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  • White Wedding

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The Riemer family is something of a rarity in the Jewish world of post-Communist Central Europe.

    Not only are Daniel Riemer and his wife Magda both Jewish, but both of their 20-something daughters, Zuzana and Sandra, have found Jewish men to marry.

    This is no easy feat in a part of...

  • A Dangerous Beast

    By Leonard Fein

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The rituals are familiar by now. The sudden bulletins; the footage of chaos and shock and devastation; the anxious wait for the casualty list; the statements of condemnation; the statements of justification; the insane competition over who gets the "credit;" the haunting search for...

  • Law and Order

    By Rabbi Yakov Vann

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Judges and officers shall you appoint in all of your cities."

    This divine commandment to establish a judicial system serves as the basis of all Western law; a fair system affording protection to each of its citizens and guests.

    Though this is a communal responsibility, it is...

  • Catch a Rising Star

    By Gail Zimmerman

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Elizabeth Berkley's audition with filmmaker Woody Allen for a part in his latest comedy, "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion," resembled a scene out of an "I Love Lucy" episode.

    All the actress knew about the highly secretive project was its setting: the 1940s. So, eager to impress...

  • From Middle to     the Top

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 23, 2001 | 7:59 pm

    Michael Glouberman felt the déjà vu the whole time he was reading the pilot of the Emmy-nominated Fox sitcom, "Malcolm in the Middle." "It was like someone had hidden a camera in my childhood home," says the 33-year-old "Malcolm" writer and co-executive producer.

    OK, so Glouberman...

  • Bruce Hochman

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Bruce I. Hochman, a former president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, died Aug. 11 at the age of 72. Hochman, a tax attorney, founded the Beverly Hills firm of Hochman, Salkin, Rettig, Toscher & Perez. He also elicited high praise for his commitment to charitable work...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Solange Borna

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, Aug. 18

    "None of us mortals are going to be able to reach his standard," acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman said when asked about his thoughts on violinist Jascha Heifetz. Today, the Hollywood Bowl Museum is exhibiting a photomontage of Heifetz's life in honor of...

  • An Air of Resignation

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It's the end of the line, or rather, the beginning. Last month, the board of directors of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) voted 8-3 to implement the San Fernando Valley East-West Transit Corridor.

    Despite an attempt by Mayor James Hahn to propose an alternative...

  • Hate Down,Reporting Up

    By Tom Tugend

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    California hate crimes against Jews in the year 2000 were 42.2 percent higher than in 1996, according to a report released last week by the state's attorney general, Bill Lockyer.

    However, analyses by local Jewish organizations indicated that the stark figure is not as ominous as it...

  • Finding the Perfect Match

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As the end of summer nears, a new exhibit offers a glimpse into the world of one of the most sacred and ritualized events in Judaism: the wedding. Opening on Aug. 18, and planned to run for sixth months, the Skirball Cultural Center will be hosting an exhibit on Jewish weddings...

  • Sharon’s New Fan Club

    By Douglas M. Bloomfield

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    If you want to know how things have changed in the Middle East, try this one: even State Department Arabists are saying nice things about Ariel Sharon. And they're taking the name of Yasser Arafat in vain.

    The hawkish former general they once feared has surprised critics who were...

  • The Long and Winding Road

    By Rabbi Mimi Weisel

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A young friend of mine switched career paths, giving up on an industry that she did not find fulfilling. She is now working in a field that she finds challenging, has potential for growth and gives her opportunities to contribute in ways that are important to her. This week she...

  • ‘Nap’ Time

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Raymond Chandler had "The Big Sleep." Now Ayelet Waldman has written her sunny slice of noir, "The Big Nap" (Berkley Prime Crime, June 2001).

    Waldman, who is married to Michael Chabon, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" will be reading...

  • We’re in the Money

    By Anita Chabria

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Despite a tough economic year that prompted more than $550 million in line-item vetoes by Governor Gray Davis, the new California state budget allocates almost $10 million dollars to Jewish organizations.

    With a range of programs from pediatric immunizations to materials for...

  • Sbarro’s Aftermath

    By Rabbi Binny Friedman

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Erev Shabbat.

    Her eyes, I think, will stay with me forever. Imploring, beseeching, full of so much sadness. I think the shock of where and how she was, was sinking in. I can't begin to describe all that was in those eyes.

    Thursday, Aug. 9, the 20th of Av. On my way to work, I found...

  • Get Lost in Girona

    By Tammy Weisberger

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Girona (pronounced heh-row-na) is a small, culturally rich town in Catalan, Spain -- and is the perfect place to get yourself gloriously lost. Old Town Girona will toy with your sense of direction until you find yourself happily meandering through medieval alleyways, Gothic churches...

  • SJM Seeks Perfect Woman

    By J. D. Smith

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Joanne, my relationship advisor, insists that the source of my problem is that I don't know what I want. "If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there," she said. I brought Jo in after reading that Lizzie Grubman and Gary Condit have hired "crisis managers" to...

  • Jewish Boomtown

    By Adam Wills

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Las Vegas isn't exactly the holiest place on earth. Hotels on the Strip have dumped the family-friendly approach in favor of European-style topless shows, and much of the praying takes place at craps tables and roulette wheels. But in this decadent city, synagogues, kosher...

  • World Brifs

    By JTA Staff

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Beit Jalla Action Postponed

    Israeli military sources were quoted as saying the army had postponed a planned action in Beit Jalla by a day. The media reports said the operation, aimed at stopping Palestinian gunfire in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo, was delayed in part because...

  • Cloning Controversy Multiplies

    By Sharon Samber

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In the Brave New World of cloning, most Jewish ethicists and organizations are staking out the middle ground.

    A general consensus appears to be emerging in the Jewish community that therapeutic cloning -- using cloning technology for medical research -- is acceptable, but...

  • The Debate

    By Rob Eshman

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Another gut-wrenching week.

    With the murder of American Shoshana Greenbaum by a Palestinian suicide bomber, the violence in Israel turned even more tragic, if that is possible, and even more personal. As our Religion Editor Julie Gruenbaum Fax, a former classmate of Greenbaum's at...

  • WoodyAllen Superstar

    By Mike Levy

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In the world of moviemaking, Woody Allen is an auteur. In the world of jazz, Woody Allen is a rock star.

    Though he plays a mean clarinet, most people came to see Allen last week at the Jazz Bakery for his star power.

    To promote his upcoming film "Curse of the Jade Scorpion," Allen...

  • Your Letters

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Peace Process Failure

    I long for the day when the editor of any mainstream Palestinian or Islamic publication feels both the need and the license to chastise his readership as Rob Eshman did ("The Other Sides," Aug. 3) by asserting, "It's time for Jewish leaders and organizations...

  • ‘Over’ and Out

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Actor-writer Dan Bucatinsky calls his charming romantic comedy, "All Over the Guy," opening today in Los Angeles, his "'It just happens to be' movie."

    In the film -- about mismatched gay lovers and their straight best friends -- three of four main characters just happen to be...

  • Sharon Agrees to Let Peres Negotiate

    By David Landau

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's policy of "no talks under fire" is increasingly coming under fire within Israel.

    Initially, Sharon's refusal to hold diplomatic talks with the Palestinian Authority until Palestinian violence against Israel ceases completely was supported by Israelis...

  • Calendar & Singles

    By Solange Borna

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm



    Temple Sinai: 9:30 a.m. Shabbat services. 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 474-1518.

    OASIS/ Older Adult Services: 10:30 a.m.-noon. Performance of prominent women in history, such as Betsy Ross and Violet Jessup. $2. 6201...

  • Goodbye, Shoshana

    By Julie G Fax

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When Marni (Balter) Benuck heard about the bombing at Sbarro's in Jerusalem, she immediately thought of her best friend Shoshana. She knew that Shoshana, nearly five months pregnant, loved pizza, and in her last e-mail a few days before had mentioned Sbarro's as her favorite pizza...

  • Hey kids!

    By Abby Gilad

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Were you one of the lucky campers who participated in the basketball camp at the West Valley JCC? If you did, you met "Smooth" and "Special," two very smooth and special basketball players from the Harlem Globetrotters. Unscramble the scrambled words in the following passage, and...

  • A Portion of Parshat Re’eh

    By Abby Gilad

    August 16, 2001 | 7:59 pm

    In this portion, God tells us something so important that it is mentioned twice: Do not sacrifice anywhere but in the Temple. Why is this so important? Why can't the Israelites build an altar to God anywhere? It's similar to the idea of "appropriate restaurant behavior," a phrase...

  • Love for Sale

    By J. D. Smith

    August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I don't need much. I'm pretty much a "jug of wine, a loaf of bread and thou" kind of guy. No, I don't need much, but my hobbies are expensive. I like Italian clothes, German cars, Cuban cigars, box seats, new electronic toys. This is the lifestyle to which I've become accustomed,...

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