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  • Endpaper

    By Tom Tugend

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Israel has never seen anything this glitzy. True, there have been neon menorahs for Chanukah and light bulbs outlining Israel's numerical age on Independence Days. But this is another ball game altogether. Hundreds of thousands of people driving on the Israeli freeway this week have...
  • Unsolved Mysteries

    By Burt Prelutsky

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Although I am occasionally called a know-it-all, it's not modesty alone that prevents my ever making the claim on my own behalf. The truth is that there are any number of things about which I know absolutely nothing. Right off the bat, I can think of several, ranging from soccer to...
  • A Mixed Multitude

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    I am writing this column while sitting in an Internet cafe in San Jose, Costa Rica. This Shabbat I will be officiating at the bar mitzvah of Eduardo Lev, a 13-year-old Costa Rican Jew whose parents are members of Congregacion B'nei Israel, the only liberal synagogue in the country....
  • Side By Side

    By Julie G Fax

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Not too long ago, Jewish Federation supporters and shul-goers were two distinct and largely non-intersecting segments of the Jewish community. So much so, some longtime community activists say, it was almost as if a church/state wall existed between the religious community on the one...
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  • Fourteen Years

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    When Republican presidential candidate John McCain recently addressed an influential Jewish group in the East, he told them, in answer to a question about Jonathan Pollard, that he felt the man had betrayed his country and he, McCain, was not in favor of releasing him from prison....
  • Ramah’s Policy in Black and White

    By Eric J

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    In the latest effort to define its religious boundaries, the Conservative movement has directed its summer camping system to notify parents that prospective campers must be Jewish according to halacha, or Jewish law, to be accepted.

    The notification, included in this year's...

  • Bush’s Growing Jewish Problem

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Rep. Peter King (R-NY) isn't Jewish, but this week's political about-face by the Long Island lawmaker reflected a mounting problem for Jewish backers of Texas Gov. George Bush.

    King, who had endorsed the GOP presidential frontrunner, abruptly switched horses and announced his support...

  • Leaving USC

    By Tom Tugend

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Dean Morton Owen Schapiro of USC has been named president of Williams College in Massachusetts, one of the country's top liberal arts colleges.

    During his nine years at USC, Schapiro played a key role in turning the private university, once considered a WASP bastion, into an academic...

  • Pillar of the Communities

    By Julie Wiener

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    In a sign that the new Jewish buzzwords of "renaissance and renewal" are intrinsically linked to education, a top Jewish education professional has been tapped to oversee a national push to infuse Jewish life with more meaning.

    One of four pillars that will set the agenda for the...

  • L.A. 5760

    By Julie G Fax

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It's not that Congregation Knesseth Israel is in the wrong part of town. It's that the tiny traditional congregation -- located on Robertson about a mile from Pico -- is just a bit too far south of just the right part of town.

    "This is our neighborhood shul, the shul that has always...

  • Nation/World Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    February 24, 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...

  • The Honeymoon is Over

    By Eric Silver

    February 24, 2000 | 6:59 pm

    Nine months after Ehud Barak took office as "everybody's prime minister," the honeymoon is over -- with his voters, coalition allies and Arab partners in the quest for peace. It is too early to write him off, but the Labor leader can no longer rely on loyalty or goodwill to see him...
  • New Sculptures Debuted

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Sculptures by two prominent local artists are now on permanent display.

    "Benediction"(above) by Charna Rickey stands at Temple B'nai Emet in Montebello. The bronze sculpture was dedicated by Rickey and her brothers, Bernard and Howard Barsky, to the memory of their parents, Sonia and John Barsky, who were among the Temple's founders.

    A new marble sculpture (right) at the University of Judaism represents Ruth and Naomi mourning the death of Boaz. It is the work of 86-year-old sculptor Ben Bronson, who created it at a marble quarry in Carrara, Italy. -- Tom Tugend

  • Lighting the Way

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A parable from the Midrash: Once, a sighted person and a blind person were walking along the way. Said the sighted person to his fellow traveler, "Come and grab my arm." He did, and in this manner did the blind person walk. When they arrived at the house, the sighted person spoke...
  • Holocaust Voices on CD

    By Tom Tugend

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    School children ask Siegfried (Siggy) Halbreich, "Do you have nightmares?" He answers, "Nightmares, dreams, I never do, because I live with it, day and night."

    The testimony of the 90-year-old Los Angeles resident, who survived five years in six concentration camps, is among those of...

  • Hanging On

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Delia Ephron knows a thing or two about sibling rivalry. She didn't start writing until she was around 30, she says, because that was big sister Nora's turf.

    Nora, of course, is Nora Ephron, the author of the smart New York comedy "When Harry Met Sally..." and the director of the hit...

  • Stars, Bars and the Jewish Vote

    By James D

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish Republican leaders are singing an optimistic song about their party's prospects in this year's presidential election.

    But listen to voters, and you hear a different melody. Despite what many analysts see as a modest conservative shift in the Jewish electorate, even some Jewish...

  • School Daze

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    One of every five American Jewish schoolchildren is now enrolled in an all-day Jewish parochial school, according to a comprehensive "census" of Jewish day schools released last month by a family foundation in New York.

    The enrollment figures -- 184,333 students total, up a brisk 15...

  • Aviv Geffen

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    On a starry night in November 1995, tragedy transformed rock star Aviv Geffen into an Israeli Gen-X icon.

    The scene was a jubilant peace rally in the main square in Tel Aviv, where the Israeli musician was performing his ballad, "I Cry for You," in front of a cheering throng of...

  • The Forest That Haunts Austrian Politics

    By Richard Z. Chesnoff

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    If you were concerned about the inclusion of an extreme right-wing party in the new Austrian government, try this one on for size. While Freedom Party leader Joerg Haider has been busily trying to waltz away from previous statements praising parts of Austria's Nazi past -- and has...
  • Ernestine Bradley’s Message

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Ernestine Schlant Bradley, short brown hair, dressed in a lively pink/purple-checked wool jacked with beige slacks, was sipping hot water with six lemon wedges at the Los Angeles Regal Biltmore Hotel coffee shop last weekend, nursing laryngitis. The wife of former New Jersey Sen....
  • The Way(s) We Vote Now

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    When Republican presidential candidate John McCain recently addressed an influential Jewish group in the East, he told them, in answer to a question about Jonathan Pollard, that he felt the man had betrayed his country and he, McCain, was not in favor of releasing him from prison....
  • Who’s Backing Whom?

    By Tom Tugend

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Thursday, Feb. 10 was a cold and rainy day in Los Angeles, but that didn't deter political junkies of the Democratic persuasion.

    About 300 supporters of Bill Bradley crowded into the University Synagogue to welcome their man and cheer his demand for strict gun controls.

    That evening,...

  • Early Withdrawal?

    By Eric Silver

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Israel's leaders are losing whatever faith they may have had in Hafez Assad. They are no longer convinced that the Syrian president has made a strategic choice for peace.

    As a result, more than half Ehud Barak's cabinet is pressing for an early, unilateral withdrawal of Israeli troops...

  • A Day at the Races

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    From the first question, the interview sank like a rock.

    "Jews in horse racing. What kind of story is that?" the famous- person's voice bellowed over the phone. "You're 20 years too late!"

    "There was Maxwell Glick and Sam Rubin and Hirsh Jacobs and Eugene Kline. A guy like Maxwell...

  • A Weekend in San Francisco

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Generation J is Lisa Schiffman's shorthand for American Jews born after World War II who feel connected to their Jewishness in some way they can't explain and, at the same time, feel ambivalent about that connection.

    "We were a generation of Jews who'd grown up with television, with...

  • Will the Real Kabbalah Please Stand Up?

    By Tom Tugend

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The tradition of Jewish mysticism seems to have recently made a jump from the cryptic pages of the Zohar to the creepy pages of the National Enquirer, leaving many Jews asking just what is the authentic tradition of Jewish mysticism.

    Hillel at UCLA, in conjunction with UCLA Extension,...

  • High-Tech Harassment

    By Avi Machlis

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A string of recent sabotage attacks on Web sites could mean a business boom in Israel, where some of the world's most successful Internet security companies are located.

    The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched an investigation into a series of attacks on several leading...

  • Moving On Up, Reluctantly

    By Teresa Strasser

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    For the last two years, I've dreamed of a simple thing: I've just wanted to be able to say, "I'm in the other room."

    After a lengthy stay in a grim studio apartment, I can finally say that. I've moved to a one-bedroom place in a far better neighborhood, complete with a garden...

  • The Big Leagues

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Israel Bonds: They're not just for bar and bat mitzvahs anymore.

    That's the message the State of Israel Bonds organization wants to get across in announcing its new floating rate offerings. Rather than being seen as a quasi-charity and feel-good gift for 13-year-olds, the...

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