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  • Let’s Celebrate! It’s Yom Kippur!

    By Julie G Fax

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In the waning hours of Yom Kippur, the last rays of sun cast long shadows through the stained-glass windows. It is time for "Ne'ila," the final prayer in a day filled with prayer, when the gates on high, opened especially wide for this day, begin their final closing.

    So still, so...

  • Dear Journal

    By Deborah Berger

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Sharon Ann Dror, born deaf, didn't enjoy seders with her hearing family while growing up in a traditional Jewish home in Santa Monica. She could read lips, but she couldn't see peoples' faces as they read from behind their Haggadot. &'009;

    "I felt frustrated and bored," recalls the...

  • Mideast Briefs

    By Douglas Davis

    September 16, 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...

  • A Forgotten Jewel

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    As you drive north along Figueroa Street in Highland Park, past La Pescador and the car wash, past Frank's Cameras and the farmacia, you come to El Paso Shoe Store, where families from the neighborhood shop to get a good bargain on shoes. It was at this location, back in the early...
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  • Resources

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    American Behavioral Studies Institute Counseling Center: 7-8:30 p.m. Women's therapy group deals with relationship issues. Mondays. Also Saturdays 8:15-9:45 a.m. Groups now forming. 292 S. La Cienega Blvd., Suite 103, Beverly Hills.

    Children of Aging Parents: Support group of the...

  • Comedy Writer to the Stars

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Bruce Vilanch, comedy writer to the stars, picks up the phone. "Jew speaking," he says.

    Emmy Award-winning Vilanch, 51, is one of the drollest Jews in Hollywood. He has penned the awards shows for the Tonys, the Emmys and the Grammys; he has co-written the last nine Academy Awards...

  • Jewish Influence, Coast to Coast

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The idea for our lead story on Jewish influence, "East Coast vs. West Coast" (see Tom Tugend's story), originated with our publisher, Stanley Hirsh. Those who know him can attest that his is not a shy personality; he is not someone reluctant to make his presence known or his voice...
  • Kol Nidre on the Nightclub Floor

    By Deanne Stillman

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    My father was a song-and-dance man of the first order. He loved to tell jokes and he had a million of them. Singing, dancing, being funny, and a sometimes even more important semaphore, winking, were simply his preferred form of communication, almost obliterating the act of talking...
  • Russia’s Elderly

    By John R. Fishel

    September 11, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In Samara, a city of 1.2 million in the Volgaregion of Russia, 87-year-old Anna sits in a 100-square-foot spacethat is her reality. One of perhaps 8,000 elderly Jews in town, shespends her lonely days confined to her room, blind and her legs tooweak to support her. A sagging bed...

  • Changing Its Tune

    By Tom Tugend

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Gloria Lenhoff is a musical marvel. She has perfect pitch and can sing, in a clear lyrical soprano voice and from memory, 2,000 songs in 25 different languages. She has performed with symphony orchestras and as synagogue cantor. She has starred in a PBS documentary, was featured last...

  • Greenlighting the Future of Jewish L.A.

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Lynne Sturt Weintraub had a problem. It involved what she prefers to call the "chronologically gifted" members of Temple Beth Zion, where she is co-president.

    "Unfortunately they're on fixed incomes," says Weintraub. Unable to drive, and with most of their money going to food and...

  • A Personal Success

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Dear Jewish Journal:

    About five years ago, I ended a very serious relationship. I was devastated, but knew that my life could not end over this. I did everything to try and resolve my pain but it was hopeless. I eventually moved to another city, started a new career, and got on with...

  • Three’s Company

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    This was one weird summer for American Jews.

    On one hand, it brought an unprecedented wave of anti-Semitic terror attacks: three Sacramento-area synagogues firebombed in June, six Jews shot leaving a Chicago shul in July, an armed assault on the North Valley Jewish Community Center in...

  • Not Alone

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    This column is directed to a real-life young woman I'll call Heather, who's enrolled in the conversion program at the University of Judaism.

    Dear Heather,

    Rosh Hashanah begins this evening at sundown, and I am thinking about you. For the first time, you will be joining the greater...

  • Three Books That Shook the New York Times

    By Larry Derfner

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The New York Times dubbed it "a quiet revolution in the teaching of Israeli history." That front-page Times article, headlined "In Israel, New Grade School Texts for History Replace Myths With Facts," and published Aug. 14, has kicked up a lot of dust among right-wing commentators....
  • An American Love Story

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In 1990, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Jennifer Fox met and fell in love with a black man, a bass player who performed in a blues band with one of her friends. "I had the naive sense that it was the '90s and that racism was on the decline," says Fox, 39, who grew up in a Jewish...
  • Ask Yourself God’s Questions

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When we arrive in heaven, the Talmudic sages wondered, what will God ask of us?

    This is not really a question about heaven. It is about how we live and how we locate eternity within life. The philosopher Franz Rosensweig explained that on Yom Kippur we are offered a look at our lives...

  • Judgment of Herbert Bierhoff

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The nightmares have plagued Dr. Sigi Ziering since the Holocaust.

    "Of all the many memories of friends and family that I [have] carried with me for over 50 years, the fate of the Bierhoff family... [has] caused me the most sleepless nights," Ziering says, through a character in his...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Sharon Ann Dror, born deaf, didn't enjoy seders with her hearing family while growing up in a traditional Jewish home in Santa Monica. She could read lips, but she couldn't see peoples' faces as they read from behind their Haggadot. &'009;

    "I felt frustrated and bored," recalls the...

  • They Have Your Attention—But Can They Keep It?

    By Julie G Fax

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Fresh out of seminary, Rabbi Naomi Levy gave High Holiday sermons the way she thought they were supposed to sound -- formal, ponderous, laced with phrases such as "my dear friends." Every once in a while, however, she would look up from her prepared text and slip into her natural...

  • Some Thoughts on My New Year

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Another year come and gone. Another one beginning. For me, an occasion more for recollection than repentance.

    So much seems connected to the past. My oldest son, Alexander, calls from Florida. There is talk about the summer gone by, plans for the future, a wish for the new year. I...

  • Jewish Journeys

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Joshua Hammer's book is called "Chosen by God: A Brother's Journey" (Hyperion Press), and while the titular journey refers to his brother, it may very well apply to Hammer himself.

    In Newsweek's Nov. 8th issue, Hammer -- a foreign correspondent who will become the magazine's Berlin...

  • New Year’s Sounds

    By George Robinson

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The number "three" doesn't play an especially important part in Jewish lore and customs. But the pre-High Holy Day musical rush brought to my desk several trios of related recordings, so it's fitting to deal with them in groups of threes.

    1. Three sets ostensibly inspired by Jewish...

  • Jewish Hot-Button Issues

    By Daniel Kurtzman

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    After a summer marred by anti-Semitic violence, Jewish lobbyists are vowing to push lawmakers to enact stricter laws to combat hate crimes and control guns.

    As Congress returns from its August recess, both efforts are likely to garner a high profile, although it remains unclear...

  • Mideast Briefs

    By Douglas Davis

    September 9, 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...

  • Finding Support

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    On a Wednesday night, about a dozen parents of children with developmental disabilities gather at Sinai Temple, a Conservative synagogue on the Westside. They meet to knock down barriers and dispel myths, to offer a shoulder to cry on and good advice on working the system of state...
  • Welcoming a New Year With Sweet Celebrations

    By Judith Geller Marlow

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    On the first day of Tishri, Sept. 10, the Jewish New Year begins at sunset. Every year, the reminder of the tensions between solemn and happy days, reflections on the past and a sense of renewal for the future, the sounds of wailing and the joy of singing hallelujah, create the...
  • Where Were the Rabbis?

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Counselors and staff of the Jewish Community Centers in Los Angeles were overwhelmed by the kindness and support of local clergy in the aftermath of the Aug. 10 shooting, which left five wounded. But they were surprised and disappointed by the fact that it was almost exclusively...
  • The Road to Peace Only Gets Bumpier

    By Douglas Davis

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Glittering ceremonies and lofty rhetoric are the essential byproducts of every milestone in Middle East peacemaking.

    And Saturday night's gala at Sharm el-Sheik -- significantly, on territory that Israel had withdrawn from in the context of an earlier peace agreement with Egypt -- was...

  • An American Love Story

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In 1990, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Jennifer Fox met and fell in love with a black man, a bass player who performed in a blues band with one of her friends. "I had the naive sense that it was the '90s and that racism was on the decline," says Fox, 39, who grew up in a Jewish...
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