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  • Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The Wizard of "Oz" Honored

    Okay, eggheads, Contemporary Comedy 101 is in session. Pop quiz: Who's the funniest comedian to have appeared on HBO -- Dennis Miller or Bill Maher? If your answer to this trick question was Home Box Office CEO Jeff Bewkes, proceed to the head of the...

  • Shining Examples

    By Julie Wiener

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A physician might be queen of the operating room, or a lawyer king of the courtroom, but put them up on a bimah, and without some serious background, they'll feel fumbling, foreign and clueless.

    And if that's the case, chances are they'll avoid feeling stupid by avoiding the bimah,...

  • Athlete of the Month

    By Ari Morguelan

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Kim Taylor, a 17-year-old San Fernando Valley native and senior at Chaminade High School, is our athlete for February. Kim was nominated by Maccabi games coaches Kobi Goren and Phil Bendenson, and with good reason.

    Taylor is leading Chaminade's soccer team toward a state...

  • Jewish ‘Gladiator’

    By Ari Morguelan

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When Carla Simone was young, she dreamed of playing soccer professionally. She looked to superstar Pele as her role model, and encouragement from her parents and coach drove her to succeed in a sport that has captured the public's attention following America's 1999 Women's World Cup...

  • The Mayoral Debates, Take 40

    By Sheldon Teitelbaum

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    We've elected an "Education President." Now, get ready to choose the "Education Mayor."

    That seemed to be the prospect facing a packed chapel of some 300 souls braving one of the winter's worst storms this week to attend Debate No. 40-something by five of the city's six leading...

  • Dutch Settlement

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Jacques van Dam drove up from La Costa last Thursday morning to hear it first-hand: Dutch Jews who spent all or part of World War II in the Netherlands are eligible for compensation and may now apply for further restitution. The government-sponsored Maror Fund will process...

  • The Melting Wok

    By Anthea Gerrie

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    It was Friday night in Shanghai, a major linchpin of the Jewish Diaspora, and folks from all over the world were dropping in to wish Rabbi Greenberg "Shabbat shalom." But in the fastest-changing city in the world, we were gathered for worship in a skyscraper instead of one of the...

  • Dear Bill: Thanks a Lot

    By James D. Besser

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Dear Ex-President Clinton:

    We couldn't help but notice that some of your most controversial last-minute pardons and commutations went to our fellow Jews.

    Thanks a lot, boychik.

    Many of your actions seemed justified, but a few had the pungent aroma of political payoff, which badly...

  • Oscar ! Oscar !

    By Tom Tugend

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A film on the Nazi-era rescue of refugee children, most of them Jewish, has been nominated for an Oscar in the documentary feature category.

    "Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport" chronicles the rescue of some 10,000 children from Nazi-dominated Germany, Austria...

  • Jerusalem Online

    By Michael Levy

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Sure, you can find Jerusalem on a map of the world. But can you find Virtual Jerusalem? As of late January of this year, that piece of online real estate is housed in Los Angeles.

    The popular English-language Web site, which offers news from Israel along with humor, chat and other...

  • Strange Attraction

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Actress Marcia Gay Harden is a Texan, non-Jewish and the daughter of a U.S. Navy captain who regularly moved his family around the world. So she has had to do her homework, she says, to portray the tough-yet-vulnerable Jewish characters that have won her wide acclaim.

    Harden studied...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Harem Dropout

    Dear Deborah,

    I'm recently divorced (after more than 30 years of marriage), an educated and, I thought, pretty savvy woman. I have been dating a charming man now for almost two months. Recently we became intimate, and of course I expected our relationship to change.


  • Letters 02/16 - 02/22 2001

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    For Zachary

    It was wonderful to see an article written about my son, but I was pained when it failed to mention he had a father ("Zachary's Legacy," Feb. 9). Zachary was not raised by his mother alone. I was in the delivery room when he was born and was there every day afterward...

  • Scott Svonkin: Pulling Together

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    To find out where Scott Svonkin gets his Jewish commitment, you needn't search beyond his own parents.

    "When I was in the third grade," he recalled, "my mother once made potato latkes for Chanukah. She didn't make it for just my class, she made thousands of them for the entire...

  • Books: Beyond Mortality

    By Rabbi Michael Gotlieb

    February 15, 2001 | 6:59 pm

    "Does the Soul Survive? A Jewish Journey to Belief in Afterlife, Past Lives & Living with Purpose"
    By Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz
    Jewish Lights Publishing, $21.95

    For those who struggle with the concept of God, the primary issue is God's existence. Once established, one's belief in...

  • Israel vs. Florida

    By Steven L. Spiegel

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Trying to figure out the results of the Israeli election? Here's something that might help: compare and contrast what happened this week in Israel with what happened last November in Florida.

    In Florida, when the election was over, people knew less than they thought they did. As for...

  • ‘L’Chayim Radio’ Silenced

    By Susanna Crosby Perrin

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "I was thinking back to my childhood and the origins of my interest in Judaism," said Mel Wax, native of New York and longtime Los Angeles-area resident, "and it came from the Yiddish records my grandfather gave me."

    Like many others in the Los Angeles Jewish community, Wax was a...

  • Sharon Deserves a Chance

    By Yuval Rotem

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The people of Israel have once again affirmed their democratic birthright by voting for their preferred political leadership in open and competitive elections. Israel is an island of democracy in the Middle East, and the decision of its electorate deserves respect from the...

  • Calendar & Singles

    By Mike Levy

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm



    Adat Ari El: 9 a.m. One Shabbat Morning service of prayer and song with musical guest Danny Maseng. 7:30 p.m. Evening concert with Danny Maseng. 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. For reservations or more information, call (818) 766-9426.

    Ivri-NASAWI: 7:30 p.m....

  • Righteous Reflection

    By Dennis Gura

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "Dangerous Diplomacy: The Story of Carl Lutz, Rescuer of 62,000 Hungarian Jews" By Theo Tschuy; preface by Simon Wiesenthal. (Eerdmans Publishing Company, $25.00.)

    In "Dangerous Diplomacy," Theo Tschuy introduces a forgotten hero of the Shoah, Carl Lutz, a man who certainly...

  • Letters 02/09/-02/15/ 2001

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Henry Waxman

    The article on Henry Waxman is full of praise, yet understated ("Undefeated Champion," Jan. 26).

    If excellence is measured by the amount of good one does in life, then Rep. Waxman is one of the greatest Americans in history.

    Charles Aronberg, Beverly Hills

    Boy Scouts...

  • Ask Wendy

    By Wendy Belzberg

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Cutting Corners

    Dear Wendy:
    My husband and I are expecting our first son and have decided not to circumcise him. I think the practice is barbaric; my husband is swayed by the recent medical literature. How do we break the news to our parents? -- Fearing the Folks

    Finally, a...

  • Young Hero Sets Example

    By Melissa Minkin

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Nothing seemed unusual to sixth-grader Alexandra Coffey when she and nearly 300 classmates filed into the auditorium at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy last week. But then she spotted her parents. Next, she recognized a uniformed police officer. And before she knew it, she was called...

  • Time Is More Than Money

    By Mike Levy

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Everybody wants to talk to Randall Kaplan, co-founder of Internet-content software company Akamai Technologies and founder of the investment network Jump Investors. On Jan. 25, Kaplan delivered an hour-long speech to The Jewish Federation's Hi-Tech Division breakfast at Westwood's...

  • Barak’s Legacy

    By Michael S. Arnold

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Ehud Barak's term as Israeli prime minister was among the shortest in Israeli history, but in just 19 months he succeeded in altering the strategic landscape of the Middle East and recasting the terms of Israeli political debate.

    Barak's most recognized accomplishment was the...

  • Moving Mom

    By Ellie Kahn

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When I last wrote this column for The Jewish Journal several months ago, I had no idea that my mother would soon be living a short bike ride away. Or that her relocation to Los Angeles would take over my life. But transitions, while challenging and stressful, thankfully don't usually...

  • The Mobs Rule

    By Burt Prelutsky

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    One of the things that continues to astound me is the attention the world media pay to the intifada. Let a few Palestinian teenagers start hurling stones, and you can count on CNN to record the event as if it were history in the making, instead of what it really is: a prepackaged...

  • Amen Corner

    By Tom Tugend

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    If Israelis living in Los Angeles had been able to vote, Ariel Sharon would have won by about 80 percent, according to two knowledgeable Israelis on opposite sides of the political fence.

    "Israelis abroad are even more right-wing than at home. It's easier to fight Israel's wars from...

  • ‘Haven’ for Sweeps

    By Tom Tugend

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "Haven" is an intriguing but seriously flawed depiction of how nearly 1,000 European refugees were transported and admitted to the United States in 1944, which CBS-TV will present as a four-hour miniseries on Feb. 11 and 14 at 9 p.m.

    The film is based on the remarkable...

  • Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Off to a Super Start

    I spent the day after Super Bowl Sunday at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, which has wasted no time kicking off the new millennium with a helping hand. The Special Projects unit of Federation's Real Estate and Construction Division recently...

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