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  • Argentina

    By Richard S. Gunther

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    To visit Argentina today is to see with your own eyes the tragedy these people are facing.

    Imagine living in a country where you experience the following:

    You have worked hard for years, and every month you add to your savings in a dollar account held at a major international bank...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    With Friends Like These...

    The American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (AFIPO)'s Los Angeles benefit raised $300,000, via a benefit dinner/recital held at the Beverly Hills home of producer Irwin Winkler ("Goodfellas," the "Rocky" series) and his wife, Margo. Pianist...

  • Captains of Destiny

    By Rabbi Allen I. Freehling

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    This week's Torah portion, Shemot, finds us studying the Book of Exodus for the first time this year. Probing the text, I began to think about the Hebrew word tevah (ark) that is found only twice in the Torah -- in parshat Noah and in this one.

    As Rabbi James Mirel once wrote: "There...

  • Hollywood, History and the Holocaust

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Two celebrations took place in Los Angeles recently, and "Max," a new film about the young Adolf Hitler, opens today.

    In a peculiar way, all three events are related.

    The first celebration seems straightforward enough -- at least on the surface. Sara and Charles Levin, who preferred...

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  • Fill ‘Er Up With Guilt

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    What do you think you're doing when you pump gallons of gas into your SUV?If you think that you are simply doing a necessary weekly chore of no great consequence, then Laurie David, a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council and wife of comedian Larry David, wants you to...

  • The Film No One Wanted

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Not far into the arduous journey of making "Max," Menno Meyjes' controversial film about the early life of Adolf Hitler, John Cusack debated with his father, a World War II veteran. "He said, 'John, this is a worthy piece, but it disturbs me,'" said Cusack, who plays a German Jewish...

  • Money Talks

    By Lilla Zuckerman

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    We live in the age of full disclosure. In this era of creepy stalkers, emotional maniacs and frightening venereal diseases, you can't be too careful, so singles have learned to utilize romantic phrases such as, "Have you been tested for AIDS lately?" as casually as one used to...

  • A Letter to My Sons

    By Catherine Gandel

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Dear Matt and Steve:

    Thirty-five years ago, armed with a letter of introduction from one of your grandma's friends to the vice president of personnel at Time, Inc., I got my first job. As you guys begin your working lives, and I listen to your efforts, dreams and disappointments, my...

  • Three JCCs to Gain Their Independence

    By Marc Ballon

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA), which last year nearly drowned amid a sea of red ink and allegations of mismanagement, wants to get out of the business of running major community centers after 60 years.

    With pressures mounting to give the centers under...

  • The Genius of the Lost NJPS

    By Roger Bennett

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    New York, December 2102:

    Historians argue as to the precise moment when the Golden Age of American Jewry we now take for granted truly began. But many point to the cancellation of the National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS), a century ago, in 2002 as a turning point -- an event...

  • New Face of Study

    By Julie G Fax

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Avi Weiss left Yeshiva University (YU) in New York three years ago to found a new rabbinic school for one simple reason: "We were not graduating enough Yosefs," said Weiss, a political activist and progressive Orthodox Jewish leader.

    Weiss is referring to Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky...

  • Russia’s Jews Rediscover Roots

    By Lev Krichevsky

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Lev Entin, a 90-year-old resident of St. Petersburg, has spent the past year relearning something he spent most of his life trying to forget: his Judaism.

    Entin's father was a shochet (ritual slaughterer), and until Entin was 12, he attended a cheder (Jewish school). But after that,...

  • Time to Go

    By Abby Gilad

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    This week we start a new book of the Torah -- Shemot or Exodus. The word shemot means names, because we start out by naming all the descendants of Jacob who came down to Egypt. But the word exodus means going out (just like the word exit). In this book we will learn about how the...

  • Planning Ahead Can Save on Health Care

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Eva, 74 and a widow, was a healthy and independent woman until she went shopping one day last December and was mugged. She was attacked with a screwdriver and thrown to ground, breaking her shoulder in four places.

    "I ended up on the sidewalk, totally helpless," said Eva, who lives...

  • U.S. Courts Israel to Not Join Iraq War

    By Leslie Susser

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Never have Israel and the United States had such close operational coordination on Iraq. As the anticipated American attack on Baghdad draws nearer, the U.S. military has been showing Israeli officials its detailed plans for preventing Iraqi missile attacks on Israel. But the reason...

  • Unorthodox Alliance

    By Gershom Gorenberg

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The idea is supposed to make me tingle warmly: While I sit in my home here in Jerusalem enjoying

    the Friday evening calm, thousands of Christian Coalition supporters will be gathering at the Ellipse in Washington to proclaim solidarity with Israel. According to pre-rally PR, my prime...

  • Russia Returns 16 Long-Sought Books

    By Lev Krichevsky

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Lubavitch movement is celebrating the transfer of 16 more religious books to a Lubavitch-run synagogue in Moscow. But it is unclear when -- and indeed, if -- the balance of the thousands of books that make up the "Schneerson Library" will come into the ultra-Orthodox group's...

  • Rose Queen for a Day

    By Phyllis Folb

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It took 50 years, but this New Year's Day a childhood dream and mother's fantasy is about to come true.

    I was born on Jan. 1, 1953. Dwight D. Eisenhower prepared to assume the presidency, American troops remained in Korea and newspapers heralded mine as Los Angeles County's first...

  • Your Letters

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Sadat Legacy

    The Jewish Journal must be praised for publishing that very eloquent article by Yuval Rotem, the consul general of the State of Israel ("The Sadat Legacy: 25 Years Later," Dec. 13).

    But I must take issue with Rotem on one point. In the paragraph where he states...

  • Israeli Surfs New Turf

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Windsurfer Gal Friedman became the first Israeli to win the gold medal at the World Mistral Sailboard Championships, held in Pattaya, Thailand, on Sunday, Dec. 15. Out of the 11 races in the regatta, Friedman won four and in two more he placed second, making it the best-ever...

  • Candles Shine From L.A. to Tel Aviv

    By Rachel Brand

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The miracle of Chanukah took on a double meaning Dec. 4, when Los Angeles Holocaust survivors participated in a menorah-lighting ceremony with their counterparts in Tel Aviv via videoconferencing.

    "We celebrate the miracle of Chanukah, and we also celebrate the miracle that we...

  • Support Group Helps Second Generation

    By Rachel Brand

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    As the only child of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Morry Waksberg was always under enormous pressure to succeed -- to carry out the dreams that his parents never had the opportunity to realize.

    "It made it hard to be a kid," Waksberg said. "How could I complain about some little...

  • Jewish Studies Popular With Non-Jews Around the World

    By Tom Tugend

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Contrary to widespread fears of a rising global wave of anti-Semitism, "we, as Jews, have many more friends than we think we have," said professor Lawrence H. Schiffman, president of the Association of Jewish Studies, which recently held its 34th annual meeting in Los Angeles.

    The...

  • A Year to Remember

    By Rob Eshman

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I once had a history teacher who was ambivalent about dates. Before a test, an anxious student would invariably ask whether we'd need to remember what year an event happened.

    He'd wave off the question, "Just remember the big ones."

    Don't you get the feeling 2003 will be a Big One?...

  • Reality For Campus Ills

    By Chaim Seidler-Feller

    December 19, 2002 | 7:01 pm

    During the past year, if you were to mention the campus to anyone involved in Jewish life, you would surely elicit a response that was a mixture of anxiety, contempt and anger.

    Headlines screamed with assertions that our universities were hotbeds of anti-Semitism and that Jewish...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    U.S. to Reduce Sinai Presence

    The United States has convinced Israel and Egypt to accept an immediate cut in the American presence in the Sinai, JTA has learned. According to an Israeli official, the United States will continue to lead the Multinational Force and Observers --...

  • Before the Beit Din

    By Jennifer M. Paquette

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I feel naked before the three rabbis of the beit din (Jewish court of law), heretical hairs straying from beneath my slapped-on linen hat. They sit across from us in black suits and black hats, black notebooks concealed, perhaps for noting my progress -- and Ted's -- along this black...

  • Blessed With Talents

    By Abby Gilad

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Everybody's good at something. The trick is to discover what it is. In Parshat Vayechi, Jacob blesses each of his 12 sons. They each receive a blessing that is appropriate to their skills. Judah is blessed with leadership, for from him will be born kings. Benjamin is told he is a...

  • Intifada Put Aside in Slaying of Two Girls

    By Helen Schary Motro

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Two child murders in Israel pushed all else off the Israeli news. The intifada, next month's elections, the souring economy and soaring poverty levels, all were forgotten by a country obsessed with the almost simultaneous disappearance of two girls in Jerusalem -- one Jewish, the...

  • Living Part Is Key for Brody

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    On a bitterly cold day in February 2001, actor Adrien Brody struggled to scramble over a wall into a nightmarish moonscape of a destroyed city.

    It was the first day of production of Roman Polanski's powerful Holocaust drama, "The Pianist," based on Wladyslaw Szpilman's 1946 memoir,...

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