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  • Fearful Assad Places a Risky Bet on Saddam

    By Leslie Susser

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Syrian President Bashar Assad has inherited much of his late father's parochial paranoia, Israeli analysts argue -- but little of his astute political judgment.

    In the first Persian Gulf War, the wily Hafez Assad lined up on the side of the U.S.-led coalition, the analysts note,...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday



    For some soul music (of the Jewish variety) the answer is clear this week: Tonight, Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center hosts "Classical Klezmer: Chamber Music That Reflects the Jewish Soul." The concert features works by Sergei Prokofiev, Ernest Bloch, Paul Schoenfield, Max...

  • OU Takes Pain Out of Pesach Shopping

    By Gaby Wenig

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "When I was younger, I remember going into a store with my mother and grandmother, and whatever was kosher for Passover, they would grab," Rabbi Alan Kalinsky said. "The attitude was, you had to buy it in quantity because if you came back a week later, it would no longer be there....

  • Postcard From the Westwood Protest

    By Marc Ballon

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    On the day the war in Iraq began, I endured a migraine-inducing traffic jam on Wilshire Boulevard. As I inhaled car fumes for nearly an hour, my frustration grew. It reached the boiling point when I learned the cause behind the gridlock: antiwar protesters. The blocking of traffic by...

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  • The World, Observed

    By Rob Eshman

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The moment former Sen. Gary Hart told the audience at the Milken Institute's Global Conference that America is "at a cross roads," Abe Zarem leaned over to me and said, "He's wrong."

    There were 1,500 people sitting in the audience listening to a panel tussle over the United States'...

  • Peace From a Passage

    By Gaby Wenig

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Kabbalah Centre has decided that there are ways to bring peace to the world that don't involve staging vomit-ins (as peaceniks did in San Francisco) or holding up traffic on Wilshire Boulevard. The night before the war started, the call went out from Rabbi Phillip Berg at the...

  • Aunt Coca’s Ghost

    By Annabelle Stevens

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Did you have an Aunt Coca? My auntie, to whom I am not genetically connected, was a lady we kindly invited to family gatherings because she was alone. It was silently understood that she was an "old maid," one of those unfortunate women who did not marry and have children.

    My...

  • 911 Calls Ignored After OU Shooting

    By Julie G Fax

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    City officials and the LAPD are working with Jewish community leaders to determine why two 911 calls went unanswered when a pellet gunshot shattered the front window of a building where a Jewish youth group was meeting the night of March 27.

    Rabbi Alan Kalinsky, director of the West...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Before You Speak



    In Parshat Tazriya, we learn about the skin disease of leprosy. If one gets this disease, he or she must be isolated outside the Israelite camp until they have recovered. The rabbis inform us that someone gets leprosy because he or she has gossiped about or...

  • Singer Packs Seniors With Old School Hits

    By Uriel Heilman

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Thousands of screaming girls. Packed nightclubs. Love-crazy fans. Ron Gartner has seen it all.

    That is, on television, of course.

    In real life, Gartner is an up-and-coming singer who, while not exactly drawing the sorts of crowds that come to Eminem shows, is packing the social...

  • Backlash Threat

    By Marc Ballon

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As some 20 teens beat 18-year-old Rashid Alam with golf clubs and baseball bats in Yorba Linda on Feb. 22, they allegedly yelled "White Power!" The attack, which Alam's friends said was unprovoked, left the recent high school graduate hospitalized with a fractured jaw and broken...

  • They Also Serve Who Wait and Worry

    By Joe Berkofsky

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Mordechai Finley of Congregation Ohr HaTorah in Los Angeles has devised a strategy to help his two young daughters cope with having their big brother, Kayitz, fighting in Iraq.

    Kayitz, 21, is a corporal with a front-line combat unit, the 1st Battalion of the 4th U.S. Marine...

  • All Who Are in Need

    By Mark I. Rosen

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Passover is a holiday of remembrance, a time to recall and retell the story of the deliverance of the Jewish people from generations of Egyptian bondage. But there is also a different kind of remembering that takes place each Passover, in which memory is personal, not scripted....

  • Dialing for Peace

    By Helen Schary Motro

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In the past two years, a soundproof curtain has descended on dialogue between individuals in Israel on the one hand and Gaza and the West Bank on the other. Without the possibility of interchange, it is but a small step to collective demonization of the other.

    If Palestinians and...

  • ‘Forgotten’ Jews Address Injustice

    By Joshua Brandt

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Addressing a conference of Jews predominately from the Middle East and North Africa, keynote speaker Stan Urman delivered a quip that underscored the sentiments of many audience members.

    "When I first heard about your group, JIMENA [Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North...

  • ‘Finding’ Asperger’s Changed His Life

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In "Finding Ben: A Mother's Journey Through the Maze of Asperger's," (McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Books, 2003) author Barbara LaSalle writes about her family's struggle to help her young son overcome a baffling neurological disorder and have a "regular" existence. Misdiagnosed...

  • Citizen Canine

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Stephanie Poretz brings Sasha, her 13-year-old cocker spaniel, to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center twice a week. Mark Ferber comes in with his beagle Miss Daisy. Beverly Byer brings down Brailley, her black lab who was rejected from guide dog school because of her bad hips.

    Since 1995,...

  • Your Letters

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Leading a Double Life



    I am a Marine wife and don't get a whole lot of contact with other Jews. Getting The Jewish Journal helps a lot. I love reading your paper.

    After reading, "Leading a Double Life," (March 7) I felt like crying. I am only 19, a new mom and a traditional...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Clean out your pencil box. Throw away all those crumpled papers in your desk. Help your mom or dad vacuum the car.

    Passover is a holiday that celebrates the coming of spring. And it is no coincidence that many people do spring-cleaning. Life starts fresh. We need to clean out the...

  • Seder at Bubbie’s

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Mah Nishtanah Ha Lila HaZeh Mikol HaLeilot?

    Why is this night different from all other nights?

    On all other nights I'm required to act like a 25-year-old adult, but on this first night -- being the youngest person at my seder table -- I get to be a kid.

    For the last seven years,...

  • Building the Future

    By Rachel Brand

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When Jonathan Schulman went on a mission to Israel 1995, he said his life was forever changed, because he started getting involved. "I got engaged because there were opportunities for me to build on that experience," said Schulman, director of the recently established Young...

  • Jewish Odd Couple

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In the blackly comic film "Final Draft," wannabe screenwriters Harry and Marty are a Jewish Odd Couple.

    Short, blond Harry (Michael Weston) is an intense, observant American Jew who throws conniption fits when anyone disses "Schindler's List." Tall, dark Marty (Hamish Linklater) is a...

  • Sweet Memories of Broken Matzah

    By Lisa J. Solomon

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    My great-grandmother, Gouda, escaped Germany by boat at night when she was in her 60s. My grandfather, Opa, fled with her and his wife and two small children when he was 42. Both lived long, energetic, brave lives in their adopted country: she, chasing her great grandchildren around...

  • It’s Passover Time Down Under, Mate

    By Linda Morel

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Because Australia is situated below the equator, its seasons rebel against the Jewish calendar. Our winter is their summer; our spring their fall. Although Passover's rituals and symbols resonate spring, the holiday is celebrated in autumn Down Under.

    "Passover begins just as the...

  • Note to AIPAC: ‘Road Map’ Is Alive

    By Matthew E. Berger

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Bush administration is calling out the heavy hitters to convince the American Jewish community that it won't ignore Israel's concerns as it mounts a renewed push for Israeli-Palestinian peace. 

    Five Bush administration officials addressed the American Israel Public Affairs...

  • Cherishing Passover

    By Marisa N. Pickar

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As a child, Passover seders in my family were rushed affairs more about the meal than the meaning of the holiday. Hungry children and adults quickly read through the haggadah.

    Surreptitious bites of matzah were silently swallowed. And all the while the aromas from the kitchen tickled...

  • Birthright Continues Despite Setbacks

    By Rachel Brand

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    For much of his life, Lawrence Mudgett didn't need Judaism. He had football. But when the 6-foot-6, 250-pound sophomore was declared ineligible for the NCAA at the beginning of the school year, he began searching for another niche.

    As a participant on Birthright Israel's 2002-2003...

  • Life of a Footsoldier

    By Andrea Adelson

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Shmuel Marcus is a bit like the lucky son of an ambitious frontier storekeeper, who relies on family to staff a second storefront.

    Since January, Marcus, 27, has operated Orange County's newest Chabad from a living room alcove of the second-floor Cypress apartment he shares with his...

  • Reduce Oil Demand

    By Rep. Henry Waxman

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The following are remarks and an amendment introduced by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) on March 19 to the House Energy Subcommittee that propose an alternative energy strategy for the United States.



    Mr. Chairman, I'd like to offer the "Keeping Faith With Our American Soldiers"...

  • A Libel That Holds No Truth

    By Dennis Prager

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Some Americans apparently believe that we have gone to war with Iraq "because of the Jews." Having written a book explaining anti-Semitism ("Why the Jews?

    The Reason for Anti-Semitism," Simon & Schuster, 1983), all I can do is marvel at the durability of anti-Semitism and the...

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