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  • Hello, My Name Is Porsche

    By J. D. Smith

    August 30, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    My sister Julie just moved to Atlanta for two years. Her husband got an offer he couldn't refuse, so they're off. It was the kind of offer that makes me think I could tough out a couple years in Afghanistan, if necessary -- but nobody asked me. My nephew Chris is starting school...

  • The Situation

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    August 30, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    To know the mind of Israel today, you needn't consult a Gallup poll. Just jump into any taxicab and ask the driver about ha'matsav (the situation). His first response, "Milchama [war] -- there's going to be a war. We need a war," he'll carefully explain, "to show them we're still...

  • The secret to architect Frank Gehry’s genius? Grandma’s gefilte fish.

    By Daniel Belasco

    August 30, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Frank Gehry is poised to make his first grand Jewish statement.

    Avoiding the press after a slew of praise, Gehry is now completing a number of projects in his Santa Monica offices, including a schematic design for the $130 million Winnick Institute in Jerusalem, a project of the...

  • War is in the Air

    By David Landau

    August 30, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As Israeli opposition leader Yossi Sarid noted this week, the slide into war often happens despite the fact that no one intends or wishes it.

    As the Al-Aksa Intifada entered its 12th month this week with a new and ominous surge in the level of violence, Israelis are beginning to...

  • Jerusalem of Gehry

    By Tom Tugend

    August 30, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "It will be the most outstanding building in the State of Israel and will draw worldwide attention," says Rabbi Marvin Hier.

    The dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center is referring to the new Museum of Tolerance -- to be known as the Winnick Institute -- that will rise in...

  • Who Exploits Whom?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 30, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Hold Please" began when playwright Annie Weisman had some politically incorrect thoughts about the Clinton-Lewinsky affair.

    The writer believed that Monica Lewinsky virtually blackmailed Bill Clinton into finding her a job. "It's important to set standards to protect the powerless...

  • Judaism Expands in Orange County

    By Karen Alexander

    August 30, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Jews have lived in Orange County for more than 130 years, but the community has never undertaken such an intense period of expansion as the one currently underway.

    In the last year alone, more than 150,000 square feet of new Jewish building space has been added to synagogues and...

  • Comic Gets Kippah

    By Daniel Fleischman

    August 30, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The funny pages are getting a little Yiddishkeit.

    Syndicated comic strip "Gil Thorp" will soon feature a storyline about star athlete David Greene, an Orthodox Jew who joins his high school football team.

    The strip, which has been published since 1959 and runs daily in more than 65...

  • A Knack for Giving

    By Karen Alexander

    August 30, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The company Henry Samueli co-founded, Broadcom Corp., develops tiny communications chips that are helping to transform the way digital information is moved from place to place.

    The contributions that Samueli and his wife Susan have made to Jewish causes in Orange County could...

  • World Briefs

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    August 30, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Bye Bye Helms

    Last week, Sen. Jesse Helms, 79, announced his intention to retire when his term ends in 2002, setting off a race for his seat that is expected to be hotly contested. While the five-term Republican senator from North Carolina has earned the support of pro-Israel...

  • Move Over, Los Angeles

    By Karen Alexander

    August 30, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    While the kosher butcher prepares her order, a Jewish city councilwoman chats with other customers about her upcoming campaign.

    Within a few miles of where she buys lamb chops for her family, ambitious building projects worth at least $30 million are under way -- or recently...

  • The Good News About W.

    By James D. Besser

    August 30, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Good news has been in short supply since the Mideast peace process crashed and burned last September and the region was engulfed with violence, which shows no sign of abating.

    But for pro-Israel activists, there is one bright note: Bush II is proving to be a far cry from Bush I.


  • Beyond Tradition

    By Merav Tassa

    August 30, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    No matter which synagogue L.A. Jews will attend this High Holy Days season, they will all partake in Kol Nidre Services, recite prayers, hear the blowing of the shofar, and ask for forgiveness for the sins committed in the past year. Year after year, the same symbolic rituals are...

  • Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 30, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When Marc Wolf set out to interview gay and lesbian military personnel for his Obie-winning play, "Another American: Asking & Telling," in 1996, secrecy was crucial.

    Three years into President Clinton's controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy, paranoia among gays in the military...

  • Your Letters

    August 30, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Conflict in Israel

    Kudos to Rabbi Dov Fischer ("Time to Survive," Aug. 24) and to The Jewish Journal on its best edition ever.

    It is time to take notice that there are many issues regarding the Palestinians that are ticking time bombs. Yasser Arafat teaching hate to future...

  • Late-Nite Jew

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 30, 2001 | 7:59 pm

    Dave Attell has had his share of adventures on the road -- all after-hours. "I can't sleep," confides the affable New York comic. "I have insomnia. So I do a show, I go out drinking, and I usually don't [meet girls], because I look like Dave Attell, not Dave Matthews."

    The scruffy,...

  • Mea Culpas

    By Amy Klein

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Even for a journalist who tries to keep an open mind, it's hard to watch the world media equate the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis as a level playing field, tit for tat. They bomb, we retaliate; a war between equals, or worse, a war between unequals with Israel as the...

  • You Don’t Know Jack

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Jack Kirby was so influential a comic book creator that in July, Comic-Con International, the industry's largest convention, commemorated the artist's two greatest creations -- the 60th anniversary of "Captain America" and the 40th anniversary of "The Fantastic Four. "


  • Calendar & Singles

    By Solange Borna

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm



    B'nai Tikvah Congregation: 9 a.m. Shabbat service. 5820 Manchester Ave., Westchester. For more information, call (310) 645-6262.

    Temple Beth Torah: 10 a.m. Shabbat Learner's Minyan, with discussion, "Focus On the Family." 16651 Rinaldi St., Granada Hills. For...

  • Yeshiva Students Still Going to Israel

    By Julie Wiener

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Jennifer Kessler always knew she would spend a year between high school and college studying at a girls' yeshiva in Israel.

    Her modern Orthodox day school in Los Angeles, Shalhevet, usually sends at least a third of the graduating class to Israel, and among the children of her...

  • Your Letters

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Shoshana Greenbaum

    I mourn with Alan and Shifra Hayman on the untimely loss of their beloved daughter, Shoshana, a sweet person with whom I have had the pleasure of being friends with since I was a little boy growing up in the San Fernando Valley.

    While many of us in the frum...

  • Down for the Count

    By Teresa Strasser

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I want to tell you about the "No Mas Date," but first I have to tell you about legendary Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran.

    Perhaps you've heard of Duran, widely considered one of the 10 best boxers of the 20th century. His nickname was "Manos de Piedra," Spanish for "Hands of Stone."...

  • Choose the Right Day School

    By Wendy Mogel

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As fall approaches, many of us are forced to turn our thoughts to selecting a private day school for our children. Quite frequently, this process causes even normally stable parents to suffer symptoms of mental confusion, dizziness and difficulty making rational decisions. A school...

  • Shefa Fund Reaches L.A.

    By Tom Tugend

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "The premise of our mission is idealistic, even romantic, but we operate on a very realistic set of values," says Jeffrey Dekro, founder and president of the Shefa Fund, a public foundation aimed at social causes. "We not only call for justice, but we work within the Jewish community...

  • Deconstructing Woody

    By Michael Fox

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Woody Allen doesn't stutter excitedly when he speaks. Nor does he wave his hands in a state of exaggerated panic.

    The persona the New York writer and director adopts in front of the camera is, of course, just that. In person, Allen serves up almost none of his trademark shtick.


  • Overseas Studies Suffer

    By Merav Tassa

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Many Jewish students are opting not to study abroad in Israel this year due to the tense security situation.

    Major universities, such as Hebrew University of Jerusalem, have had to readjust their programs and secure funds in order to continue their programs and ensure enough...

  • Better Than a Job

    By Mike Levy

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Face time" finally got to Carol Cohen.

    The 24-year-old business systems analyst is tired of corporate politics that value appearances over quality work. "Some guys come in at 7 a.m. and think that makes them star employees," she says, "They'll stay until 7 p.m., but still do not...

  • Voices of the Soul

    By Julie G Fax

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In a basement aerobics studio in the Westside Jewish Community Center, four girls dance before a wall of mirrors, perfecting the nuances of their twirls and chassés.

    Two of them, playing sisters on a train to Auschwitz, sing in Yiddish "Aufin Pripertchik" ("Upon the Hearth"). Two...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Five Settlers Arrested

    Israeli police arrested five residents of a settlement near Jerusalem on suspicion of stoning Palestinian cars on a local road. The five were detained after two Palestinians filed complaints about being stoned from a car driven by young Jews. Israel Radio...

  • Kitchen Classroom

    By Beverly Gray

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As he welcomed a group of home schoolers to an open house at the Slavin Family Children's Library of the Jewish Community Library, Dr. Gil Graff of the Bureau of Jewish Education cited an ancient Jewish precept: "Each child should be educated according to that child's particular...

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