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  • A Modest Proposal

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It's that happy, happy time of year when store windows call out "Happy Chanukah" in a blizzard of white, blue, silver, and gold right next to the "Merry Christmas" and "Season's Greetings" banners, when menorahs are strung across boulevards after every third Santa-in-his-sleigh. And...

  • Berlin Bound

    By Tom Tugend

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    More than 300,000 visitors have thronged the Jewish Museum in Berlin since it opened to the public in February 1999, and more are coming at a clip of 20,000 each month.

    The figure is astonishing, considering that the building is completely empty. The exhibits, tracing the...

  • Forgive, But Don’t Forget

    By David Evanier

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Alan Lachtman began Shabbat services at Temple Beth David in Temple City on Dec. 8 by having the children's choir sing "Light One Candle," a song by Peter, Paul and Mary. The song had symbolic meanings, both positive and destructive, for the congregation. Twenty years ago, on...

  • Violence Harms Israeli Economy

    By Avi Machlis

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    With images of violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip flashing across television screens around the world, it did not take long for Israel's tourism industry to start feeling the pinch.

    Hotel occupancy has plummeted, Ben-Gurion Airport is deserted and taxi drivers and tour...

  • Reno Skinheads Sentenced to Jail

    By Tom Tugend

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Joshua Kudlacek, at 19 the youngest of the defendants, received a five-year sentence.

    Five skinheads who attempted to firebomb a synagogue in Reno, Nev., one year ago have been sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.

    On Nov. 30, 1999, the five, ages 19 to 26, accompanied by two...

  • ‘Miracle’ in North Hollywood

    By Mike Levy

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Considering the many Jewish characters who people his plays, it's tempting to label Art Shulman a "Jewish playwright." But the author of "God, Bring Me a Miracle," and "The Rabbi and the Shiksa" maintains he never set out to write "Jewish plays." He never really set out to write...

  • 7 Days in Arts

    By Mike Levy

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    16 Saturday

    With half the theaters in Los Angeles staging productions of "The Nutcracker" or "A Christmas Carol," the University of Judaism provides a welcome change of pace with "Benjamin and Judah," a Chanukah musical for the family. Set in the present day, the story follows...

  • Remembrance Through Art

    By Tom Tugend

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Holocaust, impossible to grasp in its entirety, has been depicted, in part, through every conceivable format and medium. Two joint exhibitions, now at The Jewish Federation's Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, surprise with new and affecting insights into the measureless...

  • Letters

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm


    The most recognized Jewish statistic in America, 52 percent intermarriage, has naturally turned into a reality with its own life and now, as Steve Cohen documented, has entered the canon of accepted Jewish attitudes ("Changing Attitudes," Nov. 24).


  • Help Wanted

    By Tom Tugend

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    American Jews are letting down Israel in the short run by staying away during the current unrest, says a top Progressive rabbi, and in the long run by not fighting harder for religious pluralism in the Jewish state.

    "Many of you are showing your solidarity, but many others are...

  • The Internet: Superhighway or Dating Tool?

    By Teresa Strasser

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It used to be that you had to take a guy's word for it. Now, all you need is a good search engine.

    Among the Internet's many uses, following your stocks, ordering books, doing research, you can also find out if that guy you met at a party last night really does direct the show...

  • In God They Trusted

    By Senator Joseph I. Lieberman

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Unlike many who have tried to rule the Jewish people over the course of human history, the ancient Greeks did not set out with evil in their hearts when they overtook Judea more than 2,300 years ago. To the contrary, they were seen as benevolent and enlightened by the standards of...

  • Israel 101

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The October Violence is the short-hand designation for the deadly sniping, shooting and police action between Palestinians and Israelis, including the unprecedented call-to-arms of Israeli Arabs. If American Jews accept "October Violence" as the title (Palestinians call it "the...

  • ‘They’ve Got Their Heads In The Sand

    By Eric Roth

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    "You can't afford to sign up to a peace agreement that is all one-sided, meaning Israel takes all the risks," observed retired U.S. Admiral Leon A. Edney to small groups of Jewish leaders in Beverly Hills last week. "We need to find a way to live in peace with the Arab world, but...

  • Jew-mo!

    By Ari B. Morguelan

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Woody Allen once said the shortest book ever written was the one on Jewish athletes. Well, here is the shortest chapter in that book: Since May 1987, Argentinean native Imach Marcello Solomon (a k a Hoshitango) has been wrestling his way up in the competitive sumo leagues in Japan....

  • A Genocide Ignored

    By Paula Amann

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A shattered shop window with a yellow star, a mountain of shoes, an arch with the grim irony "Arbeit Macht Frei" inscribed upon it: These images alone can summon up the historic nightmare of the Nazi Holocaust.

    Today, a blood-spattered page of math drills, a desert camp for the...

  • Reading for Chanukah

    By Rita Berman Frischer

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    From demons to pious flying rabbis, from magic frying pans to runaway latkes, from hayfork menorahs (in Chelm, where else?) to a multilingual meditation on peace, you can find something for everybody in books available this holiday season. Enjoy.

    Good Stories

    "For Hope:...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Mike Levy

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    9 Saturday

    Guitarist, composer and bandleader Bill Frisell finishes off the Gershwin and Beyond concert series tonight performing with his new quartet. Accompanied by Greg Leisz on dobro and pedal steel guitar, Kenny Wollesen on drums and David Piltch on bass, critically...

  • Searching Jewish L.A.

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Journal web site at www.jewishjournal.com now features a search engine that allows users to find articles that have appeared in past issues of the newspaper. The engine, pictured at right, can search by author, keyword, date or title.

    To access the engine, click on...

  • Divine Fight

    By Julie G Fax

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    When Benjamin Andron, a second-degree black belt, bows in at the beginning of the martial arts class he teaches, he always keeps his eyes raised.

    This subtle variation on the traditional Chinese and Japanese lowering of the eyes acknowledges that respect for God is supreme above...

  • Citywide Solidarity

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The following are other ways organizations are showing support for Israel here at home:

    Thursday, Dec. 7:

    Sinai Temple in Westwood hosts a solidarity event titled "Israel Under Siege: What the Jewish Community Needs to Know" from 6-8 p.m. The function includes remarks by...

  • Slayer of Movie-making Dragons

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    How do you direct your first movie with lavish special effects, stars like Jeremy Irons and a budget of $35 million?

    You have to know how to finagle.

    Just ask Courtney Solomon, 30, whose debut feature, "Dungeons & Dragons," opens today in L.A.

    Bringing the fantasy...

  • Message From The President

    By Moshe Katsav

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm


    It gives me great pleasure to send you congratulations and best wishes from Jerusalem on the important occasion of the dedication of the new Los Angeles Federation Center which is yet another proof of the...

  • Marital Strife

    By Yosef Kanefsky

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Every marriage has painful moments. Even the most loving marriages do. This fact of life is confirmed by the opening of chapter 30.

    There is only one marriage in the entirety of the Bible that is explicitly described as being based on romantic love. This is the marriage of Jacob...

  • Edifice Rex

    By Rob Eshman

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The official dedication of the Jewish Federation headquarters at 6505 Wilshire Blvd. this weekend marks a new era in the history of Jewish Los Angeles.

    The structure near Wilshire's intersection with San Vicente Boulevard is stunning. From a distance it appears as a gleaming...

  • Election Blues

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    There's a dull witticism abroad: If in fact the election was stolen, the thief should be indicted for a misdemeanor rather than a felony. That follows from the value of that which was stolen -- i.e., the government.

    Alas, that's not true. Yes, the Congress is divided nearly down...

  • Defining a Mission’s Mission

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    With both tourism and national morale at a critical low in Israel, Los Angeles Jewish leaders are heeding the call of Israeli diplomats and boarding planes to Israel to physically show their support for the Jewish homeland. And while some trips nationwide are raising questions about...

  • Soldiers and Students

    By Mike Levy

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Noam Zissman, 21, a convoy commander from Ra'anana, and Moran Kalinsky, 20, a deputy company commander from Holon, sit in their Israeli officers' uniforms at Johnny Rockets on Melrose. They have just arrived in Los Angeles after more than a week of nonstop travel across the U.S.,...

  • New Urgency for Peacemaking

    By Matthew E. Berger

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    For the players in the Middle East peace process, it may seem like the two-minute warning.

    A peace treaty may be Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak's only chance at being reelected prime minister in next year's elections.

    The threat of a harder-line Likud leadership in Israel...

  • Scared Uncle or Good Dad?

    By Wendy Belzberg

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    To Flake or Not to Flake?

    Dear Wendy:

    My brother and his family live in Israel. His 12-year-old daughter is having a Bat Mitzvah in March and we, of course, said we would attend. Given the current political situation there, however, I no longer feel comfortable taking my wife and...

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