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  • Our Two Worlds

    By Rabbi Cheryl Peretz

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In today's world, it is so easy to get caught up in the development and achievement of the many goals we set for ourselves.

    From the time we are very young, we are trained to begin thinking about what we want to be when we grow up and how we will get there.

    And as we grow up, those...

  • Religious Tensions Spark ‘Campfire’

    By Tom Tugend

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Sitting in a booth at Milky Way restaurant, Joseph Cedar, a lean young man in jeans and baseball cap, hardly looks the part of an Orthodox Jew, who is also one of Israel's most perceptive filmmakers.

    He is in town for a couple of days to talk about his latest movie,...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    On Sunday, Nov. 14,
    come to the second annual
    Jewish Children's Bookfest
    from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.,
    at the Triangle, Mount Sinai Memorial Park
    (6150 Mount Sinai Drive, Simi Valley,
    exit the 118 West at Yosemite).
    Children and their...
  • March Connects Students to Shoah

    By Julie G Fax

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    With 15 years of Jewish day school education under his belt, Marc Marrero had a plan for college.

    "I was going to graduate from Milken, come to college and basically have my Jewish life back home, and I was going to completely forget about Judaism when I came to college," said...

  • L.A. Jewish GOP Parties, Dems Despair

    By Marc Ballon

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Stress and disappointment gave way to jubilation at the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) of Los Angeles' election night party as President George W. Bush piled up the electoral votes and turned the map of the United States Republican red.

    The mood was far more somber at the...

  • Mixed News for GOP Jews

    By James D. Besser

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Republican hopes for a big Jewish surge in this year's presidential contest were dashed on Tuesday when President George W. Bush, in his successful bid for a second term, claimed only about 24 percent of the Jewish vote nationally, according to exit polls published by major news...

  • Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    AMIT's Commandments

    Cast members from the new "Ten Commandments" musical performed for about 120 people at AMIT's Cherish The Children dinner on Oct. 25 at Brentwood's Luxe Hotel, with the organization event raising money for AMIT's 60 schools serving 15,000 at-risk Israeli youth.

  • Patriot Paranoia?

    By Bill Boyarsky

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    By chance, Bet Tzedek Legal Services sponsored a program on the American Patriot Act just about the

    same time readers were beginning to get their copies of Philip Roth's "The Plot Against America."

    It was a perfect combination. The Patriot Act, hurriedly passed by Congress and...

  • Fest Sheds Light on Sephardic Life

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When Neil Sheff trekked up and down Rodeo Drive with a film crew, he received surprising answers to his man-in-the-street question, "What is Sephardic Jewry?"

    "One person thought it had to do with going on safari," said Sheff, 42, co-founder of the Los Angeles Sephardic Jewish Film...

  • Shoah Tale Rescues a Rescuer

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Working as a Catholic social worker in the underground network Zegota during World War II, Irena Sendler headed an operation to smuggle Jewish children out of the Warsaw ghetto. Over 16 months, her volunteers spirited youngsters out in sacks, suitcases or body bags, through sewers,...

  • Tropically Together in Club Med

    By Tom Tugend

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In its early days, Club Med catered mainly to single swingers, but when business dropped, the management wisely turned some of its resorts into family destinations.

    That suited us fine, because my wife and I have three daughters, three sons-in-law, seven grandchildren and counting --...

  • Sotheby’s Auctions Hebrew Collection

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jacob Joshua Falk was home studying Talmud when a nearby gunpowder factory exploded. Trapped beneath debris with no escape route in sight, the 22-year-old Pole made a vow to God: if saved, he would study Talmud diligently. He immediately spied a clearing and crawled out of the rubble...

  • Closing the Gap on Believers

    By Jack Miles

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Is religion more prominent or less today in American life? Is it fading away or roaring ahead? Articles about the conservative Christian influence in the Bush administration point -- often fearfully -- in one direction. Statistics about the disappearance of young adults in the 18-30...

  • Jew in the Jungle

    By Joy Rothke

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In 2002 I wrote "Tropical Depression: Lost in Paradise," an essay about my misadventures as a newly minted

    expat. It was published about six months after I arrived from San Francisco to tiny, rural La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica.

    Relocating to Central America seemed like a...

  • Will IDF Soldiers Oppose Gaza Orders?

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A group of prominent rabbis has called upon Israeli soldiers to refuse orders to evacuate Jews from Gaza. If the Gaza disengagement plan goes through the Knesset, many soldiers will face a bewildering dilemma, as they must choose between the orders of their commanding officers and...

  • Will Sharon Share Rabin’s Fate?

    By M.J. Rosenberg

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Nov. 4 marks the ninth anniversary of the single-worst moment in Israel's history: the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. With hindsight -- although many recognized it at the time -- it is clear that the Rabin murder achieved the goal of its perpetrator.

    The assassin, and...

  • UCLA Forming Israel Studies Program

    By Tom Tugend

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Everybody talks about Israel, but, surprisingly, there is no teaching, research and community program at an American university that focuses solely on the Jewish state in all its multiple facets.

    The gap is beginning to be filled at UCLA, and if all works as planned, the Israel...

  • Passing on a Legacy of Love

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "All That Matters" by Jan Goldstein (Hyperion, $17.95).

    Walk into Zabar's and it's easy to spot 76-year old Gittel "Gabby" Zuckerman. She's feisty and funny, and her shrinking height and failing health don't diminish her power. Nor do the memories of the family she lost in the...

  • Few Surprises in Congressional Races

    By James Besser

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The next Congress will look a lot like the last one, which was marked by unprecedented partisan strife and legislative gridlock.

    The reason: the vast majority of incumbents were easily returned to office. Of hundreds of contests nationwide, only a small handful were genuinely...

  • Progress or Pressure If Arafat Goes?

    By Leslie Susser

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli officials are quietly confident that if Yasser Arafat's health forces him to leave office, new chances for Israeli-Palestinian accommodation will open up.

    But they are aware of a number of pitfalls. The most serious danger is that any successor to Arafat might not have the...

  • Charity List Shows Fundraising Stability

    By Rachel Pomerance

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Who's up and who's down in Jewish charities? While a recent snapshot of some of the largest Jewish charities reveals that Jewish fundraising generally is stable, nuances in the numbers reveal the viccissitudes -- and why.

    The Chronicle of Philanthropy last week released its...

  • Election Education

    By Julie G Fax

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Democrats and Republicans may have done their best to get out the vote, but nothing quite does it like making it part of the school curriculum. At schools around the city this week, regular classes were suspended so that kids from elementary to high school could dip their young toes...

  • Briefs

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Sharon Marks Rabin Assassination Anniversary

    Ariel Sharon apologized for any incitement that may have led to the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin.

    "Our disputes were never personal, they were for the greater good," the Israeli prime minister said at a Jerusalem memorial marking the...

  • Why Kerry:  Bush Policies Endanger Israel

    By Rep. Henry Waxman

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Republicans are trying to woo traditionally Democratic Jewish voters to President Bush. Their argument is that the president's re-election is in

    the best interest of both the United States and Israel. We strongly disagree.

    The United States and Israel have long been bound by a strong...

  • Obituaries

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    PERLA ABITTAN died Aug. 3 at 74. She is survived by her husband, Emile; son, Arie; daughter, Rica (Yizhaz) Elbaz; and three grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

    Max Barbach died Aug. 1 at 98. He is survived by his sons, Ron (Sharlene) Barback and Harry (Eleanor); daughter, Sandra; grandson,...

  • You’re Fired!

    By Raphi Salem

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    From the beginning, even before it was famous, "The Apprentice," Donald Trump's reality TV show, had piqued my interest -- but not enough

    to make a standing engagement with my TV set whenever it was on.

    But then one Friday night I had Shabbat dinner with a few friends, and it...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In Parshat Vayera, God does a math trick with names: He takes the letter yud (h)out of sarai's name. Then he divides it equally. Look at the chart below to discover how much the letter yud is worth in gematria. Now, what two letters does God come up with and where does...
  • Grampa’s Advice: Pass on ‘First-Tell’

    By Saul Turteltaub

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It took me six years of being a grandfather to accept the fact that my grandchildren may not be more brilliant or athletic than everyone else's.

    Here's how I realized it. There's this thing between grandparents I like to call "first-tell." Say you meet your friend, another...

  • Aspirations and Anxiety in America

    By Gregory Rodriguez

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "The Jews of the United States, 1654 to 2000" by Hasia Diner (University of California, $29.95)

    In the late 1970s, a time when Jews in the United States had arguably achieved more status and social acceptance than in any previous era of their long Diaspora, American Jewish groups...

  • Jewish Switch to GOP? Not This Year

    By Alan Fisher

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Because of the strong support of the Republican candidate for president and doubts about the commitment of the Democrat, this

    is the year that large numbers of Democrats will finally move into the Republican camp and stay there, because the Republicans really do better represent the...

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