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  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Seeing Beyond Our Culture

    Parashat Shemot(Exodus1:1-6:1)

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    My son was 7 the first time he saw a beggarstanding beside the freeway offramp: a large man, disheveled andfilthy, with a hand-lettered cardboard sign that read, "WILL WORK FORFOOD." "Abba, who is that man?"...

  • Honoring Thy Mother

    By Linda Feldman

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    I called my mother to wish her a happynew year. She answered the phone like this: "Commo say yammo." "Mom,why are you speaking in bad Spanish?" I asked. "I've been gettinghang-up calls, so I'm sabotaging my voice," she answered. I broke uplaughing.

    My mother bought my book retail,...

  • Judaism & Homosexuality

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Left to right, panelist Rabbi Elliott Dorff of University ofJudaism, Rabbi Lisa Edwards of Beth Chayim Chadashim, moderator Mark Levine, panelist Rabbi Leila Gal Berner and lawyer and AIDS activistDavid Rephun, the panelist from an Orthodox background. Below,panelist Rabbi Allen...

  • Wiesenthal Report:

    By Tom Tugend

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish refugees fortunate enough to make it into Switzerlandduring World War II, were, in most cases, interned in forced-laborcamps, required to perform hard physical labor under primitive livingconditions, and separated from their families.

    By 1944, the Swiss had established about...

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  • Film

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    In the disturbing opening sequence of "The Long Way Home," asurvivor recalls the horrified stares of her American liberators atBergen-Belsen. "I saw one...double over and throw up and then anotherand another," she says. "I saw they were looking at [me] in disgust,and a deep despair...

  • Up Front

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Kosher Ahoy!

     

    Should you eat it as a sandwich, or break it apart and eat thecookie part separately from the cream?

    Kosher-observant Jews will now be faced with that classic Americandilemma with the historic koshering of the Oreo, billed by makerNabisco as America's favorite cookie.

    It's...

  • Film

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Cinema Vérité

    The documentaries of Albert Maysles, a pioneer of documentary film,

    will be screened at a UCLA retrospective

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer

    Top, Albert Maysles and his late brother David, 1985. Above, ascene from Maysles' "Grey Gardens."

    These are some of the images...

  • Community

    By Shlomit Levy

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    More than 40 Jews planted a sapling at the Sepulveda DamRecreation Area as part of the third annual COEJL Jewish EnvironmentLeadership Training Institute. Photo by Shlomit Levy

    Connecting Judaism to the Environment

    Last weekend's COEJL conference brings

    together 100 activists

    By Shlomit...

  • False Alarms

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Never underestimate the propensity of AmericanJews to scare themselves silly. Here we are, in the midst of anunprecedented Jewish renaissance, enjoying the most favorablespiritual climate in more than a century, including shelf loads ofJewish books at every Barnes & Noble, and still...
  • ‘Mazeltech on theMediterranean’

    By Tom Tugend

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    If, in the first decades of Israel's existence,American Jewish support was through charitable contributions, tradeand investment is now the name of the game.

    California high-tech companies and investors areleading the way in boosting the Israeli economy by establishingsubsidiaries and...

  • Getting Stoned

    By David Margolis

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    I got stoned onmy way to Jerusalem yesterday. I am neither reporting use of acontrolled substance while driving nor quoting a T-shirt maxim butrather identifying a minor episode in the Jews' Hundred Years Warwith the Arabs of Palestine.

    There were three of us in the car at 8...

  • ALMANAC

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    For four millenia, the Jewish homeland hassurvived either as dream or reality. A nomadic tribe began migratinginto the Land of Canaan in the early second millenium B.C.E. Theirhistory of wandering, exodus and eventual conquest of Canaan, whichthey renamed Israel, forms the core story...

  • ‘We Were There’

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    As the American Jewish community celebrates the50th anniversary of Israel's independence, those of us who went overto fight as volunteers in the fledgling country's armed forces canlook back with special pride and remembrance.

    We were privileged to take part not only in amomentous...

  • Warring Tribes

    By Larry Derfner

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Theoriginal idea, born after the 1948 War of Independence, was that allJews in Israel would be equal. No poor, no "ethnics," no excessivelyreligious people unless they were too stubborn to change. The nearly2 million Jewish immigrants (at first chiefly from Middle Easterncountries,...

  • Digging Behind Yesterday’sHeadlines

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Readers of the Los Angeles Times on Saturday,May 15, 1948, saw this headline stretching across the top of fivecolumns on Page 1.

    "Jewish State Recognized by U.S. in SurpriseMove, Air Raiders Bomb Tel Aviv"

    Underneath the headline were threestories - one dealing with President...

  • Missing America

    By David Margolis

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Here in Israel,immigrants from the States love to reminisce about the Old Country,where, for example, workmen care about doing a good job and clerksare helpful. From here, even the DMV looks good, compared to Israel'sbaroque bureaucracy: To learn to drive in Israel, you are required...

  • Caring and Controversy

    By Rob Eshman

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Two olive trees grow somewhere in downtown LosAngeles. They are the lasting fruits -- cynics would say the only fruits --of a peace demonstration organized by local Jews and Arabs at theoutbreak of the Palestinian uprising, or intifada, in 1989.

    They are also a living...

  • Los Angeles Jewry and the Birth ofIsrael

    By Stephen J. Sass

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles Jewry and the Birth ofIsrael By Stephen J. Sass

    "My heart is in the East, and I am in the end ofthe West."

    Yehuda Halevi was describing his feelings oflonging for the Holy Land as a Jew living in Spain during the MiddleAges, but his words express just as well the...

  • Up in Arms

    By Douglas Davis

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    American Jewsare celebrating Israel's jubilee with great fanfare, but here in thehomeland, folks seem considerably less enthusiastic. You get thesense that Israel at 50 is like a bar mitzvah boy who doesn't want aparty -- not until he gets taller and his acne clears up. Not untilhe...

  • Harsh Realities on theGround

    By Eric Silver

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    My first story as a foreign correspondent postedto Israel was the Lod airport massacre of May 1972, in which threeJapanese revolutionaries mowed down 26 passengers in the arrivalsterminal on behalf of George Habash's Popular Front for theLiberation of Palestine. Quarter of a century...

  • A Birthday Rich With Questions

    By David Hartman

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The mirror of 50 years of statehood reflects ourwarts as well as our beauty marks. We can no longer sustain the mythof pure innocence nor can we suppress the worry we feel about ourfuture when reviewing our past.

    The history of Zionism is not a simple,one-dimensional story of good...

  • Israel: The Arts

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    This was thestory that had everything: a suffering, underdog people, outnumberedand surrounded by enemies, old and new, battling insuperable odds totriumph in a desert they had made bloom. It was "Rocky" before"Rocky," and Hollywood knew a good story when they saw it.

    The strains...

  • L.A.‘s Ultimate Power Broker

    By Joel Kotkin

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Eli Broad (left) is the primary moving force behind thefinancing of the downtown Disney Concert Hall designed by architectFrank Gehry, lining up corporations to drop megabucks into theproject..

    For most of this century, Los Angeles has been a city of twoelites -- one predominately...

  • Car Alarm

    By Tom Tugend

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    You've read the newspaper ads or heard the pitches on the radio:Donate your old car to our worthy charity, which aidsorphans/immigrants/homeless/the halt and the lame, and enjoy agenerous tax write-off.

    The American Red Cross is doing it, as is the National KidneyFoundation, Jewish...

  • A Hole in Kosher L.A.

    By Diane Arieff

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    A Hole in Kosher L.A.

    By deciding to introduce meat products into itsformerly all-dairy outlets, Noah's Bagels has provoked a strongresponse from observant Jewish noshers

    By Diane Arieff Zaga, Arts Editor

    You can tinker with the "classic" Coke recipe, add color to thegray New York...

  • The Mossad Spy Who Turned Bad

    By Eric Silver

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Graham Greene and John Le Carré have been there before: A shadowy source with access to the highest reaches of an enemy regime. A vain, furtive secret service handler with a chip on his shoulder, who insists that the informant will speak to no one but him. A steady flow of alarming...
  • Rabbi Is Held Up at Westchester Synagogue

    By Ruth Stroud

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    On Sunday afternoon, Nov. 30, as he worked on his computer in hisoffice at B'nai Tikvah Congregation in Westchester, Rabbi MichaelBeals saw a man he didn't recognize walking through the synagogueparking lot. The rabbi waved, thinking the man might be a homelessperson en route to the...

  • Education Israel as a Core Requirement?

    By Beverly Gray

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    My daughter flew home for Thanksgiving with two college friends in tow. At the dinner table, the conversation revolved around computers and the antics of the Stanford Band. At some point in the course of that whirlwind four-day visit, Hilary informed me that, though she's been...
  • Dining Out…

    By Rob Eshman

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    As a rule, you don't go to museums to eat. Unless you're like me -- someone who, when push comes to shove, prefers great food to great art. I make no apologies: The last time I visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, I ate a tasteless, watery and expensive fruit salad in the...
  • A Requiem for Rabin

    By Ruth Stroud

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Yitzhak Rabin, by Peter Max


    Writing, producing and arranging music for the likes of TinaTurner, Aretha Franklin and Carly Simon is what Aaron Zigman is bestknown for. So what possessed the 34-year-old Angeleno to spend sixmonths pouring his heart and soul into a serious classical...

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