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  • Iran’s Elections—A Cause to Rejoice?

    March 2, 2000 | 6:59 pm

    The western world did headstands and cartwheels last week as Iranian election results indicated that "reformers" easily won seats in Iran's parliament. According to news reports, "the Clinton administration is welcoming" election results as "as pointing toward a stronger hand for...
  • Giving Back

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 2, 2000 | 6:59 pm

    It was only last May that a rag-tag group of refugees from the Balkans arrived at the Bernard Milken Campus in West Hills, fleeing from the war zone of their homeland with little more than the clothes on their backs.

    On Feb. 27, less than a year later, one of the six families rescued...

  • Ivry to Jews: Don’t Lecture Us

    By James D

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    David Ivry isn't the slickest or most media-savvy envoy in recent years, but he knows what he wants, and has the right credentials to get it.

    As he starts his term, Israel's new ambassador in Washington is laying down clear markers. Ivry and his bosses are tired of American Jews...

  • Education Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A highlight of the annual religious school educators conference sponsored by the Bureau of Jewish Education is always the presentation of the Lainer Awards. These cash awards, established in 1989, go to talented educators who help perpetuate Jewish traditions and values in a...
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  • Emergency Meeting

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Experts from Turkey, Uzbekistan and Los Angeles converged in Tel Aviv last month to trade disaster response strategies with Israelis. United by a shared history of disasters -- natural and man-made -- specialists in the forefront of emergency care attended the week-long International...
  • Virtual Alumni

    By Julia Goldman

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    High up on the list of America's top philanthropies rank premier schools and universities: Harvard, Emory, Stanford, Columbia and Duke.

    Yeshiva University is there, too, as is Brandeis University. They are listed as No. 193 and No. 238 in this year's "Philanthropy 400" -- the roster...

  • State Races Get Hot

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    As I made the rounds of endless cocktail parties and debates two weeks before March 7 primary day, I could see that the Jewish community has little reason to cheer term limits, just as it will not likely salute restrictions on campaign contributions, if that should ever come to pass....
  • Singles/Other Side of the Hill: A Personal Ad Story

    By Fred Morguelan

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Dear Editor:

    I was divorced in 1993 after an 18-year marriage and spent several years getting my head on straight. I then began to advertise in the The Jewish Journal Personal Connections because I wanted to find a kindred spirit. I met many women who, by and large, were...

  • Double Duty

    By Beverly Gray

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A highlight of the annual religious school educators conference sponsored by the Bureau of Jewish Education is always the presentation of the Lainer Awards. These cash awards, established in 1989, go to talented educators who help perpetuate Jewish traditions and values in a...
  • Debka for Peace

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    At first glance, the some 40 dancers warming up at the University of Judaism looked identical to each other. All were limber, wiry, dressed in leotards or sweats. But the murmured voices in the studio -- in Hebrew and Arabic, as well as English -- told a different story.

    The...

  • Yiddishist Yarns

    By Louis Gordon

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    By the middle of 1939, 19-year-old Shmuel "Sam" Batt had already completed a 260-page historical novel, in Hebrew, on the Spanish Inquisition and the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, which he planned to translate into Polish before submitting it for publication. Teachers at Batt's...
  • What’s the Jewish Stake in LAUSD?

    By Eric Roth

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Helen Burnstein, the former president of the United Teachers of Los Angles, used to argue, "Teachers want what students need." Many Jewish educators and parents feel the same way about Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). "Jews want what LAUSD needs." Educational excellence,...
  • Hezbollah: Israel fight continues with or without Syria peace deal

    By Douglas Davis

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Hezbollah will turn its attention to resisting normal relations with Israel if Syria and Lebanon reach a peace settlement with the Jewish state, according to the Shi'ite group's leader.

    "We will continue to consider it an illegitimate, alien and cancerous entity which we cannot...

  • Brandeis Taps Bycel

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Following a 14-month search, the board of the Brandeis-Bardin Institute (BBI) voted unanimously Feb. 9 to elect Rabbi Lee T. Bycel as BBI's new chief executive officer.

    Bycel brings to his position a wealth of experience in the Los Angeles Jewish community, including 10 years as the...

  • Lost Tribes

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The placard near the escalator of New York's Grand Hyatt Hotel directed seekers up to the ballroom level for the founding convention of Edah, the fledgling voice of Orthodox liberalism. Stenciled below the arrow in bold blue letters, as if to fortify the fainthearted, was the slogan:...
  • Worshipping Suburbia

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Writer-director Eric Mendelsohn is sitting in a quintessentially suburban living room in Sherman Oaks, gazing past the sliding glass door to the concrete patio, brick barbeque and kidney-shaped pool in the backyard.

    He admits to a sentiment that is rather unfashionable for a New York...

  • Super Sunday: The Next Generation

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    When Super Sunday rounds its 21st year this weekend, it will not only mark the phone-a-thon's two-decades-long history of soliciting contributions for the United Jewish Fund (UJF), but the dawning of a new millennium -- on calendar and in spirit. This year, in an attempt to attract...
  • Ambassadors of Understanding

    By Tom Tugend

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Dominik Zotti is a strapping, blond 20-year-old from Vienna, grandson of a Wehrmacht veteran, who guides visitors through the Holocaust exhibit at the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

    Reinhard Hannesschlaeger, 24, from Linz in northern Austria, works in the computer section of Steven...

  • Higher Ground

    By Melissa Minkin

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Take nearly 100 people training to be rabbis, priests, pastors, ministers, nuns and religious educators. Put them together for 24 hours at a Jewish summer camp. Add a torrent of rain, and stir in several inches of thick mud. What do you get? You never know.

    For 25 years, the National...

  • Where Ethics Meets Education

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Some 2,000 years ago, a man approached Rabbi Hillel about converting to Judaism. So the sage rabbi imparted some advice to him: "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. That is the whole of the Torah, the rest is commentary."

    The Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Los...

  • Cracking Down

    By Tom Tugend

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Buford O. Furrow Jr., the avowed white supremacist accused of killing a Filipino-American mail carrier and wounding five persons at a Jewish Community Center last August.

    Following authorization by U.S. Attorney General Janet...

  • Endpaper

    By Tom Tugend

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Israel has never seen anything this glitzy. True, there have been neon menorahs for Chanukah and light bulbs outlining Israel's numerical age on Independence Days. But this is another ball game altogether. Hundreds of thousands of people driving on the Israeli freeway this week have...
  • Unsolved Mysteries

    By Burt Prelutsky

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Although I am occasionally called a know-it-all, it's not modesty alone that prevents my ever making the claim on my own behalf. The truth is that there are any number of things about which I know absolutely nothing. Right off the bat, I can think of several, ranging from soccer to...
  • A Mixed Multitude

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    I am writing this column while sitting in an Internet cafe in San Jose, Costa Rica. This Shabbat I will be officiating at the bar mitzvah of Eduardo Lev, a 13-year-old Costa Rican Jew whose parents are members of Congregacion B'nei Israel, the only liberal synagogue in the country....
  • Side By Side

    By Julie G Fax

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Not too long ago, Jewish Federation supporters and shul-goers were two distinct and largely non-intersecting segments of the Jewish community. So much so, some longtime community activists say, it was almost as if a church/state wall existed between the religious community on the one...
  • Fourteen Years

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    When Republican presidential candidate John McCain recently addressed an influential Jewish group in the East, he told them, in answer to a question about Jonathan Pollard, that he felt the man had betrayed his country and he, McCain, was not in favor of releasing him from prison....
  • Ramah’s Policy in Black and White

    By Eric J

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    In the latest effort to define its religious boundaries, the Conservative movement has directed its summer camping system to notify parents that prospective campers must be Jewish according to halacha, or Jewish law, to be accepted.

    The notification, included in this year's...

  • Bush’s Growing Jewish Problem

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Rep. Peter King (R-NY) isn't Jewish, but this week's political about-face by the Long Island lawmaker reflected a mounting problem for Jewish backers of Texas Gov. George Bush.

    King, who had endorsed the GOP presidential frontrunner, abruptly switched horses and announced his support...

  • Leaving USC

    By Tom Tugend

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Dean Morton Owen Schapiro of USC has been named president of Williams College in Massachusetts, one of the country's top liberal arts colleges.

    During his nine years at USC, Schapiro played a key role in turning the private university, once considered a WASP bastion, into an academic...

  • Pillar of the Communities

    By Julie Wiener

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    In a sign that the new Jewish buzzwords of "renaissance and renewal" are intrinsically linked to education, a top Jewish education professional has been tapped to oversee a national push to infuse Jewish life with more meaning.

    One of four pillars that will set the agenda for the...

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