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  • The Tao of Woody

    By Amy Klein

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

     

    First came God. Then came Godot. Then came Woody Allen. Actually, none of them ever showed up -- not in the play "Waiting for Godot" or the newly acclaimed short feature film parodying it, "Waiting for Woody Allen." In the 16-minute feature, two Chasidim -- Mendel and...

  • Set, Spike, Kiss

    By Carin Davis

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I'll never play the violin in high heels again.

    OK, I'll be back in sticks in six weeks, and I never played the fiddle. But I did play an important game of volleyball.

    Every Sunday, my peeps and I play co-ed pickup volleyball on Venice Beach. New catch Austin is always up for a...

  • Record Gift Given to Boston Day Schools

    By Uriel Heilman

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish educators hope one of the largest gifts ever for Jewish education in America will prompt other philanthropists to follow suit.

    The $45 million donation from a group of anonymous families is intended to improve Jewish day school education in Boston. The money will be spent...

  • Heading Toward Normal in Bosnia

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Jakob Finci, longtime leader of the Bosnian Jewish community, took a swallow of local draft beer and gestured at the mellow crowd enjoying dinner in an upscale new restaurant not far from the city's synagogue.

    The tables were full, and, Finci said, there were probably Serbs and...

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  • Garden of Eden Now a Paradise Lost

    By Dina Kraft

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Diving among coral reefs, lounging on colorful pillows by the sea, taking in views of rose-colored mountains, ordering plates stacked high with honey-drenched banana pancakes -- Israelis have long made Sinai a favorite vacation destination.

    However, the coordinated bombings on...

  • Cheney’s Israel-Iraq Comment Misleads

    By Janine Zacharia

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Israel has received scant attention in the run-up to the Nov. 2 presidential election. Iraq and the war against Al Qaeda have dominated the foreign policy discussions. And with neither candidate sketching out an approach to resuming the peace process, both sides prefer instead to...

  • Liberal Academics Blind to Terror Threat

    By Avi Davis

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The professor narrowed his eyes, leaned back in his chair and yawned.

    "You don't really believe that do you?"

    I stared back perplexed.

    "What?"

    "That there is really some terrorist conspiracy poised against the United States."

    There was a short silence. I took a deep breath, not...

  • Shoah-Era Music ‘Silenced’ No More

    By Tom Tugend

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The music of a lost generation of Jewish composers will come to life when the Los Angeles Philharmonic presents "Silenced Voices," a series of concerts, operas and panel discussions, from Oct. 19 to Nov. 9.

    While mainly honoring the composers who were persecuted or perished during...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday



    The Daniel Pearl Music Day continues on this week and into November. Those paying homage today include Kehillat Israel of the Pacific Palisades, which will honor Pearl's memory during its Shabbat service, and Madeline Felkin and Deanna France, who perform classical,...

  • Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish Home Girls

    Jewish Home for the Aging (JHA) held its fifth annual Reflections: Celebration of Life gala at the Hollywood and Highland ballroom on Sept. 8, exactly seven months after breaking ground for its new Residential Medical Center at the Grancell Village campus. More than...

  • Black Sheep

    By Ron Arons

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    For better and for worse, my parents raised me to be a mensch. In the business world, sticking to the strong moral values they instilled in me hasn't always been easy, but I can safely say I'll never be the type who could stab a co-worker in the back. Little did I know that at least...

  • Has the State Got a Proposition for You!

    By Idan Ivri

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The wind grows colder, the days shorter and a 165-page, gray book of propositions arrives in everybody's mailbox. Welcome to the election season -- for Californians.

    In national politics, California has been mostly ignored by both presidential candidates as a foregone conclusion....

  • Apparent Allies Might Not Be Our Friends

    By David N. Myers

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    This week's Israel Christian Nexus gathering at Stephen S. Wise Temple was intended to rally support for Israel. Its advertised list of speakers included John Fishel, president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, and a fair number of prominent local rabbis.

    While we...

  • Smarty Pants

    By Abby Gilad

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Albert Einstein was a very smart man -- probably one of smartest people of all time. In 1905, when he was 26, he had a "miracle year," in which he proved the existence and sizes of molecules, explained light as both particles and waves and created the Special Theory of Relativity....

  • Memoirs From the Orthodox ‘Minefield’

    By Ami Eden

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A quick surf on Amazon.com or a stroll through the local bookstore suggests that we are living in the era of the political memoir. Anyone with enough time to wade through at least a sampling of the abundant "I was there" autobiographies from Beltway vets will end up not only with a...

  • No Boxer Rebellion

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The latest Field Poll shows U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer coasting toward re-election to a third term. She leads her Republican challenger, former California Secretary of State Bill Jones 48 to 32 percent.

    The race will probably get closer, but it is hard to see how Jones can catch up as...

  • Three Denominations Sizzle in San Juan

    By Larry Luxner

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    At San Juan's Congregation Sha'are Zedeck, religious services are conducted from a bimah graced -- on special occasions -- with the flags of the United States, Puerto Rico and Israel. Yet 90 percent of the congregation's 255 member families trace their heritage to a fourth country --...

  • Other People’s Problems

    By Rob Eshman

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    If it wasn't for the fact that America can't chew gum and hold an election at the same time, politicians and the media would have been buzzing about what happened this week in Israel. Well, what happened? Dov Weisglass, a senior aide to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, told the Israeli...

  • Episcopal Church Mulls Divestment

    By David Finnigan

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish leaders are displeased with another mainline Protestant church's call for divestment of church funds from companies doing business with Israel, with Southern California clergy trying to quell what could be an interfaith nightmare.

    "Obviously one of our fears when the...

  • Duke Hillel Fights Pro-Palestinian Forum

    By Rachel Pomerance

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Israeli-Palestinian issue is intensifying the fall-semester buzz at Duke University this year.

    In advance of the fourth annual Conference of the Palestine Solidarity Movement, chatter on the limits of free speech and the contours of the Israel-Palestinian conflict have filled...

  • Claim to Gaza

    By Morton A. Klein

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In the debate over a possible Israeli withdrawal from Gaza -- 80 percent of which was already surrendered by Israel in 1994 according to the Gaza-Jericho First policy -- little has been said about Gaza's Jewish roots. Media reports typically depict Gaza as an Arab territory to...

  • Claim to Gaza

    By Morton A. Klein

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In the debate over a possible Israeli withdrawal from Gaza -- 80 percent of which was already surrendered by Israel in 1994 according to the Gaza-Jericho First policy -- little has been said about Gaza's Jewish roots. Media reports typically depict Gaza as an Arab territory to...

  • The 99-Cent Solution

    By Mark Miller

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Dating a woman in Los Angeles can be an expensive proposition. But must it be one? Don't all the greatest religious and spiritual masters tell us that true happiness comes from within? Does genuine dating success require that a man spend more than $100 on his date? Is not a man more...

  • Home for the Holidays

    By Howard Nemetz

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    My son attends Hebrew day school. At least, I think he attends it. It's October and he hasn't been there for a full five-day week yet.

    The school year begins, as it always does, the week of Labor Day -- three or four days, depending on the school. I get that. A short week helps...

  • Body Shop Sorry for Palestinian Award

    By David Finnigan

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Body Shop, a British-based retailer of personal care products, is apologizing for a 2002 human rights award it gave to a Palestinian group. The action comes after a Los Angeles-based boycott campaign caught the attention of The Body Shop and Jewish leaders.

    Jewish activists...

  • Claim to Gaza

    By Morton A. Klein

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In the debate over a possible Israeli withdrawal from Gaza -- 80 percent of which was already surrendered by Israel in 1994 according to the Gaza-Jericho First policy -- little has been said about Gaza's Jewish roots. Media reports typically depict Gaza as an Arab territory to...

  • Gaza Raid Ignites Debate on Impact

    By Leslie Susser

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    As Israeli troops moved deeper into northern Gaza to put a stop to Palestinian rocket fire on the small Negev town of Sderot, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was confident that the huge military operation would radically change the situation on the ground.

    However, his critics on the...

  • Kerry Offers Hope for Israel

    By Dahlia Scheindlin

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Many American Jews and Israeli Americans seem impressed by George W. Bush's putative support for Israel. As an Israeli, I implore responsible

    Jewish voters who care about Israel: Look at his record over his rhetoric, and you'll see the dangers of his leadership for this country....

  • The 99-Cent Solution

    By Mark Miller

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Dating a woman in Los Angeles can be an expensive proposition. But must it be one? Don't all the greatest religious and spiritual masters tell us that true happiness comes from within? Does genuine dating success require that a man spend more than $100 on his date? Is not a man more...

  • The 99-Cent Solution

    By Mark Miller

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Dating a woman in Los Angeles can be an expensive proposition. But must it be one? Don't all the greatest religious and spiritual masters tell us that true happiness comes from within? Does genuine dating success require that a man spend more than $100 on his date? Is not a man more...

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