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  • Keeping the Flame Alive

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Dr. Gary Schiller, chairman of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, believes that the future of intelligent, dignified Holocaust scholarship lies not in the hands of the Jewish community, but beyond it.

    "Young people give me hope," said Schiller, associate professor of medicine...

  • FDR’s Holocaust of Inaction

    By Sidney Zion

    April 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    FDR died on April 12, 1945. I was 11 years old and heard the news on the radio in the bird store, where I was buying seed for my little canary.

    I ran home to tell Grandma. She broke into tears. "What will happen to the Jews?" she said.

    They were dead, the Six Million, but the war in...

  • Ask Wendy

    By Wendy Belzberg

    April 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Unmarried at 40

    Dear Wendy,

    My youngest brother, Azer, is 40 years old and not married or dating anyone seriously. He is a kohen and will not marry a widow, divorcee or a convert, which excludes most of the eligible women I know in his age category. My Orthodox relatives in...

  • IBM Response Demanded

    By Edwin Black

    April 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The revelations in my book "IBM and the Holocaust" sprang upon the world Feb. 12. The book documented IBM's strategic business and consultative alliance with Nazi Germany beginning from the first moment of the Hitler regime in 1933 and continuing right into the war.

    It was this...

  • Your Letters

    April 19, 2001 | 7:59 pm

    Jewish Tax

    I noted a great disconnect between the editorial ("The Jewish Tax," April 13) and the cover story on the Skirball Museum ("Skirball at Five," April 13). The editorial correctly noted the high financial burden borne by Jewish families paying for day school and camps. The...

  • Finding Work in a Bear Market

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It was a rough transition for Debbie Murphy. She had just emerged from a difficult divorce after being trapped for two decades in an abusive marriage. Two years ago, she found herself on her own for the first time, unemployed and unequipped.

    "Even though I had a bachelor's degree and...

  • Skirball at Five

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When the Skirball Cultural Center opened in April 1996, its founding president and CEO, Rabbi Uri D. Herscher, didn't buy the philosophy "If you build it, they will come."

    "My theory was, 'If they come, then you build,'" the rabbi said. "Prophesy is for fools."

    Not long before the...

  • Model Volunteer

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In many ways, 26-year-old Deborah Jennings is typical of the young volunteers at the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) in the Fairfax district. She's a passionate, college-educated individual who volunteers four to eight hours each week for Talkline, a counseling hotline...

  • Tuning In

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As founder and chair of Westwood One, the biggest

    radio network in the country, Norman J. Pattiz has an impact on what's carried over the airwaves in the United States and beyond. Now that he is a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, he has an even greater voice in...

  • Ten Commandments for Modern Orthodoxy

    By Moshe Kaveh

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    While many Orthodox Jews these days are discussing what must be done to make tradition more "relevant," I believe the far more important challenge is to make tradition more valuable, more directly beneficial to individual Jews as well as the larger social order.

    Modern Orthodoxy...

  • Charity Obstacle?

    By Sharon Samber

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    With tax cuts the talk of the town, Jewish philanthropic agencies are worried about another part of President Bush's fiscal plan: the repeal of the estate tax.

    Officials of many funds are concerned that charitable giving will suffer if the estate tax, which levies a high tax on the...

  • Focusing on Israel

    By Tom Tugend

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    After a lengthy hiatus, American Jews, especially younger ones, are again focusing on Israel as a top priority.

    "During the last seven to eight years, American Jews thought that Israel's worst problems were over and turned their attention to domestic communal problems," said Kenneth...

  • Fighting Exclusion

    By Steve Feldman

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In a Philadelphia suburb, a Reform congregation has fought for more than a year to create a synagogue on a parcel of land that for many years had been the site of a Roman Catholic novitiate. An Orthodox congregation in Los Angeles has been in court for years over their use of a...

  • Repairing the World

    By Julie Wiener

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    According to a popular joke, a group of American Jewish tourists in Israel ask their tour guide, "How do you say tikkun olam in Hebrew?"

    Tikkun olam, of course, is a Hebrew term, one that describes the Jewish obligation to repair the world.

    The joke's humor lies in the fact that many...

  • Ritualized Equality

    By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Woven into many Jews' seders when they sit down to celebrate Passover this year will be a spate of new traditions.

    A Miriam's Cup next to Elijah's represents the role of the prophetess Miriam in the Exodus and highlights women's contributions to Jewish culture. A seemingly...

  • Big Apple Confessions

    By Mike Levy

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    With its witty observations, rapid pacing and expertly delivered one-liners, "The Pages of My Diary I'd Rather Not Read" is a great evening of theater for its humor alone. What makes Eydie Faye's debut as a playwright special, however, is its trio of strong characters.

    At the...

  • Sweet Sorrow

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A wall of neatly coiffed ladies charges up to the counter to place their orders for baked goods on one of the last days before the holidays and one of the last days before Brown's Bakery in North Hollywood closes its doors forever. Some of the customers have been buying their cakes,...

  • Calendar & Singles

    By Mike Levy

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm



    Temple Isaiah: 9:30 a.m. Tot Shabbat for children ages 2-6 including short service, songs and stories. 10345 W. Pico Blvd. For more information, call (310) 277-2772.

    Congregation Mishkon Tephilo: 9:30 a.m. Services for the seventh day of Passover. Also, Yizkor...

  • Fit After 50

    By Mike Levy

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Looking to get in shape, clients of all ages, shapes and sizes come to youthful fitness trainer Betsy Mendel. Mendel, who operates a business called No Excuses, has developed special insights into the training needs of her middle-aged clients. After arriving in Los Angeles from...

  • Dining With Cannibals

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The documentary, "Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale," began when artist David Shapiro found a box of old books jutting out of a pile of garbage on Avenue B in Manhattan's East Village.

    The year was 1994, and Shapiro and his sister, author Laurie Gwen Shapiro, both...

  • Free Hebrew School

    By Beverly Gray

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    People insist that there's no such thing as a free lunch. But HaShalom, a small Sephardic Orthodox congregation in the Pico-Robertson area, is offering local public school children exactly that. When students in grades K-8 arrive at HaShalom at the end of their secular school day,...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Mike Levy

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    14 Saturday

    The best of current French cinema screens this week at the City of Lights, City of Angels Film Festival. The only one of the featured films presented in English, "Esther Kahn" follows the young daughter of Jewish immigrants in 19th century London. Esther feels...

  • Incidental Intelligence

    By Tom Tugend

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    British actor Ben Kingsley has played a number of Jewish characters with such authenticity that questions frequently pop up about his possible Jewish background.

    He was unforgettable as the accountant Yitzhak Stern in "Schindler's List" and earlier had the title role in the TV movie...

  • Redemption Pesach 5761

    By Yosef Kanefsky

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    One of the enduring memories of my childhood is waking up the morning after Pesach was over. I would rush into the kitchen, and sure enough, everything was gone. The Pesach dishes and counter covers, the contact paper lining the sink, all vestiges of the seders -- all gone. You could...

  • Circumcision Lite

    By Susanna Crosby Perrin

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    An undeniable physical reminder of a man's connection to Judaism, circumcision has been an important focus of the first days of a boy's life since before we received the Torah. However, for almost as long, there have been people who question the act of circumcision and those who have...

  • Family Dinners

    By Jane Ulman

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Give me the 'A,'" my husband, Larry, says.

    "There's no 'A,'" answers Danny, 10.

    "Then give me the 'R,'" Larry responds.

    "No 'R,'" says Danny, as he gleefully draws a circle for the body.

    I'm sitting at Maria's Italian Kitchen on a Sunday evening, eating and watching my husband and...

  • Defending Greenberg

    By Peter Ephross

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Irving "Yitz" Greenberg has built a reputation as a man of letters, but not of the kind that have swirled around him lately.

    In the latest volley in an escalating war of words, a majority of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council is defending Greenberg, the embattled council...

  • How Jewish Voters Still Count

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    You really did read it here first: That the Los Angeles mayoral primary, with six formidable contenders, would come down to a June 5 mayoral face-off between the Eastside kid, former Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa, and the son of liberal Los Angeles, James Kenneth Hahn, was...

  • Success and Shopping

    By Laurel Ives

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Best-selling author Judith Krantz lives on a quiet street in Bel Air -- the exclusive area west of flashier Beverly Hills. Her home is a tasteful European- style palace hidden by a high wall -- somewhat surprising for the author of 10 blockbusters. I am admitted through the imposing...

  • Nighttime Devotion

    By Dennis Gura

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Entering the Temple of Dreams: Jewish Prayers, Movements and Meditations for the End of the Day" by Tamar Frankiel and Judy Greenfeld. (Jewish Lights Publishing, $16.95)

    Jews have a long history of publishing various types of devotional literature. Historically, just as men and...

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