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  • Your Letters

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Chandler Boulevard

    Your article did an excellent job of explaining the divergent views in the San Fernando Valley concerning the proposed busway ("Taking on the MTA," June 15).

    A number of residents and groups in the West Valley do not want the busway in their residential areas...

  • Great Tale of “Rat”

    By Rob Eshman

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Years ago, Mike Bookman got it into his head to write a novel rich in sex, violence, mystery, passion and betrayal.

    In other words, about life among Jews at the turn of the century in New York's Lower East Side. As Bookman recalls, "Along with upright unionists like David Dubinsky...

  • Sharon: Criminal or Victim?

    By Michael J. Jordan

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The accusation that Ariel Sharon is a war criminal -- back on the public agenda with two court cases in Belgium and a damning BBC documentary -- is the latest step in a campaign to discredit and delegitimize Israel, supporters of the Jewish state say.

    A quick Internet search reveals...

  • You Go, Girlfriend

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Jennifer Weiner began writing "Good in Bed" during a bout of Dumper's Regret in 1998.

    She'd been dating her nice-Jewish-writer boyfriend for a few years, but no engagement ring was forthcoming. So she requested a trial separation. "I went home and proceeded to think about the...

  • The School Project Nightmare

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The fourth grade take-home assignment seemed fairly straightforward: take a huge hunk of butcher paper, lay your kid down on it, and trace a life-size version of their favorite American tall-tale protagonist.

    My daughter selected Johnny Appleseed. She carefully colored in his plaid...

  • Rabbis Without Dogma

    By Julie G Fax

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Every Sunday morning, four women meet at the Southwest Airlines terminal at LAX. The professor of architecture comes from Albuquerque, the cantor from Santa Cruz, the director of special education from Tucson, and the principal of a day school from Berkeley.

    After a warm reunion,...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Solange Borna

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm


    Playwright Donald Freed wants to determine when America lost its innocence. In "American Iliad," Richard Nixon, in the last few minutes of life, embarks on an epic journey through 100 years of American history, speaking with such luminaries as John F. Kennedy, Marilyn...

  • The Way We Live Now

    By Marty Karp

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    My wife Susan and I moved to Israel in 1983, a time when, for all intents and purposes, it was considered a pariah nation. In fact, not long before we arrived, the United Nations had declared Zionism to be a form of racism.

    Keren, my daughter, was born in 1985 and my son, Michael, in...

  • An Educator Speaks

    By Beverly Gray

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Eileen Horowitz, an elementary school teacher for two decades, taught general studies at Adat Ari El Day School for six years. She became principal of Temple Israel of Hollywood Day School in 1995. This February, Horowitz was one of 11 graduates of the Bureau of Jewish Education's...

  • Hate Israel, Love McFalafel

    By Mike Levy

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It wasn't the idea of a McFalafel that sparked the ire of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), but a McDonald's ad campaign in Egypt for the new falafel patty.

    The commercial featured an innocuous jingle with the lyrics "If you eat a bite, you can't stop before finishing the whole...

  • Entebbe Teaches Israel to Dare

    By Eric Silver

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Ephraim Sneh, a stocky, taciturn soldier-turned-politician, doesn't scare easily. Entebbe, the most daring rescue operation in Israel's military history, wasn't his first taste of combat. The Yom Kippur War, he shrugged, was worse. But he shudders at how easily it could have gone...

  • War of Words

    By Mike Levy

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    David Suissa calls it the "three-second war," the battle between Israel and Palestinians fought with sound bites more than mortar shells, a war fought in print and on television.

    The founder and CEO of Suissa Miller Advertising, Suissa has unleashed an unconventional weapon in the...

  • Caught Red-Handed

    By Larry Derfner

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israel has arrested two more Palestinians it said were involved in the brutal lynching of two Israeli soldiers by a Palestinian mob in October, bringing the total arrests up to 15.

    The front-page photos in the Hebrew dailies couldn't have told the story more graphically: There was...

  • A Different Path

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Update July 29, 2007: Rabbi Meyers passed away last week. Obituary here.

    This has been a poignant month for Rabbi Carole Meyers. When The Journal visited her study in late May, she had just filed her last column for the temple newsletter. The next week was also her last family...

  • A Link to Hatred

    By Gustavo Arellano

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    At first glance, La Voz de Aztlán (The Voice of Aztlán, www.aztlan.net ), a Chicano Web site based in Los Angeles, seems like any other minority-geared, politically progressive Web site. The site posts editorials and news reports on events relevant to the Los Angeles...

  • Succeeding Through ORT

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 28, 2001 | 7:59 pm

    It was a long time coming: 261 excited students in burgundy caps and gowns filed through Temple Beth Am's sanctuary to collect their diplomas. But not all of these graduates were Jewish. Students of African, Latino, and Asian descent, in addition to Jews (most of them, of Russian or...

  • Tolerance Reigns in Iowa Town

    By Jennifer Nardini

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Aaron Goldsmith is back where he started -- on a city council in a seat that at first was given to him, then challenged by some of his neighbors, and finally supported by voters.

    The embattled councilman, a Lubavitch Chassid, endured months of gossip and a flurry of anti-Semitic...

  • All in the Family

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Unlike Billie Holiday, Estelle Reiner will never pen an autobiography quite like "Lady Sings the Blues." When your husband is comedian Carl Reiner and your son is director Rob Reiner, and you count among your closest amigos Mel Brooks, Sid Caesar, Norman Lear and Dom DeLuise,...

  • Arabs Against Arafat

    By Larry Derfner

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "I look at my little boy, and I ask myself, 'What did he do to me that he should deserve this punishment?' I tell you, if I could leave here tomorrow for America, I would."

    We'll call the speaker Mahmoud.

    He is a taxi driver who lives in an Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem. He is a...

  • JCC Board Approves Major Reform

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Leaders of the area's Jewish Community Centers proposed a series of reforms this week that they hope will reinvigorate center services and help the organization meet the demands of a far-flung and diverse Jewish population.

    The changes approved by the Jewish Community Centers of...

  • Sharon Champions Restraint

    By David Landau

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, elected four months ago on a pledge to restore Israel's sense of security, finds himself holding back the dogs of war as Palestinian militants continue picking off Israelis on West Bank roads and firing mortars at residential communities.


  • Assembly Yiddish

    By Tom Tugend

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    For the benefit of the 90 percent of Assembly-members who are not Jewish, and for other Yiddish-challenged lawmakers, Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) has published a 36-page booklet, appropriately titled "Yiddish for Assemblymembers."

    It contains a selection of words...

  • Uniting to Find a Cure

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Bob Dole. General Norman Schwarzkopf. Harry Belafonte. Robert Goulet. The willingness of such well-known figures to make public their battle with prostate cancer has brought visibility to an issue that until the last few years, lacked the attention, funding and research interest...

  • The Rebbetzin

    By  Orit Arfa

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Didi Carr Reuben was not keen about the idea of dating a rabbi, and on her first official date with Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, she was desperate for a way to get out of it.

    "He's a cute guy, but I couldn't see cuteness," says Didi in her husky voice and Bronx accent. "All I [imagined]...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Pro-Israel Initiative Launched

    A new initiative has been launched to send one or two members of every synagogue in the United States to Israel in the coming months. Dubbed "Operation Joshua," the campaign is the latest effort to show solidarity with the Jewish State.

    It is being...

  • Amazing ‘Grace’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In the pilot episode of "State of Grace," 12-year-old Grace McKee sashays out of her limousine and plucks the mezuzah off her friend Hannah Rayburn's front door.

    "It was crooked," she insists. Hannah's appalled parents nail it back on with a shoe.

    It's one of the best gags in "State...

  • Rabbis’s Wives

    By Beverly Gray

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Thirty-five years ago, when Elliot and Marlynn Dorff got married, he was a rabbinical student and she was a recent college graduate with a degree in French. She also was fluent in Hebrew, and had augmented her secular studies at Barnard with coursework at the Jewish Theological...

  • Age of Restoration

    By Gina Nahai

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I'm two hours late for a noon invitation, my eyes itching from the unfamiliar weight of mascara so early in the day, and as I drive through town I'm rehearsing the many excuses I think I'll have to offer my host. It's a Sunday in June, and I'm about to celebrate a cousin's high...

  • Sponsor Terror, Lose Business

    By Matthew E. Berger

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The House International Relations Committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill this week that would continue to restrict foreign access to Iranian and Libyan oil resources as punishment for those countries' support of terrorism.

    The Committee voted 41-3 on Wednesday to...

  • UJC Launches Campaign

    By Michael J. Jordan

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The umbrella of North American federations is set to unveil a multipronged, $4-million solidarity campaign titled "Israel NOW -- and Forever."

    The United Jewish Communities (UJC) project -- which should receive final approval by late July -- combines various advocacy, education and...

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