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  • The CIA’s Dark Secrets

    By Matthew Dorf

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A Jewish attorney on forced leave from the CIA has decided to file a lawsuit that claims that rampant anti-Semitism at the spy agency has destroyed his career.

    Armed with memos from top CIA brass and similar horror stories from other Jewish government officials, Adam Ciralsky is suing...

  • ‘Littleton Didn’t Just ‘Happen Overnight’

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In the wake of the Littleton shooting tragedy, a nation of finger-pointers has rounded up the usual suspects: media violence, guns, video games, the Internet. But for Jonathan Kellerman, this laundry list -- inevitably brought out in the wake of such violence -- omits one major...
  • Protect Your Head

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Every few years, we Angelenos are reminded that this is Earthquake Country. Then, before the last FEMA check is cashed, we forget.

    But not Hannah Givon. Givon moved to Los Angeles from Waterbury, Conn., with her two young children shortly before the 1971 Sylmar quake. That shook her...

  • The Golem in Our Midst

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The great rabbi of 16th-century Prague, Rabbi Yehuda Loew, received word of a coming blood libel, an attack on his community. So he prayed for divine help. In a dream, he saw 10 Hebrew words in alphabetical order: "Create a Golem of Clay, Destroy Those Tearing Israel's Heart."

    After...

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  • The Columbine Connection

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Before I get to the Jewish connection in the Littleton, Colo., murders, a statement of empathy.

    In the early hours after the killings at Columbine High School, a terrifying vulnerability swept over me and virtually all the parents of adolescents in my group. As soon as the kids went...

  • Is Yom Ha’atzmaut Taking a Beating?

    By Julie G Fax

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There was a time when all you had to do for Yom Ha'atzmaut was play a Naomi Shemer song and plunk a couple falafel balls into a pita, and Jews would swarm into a hora, waving their plastic flags, tears in their eyes and lumps in their throats.

    Not so anymore, when most of today's kids...

  • Israeli Election: Who Cares?

    By James D

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli voters go to the polls on May 17 in what could be the most critical election in the young nation's history. But many American Jews, perplexed by the ever-shifting lineup of personalities, parties and positions, are reacting with a collective yawn, according to community...

  • ‘No Irony but Only Tragedy’

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Dylan Klebold, one of the two Colorado teen-agers who carried out a mass murder at a suburban Denver high school on Hitler's birthday, was descended through his mother from a prominent Jewish family in Ohio.

    The Klebold family attended a Lutheran church in Littleton, the Denver suburb...

  • Community Briefs

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • Notes on L.A.‘s Book Fair

    By Naomi Glauberman

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The lawns and quadrangles of UCLA this weekend looked like a great renaissance bazaar, with banners flying and rows of white tents lining the walkways. The tents were divided into hundreds of booths crammed full of books; books in display racks, books on shelves, tables piled high...

  • A Mortuary Comes to Life

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The story of Chevra Kadisha Mortuary and its significance to Los Angeles' observant community is an ongoing saga of crime, punishment and redemption surrounding an institution that deals with one of the most holy times in the Jewish life cycle. And, as in the grand cycle of life and...

  • Comic Riff

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    It's Day 1 of rehearsal for the new and improved version of Richard Krevolin's "King Levine," scheduled to reopen at the Tiffany on May 1. But for star Sammy Shore and director Joe Bologna, it's The Joe and Sammy Show.

    Sammy, the comedian who used to open for Elvis and Bob Hope, is...

  • A Note of Appreciation

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Charles Feldman remembers Los Angeles as a city burgeoning with new synagogues but not a lot of innovative liturgical music at the time he began his career.

    "There were very few people in the city who were major Jewish musicians at the time. I was a kid going into a field wide open,"...

  • Where Nobody Knows Your Name

    By Teresa Strasser

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    It was a Saturday night, and after watching the Lakers defeat the Warriors, I had no plans. I tossed out the encrusted remains of a Lean Cuisine lasagna and sat back in my sweats, surfing the channels in search of some juicy biography I hadn't seen before.

    It wasn't so much that I was...

  • Too Much Man

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    I hadn't even touched Moroccan soil when the friendly Royal Air Maroc flight attendant, Nabil, pressed a piece of paper on me, with a hurried whisper to call him. I looked down at the paper and saw his telephone number with a happy face and the words "call me" next to it. Was he...
  • Waking Jesse Jackson

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Our knee-jerk reaction every time the Rev. Jesse Jackson opens his mouth is, "Oh no, not again." We know it's unfair, we know it's jaded, but we have the same reaction when our friend's child practices his trombone scales in the living room the umpteenth time. Sure we like him,...
  • Littleton Explodes

    By Matthew Dorf

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Now that hate has once again claimed the lives of innocent students, dumbfounded activists, teachers, clergy and politicians are searching for ways to stem the tide of teen-age violence.

    "We need to sort out what's around in our world that's facilitating this kind of thing...

  • Security Amid Rumors of Sex

    By Larry Derfner

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The Israeli Foreign Ministry has recalled Uri Oren, its ambassador to South Africa, for questioning regarding his much-publicized alleged liaison with a member of the South African military. Oren was the Israeli consul general in Los Angeles between 1993 and 1995.

    "I am amazed,...

  • A Class Act

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The political question of the week is, "What will David Tokofsky do now?" For four years, Tokofsky, the veteran teacher and former coach of Marshall High School's champion academic decathlon team, has played the role of maverick on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board. He...
  • Oh What a Lovely War

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    You'll pardon me for a moment if I interject a personal note here. But I have a son who is heading off soon to Albania with the expectation (which I share) we will soon send ground troops into Kosovo to save most of the people there. By then, of course, there will be few Albanians...

  • The Felon as Kingmaker

    By Larry Derfner

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Knesset Member Arye Deri's appeal to the Supreme Court is expected to take about a year, maybe more. Until then, there is no sign that he's about to become anything other than what he is today -- the political leader of the Shas (Sephardi ultra-Orthodox) party, and negotiator of its...

  • Rye Humor

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The Marx Brothers, The Three Stooges, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Lenny Bruce, Jackie Mason, Woody Allen and, of course, Seinfeld. The history of American comedy is the history of America's funniest Jews. But while being Jewish and funny has never been mutually...
  • Noa’s Universal Appeal

    By  Orit Arfa

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When Achinoam Nini was growing up in the Bronx with her Yemenite-Israeli parents, her different name, exotic looks and diverse heritage made her feel out of place among her schoolmates. Now the qualities that alienated her as a child give her good cause to say to them, "I knew you...
  • An Israeli Mission

    By Michael J

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Soaring above the sea of green and white canvas tents in the dusty, wind-swept Stenkovec refugee camp in Macedonia are a handful of Israeli flags. It is a jarring sight whose incongruity is compounded by the fact that just a stone's throw away are the Germans.

    Approximately 700,000...

  • If Memory Serves…

    By Rob Eshman

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish-themed cookbooks appear in a frenzy about a month before Passover, then die off by May. Mainstream cookbooks also try to cash in on the warming weather's ability to make us imagine nectarine tarts and heirloom tomato salads, long before winter comes to the Chilean tomato...
  • Making a Case for Victims of the Holocaust

    By Professor Burt Neuborne

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    What progress have American courts made in bringing legal closure to some of the appalling evils perpetrated by the Nazis during their reign of terror?

    First we have to understand what is actually going on. There are five sets of cases currently pending: The first was filed in 1996...

  • Reviews of “The Envoy” and “Hitler’s Head”

    By Tom Tugend

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "You can't confront evil on its own ground without becoming part of it," muses diplomat Heinrich Zwygart in "The Envoy," and his self-recognition clearly applies to Switzerland, the country he represented faithfully in Berlin during the six years of World War II.

    Zwygart's job was to...

  • Swift Response

    By Julie G Fax

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    With echoes of the Holocaust and pogroms haunting a collective conscience, the Jewish community in Los Angeles has mobilized forces to come to the aid of Kosovar refugees left homeless and hungry by Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic.

    Schools, synagogues and organizations have moved...

  • Too Close to Call

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Fangs bared and chests thrust out, the competitors stepped into the ring and proceeded to demolish each other in ways both fair and unfair.

    Was it the World Wrestling Federation? No, just another debate on Valley secession.

    Last week, the Anti-Defamation League invited representatives...

  • Arthur Finkelstein’s Problem, and Ours

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    You've got to feel sorry for Arthur Finkelstein. The legendary Republican campaign consultant, slayer of liberals from North Carolina to New York, seems to have met his match this year, in Israel of all places. And all he wanted to do, he said in a recently published interview, was...
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