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  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Rewards of Reform

    "Thank you for honoring two of the finest leaders that Jewish life has produced," said Rabbi Ami Hirsch to the audience at the World Union for Progressive Judaism's International Humanitarian Awards Celebration. The event, on Feb. 10, was held to recognize...

  • Balanced Action for Israel

    By Rachel Brand

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Nearly 100 college students from San Diego to San Francisco gathered at Sinai Temple on Sunday, Feb. 24, to dispute the anti-Israel action that has become increasingly prevalent on campuses. Action Israel offered intensive strategy and communications training in order to equip...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Violence Continues, Despite Plan

    Despite the Saudi peace initiative being bandied about, violence continued in Israel. On Wednesday, a Palestinian murdered his Israeli employer at a factory in Atarot, north of Jerusalem. Also Wednesday, two Israeli police officers were wounded...

  • A Hero

    By Rob Eshman

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A Hero

    As The Journal went to press last week, word came that terrorist kidnappers in Pakistan had brutally murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

    The news broke upon us with a special sting. Even as I write this, almost a week later, the sadness is acute,...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Solange Borna

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, March 2

    As part of its part of its annual "31 Days of Oscar" festival, Turner Classic Movies is calling its line-up for March 2: "Oscar Finds Religion". At 10 a.m. the network will air, "Fiddler On the Roof" (181 min.), the beloved musical about a milkman, a matchmaker...

  • Almost Olympian

    By Rachel Brand

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Although Salt Lake City hosted several Jewish Olympians this year, including figure skater Sasha Cohen, the Olympic games haven't always been so welcoming to Jewish athletes.

    Bernd Stevens said he might have competed in skiing in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, "if it hadn't been for being...

  • The Israeli Supreme Court’s Conscience

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The conscience of the Jewish state has spoken through the recent landmark ruling of Israel's Supreme Court. It has taken an important step toward removing the pariah stigma from tens of thousands of Jews who converted to Judaism by the rabbinic authority of non-Orthodox rabbis, but...

  • Silver Lining

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Like his better-known silversmith counterpart, Paul Revere of Boston, Myer Myers (1723-1795) became one of the most accomplished artisans of Colonial America -- a practitioner of Rococo-style objects. Unlike Revere, Myers, a New York Jew, also created religious articles, such as...

  • The Queen’s Advice

    By Carin Davis

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Megillah tells us that Esther found the courage to confront Ahasuerus, confess she was a Jew and not only save her relationship, but the entire Jewish people. And yet more than 2,000 years later, this Jewish girl can't even find the courage to confront the guy I'm dating and...

  • Half a Kingdom

    By Rob Eshman

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Each Purim, we celebrate the time when a well-placed Jew got the ear of the king and turned the tide of history.

    That's why I want to talk about Tom Friedman.

    Last Sunday, Friedman's op-ed column in The New York Times recounted a conversation he had with Saudi Arabia's crown prince,...

  • Milosevic in The Hague

    By Lawrence Douglas

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "A triumph for the civilized world." So characterized The New York Times about the war crimes trial of Slobodan Milosevic that started this past week in The Hague.

    Certainly there is cause in the international legal community for such triumphalist sentiment. When the United Nations...

  • Hopes ‘n’ Votes

    By Mike Levy

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Kevin Feldman hopes that the newly drawn 30th Congressional District gives him a chance. His opponent in the March 5 Democratic primary is Rep. Henry Waxman, a popular 28-year veteran who has often run unopposed.

    With redistricting, however, Waxman's district now includes many areas...

  • Sweet And Loeb

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb is eating a tuna sandwich and a spinach salad, talking about "Cake And Pie."

    In a voice as sweet and knowing as her wistful folk-pop, she says the point of her new album is that in life, as on the dining table, you can have your cake and eat your pie, too....

  • The Way it Is

    By Judy Gruen

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Not long ago, an American Jew asked Rabbi Yedidyah Atlas, senior correspondent and commentator for Arutz 7, Israel National Radio, what the practical answer was to Israel's ongoing war with the Palestinians.

    "The practical answer is mashiach," Atlas answered. "And the mystical answer...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Peres: Saudi Proposal 'Interesting'

    Shimon Peres described a peace proposal by Saudi Arabia's crown prince as "positive." In an interview with Saudi television, Israel's foreign minister said Crown Prince Abdullah's proposal for Arab League states to normalize relations with...

  • Training for Life

    By Melissa Minkin

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Dave Rabb is a personal trainer with a few secrets: bring balloons to class, reward genuine efforts with cookies and make sure all clients use the potty before climbing the equipment.

    "Oh, no. It might be too late," yells Rabb one afternoon, as his client Matthew, 3, runs down the...

  • The Icemen Cometh

    By Teresa Strasser

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I'm not picky. I don't care if my spiritual teachers wear gauche colors, glitter in their shellacked ponytails and man mullets the likes of which you'd only find at a Greyhound station in Lodi.

    I'm speaking of Olympic figure skaters; people who put blades on their shoes and fling...

  • Palestinian Peacenicks

    By Eric Silver

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It sounds confused, if not downright contrary. Most Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza Strip applaud violence against Israelis, yet they are eager for a cease-fire and for their political leaders to get back to the negotiating table.

    The latest opinion poll registered 58 percent of...

  • In the Biblical Sense

    By Beverly Gray

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The story comes from Rabbi Peretz Scheinerman, educational director of Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy. A rabbi, it seems, tells his son, "It's time to learn about sexuality." The boy replies, "What would you like to know?"

    It's an old joke, but one that touches on the problem of...

  • Escalation, Redux

    By James D. Besser

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The killings came so fast that Israel's online newspapers couldn't keep up. This week's surge of Mideast violence and hints of a new level of sophistication by Palestinian terrorists have once again forced Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to reconsider his government's strategy in what...

  • Sunday Super Sunday

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Sept. 11. An intifada in Israel. Los Angeles' Jewish Community Centers debacle. Economic crisis in Argentina.

    If there's one thing that The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has no shortage of, it is Jewish causes to raise charitable dollars for. On March 3, this year's annual...

  • Alcohol Aftermath

    By Jane Ulman

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    On Purim, the Talmud commands us to drink until we "don't know the difference between 'Blessed be Mordechai' and 'Cursed be Haman.'"

    Obviously, the talmudic rabbis never heard of "Just say no."

    But the commandment to drink till we're drunk is problematic, especially in a holiday...

  • Israeli Court: Liberal Conversions OK

    By Jessica Steinberg

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Non-Orthodox Jews both inside and outside Israel are celebrating a historic court ruling recognizing Reform and Conservative conversions as valid and binding upon the Jewish state.

    Given the complexity of Israeli society, however, Wednesday's ruling by Israel's High Court of Justice...

  • From L.A. to Germany

    By Tom Tugend

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Dagmar Weiler, whose Bridge of Understanding program sponsors tours to Germany for American Jewish students and young professionals, wants to make one point perfectly clear:

    "What we are offering are not memorial trips to the past but a chance for first-hand encounters with...

  • Noshin’ Beyond Hamantashen

    By Judy Zeidler

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Our family celebrates all of the Jewish holidays together, but Purim seems to be everyone's favorite. How can you not love a holiday that tells you to dress up in costume, forget your troubles, enjoy delicious food and drink a lot of wine?

    Several of our children spend days making...

  • Community Briefs

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Action Israel Comes to L.A.

    On Sunday, Feb. 24, student activists will gather from colleges all over Southern California for Action Israel, a conference held in response to the increasing concern about anti-Israel sentiment on college campuses throughout the country. Comparisons...

  • Israel Bound

    By Rachel Brand

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    With his wedding two weeks away, Scott Price didn't have extra funds laying around to go to Israel. However, when he found out that he could go for free, he and his fiancé jumped at their chance. "It was a great opportunity for us to go to Israel together," Price said.

    At a time...

  • Still a ‘Hero’

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Robert Clary doesn't really enjoy sitcoms.

    Even though he played the French sidekick on one of television's most unusual sitcoms, "Hogan's Heroes," the POW situation comedy (1965-71) set during World War II.

    "I prefer more dramatic shows," said Clary, 75, who enjoys watching "The...

  • Hamantashen Goes Mainstream

    By Amy Sara Clark

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    First it was bagels. Then rugelach. What's the next Jewish food to go mainstream?

    Could be hamantashen.

    Hamantashen now can be seen next to mini-bundt cakes and lemon poppy-seed muffins in the display case of your local coffee shop.

    Several large supermarket chains now carry them,...

  • Valley Boys Battle for Hertzberg’s Seat

    By Mike Levy

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Concern for the future of Jewish political involvement runs high in Los Angeles, but not in the 40th Assembly District. The southern San Fernando Valley district will lose a highly influential Jewish representative when former Speaker Robert Hertzberg (D-Sherman Oaks) is termed out...

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