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  • Nuremberg Reprised

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Actor Christopher Plummer was bewildered by the response to his monologue on the set of "Nuremberg," the four-hour TNT miniseries about the war-crimes trial of 22 members of the Nazi high command. In the series about the trial of the 20th century, Plummer is Sir David Maxwell-Fyfe,...

  • Snapshots of Summer

    By Teresa Strasser

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When I have things to write, I suddenly seem to have things to read. Yahoo online stock profiles for example, of stocks I don't own, because I don't own any stocks.

    It's too hot to work, I tell myself, sitting with a fan the size of a large potted plant at my back. And it's amazing...

  • Growing Intolerance

    By Avi Machlis

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Dear Uncle Sam,

    Why are you humiliating us (Israel) like this? OK, you've staked us for decades, vetoed countless Security Council resolutions, trained and armed our brave fighters (though it wasn't till the '70s that you started selling us warplanes). But we're big boys now, big...

  • Pass the Egg

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    My parents were Elderhostel students this week at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, and I shared Friday night services with them in the Conservative tradition of my youth.

    It was like coming home. The melodies, the longer version of prayers, the responsive readings in English,...

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  • Kosher S.O.S

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Shalom,

    I recently became engaged and we want our Chabad rabbi to perform the ceremony. However, we wish to be married outside of our home area (Inland Empire). In order for my rabbi to perform the wedding, we must serve kosher food (we do not keep kosher ourselves).

    I don't know...

  • Cantors Sing a New Song

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    If Jewish Los Angeles seemed a more melodious place in late June, you can thank 250 of the Reform movement's sweet singers of Israel, who gathered in Beverly Hills to celebrate Jewish music and share their knowledge, skills, and repertoire.

    The 47th annual convention of the American...

  • A Mostly Jewish Festival

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    July 13, 2000 | 7:59 pm

    Q: When does a fence equal freedom?
    A: When it's an eruv.

    On Sun., July 2 the Jewish community of Northridge will celebrate the official initiation of its new eruv, allowing observant Jews the ability to carry on the Sabbath within its domain.The project was initiated more than 10...

  • Living in the Limelight

    By Debbie L. Sklar

    July 13, 2000 | 7:59 pm

    Andy Warhol once said that everyone enjoys 15 minutes of fame at some point in his or her life, and Rabbi Gary Davidson of Long Beach got his 15 minutes last week.From the moment California's media outlets got wind of the People magazine story listing Davidson among America's top 100...

  • The Senator and the Author

    By Eric Fingerhut

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Two giants of the American Jewish community, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) and author Herman Wouk, got together last month in Washington, D.C., to discuss their new books and other topics in front of a gathering of more than 200 people.

    Wouk, who has written such works as "The Winds...

  • Expressing Outrage

    By Tom Tugend

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Throughout Los Angeles, Iranian Jews stood by their phones and radios at 1 a.m. Saturday to hear the first news on the sentences imposed on the "Shiraz 13" Jews, charged with spying for Israel."My wife has been crying ever since," said Cyrus Javaherian some 15 hours later. His wife,...

  • A Kind Word

    By Tom Tugend

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    About the only words of praise for Chuck Quackenbush, who resigned last week (June 28) as California insurance commissioner in the face of certain impeachment, have come from Holocaust survivors grateful for his dogged attempts to force European insurance companies to pay claims...

  • Questioning Authority

    By Rabbi Michael Gotlieb

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    All of us question authority at times. We do it for any number of reasons. Sometimes our ego motivates us. Sometimes the motivation stems out of a true desire to bring about a needed change. Whatever the reason, and no matter the era, authority is constantly being challenged,...

  • Pass the Egg

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    My parents were Elderhostel students this week at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, and I shared Friday night services with them in the Conservative tradition of my youth.

    It was like coming home. The melodies, the longer version of prayers, the responsive readings in English,...

  • New Film Packs Heat

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Two memories prompted James D. Stern's debut feature film, "It's the Rage," a parable about gun violence starring Gary Sinise, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, Anna Paquin and David Schwimmer.The first involved a bullied 6-year-old who snapped and ran amuck with a butcher knife at Stern's...

  • Of One Mind

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Joel and Ethan Coen, the quirky auteurs of "Fargo," "Raising Arizona" and "The Big Lebowski," are groaning.

    They are recalling a recent viewing of their first feature film, "Blood Simple" (1984), a stylish, noirish tale of murder in Texas, which is being reissued in theaters today....

  • Jewish Vietnam

    By Eric H

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    If you're thinking of taking a trip to Vietnam, you won't have a chance to see a thriving Jewish community or eat at a kosher bakery. Yes, Jews migrated to Shanghai in World War II to avoid the Holocaust and there are some Jewish institutions in Thailand. Although many Jews went to...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Mike Levy

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    8Saturday

    The film is a cult classic. The theatrical adaptation has inspired audiences for more than two decades. "Harold and Maude," the offbeat comedic tale of a death-obsessed young man and the free-spirited 80-year-old woman who teaches him about life, opens today at The Will Geer...

  • Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Lawrence Goldmark, interim leader of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, had a few words to say about his ex-colleague: "The man is courageous with respect to what he believes in." That man is Rabbi Abner Weiss, who for 15 years has served as spiritual leader for the...

  • Growing or Shrinking?

    By Julie G Fax

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin can't stop laughing.
    No really, I tell him, according to the numbers, the Orthodox community is shrinking.
    He takes a deep breath.
    "I'm trying not to get upset here," says Cunin, sovereign of West Coast Chabad for the past 36 years. "But you have to be blind...

  • Iran: Politics Gone Wrong

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There is not a reader of this newspaper who does not believe - does not know - that the conviction of the 10 Iranian Jews last Saturday was wrong. Wrong and unjust in its violation of due process. Wrong in its disregard of human rights. And wrong in its basic allegation that the 10...

  • King Departs

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Last Friday was bittersweet for Sandra King. Closing a chapter in her professional life that has lasted a quarter of a century, King stepped down as executive director of Jewish Family Service (JFS), a beneficiary agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

    For the past 10...

  • Return of a Classic

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    For the first time since 1987, and for the first time ever in the original French, "The Sorrow and the Pity," Marcel Ophüls' seminal documentary about France under Nazi occupation, comes to the U.S., including Los Angeles, this week.

    Since the film's 1971 release, there have been...

  • Together Apart

    By Rob Eshman

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    David Lehrer may be overstating his case only slightly when he says that most Westsiders are unaware of what goes on "6 inches below the 10 freeway and 6 inches east of the Golden State." Maybe he's off by a few inches, but cut him some slack; Lehrer has been trying to bridge the...

  • Letter to an American Friend

    By Eric Silver

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Dear Uncle Sam,

    Why are you humiliating us (Israel) like this? OK, you've staked us for decades, vetoed countless Security Council resolutions, trained and armed our brave fighters (though it wasn't till the '70s that you started selling us warplanes). But we're big boys now, big...

  • Making a Difference

    By David Evanier

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There was a time, I realize now, when I doubted that one individual could make a difference; that is, a real difference in the lives of others. It was the system, the institutions, the economy, I told myself and others; it was social forces, wars, history itself that affected our...

  • Letters to the Editor

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Collaboration with al-Mayarati Shameful

    Salam al-Mayarati certainly can't be trusted. At best, he is not a friend of the Jewish community, let alone of Israel ("Caught in the Crossfire," June 30).
    The fact that leftist-liberal Democratic politician Adam Schiff chose to associate...

  • Choosing Celibacy

    By Susan Josephs

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    At 16, Carl Birman started secretly to date men. At 21, he came out and plunged into a gay world of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. He joined a group called the Radical Fairies that promoted promiscuity and paganism. As for the ages between 5 and 10, he tried to bury them in the past....

  • Visiting Vietnam

    By Eric H

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The 25th anniversary of Saigon's fall has unleashed a flood of existential questions for Vietnamese and Americans. The roads taken, alternatives ignored and current choices compete for attention.Surprises and paradoxes littered the cityscapes of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hanoi...

  • It Would Be Nice if We Did Something

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    July 6, 2000 | 7:59 pm

    Several years ago, before I became an attorney, the news of Iran's star-chamber proceedings and convictions of Jews would have sent me protesting in the streets. I would have joined - or organized - massive protests, including nonviolent sit-downs at major arteries, like Wilshire...

  • More Thana Villain

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When Jason Isaacs went in to audition for the Royal National Theatre's production of Tony Kushner's "Angels in America," he knew exactly what role he wanted. He insisted upon portraying the anxiety-ridden character of Louis, who is somewhat based on the life of the gay Jewish...

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