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  • Furrow Enters Innocent Plea

    By Tom Tugend

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A judge entered an innocent plea for Buford O. Furrow Jr. at the white supremacist's arraignment in federal court Monday.

    Furrow has allegedly confessed to killing U.S. postal worker Joseph Ileto and to a shooting spree at the North Valley Jewish Community Center, in which five...

  • To Live and Die in West Beirut

    By Tom Tugend

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There have been a few Israeli films that dealt with relationships between Arabs and Jews (among them the superb prison drama "Beyond the Walls"), but rarely do we see an Arab movie that tells the story from the perspective of the "other side."

    If only to fill that gap, the screening...

  • A Sea Change Ahead?

    By David Landau

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Will 5759 be remembered as a year of radical change in the course and direction of Israel's history, or merely as a year when the government changed hands after an election and life went on much as it did before?

    The answer, as 5760 begins, is that the jury is still out. But if...

  • Peace by Fits and Starts

    By James D

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Despite the usual last-minute posturing, complaining and maneuvering in the region, administration officials prepared for Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's Mideast trip this week confident Israel and the Palestinians will sign an agreement that will lay out implementation of...

  • Relief Is in Sight

    By Gil Sedan

    September 2, 1999 | 7:59 pm

    A middle-aged man climbed up to the cabin of a crane and drew the operator's attention to a small suitcase on top of a pile of rubble left by last month's killer earthquake in Turkey.

    "Can you get it for me?" he pleaded. "Please, it's very important."

    The huge arm of the crane pulled...

  • Hardly a Garden of ‘Eden’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In Hollywood pitch meetings, in discussions with theater producers, the question is always the same for Jennifer Maisel: What's a nice Jewish girl from Long Island doing, writing dark, twisted material like this?

    Maisel, who's been described as "David Lynch with estrogen," explores...

  • Rock for the Ages

    By Scott Benarde

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In 1995, while on the Florida leg of a concert tour, Bob Dylan walked into Temple Beth El in West Palm Beach and attended Yom Kippur services. You would have thought Elijah had come through the door as worshipers who recognized him did double takes. Say what you want about Bob...

  • The Man in the Middle

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Michael Melchior of Jerusalem has one heck of a job ahead of him.

    Newly appointed to Ehud Barak's Cabinet, he's got the unenviable assignment of trying to make Jews get along with each other. His official title, minister for social and world Jewish affairs, says it all. "Social"...

  • Community Briefs

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • Furrow, Security and Hate

    By Tom Tugend

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Buford O. Furrow Jr. will be tried first in federal court on charges of murdering a U.S. postal carrier. The state trial of the confessed gunman for the alleged shooting spree at the North Valley Jewish Community Center will be delayed until after the federal case is concluded.


  • Pulling Together

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The week of Aug. 10 was a horrifying and difficult one for our Jewish community. The unexpected attack on the North Valley Jewish Community Center, an important link in the system of communal services provided by the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles has, we are certain, left all of...

  • The Man Behind a Quiet Revolution

    By Julie G Fax

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Richard Levy was in Reform rabbinical school the first time he attended a traditional morning minyan. It was a requirement for his liturgy class, but for Levy, who some 35 years later is one of the most influential Reform rabbis in the country, it became much more.

    "I found that...

  • rJon Voight and Other Jewish Mysteries

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    One of the enduring mysteries of Los Angeles Jewish life is Jon Voight. Each year, Jews turn on their televisions to see the Oscar-winning actor, who isn't Jewish, dancing the hora with a Chassidic rabbi, appealing to viewers to give money to the rabbi's cause, and generally looking...

  • Teaching The Tots

    By Julie Wiener

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The Jerusalem Talmud recounts the story of Rabbi Joshua, whose mother carried him in his cradle to the Beit Midrash, or house of study, so that "his ears would become accustomed to the sounds of the Torah."

    Early childhood Jewish education has changed a bit since then, and though the...

  • The On-Ramp to Meaning

    By Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In Los Angeles, the hardest part of starting a big trip can be getting from the entrance ramp onto the freeway. I sit impatiently, watching the cars in the carpool lane flying by, and wait for the line of vehicles in front of me to get past the green light that allows just one car to...

  • Sunday Night Fever

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    You're flipping the TV dial, and you come across something so incongruous that you're riveted: Bob Dylan and Jon Voight enthusiastically dancing the dervish-like kazatzka with Chassidic Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin.

    It could only be the Chabad telethon, where religious fervor mingles...

  • Fennel & Spice & Everything Nice

    By Leilah Bernstein

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    It's 8:30 a.m. at Zane's Kosher Foods, but Peter and Vivienne Price's workday is already two hours old. Since opening their kosher meat shop on La Cienega Boulevard in May, the couple have risen early and stayed late to prepare the fine cold cuts, sausages and smoked salmon their new...
  • The Let’s Do ‘Dinner Game’

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 26, 1999 | 7:59 pm

    Many American filmgoers still aren't familiar with Francis Veber. Yet they should be -- they've been watching his work for two decades. Sort of.

    "The Birdcage," "The Man with One Red Shoe," "The Toy," "Quick Change" are all Hollywood adaptations of works Veber wrote and directed in...

  • It’s Just Business

    By Ellen Sandler

    August 19, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "Do they all have to be Italian?"

    This is the question the network executive asked the creator of "Everybody Loves Raymond" as they were casting Ray Romano's family. A dumb question? If what was going on here was finding the best possible cast for a particular show, then, yeah, it...

  • When Tragedy Strikes…

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 19, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    For Lois Weinsaft, the Aug. 10 shooting spree at the North Valley Jewish Community Center (NVJCC) hit close to home. Too close.

    After all, Weinsaft's own daughter, Becky, literally grew up with the Valley Centers.

    "Becky called me and said, 'That could have been me as a camper, that...

  • On The Road To Normalcy

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 19, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    An estimated 1,000 people gathered at the Unity Rally held Sunday, Aug. 15, at Cal State Northridge. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles, the Southern California Board of Rabbis and the Anti-Defamation League, the rally brought together national, state and local officials to honor the heroes and victims of last week's shooting rampage in Granada Hills.
  • Live From New York—It’s Friday Night

    August 19, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Susan Josephs says that she and her friends actually avoid Congregation B'nai Jeshurun's weekly 1,000-person draw -- a prime singles opportunity on New York's Upper West Side.

    "It's like Vegas," the Manhattan-based writer says of the Shabbat hot spot. "The buffets are so...

  • Reaction and Overreaction

    August 19, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In the aftermath of the Granada Hills shooting, we've learned two sets of facts that seem, in true Jewish tradition, wildly paradoxical:

    Fact 1: One hundred and twenty-eight of 130 campers and 37 of 40 preschoolers returned to the North Valley JCC the Monday after the shooting.

    Fact 2:...

  • When Silent Was Golden

    By Tom Tugend

    August 19, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "The First Picture Show" at the Taper Forum resembles the early silent movies whose creators the play celebrates -- sometimes fuzzy, sometimes jerky, but moving the action, and the audience, right along.

    Billed as "a play with music, rather than a musical," this world premiere...

  • Help for Turkish Earthquake Victims

    By Julie Wiener

    August 19, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish relief agencies and the government of Israel are mobilizing to send rescue missions and humanitarian aid to Turkey, in the wake of a devastating earthquake that, at press time, may have claimed more than 4,000 lives.

    The Israel Defense Force sent a 200-member rescue team to...

  • Chabad’s Prime-Time Bash

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 19, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    You never know who is going to show up at Chabad's annual "L'Chaim -- To Life" telethon, which this year is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 29, from 5 p.m. to midnight, on KCOP Channel 13.

    Bob Hope has paid his respects. Bob Dylan has appeared five times. And last year, the entire cast of...

  • On Being Targeted

    By Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

    August 19, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine my surprise to read in the Los Angeles Times that Buford O. Furrow had "scouted three of the West Coast's most prominent Jewish institutions."

    Among those institutions is the place that I work, a place I have loved for many years. By that news report, what previously had been...

  • Security Lapse

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    August 19, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Armed police stand guard 24 hours a day outside the main synagogues in Rome and Vienna. Worshipers in Rome and Milan must have their bags searched before entering synagogue for High Holiday services. Visitors to Budapest's main synagogue and Jewish museum -- and also to Jewish...
  • Shas Blinks First

    By Eric Silver

    August 19, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Prime Minister Ehud Barak last weekend won his first trial of strength with his religious coalition partners. The Israel Electric Corporation defied Orthodox protests and laboriously transported 250 tons of turbine parts over Friday night from a factory in Ramat Hasharon, north of...
  • David Kalish: A Caring Voice

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 19, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    After working a 24-hour shift on the day of the North Valley Jewish Community Center shootings, Cmdr. David Kalish, LAPD's spokesperson, arrived home at 2:30 a.m., exhausted.

    "When I responded to the scene, my responsibility was to disseminate information to the media," says Kalish,...

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