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Nothing says casual first date like fresh flowers and kettle corn. So when Matt the internist suggests we spend Sunday afternoon exploring a Santa Monica street fair, I'm in. We share roasted almonds, sunshine and our own true Hollywood stories. There's a lot I like about Matt --...

  • U.S. Must Move Embassy to Jerusalem

    By Nathan D. Wirtschafter

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    As part of the war on terror, it's time for the United States to move its embassy to Jerusalem and effectively end the dispute over Israel's capital.

    More than three years ago, Yasser Arafat branded the Palestinian Authority's terror campaign against Israel the "Al Aqsa Intifada."


  • Yeshiva Spy Kid Videos Find a Niche

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Eight-year-old Sruli Slodowitz from Pico-Robertson likes dressing up as his favorite hero; no, it is not Batman, Superman or even Harry Potter -- but Agent Emes, "an ordinary kid with an extraordinary mission" who is the 11-year-old protagonist in a new mystery adventure video...

  • Put Mitzvah in Bar Mitzvah for non-Jews

    By Rabbi Ken Chasen

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    On Jan. 14, you could hear the wake-up call sounding for Jews all across America.

    Perhaps you noticed the article by reporter Elizabeth Bernstein in that morning's Wall Street Journal. Perhaps someone e-mailed it to you. Perhaps numerous someones emailed it to you.

    It appeared in my...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Ring in the New Month

    On Saturday, we will welcome the new month of Shevat.

    Q: Which holiday do we celebrate on the 15th of Shevat?

    A: Rosh Chodesh

    What does this head have to do with the words rosh chodesh or new month?

    So, nu? It's a new, new!

    What Hebrew word does...

  • Joe: What Went Wrong?

    By James D. Besser

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Sen. Joe Lieberman's visions of the presidency collided with an unpredictable New Hampshire electorate on Tuesday. Lieberman did better than some polls predicted, but probably not enough to salvage a candidacy that was out of synch with the changing political perspectives of the...

  • Bright Life Found in a Desperate Place

    By Daniel Asa Rose

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "There Are Jews in My House," by Lara Vapnyar (Pantheon, $17.95).

    Boiled potatoes in the first sentence, a beige oil cloth in the second. Yes, friends, we are in the much-feared terrain of émigré lit -- a darkly remembered world where wet shoes stuffed with newspaper never quite...

  • Your Letters

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    An Unkosher Affair

    The selection of some swank country club or hotel venue ("An Unkosher Affair," Jan, 23) -- even when their management does not permit an outside caterer, i.e. a kosher one -- at the cost of the excluding the more abiding, traditionally committed element of our...

  • An Artistic Homage to Big Brother

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Not many artists begin an ambitious new series at 76, but Arnold Mesches did just that after receiving a large box stuffed with FBI documents in 1999. It had taken the Jewish American painter three years and dozens of letters to obtain the 760-page dossier, his FBI file from 1945 to...

  • Into the Mystic

    By David Klinghoffer

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Marcus Weston is a thin, good-looking Londoner who in his casual attire and unobtrusive kippah could pass for typical Pico-Robertson Modern Orthodox guy. On this cool Tuesday night in December, he offers his audience a reassuring smile.

    "Kabbalah is very easy," he says, "I keep...

  • Making Sense of My Mother’s Death

    By Rabbi Eli Hecht

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Recently, I was working at my school office planning a day of classes and interviews when I was notified of an incoming call from New York. It was my cousin, Shion, a hospital chaplain and a fine rabbi.

    "Have you heard the news?" he asked.

    I thought his voice sounded pensive and...

  • Yehoshua Returns to Arab Characters

    By Susan Miron

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "The Liberated Bride" by A.B. Yehoshua (Harvest Books, 2003.)

    From the beginning of his career, Israeli novelist A.B. Yehoshua has examined the complex relationship between Israeli Jews and Arabs, most notably in his 1964 novella, "Facing the Forests," and his early novel, "The...

  • Aging: A Jewish Community Issue

    By Molly Forrest

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When I first met Sarah, she was bent over her walker intently making her way through the gardens of the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging (JHA). While her steps were merely a shuffle, her brown eyes were lively.

    I often walk through our Grancell Village and Eisenberg Village...

  • Will Jesus Film Poison Christian-Jewish Ties?

    By Joe Berkofsky

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jesus will appear on the Christian holy day of Ash Wednesday -- thanks to Mel Gibson.

    The Hollywood star directed and financed the $25 million epic "The Passion of the Christ," which is emerging from a nearly yearlong media storm and is due to hit 2,000 screens nationwide Feb. 25.


  • Mad Salmon?

    By Andrew Morris

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The latest threat to the Jewish way of life in Britain is a malicious attack on the very fabric of Jewish identity.

    The community's lox is under threat.

    In the latest in a series of food scares, U.S. scientists have published research warning that farmed Scottish salmon -- the source...

  • Local Dems Query Candidate Clark

    By Tom Tugend

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Some 20 people filtered into a Beverly Hills home last week to check out the credentials of Gen. Wesley K. Clark during a nationwide conference call with the Democratic presidential candidate.

    "I came to window-shop," said Muriel Waterman, a clinical social worker.

    The gathering at...

  • Budget Woes

    By Jill Stewart

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    One year ago, Gov. Gray Davis was calling for across-the-board cuts in every state department except the prisons, mass layoffs of workers and huge bites out of most programs for the disadvantaged.

    Davis' budget-slashing plan of January 2003 was ignored by the legislature and...

  • Suicide bomb in Jerusalem kills 10

    By Dina Kraft

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 29 (JTA) -- "How will I find anyone alive?" the 21-year-old security guard asked as he broke down the door and climbed onto the charred ruins of bus no. 19,...

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