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  • Too Close to Call

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Fangs bared and chests thrust out, the competitors stepped into the ring and proceeded to demolish each other in ways both fair and unfair.

    Was it the World Wrestling Federation? No, just another debate on Valley secession.

    Last week, the Anti-Defamation League invited representatives...

  • Arthur Finkelstein’s Problem, and Ours

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    You've got to feel sorry for Arthur Finkelstein. The legendary Republican campaign consultant, slayer of liberals from North Carolina to New York, seems to have met his match this year, in Israel of all places. And all he wanted to do, he said in a recently published interview, was...
  • Love and Marriage

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The midrash says that poverty is the worst of all afflictions. But I think it's something else -- loneliness. Human beings are lonely creatures, craving love. I see it in the eyes of elderly men who lose their wives of half a century or more. I see it in the longing and desperation...
  • It’s Like…Not ‘Seinfeld’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Peter Mehlman, the former writer and co-executive producer of "Seinfeld," is sitting at a corner table at Shutters on the Beach, wearing mismatched sweats and a day's worth of stubble.

    He's sipping Pellegrino and gazing out the picture window at the palm trees and gray sea under a...

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  • A Psalm for a Singer

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    It's tenor time in the Borscht Belt next week. The cantors are coming to the Catskills, close to 400 of them, from Conservative synagogues across the country. With spouses and sundry fans in tow, they'll be descending on Kutsher's Country Club, one of the last of the region's great...
  • ‘Forward’ Thinking

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Like many a success story, it all started as a joke.

    Dave Golding, a major Hollywood publicist, asked neophyte photographer Phil Stern to document the filming of "Guys and Dolls." As a favor to his father, who worked on The Forward, Golding asked Stern to photograph Marlon Brando...

  • Autism: The New Epidemic

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Barbara and Sheldon Helfing never expected to have one autistic child, much less two. Their son Leland, now 5, was born prematurely and began showing signs of a neurological disorder before...

  • Tom Friedman’s New World Order

    By Rob Eshman

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    It was 1984. A tough, tight-lipped Israeli army colonel was leading a small group of journalists on a tour of southern Lebanon, where Israel was in the midst of a war. The journalists wore army-issue flak jackets. They listened and took notes, as if taking dictation. One...
  • Dreaming C’s

    By Teresa Strasser

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Either the apocalypse is coming, or I've been living in Los Angeles too long. Last night, I woke up from the most vivid dream, the kind that feels like it lasted all night, the kind of dream that feels like a journey through every emotion.

    I dreamt that I had gotten a breast...

  • An Arab Prime Minister?

    By Larry Derfner

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    For the first time ever, an Arab citizen of Israel is running for prime minister. He is first-term Knesset member Azmi Bishara, one of the leading intellectuals in the Arab world, and one of the most provocative politicians of any ethnicity in Israel.

    Bishara's candidacy is opposed by...

  • The Warrior and Witness

    By Eric Silver

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Ben-Zion Blustein, the teen-age lone survivor of a White Russian Jewish family, spent most of World War II on the run, hiding in the forest, fighting with the partisans against the German occupiers and their local collaborators.

    In July 1944, when the Russians liberated the area near...

  • A Reason for Remembrance

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Once upon a time, we celebrated holidays and honored men and women and moments from our past as though they were charged with meaning. Armistice Day, Independence Day, Lincoln's birthday. I remember a Memorial Day, in 1976, when everyone marched through the six-block town to the...

  • On the Lone Prairie

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When I consider author Sara Davidson's now-so-public love affair with a cowboy who didn't know about Anne Frank, I can hear my mother saying, "Honey, you could do so much better."

    To which Davidson's response would surely be, "Show me how."

    Davidson's new fictionalized memoir,...

  • Birth Pangs

    By Rabbi Janet Ross Marder

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The other day, I got a sample of Pampers in the mail. It doesn't happen very often now, fortunately. For a while there, almost every day brought free diapers, coupons for baby food, baby lotion, baby photographs. I passed them on to my sister, who has a year-old son, and told myself...
  • When We Must Fight Back

    By Jane Ulman

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "Hit him back!" my husband Larry and I occasionally advise our sons.

    "Really? Can I?" each answer, incredulously.

    Yes. We do advocate that they fight back: When neither words nor whining, bribes nor threats, deter a brother, buddy or teammate's aggressive behavior. When passivity and...

  • Director Comes Full Circle with ‘The Envoy’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In 1961, a saddened and disheartened 23-year-old Algerian school teacher and musician named Gaston Ghenassia was merely one of the thousands of refugees on a ship bound for France, leaving his homeland in the aftermath of the Algerian Revolution. Little did he know at the time how...
  • Simon Wiesenthal to be Honored During Holocaust Remembrance

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Famed Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, who just turned 90, still leaves his modest home in Vienna several times a week to work at his Jewish Documentation Center, which is located in a nondescript, sparsely furnished, three-room office 100 yards from the former Gestapo headquarters.

    His...

  • Dialogue in Distress

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There's good news and bad news in Catholic-Jewish relations. The good news is, relations between Catholics and Jews have never been better. The bad news is, relations between the Vatican and world Jewry have gotten so bad that the Vatican has severed its formal diplomatic link to the...

  • Life’s Ironies are Beautiful

    By Ruth Stroud

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    For Italian expatriates Lotte Katz Singer of Beverly Hills and Ann Signett of the San Fernando Valley, life is surprising as well as beautiful. The two were recently reunited 50 years after sharing a residence during the German occupation of Rome.

    As part of its "The People and Nation...

  • Holocaust Museum Reopens

    By Ruth Stroud

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Next week's reopening of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust at its new location on Museum Row coincides with a string of events that will commemorate Yom HaShoah.

    * The first, a youth observance, will take place on Tuesday, from 11 a.m. to noon, at Pan Pacific Park's Los Angeles...

  • What To Do About Kosovo?

    By Gil Sedan

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Israelis are divided over NATO's military campaign against Serbia -- and opinions and policy are being informed as much by history and the Holocaust as by current political realities.

    Israeli sympathy for the Serbs, who were fellow victims of the Nazis during World War II, is...

  • A Place Where We All Feel at Home

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    This past summer, while leading a Jewish Heritage tour through Central and Eastern Europe, we spent Shabbat in the beautiful city of Prague. On Shabbat morning, we prayed at the famous 13th-century Altenu Shul. The Altenu Shul is the oldest existing synagogue still functioning in...

  • Holocaust Images in Color

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Between 1939 and 1944, when the Lodz ghetto was the largest and most notorious Nazi slave labor camp, a bourgeois Austrian named Walter Genewein, the ghetto's chief accountant, procured a Movex 12 camera that was confiscated from a Jewish prisoner. He used his position to secure a...
  • Florys Story

    By Lori Schneide

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In the living room of her Newport Beach home, Flory Van Beek reaches up to a shelf and takes down a plain-white book the size of an encyclopedia and engraved with a Star of David. "This was published by the Dutch government," she says. "It has the names of the almost 140,000 Dutch...
  • ‘That ‘70s Show’ Star Enters Cyberspace

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    On Fox's breakout comedy, "That '70s Show," Mila Kunis plays spoiled and sassy Jackie Burkhardt. But, in real life, she's very much a child of the '90s, down to her fascination with the Internet.

    "I'm on AOL and Netscape every day," the 15-year-old sitcom star told Up Front. "I'm...

  • In Praise of the Righteous Enemy

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Once again, the anniversary of the Holocaust is upon us (April 13), and, once again, the commemoration taunts me. "Go preach the goodness of God." "Go praise the crown of God's creation made but little lower than the angels." "Speak to the world of faith and hope in the wake of the...
  • Passover Refugees

    By Michael J

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    It was March 31, the first night of Passover, and his native Yugoslavia was again convulsed by war.

    So it was fitting, perhaps, that young Ismael chose melodies from the repertoire of the old Sephardic rabbis of Bosnia and Kosovo while leading his first seder.

    In Bosnia, during the...

  • Voting for Education

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The community colleges, like the rest of the state's once-stellar educational complex, have been ignored for some 20 years, which is why Tuesday's Los Angeles election deserves our attention.

    Under a series of Republican governors operating during leaner times, the nine campuses that...

  • A Journey into the Heart of Darkness

    By Michael D. Braun

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There was something haunting about taking the train. The aged boxcars on a parallel track seemed frozen in time. I quieted my thoughts. After all, the train was a necessary evil. This bitter irony was not lost on me as the train sped from Munich to Dachau on probably the very same...
  • Mr. Schiff Tries for Washington

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    I am a comedian and I have been lucky enough to have worked in my business for 20 years. This is a huge thing because most people in comedy never even work 20 days in 20 years. I have also been blessed to be part of a great group of comedians who have emerged in that time. Three of...
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