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  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Peres to D.C.

    Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres is planning to visit Washington next week. Peres will meet with White House and State Department officials on Aug. 1. He will be in Washington at the same time as Jordan's King Abdullah, though there are no plans for the two to...

  • Your Letters

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Don't Circle the Wagons

    In his attempt to critique the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) survey on anti-Semitism in America, our friend and former colleague David Lehrer has misinterpreted ADL's findings in three key ways ("Don't Circle the Wagons," July 5).

    First, there is nothing...

  • The Presence of Greatness

    By Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Inspirational speeches are sometimes improved by leaving out the words.

    Deuteronomy records, for the most part, Moses' farewell address to his people. He begins by rehashing the events of the last 40 years, a story laden with some nasty national failings. Seeing that his audience at...

  • Mark of the Werewolf

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In the 1970s -- dubbed "the Bronze Age" by comic book historians -- I was a kid living in Canarsie, Brooklyn, N.Y., where, every week, I blew my allowance on Marvel Comics. What I didn't know at the time was that Don Perlin, a Canarsie native, was illustrating some of those books in...

  • Love in a Time of War

    By Susan Josephs

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Right after a bombing in Jerusalem, A.S. went out on a date.

    Because she now assiduously avoided bars and cafes, "I had to wrack my brains for a place to go," she recalls.

    Downtown was out of the question. Ditto for Emek Refaim, the Jerusalem street known for its trendy restaurants...

  • Web Helps Jews Trace Genes

    By Bill Gladstone

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Seven years ago, Montreal businessman Stan Diamond arranged to index the Jewish records of his ancestral town of Ostrow Mazowiecka, Poland, because he wanted to trace the path of a rare genetic condition within his family tree.

    Diamond's goal was medical as well as genealogical,...

  • Honor Thy Butcher

    By Si Frumkin

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Stalin is our fighting strength, Stalin is our youth.... Singing, struggling and victorious, our people go with Stalin." -- from a popular Soviet song.

    Would you market a Castro sandwich in Miami? Would a Hitler hot dog sell in Israel? How about selling a Ho Chi Minh burger to the...

  • Community Briefs

    By Journal Staff

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli 'E' Ring Uncovered?

    Police believe they have broken a major Ecstasy ring, allegedly led by Israeli nationals, with the arrest of 15 suspects and the seizure of more than $8 million worth of the hallucinogenic drug. Capping a two-month investigation centered in the San...

  • When Breast Cancer is Hereditary

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In some families, breast and ovarian cancers take an inordinately fierce toll, striking one generation after another, menacing mothers, daughters, sisters and cousins. And for the women in these families, wondering if and when cancer might strike becomes a daily burden.

    Facing Our...

  • We Need Self-Defense

    By Michele Goldman

    July 25, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    I'm 16 years old. People often ask me, "How do you feel growing up in this crazy time?"

    "Terrified," I answer.

    In a year replete with terrorism, suicide bombers, serial killers, kidnappers and rapists, my peers and I are horrified -- horrified of what the world is becoming.

    One might...

  • Blame It on the Dummy

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    If you've got something against the Jewish dummy named Velvel, blame Nat King Cole.

    Back in 1955, the legendary crooner would come into the Sunset Strip club where his wife worked, and catch Rickie Layne and Velvel in action.

    "He told Ed Sullivan, 'There's a guy working with my wife...

  • Out of Arafat’s Hands

    By Eric Silver

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In the reoccupied West Bank town of Hebron, an activist in Yasser Arafat's Al Fatah, a graduate of Israeli prisons, lamented the other day: "I gave up my dream of the whole of Palestine for the sake of the Oslo accord. And what did I get? Corruption, no democracy, security services...

  • Mainstreaming Makes a Difference

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Eight-year-old Tamar's fingers dance across a set of harp strings like small waves rhythmically pounding the surf. While the large instrument dwarfs her, she doesn't seem to mind as she sits and plays a complicated classical tune. After the musical interlude, she hops onto her living...

  • Silver Lining for Silverlake

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    At the onset of 2002, it looked like curtains for the Silverlake-Los Feliz Jewish Community Center (JCC). The JCC, located at Sunset Boulevard and Bates Avenue, was one of five sites originally slated to be shut down and sold so that parent organization Jewish Community Centers of...

  • Living Through Chemistry

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The ancient rabbis practiced a relatively simple form of medicine: cabbage for sustenance, beets for healing.

    It was easier then to prescribe, although harder to heal.

    "Woe to the house through which vegetables are always passing," sums up the Talmud. There were no guarantees then...

  • The Hebrew Holiday of Love

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine a Jewish holiday on which you don't have to fast or pray and whose history does not involve commemorating a war.

    The little-publicized Tu B'Av -- not Tisha B'Av -- otherwise known as the Holiday of Love, literally means the 15th day of Av and falls this year on July 24. It...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm


    If you like babbling brooks and floating waterlilies, City of Hope probably has your idea of an interesting and unusual Saturday afternoon. It's the second annual Parade of Ponds, a self-guided tour of neighborhood water gardens. You'll get a map of the more than 50 homes...

  • Shabbat Nachamu

    By Abby Gilad

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Shabbat after Tisha B'Av is called Shabbat Nachamu, after the haftara that is read: "Nachamu, nachamu ami" (Be comforted, be comforted my people). Why is the word nachamu repeated? To offer consolation for both Temples, which were destroyed.

    The word nachamu means comfort. God...

  • Your Letters

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Homeland Insecurity

    In his editorial ("Homeland Insecurity," July 12), Rob Eshman suggests that the availability of legal guns in the United States should be seen as a problem when considering Muslim terror.

    When the Hutu and Tutsi tribes were slaughtering one another in Rwanda,...

  • The ‘Kid’s’ Staying Power

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Every day during the summer of 1942, 12-year-old Robert Evans set out with a copy of Radio Registry under his arm and hit every audition room in New York.

    "I [made] up one story after another about my brilliant career," the legendary producer recalls in "The Kid Stays in the...

  • Where No Israeli Has Gone Before

    By Irene Brown

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    For 25 years, Ilan Ramon strapped himself into fighter jets to help protect Israel. Soon, the air force colonel will have a chance to view his embattled homeland from a perspective never before seen by a sabra. Ramon, a 48-year-old father of four, is going into space.

    "Every time...

  • Diplomacy and Skepticism

    By Mitchell Danow

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Middle East diplomacy shifted to New York this week amid widespread skepticism that there is any formula that can convince Israel and the Palestinians to make even slight progress toward peace.

    Helping fuel the skepticism were two Palestinian terror attacks that coincided with the...

  • LAX Trail Cold

    By Tom Tugend

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As the families of Victoria Hen and Yaakov Aminov continued their mourning during the 30-day sheloshim period, the FBI continued its tight-lipped investigation into their July 4 murder at the Los Angeles International Airport.

    "There have been no new developments and we will not...

  • Parents Will Listen

    By Rabbi David Woznica

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Even in the best of parent-child relationships, there are moments children do not feel love. We can, however, even in those trying times, act honorably toward our parents. It is precisely during periods of tension that children should remember that most parents want their children to...

  • A Unique Sound

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Considering where he's been, it seemed unlikely that Craig Wyckoff would have been the man inducted on July 12 as president of Valley Outreach Synagogue (VOS).

    The entertainment agent was once so disillusioned with Judaism that he flirted with Eastern religions, until his wife Mary...

  • Terrorism Won’t Stop HUC-JIR

    By Joe Berkofsky

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Mark Miller walks in downtown Jerusalem these days, he leans away from the street whenever he sees an oncoming bus.

    While he rues the "insidious" way terror "gets under your skin" in Israel, Miller says trying to shield himself from potential bus bombings is just one way life...

  • Klezmer in Krakow

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Henryk Halkowski flops down in an armchair in the Klezmer Hois restaurant and orders a bowl of chicken soup with kreplach.

    The Klezmer Hois, located in a building that once housed a mikvah, is one of a score of upscale new "Jewish-style" restaurants and cafes that dot Kazimierz, the...

  • I Can’t Hang Out

    By J.D. Smith

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I went to a big Hollywood party last week. My girlfriend, Alison, was out of town. The occasion had something to do with a photo shoot for a fashion magazine.

    I don't know why this would occasion a party, but why not? Beautiful people love to party, and almost any excuse will do....

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Amnesty Blasts Suicide Attacks

    A report by Amnesty International calls Palestinian terror attacks on Israeli civilians "crimes against humanity." None of the Israeli military's actions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip justify Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians, the report...

  • Sex-Abuse Conviction Closes Chapter

    By Joe Berkofsky

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The recent sex-abuse conviction of Rabbi Baruch Lanner for groping two teenage girls closed a highly disturbing chapter for the centrist Orthodox world. But it remains to be seen how deeply the controversy will transform the community.

    Lanner was found guilty June 27 in a Monmouth...

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