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  • Letters

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Workers' Comp Woes

    I am appalled by Jill Stewart's self serving and misleading missives about the so-called reform (in reality, deform) of workers' compensation ("It's Time to Heal Worker's Comp," May 6).

    During the past approximately 25 years I have been representing injured...

  • First Lady Jostled in Jerusalem

    By Dan Baron

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    She may have brought a message of American goodwill toward Muslims, but Laura Bush spent a potential high point of her Middle East tour fending off protests from Palestinians angered by U.S. policies -- and from Israelis, too.

    After arriving from Jordan, the first lady toured...

  • Camp Adjusts to Life Away From Parent

    By David Finnigan

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This will be Camp JCA Shalom's first summer away from home. For the first time in its 54-year history, the Malibu camp is independent, having broken away from the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA) in January.

    Life after the centers crisis hasn't been easy for...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    28 saturday

    Our most beloved alien alights on planet Earth once again as Steven Spielberg's "E.T.: The Extraterrestrial" screens under the stars tonight in Pasadena. It's part of Old Pasadena Management District's free "Cinema in the Park" series, which benefits the cancer relief...

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  • Israelis Still Divided on Lebanon Move

    By Leslie Susser

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Five years after Israel completed its withdrawal from Lebanon, the jury is still out on whether then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak made the right strategic choice in pulling back troops without an agreement with Lebanon and Syria.

    Despite the pullback, border tensions still flare up...

  • Obituaries

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Constantin Andronescu died April 26 at 61. He is survived by his daughters, Liana and Nicole. Sholom Chapels

    LILLIAN DIANE ASHER died May 3 at 92. She is survived by her son, Howard; daughter, Roberta Isaacson; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Groman

    BRENDA BAGG died...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Help: A Laughing Matter

    Laughter and love marked the occasion of the annual Laughing Matters luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel to benefit the L.A. Free Clinic. Celebrities and civic notables coifed and dressed to the nines were on hand to lend their humor and presence to the...

  • MY IRAQ

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    All talk of Jewish neocons aside, there's nothing innately Jewish about the invasion of Iraq. Among Jews, opinions vary regarding the war, to say the least. But like all U.S. citizens, American Jews have much invested in the enterprise's ultimate success. And those Jews involved "in...

  • AIPAC and Sharon Get What They Need

    By James Besser

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A troubled but still potent American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) got a boost this week from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who addressed its largest-ever policy conference in Washington, with a record 4,500 delegates gathered for three days of speeches, workshops,...

  • Does Autism Offer Special Gifts?

    By Illana Katz

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Identify yourself," Seth says when meeting someone new. "Oh, my deepest apologies," he'll tell you, his curled hand over his heart as he delivers a deep bow, if he thinks he has made some kind of error.

    Sometimes his face comes very close to yours to get your attention, telling you...

  • Meow With a French Accent

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Comic books aren't just for kids anymore. In both the United States and France, they've been enjoying a popular explosion among readers of all ages.

    One of the stars of the explosion in France is Joann Sfar, an enfant terrible whose work has become so popular, that it can be found on...

  • ‘Little Flower’ Could Help Antonio Bloom

    By Joel Kotkin

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Dear Antonio,

    I imagine you are enjoying the hoopla surrounding your election. As the first Latino chief executive in more than 130 years, it may be tempting to bask in the warmth of a great ethnic triumph.

    But don't enjoy it too much. Los Angeles does not need a symbol or an icon;...

  • Families Find Magic in ‘Miracles’ Musical

    By Beverly Gray

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Lexie Aaron stands center stage. The 13-year-old girl sings out in a strong, pure voice, "Miracles happen ev'ry day ... open your eyes."

    The song is the opening number of "Everyday Miracles," an original musical about four Hebrew school students who travel back in time to interact...

  • Laser Heart Surgery

    By  Orit Arfa

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    My only decent pair of glasses broke en route from Los Angeles to Israel, and I took it as a sign -- it was time to for corrective laser surgery, a.k.a. LASIK.

    "Make sure on the day of surgery someone comes with you," the Israeli receptionist said to me after I set my appointment.

    ...
  • Pitfalls of Making Playdate Plans

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Brandon was 3 the first time another mother called me to schedule a playdate.

    "A playdate," I giggled. "That's so clever! Did you make that up yourself?" (The dead silence on the other end of the phone clued me in that I had just made a monumental maternal faux pas that could...

  • ‘Cinderella’ Villain Not Such a Bad Guy

    By Tom Tugend

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The upcoming "Cinderella Man" chronicles the fall and rise of Depression-era heavyweight champion James Braddock, but the movie is as likely to revive the memory of another title holder, "Jewish" boxer Max Baer.

    In the climactic scene, the movie depicts the 15-round fight in 1935...

  • Soothing Music Memories

    By Ellie Kahn

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When Len Lawrence was sitting shiva for his father 12 years ago, he found himself longing for some Jewish music to help soothe him through that difficult time, but he just couldn't find the right songs.

    Now that Lawrence is general manager of Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and...

  • Artful Solution to Nazi Looting

    By Tom Tugend

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    After six years of litigation and diplomatic battles over Nazi-looted art, in a legal case stretching from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., to Vienna and back, the Austrian government has agreed with Maria Altmann, an 89-year old widow, to let arbitration decide who now owns...

  • Enrichment Briefs

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Art and Yoga for Youngsters

    The University of Judaism is hosting ArtYoga for youngsters this summer, a two-week program in July that combines art and physical discipline in way that helps kids learn self-awareness, self-control, empathy and empathy skills. Camp will culminate in an...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Count the Days

    On Friday, May 27, we will celebrate Lag B'Omer. We remember the students of Rabbi Akiva who used to hide from the Romans in the forest and secretly studied Torah. If Roman soldiers came along, they would whip out their bows and arrows and act as if they were hunting....

  • Behind the Kvetch

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A guy gets a Labrador and he can't wait to show him off to his neighbor. So when the neighbor comes over, the guy calls the dog into the house, bragging about how smart the little guy is. The dog quickly comes running and stands looking up at his master, tail wagging furiously, mouth...

  • Project Shabbat a ‘Go’ in Cannes

    By Carole Raphaelle Davis

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Every year in May, a phenomenon occurs in the South of France -- the Cannes Film Festival. Like showy, migrating birds, "Zee American Show Beez people" make their annual flight to the Riviera convention of Hollywood deal-makers. Clinging to their cell phones, they stuff...

  • Dive Into Home Swim Lessons

    By Galia Yardeni

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    One of the biggest dangers for children during summer is drowning. Some people think enclosing a pool with a fence or covering it with a pool cover will render the area safe, but fences are accidentally left open and covers can be left off.

    The only real solution is to teach...

  • A Bigger Sunday

    By Rob Eshman

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    At the risk of sounding like a cranky old-timer, the Jewish festivals of yore -- the '70s and '80s -- had a distinctive communitywide feel to them. The festival that was once held in Rancho Park drew thousands of people from across the communal spectrum -- young, old, Orthodox,...

  • Stamp of Approval

    By Tom Tugend

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    A picture may be worth 1,000 words -- but it will only cost you 37 cents. This month the U.S. Postal Service is issuing American Scientists commemorative stamps honoring two of the keenest Jewish minds of the 20th century: physicist Richard P. Feynman and mathematician John von...

  • Hezbollah Faces Identity Crisis

    By Gil Sedan

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Hezbollah's most valuable asset in Lebanon's election campaign is none other than its historic foe, Israel.

    On the eve of elections, scheduled to begin May 29, Hezbollah is trying to retain its pose as the ultimate guardian of Lebanese interests vis-á-vis Israel, stoking a flare-up...

  • Saved His Soul With Rock ‘n’ Roll

    By Marc Ballon

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Rock 'n' roll saved Gary Stewart.

    It's not that he ever felt desperate enough to end his life, but music played a major role in keeping him out of the abyss. The Beach Boys' masterwork "Pet Sounds" made him realize that others shared his feelings of loneliness, alienation and...

  • AIPAC Will Focus on Policy at Gathering

    By Ron Kampeas

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Inside the massive Washington Convention Center, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be talking about the Gaza Strip withdrawal and the Iranian nuclear threat.

    However, in the hallways and the social gatherings of the American Israel...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, May 21

    Ah, love. We get a heaping helping of it at the Getty's "Love Story Weekend," which continues today. Hear noted actors read short stories by noted writers -- Regina King reads Charles Johnson, Alec Baldwin reads John Updike and William H. Macy reads Etgar...

  • Obituaries

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    SOUSAN AKHAVAN died April 29 at 46. She is survived by her husband, Shahram. Chevra Kadisha

    HANOUGH AIENEHSAZAN died May 1 at 77. He is survived by his wife, Sara; and son, Sharyar Aynesazan. Chevra Kadisha

    Mark Becker died April 25 at 51. He is survived by his mother, Helen;...

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