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  • Turbulence Grows in Weinberg Case

    By Julie G Fax

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Former students and colleagues of Rabbi Matis Weinberg are wearily watching as events swirl around allegations that Weinberg sexually abused students at a California boarding school 20 years ago and more recently at a yeshiva in Israel.

    As alleged victims have come forward in the...

  • The Slow Revival of Siberian Jewry

    By Nathan Ezra

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    There is a cold chill inside the dingy Siberian synagogue in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, where 84-year-old Aron Broder sits telling his story.

    A veteran of the Soviet war against the Nazis and an internee in both Nazi and Soviet labor prison camps, Broder is trying to put together the...

  • Local Iranians Avoid Spotlight as Protests Sweep Homeland

    By Tom Tugend

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As student protests against the Iranian regime swept the streets of Tehran and other cities in the country, the large Iranian Jewish community in Los Angeles followed developments with fervent interest, while keeping a low public profile.

    Actively cheering on the protestors is Rep....

  • Shinui Weighs in on Releasing Prisoners

    By Leslie Susser

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Even after Shinui became the third-largest party in Israel in last January's Knesset elections, shrewd political observers tended to dismiss its electoral success as a flash in the pan.

    Not anymore. After months of being derided as a passing fad with little substance, Shinui, whose...

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  • A Graphic Anniversary

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    During the Golden Age of comic books of the 1930s-1940s, cartoonist Will Eisner broke ground, both commercially (by founding the first comics production studio) and artistically (with his cinematic storytelling). When San Diego ComiCon 2003 convenes July 17-20, the industry's most...

  • The Uris Inspiration

    By Aviva Kempner

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I was saddened to hear author Leon Uris died. I regret never having the opportunity to tell him how "Exodus" and "Mila 18" had inspired my Jewish identity and filmmaking career.

    Born in Berlin after World War II, I was the product of a war marriage between a Polish Holocaust survivor...

  • Roadside Distraction

    By Teresa Strasser

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I'm sitting at a Mobil station in Minneola, my feet propped up against the bottom frame of my car door. The door is swung open so I can take in the desert air, exhale my Camel Light into the breeze.

    I just bought a pack of gum and a green plastic lighter inside the store, where a...

  • From Punk Teen to Bet Tzedek Dream

    By Marc Ballon

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Mitch Kamin was a punk. As a teenager, he would don grubby jeans and an attitude and make his way to the Roxy, Madame Wong's or the Whisky A Go Go to listen to the sonic drum-and-guitar assaults of such bands as X and the Circle Jerks. Plowing his way through the mosh pit, the young...

  • Weil Delivers Bush Invocation

    By Adam Wills

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Friday-night fundraising dinner is the last place you'd expect to find an Orthodox rabbi. But Rabbi Steven Weil of Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills recently raced the clock in the hours before Shabbat to open for the president of the United States.

    Weil kicked off Bush's...

  • Director Cooks Up Anarchy in Debut

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "I'm a 'Marx Brothers anarchist,'" filmmaker Jordan Susman said. "It's the sense of having a flower squirt water into the eyes of authority."

    The tone pervades his debut feature, "The Anarchist Cookbook," which revolves around a "latter-day Marx brother," Susman said. Puck Gold...

  • Briefs

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Family Service Cuts Staff, Programs

    In an attempt to balance its budget, Jewish Family Service (JFS) has scaled back counseling and other programs that serve some of the region's most vulnerable people.

    JFS slashed three part-time positions at both its Conejo Valley and Metro...

  • Father of the Bride

    By Yehuda Lev

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Other than paying his share of the bills, the father of the bride has two principal responsibilities when his daughter marries.

    The first is to stay out of the way of the womenfolk in the family while they make certain that the dress colors match (but not too exactly), the proper...

  • Your Letters

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    River of Hope

    Rob Eshman writes about the "River of Hope" (June 27) coinciding with my hope. I am happy that COEJL is working to revive the river and beautify our environment.

    How about a walk by the river, from the West Valley to the sea? My letter to you may encourage more...

  • Cracking the Dress Code

    By Amy Rosner

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Finding a dress was a lot more difficult than I ever thought it would be," Kimberly Larrick said. "But I knew that if I looked long enough, I would find it."

    The bride's patience paid off. Larrick's dream dress was about the 60th gown she tried on.

    "When I came out of the dressing...

  • When Bad Things Happen to Good Institutions

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When a University of Judaism (UJ) male administrator and a female student fell together from the second-story window of a Pico-Robertson apartment, hitting the concrete below and landing in the hospital, the story made the news and set community tongues wagging.

    At the time,...

  • Court’s Race Rulings Raises Deeper Issues

    By David A. Lehrer

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The United States Supreme Court has handed down its decisions on the issue of affirmative action. In the cases of Grutter vs. Bollinger and Gratz vs. Bollinger, the court has ruled on the constitutionality of race-conscious programs and their viability in educational institutions...

  • Pro-Israel: Solidarity or Retail Politics?

    By James D. Besser

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Pro-Israel lobbyists are patting themselves on the back these days for yet another congressional resolution declaring solidarity with the embattled State of Israel, and the kudos are justified.

    Pro-Israel resolutions these days are routinely passed with only token opposition;...

  • Simcha Stress and Bridal Blues

    By Elisa Albert

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Whenever I tell someone about my impending nuptials, the reaction is the same. First come the whoops of joy and the chorus of "Mazel Tovs!"

    Then, invariably, the tone shifts. Faces fall.

    "How are you?" they ask, in much the same tone one might hear at a shiva call. "How are things...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Master Mined

    The Walt Disney Concert Hall has not opened yet, but, no doubt, you will point out the downtown Los Angeles edifice to your out-of-town visitors when you play tourist guide this summer. That's because the hall's colossal, flowing panoply of flapping pantiles -- based...

  • Graff Explores the Drama of Theater ‘Camp’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Before Todd Graff attended theater camp, he liked to cause trouble. "I was hanging out with a bunch of idiot kids," Graff, 43, said. "We'd cut class, stand outside the liquor store, drink beer, blast music and raise havoc at night."

    When Graff and friends stole a neighbor's car one...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday



    One nation, under God, hip to disco, with Macy Gray and justice for all. A lofty ideal, perhaps. But that's the breakdown for tonight's Justice Ball. Sponsored by Bet Tzedek (The House of Justice), the ball supports the organization's mission of providing free legal...

  • Happy Trails to You

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A 7-year-old boy with severe disabilities who usually spends his days in an unresponsive haze in his wheelchair is running his fingers through the mane of a miniature pony named Chocolate -- and giggling.

    "It's a miracle," his mother tells Pepper Salter Edmiston, the founder of the...

  • Myth of Uniformity

    By Rob Eshman

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A lesbian, a Chinese American and a black man walk into a bar.... It's not the start of a joke, it's the beginning of a minyan.

    It takes 10 Jews to make a minyan, or quorum for communal prayer, and at least three of the people on stage at the University of Judaism last week fit the...

  • Chuppot by Design

    By Rahel Musleah

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Before the wedding of her son, Michael, Elsa Wachs sent invitations to almost 50 family members. They weren't invitations to share the upcoming simcha -- not just yet -- but a request to contribute to the chuppah she was designing.

    "You, our family, are very precious to us," she...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Where Credit Is Due

    The Israelites complain, again, that they don't have water (Numbers 19:1-21:34). God tells Moses to make water pour from a rock by talking to it. Moses, in his anger at the whining Israelites, yells at them: "You'll see how we [him and Aaron] will make water...

  • Recall Tarnishes Golden State’s Shine

    By Bob Hertzberg

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    California has always been a land of hope and opportunity. From the Gold Rush forward, our state has been a magnet for visionaries, entrepreneurs and dreamers. Across the world, California has become a beacon of prosperity, known from Timbuktu to Tel Aviv for constantly challenging...

  • A Match Made in Cyberspace

    By Keren Engelberg

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Sometimes fate takes too long." So reads the tagline on the home page for matchmaker.com, an Internet personals site.

    But anyone who's tried Internet dating (or any kind of dating, for that matter) knows that putting yourself out there is no guarantee of success. You're really just...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish Leader Admits to Drug Charges

    A German Jewish leader admitted to drug charges and resigned his post as vice president of the country's Jewish community. In a news conference Tuesday, Michel Friedman also asked forgiveness from the public, his colleagues and his...

  • Sacred Spaces

    By Rabbi Mimi Weisel

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The second part of this week's double portion, Chukat-Balak, is rather humorous, and even curious. In the second part of the portion, Balak, king of Moab, hires Balaam who is considered to be the world's greatest wizard, to curse the Israelites. Yet, when this great sorcerer attempts...

  • New Rabbi Hopes More Families Enjoy Sun, Surf, Shabbat at PJC

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On Saturday morning in Venice Beach, among the scores of shirtless rollerbladers and bearded aging beach hippies, you are likely to see some conservatively dressed people strolling purposefully past the henna tattoos stands, the Indian deity beachside galleries and the stores selling...

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