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  • 5760 Los Angeles

    By Julie G Fax

    June 22, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When seven brothers and sisters were removed from their abusive Orthodox home last month, many families offered to take them in. But good intentions don't suffice when the law requires a foster family license. So the Chassidic siblings were split among three Latino foster...

  • To Live and Try in L.A.

    By Rob Eshman

    June 22, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    To be a Jew and a cop is not that unusual, especially in L.A. There are dozens of Jews in the Los Angeles Police Department; in fact, the city's first chief of police, in 1872, was Emil Harris, a Polish-Jewish refugee.

    They join the force for the same reasons others do - to catch the...

  • The Jewish Cop

    By David Evanier

    June 22, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    3:45 a.m. I am walking down a very dark, silent alleyway in Oakwood, a two-square-mile, mostly low-income community in Venice, behind police officer Robert Eisenhart. A 16-year-old boy, a member of the Venice Shoreline Crips gang, has been shot in the shoulder and in the middle of...

  • When Jesus is his Co-Pilot

    By Teresa Strasser

    June 22, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    First date. He agrees to see a movie about ballet instead of "Gladiator." You're heartened by this early sacrifice.
    After the movie, he drags you along to a friend's birthday dinner at some Italian sounding restaurant on Sunset. On the way he gets aggravated about the traffic. This,...

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  • Mid East

    By David Landau

    June 22, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Israel came close to witnessing the collapse of a government this week.The crisis came after months of fighting between two of Prime Minister Ehud Barak's coalition partners, the fervently Orthodox Shas Party and the secular Meretz Party.

    The government had long seemed an odd mixture...

  • Masters of Their Domain

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 22, 2000 | 8:00 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...

  • Dear Deborah

    June 22, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Adolescent Anarchy

    Dear Deborah,
    Our 16-year-old daughter was reasonably happy and well-adjusted until this year when she started spending time with a new friend, "Amy." We have never met "Amy," but our daughter spends hours on the phone with her, usually ending up in tears by the end...

  • Community Briefs

    By Mike Levy

    June 22, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Every Angeleno tired of platitudes about unity and togetherness should have been there. On Tuesday, June 6, in a Buddhist Friendship Center, students of Rabbi Michael Ozair and Sufi spiritual leader Sheikh Abdoulaye Dieye joined together at an event intended to begin the process, as...

  • After Assad

    By Eric Silver

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Avraham Hamra met both Hafez Assad and his son, Bashar. As chief rabbi of the Jewish community of Syria until 1994, he had four audiences with the late president between 1972 and 1992. He was received by the heir when he led a delegation of Syrian Jewish leaders paying a condolence...

  • A Tale of Two Women

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It's only fitting that Abigail Yasgur and Johanna Cooper met at Temple Beth Am, home of the Library Minyan. Both Yasgur and Cooper champion Jewish literature - Yasgur as director of Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles and Cooper as producer of NPR's "Jewish Short Stories From the...

  • Jazz With Jewish Roots

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "George Gershwin Alone," the only one-man show ever permitted by the heirs of the composer for the commercial stage, began in the shadow of the Holocaust.

    The year was 1995. Actor-pianist-composer Hershey Felder, fluent in French, Hebrew, Yiddish and English, had been invited to...

  • Sinai Dedicates New Memorial

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There are few times when a sense of community is more necessary than when our lives are touched by death. Perhaps that is why more than 400 people from every point along the spectrum of the Los Angeles Jewish community came together Sunday at the site of the new Mount Sinai Memorial...

  • If Only

    By Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Two words work to keep us from deeper, more spiritual lives: if only. Sometimes it seems that life would be more meaningful, spiritual and religious, if only we could find the time. If only we could separate ourselves from our day-to-day concerns. If only we could tune out the noise...

  • Crumbling Coalition

    By David Landau

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The coincidence could hardly have been lost on Ehud Barak: As President Hafez Assad was laid to rest in Syria, Israel's Shas Party appeared to lay the premier's "peace coalition" to rest.The fervently Orthodox party's Council of Sages, headed by spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef,...

  • Ghosts on the Beach

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    I arrived in Miami Beach one morning last week on a mission: to find the last kosher hotel in South Beach, an ultra-hip area of restaurants, clubs and shops that used to be the hub of Florida Jewish life.Today you can drive along Ocean Drive (inch along is more like it) and see...

  • Surprised by Assad

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The first report on Assad's death caught me by surprise. It was from Eric Silver, our Jerusalem correspondent (see page 20), and it recounted his interview with the former chief rabbi of Syria, Avraham Hamra, who now lives in Israel.

    Apparently in 1992 Assad had "opened the gates for...

  • A Strong Bridge

    By David Margolis

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Beverly Hills Welcomes Jordanian Royalty
    Visiting California for the first time since he took over following his father's 47-year reign last year, King Abdullah II of Jordan attended a Beverly Hilton Hotel luncheon Monday and told his audience that prospects of Middle East peace in...

  • Home Is Where the Heart Is

    By Teresa Strasser

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    A string quartet plays in the background as I listen to a famous New Age guru perform a wedding ceremony on a Malibu cliff.

    The guru is marrying two friends of mine who met in an acting class last year. She turns to the groom and launches into a spiel about how from now on, he's going...

  • Russian Jewish Culture

    By Gary Rosenblatt

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The first lesson I am taught in this country is the unique quality of Russian Jewish mathematics. For example, if a community has 15,000 Jews, I am told, and 20,000 emigrate, there can be 10,000 remaining.That's because, according to Yossi Rabin, who runs the local office of the...

  • A Miracle Reawakened

    By Magnus Bennett

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The fading Hebrew inscriptions that adorn the walls of a small storeroom in the town of Terezin can be seen in virtually any synagogue around the globe.But thousands of Jews have been flocking to the recently discovered room because of its unique role in history - as a makeshift...

  • Bloodless Coup

    By Lev Gorodetsky

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Escalating tensions in the Russian Jewish community exploded for all to see this week as authorities arrested Vladimir Goussinsky, the media tycoon who also serves as the president of the Russian Jewish Congress (RJC).

    Tuesday's arrest, reportedly on charges of fraud and embezzlement,...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Mike Levy

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    17Saturday

    o Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company (LAWSC) takes the gender-bending comedy of "Twelfth Night" one step further with an all-female cast. If the prospect of women playing men pretending to be women doesn't get your theatrical juices flowing, this Shakespearean...

  • The Class of 2000

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In this era of school violence and body piercing, teenagers, never the most applauded demographic segment of our society, have been getting some amazingly bad press. To hear the media tell it, adolescents who aren't destroying themselves or others are just too lazy and apathetic to...

  • Networking with Net Workers

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    As June began, so did The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles' new Hi-Tech Division. The Federation officially booted up its Web-surfing coalition by the surf, with a shindig at the Santa Monica Beach-combing Casa del Mar Hotel.

    Co-chairs Sheryl Biesman of JOBTRAK.COM and Beth...

  • To the Graduates

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    I can't remember a word spoken by Ira Goldstein, the Plainview (NY) High School valedictorian, Class of 1965, but I'm sure his graduation address was brilliant. Ira, who apparently was in the Philosophy Club with me for three now-forgotten years, was the most brilliant boy in a class...

  • Letters to the Editor

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Learning From Hate

    I'm writing in regard to Rabbi Dov Fisher's "Will We Line a Murderer's Pockets?" (May 26), which praised the decision of Borders and Crown Books not to carry the autobiography of terrorist Abu Daoud, who planned the 1972 Olympic massacre and has yet to be brought...

  • World Briefs

    By Naomi Segal

    June 8, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    All Eyes on Iran.

    Iran judge holds fate of 13 Jews and future of relations with West.

    Jewish activists around the world are making last-ditch pleas for justice as an Iranian judge decides the fate of 13 Jews accused of spying for Israel.

    Attorneys for the accused submitted their written...

  • Why Synagogues Are Going Broke

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 8, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Unemployment hit a 30-year low in April and the economy is, if not booming, at least bouncing. So why is it that so many synagogues, even in wealthy areas, are struggling? Perhaps it is because members fail to understand that dues only go so far, according to Sylvia Moskovitz,...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Mike Levy

    June 8, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    10Saturday

    It's all happening at Griffith Park's Old Zoo today, as the Sol Festival 2000 rocks the park. The event, which benefits over 20 human rights organizations, features food, crafts and information booths, along with such musical treats as Michael Franti & Spearhead and Danny...

  • Epic Proportions

    By Tom Tugend

    June 8, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "Sunshine" is a massive, sprawling film that spans 120 years in the lives and loves of four generations of a Hungarian Jewish family.

    It is part history course, part lust among the bourgeoisie, and an all- around object lesson on the ultimate futility by Central European Jewry to...

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