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  • A New Iraqi Threat?

    By Eric Silver

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    George W. Bush's gritty message to Saddam Hussein this week that any nation that develops weapons of mass destruction for terrorist purposes "will be held accountable" flashed a warning light to Israel.

    If Iraq is indeed next on Washington's anti-terrorist menu, and if that means not...

  • Museum Maven

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    It was all she could think about, leading up to the night of Nov. 1: "I was worried about the turnout. We really worked very hard to get this turnout."

    The woman fretting was Jean Friedman, and the event she was stewing over was, for her, the culmination of a dream.

    The Discovery...

  • Southern Scandals

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    TV writer Loraine Despres dreamed up her award-winning debut novel, "The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc," (William Morrow, $24) after a creative writing class stirred her memories of growing up Jewish in Amite, La.

    Despres recalled the bullet holes in her bedroom wall, courtesy...

  • Singles And Calendar

    By Solange Borna

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Calendar

    SATURDAY/1

    Temple Emanuel: 9:15 a.m. Tot Shabbat, followed by a snack and Torah study. 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 274-6388.

    Barnes & Noble: 8 p.m. Author Michael Alexander discusses and signs "Jazz Age Jews," a book about Jewish jazz...

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  • What Is the Holiday Miracle?

    By Jane Ulman

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Nes Gadol Hayah Sham.

    We all agree that the letters on the sides of the dreidel stand for "A Great Miracle Happened There." (In Israel, of course, the letters stand for Nes Gadol Hayah Po -- "A Great Miracle Happened Here.")

    But -- and this is why there's a book titled "Two Jews,...

  • Flourish, Not Fail

    By Rob Eshman

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The financial crisis facing Jewish Community Center (JCC) programs and locations this week will come as an awful shock to tens of thousands of area Jews, and it should (see story, page 14).

    JCC officials and Federation lay leaders and staff stress there is no cause for panic. They...

  • Confront and Comfort

    By Judy Gruen

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Avi Schnnur doesn't get a lot of sleep these days. Schnnur, a West Los Angeles physicist who works for the defense industry, now spends nearly all his nonwork hours putting the finishing touches on a communitywide conference he has organized, billed as "Spiritual Responses to...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Designing Women

    Haute couture was en vogue at the Women's International Zionist Organization Los Angeles annual membership luncheon, held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Hanna Rubinstein chaired the event. Following a fashion show by Beverly Hills boutique Votre Nam,...

  • The Most Dangerous Game

    By Rabbi Yakov Vann

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Today I received a phone call from an 18-year-old named Steven. Steven and I were scheduled to meet at Starbucks in a few days, prior to his leaving for U.S. military service. He called to let me know that he could not keep our appointment as the Marine Corps insisted that he report...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Anti-Arafat Complaint Filed in Belgium

    A group of Israelis filed a complaint against Yasser Arafat in Belgium. The group, called the Terror Victims Association, said the complaint against Arafat and several Palestinian groups, including the Palestinian Authority and the PLO,...

  • Classical Klezmer

    By Mike Levy

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    What do you do when your symphony season hinges on a theme of celebration, but your country is still reeling from terrorism? When your opening concert features a piece called "Suite for Klezmer Band and Orchestra," and the klezmer band cancels?

    If you are Noreen Green, artistic...

  • Volunteer Lifesavers

    By Julie G Fax

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Hatzolah Volunteer Emergency Medical Rescue Squad, long a fixture in New York, just went public in Los Angeles, serving a circumscribed area of the mostly Orthodox Beverly-La Brea Jewish community and becoming the only volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) corps in the city.

    ...

  • Your Letters

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Palestinian Statehood

    It is hard to believe that thoughtful people in the Jewish community can still oppose a Palestinian state and think that moral, political and economic catastrophe can be avoided while Israel continues to occupy 1.5 million people ("The Dangers of a Palestinian...

  • The New Face of the UJ

    By Tom Tugend

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Sitting in his sunny Bel Air hilltop office, the president of the University of Judaism (UJ), Dr. Robert Wexler, is in a cheerful mood.

    A high-profile lecture series of top American and Israeli personalities is generating national attention and an unexpected financial bonanza. The...

  • Stepping Out

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When 23-year-old Michal Gaon caught the No. 7 Egged Bus from Hadera to Givat Olga last November, a car bomb detonated nearby, causing severe burns and the loss of both legs.

    Gaon is one of 1,890 Jews injured since the Al Aqsa Intifada began more than 13 months ago; another 191 have...

  • Entering the New World

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Brave New World, here we come.

    A Worcester, Mass., biotech company reported this week that it had created a human embryo directly from human cells. A cell implanted with adult DNA split into six cells, then died, stopping far short of the 150-plus needed to create viable stem cells,...

  • The Age of Reason

    By J.D. Smith

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I thought I had exhausted every possible way to meet members of the opposite sex: blind dates and JDates, fishing for invitations to big Hollywood parties and intimate dinner gatherings. I joined art groups in the hopes of finding like-minded women while shrouding myself in a veneer...

  • A Nice Jewish Porn Star

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "I'm just a nice Jewish boy with one vice," says Queens native Ron Jeremy. "Twenty-three years of porn films."

    Scott J. Gill's documentary "Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy," which opens today in Los Angeles, chronicles the life and times of the unlikeliest Jew in the world -- and...

  • Eulogies:Nathan Pollak

    By Eva Yelloz

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The passing of Nathan Pollak on Oct. 26 sent shock waves throughout the Jewish community. Nathan was a dynamic worker for many Jewish causes, and his sudden demise left an enormous spiritual and physical vacuum.

    Nathan was born in Sighet, Hungary in 1930. He was a descendent of...

  • Sephardic Survival

    By Adam Wills

    November 29, 2001 | 6:59 pm

    "Survivor" as inspiration for Jewish programming?

    It seems strange that the divisive show where deceit, backstabbing and empty promises are de rigueur would serve as the inspiration for a Shabbaton that stresses the importance of religious and cultural continuity. Yet Sephardic...

  • Celebrate with Cheesecake

    By Judy Zeidler

    November 29, 2001 | 6:59 pm

    On the first night of Chanukah, the family always gets together at our home for a special evening. We enjoy lighting the Chanukah candles, eating traditional foods and exchanging gifts.

    Dessert is always a highlight of the evening, and this year for Chanukah, I am going to surprise...

  • Needful Things

    By Rob Eshman

    November 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In a country as diverse as ours, Thanksgiving is the secular Genesis. It is our common creation myth whose themes of sacrifice, freedom and gratitude resonate among us all.

    Thanksgiving even manages to unite the disparate members of the Jewish tribe. Orthodox or secular, eating soy...

  • Saying Thanks

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    November 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I say a prayer of thanksgiving first thing every morning.

    "Mode ani lefanecha" are the words, said even while I'm still in bed. "I thankfully acknowledge before You." The English translation is awkward, so I'm glad to say the Hebrew words. I wish I didn't mean them quite so much.

    ...

  • Pass the Hummus, Please!

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    November 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Hummus, the popular Middle Eastern staple made out of chickpeas, packs a nutritional wallop, according to a new study by Dr. Ram Reifen and Dr. Shahal Abbo of the faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Quality Sciences of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

    Reifen, an expert...

  • Naming ‘Names’

    By Tom Tugend

    November 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Two of the great names in the American theater -- Strasberg and Davidson -- are joining talents to present a play about artistic loyalty and betrayal during the McCarthy era of the 1950s.

    The new partnership might be subtitled "The Sons Also Rise" (sorry about that).

    Producer David...

  • Bye-Bye Buys

    By Sophia Fischer

    November 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the resulting weak economy and high unemployment have been affecting Los Angeles Jewish businesses in a variety of ways.

    There are no official statistics yet, but a random sampling of local businesses revealed that many have...

  • New York State of Mind

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Edward Burns tells a story to illustrate why he was inspired to write his multicultural comedy, "Sidewalks of New York," featuring characters from Puerto Rican to Jewish to everything in between. "I was on a Manhattan movie set, and this Catholic woman goes, 'My son has his...

  • Arafat’s New Point Man

    By Eric Silver

    November 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    It takes a pretty sophisticated politician to stand in front of a roomful of intifada-hardened reporters and announce that he is "politically naive." Especially if you are Sari Nusseibeh, Yasser Arafat's new point man in Jerusalem, whose family has been moving and shaking in the holy...

  • Running With the Wolf

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    It used to be said that kabbalah should only be studied by the very old or very learned, otherwise it could inspire madness. In his book "Practical Kabbalah: A Guide to Jewish Wisdom in Everyday Life," Rabbi Laibl Wolf attempts both to dispel the mythology surrounding this ancient,...

  • Economic Emergency

    By Larry Derfner

    November 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    On top of being in a military state of emergency for over a year, Israel is now in an "economic state of emergency" as well, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced last week. He was about the last person in the country to say the words out loud.

    The arrival of Israel's economic...

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