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  • Spectator - ‘Time’: a Truthful Family Portrait

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    For Los Angeles artist Shelley Adler, the epiphany came after her second diagnosis of breast cancer and near-death from diverticulitis in 2001. Following her lumpectomy and two weeks in the hospital, she returned home and glimpsed cartons of family photographs she had collected since...

  • Task at Hand

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In the essay "The World as I See It," Albert Einstein wrote: "A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other people, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give the same measure as I have received and am...

  • AIPAC—Let the Sun Shine In

    By James D. Besser

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    By most measures, last week's policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) was a success.

    The sessions were substantive and well-led; the speakers top-rank. The large number of under-40 delegates suggested the organization's future is strong.

    Despite...

  • A Cellular Moment

    By Julie M. Brown

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The following conversation took place between a cellular telephone subscriber and her daughter:

    "Hello?"

    "Mom?"

    "Hi dear, what do you need?'

    "What has more calories, Italian or Ranch?"

    "Where are you?"

    "I'm at the salad bar. I can't decide which dressing."

    "Honey, I told you last...

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  • Write of Passage

    By Colette Freedman

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    My first crush was the Pikesville library in Baltimore, Md. Every Saturday after synagogue, my parents would usher me into the small, ancient red brick building quietly ensconced along one of the less-developed business roads in Pikesville. I would spend what seemed like hours...

  • An Oleh Love Story

    By Jonathan Udren

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    During my first visit to Israel when I was 24, fantasies of aliyah and Israeli women captured my imagination.

    I pictured myself waking up every day to the tangerine Jerusalem sun in a narrow Nachla'ot apartment that overlooked the city.

    Then I imagined falling in love with one of...

  • Class Notes: Young Mr. Wizards

    By Julie G Fax

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Logan Stokols, a seventh-grader from Kadima Hebrew Academy, took first place in mammalian biology at the State Science Fair at Los Angeles' California Science Center in May. His project, "Does Pupil Size Affect Peripheral Vision?" moved to the state level after he received two honors...

  • Nimoy’s New Trek

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In a recent Tel Aviv seminar, Leonard Nimoy -- famous as "Star Trek's" logical Mr. Spock -- described the Vulcan way he behaved while playing Golda Meir's husband in a 1982 TV movie.

    "I had a question and the director blurted, 'It doesn't make any difference, you're wrong for this...

  • Washington Watch

    By James D. Besser

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Air Force Fight Moves to the Hill

    The issue of religious coercion at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs is starting to reverberate on Capitol Hill -- with what one Jewish legislator said are ugly overtones.

    And a chaplain who was fired for raising the issue of...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    High Flier Takes Over

    Dan Halutz, a former air force commander, replaced Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya'alon as chief of the Israel Defense Forces' General Staff at a blue-ribbon ceremony Wednesday. Considered a confidant of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Halutz's immediate challenge is...

  • The Measure of a Jew

    By Leonard Fein

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    One of the signal contributions of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) over the many years has been its stream of publications reporting on and analyzing our community. Its annual American Jewish Yearbook has long been a staple in Jewish libraries; as David Harris wrote in his...

  • Teens and Internet Porn: What a Parent Can Do

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When parents catch their children -- typically boys -- looking at porn online, they usually become alarmed. That's understandable. But those who respond by turning to filtering and blocking software should realize this strategy only does so much.

    The flood of female images will...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Oh Jerusalem

    On June 6, or Iyar 28, we will celebrate Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) in honor of the day Jerusalem was reunified during the Six-Day War in 1967.

    An Original Word

    Etymology – this means "the origin of a word," or where the word came from. For instance: the word...

  • Circuit

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Cardinelli Couture Shines

    Fashionistas noticeably gasped as each model paraded down the runway recently at the incredibly perfect United Hostesses' Charities luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The annual fundraiser for the cardiac unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center featured a...

  • Hoop Star Scores On and Off Court

    By Cookie Lommel

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Aulcie Perry is a tall man -- and a man who stands tall in Israel. At 6-foot-11, the former professional basketball center would stand out in a crowd anywhere in the world. In Israel, Perry draws crowds of fans, especially youngsters.

    "I've been here a long time," said Perry, an...

  • Sudan Support Marks Memorial Day

    By David Finnigan

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Two events about two distinct crimes against humanity -- both in Sudan -- attracted strong Jewish community interest during the Memorial Day weekend.

    At least 600 Southern California Jews attended synagogue services around the Southland on Thursday evening, May 26, marking an end to...

  • Deep Throat: Not a Jew

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    President Nixon was wrong on Deep Throat's Jewishness.

    A former FBI agent who outed himself as the "Deep Throat" of the Watergate scandal is not Jewish, though Nixon and his aides believed he was. Mark Felt, 91, revealed himself to Vanity Fair this week as the best-known anonymous...

  • One of the Girls

    By Rob Eshman

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I remember Danielle Magady as a tiny kindergartner whose broad smile arced across her face.

    I met her and her parents, Terry and Holly, 10 years ago when I wrote one of my first stories for The Journal on developmentally disabled children in Jewish day schools.

    Danielle was, at...

  • Briefs

    By David Finnigan

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    PETA Apologizes for Shoah Comparison

    The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has apologized for its eyebrow-raising, 2-year-old "Holocaust on Your Plate" campaign, with PETA's leader stating, "it was never our goal to humiliate the victims" of the...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, June 4

    Today, galerie yoramgil launches "introductions," a three-month endeavor to present six new artists to the public. View the diverse works of painters Zeev Ben-Dor, Yuri Katz, Nona Orbach, Paul Abbott and Mary Leipziger, and the bronze sculptures of Immi...

  • The Digital Lives of Kids: What Parents Need to Know

    By Wendy Mogel

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Chapter 1: A Real, Live IM Chat

    Have you noticed more and more lately that your child is engrossed in a constant, beeping dialogue with her computer? Does she brag about a buddy list with hundreds of names, most of which you've never heard before? Does she protectively minimize or...

  • Letters to the Editor

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish Festivals of Yore

    Rob Eshman does not have to apologize for sounding like a cranky old-timer in his lament about the Jewish festivals of yore ("A Bigger Sunday," May 27). Much has changed since I participated in the Rancho Park festivities with my children. If attendance at...

  • Still’s ‘Waters’ Run Deep

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In James Still's "A Long Bridge Over Deep Waters," a Catholic Cambodian asks an elderly Jew, "Why don't you believe in Jesus?"

    The senior citizen replies that she regards Jesus as "a revolutionary Jew," not the savior -- and that she would rather argue with God than feel awe for...

  • Jewish Interns Get Peers to ‘Come Out’

    By Marc Ballon

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender UCLA students recently gave Queen Esther, Haman and Queen Vashti a radical makeover.

    To jazz up the deliverance of the Jews from evil Haman, 10 LGBT undergrads staged "Purim for Divas." A bisexual woman donning a black cape, Mardi...

  • Shadows Obscure Illegal Aliens’ Hopes

    By Andy Glass

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In speaking about illegal aliens, President Bush says the time has come to bring "millions of hard-working men and women out of the shadows."

    However, Republican leaders in Congress claim that Bush's proposals would reward lawbreakers. They soon plan to pass legislation tightening...

  • ‘Jubana’ Memoir Rescues Its Author

    By Susan Josephs

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Jubana! The Awkwardly True and Dazzling Adventures of a Jewish Cuban Goddess" by Gigi Anders (Rayo/HarperCollins, $23.95).

    Three years ago, Gigi Anders found herself down and out in Hackensack, N.J. Her fiancé couldn't go through with their wedding, she had quit a job at a nearby...

  • ‘Star Wars’ for Jews

    By Adam Wills

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I was out communing with the nerds last weekend, contributing to the $158.5 million record four-day opening for "Revenge of the Sith." Now that the series is over and done with (at least until George Lucas launches his live-action "Star Wars" television series), I began reflecting on...

  • Jewish Groups Lose on Three Judges

    By James Besser

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Senate didn't go nuclear this week, which was good news for those worried that a proposed rule changing barring filibusters on judicial nominations could produce congressional chaos. But the news wasn't as good for the handful of Jewish groups that have been fighting against some...

  • Letters

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Workers' Comp Woes

    I am appalled by Jill Stewart's self serving and misleading missives about the so-called reform (in reality, deform) of workers' compensation ("It's Time to Heal Worker's Comp," May 6).

    During the past approximately 25 years I have been representing injured...

  • First Lady Jostled in Jerusalem

    By Dan Baron

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    She may have brought a message of American goodwill toward Muslims, but Laura Bush spent a potential high point of her Middle East tour fending off protests from Palestinians angered by U.S. policies -- and from Israelis, too.

    After arriving from Jordan, the first lady toured...

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