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  • Jews of Uzbekistan

    By Richard S. Gunther

    October 19, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    What and where is Uzbekistan? Following the breakup of the USSR, Uzbekistan is an independent country of 23 million people, located in central Asia, west of China.

    There are three theories on when Jews came to Uzbekistan:

    1. A myth-like tale claims they are part of the tribe...

  • Experiencing Exile

    By Tom Tugend

    October 19, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There are some 39 million refugees and displaced persons in the world today, and Angelenos can get a hint of how they live and survive at "A Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City" exhibition, now in Exposition Park through Oct. 22.

    The exhibit will continue at the Santa Monica...

  • Luried Tales

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 19, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Back when Rod Lurie was the meanest film critic in L.A., he used to gush about actress Joan Allen on his KABC radio show. The guy who once called Danny DeVito a "testicle with legs" lauded Allen as "the greatest working actor in the world." "I'd manage to slip that in every other...

  • Echoes of Conflict 2

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    October 19, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Fearing that the crisis in the Middle East could spill over into a wave of terrorism in Europe, Jewish communities and police across Europe are on their highest state of alert in a decade.

    Already, scores of anti-Semitic incidents ranging from graffiti to street demonstrations to...

  • Partners in Profit

    By Mike Levy

    October 19, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    While Israel searches for a reliable partner in peace, partners in business were in no short supply at last month's California-Israel Bio-Partnering & Investment Conference. The "Bio" is short for biotechnology, a collective term for the various medical and technical innovations...

  • Washington Watch

    By James D. Besser

    October 19, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Last week's terrorist bombing of a U.S. Navy destroyer that was refueling in the Yemeni port of Aden may boost a new anti-terrorism bill introduced early in the month by Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

    The new legislation is intended to implement the...

  • There to Stay

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It's Yom Kippur in Israel, and former Los Angeles resident Eve Harow talks about the atmosphere in her adopted homeland of 12 years.

    "The mood is somber," says Harow. "We're somewhere between normal life and war."

    Harow and her husband, Earl, live with their seven children in...

  • Staying Supple

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Leo Cohen wanted to see my PalmPilot.

    "How do you put in the data?" he asked.

    We were just completing our pre-fast family dinner, and I'd taken out my snazzy, whiz-bang electronic calendar to demonstrate it to Leo's son-in-law, Sam, an astronomer who gets his data from the...

  • A Place of Their Own

    By Yaakov Arnold

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Reuben Dahan lives just down the block from his nearest synagogue. Yet every Shabbat, for the past seven years, Dahan, an Israeli immigrant who grew up in Petach Tikvah, has gone the extra mile, literally, to worship at a place he calls his spiritual home.

    "I live near Chabad,"...

  • Sinking Feeling

    By Avi Machlis

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Supporters of the Oslo peace process have, for seven years, persistently argued that there was no choice but to make peace with the Palestine Liberation Organization, Israel's most bitter of enemies.

    As diplomacy raised and dashed hopes - and bus bombings and Palestinian riots...

  • New Challenges

    By James D. Besser

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Yasser Arafat, that master of missed opportunities, has done it again: He has won the battle but lost the war.

    In less than two weeks, the Palestinian leader has apparently accomplished his tactical objective by using violence to provoke a strong Israeli response, thereby turning...

  • What To Do With Your Kids

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    A selection of this week's Jewish events for children:

    Saturday, Oct. 14
    o Temple Isaiah: 9:30 a.m. Sukkot Tot Shabbat. Join the rabbis and cantor for a short age-appropriate service with stories and art projects. 10345 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 277-2772.


  • Happiest Days on Earth

    By Julie G Fax

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    One year on Sukkot, as Rabbi Yitzchok Summers watched his kids bounce through the play structures at Camp Snoopy in Knott's Berry Farm, a park employee approached him to ask if this was a special group trip.

    While the most direct answer was no, the proliferation of Jewish...

  • Decisions, Decisions

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The race for the 41st Assembly District, which includes Santa Monica, Malibu, Brentwood and the southwestern San Fernando Valley, is the perfect microcosm of the Jewish voting dilemma: whether to cast one's ballot for the Jewish candidate or the candidate who, although not Jewish,...

  • Rampant Rudeness

    By Jane Ulman

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    This fall, "The Simpsons," the longest-running primetime animated series in the history of American television, celebrates its 12th season.

    This fall, my husband, Larry, and I celebrate our third season of Simpsons-free television viewing. "Doh!" my sons, now 9, 11, 13 and 16,...

  • Under Attack

    By David Landau

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    As leaders of the world community try to bring the Middle East back from the brink of war, Prime Minister Ehud Barak is facing a mounting political challenge to get tougher with the Arabs both inside and outside Israel.

    Despite the intermittent violence that continued in the...

  • How Can We Stand By ?

    By Carl E. Coan

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    With the Days of Awe just behind us, it might do us all good to consider the content of the prayers we collectively uttered. Many were personal prayers for one's self and loved ones, but many also included prayers for the faceless poor and needy as expressions of our concern for the...

  • Yom Kippur II

    By Eric Silver

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    I first met Maurice Singer on the far bank of the Suez Canal during the second week of the Yom Kippur War, soon after Israel had counter-attacked across the waterway. The British-born, 28-year-old machine-gunner was grimy and sweating on his clanking, dust-encrusted half-track, the...

  • Reaction at Home

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Outrage. Sadness. Disappointment. Hope. Jews in L.A. have not only been quick to express their feelings on the events plaguing the Middle East during the past two weeks, they are trying to do their part to make sure that Israel's intentions are not distorted in the eyes of public...

  • Defending Israel

    By Peter Ephross

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The organized North American Jewish community's reaction to the violent events in the Middle East can be summed up in a few words: solidarity with Israel. <?p

    As displeasure with the Jewish state's response to Palestinian rioters mounted across the world, the Jewish community -...

  • This Week

    By Rob Eshman

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    This is a tough time for people who believe in Middle East peace. You might as well believe in the Tooth Fairy, or a flat earth. From L.A. to Tel Aviv, the mood among moderates has become grim. When a Woodland Hills rabbi asked congregants during his Yom Kippur sermon to say a...

  • Mistaken Identity

    By Michael J. Jordan

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    As if to underscore what some Jews believe is a media bias against Israel when portraying violence in the Middle East, The New York Times and other major dailies this week misidentified a Jewish victim as a Palestinian in one of their photos illustrating the bloodshed in Israel.

  • Called Into Question

    By Yuval Rotem

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Yom Kippur 1973. Israel is attacked on the holiest day of the Jewish year and struggles for its survival. Yom Kippur 2000. Israeli civilians and soldiers are attacked, and Jewish holy sites are desecrated. A bloodbath has been thrust upon us.

    Yom Kippur - a time of personal...

  • The Shas Phenomenon

    By Jordan Elgrably

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Israel's political landscape has, over the past decade, been transmogrified by the growing strength of the ultra-Orthodox Sephardi party Shas (Sephardic Torah Guardians). But the conviction and recent jailing of party leader Aryeh Deri has only fortified Shas' power among an...

  • Daddy Track/We’re No Angels

    By Michael Levin

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    What does it mean to be a Jewish father? If you're from a religious Jewish background, you know just what to do. You basically raise your child the way you were raised.

    What if you aren't all that thrilled to be Jewish? You might say what my buddy said when his first son was...

  • The Truth Is In There

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Last month, a group of people gathered at the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles to hear a distinguished gentleman talk about Jewish gangsters, Yiddish-speaking intellectuals and circus freaks sharing prostitutes. But there was a good reason.

    The man behind the lectern, Amram...

  • Lost Love

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The French box office workers were decidedly underwhelmed when Jewish American playwright Donald Margulies arrived for the opening of his "Dinner With Friends" at the Comedie des Champs-Elysees in Paris last year. Impatient with his pidgin French, they brusquely shooed him aside to...

  • And They Say Kids Today Don’t Care

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Sixteen-year-old Maxine Perkins, a senior at Brentwood School, wanted to get involved in Election 2000. The former intern for Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg was eager to support fellow-Jew Joe Lieberman. And changing the world, so they say, begins at home. Perkins turned to her...

  • Campaign Kippah

    By Sherry Shameer

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The red-and-white lettering that reads GORE-LIEBERMAN 2000 is already on signs, bumper stickers and buttons. But thanks to Marsha Greenberg of Stamford, Conn., vice-presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman has it stitched on his kippah.

    Greenberg crocheted the blue campaign kippah...

  • Hafez al-Arafat

    By Douglas M. Bloomfield

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    By turning the Days of Awe between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur into bloody Days of Rage, Yasser Arafat may have sounded the death knell for the peace process.

    But was it intentional?

    That question is being asked increasingly in Washington and Jerusalem. Did he play his...

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