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  • Bush or Kerry?

    By Joel Kotkin

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    America's Jews face a difficult choice in this year's election. For many, the Bush administration symbolizes the kind of yahoo Republicanism -- shaped by evangelical Christianity and the South -- that grates on the sensibilities of a highly urbanized and socially liberal community.

    ...

  • Evangelical Media Gather Around Israel

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "FIree soup's on us!" That was the invitation David Suissa's Los Angeles-based charity Meals 4 Israel extended to all 5,000 participants of the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Charlotte, N.C. last month -- and it was pastors and ministers who made...

  • Give Matzah a Hand

    By Judy Zeidler

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    I still remember the first year we served shemurah matzah at our seder.... It was in the early 1960s and we were living on a ranch in Topanga Canyon. We received a letter from Chabad offering us a box of shemurah matzah for our seder, no charge, all we had to do was pick it up in...

  • Sleep, Interrupted

    By Tom Teicholz

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    I remember, as a child, trying in vain to stay up to see the ball fall on New Year's Eve. In later years, high school brought concerts that went past midnight and college introduced all-nighters of the studying and partying kind. In the midnight hour came inspiration and revelation...

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  • Community Briefs

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Hollywood Welcomes Israel Foreign Minister

    Israel Foreign Affairs Minister Silvan Shalom met with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and a bevy of high-powered Hollywood stars, an achievement granted few foreign dignitaries, during a three-day visit to Los Angeles.

    During the 45-minute...

  • Emanuel’s Jumpin’ at the Synaplex

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It's erev Shabbat, and this joint is jumpin'. As dusk deepens, seniors who have just emerged from a talk on globalization mingle with new arrivals in the lobby of Temple Emanuel's school building on Burton Way in Beverly Hills, where "Cafe Synaplex" has been set up. In the building's...

  • Spiritual Cleaning

    By Judy Gruen

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    More than 3,300 years ago, God swept us out from our slavery in Egypt, where we had toiled for more than 400 years. He did not wait for a United Nations resolution on the matter -- the Almighty acted unilaterally, and for this we are forever grateful. Remembering the Exodus from...

  • Q &  A With Moshe Wein

    By Julie G Fax

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    All-inclusive Passover hotel programs cost anywhere from $1,200 to $3,000 per person and take place all over the country -- from ski resorts in Utah to the legendary scene in Miami. Most have one thing in common: Lots and lots of good food.

    Moshe Wein and Elisa Septee Lunzer at...

  • An Examined Life During the Intifada

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    For the epigraph of his new book, Israeli journalist David Horovitz chooses two quotes. One is: "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; those who love you shall prosper. Peace be within your walls" (Psalm 122). It is followed by the words on a refrigerator magnet sold in Orlando, Fla. --...

  • Slaying Raises U.S. Peace Plan Concern

    By Ron Kampeas

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The death of Sheik Ahmad Yassin will pave the way to Palestinian moderation, Israel and its friends in Washington say.

    But others, including Bush administration officials, are worried that the road just got a lot bumpier.

    The United States scrambled Monday to reassure the world --...

  • Members Rally to Save Centers

    By Marc Ballon

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In a forceful display of support for the beleaguered Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center (JCC), an estimated 150 preschoolers, teachers and parents rallied March 23 in front of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles to protest the possible closure of their thriving...

  • Will Sheik’s Assassination Bring Stability?

    By Leslie Susser

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    No one believes Israel is a safer place just after the assassination of Sheik Ahmad Yassin, leader of the terrorist group Hamas.

    The question is whether the assassination and continued Israeli pressure on Hamas will contribute to stability over time.

    In targeting Yassin, Israeli...

  • USC Honors Cell Phone Pioneer

    By Tom Tugend

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    As millions of people across the globe yak away on their cell phones, they can thank an Italian Jewish immigrant who laid the foundation for the ubiquitous device.

    Equally grateful is USC, which earlier this month unveiled its newly named Andrew and Erna Viterbi School of Engineering...

  • Fine-Tuning

    By Rob Eshman

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's impending visit to Israel could be a win-win for the governor, the Los Angeles Jewish community and for Israel, but first some fine-tuning is in order.

    As we reported last week, the governor is scheduled to travel to Jerusalem May 2 to participate in...

  • Vanity Body Plates

    By Lori Gottlieb

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A few weeks ago, I was shopping at the Beverly Center when a girl who was maybe 12 years old held up a garment and yelled across the store, "Hey, Mom, what about this?"

    "This" was a skimpy red T-shirt with the words "porn star" emblazoned across the chest. I was shocked by the...

  • The Art of Religion

    By Julie G Fax

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    How did Israelite religion develop and evolve in its earliest years? What influences led to the centralization of power during the First Temple period? And how did changing perceptions of God fit into all of this?

    These questions will be raised and answered this week not by a...

  • Stuff Your Way Through the Week

    By Leora Alhadeff

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In biblical times, long stalks of barley and lush fields of green garlic signaled that Passover was near. The holiday's food was a reflection of the harvest.

    In today's industrialized society, where our foods are imported from around the world, seasons and their unique foods often...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday



    Harken back to the beginning, when it was Adam, Eve and some girl named Little Suzy. Playwright-producer Ron Petronicolos takes some liberties with the Genesis tale in "The Adam and Eve Show." On Sunday, Petronicolos presents "The God Monologues," "an ode to the Big Guy...

  • Sheik Yassin and Me

    By Gil Sedan

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    As a journalist, I met Sheik Ahmed Yassin twice during my visits to the Gaza Strip. The first time was when I attended a military court hearing in 1984, when Yassin was sentenced to 13 years in prison for anti-Israel activities.

    Only a year later Yassin was released in a...

  • Not the Next ‘Passion’

    By Tom Tugend

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A widely circulated Internet report that Steven Spielberg was planning to produce a trilogy of films exposing Christian brutality has been denounced as a hoax and "mean prank" by the filmmaker's chief spokesman.

    The report, headed, "Spielberg Fights Fire With Fire," quotes him as...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    State Ousted Clarke Because of Israel

    The first Bush administration forced Richard Clarke out of the State Department in 1992 because it said he ignored Israeli arms transfers to China. Clarke, a White House counterterrorism expert at the time of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks,...

  • Behind Kitchen Door No. 1

    By Beverly Levitt

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Monty Hall spent 27 years making outrageous deals with anxious contestants on his TV game show, "Let's Make a Deal." But the sweetest deal he ever made with his mishpachah was for a plate of pickled herring if they'd join him for Passover seder.

    Such a deal! The odds are all in...

  • Pullman Stars on the Drive Home

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When Jason Pullman worked at a country radio station in St. Louis, he used a different name and kept his Judaism on the down low.

    "Not that I wasn't proud of it, but I just let it go," said the 31-year-old disc jockey. "People in country music are different, a little more...

  • ‘L-Words’ in a J World

    By David Finnigan

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The 2000 book "Best Lesbian Erotica" includes Jewish writer Joan Nestle's short story and its provocative, leave-nothing-to-the-imagination title referencing sex with World War II pinup Rita Hayworth.

    "Desire and passion are a very big part of my life. I am a Jewish woman and I...

  • Charoset to Please Any Palate

    By Judy Zeidler

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    On the table at every Passover seder is a plate arranged with foods symbolic of the holiday. Of these, the only one that requires a recipe is charoset.

    A mixture of fruits, nuts and spices, charoset represents the mortar the Jewish people made while laboring as slaves in Egypt....

  • Delivery for Your Brain

    By Leora Alhadeff

    March 25, 2004 | 6:59 pm

    Need an amazing challah recipe? Want a book on Jewish history for your child's report? How about a film for the next holiday? Well, now you can order in.

    The Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles (JCLLA) created @ Your Door, a service to send some of its 25,000 books and resource...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Triumph of the Technion

    Two students and a professor from the Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology, toured Southern California in a late February fundraising tour for the Haifa school's new cancer research unit.

    A Feb. 26 gathering brought about 20 philanthropists to the...

  • The Giving Ladder

    By Wendy Belzberg

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "Rambams Ladder: A Meditation on Generosity and Why It Is Necessary to Give" by Julie Salamon (Workman Publishing, $18.95).

    Even a wizard at niche marketing would tremble before the title of Julie Salamon's most recent book. "Rambam's Ladder," based on an ancient text by Rabbi Moses...

  • Googling Anti-Semitism

    By Joe Eskenazi

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Online searchers punching the word "Jew" into the Google search engine may be surprised at the results they get.

    In fact, the No. 1 result for the search entry "Jew" turns out to be www.jewwatch.com. The fanatically anti-Semitic hate site is ranked first in relevance of more than...

  • March 11 Attack Hit All Europe

    By Philip Carmel

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    This time it was Spain, one of the principal European allies of the U.S.-led war in Iraq and a strong supporter of Israel's efforts against Palestinian terrorism.

    Following the suicide bombings in Madrid, which left more than 200 people dead and some 1,400 wounded, even countries...

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