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  • Eulogies: Dr. Pauline Glanzberg Rachlis

    By Rabbi Arnold Rachlis

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Dr. Pauline Glanzberg Rachlis, died June 8, at the age of 90.

    Born in Vienna, Austria on Oct. 10, 1911, she became a physician after graduating from the University of Virginia Medical School. Fleeing Vienna, she came to America, one of two survivors of an extended family of 33.

    She...

  • California, Here They Come

    By Tom Tugend

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Los Angeles, founded in 1781 as one of a string of Spanish settlements along the Pacific coast, was nearly 60 years old when Jacob Frankfort arrived, apparently the first Jewish resident.

    By 1850, Los Angeles had less than 2,000 residents, of whom only eight were Jews. All of them...

  • A Restless Man

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Even in the democratic, Anglo-Saxon anti-tank unit that Tom Tugend fought in during Israel's War of Independence, the young journalist found an ironic moment to record -- one of many that has come to define his long life of soldiering, writing and restlessness:

    "We were a bunch of...

  • California Kibbutz

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In a woodsy commune environment nestled within a dry, hilly valley, as the Beastie Boys blares from a boombox, a group of teenagers joke and laugh while they construct a hillside platform out of wood planks. For weeks now, these teens have spent their days doing such chores to earn...

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  • No More Herring

    By Hirsh Goodman

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Why should Israel have to explain that suicide bombing is a bad thing?

    Shouldn't the information problem be a Palestinian thing?

    About a month ago, when the battle in Jenin was at its height, I received a call from a Norwegian radio station. "How," I was asked, "is the Israeli...

  • From Russia with Love

    By Mike Levy

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Russian-speaking Jewish community in Los Angeles has come together for Israel in ways community leaders could not have imagined even a year ago.

    Though the Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union have always been outspoken in their love for the Jewish state, a variety of...

  • Two Is Greater Than One

    By J.D. Smith

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Life," a sage old woman once told me, "is about loss." Sad but true, folks. We lose our hair, our eyesight, our hearing, our quickness, our strength, our friends, our families.

    Every 10 years or so, we lose our innocence all over again. We lose a little something every day. We...

  • Israel Announces ‘Land for Terror’ Policy

    By Leslie Susser

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Just 36 hours after a bus bombing in southern Jerusalem that killed 19 Israelis -- and before another bombing in the northern part of the city killed at least seven -- Israeli soldiers were digging in around the Palestinian city of Jenin.

    It was obvious they were planning a long...

  • A ‘Shattered’ Portrait of Israel

    By Dennis Gura

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Shattered Dreams" a "Frontline" documentary on PBS, illustrates the "even-handed," "well-balanced" style beloved of Boston's WGBH (produced in association with France 2, Abu Dhabi Television and Tel-Ad Israel). It is guaranteed to deeply aggravate partisans on all sides --...

  • L.A. Mourns Loss of Two Leaders

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Isadore Familian

    Isadore Familian, an industrialist and longtime supporter of Jewish institutions such as the University of Judaism and City of Hope, died on June 13. He was 90.

    Familian, a Chicago-born son of Russian immigrants, came to Los Angeles in 1913 at the age of 2. He...

  • Hollywood Patriarchs

    By Tom Tugend

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In the year 1887, a rancher named Harvey Wilcox, who had helped his fellow prohibitionists outlaw the demon rum in his native Kansas before moving west, filed a tract map for a subdivision with the Los Angeles County recorder.

    On a whim, Wilcox's wife Daeida decided to borrow the...

  • Seeking Solid Ground

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    One day, my oncologist was in a talkative mood. He was raised Roman Catholic, but after 30 years in the lung cancer world, he knows that religion doesn't always help his patients.

    "How are you doing?" he asked. "I mean, this has to be a big test of faith."

    Now, 18 months after...

  • Can’t Stop ‘Moment’

    By Jessica Steinberg

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The entire cafe has been redone, from the tiled floor and free-standing square bar, to the newly installed bulletproof windows and replanted flower beds, but the effects of the March 9 bombing at the Moment cafe remain deeply etched in Maimon Amsalem's body and mind.

    The left side of...

  • Your Letters

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Congrats!

    Congratulations to The Jewish Journal on winning 10 Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism ("No, Thank You," June 14). We read The Journal from cover to cover every week because you include all shades of opinion and are not afraid to tackle controversial...

  • Rodeo: Not Just A Beverly Hills Street

    By Mike Levy

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The broncs and the bulls are coming to Anaheim. Not the NFL or NBA variety, though -- real bucking broncs and angry bulls, with real cowboys holding on for dear life. The rodeo is coming to town.

    The Justin Boots Bucking Thunder tour, in its first year after a debut event last...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday

    Go Westside, young man, for some innovative approaches to the performing arts. A.S.K. Theater Projects brings Common Ground 2002: "Is This Theater?" to UCLA's North Campus, an opportunity for the public to see four theatrical works-in-progress. Life-sized puppets, musical...

  • Israel Today

    By Steve Lipman

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Terror of '48: Alexander Zvielli

    Monday, Feb. 2, 1948. The front-page headline in The Palestine Post was about the newspaper itself: "PALESTINE POST PRESS AND OFFICES DESTROYED." A stolen British police truck loaded with a half-ton of explosives blew up on Hasolel Street, later...

  • Unknown Victims of War

    By Rachael Wiseman

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    At the age of 25, Pnina Cohen became a widow, with the added responsibility of raising two small children. In addition to the emotional challenges faced by those who lose their spouses at such an early age, Cohen was also faced with the fiscal realities of mortgage payments and food...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    AJ Congress Halts France Trips

    The American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) suspended its tour programs to France. The group said in an ad in Monday's New York Times that it took the move because the French government is not doing enough to crack down on anti-Semitic violence. Last...

  • Your Letters

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Republican Jews

    We were very disturbed to read Joel Kotkin's article ("The Christian Right, Conservatism and the Jews," June 7) and the accompanying article about Jews turning to the GOP ("Israel Bolsters Local GOP Support," June 7).

    Many of the so-called leftists are in no way...

  • Shooting in Cheviot Hills

    By Mike Levy

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A dispute between two groups of young Persian men, one Jewish, one Muslim, erupted in a shooting at Cheviot Hills Park the night of June 3.

    Approximately 40 young men gathered in a back parking lot at the park, reportedly to resolve an ongoing dispute. Witnesses interviewed by police...

  • Marching to a New Magbit

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    For Magbit Foundation, 2002 will go down as a year of change.

    Over its first dozen years, the prime objective of the nonprofit, including its Young Leadership Division and its Women's Group, has been to raise $400,000 a year in scholarship funds for college students.

    However, at this...

  • Kiddush, Not Kaddish

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Looking around the room at the recent tikkun leyl Shavuot held at Shomrei Torah in West Hills, it was hard to believe this synagogue was ever doomed to failure. There was hardly an empty seat to be found in the huge sanctuary; Rabbi Richard Camras said it was typical of the holiday...

  • World Briefs

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Bush Speaks Out for Israel

    President Bush spoke out in defense of Israel and reiterated his criticism of Yasser Arafat. "Israel has a right to defend herself," Bush told reporters June 10 as he met in the White House with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Bush again spoke of his...

  • Stepping In

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It's official: on June 11, representatives of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) announced the appointment of Amanda Susskind as the new Pacific Southwest regional director.

    "This has been a very energizing and close project between the leadership in Los Angeles and in the national...

  • Is Hollywood’s Hat in the Ring?

    By Rob Eshman

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A full-page advertisement in Variety last Monday marked the entertainment industry's first public show of support for Israel since the outbreak of the second intifada.

    Over 70 prominent members of Hollywood community signed the ad. Among the names are well-known agents, lawyers,...

  • A ‘Thank You’for Life

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    There's a pretty good reason why the breast cancer center at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica is named after Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer.

    "The John Wayne Cancer Institute kept my husband alive for 10 years," said Eisenberg-Keefer, who established the...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A Black Tie Affair

    When The Jewish Federation's Real Estate and Construction Division honored Stanley Black with a roast at its annual Regent Beverly Wilshire gala, it was more of a salute than a roast ... only because the worst thing that L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Rep....

  • Bentley’s Drive

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    You might call her the first lady of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

    Barbara Factor Bentley, a Cedars-Sinai board member for more than 15 years, was the first woman to sit on the board of directors' executive committee. She was also the board's first female vice chair. And now, she has...

  • Waking Up With Giselle

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Even a casual viewer of KTLA's "Morning News" knows this much about co-anchor Giselle Fernandez: she's informed, attractive and very proud of her Latina and Jewish culture.

    Since she joined the breezy, ratings-leading Channel 5 newscast in October to replace founding co-anchor...

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