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  • Ice Cream or Bread?

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    I remember the argument like it was yesterday. There I was, a 10-year-old kid growing up in a Reform congregation in Santa Monica, arguing with my best friend (another 10-year-old from the same synagogue) about the laws of kashrut for Pesach. Well, actually, the argument was really...

  • A Royal Concern

    By Eric Silver

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    At the height of the Yom Kippur War, when Israel was rushing all available combat troops to the Syrian and Egyptian fronts, an Israeli official was asked who was defending the eastern border. "King Hussein," he replied, "as usual."

    The ailing monarch has not always been the truest of...

  • 6505: Home for the Next Generation

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    For Federation executives and board members, 6505 Wilshire is more than just another building. It is a monument to years of memories; an edifice awash in nostalgic value. But does the Miracle Mile area headquarters hold any meaning for the new generation of Federation leaders? And...

  • ‘Last Days’ of Innocence

    By Tom Tugend

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    "There was no magic to our survival. It was sheer, pure, unadulterated luck, for men and women infinitely more worthy perished," Congressman Tom Lantos said at an advance screening of "The Last Days." "Life is unfair, and there is no more dramatic example than the lottery of death we...

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  • A Study in Betrayal

    By Tom Tugend

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When David Mamet, the son of brilliant but emotionally abusive parents, was growing up in Chicago, his mother told him, according to The New Yorker profile of the playwright, "I love you, but I don't like you."

    The devastating line recurs in "The Cryptogram," and to understand the...

  • What’s It All About?

    By Teresa Strasser

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    It's past midnight, and I can't sleep. I call a friend back in San Francisco, a scientist I know who is really good at thinking.

    "Hi, it's Teresa. I was just wondering, What's it all about?"

    "It's about two hours after my bedtime. What's what all about?"

    "What's life all about? What is...

  • A Wall of Intolerance

    By Larry Derfner

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Thirty-three Reform rabbis, men and women from the United States and Canada, held their mixed-gender minyan at the Western Wall on Monday, protected by police barricades and dozens of cops, as a mob of more than 100 haredi yeshiva students hollered abuse at them.

    "For a minute there,...

  • What’s in the Center?

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Every so often, the cultural gap between Israelis and American Jews yawns open so wide, you could almost fall in and break your leg. That's pretty much what happened to Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, Israel's latest general-turned-politician, when he came to America late last month on a...

  • Benigni in L.A.

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When Roberto Benigni won the grand prize at Cannes for his Holocaust tragicomedy, "Life is Beautiful," he rushed to the stage and kissed the feet of juror Martin Scorsese.

    The Italian comedian couldn't resist playing the clown, either, when his Holocaust fable recently screened for...

  • Inside Out

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When I first started out as a journalist, fresh from graduate school, I thought of my profession as that of the perennial outsider, a stranger who would pack up and leave the next day. "Objectivity" was my watchword. I had a friend who did not take a cup of coffee at a press...

  • Wanted: A Few Good Teachers

    By Beverly Gray

    February 4, 1999 | 6:59 pm

    A parent in North Hollywood is appalled by what passes for religious-school education: His child has a terrible teacher. A parent in Brentwood is ecstatic: Her child's current teacher is outstanding. Marcy Goldberg, director of education at Temple Aliyah of Woodland Hills, sums up...
  • Complaining the Jewish Way

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Who are these men perpetually hovering outside the doors of the yeshiva? Who are these children, this gaggle of goslings, and these women, seemingly dutiful and unfazed as they stroll toward their place of prayer? Who are they?

    Sometimes, when the light on the corner of La Brea Avenue...

  • Papal Tiger

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When the pope came to Missouri this week, the St. Louis archdiocese made sure to include several dramatic gestures of Catholic-Jewish friendship in his schedule. They were the sort of breakthrough events John Paul II has prized through 20 years of papacy.

    But it's wearing thin.

    There...

  • Committed to Community

    By Shlomit Levy

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When 17-year-old counselor-in-training Frayda Breverman fell for a 20-year-old staff member at Camp Ramah, their romance became the scandal of the summer of '63. Fast forward. The scandal was short-lived, but Fredi and Joel Rembaum, after 33 years of marriage, are still quite an...

  • Prime-Time Rabbi

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    As part of the edgy juggling-magic-performance act The Mums, back in the 1980s, Albie Selznick ate razor blades, threw knives and produced doves from thin air while juggling torches. He took the head off of a pigeon (only an illusion), then put the head back on. He performed for...

  • Is Cloning Good?

    By Shlomit Levy

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Looking for a scenario that's chock full of ethical problems? Imagine this: Alexander Schwartz, a Nobel Prize-winning mathematician, is severely ill and depressed and has asked his doctor to terminate his life. Schwartz's wife wants to genetically alter an embryo the couple implanted...

  • Gordis, Alexander Leave UJ for Posts in Israel

    By  Orit Arfa

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Robert Wexler, president of the University of Judaism, has good reason to believe that the spirit of Zionism is alive at the institution.

    Recently, two prominent school administrators, Dr. Hanan Alexander, vice president of academic affairs, and Rabbi Daniel Gordis, dean of the...

  • Torah, Technology and Tolerance

    By Tom Tugend

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    David Wilstein is among the breed of men who built and shaped the postwar Jewish community in Los Angeles. He migrated from the East Coast as a young man, made a great deal of money, and then poured much of his energy and business savvy into the welfare of the community as well as...

  • Inside Woody Allen’s TV Past

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Before films such as "Radio Days," Woody Allen had his television days. And, for the next three months, fans from "the earlier, funnier Woody" camp will find plenty of artillery for their cause at the Museum of Television and Radio, where "Woody Allen's Television Days" is screening...

  • USC & HUC: A Winning Partnership

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    In the annals of party-going, the dinner hosted by USC President Steven Sample and his wife, Kathryn, at their impressive San Marino estate home last week, ranked right up near the top.

    The food and drinks were excellent, the speeches short and few, and the general bonhomie so...

  • Backing Up Their Claims

    By Tom Tugend

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    In a precedent-setting decision, a Los Angeles judge ruled on Monday that European companies can be sued in California courts for nonpayment of life insurance policies stemming from the Holocaust era.

    The specific case involves a $135 million suit against the giant Generali Insurance...

  • The Ghosts of ‘Riga’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    While writing an aria based on a speech by Joseph Goebbels, for his 1991 opera, "The Ghosts of Versailles," William M. Hoffman was visited by ghosts of his murdered family.

    "I started to wonder what I would be doing if I were at that moment in Auschwitz," says the award-winning...

  • Debating the Future

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The rampant factionalism and firecracker unpredictability that marks Israeli politics these days came visiting Los Angeles last weekend.

    More than 300 people left their cozy Sunday morning behind to participate in the all-day conference, "Israel: 1999 and Beyond," sponsored by the...

  • Making Do with More

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Was the United Jewish Fund 1998 campaign up, down or flat? It depends on how you interpret the numbers.

    Strictly speaking, the campaign, which the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles oversees, finished on Jan. 8 with an increase in pledges -- $42.2 million, compared with last...

  • A Unique University

    By Beverly Gray

    January 21, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The University of Judaism is not easy to categorize. Unique among this country's Jewish institutions of higher learning, it combines an undergraduate college, a graduate school of education, an MBA program, a long list of continuing education offerings, two nationally renowned think...

  • Pollard Again

    January 21, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    It must be close to 10 years ago that I met with Dr. Morris Pollard to talk about his son, Jonathan, then serving the life sentence he had been given in 1986 for stealing government secrets and passing them along to Israel. I was a reluctant breakfast companion; I held little...
  • The Artistry of ‘Art’

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    January 21, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The internationally acclaimed play, "Art," arrived at the UCLA/Doolittle Theatre in Hollywood this past week with tremendous advance billing. Hosannahs for the original Paris production; a grand salute for the London staging; the Tony Award plus the 1998 New York Drama Critics Circle...

  • Owning Her Story

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 21, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: This article was published before the final disposition of this matter. The entire matter, including Mr. Alan Boinus' counter-claim for defamation, was dismissed with prejudice, and all parties entered into an amicable settlement agreement in May...

  • Russian Artists on Display

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    January 21, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    It's common knowledge that the Jewish exodus from Russia in the late 1980s brought to Israel a flood of talented artists and musicians. Less well known is that many came to the United States as well. On Sunday, Jan. 24, the Simon Wiesenthal Center will spotlight the works of a...

  • The Artistry of ‘Art’

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    January 21, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    n it debuted in the summer of 1994, Saveur reinvented the food magazine genre by focusing, like any good chef, as much on ingredients as on finished dishes. With its expertly lit and angled close-ups, the magazine gave food the same kind of attention most magazines devote to...

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