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  • I, Me, Not-Husband

    By Adam Gilad

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    I am completely frozen.

    I have just walked out of a pitch meeting in Santa Monica. Wilshire Boulevard is breezy and gorgeous. It

    is 4 p.m. I have been married for 17 years and now, it appears, I'm not. For the last 17 years I had a wife, a family, a home, a dock in the open sea of...

  • Athletes Sport Skills in Chile

    By Carin Davis

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Did you hear the one about the Jewish linebacker? If you did, don't tell it to Jed Margolis, executive director of Macabbi USA/Sports for Israel. "The joke is always that there are no good Jewish athletes, but that's not true, especially in Southern California," Margolis said. "Some...

  • Dems Plan to Win Back Jewish Votes

    By Ron Kampeas

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Worried by signs of President Bush's soaring popularity among Jews, Democrats launched a coordinated campaign 18 months ago to win back Jewish votes.

    In recent interviews with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, top Democrats who attended the meetings disclosed the secret strategy...

  • When Television Challenged America

    By Tom Teicholz

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Around this time of year, I'm often prone to recall Rod Serling, who was born on Christmas Day. I'm helped along by the fact that PBS ran their "American Masters" portrait of Serling over the New Year's weekend even as the Sci Fi Channel ran a "Twilight Zone" marathon. It makes me...

  • DVD Set Showcases Legendary Producer

    By Tom Tugend

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Over a period of 42 years, legendary producer Arthur Cohn has made only 12 films, of which half have been recognized with Academy Awards, giving the Swiss producer the highest batting average in the annals of the motion picture industry. This record has been recognized by the...

  • Is There Life After Denominations?

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There were rabbis in hot tubs, rabbis on couches, rabbis in restaurants -- rabbis just about everywhere you turned in Palm Springs this week as more than 300 gathered for the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis' (PARR) 58th annual convention and the (Conservative) Rabbinical...

  • Nitty-Gritty Starts After You Say ‘I Do’

    By Courtney Nathan

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Anyone who has been married knows the real truth that marriage is hard work and, while it might get easier over time, marriage always takes effort. This is the No. 1 thing I tell newly engaged couples in "I Do," a marriage preparation class.

    Sure, engagement is exciting and happy...

  • Community Briefs

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Local Muslim Events Hurt, Help Jewish Ties

    Recent Southern California Islamic gatherings attracting several thousand Muslims showcased various relationships between themselves and the Jewish community.

    About 120 amateur athletes played in the first Muslim Football League...

  • Where Are High EI Guys?

    By Sharon Lynn Bear

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Dating is not brain surgery, but for some men it is more difficult. I think I've discovered why. The current thinking on intelligence is that people have several types of intelligence, which may not be equally developed.

    Psychologist Daniel Goleman coined the phrase "emotional...

  • Vigil Points to Interfaith Inroads

    By Andrea Adelson

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    With Chanukah bracketed by major Christian and Muslim celebrations, last month might have been a propitious time to find common ground between the Abrahamic faiths.

    Instead, a pair of incidents occurring within days of each other reveals the breadth of the cultural divide.


  • Folk Singer Observes a Pensive ‘Holiday’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Some years ago, folk diva Chava Alberstein discovered the rundown immigrant neighborhood around the south Tel Aviv central bus station. For the Israeli superstar, the area became a refuge, a place to stroll or sip coffee unmolested by fans. The residents were foreign workers from...

  • Controversy Erupts in Shooting at Fence

    By Dan Baron

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Talk about trading places. Last month, Gil Na'amati finished his three-year stint of compulsory military service after serving in Israel's artillery corps and spending time operating in the West Bank. Now the 22-year-old kibbutznik is the poster boy for Palestinian grievances against...

  • Vocal Musicians Make a Joyful Noise

    By Lauren Korduner

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Human voices converge on the same note, echoing a haunting harmony -- arousing complicated emotions.

    This has been the buzz surrounding an award-winning Jewish a cappella group, Shir Appeal, a group of college students from Massachusetts, who will bring their hypnotizing harmonies...

  • Finished

    By J.D. Smith

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It has been said that a man is not complete until he is married. Then, he is finished.

    Well, I got married.

    When last we visited these pages, I was on my way to the altar. My long-suffering girlfriend -- lets call her Alison, although I can't see why we should, when her name is...

  • Is History Repeating Itself?

    By Stanley William Rothstein

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "If I am not for myself, who will be for me"? -- Rabbi Hillel

    Can we learn from history? Is the past a succession of meaningless, unrelated events? Does the rise and fall of nations in the past have

    anything to do with today's world? Are people that much different than they were...

  • Rabbis Fail to Bridge Denominational Gulf

    By Andrea Adelson

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Nearly a year ago, Jack Wertheimer, provost of the Conservative movement's Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and a scholar of demographic trends, put a challenge to a former student.

    Jews around the nation are deeply involved in interfaith initiatives, Wertheimer noted. But they...

  • Meant to Be

    By Rob Eshman

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Earlier this year, two remarkable authors came to town and changed the way I thought about being Jewish.

    Frederic Brenner, the French photographer, came to speak about his new book, "Diaspora: Exiles at Home" (HarperCollins). The product of 25 years of work, the book contains...

  • The Headache of Resolutions

    By Jane Ulman

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Blame it on the Mesopotamians. About 4,000 or 5,000 years ago, they came up with the meshuggeneh idea of New Year's resolutions.

    And what was their most common pledge? To return borrowed farm equipment. "That would be a pickax or a sickle," says Danny, 12, who studied the...

  • Young Ambassadors in Israel Prepare for Return Home

    By Andrea Adelson

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There is unanimity on one point only: Two young Irvine women, who are midway through a 10-month subsidized stay in Israel, will return home next June speaking conversational Hebrew.

    But little else is certain as both girls' parents predict their offspring will return changed by the...

  • Schwarzenegger’s Kindest Un-Cut

    By Ron Solomon

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn't know it, but his recent gesture to reverse planned cuts for the disabled was the greatest memorial tribute to my brother, Danny. This week, we observed Danny's shloshim, the traditional 30 days after the death of a loved one.

    Danny didn't have a...

  • Religions Hold Mix of Justice and Mercy

    By Reuven Firestone

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Religion did not begin with compassion. The gods of the ancient Near East were not exactly epitomes of goodness.

    In the flood story of the Gilgamesh Epic, the gods destroyed humanity not because they were reacting to unbridled violence and sin, as in the biblical (and...

  • Project Re’ut Melds Optimism, Realism

    By Marc Ballon

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    For many observers the "road map," which envisions creating a Palestinian state adjacent to Israel, looks increasingly like a dead end. As does the Geneva accord. With Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists blowing up innocent Israelis in bloody attacks and Israel building a security...

  • A Prayer Book of Many Colors

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Lori Justice-Shocket thought that the traditional praying experience was just a bit too black and white. Not the prayers, themselves, per se, but the siddurim (prayer books), with their plain black typeface on white pages and the archaic traditional language, made davening, for her...

  • Up Front

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A Shushan Social

    Two party planners are not fazed by the logistics of recreating a fifth century B.C.E. capital where the Purim story took place.

    Cathy R. Jasper and Sheila Stopnitsky, mothers of students who attend Irvine's Tarbut V'Torah Community Day School, are reviving the...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Looking for Letters

    It's almost back to school for many of you. Oh well -- let's keep having holiday fun anyway. Answer one or more of these puzzles that have to do with the calendar and win a gift certificate for Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream.

    Search for the letters that aren't...

  • Jews Aid in Quake Despite Iran Rebuff

    By Rachel Pomerance

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Beggars apparently can be choosers -- or so the Iranian government seems to believe.

    The Islamic fundamentalist regime in Iran, which is struggling to recover from the Dec. 26 earthquake that killed at least 20,000 people and damaged an entire region, has announced that it will not...

  • Predictions

    By Rob Eshman

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There was a moment there, from, say 1972-2001, when world events seemed if not consistently predictable, then at least not so consistently unsettling. The common wisdom is that Sept. 11, 2001, changed all that, replacing the Age of Torpor with the Era of Oh -- @'%&! -- Now What?!

  • Why Are We Jews?

    By Rabbi Asher Brander

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "Biblical stories are in our present -- in the cheder [Easter European elementary school] we cried when we learned of the sale of Joseph -- and we rejoiced in his ascendancy to power. There was a freshness, a vigor, a nearness, which we felt in that drama." -- Rabbi Joseph B....

  • Temple Plays Iranian Card to Spur Growth

    By Andrea Adelson

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The desperate son of a woman diagnosed with cancer sought advice from Rabbi Reuben Malekan before accompanying his mother to Mexico for shark-cartilage treatments. When the cure failed, the son again beseeched Malekan for support in claiming his mother's body.

    Emotionally spent and...

  • How Will Saddam’s Capture Affect Vote?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    What does the capture of Saddam Hussein mean for Jewish voters in 2004? Will it shift the preferences of Jewish Democrats as they weigh the party's presidential contenders? Will it push Jewish voters closer to supporting President Bush for re-election?

    The heartfelt connection that...

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