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  • Your Letters

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When Shepherds Desert

    Joel Kotkin misses the mark in his critique of rabbis who oppose Valley secession ("When Shepherds Desert Their Flocks," Nov. 1). Kotkin writes, "it seems unlikely that most of our esteemed, prominent rabbis ever really considered the arguments of the...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Four Israelis Killed This Week

    At least two Israelis were killed and 32 injured by a Palestinian suicide bomber at a shopping center in the city of Kfar Saba on Nov. 4. Two infants were among those wounded after the bomber set off his explosives at an electronics store in...

  • Koufax a Hit,

    By Howard Kaplan

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy" by Jane Leavy (HarperCollins, $23.95).

    On Sept. 9, 1965, Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game against the Chicago Cubs. Less than a month later, the opening game of the World Series fell on Yom Kippur and, in an act that reverberated throughout...

  • Have You But One Blessing?

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It began with the first two human born into this world, the world's first brothers.

    In the course of time, Cain brought an offering to the Lord from the fruit of the soil. Abel, for his part, brought the choicest of the firstlings of his flock. The Lord paid heed to Abel and his...

  • A Life to the Mind

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    What you notice in almost every shot is the hair: abundant, snow-white, carefully coiffed.

    It's an apt metaphor for Jacques Derrida's mind, which is prolific with ideas, yet well-ordered and consistent in its probity and depth. In a new documentary, filmmakers Amy Ziering Kofman...

  • From Peace to Hate

    By Suzanne Davidson

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It was straight out of central casting; a Fellini B movie, if ever there was one. Only it wasn't a movie. It was ugly, and it wasn't supposed to be entertainment. It was the way people behaved toward us -- the L.A. Pro Israel Rally Committee (LAPIRC) -- at the Not in Our Name...

  • Storybook Romance

    By Keren Engelberg

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Kathy Angel Eisenberg and David Eisenberg first met at Rose Nails salon in Woodland Hills. David was taking his 16-year-old daughter to get a manicure and Kathy was bringing her kids with her for her own appointment. The kids were "bouncing off the walls," Kathy said. David quickly...

  • JAKKS Jumps for Children

    By Rachel Brand

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In the movie "Little Nicky," Adam Sandler played the son of the devil, but for many Israeli children today Sandler is an angel.

    When the Jewish actor-comedian wanted to do something to help brighten the lives of Israeli children wounded in suicide bombings, he contacted his friend...

  • Community Briefs

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    L.A. Jews Meet "Adopted" Israeli Family

    In February 2001, a Palestinian bus driver ran over a group of soldiers at a bus stop, and caused severe injuries to Monique Evans, 19. She still walks with crutches, but has largely recovered due to the support the family received from...

  • No Divorce

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Valley will rise again, even if we have to sue: that was the vow of secessionists as the measure to breakup the City of Los Angeles went down in defeat, winning by a narrow margin in the San Fernando Valley but losing in the citywide vote.

    But supporters of the breakaway effort...

  • Pay Attention

    By Amy Klein

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Yasser Arafat exiled. Tel Aviv striking back forcefully at Iraq against America's wishes. The expansion of settlements. The permanent reoccupation of Palestinian territories.

    If you find yourself caught unaware by any of the above scenarios occurring in the coming months, perhaps...

  • Turning a New Page

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When is a city's Jewish book festival not actually located in that city? When it's based in Los Angeles. For the first time in five years, Los Angeles' Jewish Book Festival will not take place in L.A. proper, even as Jewish book fairs in smaller communities nationwide attract...

  • Eat, Read and Meet Gary

    By Journal Staff

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The following events are part of The Jewish Federation of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys' Jewish Book Festival.

    Thursday, Nov. 7, 11:30 a.m.: A luncheon with cookbook author Sheilah Kaufman ("Simply Irresistible"). The event will take place at a private home in Claremont. $36;...

  • JDL’s Questionable Future

    By Mike Levy

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Kelly Rubin will turn 13 on Nov. 20. His bar mitzvah, already postponed to December, is now on hold as his father, Irv Rubin, lies in critical condition at L.A. County-USC Medical Center.

    Prison and hospital officials say that Rubin, the leader of the Jewish Defense League (JDL),...

  • Mom, Can We Keep Him?

    By Rachel Brand

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    If your kids are out of the house and you're experiencing empty-nest syndrome, how about considering adoption? Don't worry though, this adoptee will be pretty low-maintenance -- all he needs is a caring family, food, water and, of course, plenty of fly-repellent gel.

    The adoptees are...

  • The Bigger Picture

    By Michael Berenbaum

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "The Holocaust: A History" Debórah Dwork and Robert Jan van Pelt (New York: W.W. Norton and Company, $27.95).

    There is great modesty -- appropriate to the subject and to the stage of our knowledge -- in the title of this work: "The Holocaust: A History." Deborah Dwork and Robert Jan...

  • Behind the Music: The Wedding Singer

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In the 1998 hit comedy "The Wedding Singer," the eponymous character was a nice Jewish boy named Robbie. At the Sept. 2 Century City Park Hyatt reception of 30-something newlyweds Daphna Ghozland and David Hollander, the wedding singer is a nice Jewish boy named Robbie. True, the...

  • Increasing Political Isolation for Jews

    By James D. Besser

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    If all those statistics are true about Jews still being one of the most liberal voting blocs in the nation, why are they increasingly estranged from the American left?

    Easy: The left, ranging from the anti-globalism fringes to the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to some segments of...

  • A Jewish World Without Denominations

    By Michael Berenbaum

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A new president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) was inaugurated in a moving ceremony held Oct. 13 in the ornate Plum Street Temple in downtown Cincinnati. Rabbi David Ellenson, a native of Newport News, Va., and a long-time resident of Los Angeles,...

  • Jews’ Winning Words

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Nobody remembers whether the Torah has ever won a book award before. This year's National Jewish Book Award for general nonfiction goes to "Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary," edited by David Lieber and Jules Harlow (Jewish Publication Society, 2001).

    Ten years in the making, "Etz...

  • As Easy as Aleph, Bet, Gimmel

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "It's no sin to be a lefty and she's always right," instructs Rabbi Elie Stern of Westwood Kehilla in West Los Angeles.

    His adult students follow along in their textbooks, nodding and mumbling to themselves, as they commit the statement to memory. This pneumonic device for...

  • No ‘Place’ Like Israel

    By Rabbi Jack Riemer

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "If a Place Can Make You Cry: Dispatches From an Anxious State" by Daniel Gordis (Crown Publishing, $24).

    In the summer of 1998, Daniel Gordis and his family moved from Los Angeles to Israel. It was supposed to be just for a sabbatical. But after being there for a while, the...

  • Local Jews Win, Mostly

    By Mike Levy

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    While Republicans swept in the national elections, with the GOP reclaiming the Senate and retaining their majority in the house, in California, Democrats made a strong showing, winning every statewide office.

    In Southern California, Jewish candidates overwhelmed in the local races....

  • It’s Not the Economy, Stupid

    By Dick Morris

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Republicans ran on terrorism and the Democrats ran on the economy. The Republicans won.

    This election result -- beyond a tribute to Bush's courage in risking his reputation by campaigning hard for his men and women -- is the latest illustration of a trend throughout the world....

  • Sharon’s Elections Gambit

    By Leslie Susser

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Early elections may not have been Ariel Sharon's first choice, but his decision to go to the polls as soon as possible enables the savvy Israeli prime minister to make a number of political and diplomatic gains.

    By calling the shots, Sharon comes across as a powerful leader still...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    High priority

    Oct. 17, 2002, will go down as a special day in the history of Aviva Family and Children's Services. That was the day when everybody came together to celebrate the dedication of the new Aviva High School and administration building, a facility perched on the...

  • Valley Races That Also Matter

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    With the spotlight on secession for the past few months, it is almost easy to forget that there are major political races involving Jewish candidates in the San Fernando Valley.

    The most significant battle is the one being waged in the 27th U.S. House District. Rep. Brad Sherman...

  • We Have Mountains to Melt

    By Sen. Paul Wellstone

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Below is an excerpt from a speech delivered by the late Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) at the Shadow Convention in Los Angeles on Aug. 13, 1999. Wellstone, his wife, daughter, three campaign aides and two pilots were killed in a plane crash Oct. 25, see story, p. 18.

    I was, this past...

  • Wellstone—One of the ‘Frozen Chosen’

    By James D. Besser

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    As Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) began campaigning for a third term, some pro-Israel activists tried to generate support for his opponent by whispering that the two-term incumbent was insufficiently supportive of Israel. But in almost every respect Wellstone, who died in the crash of...

  • Rabin’s Funeral

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Given the atmosphere in the Middle East today, it is hard to believe that just seven years ago, on Nov. 6, 1995, a Jewish funeral took place where the deceased was surrounded and eulogized by Jews and Arabs. Yes, this week marks the seventh anniversary of Israeli Prime Minister...

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