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  • Getting Ready

    By Gil Sedan

    July 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    As their leaders are talking peace, many Israelis and Palestinians are preparing for war.They include not only militant Jewish settlers and members of the fundamentalist Palestinian Hamas movement, but also the Israeli army and the troops of Palestinian Authority President Yasser...

  • Bronx Gal No ‘Loser’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Only so much can be written about a Jewish girl from the Bronx, says writer-director Amy Heckerling. Only so many scripts can begin, "Interior. Candy Store - Queens."

    That's why the New Yorker didn't bother to draw on her own childhood to create her teen zeitgeist films, considered...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Mike Levy

    July 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    22Saturday

    The complicated questions of Nazi collaboration take center stage in "Taking Sides." The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble's production of Ronald Harwood's play explores the intersection of culture and politics through the dramatic postwar confrontation between American prosecutors...

  • Renewed Hope

    By Tom Tugend

    July 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Despite protest demonstrations, Israelis will overwhelmingly endorse any agreement forged by Prime Minister Ehud Barak at the Camp David negotiations, Israel's minister for Diaspora affairs assured the national convention of Hadassah on Sunday evening.

    Rabbi Michael Melchior noted...

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  • First Christmas

    By Alana Klein

    July 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    I called my parents from my boyfriend's house in New York, eager to spill the details of my first Christmas. I described how the Christmas tree's fragrant pine reminded me of family ski trips to Colorado and how Sunday morning Mass was, dare I say, fun. I raved about the presents I...

  • Defending Hillary

    By Dennis Prager

    July 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    I wish to defend Hillary Clinton against the charge of anti-Semitism. The charge emanates from her allegedly calling Paul Fray, the Jewish manager of husband Bill's failed 1974 Congressional campaign, a "Jew bastard."

    I do so as a practicing Jew; as an author of a book on...

  • Invincible and Powerless

    By Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer

    July 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    On the day of my wedding, my grandfather was on his deathbed. In earlier years, he had been a delight of my childhood, a source of insight and stability, a constant presence. In planning our wedding, we'd asked my grandfather to play some favorite old songs on his violin during the...

  • Having a Ball

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Call it the war room. On the 40th floor of a Century City office building, in an empty conference room of the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, 25 young professionals from the legal world and online community assemble. It's after work, and the cause for which they are gathered is...

  • One Day at a Time

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    July 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The question at the heart of David Horovitz's provocative new book, "A Little Too Close to God: The Thrills and Panic of a Life in Israel" is whether to choose to live in Israel. When daily life overflows with difficulties, peace is elusive and young sons must mature into soldiers,...

  • ‘Shiraz 10’ Update

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In response to recent human rights violations perpetrated by the Iranian government, the House of Representatives passed an amendment brought to the floor by Congressman Brad Sherman during consideration of the foreign aid bill for fiscal year 2001. The amendment seeks to cut World...

  • X-Men

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Siegel. Shuster. Kane. Just a few names of Jewish storytellers whose restless imaginations fueled a multimillion dollar entertainment business that boomed throughout the 1940s and 1950s, when America was at war and television was in its infancy.

    We're not talking about the movie...

  • Reshaping its Image

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Eighty-eight years after Henrietta Szold founded Hadassah in 1912, the 306,000-member Zionist and social service organization will gather in Los Angeles for its first national convention of the 21st century. From July 16-19, more than 2,500 leaders and guests will mingle at the...

  • A Place for Teens, Torah and Hanging Out

    By Julie G Fax

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    While the adults are talking up the "sense of permanence" and "central address," Miriam Segura has a simpler way of expressing the significance of the National Conference of Synagogue Youth's (NCSY) new building - hanging out.

    "When you ask teens what they like to do, they say hang...

  • Best & Worst of Times

    By Julie G Fax

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It's been a month of extremes for the National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) on the West Coast. As the Orthodox youth group basks in the joy of moving into its own building, it is also reeling from the shock of a scandal involving an East Coast regional director allegedly...

  • Global Gatherings

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It was perhaps the most emotionally potent moment of the evening, as the elderly Rabbi Yedidiah Shofet, addressing his audience in Farsi, broke down and cried, his voice trembling, his frail body shaking.Representing the Nessah Cultural Organization, Shofet was part of a lineup of...

  • Barak’s Gamble

    By Eric Silver

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Camp David summit looks like the boldest gamble by an Israeli leader since the founding father, David Ben-Gurion, declared the Jewish state in May 1948, to the rumble of invading Arab guns and the chattering teeth of his own querulous associates. Ehud Barak flew to the United...

  • The Torah: A Moral Compass

    By Rabbi Ezra Schochet

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    For the Jewish people, the Torah is the moral compass that guides us through all difficult personal and ethical issues. Indeed, the most intimate and private parts of our lives are also subject to the direction of the Torah.

    In recent years we have witnessed a social revolution in...

  • Global Gatherings

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It was perhaps the most emotionally potent moment of the evening, as the elderly Rabbi Yedidiah Shofet, addressing his audience in Farsi, broke down and cried, his voice trembling, his frail body shaking.Representing the Nessah Cultural Organization, Shofet was part of a lineup of...

  • Through the Wilderness

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It's hot and smoggy. The cooling breeze of nightfall won't arrive for hours. Stuck in endless urban traffic, the radio news ticks off the day's toll of rape, murder and mayhem, governmental ineptitude and unfathomable moral lunacy. Welcome to the wasteland. Welcome to Bamidbar.

    In...

  • Letters to the Editor

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Stand Against Hate

    When a synagogue is burned in Sacramento there is a cry from our people that such acts of cowardice shall not be tolerated. Likewise, we stand today representing the streams of our faith to condemn the violence that took place in the Jerusalem suburb of Ramot...

  • Space Cadet

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When Los Angeles artist Victor Raphael was a boy, he gazed at the biblical murals at Wilshire Boulevard Temple and pondered the divine. His cosmic musings, in the age of Apollo and Sputnik, led him to dream of becoming an astronaut. But when the need for eyeglasses made that dream...

  • Negotiating Jerusalem

    By David Landau

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    As Prime Minister Ehud Barak engages this week in Middle East summitry, there is one issue on which he can afford to make the fewest concessions: Jerusalem.

    Struggling to hold together the vestiges of his governing majority before leaving for Camp David on Monday, Barak assured the...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Mike Levy

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    15Saturday

    It's a night of music, humor and fun in Beverly Hills' Civic Center Plaza, starting off with multi-instrumentalist jazz comedian David Zasloff. With a blend of monologue, music and insight, Zasloff tells tales of the musician's life and tries to explain "Zen Judaism."...

  • Barak at Camp David

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There is a sense at this moment that "time has stopped." That all political voices have become silent, in Israel no less than in the United States, while Messrs. Arafat, Barak and Clinton struggle over language, issues and principles in an effort to reach a peace agreement.

    It is, of...

  • Rebirth in Wroclaw

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When Curt Fissel stomped on the glass after his wedding in the southwestern Polish city of Wroclaw, the congregation erupted into loud applause and a resounding chorus of "Mazel tov!"But the joyous response went far beyond heartfelt good wishes to Fissel and his bride, Ellen...

  • The Stealth Politics of Dr. Laura

    By Sarah Blustain

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    She's mean, she's popular. And she's more political than her shocked listeners realize. Pat Buchanan has floated her name for running mate. Gay activists have made her a target in the battle for marriage rights. And Christian lobbyists and proselytizers are carrying her flag high.

    She...

  • Nuremberg Reprised

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Actor Christopher Plummer was bewildered by the response to his monologue on the set of "Nuremberg," the four-hour TNT miniseries about the war-crimes trial of 22 members of the Nazi high command. In the series about the trial of the 20th century, Plummer is Sir David Maxwell-Fyfe,...

  • Snapshots of Summer

    By Teresa Strasser

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When I have things to write, I suddenly seem to have things to read. Yahoo online stock profiles for example, of stocks I don't own, because I don't own any stocks.

    It's too hot to work, I tell myself, sitting with a fan the size of a large potted plant at my back. And it's amazing...

  • Growing Intolerance

    By Avi Machlis

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Dear Uncle Sam,

    Why are you humiliating us (Israel) like this? OK, you've staked us for decades, vetoed countless Security Council resolutions, trained and armed our brave fighters (though it wasn't till the '70s that you started selling us warplanes). But we're big boys now, big...

  • Pass the Egg

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    My parents were Elderhostel students this week at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, and I shared Friday night services with them in the Conservative tradition of my youth.

    It was like coming home. The melodies, the longer version of prayers, the responsive readings in English,...

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