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  • Is the Electoral College Good for Jews?

    By James D

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Almost as soon as it became apparent that the disputed vote in Florida would determine the winner of this month's presidential election, politicians around the country started hurling rhetorical grenades about the Electoral College.

    Hillary Clinton, now the Democratic senator-elect...

  • Building Bridges

    By Ruth Stroud

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    About a year ago, Rabbi Ron Shulman of Congregation Ner Tamid in Rancho Palos Verdes attended an interfaith meeting at a nearby Catholic retreat. The discussion focused on the importance of the millennium year as a time of renewal and reconciliation in the Catholic Church and other...

  • Warts and All

    By Tom Tugend

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    True to its title, the documentary "In Search of Peace (Part One: 1948-1967)" covers the broad sweep of history during Israel's first two decades, but it is the small human touches that stick in the mind:Golda Meir, engulfed by a mass of humanity outside the Moscow synagogue in the...

  • Losing My Father, One Day at a Time

    By Jonathan Kozol

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    President Clinton recently announced a $50-million research program to advance the early diagnosis and investigate the possible prevention of Alzheimer's, a disease that now afflicts more than 4 million people in our nation. One of them is my father, and, like others who have seen...

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  • A Thousand Recipes (But Who’s Counting?)

    By Florence Fabricant

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It's not a stretch to call Woodland Hills-based author Faye Levy's 625-page "1,000 Jewish Recipes" a culinary bible. It may be the only Jewish cookbook you'll ever need.

    It begins with recipes for the Jewish holidays, starting, oddly enough, with Passover instead of Rosh Hashana....

  • Focusing on the Good

    By Tom Tugend

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Josie E. Martin stood late last month in the social hall of Lesterps as the mayor formally invested her as "la premiere citoyenne honoraire" (the first honorary citizen) of the tiny village in southwest France. Fifty-six years earlier, in 1944, the then 6-year-old girl was also in...

  • Get Up and Go!

    By Ani Dumas

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    As adults, we probably know the steps to take toward better health. Parents, teachers and health professionals have reminded us of the essentials: eat a balanced diet, don't smoke, exercise, get plenty of sleep and have regular check-ups. What they never explained is why? Centuries...

  • Defying Limitations

    By Nan Goldberg

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Late November and early December is Chanukah festival time in L.A. This weekend, no less than 30 artisans from all over the globe will converge on West L.A.'s Temple Isaiah for the Festival of Jewish Artisans, which celebrates its second decade this year. Making her first appearance...

  • A Lesson in Friendship

    By Gary Wexler

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    I had met Reuven on a midnight coach in London, traveling from Gatwick to Heathrow Airport. We were the only two people on the bus. It would have been strange not to sit together, having both just flown on the same plane from Tel Aviv to London. In Jerusalem, where he lived and I had...
  • Two Tribes

    By Rabbi Susan Laemmle

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    "Sarah's life was 127 years. Sarah died in Kiriath-arba [now Hebron] in the land of Canaan." So begins a paradoxical Torah portion in which life and death touch with unusual proximity and resonance. Sarah's death sets into train two processes - two textual episodes - each of which...

  • New Places Like Home

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    This Thanksgiving finds my family literally scattered to the four American winds.

    Working clockwise around the nation, my brother is in New York, carving turkey in Long Island. My parents are in Florida, catching the early bird in Delray Beach. I'm in Los Angeles, of course, dining...

  • Hollywood Mecca

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Lewis Sluskin must have been an imposing man at one time; tall and broad shouldered, with a clear, no-nonsense manner that one often finds in those who work behind rather than in front of the camera - in his case, as a property master for more than 45 years. He is still a man of...

  • Happy Campers

    By Steve Getzug

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Norman and Lela Jacoby are talking about Camp Ramah again.

    They are playfully finishing each other's sentences, aiming for the right adjectives, the right phrasing to describe a place in Ojai that they say has meant so much to their family.

    Their words burst out like a riot of campers...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Mike Levy

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

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    The lyrics of Lorenz Hart - among them "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," "Isn't it Romantic?" and "My Funny Valentine" - tell stories of love, requited and not. In "Glad To Be Unhappy: The Lyrical Life of Lorenz Hart," 49 of the lyricist's songs with partner Richard...

  • Out on a Limb

    By Tom Tugend

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    During the darkest days of the Holocaust, 63 diplomats from 24 countries risked their careers, in some cases their lives, by issuing unauthorized visas and protective letters to save an estimated 200,000 Jews.The deeds of four of these brave envoys are honored in the documentary film...

  • My Mother’s Kitchen: A Natural Disaster Area

    By Burt Prelutsky

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    My mother had a green thumb. Too bad she employed it in the kitchen, not the garden. To her credit, she was such a good housekeeper, you could have eaten off her floors. Which, unfortunately, was preferable to eating off her plates.

    There are people, I'm aware, who are terror-stricken...

  • Sibling Rivalry

    By Ronnie Friedland

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It's a cautionary tale for parents, and one whose message will resonate with children: the new DreamWorks telling of the biblical tale of Joseph in the animated direct-to-video film "Joseph: King of Dreams."In a style similar to that of "The Prince of Egypt," which told the story of...

  • A Century of Strasberg

    By Tom Tugend

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Lee Strasberg, who shaped three generations of actors, playwrights and directors, was born 99 years ago, and to mark the upcoming centennial, his heirs are burnishing his legacy in Los Angeles and New York.The man who introduced "method acting" to America and taught the likes of Paul...

  • Feeding the Hungry

    By Jane Ulman

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    "We have slaves to help," Jerry Rabinowitz, the Friday co-captain of the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry, announces. "We Jews know something about slaves."

    The "slaves" this morning are my sons Gabe, 13, and Jeremy, 11, who have a day off school. They are fulfilling part of a...

  • Intermarriage:

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    In September, vice presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman came under fire from many Jewish organizations for telling a radio talk show host that there is no Jewish prohibition against intermarriage.But according to a survey released this week, Lieberman's comments reflect the...

  • A Man for All Seasons

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Not many people get to be celebrated in their own time. Most of us pass from this earth and never know the effect we have had on others' lives.

    This makes the celebration held Nov. 5 for Arthur Pinchev particularly poignant. Pinchev, 49, has spent the past three decades at the...

  • Touchy Subjects

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    "I was worried about vaginas," an actress declares in Eve Ensler's hit play, "The Vagina Monologues," at the Canon Theatre. "I was worried about what we think about vaginas, and even more worried that we don't think about them."

    Ensler was worried, too, which is why she wrote her...

  • Learning Lessons

    By Tuvia Grossman

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    One of the most riveting - and controversial - photographs to have emerged from the recent violence in Israel was that of a bloodied and dazed young man with an angry Israeli policeman standing behind him shouting. While the young man was first identified by the Associated Press, the...

  • Rethinking Restraint

    By Naomi Segal

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A terror bombing against an Israeli school bus in the Gaza Strip thisweek is forcing Prime Minister Ehud Barak to reevaluate his response toPalestinian violence.

    Since violence erupted across the region in late September, Barak hasadhered to what he has described as a policy of...

  • Twenty-First-Century Racist

    By David Evanier

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Until he was indicted in San Diego last week on charges of harassing a Jewish congressman, a Latino mayor and two other officials, Alexander James Curtis thought he was one of the smartest racists around, smarter than the police and the federal government.

    Curtis, a 25-year-old former...

  • Snatch

    By Richard Allen Greene

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The four Chassidic Jews pass through security with only a minor delay. They take an elevator to an upper floor.

    They walk down a hallway. They enter a diamond merchant's workshop.They pull guns from under their coats and threaten to blow people's heads off if they don t hand over a...

  • Centenarian Inspiration

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Sam Dabby was 100 years old on Nov. 5, but he waited to celebrate with members of his family and friends at a Nov. 18 party given at Kahal Joseph Congregation Temple. Among the celebrants was his workout trainer, Jeremy Forte, who has been helping Dabby lift weights and exercise for...

  • Don’t-Knock-It-Till-You-Try-It.Com

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Two summers ago, I was staying with an old Cornell buddy in Manhattan - we'll call him Andrew - who was in a state of despair over his personal life. Andrew - a thoughtful, introverted individual - never quite felt comfortable in large social situations. Even during the height of...

  • Monsters

    By Rob Eshman

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Ten years ago, intermarriage rose up as one of the great bogeymen of Jewish communal life. The National Jewish Population Survey, released in 1990, reported that some 52 percent of Jews marry outside their faith. You could hear the rending of garments from Maine to San Diego, as...

  • Kosher Boom

    By Julie G Fax

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A Kosher Cup of Joe

    When new Jewish owners took over Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in 1998, it bothered them to know they were serving non-kosher food to their Jewish customers. So they did the logical thing: They set out to make the entire line of beverages and baked goods served at the...

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