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  • Forum Tries to Help Argentine Jews

    By Florencia Arbiser

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Like the more than 2 million Jews who came to the United States at the turn of the 20th century in search of the American dream, thousands went further south -- to Argentina -- hoping to find a brighter future.

    Now, with Argentina in the throes of a wrenching political and economic...

  • Rabbi Lau Headlines at O.U. Conference

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Urging religious dialogue as a means to achieve peace, Rabbi Yisroel Meir Lau, the chief rabbi of Israel, addressed a crowd of 500 at the West Coast convention of the Orthodox Union Dec. 20.

    Held at the Peltz Theater of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the inaugural event began five days...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Solange Borna

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, Dec. 29

    Artist Elizabeth Tinglof new mixed media works "...scapes," manages to capture on canvas the feeling someone gets while looking down at the world. The paintings, reminiscent of aerial photographs, uncover the relationship between the topography of our planet...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    U.S.: Syria willing to stop terror

    Syria reportedly said it will look into ways to shut down terrorist organizations operating out of Damascus. American officials informed Israel of the new Syrian position after Jerusalem raised the problem of terror in Syria and Lebanon...

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  • American Aliyah to Rise

    By Adam Wills

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles resident George Giles, 26, Has been looking for a job in marketing ever since he was laid off five months ago. With the economy continuing to falter following Sept. 11 and a child on the way, George is hoping that his job search will be more fruitful in Israel.

    The Los...

  • Anti-Semitism Stirs Aliyah

    By Amy Klein

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Whether or not the French ambassador to England called Israel "that sh*tty little country" is almost beside the point.

    Ambassador Daniel Bernard allegedly made the comment at a dinner party two weeks ago in London.

    "Why should the world be in danger of World War III because of...

  • Jews Bid France Adieu

    By Andrew Diamond

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    With French Jews complaining about a rise in anti-Semitic violence, there appears to be a sharp increase in the number of people inquiring about immigrating to Israel.

    After several years of declining aliyah (immigration to Israel) from France, the Jewish Agency for Israel has seen a...

  • Lupu’s Lens

    By Gaby Wening

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    His leather jacket underscoring a full-growth white beard and tzitzit, 75-year-old Lupu Gutman is much like his films, where tradition is refracted through the modernity of the camera lens.

    Gutman is now distributing copies of his haunting documentary, "Monuments of Soap," to all the...

  • There’s No Time Like the Present

    By Ellie Kahn

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In my family, death and funerals seem to inspire joking. Maybe it's discomfort, but it also seems to be a lack of concern and heaviness about the whole thing. No one in my family does much visiting of graves, and burials are apparently not deemed necessary.

    My mother wants her body...

  • Daily News Cartoon Provokes Anger, Apology

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    An editorial cartoon that ran on the Editorials & Letters page of the Los Angeles Daily News on Dec. 21 outraged readers with an image that confused as much as it provoked.

    Cartoonist Patrick O'Connor offended readers with his "View From The Valley" one-panel political cartoon. The...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Legal and Regal

    So what took them so long? Perhaps it was all that time they spend in court.

    Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA) finally held its very first black-tie gala to celebrate the association's 70th anniversary. The evening, at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel,...

  • Show You the Money

    By David Suissa

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I get hit up, boy do I get hit up. I don't always say "yes," of course, but that's not the point of this story. The point is who is asking me for money.

    Over the past year, the fund seekers have included at least 20 yeshivas in Israel; four settlements in the West Bank; two...

  • Your Letters

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Irv Rubin

    Jewish organizations had a field day denouncing Irv Rubin and his Jewish Defense League. All claimed he had no support in the Jewish community anywhere.

    Rubin is innocent unless proven guilty at trial.

    It is difficult to believe that this intelligent, articulate Jewish...

  • Diagnosis: Grandfather

    By Tom Tugend

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "The Grandfather Thing" by Saul Turteltaub (Tallfellow Press, $16.95).

    Saul Turteltaub, whom I've known for a good many years, is a funny man and a funny television writer. If you laughed at "The Carol Burnett Show," "The Jackie Gleason Show," "That Girl" or "The Cosby Show," tip...

  • Doctor of the Barrio

    By Beverly Gray

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When Julie Korenstein speaks out on environmental matters, she credits her mother, Dr. Pauline Furth, with shaping her own crusading spirit. Korenstein, who represents District 6 on the Los Angeles Unified School District's school board, said that throughout her life her mother has...

  • Year in Review

    By Rob Eshman

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Remember the fear and trepidation that accompanied the coming of the year 2000? Millennialists ran around like Chicken Little, selling us on bottled water and canned tuna, promising disaster.

    It turns out they were off by a year.

    As it happened, 2001 was Hell Week. Leading up to...

  • Lehrer to Leave

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    David Lehrer, the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) since 1986, will be leaving his position in the near future. He has been with the organization for 27 years.

    At press time, the circumstances surrounding Lehrer's departure were unclear. ADL spokesperson Myrna...

  • Hidden Abilities

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When filmmaker Jessie Nelson was growing up in North Hollywood in the 1950s, she was frightened of the mentally disabled. "I had the fear a lot of children have when they are not exposed to people with disabilities," says Nelson, whose wrenching new film, "I Am Sam," tells of a...

  • A Portion of Parshat Vayechi

    By Abby Gilad

    December 27, 2001 | 6:59 pm

    Joseph has two children: Menasheh, the older, and Ephraim, the younger. Jacob blesses them both before he dies. He tells Joseph that, although the descendants of Menasheh will become a great people, the descendants of Ephraim will be even greater. In fact, King David was from the...

  • The ‘Majestic’ Martin Landau

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "Woody Allen and I used to play a little game," says Martin Landau, who portrays the owner of an aged movie house in Frank Darabont's new film, "The Majestic."

    "I'd say 'The Elm,' and he'd say, 'The Midwood.' I'd say 'The Kenmore' and he'd say, 'The Avalon.'"

    Landau and Allen, who...

  • Not Another Token Jew

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Michael Bender and Mia Kirschner admit there's no Jewish archetype in Joel Gallen's "Not Another Teen Movie" -- a "nasty and frequently hilarious assault on 20 years' worth of youth pictures," according to The New York Times. "The 'Jewish kid' isn't really a character that's...

  • Beyond the Kitchen

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A roomful of women come together on a chilly December evening in Southern California. They eat, they laugh, they talk. One woman stands up and tells everyone that she learned how to say, "No." Her announcement is met with applause. Another stands up and says how happy she is that she...

  • The Man Behind the JDL

    By Tom Tugend

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In the FBI's dossier he is listed as Irving David Rubin, 56, a self-described conservative Republican, Air Force veteran, married for 21 years and the father of two children.

    To everyone else he is Irv Rubin, chairman of the Jewish Defense League, an acute embarrassment to most...

  • Your Letters

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    JCC Closures

    The organized Jewish community uses its most needy members to raise money. Elderly, low-income and disabled Jews are featured in ads to attract donations. But it seems that when push comes to shove, these are not the folks whose needs are cared for by the powers that...

  • Goodman Quits Team

    By The Baltimore Jewish News

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Star basketball player Tamir Goodman ended his career at Towson University in Baltimore last week, when the school took the side of the head coach in a dispute that ended with Goodman's resigning from the team.

    The incident that sparked this took place after Towson beat Morgan State...

  • Sharon: No More Words

    By David Landau

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Trick or treat? That slightly out-of-season challenge reflects Israeli reaction to Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat's dramatic call on his people for "a complete stop to all armed activities, especially the suicide attacks."

    Analysts noted that it was Arafat's strongest...

  • Follies

    By Rob Eshman

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In the solar system of Jewish life, Irv Rubin is Pluto.

    The man accused of conspiring to plant a pipe bomb at a mosque and at the office of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-48) has long operated at the distant edges of greater Los Angeles' Jewish population that numbers some 600,000.

    If you...

  • He Mines the Mannerisms

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Don't tell Elliott Gould his hysterically shticky "Ocean's Eleven" character Ruben Tischkoff, is a negative Jewish stereotype. Sure, Tischkoff -- wearing a gauche gold Magen David -- says "schmuck" a lot and forks out bucks to finance the con in the Las Vegas heist flick.

    But then...

  • A Look Back

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When I was 16, my family moved from Santa Monica to Sacramento. I had just finished my first year at Santa Monica High School and had been selected to play drums with the school's jazz band in the Hollywood Bowl (which I did the night before we moved). I was certainly not looking...

  • Terrorists or Fall Guys?

    By Mike Levy

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The Bust

    Tuesday, Dec. 11, 9:45 p.m.

    Jewish Defense League (JDL) Chairman Irv Rubin had just finished dinner at Jerry's Famous Deli in Encino and was en route to his Monrovia home, when law enforcement officers pulled him over and placed him under arrest.

    Shortly before, his dinner...

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