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  • Hello, I Must Be Going

    By Luis Lainer

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There is something Marxist about Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's pledge to "disengage" Israel from the Palestinians through the completion of a security barrier and the evacuation of a few settlements. Just like Groucho Marx, Sharon is declaring his intention to leave and stay...

  • Community Briefs

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A Call for Passion

    Young Jewish professionals will gather Jan. 25 in downtown Los Angeles at a Jewish Federation-allied conference emphasizing increased activism in Southern California's problems and politics.

    "It was a very intentional, narrow focus on people who are engaged in...

  • World Briefs

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli Accused of Shipping Weapon Detonators

    An Israeli citizen has been accused of illegally shipping detonators for nuclear weapons from the United States to Pakistan, via his company in South Africa.

    Asher Karni, 50, described in numerous character references as a pillar...

  • An Unkosher Affair

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "Enjoy your dessert," Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra Maestro Zubin Mehta told benefactors at a dinner following a performance at Disney Concert Hall last month, "although I'm sure it will be pareve." Mehta assumed that after a meal serving meat, a non-dairy dessert would follow,...

  • Joe’s Dark Days

    By James Besser

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    With the startling victory of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) in the Iowa caucuses and the dismal third-place finish of former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, the Democratic presidential deck has been drastically reshuffled.

    And the joker could go to Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), who opted out...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    This evening, the American Cinematheque screens "Hello, Dolly!" in all its grand, flashy musical glory. Introducing the film will be the musical's celebrated composer, Jerry Herman, also responsible for shows like "Mame" and "La Cage aux Folles." First, say "Hello, Jerry!"...

  • The Living Desert

    By Tom Teicholz

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    As I write this, it's 64 degrees in Santa Monica and Sub-Zero is just a brand of refrigerator I covet. On the East Coast, there is a record cold spell and everyone is paying rapt attention to the wind-chill factor.

    The climatic difference can best be explained not merely by boasting...

  • Q & A With Jewtopia Creators Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson

    By Amy Klein

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "Are you interested in a 29-year-old Jewish girl?"

    I'm standing in the foyer of the Coast Playhouse in West Hollywood talking to Bryan Fogel, the co-writer/co-producer/co-star of "Jewtopia" -- a play that parodies dating, JDating, interdating, rabbis, Passover seders, Purim, Chanukah...

  • Winemaker Brings Kosher to Oxnard

    By Carin Davis

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Fruity, oaky and sugary; I taste blackberries, vanilla and sugar, lots of sugar; full-bodied, strong finish, and very sweet; horrible and, yet again, very sweet. That was the kosher wine tasting of yesteryear.

    Today, we can raise our glasses and toast the groundbreaking of the new...

  • Silver Screen Propaganda

    By Tom Tugend

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Largely unnoticed, Palestinian filmmakers have lately been turning out a respectable number of movies. In the process, they have proven themselves more skilled propagandists than their Israeli counterparts, whose works tend to be personalized escapist fares or highly self-critical of...

  • Bill Tackles Life Insurance Blacklist

    By Joe Berkofsky

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    New York state legislators are trying to prevent insurance companies from blacklisting travelers to Israel so that they cannot obtain life insurance coverage.

    Sheldon Silver, speaker of the New York Assembly, and Assemblyman Peter Grannis unveiled a bill Jan. 15 that would bar state...

  • Your Letters

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Wage Woes

    I was deeply disturbed to read Marc Ballon's article on "Low Wages Force Workers to Struggle" (Jan. 2). Where is the outcry from the community?

    The Jewish Federation should establish a blue-ribbon committee to look into this serious matter. It should be composed of lay...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Plagued by Math

    It's post-vacation back-to-school time -- again. Here's some math to get you started: The 10 plagues appear in two parshot -- Vaera and Bo.

    How many plagues appear in each parsha?

    Here are your clues:

    The two Hebrew letters that make up the name


  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Dollars for Access

    The Jewish Community Foundation awarded a $7,500 grant to the Access Center of OPCC (formerly the Ocean Park Community Center). The money will be dedicated to maintaining the project's critical core programs to assist homeless youth, adults and families. The...

  • Working Out Solo Not Working Out

    By Carin Davis

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    I'm an exercise addict who does it all -- hiking, running, spinning, dancing, aerobics and Tae Bo. I run the Santa Monica stairs and jog the UCLA perimeter. I'm hooked on Pilates DVDs, "Buns of Steel" tapes and hit the gym three or four times a week. But this September I hit a wall....

  • No Silence on Hate

    By Scott Chait

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It was late on Sunday afternoon when a high school student from Cleveland, his shaggy hair covered by a huge multicolored yarmulke, came bounding down the steps of Ohio State University's student center. An Israeli flag was draped around his bulky parka and a broad smile plastered...

  • A More Reliable Kosher Label

    By Julie G Fax

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There was a time when a half-moon K on a carton of cottage cheese didn't mean much to someone who kept strictly kosher. Conventional wisdom held that the heksher (the kosher symbol) was not all that reliable.

    Today, things are changing at Kosher Overseers (KO), which supervises about...

  • What’s in a Name?

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When Jews come across the biblical name for God -- spelled yod-hay-vav-hay in Hebrew -- custom teaches us to substitute the term Adonai ("my Lord"), for according to Jewish tradition those letters are the unpronounceable name of God. A rabbi professor of mine used to elicit nervous...

  • Two Cents Plain

    By Rob Eshman

    January 15, 2004 | 7:01 pm

    Have you ever sat down in restaurant, scanned both sides of the menu, then flipped to the back hoping there'd be another row of choices? That's how I've felt after watching every Democratic debate of Campaign 2004. I'm not particularly impressed with what's offered, but there's no...

  • JFS Marks 150 Years of Help in L.A.

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Miss N., 20, was homeless, the daughter of divorced parents who did not financially support her. Although weak and underweight, she struggled to complete a business course in order to obtain a job and become self-sufficient.

    Her fate remained precarious, however, until caseworkers...

  • Your Letters

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Arnold's Cuts

    As much as I sympathize with Ron Solomon's loss of his brother, his praise of the governor's supposed compassion is premature ("Schwarzenegger's Kindest Un-Cut," Jan. 2).

    Solomon credits Schwarzenegger's "compassion" with reversing cuts that have resulted in a denial...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    J.A.M.min' It

    If you're Jewish and at UCLA these days, then you have probably run across the Ashreinu Learning Network's Jewish Awareness Movement (J.A.M.) -- one of the most successful college outreach organizations in the country. Lead by the charming, gregarious and indefatigable...

  • Details Wanted on Immigration Plan

    By E.B. Solomont

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish groups are pleased with President Bush's initiative to give illegal immigrants temporary legal status in the United States, but they are withholding accolades until they see how Congress fills in the details.

    "The most important thing is that the president recognized and...

  • Handwriting Is on the Wall in Italy

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It's midnight in Milan and we're in a taxi racing through the streets to our hotel. We've just arrived from Los Angeles. We're hazy and tired from a 24-hour trip that should have taken us 15 and from spending too many hours delayed in Heathrow Airport, with nothing to do but sit on...

  • When It’s Federal Aid, Pork Isn’t Treif

    By Matthew E. Berger

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When it comes to politics, even the Jews want pork. American Jewish communities and some national organizations have become well versed in getting their share of millions of dollars available for social service programs, medical research or other community essentials.

    A search of...

  • Mad People Disease

    By Richard H. Schwartz

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In the Torah's story about Joseph, Pharaoh has a dream in which seven sickly cows consume seven healthy cows. Joseph interprets this, and Pharaoh's other dream of seven withered ears of corn consuming seven full ears of corn, to indicate that there will be seven years of plenty in...

  • Legacy of Questions Without Answers

    By Michal Lemberger

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "The German Money" by Lev Raphael. (Leapfrog Press, $14.95)

    William Faulkner once wrote, "The past is never dead. It's not even past." He was referring to the subjects that obsessed him for most of his writing life: the American South, its legacy of slavery, strict racial ideology...

  • Rome’s Jewish Culinary Heritage

    By David D. Downie

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Rome is a layer cake of culinary civilizations. For centuries Jewish specialties have formed the core of the Roman culinary repertoire including Carciofi alla Romana (artichokes braised in white wine and olive oil), Gnocchi di Semolino alla Romana (semolina gnocchi with butter and...

  • Q & A With The Golem

    By Amy Klein

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Flurries of white flakes gently cascade onto the spires and turrets of Prague's skyline, bringing a color relief to the pink, green and blue painted castles, churches, concert halls and magnificent architecture of everyday buildings.

    Above the slippery, snowy cobblestones, past the...

  • Q & A With Paul Castro

    By Marc Ballon

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Paul S. Castro, executive director of Jewish Family Service (JFS), has spent his career working on behalf of the disadvantaged and disenfranchised. The 22-year JFS veteran, who became chief executive in 2000, has watched the agency grow exponentially over the past couple decades....

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