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  • Draining the Swamps

    By Stuart Schoffman

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Passover in Jerusalem, the holiday of freedom. Wildflowers decorate the hillsides, allergic sneezers fill the sidewalk cafes, schoolchildren on vacation munch matzah at the zoo, and Israel's month-old national unity government, top-heavy with the biggest number of ministers in our...

  • How the Grinch Stole Shabbat

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Oh, the Jews up in Jewville,
    they loved their Shabbat,
    from the oldest of old folks
    to the youngest of tots.

    With candles and wine
    and chocolate chip challah,
    they felt oh so good
    till way past Havdalah.

    They all went to shul
    to hear Rabbi Schulweis,
    who told them, "It's...

  • Kishon Feted

    By Tom Tugend

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Ephraim Kishon, Israel's premier humorist and satirist, stood smiling on the stage of the ornate Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood last week as he accepted a "Lifetime Visionary Award," bestowed by the 17th Israeli Film Festival to mark the opening of its eight-day run in Los Angeles.


  • Your Letters

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Sheldon Teitelbaum

    I was sad for Xavier Becerra, and for the entire Jewish community, because of some of the obnoxious, arrogant and inaccurate things Sheldon Teitelbaum said during his interview with the mayoral candidate ("One on One With Xavier Becerra," March 30). When Becerra...

  • Dear Rabbi

    By Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Dear Rabbi,
    To make it brief: I am married (with a new daughter) to an Israeli American and am a ba'al teshuvah (recently Orthodox). My brother is married to a non-Jew and has a son (1 year old). I love him very much, but we have chosen different career paths and obviously...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The Honorable Mr. Villaraigosa

    The Circuit was there when the Israel Humanitarian Foundation (IHF) held its annual fundraising dinner. And don't ever accuse IHF -- the outreach organization that supports humanitarian, educational, and health efforts throughout the United States...

  • Postethnic Antisemitism

    By Sheldon Teitelbaum

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Just when we thought it was safe to proclaim the mayoral campaign free from the kind of race-baiting that has tainted previous runs for City Hall, we get this bogus automated telephone message, falsely attributed to Republican candidate Steve Soboroff, attesting to his supposed...

  • The Power of ‘Schindler’

    By Tom Tugend

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    To mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, KCET and other PBS stations will broadcast Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List" at 8 p.m. April 19 and 21.

    The 8 p.m. screening April 21 will be followed at 11:30 p.m. by the 90-minute documentary "Schindler."

    On April 20, the actual date of...

  • The Jewish Tax

    By Rob Eshman

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Every April 15, we are reminded that many of the things we hold dear literally don't come cheap. Democracy demands its pound of flesh, or its 30 percent, and on Tax Day the bill comes due.

    According to demographer Pini Herman, the median Jewish household income in the greater Los...

  • High Morale

    By Avi Machlis

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As Israeli-Palestinian violence hits the six-month mark, Israeli military officials report that soldiers remain motivated to serve in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

    Senior military officials report that reservists, who account for 70 percent of the army's 639,150 troops, are reporting...

  • Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Auschwitz Disco Ordered Closed

    The governor of the Polish province of Krakow ordered the closure of a disco located in a former tannery where inmates of the Auschwitz concentration camp worked. The dance club, located about one mile from the main Auschwitz camp, opened last...

  • Grammar Police

    By Teresa Strasser

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    My name is Teresa Strasser and I've made grammatical errors.

    My story begins with a piece I wrote several months ago. Give me a second, I need to compose myself.

    It's hard to admit this, even to a group as supportive and nurturing as you. Let me just take a deep breath. Okay, here...

  • Elijah

    By Shawn Fields-Meyer

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As the seder evening proceeds, my son wants to know one thing: "When will Elijah get here?"

    From earliest childhood, he captures our imagination. We wait for him and wonder about him. We invite Elijah the prophet to visit us at our seder table, drink from his cup, and then move on,...

  • One on One With James Hahn

    By Sheldon Teitelbaum

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Aping the famous Army recruitment commercials, the mayoral candidates have all urged Los Angeles to "be all you can be." But City Attorney James Hahn, ostensibly the one shoo-in for the run-off election in June, has come up with a novel approach to realizing his own mayoral...

  • Your Letters

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Mayoral Election

    The Jewish Journal should be commended for its ongoing coverage of the upcoming Los Angeles mayoral election. The outcome is crucial for the tens of thousands of Jewish residents in this community. One of your recently published interviews gave the impression...

  • Menkes’ ‘Divorce’

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Dr. John Menkes' "Lady Macbeth Gets a Divorce" at the Beverly Hills Playhouse is a witty and diverting drawing-room comedy that elicits something most sitcoms don't: real laughs.

    The story is as familiar as Shakespeare: In a Vermont village, Fiona has had it with her lost and...

  • UCLA Hillel Hosts Muslim-Jewish Series

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    On April 2, UCLA Hillel opened a spring forum titled "Muslim-Jewish Relations: Harmony and Discord Throughout History" examining relations between Muslims and Jews from the founding of Islam to the contemporary era.

    Co-sponsored by a variety of organizations, including...

  • From Baptist to Beshert

    By Judy Gruen

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When the 1994 Northridge earthquake struck, Delores Gray had an unusual response. Gray, an African American ordained minister and sales representative for Continental Airlines, took one look at the shambles the temblor had made of her Van Nuys condominium -- the furniture overturned...

  • Calendar & Singles

    By Mike Levy

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm



    Temple Emanuel: 9:15 a.m. Tot Shabbat, followed by an oneg of bagels and cookies. 9:30 a.m. "Deepen Your Prayer Experience," musical, personal and spiritual prayer study with assistant cantor Judy Greenfeld. 10 a.m. New Emanuel Minyan. 8844 Burton Way, Beverly...

  • Photo Finish

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    April 10 is the ultimate day at the track for the nation's second-largest school district. Never before has so much ridden on the backs of campaign horses as in the current race for positions on Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) Board of Education.

    Vying for two of three...

  • Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Pesach Comes Alive

    The Circuit couldn't wait for seders to relive the thrilling story of Exodus, so we went back in time to experience it in person.

    From March 14 to 28, Chabad transformed the bottom level of its Westwood headquarters into an Exodus-themed adventure that, over two...

  • Changes in Attitude

    By Eric Silver

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    There were more police than customers in Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda market last Friday morning, when Jewish families would normally stock up for the weekend. Downtown, the strolling, shopping and coffee-bar crowds had deserted the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall for the fashionable German...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm


    Dear Deborah,
    My 36-year-old, single daughter is a brilliant attorney, a mensch and wonderful mother to our precious grandson. She visits her grandmother in the nursing home and attends synagogue most Saturday mornings. My husband and I should be delighted,...

  • Voices of Peace

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In the long view -- and who could have a longer view than the man who, until recently, was the U.S. State Department's Middle East negotiator for the past 12 years? -- Dennis Ross believes that diplomacy in the Middle East boils down to psychology. "The idea of taking politics out of...

  • Chai-Level Jewish Contributions

    By Dennis Gura

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "The Presidents of the United States and the Jews" by David G. Dalin and Alfred J. Kolatch. (Jonathan David, $35.00)

    In traditional Jewish life, parents often add excitement to Pesach (or Shavuot or Sukkot) by giving gifts to their children (and even each other). Gift-giving, not...

  • The Perception Gap

    By Helen Davis

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Who is the most distrusted and despised Israeli politician in the Arab world? The answer is not to be found among the usual suspects -- current and former Likud prime ministers Ariel Sharon and Binyamin Netanyahu. Rather, it is the dove incarnate: Shimon Peres.

    Amid the welter of...

  • Bush Sets a New Course

    By Bruce L. Bialosky

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Though it is too early to judge the success of an administration, President Bush is headed in the right direction on many fronts. It is hoped that his leadership will have lasting effects in many areas.

    Most importantly, he has, as promised, set a new tone of civility in Washington....

  • Where’s the Outrage?

    By Douglas Mirell

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    For those who believed President George W. Bush would chart a moderate course, the administration's first two months must come as a rude awakening. Those who were lulled into believing that Bush was a compassionate conservative have now discovered that only the latter half of this...

  • Shalhevet’s Funeral

    By Judy Lash Balint

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Have you ever been to the funeral of a 10-month-old? It has to be one of the most unnatural of human experiences. The burial of an infant who was deliberately murdered by terrorists is all the more tragic for the baseless hate it represents.

    On Sunday, in the ancient cemetery of...

  • Preparing for War

    By David Margolis

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A time for peace and a time for war. Most talk, for years, has been about peace, but there's war talk in Israel now. At least one independent intelligence agency is predicting a regional war this spring, and nobody is offering credible deniability. The Palestinians have been...

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