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  • Your Letters

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Breitburn Oil

    Julie Gruenbaum-Fax's article ("Oil Loses Round," May 4) should perhaps have been titled "Planet Earth Loses Round" as the so-called environmentalists seek to block the Breitburn plant on Pico.

    The biggest failure -- in a long list -- of the Clinton administration is...

  • Briefs

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    UJC Taps Tisch for Top Post

    The United Jewish Communities (UJC) offered its top volunteer position to the president of UJA-Federation of Greater New York, according to a member of the UJC nominating committee.

    The source said James Tisch of New York was asked to replace fellow...

  • Fund for Survivors

    By Tom Tugend

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A foundation to aid needy Holocaust survivors in California, funded through a $4.2-million check from three Dutch insurance companies, was formally established last week by state officials, Jewish organizations and survivors.

    The California Humanitarian Foundation for Holocaust...

  • Israel’s Wagner Taboo

    By Larry Derfner

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Ideology seems to have won out over culture in Israel: The taboo on playing the music of pre-Nazi German composer Richard Wagner in concert has been upheld.

    After strenuous protests by Holocaust survivor groups, backed by virtually the entire Israeli political spectrum, the decision...

  • Childhood’s Sweet Sharp Imprint

    By Gina Nahai

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It is summer, a long time ago, and I am lying on a terrace overlooking an ancient garden full of rosebushes and fruit trees. The days have been so hot, the asphalt on the sidewalk melts under my feet if I dare step out of the house. At night, the temperature drops. My sisters and I...

  • Westside Renewal

    By Rob Eshman

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Believe in the Exodus story or not, believe in the Oslo peace process or not, but you have to believe in Jewish Community Centers.

    Synagogues are mostly directed at our minds and souls, but JCCs are the flesh-and-blood of Jewish life. They are where we meet, sweat, play, talk and...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In Memory of Meyerhof

    The Otto Meyerhof Medical Center was dedicated last month at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Meyerhof was a pioneer biochemist who discovered the fixed relationship between the consumption of oxygen and the metabolism of lactic acid in muscles....

  • Through Jewish Eyes

    By Mike Levy

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Anne Frank and Me" by Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld (G.P. Putnam's Sons, $18.99)

    Authors Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld remember the exact moment they conceived the idea for their latest book, "Anne Frank and Me." The husband-and-wife writing team had just watched an...

  • Talking With Zev

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    With the mayoral election less than three weeks away, the Jewish vote is ready for its closeup. Pollster Paul Goodwin tells me that as of 10 days ago, Jewish voters -- one-third of likely voters in the 5th City Council district, which stretches from Pico-Robertson to the Valley --...

  • Marlene Canter

    By David Abel

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Public schools remain a central part of civic life, the linchpin through which the middle class remains committed to the city. On June 5, Westside/Valley voters have the opportunity to bring fresh ideas to the board. I am endorsing Marlene Canter for District 4.

    An experienced...

  • Increased Sympathies

    By Gil Sedan

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    At noon Tuesday, life among Israel's 1 million Arab citizens came to a standstill.

    For the first time in the history of the state, Arabs in Israel stood up for a moment of silence -- commemorating Al Nakba -- Arabic for "the catastrophe," which is what Palestinians call the 1948...

  • Can We Find the Golden Mean?

    By David N. Myers

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In the opening book of his monumental code of Jewish law, Maimonides declared, "We are bidden to walk in the middle paths which are the right and proper ways...." The great medieval sage was articulating the golden mean, the principle that we should avoid extreme behavior, ethical or...

  • Training for Terror

    By Jessica Steinberg

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Poli, an attorney from Munich who preferred not to give his last name, decided to train as a security officer after his best friend was killed in a terrorist attack in an Egyptian coffee shop.

    "I wanted some peace of mind, the knowledge that I could defend myself and my family, if...

  • Tattoo Jew

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    During the Israel Festival at Woodley Park on Sun., April 29, 1,500 people left with a unique souvenir: a political tattoo. The temporary tattoo is a replica of the "Ha'am Im HaGolan" ("The Nation Is With the Golan") bumper sticker popular among many Israelis and some Diaspora Jews.


  • Planning the Holocaust

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Kenneth Branagh, dapper in his SS costume, his blond hair neatly slicked back, coldly spat out the words during production of the HBO film "Conspiracy": "Dead men don't hump. Dead women don't get pregnant. Death is the most reliable form of sterilization."

    He was sitting on a...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Mike Levy

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, May 19

    The man behind The Comedy Store, whose career has brought him onstage with the likes of Elvis and Barbra, has a new message for audiences. Sammy Shore would like to tell you why "70 sucks." The septuagenarian's latest solo show, "...But First, Sammy Shore,"...

  • The Impact of Intermarriage

    By Julie Wiener

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish women who are intermarried create much more Jewishly identified households than do Jewish men married to non-Jews.

    But regardless of whether the mother is Jewish, most interfaith families -- even those raising their children as Jews -- incorporate substantial Christian...

  • Recreating ‘Conspiracy’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    There were only 30 copies of the Wannsee Protocols, minutes of the top-secret meeting where Nazi leaders planned the Final Solution. Just one copy of the "heavily censored and sanitized document" survived the war, according to Dr. Michael Berenbaum, a Los Angeles-based scholar who...

  • A New L.A. Shtibl

    By Julie G Fax

    May 14, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Several people huddle around the Shtibl Minyan's scarf-covered bima, rolling the Torah scroll to the day's special maftir. There is some down time threatening to break the momentum, so Rachel Sheer grabs someone's child to balance on her hip as she circles the room urging others to...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Mike Levy

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm



    Treat Mom to a special performance of the music and dance of Renaissance Italy, as UCLA's Early Music collective Musica Humana and Renaissance dance specialists Danzado gather at Temple Emanuel. The concert, an exploration of the exchange between Jewish...

  • Calendar & Singles

    By Mike Levy

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm



    Leo Baeck Temple: 9:30 a.m. Shabbat meditation followed by discussion about important women in the Torah and how they are seen by rabbinic commentary in the Talmud and in the present. 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310)...

  • California’s New Energy Chief

    By Melissa Minkin

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The day after Vice President Dick Cheney said the best way to meet the country's energy demands was to increase fossil fuel production, reconsider nuclear power, and soften environmental laws, S. David Freeman went to Sacramento to prove him wrong.

    Freeman, who left the top post at...

  • No Longer Ignored

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    With her easy laugh, latent-hippie style and warm demeanor, Judith Edelman-Green resembles everyone's favorite aunt -- you know, the one who sneaked you off to get your ears pierced when you were 12. Her great rapport with people is probably one of the chief reasons she has been so...

  • Learning From the Debate

    By Julie G Fax

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi David Wolpe keeps the hundreds of "Exodus letters" he's received in two piles on his desk: for and against. And given the still-swirling controversy over his speech on Pesach, even he is surprised that the grateful and congratulatory letters outnumber the negative ones 20 to 1....

  • Rainforest Mitzvah

    By Rachael Brickman

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Last fall, for her bat mitzvah, Sarah Yamina Ifrah asked her guests to give her nothing. Well, not exactly nothing. She asked them to make donations to protect the rainforest.

    Ifrah, a petite 13-year-old with big brown eyes and a disarmingly friendly smile, became a bat mitzvah at...

  • Your Letters

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    JCC Lawsuit

    My children were both at the JCC during the shooting ("JCC Subject of Lawsuit," May 4). My daughter watched the incident happen and my son, according to counselors, was the next one to walk through the door into that hallway before a very smart counselor picked him up...

  • Giving and Getting, as B’nai Mitzvah Mentors

    By Beverly Gray

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Laura Geller became Temple Emanuel's spiritual leader seven years ago, she sought to add new meaning to the familiar b'nai mitzvah ritual. For Geller, a bar or bat mitzvah can offer young teenagers the opportunity to create significant relationships with Jewish adults who...

  • Holocaust Reflections

    By Rabbi Baruch Cohon

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony (LAJS) needs a concert hall. It has an outstanding conductor in Dr. Noreen Green, talented and accomplished musicians, and a loyal following. I've heard LAJS perform with increasing brilliance at venues, including the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza,...

  • Two Mothers

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    At first glance, it would be hard to imagine two women with less in common than my mother and my husband's mother. You can begin with the obvious differences in cultural and religious background: my mother grew up Jewish in the Bronx, while my mother-in-law, a Presbyterian, has lived...

  • Pope Blasted For Silence

    By Michael J. Jordan

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When the Western-educated Bashar Assad succeeded his father, Hafez Assad, as president of Syria last summer, Israeli officials hoped the changing of the guard from the Lion of Damascus to the Optometrist of Damascus would usher in a gentler approach toward Israel.

    Young Assad has...

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