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  • An Oasis in Irvine

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The first thing you notice is how pretty the campus is, with its pale beige Jerusalem stone and desert landscaping; if it were on a higher hill, it would look like a small version of the Getty Center. In the foyer, you see some puppets of characters from the book of Esther on...
  • Viagra and Love

    By Ellie Kahn

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    I've been thinking about sex.

    Now that I'm over 50, I'm enjoying sex more than I did in my youth. Will the fun last, I wonder?

    Many people assume that aging means the loss of sexuality. I don't want to believe it. Maybe, as we get older, our pictures of what constitutes sex just has to...

  • Interrupting? No Problem

    By Deborah N. Cymrot

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The next time someone accuses you of interrupting, you might want to explain that you are not being rude: You're actually engaging in high-involvement cooperative overlapping.

    Cooperative overlapping -- talking as another person continues to speak -- is typical of Jewish...

  • Knowing Our Enemy

    By Rela Mintz Geffen

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It is the Ides of March and the week before Purim. We know who Agag, King of Amalek -- the enemy of the Jews -- is, but are not sure who should beware.

    As an FOD (Friend of Deborah Lipstadt), I sit in the British courtroom on March 15 and watch the expressions on her face as her...

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  • History in the Making

    By Naomi Segal

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    By the time the transplant team approached Doris Ullendorf and Ken Gorfinkle, they had already talked about donating the organs of their first-born son.

    They knew that Ari, who until 48 hours before had been a perfectly healthy 16-month-old, was brain dead, killed by some mysterious...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 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...

  • Power to the People

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    During the early years of the 20th century, a jour-nalist, Lincoln Steffens, published a series of exposés that were eventually turned into the book "The Shame of the Cities." It was a sensational work of non-fiction, but it was also quite depressing. Steffens uncovered corruption...
  • Every Inch a Star

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    In a gated community high above Los Angeles, Tony Curtis is holding court in the foyer of his two-story house in the shady corner of a cul-de-sac. Wearing white shorts and Birkenstocks, he is reclining on the staircase like a prince from one of his early movies. His famous blue eyes...
  • Russians & Gays & Lesbians, Oh My…

    By Tom Tugend

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Paul Koretz, a 44-year-old politician, owns up to an unusual distinction. He is the only member of the city council in the 15-year history of West Hollywood to have a wife and family at home.

    Anywhere else in the country, being married with young children would be considered a plus...

  • Following the Leader

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Not long after he took over as national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Abraham Foxman was asked to fly to Geneva and head off an international crisis. It set the tone for what's come since.

    It was June 1990. Nelson Mandela, newly released after 27 years in a South...

  • Being Perfect

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Consider the lyrics of Cheryl Wheeler's song "Unworthy":

    "I'm unworthy -- and no matter what I'm doing I should certainly be doing something else.

    And it's selfish, to be thinking I'm unworthy. All this me, me, me, me, self, self, self, self, self.

    I should learn how to meditate and sew...

  • Dealing With Syria

    By Eric Silver

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    This weekend's Swiss summit between Bill Clinton and Hafez al-Assad is a make-or-break moment in the quest for peace between Syria and Israel. The American president will soon be a lame duck. The septuagenarian Syrian president is sick and eager to hand over the reins to his son,...
  • Will Truth Prevail?

    By Douglas Davis

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Emerging from the Royal Courts of Justice here on the evening of March 15 was like leaving a musty 17th-century ecclesiastical battle for the fresh air of the 21st century.

    The proposition presented to the court by Holocaust revisionist David Irving in his libel suit against the...

  • Coming Attractions

    By George Robinson

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    If the mark of a fully matured film industry is that directors have logged enough time behind the camera that one can spot personal styles emerging over several films, then this year's Israel Film Festival proves that the Israelis have definitely reached that plateau. With Eran...
  • Hugs From Hertzberg

    By Tom Tugend

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Robert M. (Bob) Hertzberg will be sworn in as speaker of the California Assembly, the state's second most powerful political post, at 9:30 a.m. on April 13.

    The ceremony was originally scheduled for April 26, but, he notes, "I looked at the Jewish calendar and said, I can't do this,...

  • Endpaper

    By David Landau

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    I never expected I'd write a first-hand account of my journey into interfaith marriage. As a child I attended the West Coast Talmudic Seminary (WCTS) and then Rambam Torah Institute for high school. As a teenager, my social life centered around my involvement in B'nai Akiva, an...
  • Stopping the Violence

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It's no secret that Israelis experience many of the same social ills that Americans do. However, there has never been an official study to identify the breadth and nature of domestic abuse in the Jewish State... until now.

    A survey -- the first of its kind in Israel -- was recently...

  • Nation/World Briefs

    By Naomi Segal

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    From the beginning, there were clear indications of the kind of year that lay ahead.

    As the Days of Awe approached last September, President Clinton reached for a High Holidays prayer book and turned to the Yom Kippur liturgy in his search for the right words of contrition following...

  • Flip Side of Gun Debate

    By James D

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    This week the debate over gun control -- already not a model of civil democratic dialogue -- reached new depths when the National Rifle Association (NRA) accused President Bill Clinton of tolerating gun violence to further his own narrow political ends.

    The White House denounced the...

  • A Rabbi’s Fatwa

    By Larry Derfner

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    After Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, ruler of the Shas (Sephardi ultra-Orthodox) party, caused an uproar this week by pronouncing a kind of Jewish fatwa on liberal Education Minister Yossi Sarid, one of Yosef's minions tried to jump into the fray.

    Shlomo Benizri, Israel's minister of health,...

  • Diversity in the Desert

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    For Dr. Jonathan Friedlander, the photography exhibit at UCLA's Fowler Museum of Cultural History evokes vivid memories of the Sunday morning in 1991 he arrived at the central bus station in Be'er Sheva and discovered a place where worlds collide.

    In the photos, soldiers toting Uzis...

  • Marjorie Morningstar Lives

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Here's news you can use for Jewish Women's History Month: "Marjorie Morningstar" lives!

    Yes, despite the best efforts of feminists like me to shelve Herman Wouk's singular portrait of the American Jewish Woman, the 1955 novel and its eponymous character carry on, shaping Jewish lives...

  • Rouss Resigns

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Wanted: Administrator to lead one of the largest Jewish agencies in Los Angeles. Must be able to handle national crises, raise vast sums of money and please people aged 3-103, from Conejo Valley to Venice Beach.

    Staff and lay leaders for the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los...

  • Right at the Start

    By Beverly Gray

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It's not only that children are killing children. There's also the fact, chronicled in such publications as U.S. News & World Report, that cheating is up in classrooms across the nation. No wonder educators of all stripes are pondering what it takes to teach ethics to their students....
  • Be Happy, It’s Adar!

    By Rita Berman Frischer

    March 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Purim is upon us. Time to stock up on story books to share: Children's Books for Purim

    In "On Purim," Cathy Goldberg Fishman's fourth Jewish holiday story book (Atheneum, 2000, ages 5 up), a young girl tries to understand the deeper significance of the Purim masks her family is busily trimming.

  • Roots and Wings

    By Jane Ulman

    March 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Conventional wisdom tells parents that the two lasting legacies we can give our children are roots and wings.

    "And orthodontia," a friend of mine adds.

    Three weeks after having his braces removed, my son Zack is leaving for Israel for three months, armed with a mouthful of gleaming,...

  • Purim Magic and Minutia

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    March 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Late one night last week, Rabbi Chaim Hanoka stood talking to David Angel in a large, almost empty parking lot, well past the appointed hour that each man had expected to get into his car and drive home. Hanoka was attempting to unravel the mathematical complexities of how Purim...
  • The Heat Is On

    By Serena Donadoni

    March 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    There's a bit of dialogue that Ben Younger wrote for his first film, "Boiler Room," that sums up the slippery morality of the hotshot young stockbrokers whose world he examines:

    "My father once asked me where my work ethic is. Looking back now, I realized that wasn't the problem. I...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    If the multitude of Jewish events are any indication, the holidays hit hard this season. To paraphrase Adam Sandler's "Chanukah Song," here's a list of organizations that are Jewish, just like you and me...

    Various divisions of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles celebrated...

  • Latinos and Jews

    March 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Sunday, March 12. It's a warm, sunny day. A wonderful day to drive up to Malibu. So why am I sitting here in Wilshire Boulevard Temple/West listening to six earnest men? They seem intent on telling me (and others assembled here) how important and necessary it is for Jews and Latinos...
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