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  • River of Hope

    By Rob Eshman

    June 26, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A great blue heron swept across the rushing water and came to a landing in a reed-lined pool. My son turned to me. "Actually," he said, "this river is kind of nice."

    He was talking about the Los Angeles River.

    We were riding our bikes along a path that skirted the cursed, maligned...

  • Leon Uris, Author of ‘Exodus,’ Dies at 78

    By Christopher Lehmann-Haupt

    June 26, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Leon Uris, the novelist and screenwriter whose best-known works are "Exodus," a popular novel about Jews trying to establish modern Israel, and "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral," perhaps the archetypal Hollywood Western, died June 21 at his home on Shelter Island, N.Y. He was 78.


  • 7 Days In Arts

    June 26, 2003 | 8:00 pm


    Cult song stylist Danny Cohen's spooky, weird noir rock infuses caterwauls and other bizarre sounds with lyrics about gargoyles and rigor mortis. The dramatic effect can be experienced firsthand today as the MAK Center and SASSAS present "Pathetic Laments and Inadvertent...

  • Jewish Gridder

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    June 26, 2003 | 7:59 pm

    In a world where some high school athletes hang out at strip clubs or haze each other in powder puff rituals, isn't it good to know that there's still one nice Jewish football player keeping to a more righteous standard?

    So what if he chalks up all his stats for an Episcopalian high...

  • Educator CombinesTwo Passions in Life

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    June 26, 2003 | 7:59 pm

    Metuka Benjamin was sitting in a taxicab in a Tel Aviv traffic jam when the Israeli prime minister's limousine happened to pull up next to her. The driver recognized Benjamin and told her to ditch her cab and he would take her where she wanted to go -- and she did.

    While the Jewish...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm


    Laemmle Theatres serves up more Jewish documentaries this weekend under the banner of their cleverly titled screening series "Bagels and Docs." At Laemmle Monica, early risers can catch "Undying Love," a film that recounts the stories of young couples whose...

  • Palestinians Face Hamas Dilemma

    By Larry Derfner

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The three young Fatah guerrillas in the West Bank city of Tulkarm, wearing masks and holding AK-47s, had just received advance payment to start a second career -- as Palestinian policemen fighting terror, according to an Arab journalist present. They were paid by aides of Mohammed...

  • The Greatest Good

    By Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The most exciting weeknight in our house is Thursday; our family eats a hasty dinner and I rush off, two or three children in tow, to Tomchei Shabbos. Every week, my children join me in packing and delivering "Shabbat packages" brought to those members of our community who need a...

  • Comedian Provides Laughs to Israel

    By Gaby Wenig

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Avi Liberman likes to keep his jobs separate. A Sinai Akiba Academy teacher's assistant by day and a stand-up comedian by night, Liberman doesn't do arts and crafts on stage and doesn't tell jokes at school. Which is why, after class, scores of second-graders chase Liberman down the...

  • Air Strikes Gives ‘Road Map’ a Push

    By Leslie Susser

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The violence that threatened to scuttle the nascent "road map" peace plan last week seems to have had quite a different result.

    It has redoubled the resolve of American, Israeli and Palestinian leaders to prevent terrorism from wrecking the reconciliation process launched in Aqaba,...

  • ‘On_Line’ Takes Byte Out of Cyberspace

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    While obsessing over an ex-girlfriend in 1997, Jed Weintrob, then an Orion vice president of interactive media, turned to the Internet for distraction. "I got hooked peering into the lives of strangers," said Weintrob, a self-described Jewish "techno geek." "It was both calming and...

  • The Class of ‘93

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As students around the Southland graduate and move beyond high school, The Journal sought out some of the outstanding Jewish high school seniors of 10 years ago, talking with five of the 13 valedictorians of the Class of 1993. Current grads can take solace that these five...

  • Kosher Sex

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Talk about fiction: A show with four women who live in Manhattan and spend most of their time talking about men, eating and shopping -- and none of them are Jewish? That all could change this season on HBO's "Sex and the City," when one of the gals considers heading to temple.

    In the...

  • An Unorthodox View of Who’s Orthodox

    By David Suissa

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Who knew that an article on Jewish love would generate a little debate?

    A while back, I wrote a piece titled, "Shut Up, I Love You!" (Feb. 14) about how Jews are great at giving to each other but lousy at taking from each other. I suggested you honor your fellow Jews by taking or...

  • Going Forth as a Driver

    By Jane Ulman

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On May 7, exactly 16 years minus 5 1/2 hours after his birth, my son, Gabe, took his driving test at the Winnetka Department of Motor Vehicles office.

    "Are you nervous?" the test instructor asked.

    "Yes," Gabe answered.

    "Don't be, or we'll both be dead."

    I, too, was nervous....

  • Rock On

    By J.D. Smith

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Getting engaged is a life-altering, mind-blowing, milestone event. It is the romantic equivalent of graduating from college and being thrown into the great unknown. We are transitioning here.

    Getting engaged is also something you have to do. It doesn't just happen on its own. At...

  • Is America Ready for a Jewish President?

    By Mel Levine

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Is America ready for a Jewish president?

    According to a Gallup Poll released this month, as well as other polling data, the answer is a resounding yes.

    Despite this polling data, some Jews are fearful that "America is not ready" for a Jewish president. Or in a variation on that...

  • Sound of Silence

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "So, maybe we should get to know each other."

    My husband Glenn's voice cracked like an adolescent as he broke the hour-long quiet inside the car. Glenn looked expectantly toward Jacek, a partner at a Warsaw-based software company and Glenn's business contact.

    When I had decided to...

  • Sunday ‘Nights’ Alright for Outreach

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Craig Taubman has a knack for inventing Jewish pop culture.

    In 1998, he co-created "Friday Night Live" (FNL), the ebullient, musically driven young adult Shabbat service that's been snatched up by synagogues around the country. Since then, "FNL" has become part of the vernacular and...

  • Kids Page

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    You know that harmless-looking body part inside your mouth? The tongue? It sure looks nice enough, but it gets a lot of Israelites into trouble in this week's parsha. Do you remember getting a present and then complaining it wasn't enough? Not the right video game; not the kind of...

  • Plan Seeks to Draw Potential Jews

    By Tom Tugend

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis asked a group of approximately 80 retirees in his Conservative congregation how many had a non-Jewish member in their family, almost every hand shot up.

    "At first, I was genuinely shocked," said Schulweis, the spiritual leader of Valley Beth Shalom in...

  • Everyone Into The Pool

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Alex Fullman has always loved to swim. He started when he was 2 years old and began swimming competitively at 6. So when representatives of American Red Magen David for Israel (ARMDI) visited his sixth-grade class at Heschel Day School to encourage students to consider making a...

  • Community Briefs

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    ADL Sponsors "Safe Community" Program in Encino

    Earlier this year, a string of arson attacks on five houses of worship rocked the interfaith community. Earlier this month, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) sponsored an interfaith forum to prepare the community in case such...

  • New Form of Anti-Semitism

    By Richard Allen Greene

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    British Jews are facing a new form of anti-Semitism so unlike its past incarnations that it should be known by a new name, Judeophobia, according to a new study by a leading Jewish think tank.

    Coming after conferences on anti-Semitism in New York, Amsterdam, Paris and Vienna, the...

  • ADD, ADHD—Life in the Fast Lane

    By Wendy Mogel

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    School is out and Ashley is breathless, begging to go to Disneyland. "Leora has ADD so she gets a special pass that allows her to skip all the lines," she says. "And she can bring her friends and they can skip all the lines, too!"

    A call to the Happiest Place on Earth confirms it....

  • Kitaj the ‘Diasporist’

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Six years have passed since painter R.B. Kitaj moved from London to Los Angeles, following a hail of criticism and counterattacks (more on that later). Recently, I visited the artist at his home and studio on the occasion of "Los Angeles Pictures," a breathtaking exhibit at Venice's...

  • Your Letters

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    David Woznica

    The June 6 report that The Federation has taken a gambit -- re: bringing Rabbi David Woznica to Los Angeles from the 92nd Street Y in the hope his passion for Judaism lectures and teaching will "spark" a flow of dollars to the community's United Jewish Fund campaign...

  • Schools Adopt Guide to Block Sex Abuse

    By Julie G Fax

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A national group representing more than 700 Orthodox day schools recently adopted sexual abuse prevention guidelines that were developed by a department of the Jewish Family Service (JFS) in Los Angeles.

    Nearly all of the two dozen Orthodox schools in Los Angeles had signed on to a...

  • Kosher Dog Days of Summer

    By Adam Wills

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A sunny day at Dodger Stadium; Shawn Green at bat. What could be more enjoyable than a cold beer and a kosher hot dog?

    Sound like a dream? Think again. Through the efforts of a former Hamilton High baseball player and current rabbi, glatt kosher hot dogs are a reality at several...

  • The Circuit

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Museum Muse

    Art and Israel came together at the Beverly Hills Hotel when West Coast American Friends of the Israel Museum (AFIM) held its 13th annual Membership Dinner.

    The Jerusalem-based Israel Museum, founded in 1965, houses encyclopedic collections ranging from prehistory to...

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