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  • Olympic Mettle

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles Jews agonized along with the rest of the country as the results from the Nov. 7 election trickled in. Hardly as split as the rest of the nation, Jews in California preferred Al Gore to George Bush 82 to 15 percent. Nationally, Gore received 79 percent of the Jewish vote,...

  • Well Versed

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The trouble with reading Judith Viorst's delightful new book of verse, "Suddenly Sixty, And Other Shocks of Later Life," is that you recognize another decade has gone by in her life and so, presumably, in yours as well. "Suddenly Sixty "follows on the high heels of those earlier...
  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Mike Levy

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

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    Take your pick of three plays with Jewish themes on Los Angeles stages this weekend:

    "Storm in Heaven," a tense drama set in Vienna in 1935, concerns a young Jewish woman's allegations of sexual abuse and her subsequent psychoanalysis at the hands of Sigmund Freud. $15....

  • After the Election

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    I'm writing this on Recount Wednesday, following Cliff-hanging Tuesday. The national and local scenes are running through my mind, a nightmare set on permanent rewind. The absentee ballots sent in by my own parents are among the 6 million Florida votes being analyzed before we can...

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  • Comedy Is Not Pretty

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Mark Schiff's friends looked at him funny after reading an early version of his play, "The Comic." "It ends with a murder-suicide," the comedian concedes. "But it's funny."

    The play revisits the years when Schiff spent 30 weeks a year on the road, playing Tuesday-night crowds with...

  • Briefs

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Envoy Ready to Call it Quits

    The man who has been the U.S. State Department's point man in Middle East negotiations for almost a decade said he will call it quits when the Clinton administration leaves office. Sounding a bit discouraged, Dennis Ross told the Los Angeles World Affairs...

  • Spellbound

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    "I was in all of one spelling bee in my life," confides Myla Goldberg, the author of "Bee Season," who'll read from her stunning debut novel at the Jewish Book Festival this week. The overachiever was in the fourth grade, and she smugly expected to win - until she was asked to spell...

  • Kosher Boom

    By Julie G Fax

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Kosher consumerism just went up a notch in Los Angeles, with a handful of new shops whose contemporary decor and top-quality products prove that the kosher eye and palate is as discriminating as any other. From imported chocolates to hot dogs that go pop, from Hawaiian fish to scones...

  • Capitol Hill Gains

    By Sharon Samber

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    One influential Jewish representative was defeated, one venerated Jewish senator retired and the number of Jewish Republicans in the House may have tripled as a result of this week's elections.Overall, the Jewish presence in Congress will increase, with several new faces in the House...

  • Courage Under Fire

    By Adam Wills

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Mort Wolk hadn't slept a wink in two days. The invasion had been called off the day before due to bad weather, but Wolk had been on edge and too busy to rest. It was 4 a.m., and his plane was over Nazi-held Normandy. The only Jew and the only enlisted man on board, Wolk was part of...

  • Letters to the Editor

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    David Myers

    I read with great interest the two letters to the editor which expressed some displeasure with the article written by Prof. David Myers ("Facing Truths," Oct. 27). Although I too have reservations about some of the points dealing with Israel in Myers' article, we should...

  • Mitzvah Day

    By Jane Ulman

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Imagine the possibility of having restricted access to your own religion and culture without even realizing it, whether you attend synagogue and study sessions faithfully or not. Such a phenomenon actually exists, and it's doing its disturbing work in our own Jewish community. I am...

  • Tough Jews

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    As twilight descended upon the forest of Ponar, Rich Cohen gazed upon the green canyons where the Vilna Jews died in the Shoah. He took photographs of the treetops, thinking of a survivor who had stared at the same trees while feigning death in one of the mass graves. "I knew that...
  • Down to the Wire

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles Jews agonized along with the rest of the country as the results from the Nov. 7 election trickled in. Hardly as split as the rest of the nation, Jews in California preferred Al Gore to George Bush 82 to 15 percent. Nationally, Gore received 79 percent of the Jewish vote,...

  • Why Get Married?

    By Ellen Sandler

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    We'd been seeing each other for about three and a half years, and it'd come up, more than once.

    Conversations like:
    "Should we?"
    "No... well, maybe. I don't know."
    "Do you want to?"
    "Not now."

    Why get married? I love him, we're already living together, things are just fine, why do we need...

  • Four Jews, Two Opinions

    By Rob Eshman

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Three out of four Jews favor Vice President Al Gore over Texas Gov. George W. Bush for president, according to a survey released this week by the American Jewish Committee (AJC).The same AJC survey found that 59 percent of Jews identify themselves as Democrats. Independents amount to...

  • Reflections of War

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    As violence continued to flare in Israel, director Amos Gitai remembered a day when he stood in a downpour on the Golan Heights and recreated the bloodiest battle of the Yom Kippur War. Bundled in a thick coat, his woolen cap pulled low, his shoes caked with dirt, Israel's most...

  • Majoring in Courage

    By David Evanier

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    These are tense days for the Los Angeles parents of Jewish students studying at Israeli universities and yeshivas. Their sons and daughters are among some 4,000 Americans studying in Israel this year in a wide range of programs. Major universities, yeshivas, kibbutzim, the Israel...

  • Record of Leadership

    By Ralph Nurnberger

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Never in American history has the choice for American Jews in a presidential election been as clear and obvious as it is this year. Never.

    Amazingly, this was true even before the vice-presidential candidates were named. Obviously, there are major distinctions between Gov. George W....

  • Why Moshie Can’t Read

    By Rabbi Ari Hier

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Imagine the possibility of having restricted access to your own religion and culture without even realizing it, whether you attend synagogue and study sessions faithfully or not. Such a phenomenon actually exists, and it's doing its disturbing work in our own Jewish community. I am...

  • Tourism in Israel

    By Rob Eshman

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Ehud Barak has the hardest job in Israel these days, but Itai Eiges' is no walk in the park, either. As director general of the ministry of tourism, Eiges is in charge of promoting an industry that has been crippled by the recent conflict. Tour operators are reporting a 50 percent...

  • Ground-Breaking Groundbreaking

    By Julie G Fax

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Congregation Kol Ami, the only Reform synagogue in West Hollywood, prides itself on being an alternative to the mainstream, an inclusive, nonjudgmental place where gays, lesbians, bisexuals and heterosexuals connect to a spiritual base, where what matters most is that you want to be...

  • Green With Envy

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Here we go. Five days before the election and all hell is breaking loose. Fear and loathing, but mostly fear, is escalating among Democrats who are worried Ralph Nader is going to cost Vice President Al Gore the election. Greens for Gore in Oregon are urging Naderites to vote Gore...

  • Ask Wendy

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Wendy Belzberg is as comfortable swapping brisket recipes as she is discussing quantum physics. However, because of her strong Jewish background, many - but by no means all - of the questions she receives tend to have some Jewish content. Don't expect a traditional response; she can...
  • What next for Capitol Hill?

    By Sharon Samber

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    With the November elections just around the corner, Jewish observers and activists are predicting that no matter who wins control of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the Jewish communal agenda will encounter some of the same legislative hurdles it faced in the 106th...

  • Justice, Justice

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Is there a "Jewish stake" in the district attorney race between two-term incumbent Gil Garcetti and head Deputy District Attorney Steve Cooley? Maybe it comes to this: How far out of step is this community going to be?

    Steve Cooley has won the endorsement of every local newspaper,...

  • Community Briefs

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Honoring Jewish Veterans

    For some, Veterans Day might be just another excuse to miss work. For others, it is a day of remembrance in honor of all soldiers, dead and alive, who have fought to preserve the American way of life.

    Count the Jewish War Veterans among the latter. On Nov. 10,...

  • Greatness

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    In most big cities in the United States, horse-and-buggy rides are offered as tourist attractions. It is therefore not shocking to find them lined up in Philadelphia, right near Constitution Hall and the Liberty Bell.

    What was surprising, however, was whom I found driving a horse and...

  • Sugihara’s Mitzvah

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Diane Estelle Vicari and Robert Kirk cheered when the Japanese foreign ministry apologized to Chiune Sugihara's family this month.

    The filmmakers' acclaimed documentary, "Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness," which screens at the International Jewish Film Festival this month, helped...

  • Community Briefs

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Honoring Jewish Veterans

    For some, Veterans Day might be just another excuse to miss work. For others, it is a day of remembrance in honor of all soldiers, dead and alive, who have fought to preserve the American way of life.

    Count the Jewish War Veterans among the latter. On Nov. 10,...

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