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  • Haikus for Jews

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Zen Laughs

    Don't let the unfunny introduction to "Haikus for Jews" (Harmony Books, $11) fool you. The rest of this little book is pretty hilarious. All we know about New York-based writer David M. Bader is that, according to his bio, he is "not even distantly related to Supreme Court...

  • A Misstep on the Road to Reconciliation

    By Jonathan S. Tobin

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Though the agreement signed by the Vatican and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) last week was aimed at strengthening Arab-Catholic ties, it will probably go down as having a greater influence on Catholic-Jewish ties.

    Signed on the eve of Pope John Paul II's trip to Israel...

  • Starting Up

    By Julie Wiener

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    When a 30-something British financial investment manager took a few years off to study Jewish texts in Israel, he was struck by the differences between the financial and Jewish communal worlds.

    "In the private sector, at the moment, committed young people with good ideas can find...

  • What Planet is Garry Shandling From?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Garry Shandling remembers the day he turned on the television set and discovered Woody Allen. It was a Saturday morning in 1966, and there was Woody on a children's TV show, explaining how baseball bats were made. "He said that originally, bats were made of halvah, and that after a...
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  • Hot Propositions

    By Eric Roth

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    California's ballot initiatives have been making laws and national headlines since 1911. Designed by Governor Hiram Johnson to take politics directly to the people and over the heads of a corrupt legislature, the initiative process often focuses on populist issues. California voters...
  • Foreign Influence

    By Tom Tugend

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    American donors have poured $10 million to $15 million into each of the last two Israeli elections through campaign contributions or through nonprofit organizations that directly or indirectly support a candidate or political party.

    The estimate, attributed to unnamed "political...

  • Zubin Mehta and His World Class Orchestra

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Israel Philharmonic has always been an orchestra of immigrants.

    Founded in 1936 as the Palestine Symphony, by the Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman, the orchestra was specifically created to help Jewish musicians escape the Nazis. Many of the founding members, among the most...

  • Held Accountable

    By Eric Roth

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    "I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education" --...
  • Upping the Ante

    By David Landau

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has placed his latest bet in the strange and frustrating poker game between Israel and Syria.

    Now it is up to the Syrians to either see the bet and resume the stalled peace negotiations -- or fold and walk away from the game, perhaps for many years...

  • Iran’s Elections—A Cause to Rejoice?

    March 2, 2000 | 6:59 pm

    The western world did headstands and cartwheels last week as Iranian election results indicated that "reformers" easily won seats in Iran's parliament. According to news reports, "the Clinton administration is welcoming" election results as "as pointing toward a stronger hand for...
  • Giving Back

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 2, 2000 | 6:59 pm

    It was only last May that a rag-tag group of refugees from the Balkans arrived at the Bernard Milken Campus in West Hills, fleeing from the war zone of their homeland with little more than the clothes on their backs.

    On Feb. 27, less than a year later, one of the six families rescued...

  • Ivry to Jews: Don’t Lecture Us

    By James D

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    David Ivry isn't the slickest or most media-savvy envoy in recent years, but he knows what he wants, and has the right credentials to get it.

    As he starts his term, Israel's new ambassador in Washington is laying down clear markers. Ivry and his bosses are tired of American Jews...

  • Education Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A highlight of the annual religious school educators conference sponsored by the Bureau of Jewish Education is always the presentation of the Lainer Awards. These cash awards, established in 1989, go to talented educators who help perpetuate Jewish traditions and values in a...
  • Emergency Meeting

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Experts from Turkey, Uzbekistan and Los Angeles converged in Tel Aviv last month to trade disaster response strategies with Israelis. United by a shared history of disasters -- natural and man-made -- specialists in the forefront of emergency care attended the week-long International...
  • Virtual Alumni

    By Julia Goldman

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    High up on the list of America's top philanthropies rank premier schools and universities: Harvard, Emory, Stanford, Columbia and Duke.

    Yeshiva University is there, too, as is Brandeis University. They are listed as No. 193 and No. 238 in this year's "Philanthropy 400" -- the roster...

  • State Races Get Hot

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    As I made the rounds of endless cocktail parties and debates two weeks before March 7 primary day, I could see that the Jewish community has little reason to cheer term limits, just as it will not likely salute restrictions on campaign contributions, if that should ever come to pass....
  • Singles/Other Side of the Hill: A Personal Ad Story

    By Fred Morguelan

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Dear Editor:

    I was divorced in 1993 after an 18-year marriage and spent several years getting my head on straight. I then began to advertise in the The Jewish Journal Personal Connections because I wanted to find a kindred spirit. I met many women who, by and large, were...

  • Double Duty

    By Beverly Gray

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A highlight of the annual religious school educators conference sponsored by the Bureau of Jewish Education is always the presentation of the Lainer Awards. These cash awards, established in 1989, go to talented educators who help perpetuate Jewish traditions and values in a...
  • Debka for Peace

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    At first glance, the some 40 dancers warming up at the University of Judaism looked identical to each other. All were limber, wiry, dressed in leotards or sweats. But the murmured voices in the studio -- in Hebrew and Arabic, as well as English -- told a different story.

    The...

  • Yiddishist Yarns

    By Louis Gordon

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    By the middle of 1939, 19-year-old Shmuel "Sam" Batt had already completed a 260-page historical novel, in Hebrew, on the Spanish Inquisition and the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, which he planned to translate into Polish before submitting it for publication. Teachers at Batt's...
  • What’s the Jewish Stake in LAUSD?

    By Eric Roth

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Helen Burnstein, the former president of the United Teachers of Los Angles, used to argue, "Teachers want what students need." Many Jewish educators and parents feel the same way about Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). "Jews want what LAUSD needs." Educational excellence,...
  • Hezbollah: Israel fight continues with or without Syria peace deal

    By Douglas Davis

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Hezbollah will turn its attention to resisting normal relations with Israel if Syria and Lebanon reach a peace settlement with the Jewish state, according to the Shi'ite group's leader.

    "We will continue to consider it an illegitimate, alien and cancerous entity which we cannot...

  • Brandeis Taps Bycel

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Following a 14-month search, the board of the Brandeis-Bardin Institute (BBI) voted unanimously Feb. 9 to elect Rabbi Lee T. Bycel as BBI's new chief executive officer.

    Bycel brings to his position a wealth of experience in the Los Angeles Jewish community, including 10 years as the...

  • Lost Tribes

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The placard near the escalator of New York's Grand Hyatt Hotel directed seekers up to the ballroom level for the founding convention of Edah, the fledgling voice of Orthodox liberalism. Stenciled below the arrow in bold blue letters, as if to fortify the fainthearted, was the slogan:...
  • Worshipping Suburbia

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Writer-director Eric Mendelsohn is sitting in a quintessentially suburban living room in Sherman Oaks, gazing past the sliding glass door to the concrete patio, brick barbeque and kidney-shaped pool in the backyard.

    He admits to a sentiment that is rather unfashionable for a New York...

  • Super Sunday: The Next Generation

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    When Super Sunday rounds its 21st year this weekend, it will not only mark the phone-a-thon's two-decades-long history of soliciting contributions for the United Jewish Fund (UJF), but the dawning of a new millennium -- on calendar and in spirit. This year, in an attempt to attract...
  • Ambassadors of Understanding

    By Tom Tugend

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Dominik Zotti is a strapping, blond 20-year-old from Vienna, grandson of a Wehrmacht veteran, who guides visitors through the Holocaust exhibit at the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

    Reinhard Hannesschlaeger, 24, from Linz in northern Austria, works in the computer section of Steven...

  • Higher Ground

    By Melissa Minkin

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Take nearly 100 people training to be rabbis, priests, pastors, ministers, nuns and religious educators. Put them together for 24 hours at a Jewish summer camp. Add a torrent of rain, and stir in several inches of thick mud. What do you get? You never know.

    For 25 years, the National...

  • Where Ethics Meets Education

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Some 2,000 years ago, a man approached Rabbi Hillel about converting to Judaism. So the sage rabbi imparted some advice to him: "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. That is the whole of the Torah, the rest is commentary."

    The Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Los...

  • Cracking Down

    By Tom Tugend

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Buford O. Furrow Jr., the avowed white supremacist accused of killing a Filipino-American mail carrier and wounding five persons at a Jewish Community Center last August.

    Following authorization by U.S. Attorney General Janet...

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