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  • Tough Answers

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A week before his bar mitzvah, Ed Feinstein recalls in his new book "Tough Questions Jews Ask: A Young Adult's Guide to Building a Jewish Life" (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2003), he was in a panic. "I was scheduled to stand up in front of the rabbi, my family and the congregation and...

  • The Set Up

    By Dave Kessler

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I just received e-mail today from a former Akiba Hebrew Academy classmate letting me know that she tried to set me up with an "attractive, Jewish writer" from our hometown, but she unfortunately just moved back to New York.

    The Zoloft must have finally kicked in, otherwise I...

  • Zionism, by George

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In a key scene in "Masterpiece Theatre's" "Daniel Deronda," adapted from George Eliot's 1876 novel, the hero attends a Zionist meeting. "Isn't the way forward through assimilation?" asks Deronda (Hugh Dancy), an orphaned aristocrat unsure of his roots.

    "When we pretend to be what we...

  • Made in Israel

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    On a typically bustling weekday morning at Elat Market on Pico Boulevard, regular shopper Boris Sinofsky was at the fish counter, ordering several pounds of tilapia. He had seen a pamphlet for Fine Foods From Israel -- a campaign to support Israel through the purchase of its goods --...

  • Irwin Goldenberg,

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Irwin Goldenberg, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles past president and an active community leader, died on March 20. He was 85.

    Goldenberg was born in Chisholm, Minn. -- population 8,000, which included about 35 Jewish families. His father had moved there from Minneapolis....

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Israel to Get Less Money

    The United States will propose $3 billion less in supplemental military aid for Israel than the Jewish State had requested. An Israeli official in Washington confirmed that Israel would be offered $1 billion as part of a U.S. war costs bill, but the...

  • Will He or Won’t He?

    By Matthew E. Berger

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As the Palestinians move forward with the confirmation of a new prime minister, many are looking to the White House to see when President Bush will unveil the "road map" toward Israeli-Palestinian peace.

    They may be waiting a while.

    Administration officials and analysts say that...

  • Worst-Case Scenarios

    By Rob Eshman

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Now that the war has turned messy, unpredictable, bloody and cruel (i.e., into a war), it takes no special insight to assume that its violence will spill over onto our shores.

    Our public safety officials in Los Angeles have identified 549 sites as high-risk targets, among them Los...

  • Queen of Laughter

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Imagine emceeing an event following Sept. 11. Rhea Kohan knows that feeling. The mistress of ceremonies for countless local Jewish organizations hosted Friends of Sheba Medical Center's annual Women of Achievement Luncheon just 48 hours after the terrorist attack.

    "I was dreading...

  • Stanley Hirsh, Journal Publisher, Dies at 76

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Stanley Hirsh, the imposing philanthropist, real estate investor and garment manufacturer as renown for his blunt-spoken style as his contributions to Jewish and political causes, died at his Studio City home March 22 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. He was 76.


  • Victory in Iraq Key for Israel

    By Leslie Susser

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The war in Iraq may not be Israel's war, as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon likes to say -- but the stakes for Israel could hardly be higher. If the United States wins a convincing victory, it could assure Israel's place in a more stable Middle East for years to come. If it does not,...

  • Rich in Love

    By Rachel Brand

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When Susan Samueli met her future husband, Henry, at a dance at Stephen S. Wise Temple in Los Angeles in 1979, she never could have anticipated how different her life would be today.

    That was 24 years and three children ago, before Samueli became a household name in much of Southern...

  • Absence of ‘Justice’

    By Marilyn Henry

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor, and the Unfinished Business of World War II" by Stuart E. Eizenstat (Public Affairs, $30).

    "Holocaust Justice: The Battle for Restitution in America's Courts" by Michael Bazyler (New York University, $34.95).

    In the last moments of...

  • War Goes to School

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When the United States declared war on Iraq, Chana Zauderer made her own declaration: to ensure that her students are informed and to keep them safe.

    On March 21, Yeshiva University Los Angeles Girls High School (YULA) held a schoolwide assembly to review safety procedures and...

  • Community Briefs

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    UCLA Hosts Conference on Italian Jews

    When Guido Fink was growing up in Ferrara in the late 1930s, the northern Italian city had 1,000 Jews and a German synagogue -- where his grandfather served as cantor -- an Italian one, a Spanish one and a fourth owned by a private family....

  • Your Letters

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In Harm's Way

    Thank you for your article "In Harm's Way" (March 21). We, too, are the parents of a Jewish serviceman: Petty Officer 3rd Class Geoffrey S. Frankel, serving on a nuclear aircraft carrier. Our son was on the first carrier to send aircraft to bomb Afghanistan after...

  • Seder Yummies

    By Judy Zeidler

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Passover is my favorite Jewish holiday, and although cooking for Passover requires a lot of preparation, I look forward to it each year. It is a time when our family and close friends join together to share thoughts and exchange ideas as we participate in the seder.

    I have a regular...

  • Crisis Manager

    By Marc Ballon

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    On March 11, Paul S. Nussbaum trudged down the driveway in his bathrobe, picked up the Los Angeles Times and headed back into his house -- part of his early morning routine. Moments later his wife handed him a fruit protein shake, he cracked open the paper and pulled out the business...

  • Nice, Jewish Maidel

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Amy Sherman-Palladino's acclaimed WB series, "Gilmore Girls," began when the Jewish Valley girl visited the picturesque town of Washington Depot, Conn., several years ago.

    "It was so ridiculously Norman Rockwell," says Sherman-Palladino, 37, the daughter of ex-Catskills comic Don...

  • First Step in Removing Terror Regimes

    By Morton A. Klein

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The American war against Saddam Hussein represents a significant departure from the traditional U.S. posture of appeasing Arab terrorist regimes.

    Hopefully, it will be just the first step in a new approach to combating terrorism.

    In the past, the United States consistently...

  • Anti-Semitic Acts Climb On Campuses

    By Rachel Pomerance

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Rick Dorfman may be the human face of the latest findings in the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) annual report of anti-Semitic incidents across the country.

    Though the incident had not yet been confirmed by police as anti-Semitic by press time, the University of Michigan junior was...

  • Israelis Shun Terror as Sole Issue of Life

    By Tom Tugend

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Even in the face of terrorist attacks and the likely fallout from a war in Iraq, Israelis refuse to become a "single-issue society."

    "We continue to care passionately about religious pluralism and equality," said Rabbi Uri Regev, executive director of the World Union...

  • Battle for the Truth

    By Julie G Fax

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A prominent rabbi in Jerusalem's Old City, who was rumored to have sexually abused students at a California yeshiva 20 years ago, is fighting new innuendoes that he wields inappropriate influence over students at a Jerusalem yeshiva with which he is loosely affiliated.

    Rabbi Mattis...

  • Jews on the Warship

    By Janine Zacharia

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When I first packed for my trip as "embedded press" aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt -- one of five navy aircraft carriers deployed for war in Iraq -- I decided to throw a Megillah in my backpack, realizing that I would be on board during Purim. I had considered the possibility of...

  • Holiday Tales

    By Hanna Geshelin

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Many new Passover books are written for the diversity curricula in day-care centers and kindergartens. Designed to introduce the holiday to non-Jewish children and produced with non-Jewish illustrators and editors, some of them are problematic for Jewish readers. Three excellent...

  • Wild Lessons

    By Abby Gilad

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In Parshat Shemini, we learn which animals are kosher. Why did God create both kosher and non-kosher animals? The Talmud sages say that there is something we can learn from every animal.

    We can learn to be industrious and honest from an ant. Ants are hardworking and they don't...

  • Stanley Hirsh

    By Rob Eshman

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I first met Stanley Hirsh in 1984 when he stopped by to visit an after-school program in Jerusalem where I was working as a counselor. The kids and I were playing a game of basketball on a cracked blacktop court.

    After watching from the fence for a while, Stanley called me over and...

  • by Eric Silver Jerusalem Correspondent

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    If there is one thing Israelis have learned -- from the two and a half years of the present intifada and from all the battles that preceded it over 54 years -- it is that there are no surgical wars.

    You can't wage war without killing and maiming people, soldiers and civilians,...

  • Anxiety and Hope

    By Tom Tugend

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Joseph Dabby, who was jailed three times in Baghdad for the crime of being a Jew, did not wish for war, but he fervently hopes that U.S. troops will free his native land.

    Now the president of Kahal Joseph Congregation, Dabby is among approximately 3,000 Jews of Iraqi origin and...

  • All Quiet, So Far

    By Helen Schary Motro

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Israelis hit the pinnacle of tension in the hours before the U.S. attack on Iraq, when the order came for every person to open his gas mask kit, twist on the filter, adjust the straps to fit his head and then carry the mask at all times. Recalling the first Gulf War, when Iraqi...

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