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  • More than a Birthright

    By Beverly Gray

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Having recently become excited about her Jewish heritage, Michelle Block wants to start off the new millennium with a trip to Israel. And thanks to a new program created by a group of American billionaires and the Israeli government, this Cal State Northridge student just might get...
  • SNew Weinberger Bombshell: Judge Asked for Pollard Memo

    By David Twersky

    October 7, 1999 | 7:59 pm

    Caspar Weinberger has dropped a bombshell that could dramatically affect the fate of Jonathan Pollard.

    In an interview in the September 1999 issue of the Middle East Forum, the former defense secretary says that his still-secret memo to Judge Aubrey Robinson was written at the request...

  • Female Issues

    By Teresa Strasser

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    It started out innocently enough. Some burning. Uncomfortable urination. A couple of weeks pass, and I'm starting to feel like my bladder is on fire and all the cranberry juice in Vons isn't going to put out the flames.

    I wake up in the middle of the night, sobbing and with little...

  • Jewish in Europe

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    As a young man, fresh out of college, I lived in Europe -- in Paris -- struggling to become a writer and searching for the adult identity that had thus far eluded me. Then, less than a decade later, I found myself living abroad again -- first in Brussels and then in London. In each...
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  • Leaving Los Angeles

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    An expectant mother. Some twentysomethings in jeans and T-shirts. A Sephardic gentleman and his African-American partner. An American Jew and his Asian wife.

    On this weekday evening, they are all gathered around a conference-room table at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles...

  • Should He Stay or Should He Go?

    By Daniel Kurtzman

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    With a maelstrom swirling around Pat Buchanan and the views he espouses on Hitler and World War II in his latest book, the last thing Texas Gov. George W. Bush wanted to do was become ensnared in the controversy.

    But in asking the Republican firebrand not to leave the GOP, Bush has...

  • Reputed Gangster Emerges as Suspect in Biggest Money-Laundering Case in History

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A reputed gangster who calls himself "a simple Jew from Kiev" has emerged as the central suspect in an international bank-fraud probe that investigators term the biggest money-laundering case in history.

    The case involves an apparent scheme by Russian mobsters to launder billions of...

  • Arafat’s Final Chapter

    By James D

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Spending 90 minutes in a small room with Yasser Arafat doesn't quiet old qualms. In military garb and his trademark headdress, Arafat still evokes images of the stubble-bearded terrorist mastermind who caused so much misery and fear for Jews worldwide.

    But in person, it's also easier...

  • The Power of Gratitude

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Three months ago, at age 19, my daughter made a decision that has changed her life forever. All of us make them, although often we have no idea at the time just how profoundly we will be changed.

    For me, it happened at age 20, right before my junior year of college, when I suddenly...

  • The Completion of an Extraordinary Two-Year Experience

    By John R. Fishel

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In July, I was privileged to join almost 80 other Los Angelenos, many of their spouses and a few of their children, in Jerusalem for the completion of an extraordinary two-year experience. The Wexner Heritage Foundation has just given our community a wonderful gift. Eighty young men...
  • A Jewish Renaissance

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A decade ago, the Jewish communities in communist-dominated Eastern and Central Europe were generally written off as dying remnants of the pre-Holocaust past. Forty years of communist restrictions -- and decades more than that in what was then the Soviet Union -- had compounded the...
  • Dear Journal

    By Deborah Berger

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Sharon Ann Dror, born deaf, didn't enjoy seders with her hearing family while growing up in a traditional Jewish home in Santa Monica. She could read lips, but she couldn't see peoples' faces as they read from behind their Haggadot. &'009;

    "I felt frustrated and bored," recalls the...

  • Art Around Town

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    All around Los Angeles this month, fascinating art is thriving. And it couldn't be more diverse. On display are works by Israeli artists, Russians, Holocaust survivors and more.

    The Israeli work is at the Alter & Gil gallery in Beverly Hills, where Yoram Gil is taking a gamble on 13...

  • Season’s End in the Catskills

    By Phil Brown

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    I'm just back from rummaging at the liquidation sale in the Concord Hotel, a months-long process already. Silverware has dropped from $2 each, to four for a dollar; gleaming silverware pails from $20 to $5. Hasidim load vans to furnish their bungalows with astonishingly ugly...
  • Lost in America

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Israel's new government had a rough week diplomatically in New York late last month, when Foreign Minister David Levy flew in to address the United Nations General Assembly.

    The problems weren't at the United Nations. Levy aced the world body. He met with an impressive array of world...

  • Counseling Centers

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Conejo Valley Counseling Center: 100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite 110, Thousand Oaks. (805) 379-2273:

    "You and Your Aging Parent," now forming.

    Widow/widowers support group, now forming. Wednesdays.

    Metro Counseling Center, 8846 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 858-8863:

    "Dearly...

  • Gary Winnick Steps Out Front

    By Tom Tugend

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When Gary Winnick was a youngster, his immigrant grandfather, a former pushcart peddler on New York's Lower East Side, gave him the then princely sum of $25. Where another boy might have rushed out to buy a bicycle or treat his buddies to a soda fountain binge, Gary carefully put the...
  • Community Briefs

    By Judy Gruen

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A play with both wit and heart is a compelling combination, and it's one that playwright Donald Margulies' pulls off in his mostly rewarding "Collected Stories."

    "Stories" drew critical praise and a 1997 Pulitzer Prize nomination following it's world première at Costa Mesa's South...

  • Through the Looking Glass

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Fifty-five years ago, they survived Auschwitz by working for the notorious Dr. Josef Mengele.

    Karl Stojka, an 11-year-old Roma boy, served as a messenger for the chief Auschwitz physician. Dina Gottliebova Babbitt, a Czech-Jewish artist, was forced to paint portraits of Roma and...

  • End Papers

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The family gathers at the bedside. Sons, daughters and grandchildren ask each other, "What should we do for zedeh?" "Since his stroke he doesn't talk any more," laments a daughter. A brother adds, "I don't think he recognizes any of us." "It seems to me that he is suffering. I don't...
  • On Blaming Evil

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    On a beautiful Sunday morning before Yom Kippur, my friend Diane and I took a walk down the bikeway near the beach. I was just thinking how peaceful and clean the old honky-tonk neighborhood near Venice seemed when Diane flinched.

    "Did you hear that? That guy muttered, 'Let's kill all...

  • Jewish Open House

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    An unused, 18th-century synagogue in the northern Italian town of Cherasco, whose elegant canopied bimah features gilded carving, painted decoration and slim spiral columns. A 13th-century mikvah in the heart of Strasbourg, France, and a former synagogue in nearby Pfaffenhoffen that...
  • Cardinal Repentance

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In a High Holiday letter to Jewish friends, New York's Roman Catholic cardinal has expressed "abject sorrow" for centuries of anti-Semitism, and called for a new era of respect and love between Christians and Jews.

    The powerfully worded letter from Cardinal John O'Connor echoed...

  • Santa Monica’s SoHo

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When Bergamot Station first opened its art gallery doors five years ago, more than 20,000 visitors showed up on opening night -- to everyone's surprise. It was a free celebratory evening many still remember. This Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m., as Bergamot takes note of its fifth...
  • Leah’s Restaurant

    By Beverly Levitt

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Leah Adler has a couple of secrets. She leaves the lime out of the guacamole. She adds burnt onions to everything from egg salad to creamed spinach crepes. And she wrote her son Steven "gastro-intestinal notes" when he wanted to play hooky from school.

    "I go my own way," she says...

  • Healing’s Many Colors

    By Rob Kutner

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine the shock Temple Knesset Israel members felt when they came to Shabbat services five weeks ago and found scrawled on their wall, "Jews die" and a swastika. The Los Feliz congregation is largely elderly; many are Holocaust survivors.

    A shock of a different sort awaited them...

  • PBS Pope Profile

    By Tom Tugend

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There is a haunting image in the early part of the PBS "Frontline" documentary on Pope John Paul II. As the Warsaw ghetto goes up in flames, just outside the wall and within sight and sound of the remaining Jewish resistance fighters, a carousel goes round and round, full of...
  • A Minyan in the Outfield

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    From his office in Pico-Robertson, Ephraim Moxson counts Jewish professional athletes. There are five playing in the National Hockey League, a couple in the National Basketball Assn., four in the National Football League. But in Major League Baseball, there will be, by the end of...
  • Forging Ahead

    By David Landau

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Prime Minister Ehud Barak's cozy late-night dinner with Yasser Arafat and some of the Palestinian leaders' top aides at a private home near Tel Aviv came as a pleasant surprise to Middle East peace watchers.

    Even Foreign Minister David Levy's public irritation at not having been...

  • Safety First?

    By Beverly Gray

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    On the first day of school, when Barbara Gindi escorted her children to Maimonides Academy, she was appalled by what she saw: Two security guards stood out front, a Sheriff's squad car was parked at the curb, and the administrative staff was on high alert.

    "It brought tears to my...

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