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  • The Art of the Matter

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When artist Ted Meyer was first diagnosed with Gaucher disease, a lipid-storage disorder that is the most common genetic disease affecting Jews of Eastern European descent, he used his artistic talents to express his pain.

    Now fully recovered due to breakthroughs in treatment, the...

  • The Tramp Vs. The Dictator

    By Tom Tugend

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In April 1889, two baby boys were born within four days of each other. One was Charles Chaplin, a Londoner. The other was a native of Braunau am Inn in Austria and was named Adolf Hitler.

    Grown to manhood, both men were to sport funny little mustaches, Chaplin as the screen's...

  • If You Wanna Be Happy

    By Abby Gilad

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    If You Wanna Be Happy

    During these holidays, Jews are commanded to be joyful.

    The Hebrew word for happy is sameach.

    The Hebrew word for festival or holiday is chag.

    Find and circle those words in the phrase below, which means: "And you shall be happy on your festival"

     

    Dance...

  • The Shared Initiative

    By David Margolis

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Since I live beyond the Green Line and am therefore a war criminal in the view of much of the left, I was surprised to be invited to an all-day meeting at the Tantur Ecumenical Center in Jerusalem that brought together about 50 Jewish and Palestinian peace activists -- organizational...

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  • Combatting Hunger

    By Carin Davis

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Give a hungry man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. Give him chicken soup while fishing, you feed him, teach him and give him a taste of home.

    The Los Angeles Jewish Community has launched a spirited multilevel attack on local hunger....

  • 7 Days In Arts

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday



    Actors with names like Jos and Johan fill the screen of the James Bridges Theater, as the Dutch Film Festival alights on UCLA's campus this weekend. The films all conform to the festival's theme, "Heroes, Traitors and Collaborators: The Netherlands Under Nazi Occupation."...

  • Your Letters

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Hamilton High

    Regarding the situation at Hamilton High School ("Hamilton High's Sour Note," Sept. 20), where one of our children is a student, let's get clear about several facts that were omitted from your article. First, this is not a Jewish issue. There are Jews and non-Jews on...

  • Much Moola for New Look at YULA

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    For Rabbi Marvin Hier, the new $12.6 million YULA (Yeshiva University of Los Angeles) boys' school building gives him both a feeling of pride and a twinge of envy.

    "This is a dream come true, but I am also absolutely envious that they can have a building like this," said the dean of...

  • The Nonviolent Fighter

    By Tom Tugend

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Palestinian physics professor Ghassan Andoni treads a difficult line. His ardent advocacy of fighting the "Israeli occupation," by nonviolent methods endears him neither to Palestinian extremists nor to the Israeli authorities.

    In a swing of 10 American cities, Andoni has been...

  • Ramallah Siege Raises Questions

    By Leslie Susser

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On the face of it, sending in tanks and bulldozers to demolish most of Yasser Arafat's Ramallah headquarters doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense for Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

    For months, Sharon has been trying to weaken the Palestinian Authority president. Now, just...

  • It’s Not Easy Backing Simon

    By Tom Tugend

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Dr. Joel L. Strom was attending services recently at Congregation Kehillat Ma'arav in Santa Monica, a lady walked up, fixed him with a stern eye and spit out, "You are a traitor to your people."

    Strom, a 48-year-old dentist, incurred the lady's wrath because he is an ardent...

  • Holocaust Bills Signed Into Law

    By Tom Tugend

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Three bills strengthening education on the Holocaust and aiding restitution claimants in California have been signed into law by Gov. Gray Davis.

    In another action backed by the Jewish community, Davis also announced progress by the University of California in providing better...

  • One Day More

    By Rabbi Rami Shapiro

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This week, we break the linear reading of Torah to honor the holy day of Shemini Atzeret, the eighth day of assembly, a day added to the seven days of Sukkot. Midrash Rabbah (29:36) explains Shemini Atzeret by way of an analogy: A king invites the whole country to a feast. When it is...

  • Top Cops Patrol Israel Beat

    By Mike Levy

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "I went with police one night on patrol on Ben Yehuda Street," recalled Irvine Police Chief Michael Berkow. "There was a rock concert that night, about 20,000 people on the street, probably 80 percent 13, 14, 15, 16 years old, the rest parents with toddlers.

    "We had all heard their...

  • The Power of the Swing Vote

    By James D. Besser

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Last week's Gallup Poll on Jewish political affiliations had some good news for both Democrats and Republicans, but most of all, it had good news for the Jewish community.

    Jewish Democrats reacted gleefully to one finding -- that approximately 50 percent of Jews identify themselves...

  • A World Destroyed, to Be Displayed

    By Rob Eshman

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Not long ago, a group of distinguished academics and government officials from Poland filed into the Santa Monica offices of world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. They came to talk about a Jewish museum.

    Gehry is their dream pick to design the Museum of the History of the Polish...

  • A Song for Daniel

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The call from Grant Gershon, the conductor of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, stunned Sharon Farber.

    Last month, Farber, an Israeli-born composer, mailed Gershon her piece, "Mother's Lament," inspired by the abduction and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Farber --...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Israel: U.S. Would Assassinate Saddam

    Israeli officials reportedly believe that if the United States moves against Iraq, it will be to assassinate Saddam Hussein and members of his family. According to an assessment prepared for the prime minister and foreign minister, the...

  • Unchosen Actor, ‘Chosen’ Director

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Years before he directed the play version of "The Chosen" -- now at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica -- David Ellenstein was up for the starring role in the 1981 film of Chaim Potok's classic novel.

    "So I began reading the book as a chore," said Ellenstein, whose staging...

  • The Sixth Sense in Security

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Even though we've just crossed the first anniversary mark of Sept. 11 without incident, security specialist Dennis Kennedy does not think America should relax just yet.

    "I believe that everything we see happening in Jerusalem will happen in Los Angeles in the near future," he said.

    ...

  • Onboard the RebbeSoul Train

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It's the fusion of world music, electronic tones, prayer samples, nature sounds and religious intensity that gives multi-instrumentalist RebbeSoul his edge in the world of contemporary Jewish music. His mystical sound is anti-"Hava Nagila," but unlike the sluggish dirges that...

  • A Home in Nature

    By Abby Gilad

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On Sukkot, we eat and sleep in a hut called a sukkah. We can see the stars and feel the wind. It reminds us of how dependent we are on nature to survive. This is a holiday to remember that nature is dependent on us, too. What can you do? Grow a garden. Don't throw garbage into the...

  • Berlin’s Open Wounds

    By Rachel Brand

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A bombed-out building transformed into a discothèque; the central section of an apartment building that is bizarrely absent -- these are just some of the visual images that preserve the memory of Berlin's complex and turbulent past. War wounds remain conspicuously open and...

  • Your Letters

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Marlene Adler Marks

    All Hadassah members nationwide -- and especially those in Southern California -- wish to express their heartfelt condolences to Marlene Adler Marks' daughter, Samantha, and all of Marlene's family. Through her Women's Voice columns in The Jewish Journal and...

  • Eulogies:Jonathan “J.J.” Greenberg

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Jonathan "J.J." Greenberg, the executive director of the Jewish Life Network, died Saturday in Israel after his bicycle was struck by a car a day earlier. The son of prominent Orthodox leaders Rabbi Irving (Yitz) and Blu Greenberg, Greenberg, 36, was also a founder of Makor, a Jewish...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday



    Werner Herzog's answer to the severe lack of good Holocaust movie roles for muscle men in Hollywood is "Invincible." The film is based on the true story of Zishe Breitbart, a Jewish strongman who becomes a famous cabaret act in 1930s Berlin. Mousy Tim Roth plays the cabaret...

  • Hahn’s Most Important Choice

    By Joel Kotkin

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Hahn administration, whose tenure has been marked by an often unnecessarily divisive campaign against secession, now faces a far more important decision: the choice of a new police chief. Nothing the mayor and his advisers do in the next three years will be more important to both...

  • The Mitzvah’s in the Mail

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    We need more stamps," a little boy yells. "How many cards do we have left?" asked a dark-haired woman. "I have more envelopes!" shouts a girl in a skirt. It's the Wednesday before Rosh Hashana at the Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda, yet the residents don't seem to mind the noise...

  • Israel’s Homeland Security: Lessons Learned, Lessons Shared

    By Rep. Jane Harman

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Over Labor Day weekend, I stared across the Israeli-Lebanese border at yellow Hezbollah flags and a large billboard with the horrifying image of a beheaded Israeli. A Hezbollah militant stood on the other side of the ugly electrified fence, snapping photos of me, senior officers of...

  • The Grape Taste of Sukkot

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As a child, I loved the bunches of grapes that hung from the palm leaves covering the roof of the sukkah. These small outdoor huts were built for Sukkot, the Jewish holiday that gives thanks for a fruitful harvest. They symbolize the huts used by harvest workers during biblical...

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