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  • Delightful Offensiveness Key to ‘Producers’ Genius

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    To understand something of the success of "The Producers," it helps to understand something of its history. There is probably no person on the planet who doesn't know the story of how this sensation of a musical came to pass, but let me quickly recap: In the early '60s, Mel Brooks...

  • McDonald’s to Fund Kosher Ed

    By Rachel Pomerance

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    McDonald's and kashrut? Only in Israel, one might think. But an Illinois court ruled May 20 that the world's most ubiquitous burger joint must sink $1 million into education about Judaism's kosher laws.

    The money is part of $10 million that McDonald's must divide among a variety of...

  • Will U.S. Jews Keep Pace With Israel?

    By Matthew E. Berger

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Publicly, most Jewish organizations support the "road map" for Israeli-Palestinian peace that President Bush is promoting in his Middle East travels this week and at his summit with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his new Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas.


  • A Short Escape to Prewar Italy

    By Rob Eshman

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Even when it's 40 F out and a freezing wind sweeps through the narrow streets of Florence, it is good to be in Italy.

    No, it's great to be in Italy.

    My wife, Naomi, and I spent 10 days in Rome and Florence in the dead of winter, bundled like Aleuts in the Mediterranean cold. I've...

  • Learning Together

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In the fall of 1989, I began the process of pursuing rabbinical ordination. Although I would eventually be ordained at Yeshiva University in New York, I did commence my studies as a Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) student, opting to do my first year at the University of Judaism...

  • Book Helps ‘Design’ Delicious Simchas

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Kosher by Design: Picture Perfect Food for the Holidays & Every Day" (Mesorah Publications, $32.99).

    If Pesach signals the emergence of spring, with Shavuot, the season bursts forth in a riot of color and luscious flavors. "Kosher by Design" by Susie Fishbein, captures the beauty...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Film Fest Fun

    The succession of subtitles onscreen was riveting and jarring: "The biggest singer in France is Israeli.... Mike Brant looked relaxed and beautiful, except his head was lying in a pool of blood."

    The text flashed across the screen during a teaser for "Mike Brant: Laisse...

  • Partisans for Israel

    By Bill Boyarsky

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The crowd in front of the Jewish Republicans' booth didn't approach the size of those at some of the better food stands at the Israel's Independence Day celebration at Woodley Park in the San Fernando Valley. Still, it was big enough to interest me after having watched the GOP's long...

  • Accessible Judaism

    By Sally Weber

    June 5, 2003 | 7:59 pm

    In the late '70s, a poster appeared on the walls of synagogues and Jewish buildings. It showed a long flight of stairs, leading to the entrance of a synagogue. At the bottom of the stairs a man sat in a wheelchair, looking up.

    The poster perfectly captured an issue that was just...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    June 5, 2003 | 7:59 pm


    The Yiddish Culture Club's going on summer vacation. Before they do, catch their end of the season concert. Actor and singer Hale Porter discusses and performs Yiddish folk songs tonight -- your last chance for a dose till fall. 7:30 p.m. $5 (members), $10 (nonmembers)....

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    We received the Torah 50 days after we left Egypt. Now that we, the Israelites, had our freedom, it was time to figure out what to do with it.

    But, of course, you can't do anything you want. You need to be responsible: Don't spend it all in one shopping spree. Don't just buy...

  • Charity Makes Tamkin an ICON

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Dr. S. Jerome Tamkin doesn't keep a little black book, but he does keep a large white binder. And if you're an educational, Jewish or health organization, you want to be listed there, because the binder tracks 32 organizations which Tamkin and his wife, Judith, have chosen to support...

  • No Major Names for Jerusalem Mayor

    By Leslie Susser

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Next week's vote for mayor of Jerusalem will be unprecedented: For the first time since the reunification of the city in 1967, no major national figure is running.

    The front-runners are three candidates who, until now, were little known: a high-tech multimillionaire, a...

  • Spiritual Parenthood

    By Rabbi Gidon Shoshan

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Sometimes we wonder how the translators arrived at the names they designated for the books of the Bible. But our parsha, the opening one of the book of Bamidbar, makes the translators' choice self-evident. After all, what is this parsha more than a collection of Numbers?

    Why did God...

  • Ha’Am Makes Its Mark at UCLA

    By Rachel Brand

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    hen the editors of Ha'Am, UCLA's Jewish student newsmagazine, scrawled the words, "Ha'Am Is Back," across the back of Kerchoff Hall, they didn't realize the staying power of the statement that they were about to make. What the editors thought was sidewalk chalk, commonly used by...

  • Exit Strategy

    By Mark Miller

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    After 10 extremely passionate months together, Amanda decided to end our relationship. She thought it through very carefully and took the steps she felt were necessary to break things off. There was just one small step she overlooked -- telling me.

    So here's how I found out: Coming...

  • U.S. Jewish Leaders Face Risky Situaton

    By James D. Besser

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As a new round of Mideast peacemaking begins, U.S. Jewish leaders are putting themselves on the line for a government in Jerusalem, whose real intentions are more impenetrable than ever.

    In a flurry of actions and statements in recent days, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon just added to...

  • Muskin: Man on a Mission for Israel

    By Amy Klein

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Back in November, when the war in Iraq was looming, Rabbi Elazar Muskin planned a Passover mission to Israel.

    "We didn't know when the war was going to begin and end, but we were determined to go to Israel," said Muskin, the leader of Young Israel of Century City (YICC), speaking...

  • A Cup of Irony

    By Amy Klein

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When I first met Howard Schultz at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem in 1998, the chairman and CEO of Starbucks Corp. was in Israel as part of a mission with Aish HaTorah, a religious outreach organization renowned for its aggressive marketing tactics and ability to make traditional...

  • Celebrate Shavuot With Spring Harvest

    By Judy Zeidler

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When I was growing up, two types of food were usually associated with the holiday of Shavuot. There were the dairy dishes -- blintzes, knishes, noodle kugels and, of course, cheesecake. Most of us remember them from our childhood, but they were always laden with cream, butter and...

  • Do the Jews Need Geraldo

    By Joe Berkofsky

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Geraldo Rivera has rediscovered his Jewish roots, and he declares the Jews "need" him back.

    Rivera, 59, the flamboyant TV reporter, recently announced to the Philadelphia Inquirer and The Washington Post that he is planning to marry TV producer Erica Levy, 29, in a Reform ceremony...

  • ‘Map’ OK Opens Way for Forceful U.S. Role

    By Matthew E. Berger

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In the end, the message from the White House to the Jewish world could have been this: When it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the vision that President Bush set forth last June is like the Torah.

    The "road map" peace plan is like the Talmud, explaining that vision -- but...

  • Laughing Through the Years and Tears

    By Dan Pine

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Esther Weintraub is a stand-up comic who can't stand up.

    After all, Weintraub is 87. She has to use a walker or wheelchair to get around. She has a bad back, a busted hip and, not long ago, barely won a scary skirmish with cancer.

    Better she should sit.

    Plus, her husband died a...

  • Moving Beyond Ladies Who Lunch

    By Rachel Brand

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Dorraine Gilbert is happily married. But she hasn't forgotten what life was like when she wasn't.

    During the five years after she was divorced from her first husband, the enthusiastic 57-year-old recalls returning to Hadassah. She had hoped that the organization would provide her...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm


    Linda Richman types be warned. The American Cinematheque's "Can't Stop the Musicals!! A Celebration of Hollywood Musicals of the 1970s and 1980s" presents the plotz-inducing Barbra Streisand Double Feature tonight. From Glamour Babs to Cross-dresser Babs, the back-to-back...

  • Song and Study Bring Temple to Life

    By Julie G Fax

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    To understand how Rabbi Morley Feinstein has re-energized University Synagogue, just peek in on his Friday night services, which have been attracting upwards of 125 people every week.

    Music fills the sanctuary as Feinstein, Cantor Jay Frailich and Assistant Rabbi Zachary Shapiro...

  • Explosion of Love in Encino Defeats Hatred

    By Michael Berenbaum

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The response to the attacks in early May against four houses for worship in Encino -- two synagogues, a Baha'i Community Center and a Protestant Church -- shows that the way Americans handle what seemed to be an explosion of hatred defeats that hatred and reinforces our sense of...

  • Adult Children Get Rite of Passage

    By Rabbi Jack Riemer

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I am not a Reform Jew, but I confess that I am often envious of the publications of the Reform movement. Whether I agree with their answers or not, I am impressed by the fact that they ask the right questions, the questions that are on the minds and hearts of our people today. So,...

  • Rabbi Revolution

    By Julie G Fax

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Picture major rabbinic leaders of Los Angeles gathering to discuss the future of synagogue funding. Now, instead of seasoned rabbis with well-earned wrinkles and gray hair, picture a group of energized new leaders in their 30s and 40s.

    With the retirement this year of several...

  • Words From the Old Ball Game

    By Rachel Brand

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    With Seth Swirsky's Beatles-style haircut and soothing voice, one would probably hand him a guitar rather than a baseball bat. But if Swirsky -- a pop songwriter who has written gold- and platinum-selling albums for artists like Celine Dion and Taylor Dane -- were asked his...

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