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  • Sign of Hope

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The sign to the left, posted by Israeli Jewish and Arab students at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology around the elite Rehovot campus, reads: "We, the Arab and Jewish students of the Technion, who daily sit together in the same classrooms in cooperation and friendship, express our pain over the recent outbreaks of violence in our country. It is up to us to continue living here in mutual dignity, peace and security. We call on every Technion student to speak out against violence, and on every citizen to work on behalf of good neighborly relations."

  • A ‘Life’ in Pictures

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    As a set photographer, Morris Kagan has shot some of the most recognizable stars in the world. His post-production work has covered the gamut -- movies like "Titanic" and "Lost World: Jurassic Park."

    "A Life of Photography," now exhibiting at the Consulate General of Germany,...

  • Piscatorial Compassion

    By Jane Ulman

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "Fish is meat," announces Danny, my 9-year-old vegetarian son.

    "Fish is fish," responds Larry, my 50-something pescetarian husband.

    Judaism backs up Larry, classifying fish as pareve, neither dairy nor meat, and telling us that fish first appeared almost 6,000 years ago, on the...

  • Briefs

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Iran Bans Jews From U.N. Forum

    An international Jewish human rights group said it was told by an Iranian official that Jewish groups "would not be welcome" at a U.N. conference on racism and discrimination.

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center said the forum should not be held this week...

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  • Money That Matters

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    On Sun., Feb. 25, a local institution turns 25. Not a physical institution, like a building or a memorial, but an idea -- a community-wide esprit de corps that, over the years, has inspired thousands of people.

    Super Sunday brings out the best in our community -- the roughly 5,000...

  • Liaison to the Past

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Since she fled the former Soviet Union more than a decade ago, Anya Verkhovskaya has come more than full circle. As an assistant to the director of outreach and notification for the International Commission on Holocaust-Era Insurance Claims, she travels frequently to her birthplace...

  • Personal Touch

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Michal Amir prefers "a Jewish conversation."

    Entering her second year as co-chair of a donor support program called Face-to-Face, Amir believes the phrase is a more accurate description of the Super Sunday tradition aimed at strengthening ties between big donors ($1,000 or more) and...

  • Neglected History

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Heinz Dormer is almost 90 years old, but his faded blue eyes take on a terrified, faraway look as he remembers an awful place called "the singing forest." As a young man, he was arrested under the Nazi's anti-gay laws and incarcerated in a camp where homosexuals were tortured in a...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Irked By Homework

    Dear Deborah,

    My 9-year-old son comes home from school each day and rants about how much he hates school. Often he cries and it has become a 30 minute or so ritual. I try to soothe him and ask what's wrong, but usually it is irrational -- teachers aren't fair,...

  • Forging a New Vision

    By Gregory Rodriguez

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    While visiting Ellis Island at the turn of the 20th century, Henry James wondered how the sweeping tide of immigrants would ultimately affect "the idea of" America. Comparing the incorporation of foreigners to sword- and fire-swallowing feats at a circus, James reflected on what it...

  • Your Letters

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Free Loan Success

    What a wonderful story on the Jewish Free Loan Association (JFLA) ("In Community We Trust," Feb. 16). Reading it reminds me of my own story. I didn't come to L.A. from a foreign country, but Boston. I arrived in 1998 with $400 in my pocket and no job....

  • Y Troubles

    By Tom Tugend

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    YMCA leaders in Los Angeles strongly denounced a report by an international YMCA affiliate in Geneva, which accuses Israel of using "massive force against unarmed protesters and completely innocent people" and urges that "the YMCA take the side of the oppressed Palestinian people."

    ...

  • Model Behavior

    By J. D. Smith

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    My cousin Barry, who is 27 and looks like a scale model of Michelangelo's "David," is dating a 21-year-old Skechers model. Skechers is a line of shoes and clothing that I have never worn and generally think look ridiculous. You can't swing a cat on Melrose Avenue without hitting...

  • What do you say to a parent of a disabled child?

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    You might see us in the park, holding hands with Danny while walking him from the swings to the slides, and think, "He sure has a weird way of walking. What's wrong?" Or maybe his impish grin grabs your attention in the supermarket, but when you ask him his name, he places his hand...

  • Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Angels from 'Haven'

    Maybe you've heard of "Haven," the epic two-part CBS mini-series starring Natasha Richardson that, in recent weeks, was only plastered on every bus, bus bench and bus passenger in the city? Well, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles' Los Angeles Museum...

  • 7days

    By Mike Levy

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    24 Saturday

    Klezmer supergroup Mikveh performs in concert at Temple Isaiah tonight, kicking off the Women's Yiddish Voices conference sponsored by Yiddishkayt Los Angeles and USC Center for Feminist Studies. The four women of Mikveh compose original music and perform rediscovered...

  • Keeping Connected

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Rigor With Vigor

    "How can anyone command us to be joyous?"

    Bill Cohen, director of Los Angeles Hebrew High School (LAHHS), paces in front of the junior seminar meeting in the University of Judaism's (UJ) chapel, his hands in the air, his eyes delighted as he conducts a spirited...

  • Tour of Gratitude

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    On the surface, they may not seem to share much in common. Victoria Gendel is a charming, pixyish Russian woman. Elias Inbram is a tall, photogenic Ethiopian male. However, both are Jewish 20-something college students who grew up in small, isolated villages and are now living in...

  • Rebel, Rebel

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Jonathan Aaron of Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills knows as much about show business as shul business.

    The 39-year-old rabbi, a former actor and managing director of the Open Forum Theatre in Connecticut, is the author of a new musical, "Hyrcanus," an intergenerational...

  • Calendar & Singles

    By Mike Levy

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Calendar

    Saturday

    Valley Beth Shalom: Shabbat services followed by luncheon to honor special members and endow a scholarship fund. $35. 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. For reservations or more information, call (818) 788-5447.

    Congregation Shir Ami: 10:15 a.m. Anniversary Shabbat,...

  • A National Unity Government for L.A.

    By Sheldon Teitelbaum

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The more time I spend trailing the Los Angeles mayoral candidates, the more I find myself musing about rehabilitating the commissariat as a form of government. Or, failing such "Red Dawn"/"Red Alert" scenarios, perhaps we might seek something akin to the national unity administration...

  • A Matter of Time

    By Julie Wiener

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Michele Frankel of Fort Lee, N.J., wants her fifth-grade son, Roger, to get a Jewish education, but she also wants him to be able to go to baseball practice and complete his regular-school homework.

    Her husband works every other Saturday, so Sunday mornings -- often a Hebrew school...

  • The Muslim Zionist

    By David Margolis

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Does Islam deserve its title as "one of the world's great religions"? There are reasons these days to view it, especially here in Israel, as a source of terrorist bombings, murderous incitement against Jews, denials of Jewish connection to Jerusalem, and repression -- especially of...

  • Big Blue’s Nazi Ties

    By Sharon Samber

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A lawsuit filed against IBM for allegedly assisting the Nazis indicates a renewed focus on the potential culpability of American companies that helped Germany during World War II.

    IBM provided technology that aided Hitler in the persecution and genocide of millions of people during...

  • Hoo-wah!

    By Michael Levin

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Memo to first-time fathers: If your baby is crying, she's probably wet.

    Or tired. Or hungry. Or angry. Or confused about what's happening in the big, new, strange world she lives in.

    Unless it's something else.

    My daughter is seven months old now, and she has the poise of a prom...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Mike Levy

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    17 Saturday

    The touching, comic, eclectic plays of Richard Krevolin have found enthusiastic audiences in Los Angeles in recent months, with popular stagings of his "Boychik" and "RebbeSoul-O" previously featured in this column. Now the West Valley JCC presents Krevolin's "The...

  • Zoo Rebbe

    By Eric Silver

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When Natan and Tali Slifkin were married in Los Angeles last year, their friends turned up in Disneyland animal suits. It was not your classic Orthodox wedding.

    When Natan Slifkin was a child in England 20 years ago, his parents said he could keep any pet he liked as long as it was...

  • Cereal Killer

    By Teresa Strasser

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Things aren't going well. I know this because I come home from work, eat six bowls of cereal and climb in bed still wearing my clothes and shoes. The end is near, and I can feel it.

    I know cereal isn't love and companionship, but it won't turn on you, and it hurts a lot less (except...

  • Symbol of All Hopes

    By Stuart Schoffman

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    About 20 years ago the Israeli author A.B. Yehoshua wrote an essay called "Exile as a Neurotic Solution," in which he endeavored to explain why so many Diaspora Jews, for many centuries and in our own day, have avoided coming to live in the Land of Israel.

    In 537 B.C.E., wrote...

  • When Violence Hits Home

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish community in the West Valley and surrounding areas was rocked Feb. 5 by the murder of William and Bertha Lasky, former members of Temple Solael. The elderly couple died in their West Hills home from cuts and stab wounds, victims of an unknown intruder.

    According to...

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