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  • Pass the Egg

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    July 6, 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,...

  • New Film Packs Heat

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Two memories prompted James D. Stern's debut feature film, "It's the Rage," a parable about gun violence starring Gary Sinise, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, Anna Paquin and David Schwimmer.The first involved a bullied 6-year-old who snapped and ran amuck with a butcher knife at Stern's...

  • Of One Mind

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Joel and Ethan Coen, the quirky auteurs of "Fargo," "Raising Arizona" and "The Big Lebowski," are groaning.

    They are recalling a recent viewing of their first feature film, "Blood Simple" (1984), a stylish, noirish tale of murder in Texas, which is being reissued in theaters today....

  • Jewish Vietnam

    By Eric H

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    If you're thinking of taking a trip to Vietnam, you won't have a chance to see a thriving Jewish community or eat at a kosher bakery. Yes, Jews migrated to Shanghai in World War II to avoid the Holocaust and there are some Jewish institutions in Thailand. Although many Jews went to...

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  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Mike Levy

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    8Saturday

    The film is a cult classic. The theatrical adaptation has inspired audiences for more than two decades. "Harold and Maude," the offbeat comedic tale of a death-obsessed young man and the free-spirited 80-year-old woman who teaches him about life, opens today at The Will Geer...

  • Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Lawrence Goldmark, interim leader of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, had a few words to say about his ex-colleague: "The man is courageous with respect to what he believes in." That man is Rabbi Abner Weiss, who for 15 years has served as spiritual leader for the...

  • Growing or Shrinking?

    By Julie G Fax

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin can't stop laughing.
    No really, I tell him, according to the numbers, the Orthodox community is shrinking.
    He takes a deep breath.
    "I'm trying not to get upset here," says Cunin, sovereign of West Coast Chabad for the past 36 years. "But you have to be blind...

  • Iran: Politics Gone Wrong

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There is not a reader of this newspaper who does not believe - does not know - that the conviction of the 10 Iranian Jews last Saturday was wrong. Wrong and unjust in its violation of due process. Wrong in its disregard of human rights. And wrong in its basic allegation that the 10...

  • King Departs

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Last Friday was bittersweet for Sandra King. Closing a chapter in her professional life that has lasted a quarter of a century, King stepped down as executive director of Jewish Family Service (JFS), a beneficiary agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

    For the past 10...

  • Return of a Classic

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    For the first time since 1987, and for the first time ever in the original French, "The Sorrow and the Pity," Marcel Ophüls' seminal documentary about France under Nazi occupation, comes to the U.S., including Los Angeles, this week.

    Since the film's 1971 release, there have been...

  • Together Apart

    By Rob Eshman

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    David Lehrer may be overstating his case only slightly when he says that most Westsiders are unaware of what goes on "6 inches below the 10 freeway and 6 inches east of the Golden State." Maybe he's off by a few inches, but cut him some slack; Lehrer has been trying to bridge the...

  • Letter to an American Friend

    By Eric Silver

    July 6, 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...

  • Making a Difference

    By David Evanier

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There was a time, I realize now, when I doubted that one individual could make a difference; that is, a real difference in the lives of others. It was the system, the institutions, the economy, I told myself and others; it was social forces, wars, history itself that affected our...

  • Letters to the Editor

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Collaboration with al-Mayarati Shameful

    Salam al-Mayarati certainly can't be trusted. At best, he is not a friend of the Jewish community, let alone of Israel ("Caught in the Crossfire," June 30).
    The fact that leftist-liberal Democratic politician Adam Schiff chose to associate...

  • Choosing Celibacy

    By Susan Josephs

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    At 16, Carl Birman started secretly to date men. At 21, he came out and plunged into a gay world of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. He joined a group called the Radical Fairies that promoted promiscuity and paganism. As for the ages between 5 and 10, he tried to bury them in the past....

  • Visiting Vietnam

    By Eric H

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The 25th anniversary of Saigon's fall has unleashed a flood of existential questions for Vietnamese and Americans. The roads taken, alternatives ignored and current choices compete for attention.Surprises and paradoxes littered the cityscapes of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hanoi...

  • It Would Be Nice if We Did Something

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    July 6, 2000 | 7:59 pm

    Several years ago, before I became an attorney, the news of Iran's star-chamber proceedings and convictions of Jews would have sent me protesting in the streets. I would have joined - or organized - massive protests, including nonviolent sit-downs at major arteries, like Wilshire...

  • More Thana Villain

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When Jason Isaacs went in to audition for the Royal National Theatre's production of Tony Kushner's "Angels in America," he knew exactly what role he wanted. He insisted upon portraying the anxiety-ridden character of Louis, who is somewhat based on the life of the gay Jewish...

  • Exercise is Good for the Soul

    By Ilene Springer

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Maybe it's a stereotype, but Jewish people have always been considered smart. Not just by others but by themselves, too. We pride ourselves on making education a priority for our children. We encourage them to study, to go for the extra credit, and we imbue them with the value of...

  • Only Way Into the Promised Land

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    After Fred Astaire's first screen test, the memo from the Casting department at MGM said: "Can't act. Slightly bald. Can dance a little." Astaire framed the memo and kept it above his fireplace. Winston Churchill failed sixth grade. He didn't become prime minister of England until he...

  • Caught in the Crossfire

    By Tom Tugend

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    One of the country's hottest congressional races reached near boiling point last week when the alleged pro-terrorist sympathies of a local Muslim leader were added to the political stew.As a further fillip to the controversy, the accusations against the Muslim leader came from the...

  • Deadline pressure

    By David Landau

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    JERUSALEM - After years of talking about it, anticipating it and preparing for it, a divided and unprepared Israel this week faced what may at last be the decisive phase of the peace process.U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright flew into the region Tuesday to determine whether...

  • Jodi Kalicki’s transformation

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Jodi Kalicki's transformation from overweight single mother to fitness expert began late one evening as she sat in front of the television set sipping Coca-Cola and munching Cheetos in her mother's Reseda apartment. Despondent over her divorce and the failure of her recording career,...

  • Selective Memory

    By Stuart Schoffman

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It's not easy being 52, especially when you're a country. Israel and I are the same age, and I get the feeling it's harder on her than on me. The other night my high school classmates living in Israel got together for a 35th reunion. There were 116 graduates of our modern-Orthodox...

  • Jewish Journalism

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Last week the American Jewish Press Association held its 19th annual conference in Washington DC. Part of the proceedings always include a closing night dinner where reporters and their newspapers are honored for Excellence in Jewish Journalism. These are known as the Simon Rockower...

  • Letters to the Editor

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Terrorist Would Profit From Book Sales

    Paige Gold (Letters, June 16) seems to have misunderstood the gravamen of my opinion column ("Will We Line a Murderer's Pockets?," May 26) in The Jewish Journal. I wrote about the recently published autobiography of Abu Daoud, the confessed...

  • 7 Days in Arts

    By Mike Levy

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    1Saturday

    o Gore Vidal's play "The Best Man" is a political melodrama full of accusations and incriminations, conceit and deceit - a perfect warm-up for the Democratic convention coming to town in August. The New York Times said the production "comes close enough to the truth to be...

  • First Rough Draft

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Over the next few months, Jewish life is going to get a lot more interesting than most of us would like. It's summer, and we're in for a hot one.

    Last year around this time, alert readers recall, right-wing extremists were burning down synagogues in Sacramento. This year they're doing...

  • Fern Milken Sports & Youth Complex

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    If anyone doubts the popularity of the new Fern Milken Sports & Youth Complex at the West Valley Jewish Community Center, just show up on any given weekday. The center, which used to attract primarily seniors, is now a hangout for youth of all ages, especially those with a love of...

  • Pass the Egg

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    June 29, 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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