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  • Boutiques, Bazaars, Auctions and Fairs for Chanukah

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Sun., Nov. 19

    Kol Tikvah: Chanukah boutique and bazaar, with a kids' craft area and vendors selling a variety of gifts. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 348-0670.

    Conejo Jewish Academy: Art dealer Joshua Biton...

  • Riefenstahl Ruckus

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A small but vocal group of demonstrators rallied outside Paramount Pictures in Hollywood last week, wielding signs and chanting slogans like "Jodie Foster wants to glorify a Nazi" and "Stop Jodie's project now."

    They were protesting a proposed biopic of Leni Riefenstahl, Hitler's...

  • Where the Heart Is

    By Teresa Strasser

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    They say you can never go home again.

    Well, you can. Only you might find yourself staying at a Travelodge, driving a rented Ford Contour and staking out your childhood home like some noir private eye just trying to catch a glimpse of the Johnny-come-latelys that are now living in your...

  • Leah’s Legacy

    By Eric Silver

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    After Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated five years ago this month, his wife Leah cast herself as the unforgiving scourge of the Israeli right, which she blamed for fostering the atmosphere in which a Jewish radical, Yigal Amir, pulled the trigger.

    She constantly chastised the West Bank...

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  • Meanwhile, Back in Florida…

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    While the nation watched and waited as the battle over the presidency continued to unfold, two old friends met in Florida last week to try to bring a resolution to the dispute over the ballots in West Palm Beach. Rabbi Steven Jacobs of Kol Tikvah in Woodland Hills and his longtime...

  • Jewish Surprises on Election Day

    By James D

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Last week just didn't go at all like the pundits and prognosticators predicted.

    The presidential election proved to be the unwanted gift that keeps on giving - with recounts, lawsuits, accusations and frantic efforts by Florida to fend off charges that it is the newest tropical banana...

  • Briefs

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Weiss Shakes Up British Jews

    It hasn't taken Rabbi Abner Weiss long to make waves in his new London post.

    The former spiritual leader of Beth Jacob Congregation, a leading centrist Orthodox synagogue in Beverly Hills, takes up most of the front page of Britain's Jewish Chronicle, with...

  • Gershwin at CSUN

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Joseph Vass, creator of the acclaimed revue, "Gershwin the Klezmer," didn't know what klezmer music was until he was well into his 40's. "I didn't even know that there was such a thing as Jewish music," admits the founder of the Minnesota Klezmer Band, which will perform "Gershwin"...

  • Joe

    By Rob Eshman

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Whatever happens in this election, we'll always have Lieberman. It is easy to forget now, amid the post-election chaos, just how momentous a day Aug. 8, 2000, was. Al Gore stood before supporters in Nashville (little did we know those may have been his only supporters in Tennessee)...

  • Briefs

    By Rob Eshman

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Go Israel

    The Israel Ministry of Tourism has added a new section to its North American Web site, designed to address travelers' concerns about the current situation in the Middle East. The new section is offered to visitors immediately as they enter the site. "We've instituted this...

  • Voter Revolt

    By Joyce Moed

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Alan David never gave his ballots a second thought after voting in dozens of presidential elections during the decades he lived in New York.

    Then, after moving here two years ago, he voted in Palm Beach County for the first time last week."I looked at the ballot and said, 'What the...

  • Letters to the Editor

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Yasser Arafat

    The American Jewish Congress, which for years has been a firm supporter of the Middle East peace process, is engaging in painful soul searching right now as we ask ourselves whether our belief that Yasser Arafat was willing to make peace with Israel was a delusion. We...

  • Nervous But United

    By Julie Wiener

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    In a speech that was the centerpiece of the North American Jewish federation system's gathering in Chicago this week, Israel's prime minister recalled being a small child when he heard of the United Nations' 1947 vote to partition Palestine.

    That period - when the Jews' willingness to...

  • Inspired Leader

    By Julie Wiener

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Alexander Schindler, the longtime leader of the Reform movement best known for his support of outreach to intermarried couples and recognition of patrilineal descent, has died at the age of 75.He died early Wednesday morning from heart failure at his home in Westport, Conn. As...

  • Butterfly Ballot Blues

    By David Evanier

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Politicos and machers who had given heart and soul (and a lot of cash, in some cases) to their respective candidates saw conspiracy, fraud or betrayal in the ballot crisis in Florida this week. Feeling ran strong, but no one was willing to predict whether Bush or Gore would turn out...

  • A Second Wake-Up Call

    By Jack Wertheimer

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It took nearly 10 years, but now the other shoe has dropped. In the early 1990s, the American Jewish community was jolted by findings of an intermarriage rate exceeding 50 percent during the previous five years. Now, a new survey sponsored by the American Jewish Committee...

  • Sharing Hope for Peace

    By Jane Ulman

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    On Nov. 9, five years after the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Milken Community High School students reached across 7,563 miles and 10 time zones to their sister school, Tichon Chadash, in Tel Aviv.

    The 500 American students connected ostensibly via the modern...

  • Dear Deborah

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    God Invented Jewish Mothers Because...

    Dear Deborah,
    Last month my daughter found out that her husband was involved with their 14-year-old daughter's best friend's mother. I was shocked because although they had separated two months prior, I thought they were "working on the...

  • Service for the Dogs and Cats

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The rabbi wore a pooch-print tie.

    The rebbetzin sported a pussycat brooch and a doggy bone pin "to give equal time" to man's best friends. The congregants arrived two by two, with canines and felines in tow.

    On the occasion of Parshat Noach - the yearly Torah reading of the Noah's Ark...

  • After the Election

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    For a few strained hours last week, I was afraid we'd be witnessing the Jewish version of Elian Gonzalez, Part II. Could Jewish blood pressure withstand the tension of the Palm Beach vote taken hostage?

    As hours of electoral anxiety passed into weeks, I worried that the world would...

  • East Ventura Bound

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    If you're looking to move into a new home in Los Angeles, good luck. Last month, the median sale price for an L.A. home jumped 10 percent to $213,000, setting an all-time record for L.A. County.

    But if you're looking to move into a new home in Oak Park, say your prayers. Finding a...

  • The Birth of Chutzpah

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    We believe in a God who dreams. The Torah is the story of the transaction between God's dreams and human reality. God dreams of a world of goodness. God creates humanity - fashioned in the divine image - to share the dream. But human beings betrayed God's dreams. We filled the world...
  • Settling In

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It's the obvious first topic of conversation, and Paul Castro has no problem addressing it. As the newly minted executive director of Jewish Family Service of Greater Los Angeles (JFS), Castro now runs a Jewish social outreach organization - and yet he is neither Jewish nor holds a...

  • That’s a Mezzuzah?

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 16, 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...

  • Family Values

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Gurinder Chadha was having one of those surreal multicultural moments you get in L.A.

    The Punjabi Brit was munching a bagel at Nate 'n' Al's when two elderly Jews walked in and ordered Chinese chicken salad. "I just thought that was hysterical," says Chadha, whose charming film,...

  • Roman Holiday

    By Ivor Davis

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    On Yom Kippur, my wife Sally and I went to shul just around the corner from the Vatican. It was a visit we will not soon forget. The imposing Comunita Ebraica di Roma Synagogue (the Great Synagogue of Rome) sits just off the Piazza del Firori close to the Tiber River and spitting...

  • A Day at the Polls

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It was a clear and sunny Election Day, as a steady stream of voters arrived at Canfield Avenue School in the Pico-Robertson area - a good handful of men wearing yarmulkes.

    One of them, Michel Mazouz, exited the voting booth holding the hand of his young daughter. The physician, who...

  • Hot Dog!

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Vegetarianism may be trendy and maybe even healthy, but when Jeff Rohatiner was looking for a product on which he could base a restaurant, he knew that most of us are carnivores at heart. So he figured there'd be a market for the wares at Jeff's Gourmet Kosher Sausage Factory, opened...

  • More Than Just a Bar Mitzvah

    By Judy Lash Balint

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It was a day that no one in the Goldenberg family will ever forget. It started out as the celebration of the Bar Mitzvah of their only son, Evan, but it turned out to be a day marked by the emotional highs and lows of life in Jerusalem in violent times.

    In the morning, Mark and...

  • Party Up, Kosher Style!

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Call it a beach party without the beach. The pouring rain didn't stop Beverly Hills High School students from partying when they recently converged on the campus football field for an early evening bonfire. The up-tempo rally - which featured kosher hot dogs and school cheerleaders...

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