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  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    That's a Lot of Carving ...

    Temple Beth Hillel Brotherhood served Thanksgiving dinners for 300 needy guests selected by the Valley Interfaith Food Pantry. The templewide project involved all ages of Temple Beth Hillel's membership. Scott Tessler of SilverSpoons Catering donated...

  • Leave the Czech

    By Mike Levy

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Vivien Straus grew up on a 660-acre kosher, organic dairy farm on the outskirts of a town of 50 in Marin County. She once ran away from home when her parents told her that she had to marry someone Jewish. But the life-changing experience that inspired her play, "Getting It Wrong,"...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Solange Borna

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, Jan. 5

    Tonight, entertainment at the Yiddish Culture Club is not only the usual performance of Yiddish songs. Director of the Sholem Community Hershel Hartman will reveal the intricacies of the Festival of Lights in his lecture, "The Hidden Story of Chanukah,"...

  • A Rose by Any Other Name

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    What's in a Jewish name?

    Everything, suggests "The Royal Tenenbaums" writer-director Wes Anderson.

    The Houston-bred filmmaker may be of Swedish-Lutheran stock, but his latest funny-melancholy flick began when he remembered his Jewish childhood friend, Brian Tenenbaum.

    "Brian had...

  • Eulogies:Dr. David “Danny” Rosenfeld

    January 3, 2002 | 6:59 pm

    Dr. David "Danny" Rosenfeld, an advocate in the field of breast mammography, died Wednesday, Dec. 19 at the age of 80.

    Born in Brooklyn, N.Y, in August 1921, Rosenfeld moved to Los Angeles in 1944 to complete his medical studies at USC. In 1951, he became the first radiologist, and...

  • Wake Up to a Classic

    By Tom Tugend

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    During the Depression years of the 1930s, Clifford Odets was one of the lead dramatists in the theater of social protest. In one fruitful year alone, the legendary Group Theatre premiered three of his plays, "Waiting for Lefty," "Awake and Sing" and "Paradise Lost."

    "Awake and Sing,"...

  • Action and Reaction

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In the parsha four weeks ago, Shimon and Levi, sons of Jacob, got the last word. But on his deathbed in this week's parsha, Jacob has one final opportunity to deliver his rejoinder.

    Four weeks ago, we also read of the rape of Dina at the hands of the prince of Shechem, and the...

  • Westside JCC May be Rescued

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Of the five doomed Los Angeles area Jewish Community Centers (JCC), at least one center's membership is not rolling over without a fight. About 100 members showed up for a Sunday morning emergency meeting Dec. 23 at the Westside JCC's Birch Auditorium, where, in a dramatic turn of...

  • Red Like Me

    By Teresa Strasser

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    As I write this, I look like James Coburn eating a lemon in a windstorm. Drunk. Not only does my face look red and crackly, it must be covered at all times with a Vaseline-like lotion, thick and greasy, giving me the appearance of someone who has just eaten a pork chop with no hands....

  • Forum Tries to Help Argentine Jews

    By Florencia Arbiser

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Like the more than 2 million Jews who came to the United States at the turn of the 20th century in search of the American dream, thousands went further south -- to Argentina -- hoping to find a brighter future.

    Now, with Argentina in the throes of a wrenching political and economic...

  • Rabbi Lau Headlines at O.U. Conference

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Urging religious dialogue as a means to achieve peace, Rabbi Yisroel Meir Lau, the chief rabbi of Israel, addressed a crowd of 500 at the West Coast convention of the Orthodox Union Dec. 20.

    Held at the Peltz Theater of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the inaugural event began five days...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Solange Borna

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, Dec. 29

    Artist Elizabeth Tinglof new mixed media works "...scapes," manages to capture on canvas the feeling someone gets while looking down at the world. The paintings, reminiscent of aerial photographs, uncover the relationship between the topography of our planet...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    U.S.: Syria willing to stop terror

    Syria reportedly said it will look into ways to shut down terrorist organizations operating out of Damascus. American officials informed Israel of the new Syrian position after Jerusalem raised the problem of terror in Syria and Lebanon...

  • American Aliyah to Rise

    By Adam Wills

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles resident George Giles, 26, Has been looking for a job in marketing ever since he was laid off five months ago. With the economy continuing to falter following Sept. 11 and a child on the way, George is hoping that his job search will be more fruitful in Israel.

    The Los...

  • Anti-Semitism Stirs Aliyah

    By Amy Klein

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Whether or not the French ambassador to England called Israel "that sh*tty little country" is almost beside the point.

    Ambassador Daniel Bernard allegedly made the comment at a dinner party two weeks ago in London.

    "Why should the world be in danger of World War III because of...

  • Jews Bid France Adieu

    By Andrew Diamond

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    With French Jews complaining about a rise in anti-Semitic violence, there appears to be a sharp increase in the number of people inquiring about immigrating to Israel.

    After several years of declining aliyah (immigration to Israel) from France, the Jewish Agency for Israel has seen a...

  • Lupu’s Lens

    By Gaby Wening

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    His leather jacket underscoring a full-growth white beard and tzitzit, 75-year-old Lupu Gutman is much like his films, where tradition is refracted through the modernity of the camera lens.

    Gutman is now distributing copies of his haunting documentary, "Monuments of Soap," to all the...

  • There’s No Time Like the Present

    By Ellie Kahn

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In my family, death and funerals seem to inspire joking. Maybe it's discomfort, but it also seems to be a lack of concern and heaviness about the whole thing. No one in my family does much visiting of graves, and burials are apparently not deemed necessary.

    My mother wants her body...

  • Daily News Cartoon Provokes Anger, Apology

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    An editorial cartoon that ran on the Editorials & Letters page of the Los Angeles Daily News on Dec. 21 outraged readers with an image that confused as much as it provoked.

    Cartoonist Patrick O'Connor offended readers with his "View From The Valley" one-panel political cartoon. The...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Legal and Regal

    So what took them so long? Perhaps it was all that time they spend in court.

    Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA) finally held its very first black-tie gala to celebrate the association's 70th anniversary. The evening, at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel,...

  • Show You the Money

    By David Suissa

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I get hit up, boy do I get hit up. I don't always say "yes," of course, but that's not the point of this story. The point is who is asking me for money.

    Over the past year, the fund seekers have included at least 20 yeshivas in Israel; four settlements in the West Bank; two...

  • Your Letters

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Irv Rubin

    Jewish organizations had a field day denouncing Irv Rubin and his Jewish Defense League. All claimed he had no support in the Jewish community anywhere.

    Rubin is innocent unless proven guilty at trial.

    It is difficult to believe that this intelligent, articulate Jewish...

  • Diagnosis: Grandfather

    By Tom Tugend

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "The Grandfather Thing" by Saul Turteltaub (Tallfellow Press, $16.95).

    Saul Turteltaub, whom I've known for a good many years, is a funny man and a funny television writer. If you laughed at "The Carol Burnett Show," "The Jackie Gleason Show," "That Girl" or "The Cosby Show," tip...

  • Doctor of the Barrio

    By Beverly Gray

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When Julie Korenstein speaks out on environmental matters, she credits her mother, Dr. Pauline Furth, with shaping her own crusading spirit. Korenstein, who represents District 6 on the Los Angeles Unified School District's school board, said that throughout her life her mother has...

  • Year in Review

    By Rob Eshman

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Remember the fear and trepidation that accompanied the coming of the year 2000? Millennialists ran around like Chicken Little, selling us on bottled water and canned tuna, promising disaster.

    It turns out they were off by a year.

    As it happened, 2001 was Hell Week. Leading up to...

  • Lehrer to Leave

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    David Lehrer, the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) since 1986, will be leaving his position in the near future. He has been with the organization for 27 years.

    At press time, the circumstances surrounding Lehrer's departure were unclear. ADL spokesperson Myrna...

  • Hidden Abilities

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When filmmaker Jessie Nelson was growing up in North Hollywood in the 1950s, she was frightened of the mentally disabled. "I had the fear a lot of children have when they are not exposed to people with disabilities," says Nelson, whose wrenching new film, "I Am Sam," tells of a...

  • A Portion of Parshat Vayechi

    By Abby Gilad

    December 27, 2001 | 6:59 pm

    Joseph has two children: Menasheh, the older, and Ephraim, the younger. Jacob blesses them both before he dies. He tells Joseph that, although the descendants of Menasheh will become a great people, the descendants of Ephraim will be even greater. In fact, King David was from the...

  • The ‘Majestic’ Martin Landau

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "Woody Allen and I used to play a little game," says Martin Landau, who portrays the owner of an aged movie house in Frank Darabont's new film, "The Majestic."

    "I'd say 'The Elm,' and he'd say, 'The Midwood.' I'd say 'The Kenmore' and he'd say, 'The Avalon.'"

    Landau and Allen, who...

  • Not Another Token Jew

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Michael Bender and Mia Kirschner admit there's no Jewish archetype in Joel Gallen's "Not Another Teen Movie" -- a "nasty and frequently hilarious assault on 20 years' worth of youth pictures," according to The New York Times. "The 'Jewish kid' isn't really a character that's...

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