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  • Wrap Party in Redondo Beach

    By Ruth Stroud

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Debbie Simmons earns her living as a CPA in Brentwood. But evenings, weekends and every other spare minute during the holidays and many other free moments during the year find Simmons shopping for bargain toys and wrapping paper, scanning the shelves or standing in checkout lines at...

  • Looking Ahead to Bush II

    By James D. Besser

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The results of the strangest-ever presidential election are still not official, but Texas Gov. George W. Bush is accelerating his transition efforts.

    And despite the morass of legal challenges to the bungled vote in Florida, a growing number of Democrats believe the GOP nominee...

  • Give Bush a Chance

    By Arnold Steinberg

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    "Once again, sons and daughters of slavery and Holocaust survivors are bound together with a shared agenda, bound by their hopes and their fears about national public policy."
    -- Jesse Jackson at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, November 12

    "Now, we blacks and Jews find...

  • Eyes Wide Shut

    By Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Why did God create us with two eyes? A Chassidic master once asked this question. His answer: One eye is for looking out -- to observe the world, other people, nature -- so that we might observe what is good and cleave to it, and what is evil and avoid it. The second eye, he taught,...

  • What’s Cooking

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Eventually, I promise you, the 2000 presidential election will end and the 2001 Los Angeles mayoral race will begin. Already, six contenders can't wait for the April 10 primary. But will this great city get the crusade it deserves -- the first truly multicultural campaign of the...

  • The Ten Most Important Things to Teach Your Child

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    "Parenting is the scariest job I have ever had," a father told me last month as he stood proudly watching his child participate in the "Moving On" ceremony of my synagogue's Early Childhood Center. "With little or no preparation at all, you are thrown headfirst into the role of...

  • Composing Life

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    On the cover of Jack Bielan's new CD, "From the Heart of a Jewish Soul," a pianist plays as his keyboard expands and spirals heavenward. Below, the glow from two yahrtzeit candles joins the keys soaring into the clouds.

    The painting is, in a way, Bielan's portrait.

    For the...

  • Stamp of Approval

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The late, great actor Edward G. Robinson ("Double Indemnity," "Little Caesar") may never have won an Oscar, but he now has a 33-cent U.S. Postal Service commemorative stamp, the sixth in the "Legends of Hollywood" series. The illustration is based on a publicity photo from his 1931...

  • The Gospel According to Agape

    By Julie G Fax

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Rachelle Benveniste looked for God, but she did not feel God in the synagogue. She looked for the communal support she needed as a divorced woman, but after a year at synagogue she still felt anonymous and invisible.

    She looked for a personal relationship with a spiritual mentor,...

  • Coup DeLay

    By Douglas M. Bloomfield

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Gov. George W. Bush claimed his birthright Sunday night after his Florida campaign co-chair and ambassador-in-waiting Katherine Harris, the Florida secretary of state, brushed aside requests for a few more hours to continue counting votes.

    W immediately began naming retreads from...

  • Rest in Peace

    By Mark Schiff

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    While at a friend's house recently, I noticed something very important. Every time the poor guy sat down and got semicomfortable, his wife would ask him to get up and do something. She just couldn't stand watching him relax.

    "What do you need, honey?" he asked.

    "I need a bowl...

  • Listening

    By Leonard Fein

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish world is seething with resentment. Our current narrative is both familiar and depressing.

    Among its elements: Prime Minister Barak made Chairman Arafat an offer more generous than anyone had imagined he would, but Arafat chose the path of violence. This demonstrates...

  • Walking the Tightrope

    By David Landau

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Prime Minister Ehud Barak has launched an election campaign amid violent conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

    He hopes to conclude the campaign some time in the spring with renewed peace hopes, or, better yet, with a draft peace agreement that he can submit to the public...

  • Yiddish in Immersion L.A.

    By Yaakov Arnold

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    As a little girl, Miriam Koral was fluent in Yiddish, both its language and culture. The child of survivors of the Holocaust and Stalinist gulags, Yiddish was the language her parents spoke to her.

    Throughout her youth, Koral would spend hours in a Yiddish library, housed on the...

  • Return to Yiddish

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Chava Alberstein has been called Israel's Joan Baez, and for good reason. Her politically charged folk songs have infuriated and inspired listeners -- none more so than "Chad Gadya," a scathing riff on the Passover tune she wrote at the height of the Intifada.

    The song, which...

  • Where the Heart Is

    By Teresa Strasser

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    They say you can never go home again.

    Well, you can. Only you might find yourself staying at a Travelodge, driving a rented Ford Contour and staking out your childhood home like some noir private eye just trying to catch a glimpse of the Johnny-come-latelys that are now living in...

  • Arafat’s Culture of Hatred

    By Morton A. Klein

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    In 1993, when Yitzhak Rabin began the process he hoped would lead to peace, he understood that the chances of achieving a real peace depended on the Palestinian Arab leaders creating a culture that would encourage their people to embrace peace and coexistence. Rabin insisted that...

  • The 700 Habits of Highly Defective Parents

    By Judy Gruen

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    "Carpool Tunnel Syndrome: Motherhood as Shuttle Diplomacy" (Heaven Ink Publishing, $12.95) is the first book by longtime Jewish Journal contributing writer Judy Gruen. In it, Pico-Robertson resident Gruen examines the pain, inconvenience, stress and heartache of parenthood, laughing...

  • Letters

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm


    Rob Eshman's argument that acceptance of intermarriage is good for American Jews ("Monsters," Nov. 24) is reminiscent of Sen. Aiken's strategy to end the Vietnam War: "Let's just declare victory and go home."

    Among Jews with modest Jewish education, not only...

  • A Day in Church

    By Julie G Fax

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It's 8:20 a.m. on a bright Sunday, and people are streaming from hard-to-find parking spots into a converted office building in a Culver City industrial park. This is the unassuming venue of Agape International Center of Truth, spiritual home to some 10,000 Angelenos. Outside the...

  • Great Music

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    One was a U.S. resident from the beginning of his long life to its end, creating music as American in its sound and subject matter as "Yankee Doodle Dandy." The other, after making his mark in Germany, fled his homeland through France and spent his final, tragically few years adding...

  • Beyond Ordinary

    By George Medovoy

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Silverado Trail, a picturesque highway that winds its way through the Napa Valley, isn't exactly where you'd expect to find someone staking his claim to Jewish identity. But for Ernie Weir, this is home base.

    Weir is owner and winemaker of Hagafen Cellars, one of California's...

  • 7 Days in Arts

    By Mike Levy

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    2 Saturday

    The story is by now familiar to most, yet "The Diary of Anne Frank" remains both haunting and uplifting. The tale of the girl who kept believing that people are good at heart while hiding from Nazis in a cramped attic is back on stage in Los Angeles. This production,...

  • No Big Deal

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    While The Jewish Journal was describing intermarriage as "no big deal" and as an issue over which "objections... have clearly collapsed," I was getting engaged last week -- to someone, uh, Jewish. During the period that I dated, my experience differed from, say, the singles life of...

  • Calendar

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm



    Temple Beth Torah: 9 a.m. Monthly healing service. 10 a.m. Tot Shabbat program for 3-5 year olds. 16651 Rinaldi St., Granada Hills. For more information, call (818) 831-0835.


    Stephen S. Wise Temple Youth: 8 p.m.-midnight. Midnight Madness...

  • Davka Bum

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Alan Kaufman remembers growing up in a working-class Bronx neighborhood as "a regular American kid with Marvel comics, the Green Bay Packers and Ernest Hemingway." But his childhood was far from idyllic. In fact, it roiled with turmoil, a darkness closeted from his neighbors, his...

  • Cabaret Couple Hits Carnegie Hall

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It seems as if it were just yesterday that Karen Benjamin and Alan Chapman opened their CD, "Songs of Life, Love & Antelopes," with "Marriage is Easy," their self-deprecating nod to their own showbiz marital bliss. Come Dec. 14, they'll be opening for Michael Feinstein at Carnegie...

  • Chanukah in Ventura

    By Susanna Crosby Perrin

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    One sure sign the Conejo Valley Jewish community is growing comes every year about this time. That's not when demographers turn in their latest report, but when the community holds its annual Chanukah festival. Organizers say nothing better reflects the burgeoning Jewish population...

  • Brandeis Renaissance

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    One of the wonderful things about the Brandeis-Bardin Institute (BBI), the Jewish retreat center nestled in the mountains of Simi Valley, is the devotion it attracts from those who have stayed there. It is not unusual to meet someone on a Grandparents Weekend at BBI who has been...

  • Addis in Wonderland

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    On a sunny morning along the Wilshire corridor, wearing a black leather jacket, director Michael Addis sits on the parking lot patio of Caffe Latte, talking shop over some cappuccino pancakes. "We don't look very closely as a society," said Addis, an independent filmmaker in his...

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