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  • The Honeymoon is Over

    By Eric Silver

    February 24, 2000 | 6:59 pm

    Nine months after Ehud Barak took office as "everybody's prime minister," the honeymoon is over -- with his voters, coalition allies and Arab partners in the quest for peace. It is too early to write him off, but the Labor leader can no longer rely on loyalty or goodwill to see him...
  • New Sculptures Debuted

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Sculptures by two prominent local artists are now on permanent display.

    "Benediction"(above) by Charna Rickey stands at Temple B'nai Emet in Montebello. The bronze sculpture was dedicated by Rickey and her brothers, Bernard and Howard Barsky, to the memory of their parents, Sonia and John Barsky, who were among the Temple's founders.

    A new marble sculpture (right) at the University of Judaism represents Ruth and Naomi mourning the death of Boaz. It is the work of 86-year-old sculptor Ben Bronson, who created it at a marble quarry in Carrara, Italy. -- Tom Tugend

  • Lighting the Way

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A parable from the Midrash: Once, a sighted person and a blind person were walking along the way. Said the sighted person to his fellow traveler, "Come and grab my arm." He did, and in this manner did the blind person walk. When they arrived at the house, the sighted person spoke...
  • Holocaust Voices on CD

    By Tom Tugend

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    School children ask Siegfried (Siggy) Halbreich, "Do you have nightmares?" He answers, "Nightmares, dreams, I never do, because I live with it, day and night."

    The testimony of the 90-year-old Los Angeles resident, who survived five years in six concentration camps, is among those of...

  • Hanging On

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Delia Ephron knows a thing or two about sibling rivalry. She didn't start writing until she was around 30, she says, because that was big sister Nora's turf.

    Nora, of course, is Nora Ephron, the author of the smart New York comedy "When Harry Met Sally..." and the director of the hit...

  • Stars, Bars and the Jewish Vote

    By James D

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish Republican leaders are singing an optimistic song about their party's prospects in this year's presidential election.

    But listen to voters, and you hear a different melody. Despite what many analysts see as a modest conservative shift in the Jewish electorate, even some Jewish...

  • School Daze

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    One of every five American Jewish schoolchildren is now enrolled in an all-day Jewish parochial school, according to a comprehensive "census" of Jewish day schools released last month by a family foundation in New York.

    The enrollment figures -- 184,333 students total, up a brisk 15...

  • Aviv Geffen

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    On a starry night in November 1995, tragedy transformed rock star Aviv Geffen into an Israeli Gen-X icon.

    The scene was a jubilant peace rally in the main square in Tel Aviv, where the Israeli musician was performing his ballad, "I Cry for You," in front of a cheering throng of...

  • The Forest That Haunts Austrian Politics

    By Richard Z. Chesnoff

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    If you were concerned about the inclusion of an extreme right-wing party in the new Austrian government, try this one on for size. While Freedom Party leader Joerg Haider has been busily trying to waltz away from previous statements praising parts of Austria's Nazi past -- and has...
  • Ernestine Bradley’s Message

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Ernestine Schlant Bradley, short brown hair, dressed in a lively pink/purple-checked wool jacked with beige slacks, was sipping hot water with six lemon wedges at the Los Angeles Regal Biltmore Hotel coffee shop last weekend, nursing laryngitis. The wife of former New Jersey Sen....
  • The Way(s) We Vote Now

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    When Republican presidential candidate John McCain recently addressed an influential Jewish group in the East, he told them, in answer to a question about Jonathan Pollard, that he felt the man had betrayed his country and he, McCain, was not in favor of releasing him from prison....
  • Who’s Backing Whom?

    By Tom Tugend

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Thursday, Feb. 10 was a cold and rainy day in Los Angeles, but that didn't deter political junkies of the Democratic persuasion.

    About 300 supporters of Bill Bradley crowded into the University Synagogue to welcome their man and cheer his demand for strict gun controls.

    That evening,...

  • Early Withdrawal?

    By Eric Silver

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Israel's leaders are losing whatever faith they may have had in Hafez Assad. They are no longer convinced that the Syrian president has made a strategic choice for peace.

    As a result, more than half Ehud Barak's cabinet is pressing for an early, unilateral withdrawal of Israeli troops...

  • A Day at the Races

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    From the first question, the interview sank like a rock.

    "Jews in horse racing. What kind of story is that?" the famous- person's voice bellowed over the phone. "You're 20 years too late!"

    "There was Maxwell Glick and Sam Rubin and Hirsh Jacobs and Eugene Kline. A guy like Maxwell...

  • A Weekend in San Francisco

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Generation J is Lisa Schiffman's shorthand for American Jews born after World War II who feel connected to their Jewishness in some way they can't explain and, at the same time, feel ambivalent about that connection.

    "We were a generation of Jews who'd grown up with television, with...

  • Will the Real Kabbalah Please Stand Up?

    By Tom Tugend

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The tradition of Jewish mysticism seems to have recently made a jump from the cryptic pages of the Zohar to the creepy pages of the National Enquirer, leaving many Jews asking just what is the authentic tradition of Jewish mysticism.

    Hillel at UCLA, in conjunction with UCLA Extension,...

  • High-Tech Harassment

    By Avi Machlis

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A string of recent sabotage attacks on Web sites could mean a business boom in Israel, where some of the world's most successful Internet security companies are located.

    The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched an investigation into a series of attacks on several leading...

  • Moving On Up, Reluctantly

    By Teresa Strasser

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    For the last two years, I've dreamed of a simple thing: I've just wanted to be able to say, "I'm in the other room."

    After a lengthy stay in a grim studio apartment, I can finally say that. I've moved to a one-bedroom place in a far better neighborhood, complete with a garden...

  • The Big Leagues

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Israel Bonds: They're not just for bar and bat mitzvahs anymore.

    That's the message the State of Israel Bonds organization wants to get across in announcing its new floating rate offerings. Rather than being seen as a quasi-charity and feel-good gift for 13-year-olds, the...

  • Jewish Films Tapped for Oscars

    By Tom Tugend

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A film on the 1972 Olympic Games massacre of Israeli athletes has received an Oscar nomination for best documentary, while a Welsh film about the romance between a Jewish boy and a Welsh girl is in the running for best foreign film.

    The documentary "One Day in September" recreates...

  • Super Sunday Sets Sights on $5 Million

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The date is Feb. 27, the event is Super Sunday, and the goal is to surpass last year's $4.75 million in contributions for the United Jewish Fund, the fundraising arm of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, to benefit Federation-related charities and agencies.

    The largest...

  • Scholarly Pursuit

    By Douglas Davis

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Holocaust revisionist David Irving has no right to call himself a historian, according to a leading scholar of Nazi Germany.

    Richard Evans, a professor of modern history at Britain's prestigious Cambridge University, made the remark last week while testifying in the trial here where...

  • Nation/World Briefs

    February 17, 2000 | 6:59 pm

    When Roberto Benigni won the grand prize at Cannes for his Holocaust tragicomedy, "Life is Beautiful," he rushed to the stage and kissed the feet of juror Martin Scorsese.

    The Italian comedian couldn't resist playing the clown, either, when his Holocaust fable recently screened for...

  • Here Comes the Bride, No Stress in Sight

    By Judy Gruen

    February 10, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    I love a good party, so when they announced a Shabbat kallah at shul last week, I showed up. It made no difference that I couldn't pick the bride out from a crowd. A Shabbat kallah is always a great time, an all-female gathering to shower a bride with joy and blessings on the Shabbat...
  • Ride for Hunger

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 10, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Last week, Dr. David Altman got on his bicycle in Los Angeles and began a ride across America to fight hunger. Several images will sustain him during the gruelling, 3,200-mile trek, he says.

    Altman's bikeride is the centerpiece of MAZON's "Hunger Relief 2000/Bike Across America"...

  • Breaking Away

    By Julie Wiener

    February 10, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League is setting itself apart from Israel and most other American Jewish organizations in its refusal to boycott Austria.

    "I don't think the way you deal with the problem" of Joerg Haider's extreme-right Freedom Party participation in Austria's governing...

  • Austria in Mind

    February 10, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Atlantic Ocean seemed to yawn wider this week than it has in years. Europe was in turmoil, haunted by the specter of a radical-right rising to power in Austria, Hitler's birthplace. Americans watched sympathetically.

    Austria last week became the first Western democracy since...

  • Building Community

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    February 10, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    As I wheeled my shopping cart down the aisle of the local market on my weekly grocery run, a 3-year-old riding in his mother's cart came up the other side. He was one of the students in the nursery school, and when he recognized me, his mouth dropped open, he pointed and shouted,...
  • A Sports Complex as “Civic Presence”

    By Kerri Zerlin

    February 10, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Even before celebrities and community leaders gathered to cut the ribbon on the Ferne Milken Youth & Sports Complex last December, Eli Sherman was out visiting San Fernando Valley malls, neighborhoods, schools and synagogues, urging all Valley residents to treat the complex as their...
  • Any Given Sunday

    By Rob Eshman

    February 10, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    February 5 and 6, 2000. There was nothing special about last Saturday and Sunday, nothing that sets those dates off on the Jewish calendar, or any other one. But come Monday, as I write this, I am in a kind of quiet awe about last weekend. Before it passes, unmarked, into a long and...
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