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  • Chabad Case Closed, With Enmity

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Los Angeles Superior Court confirmed on Wednesday a controversial beit din (Jewish court of law) arbitration award that ruled that properties controlled by the Living Judaism Center (LJC) should be taken over by Chabad of California.

    The conflict between the two institutions...

  • It’s a Full Plate in Nourishing the Sick

    By Phil Shuman

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Bob S. insists that his mother back in Virginia made the best chicken soup ever, but he's willing to admit the homemade version delivered to his Van Nuys apartment is a close second.

    The delivery is part of the mission of Project Chicken Soup, an all-volunteer group that cooks,...

  • A Ukrainian City’s Coming-of-Age

    By Daniel MacIsaac

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It's not too often that a 13-year-old boy can change the world -- or at least the world in which he lives.

    So, it is difficult to underestimate the significance of the recent bar mitzvah of Menachem Mendel Moskovitz, known as Mendel.

    As the eldest son of the Venezuelan-born chief...

  • $58 Million Sought in 2 Slayings at LAX

    By Tom Tugend

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The city of Los Angeles has been hit with claims of more than $58 million, stemming from the deadly shooting rampage last July 4 at Los Angeles International Airport's El Al check-in counter.

    Killed in the attack were two Israeli Americans, Yaacov (Jacob) Aminov, a 46-year-old owner...

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  • It’s Not Our Right to Challenge Israel

    By Avi Davis

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I grew up in Australia in the 1960s and well remember, as a child, sitting by the radio or television anxiously awaiting developments during the Six-Day War.

    I vividly recall scouring the paper for details of troop movements during the 1973 Yom Kippur War and remember being unable...

  • Ask Wendy

    By Wendy Belzberg

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When Is It Too Late?

    Dear Wendy,

    A close friend of my parents passed away six months ago and I never wrote a card or paid a shiva call. Is it too late to right this wrong, tactfully?

    Belated Condolence Conundrum

    Dear Belated,

    Your dilemma is a familiar one. Most people --...

  • Remembering Noam

    By Jonathan Medved

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Staff Sgt. Noam Apter, age 23, died Friday night Dec. 27 as a hero in an attack on the Jewish settlement of Otniel. His picture was on the front page of every Israeli daily newspaper. His bravery reported on every newscast in Israel. His family's mourning and loss have been a subject...

  • Space Programs Thriving in Israel

    By Irene Brown

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Israeli Post Office issued a stamp in December featuring the country's first astronaut, who is scheduled to fly on NASA's space shuttle in mid-January.

    "Every time you are the first, it's meaningful," said Col. Ilan Ramon. Israel will join an elite club of 30 nations that have...

  • Craving Silence

    By David Suissa

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    My father passed away this morning.

    As I grieve quietly on an Air Canada nonstop to Montreal, there's a part of me that can't help but dread the next seven days. My parents' house will be inundated with visitors, many of whom will bend over backward trying to make me and my family...

  • Jews in Venezuela: A Vanishing Community?

    By Julie Drucker

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    These are sad days for the Jewish community in Venezuela as many begin to question whether this country, once so hospitable to Jewish life, can still be called home.

    As the country faces nearly its sixth week of a devastating strike calling for early elections or the resignation of...

  • A Plea to Lower the Bar on Bar Mitzvahs

    By Gary Wexler

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I'll never forget the first bat mitzvah invitation my oldest daughter, who is now 22, received. It didn't come in the mail. It was hand delivered after dark by a lady in a fairy godmother costume, carrying a crystal wand, who rang our doorbell, singing.

    Her lyrics requested our...

  • One Mean Heeb

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    At one point in Jonathan Kesselman's "Jewish exploitation" comedy, "The Hebrew Hammer," Mordechai Jefferson Carver strides into a seedy skinhead bar wearing a long leather coat, a black fedora, pais, a tallit and an oversized gold chai. A chalkboard advertises beer on tap such as Old...

  • ‘Girl Meets God’—Again and Again

    By Reeve Lindbergh

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Girl Meets God: On the Path to Spiritual Life" by Lauren Winner (Algonquin Books, $23.95).

    Lauren Winner's spiritual memoir, "Girl Meets God," is a passionate and thoroughly engaging account of a continuing spiritual journey within two profoundly different faiths.

    Winner, the...

  • World Briefs

    January 9, 2003 | 6:59 pm

    Lieberman to Announce Candidacy Monday

    Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) will announce on Monday his intention to run for president. Lieberman, the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000, will announce his candidacy for president at his high school alma mater in Stamford,...

  • Sex,Space and Swastikas

    By Steve North

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The explosive claim by Clonaid that a human being was successfully cloned has focused attention on the Raelian Movement, the quasi-religious sect that set up the genetic engineering company in 1997. Sharp-eyed viewers of television interviews with founder Rael may have noticed him...

  • Why Be Jewish?

    By Marisa N. Pickar

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Los Angeles Times recently ran a story, "A Clouded View of U.S. Jews" (Oct. 9, 2002), which related the results of conflicting polls taken to determine Jewish population numbers in America. One study claimed numbers dipped slightly to 5.2 million, while a second poll claimed the...

  • Mixing Science and Politics Brews Hate

    By Dr. Benjamin Sachs

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It's bad enough that Israeli doctors are spending their lives in emergency rooms treating Jewish and Arab victims of suicide bombers. What really makes them heartsick these days, however, is that they also have to fend off mindless attacks from their scientific colleagues,...

  • Now Hear This!

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The radio station plays hits by Jennifer Lopez and Madonna, and invites listeners to comment on issues such as what they'd do if they discovered a friend was taking drugs.

    It's the type of fare broadcast to young adults from Malibu to Miami. Except the disc jockey is speaking...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday

    Big into cantorial music? Is this ever your weekend! Head over to the Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center's (PTJC) "Cantors in Concert." (No worries, they've probably cleared out all of the Rose Parade mess by now.) Or, for you West Valley-ites, wait till tomorrow and swing by...

  • Funds Combat ‘Who Is a Jew’ Wars

    By Journal Staff

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In 1997, stimulated by the controversy over whether non-Orthodox converts would be registered as Jews by the Israeli government -- the latest battle in the "who is a Jew?" wars -- The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles began making funds available to what it calls "pluralism"...

  • Joining ‘Gangs’ to Work With the Best

    By Gary Rosenblatt

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When the now-legendary film director Martin Scorsese first discovered Herbert Asbury's book, "Gangs of New York," in 1970 and decided to make it into a film, Rick Schwartz was a 2-year-old growing up in a modern Orthodox home in Teaneck, N.J.

    It took three decades for Scorsese to...

  • From L.A. to Tel Aviv—

    By David Margolis

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    An Israeli girl and a Los Angeles girl celebrate their bat mitzvahs together in Tel Aviv. Two Holocaust survivors from the same European town rediscover each other during an intercontinental videoconference call. Financial experts from Los Angeles assist their Tel Aviv counterparts...

  • Cuban Jews’ Plight Sparks Drive to Help

    By Andrea Adelson

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Tourist Cuba is a bit like a time-machine ride through a Cold War theme park. Vintage Detroit autos rumble past charming Havana hotels refurbished to their pre-revolutionary glory. Posters for featured movies at a film festival keep company with ones that blare slogans like, "La...

  • Unique Film Flies on

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Ami Ankilewitz, 34, weighs 39 pounds. He is lying on the front seat of car, because he cannot sit without support, and he occupies about half of the space that the seat creates. He is wearing leather pants, and sports a tattoo on his arm of the astrological sign Leo, and another that...

  • Jews Stick to Their Turf

    By Joel Kotkin

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Philosopher Martin Buber once wrote that Jews had a "vocation of uniqueness."

    However much Jews may differ around the world, for most of their history, and in most places, they have always been somewhat apart from others in their attitudes, how they live and cope with changing...

  • ‘Light’ From Darkness

    By Rita Berman Frischer

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    What a year! Struggle and loss, the threat of war, earthquakes and elections. Like many of us, I'd begun to feel as though peace, not to mention peace of mind, was always going to stay just one upheaval away.

    And then the man in UPS brown arrived. He brought an envelope containing a...

  • Letters to the Editor

    By Your Letters

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    INS Tactics

    After Sept. 11, John Ashcroft led a panicked America down a path on which liberty was surrendered for an amorphous sense of security. The cries of the usual suspects on the left – the American Civil Liberties Union, the NAACP, Muslim Public Affairs Council and the...

  • Artist’s Works From Death Camp Live On

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The final portrait that Friedl Dicker-Brandeis drew was of a child's face. The portrait is clean and white, and the face has an enigmatic expression of purity, innocence and stark intelligence.

    What makes the child's portrait haunting is that it was drawn in 1944 in Terezin, where...

  • Up Front

    By Journal Staff

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    JCC Wants a Few Good Maccabis



    The Jewish Community Center (JCC) is on the lookout for teen athletes who want to compete in the 2003 JCC Maccabi Games, a week-long international Jewish youth summer games competition, to be held Aug. 8 through Aug. 15.

    This year, 70 local...

  • Creative Ideas Tried to Fund Tuition Aid

    By Andrea Adelson

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A Jewish grandmother caring for her two grandsons was eagerto send them to Huntington Beach Hebrew School so that they could learn about their ancestry. However, she only had a limited income, and the tuition cost is $7,500 a year. But thanks to an "angel" who paid their full...

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