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  • The Holocaust and Rock ‘n’ Roll

    By Scott Benarde

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    One of the first things Gene Simmons reveals in his new autobiography, "Kiss and Make-Up," is that he is the child of a Holocaust survivor. The co-founder and bassist for Kiss, one of rock's most commercially successful bands, writes that his mother, Flora Klein, a Hungarian Jew, was...

  • Jew Night

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Once a year, Highland Park is converted into Chai-land Park for what might be the most gone-amok of all Jewish celebrations: "Jew Night."

    Michael Perrick created a post-modern Borscht Belt bash that has become a local tradition for Jew and non-Jew alike.

    "Every year, people ask me,...

  • To Catch a Terrorist

    By Tom Tugend

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When Uri Tauber went to a party as a young man, before checking out the availability of girls or drinks, he would first compute in his mind how much dynamite it would take to blow up the place.

    This unusual preoccupation stood Tauber in good stead while serving with an elite Israeli...

  • New UCLA Hillel

    By Rachel Brand

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Cars slow and heads turn as curious UCLA students drive past 574 Hilgard Ave. The construction site will be the new home of the UCLA Hillel building, scheduled to open this fall. "I hope that it really will be a home, just like the Jewish students at UCLA are a family," said Allon...

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  • Will the Real Jew Please Stand Up?

    By Lori Gottlieb

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I thought I could tell the difference between Jews and gentiles, and not just by using Lenny Bruce's criteria: chocolate is Jewish and fudge is goyish.

    Granted, people are individuals -- and particularly post-Sept. 11, stereotyping seems gauche if not utterly narrow-minded -- but...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    State Dept. Issues Warning, Recall

    The State Department Tuesday warned U.S. citizens to defer travel to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. "Ongoing violence has caused numerous civilian deaths and injuries, including to some American tourists," the department advisory said. "As a...

  • Getting the Word Out

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Man Ray was Jewish.

    Yes, the famous surrealist, who -- with conceptual artist Marcel Duchamp, the dada of Dada -- pushed the boundaries of imagery through his experimental photographs and paintings, was born Emmanuel Radnitzky. Of course, painter Marc Chagall was Jewish, but did you...

  • Fade to Black

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Two Jewish pioneers of the popular culture, comedian Milton Berle and director Billy Wilder, died last week in Los Angeles.

    Wilder, who fled the Nazis to become one of Hollywood's greatest (and most caustic) filmmakers, died of pneumonia March 27. He was 95.

    Berle, the stogie-smoking...

  • Stand With Us

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Tell the truth, don't you think we need to create a wall between Israel and the Palestinians?"

    "Be honest, don't you think the United States should send in peacekeeping troops?"

    I'll tell the truth. I'm uncomfortable with American Jews, rising from spiritual slumber to suggest...

  • A Marshall Plan for Palestine

    By David N. Myers

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The rapid downward spiral of events in Israel and the Occupied Territories produces yet more death, destruction and despair. Both sides seethe with rage at the other, oblivious to the parallel courses that their respective national movements have taken -- and hence incapable of the...

  • An Impostor Survivor

    By Baz Dreisinger

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In the 1948 film "Gentleman's Agreement," Phil Green, changing his last name to Greenberg, passes as a Jew in order to write a searing exposé of anti-Semitism. Over the course of the film, a strange thing starts happening: By merely passing as a Jew, Green starts identifying as one....

  • Silence and Rage

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In a parsha that features spectacular displays of sound and light, the most dramatic moment is actually the quietest one. In fact, it sometimes feels like the opening chapter's tumult and noise only serves to draw us even deeper into the second chapter's thunderclap of silence.

    The...

  • Celebrating Length of Days

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Fifteen years ago, in the city with the second-largest Jewish population in the world, the idea of a Jewish hospice service lived and died. The truth was that the Los Angeles Jewish community was not ready to support a spiritual service for the dying.

    Rabbis Carla Howard and...

  • Bring the Noise

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    An Israel solidarity rally, organized by the grass-roots association Stand With Us, attracted several hundred local Jews and other supporters of Israel to the intersection of Wilshire and Veteran boulevards in Westwood. What made this rally particularly impressive was how large the...

  • We Will Never Forget

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The world Jewish community finds itself at something of a crossroads as it enters the first decade of this new millennium. By decade's end, the majority of witnesses to the Shoah will no longer be alive. The question arises: Who will keep the memories, the horror and the miracles of...

  • Arafat’s Choice

    By Rep. Henry Waxman

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Last week, as a Palestinian terrorist murdered 22 Israelis sitting down to their Passover seder, the Al Aqsa Martyr's Brigade became the first group affiliated with Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement to be added to the U.S. list of Foreign Terrorist Organization since the United States...

  • What to Do About Arafat?

    By Leslie Susser

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    What to do about Yasser Arafat?

    For months now, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been convinced that the main problem in Israel's relations with the Palestinians is the president of the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat.

    With virtually any other potential Palestinian...

  • Georgian Life

    By Amy Klein

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    What is the meaning of courage?

    In Hollywood, it is often the brave, handsome soldier who risks his life, or the enterprising businesswoman who succeeds against all odds. The triumph of the individual: that's the American Way.

    But not all cultures glorify that path, and when faced...

  • Anti-Semitism Hits France

    By Andrew Diamond

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A fresh outburst of anti-Semitic violence throughout France has Jewish leaders fearing the return of Kristallnacht.

    The reference to the horrors of Nazi Germany, issued by French Jewish leader Jean Kahn, hit the French dailies, as police in Marseille were still investigating a fire...

  • Providing Save Haven

    By Sharon Boorstin

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Nikki Tesfai greets me in her office at the African Community Resource Center (ACRC), the only refugee center in Los Angeles that aids people from African as well as European and Asian countries. It is also the only refugee center in the United States with a shelter for refugee women...

  • Exploiting the Holocaust

    By Magnus Bennett

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Cheap Trips to Auschwitz

    If you want to go to Auschwitz on the cheap, all you have to endure is a sales pitch.

    A Czech company has come under fire for offering inexpensive daytrips to the site of a former concentration camp in order to sell health equipment.

    Aesculab Reisen has...

  • Yom HaShoah

    By Abby Gilad

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In parshat Shemini, this week's portion, a very sad thing happens. The two older sons of Aaron, Nadav and Avihu, die. No one is quite sure why God chooses to kill them. The only clue the Torah gives us is that they have brought "strange fire" before God. Even though we never really...

  • Federations Answer the Call

    By Julie Wiener

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In a campaign reminiscent of one undertaken during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, when Israel's survival was at stake, the North American federation system is hoping to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for Israel in the coming months.

    Robert Schrayer, chair of the United Jewish Appeal...

  • E.U., U.N. Want Their Say

    By Michael J. Jordan

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    With the Israeli siege of Yasser Arafat's headquarters and Palestinian cities, the Arab world is again ratcheting up its campaign to "internationalize" the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Jewish analysts see a concerted Arab effort to exhort the U.N. Security Council and European Union...

  • A District Divided

    By Mike Levy

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    As the City Council begins it consideration of Redistricting Commission-drawn district maps, a conflict between Valley activists and Jewish interests seems to have been resolved. But as proposed districts are scrutinized and rescrutinized block by block, the question of whether the...

  • Can Israel Afford to Eliminate Arafat?

    By Avi Davis

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    So it has come to this. The once and future president of Palestine, father of his people, so-called architect of their national rebirth, is hunkered down around a sputtering candle as his enemies' jets pound the walls of his compound and grenades explode in his courtyard.

    The scene...

  • An Appeal to the Clergy of All Faiths

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Colleagues in faith, we must act together now. We owe it to our respective faiths and our common calling. We cannot feign blindness or muteness while all about us the toxins of racial and religious hate and the anarchy of anthrax continue to poison our environment. Lethal libels...

  • Exodus From Addiction and Shame

    By Mike Levy

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    These are the Ten Plagues of Prison Life, and we take a drop of grape juice out of our cups for each: Damage left in the wake of destructive addiction. Abusive relationships. Low self-esteem. The embittered spirit. Wrong attitude. Weakening mind and body. Daily degradation....

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    U.N. Workers Killed

    Two U.N. observers were shot and killed, reportedly by Palestinian gunmen, in the West Bank. The members of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron were using a road frequented by Israeli settlers when their car was shot at, according to Israeli military...

  • Hip Hop Jew-ray!

    By Gustavo Arellano

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Ask your typical music fan about the Jewish connection to Latin alternative music, and you're most likely to get a puzzled look. Why would nice Jewish boys and girls be involved in a musical genre where klezmer isn't kosher?

    Pose this question to Josh Norek and he'll give you an...

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