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  • Not Just for Kids Anymore

    By Keren Engelberg

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Storyopolis, the children's art gallery and bookstore, is kicking out children next week for a grownups-only project, an Artists' Studio Series featuring the not-so-kid-friendly art created by children's book illustrators they work with regularly.

    While appealing to the 21-and-over...

  • Bang the Press Slowly

    By Bill Boyarsky

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "I will concede that conservative Jewish Republicans like myself are in the minority, especially out here on the Left Coast," reader Gillee Sherman e-mailed me. "But we are growing in numbers every day, and this election should see a huge improvement for Bush in the Jewish...

  • Believe It or Not

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "It's All True" (Simon & Schuster, 2004) by David Freeman offers us a portrait of an outsized Hollywood, so unbelievable that it must be dead on. It is, more precisely, a novel, lovingly unfolded about the movie business: How it works and how its players -- adults spoiled by too much...

  • If the Situation Were Reversed

    By Gideon Levy

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    What would happen if a Palestinian terrorist were to detonate a bomb at the entrance to an apartment building in Israel and cause the death of an elderly man in a wheelchair, who would later be found buried under the rubble of the building? The country would be profoundly shocked....

  • The Days and Nights of Berkowitz

    By Marc Ballon

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    On a recent bus ride through the outskirts of St. Petersburg, Russia, Rabbi Avraham Berkowitz ignores the rustic scenery surrounding him. Instead, the 28-year-old executive director of the Chabad-Lubavitch-dominated Federation of Jewish Communities of the Former Soviet Union (FSU)...

  • Israel Presses for Halt on Iran A-Bomb

    By Leslie Susser

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    After months of keeping a low profile on Iran's nuclear program, Israel has launched an intensive diplomatic campaign to convince the international community to pressure Tehran to drop its efforts to produce a nuclear bomb.

    Israeli officials say the campaign, involving the United...

  • On Shabbat, Stay Cool as a Cucumber

    By Lisa J. Solomon

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Miami is hot. In the summer, even sometimes in the winter, the air arches off the streets radiating heat circles that bend but do not break as you walk though them, slowly, slowly.

    My grandparents, Oma and Opa, bought an apartment in Miami Beach that my family of eight piled into for...

  • Irvine Campus Set for Grand Opening

    By Andrea Adelson

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Bermans and Michaels expect their daily routines and social lives will alter substantially mid-August because of membership in the county's greatly expanded Jewish Community Center (JCC), relocated in Irvine.

    "I'm looking forward to that sense of community, of running into people...

  • Adventure, Danger Color Israeli’s Life

    By Tom Tugend

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Esther Shawmut spent three years trying to find her rescuer. The American nurse had come to Israel in 1948 aboard the Pan York, a refugee ship that was being searched in Haifa Harbor to prevent military-age refugees from entering the country. The young woman, who had come to aid...

  • SWF Seeks Same

    By Lori Gottlieb

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Late one night, I was giving my friend Ethan a detailed play-by-play of my date when he made a frightening observation: "You don't have many close female friends in town anymore, do you?"

    Ethan was right. Most of my college friends returned East, my medical school pals stayed...

  • University Moves to Permanent Home

    By Andrea Adelson

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Whenever Rabbi Arnie Rachlis came from Illinois as University Synagogue's guest rabbi, the founders went out of their way to lend him a convertible and hold meetings at a beachfront home. One trip occurred during a winter day when temperatures soared to summertime highs. Incredulous,...

  • A Shiva for One, a Wake for Another

    By Cheryl F. Coon

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Kaddish for Grandpa: in Jesus' name amen," by James Howe. Illustrated by Catherine Stock. (Atheneum, 2004).

    Children experience the loss of family members in many ways, depending on their age and maturity. For some, a chance to say goodbye is very important; others find comfort...

  • Pico’s Familiar Slice

    By Julie G Fax

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The balabus is back.

    Howard Weiss, who opened Los Angeles's first kosher pizza shop in the mid 1970s, has reopened his famed Kosher Nostra, and he's looking to reclaim the glory days of over-sized slices and relentless puns that made the first Kosher Nostra a community institution.


  • Myra Waldo Schwartz

    By Jill Holzman

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Myra Waldo Schwartz, travel writer, food editor and critic died July 25.

    A member of the Screen Actors Guild, Myra had numerous television appearances, a radio show on food on New York's WCBS News Radio 88 and was the food editor for The Baltimore Sun's This Week Magazine.


  • Smaller Classes for Smaller Kids

    By Andrea Adelson

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "I want to create a place of wonder," said Lindy Lane-Epstein, who spent the summer attempting to animate her vision for a scaled-down preschool and kindergarten for members of Santa Ana's Temple Beth Sholom.

    She started with painting in primary colors and moved on to culling...

  • Kazan’s Residents:

    By Marc Ballon

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A Sunday in the park. A brilliant, bright sun warms the air. The frozen tundra has given way to seedlings, flowers and patches of green. On this day, memories of the harsh Russian winter recede like so much melted snow.

    Along with the blue skies and verdant forests, Judaism has...

  • Monk Could Be Way to Mideast Peace

    By Larry Kasanoff

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Next week, I am sponsoring a group of Israelis and Palestinians to spend a few weeks in a small village in southern France with a Buddhist monk named Thich Nhat Hanh. These two disparate groups of people do not know each other, but often feel hatred toward each other. Some of them...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    August 5, 2004 | 7:59 pm

    Head to Topanga Canyon tonight for an evening of theater under the stars. Lillian Hellman's "Watch on the Rhine" opens tonight at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum outdoor amphitheater. When Hellman wrote it in the late 1930s, she intended it to serve as a warning against American...

  • Your Letters

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Tisha B'Av Today

    I am disdainful of anyone who misappropriates the Torah to bolster his radical political views ("Tisha B'Av Today," July 23). I have been horrified when religious zealots used Judaism as a rationale for committing violence against others. But religious zealotry is...

  • Rambamalama

    By Tom Teicholz

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Put down your "Da Vinci Code." Set aside your "South Beach Diet." Let your kaballah red string drop off your wrist. I'm here to alert you to the next pop cultural phenom: a 12th-century philosopher popularly known as the Rambam.

    Just a few weeks ago, I attended the "Aloud" reading...

  • Sept. 11 Report: Israel Was a Target

    By Matthew E. Berger

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Long before the Sept. 11 attacks, Al Qaeda was planning terrorist attacks against Israeli and American Jewish sites.

    That, at least, is one conclusion of the 9/11 Commission Report, which was released Thursday.

    The report shows that American intelligence agencies received signals...

  • Campers Display the Write Stuff

    By David Finnigan

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Almost every summer day, the Malibu Post Office receives a large amount of mail from the several hundred Jewish campers at Camp Hess Kramer and Camp JCA Shalom, a lot of them letters home written by girls.

    When the 13-year-old girls at Hess Kramer's Cabin Rachel were asked if girls...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Game On!

    The summer Olympics are almost here. They will take place Aug. 13-29 in Athens, that's Greece. pretty cool, considering that's where it all started -- about 2,500 years ago. To learn more about this year's games, visit www.Athens2004.com. For more on the history of...

  • Sudan—Why We Can’t Give Up on the U.N.

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Over 30,000 people have been brutally murdered in the Darfur region of Sudan. At least 120,000 are living in tent camps, now being hammered by rains that turn the dust to mud. Diseases that thrive in the soggy ground continue, along with malnutrition, to drive the body count higher.


  • Boys Will Be Boys in ‘Harold,’ ‘Garden’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When "The Graduate" hit theaters in 1967, a poster depicted Dustin Hoffman as the quintessential aimless college graduate: "This is Benjamin. He's a little worried about his future."

    If every decade has its disaffected-youth films, two unconventional summer movies are adding to the...

  • Berman ‘Rocks’ Boston

    By Janine Zacharia

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    At French Connection on Boston's fashionable Newberry Street this past Tuesday evening, L.A. native Lindsey Berman is juggling. A song by the band Journey blares out of her satchel shaped like a guitar each time her cell phone rings. People are calling -- friends, friends of friends,...

  • Q & A With Yuval Rotem

    By Tom Tugend

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Consul General -- now Ambassador -- Yuval Rotem arrived as a 39-year-old career diplomat in Los Angeles in September 1999, with his wife, Miri, and their three children. He will return to Jerusalem Aug. 16, leaving behind hundreds of friends who consider him one of the most popular...

  • Jewish Life Blooms at Christian College

    By Julie G Fax

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    From different points along the ever-ascending road up this Malibu hillside, the beckoning ocean, the preternaturally landscaped lawn and the roughly rounded mountains peek through the three-story cross that has been punched out of a solid obelisk.

    The breathtaking beauty of...

  • Jewish Law Favors Stem Cell Research

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Even as Ron Reagan makes a case for stem cell research at the Democratic National Convention, Californians may take matters into their own hands. In November, the state ballot will include a 10-year bond issue, which would generate $3 billion for stem cell research. If it passes, the...

  • Vilanch: A Divine ‘Hair’ Apparent

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Two minutes into the interview, Bruce Vilanch kvetches about pantyhose. The hefty actor dons them eight times a week to play Edna Turnblad, the plus-size Baltimore hausfrau in the hit musical "Hairspray," now at the Pantages Theatre.

    As the, er, hair apparent to the role created by...

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