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  • Ties That Bind

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Rev. Rick Fish has long hair, a shaggy beard and wears jeans and a flannel shirt. Preacher Rick, as he is called, is the friendly and gregarious leader of The Live Ride, a church in Simi Valley that administers to bikers. Fish also visited Jerusalem last February and fell in love...

  • Model Virtuoso

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In 1993, Russian virtuoso Nina Kotova was stuck in Manhattan without money, an apartment or a cello. "I was desperate," said Kotova, who will perform Jewish music from her new CD March 16, 2 p.m. at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. So she dabbed on some makeup for the first...

  • Serious Fun

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    For weeks now, Merrill Alpert has been searching for the perfect inflatable slide, the largest Ferris wheel and the flashiest ice cream cart -- all for her synagogue. Like event organizers at other temples in the Southland, Alpert, Valley Beth Shalom's (VBS) youth director and...

  • Blame Saddam, Not Jews

    By Marvin Hier

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Every time we seem to turn a corner in the battle against anti-Semitism, a new strain of the virus emerges. The latest strain is to blame America's war against Iraq on the Jews.

    Last week, it was Democratic Rep. James Moran of Virginia who said, "If it were not for the strong...

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  • A Reason to Smile

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Attention Jewish Angelenos: now you can become more beautiful and help Israeli victims of terror at the same time. Two programs, Smiles in Spite of Terror and StandWithUs tooth whitening campaign, donate half the fee from your teeth bleaching sessions goes to help fix the teeth of...

  • Match Lights Way for Terror Victim Aid

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli soldier Monique Goldwasser was not expected to live after a Palestinian bus driver deliberately struck her and other soldiers while they waited at a bus stop on Feb. 14, 2001.

    "I thought, 'If Monique lives, I'll become the voice and face of all victims of terror in...

  • Courting New Amigos

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 13, 2003 | 6:59 pm

    The Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles is reaching out to the Latino community -- but not with ordinary diplomacy. In addition to usual programs it uses to rally communal support for Israel, the consulate last week unveiled its new strategy for community relations. This being...

  • New Boss With Abbas

    By Leslie Susser

    March 13, 2003 | 6:59 pm

    Israeli officials are hailing the choice of Mahmoud Abbas as Palestinian prime minister as a potential watershed in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, one that creates new hope for a cease-fire and a new political process.

    For months now, Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, has...

  • Our Legacy

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As I wheeled my shopping cart down the aisle of the local market on my weekly grocery run, a toddler riding in his mother's cart came up the other side. He was one of the students in the nursery school, and when he recognized me, his mouth dropped open. He pointed and shouted, "Mom,...

  • Your Letters

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    David Myers



    Professor David Myers showed his true colors in his reply to StandWithUs when he wrote that the "Palestinians" are not entirely to blame for the conflict (Letters, Feb. 28). He reminds me of the familiar grade-school educator who never noticed bullying, but always...

  • Why Not Lieberman?

    By Paul Kujawsky

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    What a difference two and a half years make. When Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore selected Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman as his running mate in 2000, there was a surge of Jewish pride and support. Now that Lieberman has announced his own candidacy in the 2004 presidential...

  • Community Briefs

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli Businessman Arrested on Smuggling Charge

    Israeli businessman David Menashe is being held in a federal prison in Los Angeles on charges that he tried to smuggle missile parts into the United States without declaring their proper value and contents to U.S. Customs...

  • Dear Rabbi

    By Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Remarriage After Divorce



    Dear Rabbi,

    When can a woman remarry after divorce?

    Katherine



    Dear Katherine,

    Since marriage is itself a religious enactment (called kiddushin in Hebrew), it requires a religious ceremony to terminate a Jewish marriage. And since rabbis also act as...

  • A Healer Returns

    By Toby Axelrod

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Daniel Libeskind is coming back to New York to help heal the wounds created on Sept. 11. He won't be working with words or medicine but with stone, cement, glass and steel.

    "My hopes are that out of the tragedy that happened, from the depths of the ground, something will soar into...

  • Far From ‘Divine’

    By Tom Tugend

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Divine Intervention" by Israeli Arab filmmaker Elia Suleiman is going to delight some people, anger others and put still others to sleep.

    It has been embraced by European and most American critics as a brilliant absurdist comedy, recalling the style of French director...

  • Jews in Crisis IV

    By Rob Eshman

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The long and sorrowful story of the Falash Mura is a blight and a blessing on our community.

    On the one hand, our apathy, politics and ignorance -- yes, mine and yours -- has allowed 18,000 souls to suffer needlessly, all but forgotten in a fetid corner of Africa.

    On the other, a...

  • Persian Youth, Parents Grapple With Culture Gap

    By Mojdeh Sionit

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Picture a middle-aged Jewish Persian couple who have lived in the United States for years and are concerned about what goes on with their children in this strange and foreign country. They are upset that their daughter disobeys them by studying photography, not medicine, at college,...

  • Freda Sandrich

    By Rob Eshman

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Back in Hollywood's Golden Age, a radio host asked director Mark Sandrich who, in his opinion, was the most alluring woman in Hollywood. "That's easy," said Sandrich, who directed such stars as Ginger Rogers and Claudette Colbert. "My wife, Freda."

    Freda Sandrich died Feb. 25 at...

  • Democrats Facing Fight For Jewish Soul

    By James D. Besser

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Democratic Party may be about to experience a battle for its Jewish soul. Less than a year before the first primary, the field for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination has turned into a crowd, but two names have special significance for Jewish voters and the politicians...

  • Rabbis for Rent

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    If, like 82 percent of American Jewry, you are unaffiliated with a temple or synagogue, but still desire a rabbi to officiate at your special occasion, then telecommunications engineer David Segal of Phoenix, Ariz., has designed a Web site just for you.

    The site is...

  • 7 Days in Arts

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday



    Fine art for rent at LACMA. Yep, you read that right. The museum's Art Rental and Sales Gallery sits on the lower level of the Anderson building and features the works of local artists, for sale or rent. For a few more days, you can view their current exhibition of five...

  • Call of the Kiwi

    By Henry Benjamin

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Jews in distress are being encouraged to seek out a trouble-free environment way, way down under -- in New Zealand.

    With Jewish communities in Argentina and South Africa seen as potential pools of immigrants, the Orthodox community in Auckland and the local B'nai B'rith both have...

  • Visiting Peru’s Would-be Jews

    By Bryan Schwartz

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Chan Chan is the world's largest mud city. Lying just outside the town of Trujillo, on Peru's northern coast, Chan Chan's high earthen walls feature pre-Columbian carvings paying tribute to the civilization's many gods.

    In 2001, I ventured to Peru, not just to visit the ruins...

  • Romance in the Negev

    By Loolwa Khazzoom

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    He closed the cap on my gas tank, returned the nozzle and handed me a slip of paper.

    "What's this?" I asked.

    "A coupon for a car wash," he responded. "Kind of like a present." He smiled, dazzling me.

    "Give me another present," I said, handing back the slip of paper. "Your phone...

  • Lieberman’s Presidential Bid Is Already Over

    By Michael Levine

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As an active member of the Southern California Jewish community and a celebrity media consultant who has authored 12 books on communications, it pains me to point out an unpleasant truth.

    Despite the recent Gallup Poll showing Sen. Joseph Lieberman leading the field of Democrats...

  • The Other Soldiers

    By Si Frumkin

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Do you remember me?" he asked. "I am Semion, the soldier with the camel. In Berlin, at the Brandenburg Gate, remember?"

    I sure did. During the war there were no trucks for his artillery unit, so several dozen camels were shipped in from Soviet Asia to pull the guns. Just two made...

  • An Ethical Vision

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Dov Seidman is used to riding a little ahead of the curve. Back in 1998, the Los Angeles-based attorney and founder of the legal research firm Legal Research Network (LRN) decided to expand his business to include an online course in business ethics.

     At the time, no one could...

  • Yonah and the Wail

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Johnny Childs, blues musician, has come a long way from his old life as an ultra-Orthodox hoodlum. He started off in Brooklyn as Yonah Krohn, the unruly third child in a family of 10, who would sometimes briefly steal the fancy cars outside synagogues and take them for joy rides. He...

  • Bombing Follows Thwarted Attacks

    By Naomi Segal

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A suicide bus bombing in Haifa has shattered a relative period of calm in Israel and served as a stark reminder to a country bracing for the possible implications of a U.S.-led war against Iraq.

    With the United States stepping up military and diplomatic preparations for a possible...

  • Don’t Expect Arab Democracy Anytime Soon

    By Avi Davis

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Those expecting democracy to spring to life in Iraq soon after an allied invasion might wish to recall the fate of another Arab strongman from 36 years ago.

    In June, 1967, Egyptian President Gamal Abdul Nasser was sitting in the darkened studios of Cairo Radio, with barely a candle...

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