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  • Professor Donates Dickens Collection

    By Tom Tugend

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Fagin, who recruits a gang of young thieves in "Oliver Twist," is arguably the most villainous caricature of a Jew in English literature -- not excepting Shakespeare's Shylock -- but his creator, Charles Dickens, was no dyed-in-the-wool anti-Semite.

    Indeed, in "Our Mutual Friend,"...

  • The Place of Dreams

    By Reb Mimi Feigelson

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It was somewhat overwhelming, though not totally surprising, that listening to Simon and Garfunkel in concert turned out to be a significant religious experience for me. I found that they have the ability to remind us what the seeking and dreaming "Ya'akov" that is inside us actually...

  • Opportunities and Changes Abound

    By Rabbi Marc S. Dworkin

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    This month, as I started my work with the American Jewish Committee (AJC), my wife's father, Sol, celebrated his 90th birthday with his friends at Leisure World of Laguna Woods. Like many of us, Sol is a transplant to Orange County from Brooklyn, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and...

  • Accord Allure

    By Rob Eshman

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    What I think about the Geneva accord is what generations of Jews have thought about getting a doctor's second opinion: it couldn't hurt.

    I was surprised at how many people this week asked me whether I thought the accord was good for Israel. Surprised, mainly, that they would think an...

  • A Kushner Series That Will Offend All

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    After director Mike Nichols took his wife, Diane Sawyer, to the first screening of his six-hour HBO film of Tony Kushner's epoch-defining, "Angels in America." She said, "I know what this is about. It's about being Jewish."

    She's right, but it's also about being gay in the latter 20...

  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

    By Judy Gruen

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As Shabbat inches closer each week, my kids usually don't ask what I'm making for dinner. Instead, they ask, "Who's coming for dinner?" This is because they realize that even if I were to serve something as exotic as Thai or Moroccan food (unlikely), it's our guests who really spice...

  • Up Front

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Shoah Survivor Chanukah Lunch Launch

    In an attempt to infuse a professional networking group with Jewish values, Aaron Weiner is recruiting volunteers to assist Orange County's Jewish Family Services put on an annual Chanukah lunch for about 100 local residents, who are...

  • Key Points in Geneva Peace Proposal

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The following are some of the main points of the Geneva accord, the unofficial Israeli-Palestinian peace proposal launched Monday:

    A state of Palestine would be created roughly along Israel's pre-1967 borders. The two countries would recognize each other, and Palestine would end...

  • The Answer Isn’t…

    By Rob Eshman

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Aliyah is the oat bran of the Jewish people. We know it's good for us. We know we should be having more of it. But truth is, we just find it hard to swallow. And we certainly don't like it shoved down our throats.

    While in Israel last week, I heard several Israeli officials, from...

  • ADL Marks 90 Years

    By Amanda Susskind

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League is celebrating its 90th anniversary this week, marking its beginnings in Chicago when Sigmund Livingston, a young Jewish lawyer, watched a vaudeville show portraying Jews as greedy, dishonest characters with hooked noses and thick accents.

    Knowing that such...

  • Geneva Accord Stirs

    By Leslie Susser

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    After its gala launch in Switzerland this week, the unofficial Israeli-Palestinian peace proposal known as the Geneva accord is rapidly picking up international support.

    Monday's festive launch was designed to generate international and grass-roots pressure on leaders on both sides...

  • World Briefs

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Settlement in Reburying Case

    The largest funeral company in the United States settled a class-action lawsuit brought by Jewish families in Florida. Service Corporation International agreed to pay $100 million to Jewish families in Broward County in a lawsuit that included...

  • Group Releases E.U. Anti-Semitism Study

    By Toby Axelrod

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In an act of defiance against the European Union, the main Jewish body in Europe has released an unpublished report that found rising anti-Semitism among Muslims in Europe.

    Critics who want the study made public said the Vienna-based E.U. Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia...

  • A Search for Intellectual L.A.

    By Tom Teicholz

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It's a Friday night and an overflow crowd is jammed into the penthouse of the former May Co. store on Wilshire Boulevard -- now Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) West -- to hear a conversation between French journalist and philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy and The New Yorker's...

  • Chanukah Concert Picks Up the Pace

    By Andrea Adelson

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    About three weeks before an annual Chanukah concert, Kathleen Abraham renews a Jewish ritual little practiced outside the county's borders.

    On her day off, Abraham left home at 5:30 a.m., stopping at a convenience store to fill a 64-ounce coffee mug before heading to the Orange...

  • Jewish Groups Work Against AIDS

    By E. B. Solomont

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish groups from across the denominational spectrum are calling on the Jewish community to help fight AIDS in Africa and other places hit hard by the pandemic. An open letter to the Jewish community issued by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, together with Reform,...

  • Objecting to Guardian’s Anti-Israel Bias

    By Julie Burchill

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As you might have heard, I'm leaving The Guardian next year for The Times, having finally been convinced that my evil populist philistinism has no place in a publication read by so many all-round, top-drawer plaster saints. (Well, that and the massive wad they've waved at me.)


  • Newsstand Wisdom

    By Bill Boyarsky

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    If you want to know what's going on, talk to the guy who runs the newsstand.

    That would be David Mallel, who owns the well-stocked newsstand at Fairfax and Oakwood avenues in the heart of the Fairfax District. He keeps attuned to the political feelings of his well-read clientele by...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Celebrate Our Home

    At the end of Parshat Vayetze, Jacob sets out to return to his parents' home. He has spent 36 years making money and creating a family. And now he can finally look forward to seeing the land that he loves.

    Many of us feel this way about Israel. We want to visit...

  • Your Letters

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Wanted: Parents

    Two very moving opinion essays appeared on the same page of your Nov. 28 issue.

    Rabbi Yosef Reinman wrote that, amazingly, we still carry a memory of a promise made over 3,000 years ago ("Jewish to the Core"). I see this daily at the Academy for Jewish Religion,...

  • The Top 10 Reasons Why Today Is Different

    By Michael Berenbaum

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The top 10 reasons why the vulnerability of the 1930s cannot be compared with contemporary Jewish vulnerability:

    10. Hitler ruled most of Europe; Arafat can't move beyond the rubble of his compound.

    9. In the 1930s, Jews were without adequate power to defend themselves. Those with...

  • Do We Have Anything Left to Give?

    By David Suissa

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Do the Jews have anything left to give to America?

    This question was on my mind recently, after I was on a panel at Brandeis-Bardin Institute to discuss the Jewish influence on American culture. The popular view on this subject is invariably, "Just look at all the Jews who run...

  • Get Your Creative Jews Flowing

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Calling all creative kids. If you have a way with words or an aptitude for art, you can use your unique talents by entering the first annual Jews for Judaism Jewish Students' Creative Writing & Art Contest.

    Working with the theme "I Love Judaism," future scribes and artists can...

  • Symphonies in Paint

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When she was 18 years old, Desy Safán-Gerard conducted an a cappella choir in her native Chile and won a yearlong scholarship to study musical composition in Jerusalem.

    Today, the Venice-based artist has long since left music, but not her love of it. Now an abstract painter and...

  • Krusty’s Adult Bar Mitzvah

    By Adam Wills

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Krusty the Clown never had a bar mitzvah. It's a startling confession "Simpsons" fans will hear this Sunday when the Springfield celebrity discovers he doesn't have a star on the town's Jewish Walk of Fame.

    In the episode, "Today, I Am a Clown," written by Joel H. Cohen, the...

  • Divorced-Dad Dater

    By Arlene Schindler

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    For the past two years I've been swimming exclusively in the dating pool of divorced dads (DDs). This makes me a Divorced-Dad Dater (DDD).

    I love DDs because they will always make sure you've had enough to eat and have gone to the bathroom before long car rides. To me, DDs are more...

  • Does Buddhist Hold Mideast Peace Key?

    By Ruth Mason

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    While news of the Geneva accords hit the headlines, a group of Palestinians and Israelis were trying to make a different kind of peace -- with the help of Buddhists in southern France.

    Thich Nhat Hanh -- Vietnamese Zen master, poet and Nobel Peace Prize nominee -- has been inviting...

  • Think Global, Cook Local

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "The Jewish Kitchen: Recipes and Stories from Around the World" by Clarissa Hyman (Interlink Books, $29.95)

    Clarissa Hyman's new cookbook, "The Jewish Kitchen," is alive with miracles -- stories of Jewish life and war-torn Jewish communities, bringing with them their glorious...

  • Pastor Scott Bauer

    By Shimon Erem

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Israel and the Los Angeles Jewish community have lost one of their most tireless supporters and good friends. Scott Bauer, senior pastor of the Church on the Way in Van Nuys, succumbed to a ruptured aneurysm on Oct. 24. He was 49.

    Among his most passionate pursuits was his love and...

  • Seidler-Feller Denies Kicking Journalist

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller did not lose his temper or kick freelance journalist Rachel Neuwirth, his lawyer said Tuesday immediately following a city attorney's hearing on the case.

    After an Oct. 21 lecture at UCLA featuring Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, Neuwirth called...

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