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  • Some Thoughts on My New Year

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Another year come and gone. Another one beginning. For me, an occasion more for recollection than repentance.

    So much seems connected to the past. My oldest son, Alexander, calls from Florida. There is talk about the summer gone by, plans for the future, a wish for the new year. I...

  • Jewish Journeys

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Joshua Hammer's book is called "Chosen by God: A Brother's Journey" (Hyperion Press), and while the titular journey refers to his brother, it may very well apply to Hammer himself.

    In Newsweek's Nov. 8th issue, Hammer -- a foreign correspondent who will become the magazine's Berlin...

  • New Year’s Sounds

    By George Robinson

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The number "three" doesn't play an especially important part in Jewish lore and customs. But the pre-High Holy Day musical rush brought to my desk several trios of related recordings, so it's fitting to deal with them in groups of threes.

    1. Three sets ostensibly inspired by Jewish...

  • Jewish Hot-Button Issues

    By Daniel Kurtzman

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    After a summer marred by anti-Semitic violence, Jewish lobbyists are vowing to push lawmakers to enact stricter laws to combat hate crimes and control guns.

    As Congress returns from its August recess, both efforts are likely to garner a high profile, although it remains unclear...

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  • Mideast Briefs

    By Douglas Davis

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish relief agencies and the government of Israel are mobilizing to send rescue missions and humanitarian aid to Turkey, in the wake of a devastating earthquake that, at press time, may have claimed more than 4,000 lives.

    The Israel Defense Force sent a 200-member rescue team to...

  • Finding Support

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    On a Wednesday night, about a dozen parents of children with developmental disabilities gather at Sinai Temple, a Conservative synagogue on the Westside. They meet to knock down barriers and dispel myths, to offer a shoulder to cry on and good advice on working the system of state...
  • Welcoming a New Year With Sweet Celebrations

    By Judith Geller Marlow

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    On the first day of Tishri, Sept. 10, the Jewish New Year begins at sunset. Every year, the reminder of the tensions between solemn and happy days, reflections on the past and a sense of renewal for the future, the sounds of wailing and the joy of singing hallelujah, create the...
  • Where Were the Rabbis?

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Counselors and staff of the Jewish Community Centers in Los Angeles were overwhelmed by the kindness and support of local clergy in the aftermath of the Aug. 10 shooting, which left five wounded. But they were surprised and disappointed by the fact that it was almost exclusively...
  • The Road to Peace Only Gets Bumpier

    By Douglas Davis

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Glittering ceremonies and lofty rhetoric are the essential byproducts of every milestone in Middle East peacemaking.

    And Saturday night's gala at Sharm el-Sheik -- significantly, on territory that Israel had withdrawn from in the context of an earlier peace agreement with Egypt -- was...

  • An American Love Story

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In 1990, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Jennifer Fox met and fell in love with a black man, a bass player who performed in a blues band with one of her friends. "I had the naive sense that it was the '90s and that racism was on the decline," says Fox, 39, who grew up in a Jewish...
  • Creationism and the Bible 101

    By Daniel Kurtzman

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In Kansas, the state school board decides to remove evolution from its science curriculum.

    In Cleveland, a federal judge throws parents and students into a state of turmoil when he blocks a state-funded school voucher program that lets students attend private or parochial schools at...

  • The Master Class

    By David Margolis

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Not all of them were Jewish, but they were definitely the chosen people -- five Los Angeles and 33 Israeli film students brought together for a two-week "master class" in screenwriting at Tel Aviv University. Held under the auspices of the Tel Aviv-Los Angeles partnership, the class...
  • Coping on Two Continents

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Since being diagnosed with diabetes in 1997, two developments have brought 14-year-old Cesar Chavira closer to leading a life like that of his Hollywood High peers: an insulin pump, which provides a continual dosage that lasts all day, and the Sponsorship for Adolescents with...
  • Where Were the Journalists?

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    I read Gary Rosenblatt's indictment of Los Angeles' rabbinate with some unease. It did not square with my understanding of what had occurred in the aftermath of the shootings at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills. Accounts from our reporter, Julie Gruenbaum...
  • The Two Sides of the Street

    By Eric Silver

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The only thing Jerusalem's Jewish and Arab shopping malls had in common when news broke last Friday of the Wye II deal was that no one was dancing in the streets. There was relief that something at last was about to move on the Israeli-Palestinian front, but it takes more than...
  • The Man Behind the Vision

    By Elaine Schmidt

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In fall 1994, UCLA hired Dr. Gerald Saul Levey to assume the newly merged role of provost of UCLA Medical Center and fourth dean of its top-rated medical school. Levey couldn't have picked a more precarious time for a job move.

    Beset by leadership conflicts, a weak census and budget...

  • The Lost Bird

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Yvette Melanson is a woman who might say the Sh'ma before going to sleep, and in the morning light whisper the Navajo prayer, "May I walk happily and lightly on the earth." Both are deeply felt, authentic expressions of her soul. As she explains, "I know that I'm Jewish. I feel...
  • A Holiday Tool Kit

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    As Rabbi Stewart Vogel of Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills sees it: "For many people, the fulfillment of the biblical injunction 'You shall afflict your soul' means simply coming to High Holiday services."

    It is true that for some Jews at this time of year, the issue of repentance...

  • Ten Days of Atonement

    By Jamie Pachino

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A year after my father's unexpected death from a kidney transplant, I returned home.

    Six months earlier, my mother had sold our house, the one I had lived in my entire life. The synagogue was the same. The family was the same. Their friends were the same.

    Only one thing was different....

  • Ten Ways to Make the High Holidays Meaningful

    By Ann Molin

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Dipping apples in honey, blowing the shofar, gathering together as a family -- these parts of the High Holidays appeal to most children. But to only teach our children about the customs surrounding Rosh Hashanah is to give them just one part of the story. The more difficult aspect of...

  • Orthodox Community Protests Police Shooting

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Hundreds of strictly Orthodox Jews took to the streets of Brooklyn, N.Y., this week to protest the fatal shooting by police officers of an emotionally disturbed member of the community.

    The shooting victim, Gary Busch, 31, was felled by a hail of bullets Aug. 30 after he attacked a...

  • Chabad 1999: Here, There and Everywhere

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Backstage at Chabad Telethon '99, Jon Voight was like the Beatles song -- "Here, There and Everywhere." One moment, the erstwhile "Midnight Cowboy" was huddling in a corner with a telethon point person, putting last-minute touches on a speech. Moments later, he was hovering around...
  • Hitler’s Olympics

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The 1936 Olympics were grand spectacles both as sports and propaganda events, whose political ramifications are given full exposure in a striking exhibit, organized by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, at San Diego's Hall of Champions.

    The games were awarded to a then-democratic...

  • The Sound of Yontif

    By Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    I forgot to blow the shofar this morning. No, it's not quite Rosh Hashanah and I haven't missed this year's round challah or apples dipped in honey. But there is a tradition of beginning every morning during the month of Elul, the Jewish month preceding Rosh Hashanah, with the sound...

  • Beyond Puppets and Cookies

    By Beverly Gray

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Eleven-year-old Katie Zeisl, who attends Hebrew School at Adat Ari El, knows that the High Holidays are a time to "tell God I'm really sorry and I'll try not to do it again." But she's skeptical about making promises she may not be able to keep, and she has little use for her...

  • The Havana Jewish Social Club

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    My husband and I arrived in Havana in the early hours of Sunday morning; we had flown to Cuba via Tijuana to spend a week exploring and, hopefully, to find someone in the Jewish community to speak with. Although the majority of Cuban Jews had fled to the United States and Israel...

  • A Jew from Nogales

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Fred Rochlin can't understand all the fuss over his monologue, "Old Man in a Baseball Cap," about his adventures during World War II.

    "I'm not an actor," he insists. "I'm an old guy."

    Never mind Rochlin's invitation to the renowned Louisville arts festival; his residency at the...

  • The Year of the Bizarre

    By Daniel Kurtzman

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 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...

  • Lessons From ‘My Jewtor’

    By Teresa Strasser

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    We're about the same age and, from a distance, it almost looks like we could be sisters. But that's where the similarities end between Melissa and me.

    Melissa is what I call "My Jewtor," a woman assigned to me by a local rabbi to tutor me about Judaism. For months now, I've been...

  • Our Gang

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A reputed gangster who calls himself "a simple Jew from Kiev" has emerged as the central suspect in an international bank-fraud probe that investigators term the biggest money-laundering case in history.

    The case involves an apparent scheme by Russian mobsters to launder billions of...

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