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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Family Values and July Fourth

    By Elliot Fein

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I recently increased my odds of renting a quality flick at my local Blockbuster by skipping over the new releases section and checking out a classic: the 1990 Barry Levinson film "Avalon."

    An epic story of a Russian Jewish family in Baltimore that abandons its past to assimilate...

  • Your Letters

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Piece of the Pie

    Tom Tugend's article led me to fantasize that if I were a secular Jewish millionaire, what would I do to mitigate the present feverish global anti-Semitism ("Why Aren't Jews Giving to Jews?" June 27)? I certainly would not give a dime to organizations that are...

  • Activists Looking to Past for Inspiration

    By Bill Boyarsky

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When I arrived in Los Angeles, I was drawn to Boyle Heights, a Latino community that had once been the home of Los Angeles Jewish radical life.

    It wasn't that I was looking for Eastside, left-wing Jewish roots. I didn't have any. When my grandparents lived in Los Angeles before...

  • Gibson Film Causes ‘Passion’ to Rise

    By Joe Berkofsky

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The ghosts of virulently anti-Semitic nuns may haunt Mel Gibson's new film about Jesus' final days, some Catholic and Jewish scholars are warning.

    The growing hype concerns charges that "The Passion" blames Jews for Jesus' death. Gibson denies any anti-Semitic intent, and little...

  • Rebels and Leaders

    By Rabbi Allen I. Freehling

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    One of my favorite Torah portions is the one that we will read this Shabbat. It reveals to us myriad recognizable human traits while transmitting to us some vital lessons.

    From this story, we see that some characteristics are bad while others are good; and, along the way, we observe...

  • Slicing the Kosher Cheese Market

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    At a cheese plant in Compton, Rabbi Avraham Vogel, a mashgiach (kosher supervisor) from OK supervision, adds a bucket of culture to a 780-gallon bath of hot milk. A table nearby is spread with cheese curd, which a worker cuts and then puts through a cooker stretcher that bathes the...

  • California Dreamin’

    By Rob Eshman

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    By the time you read this, our state's budget crisis will already have a solution. It may not be official, it may not be complete, but it will be in the works. And you can credit Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) for that.

    Issa is the state legislator who has launched the recall drive...

  • Pulling Up Stakes

    By Buzzy Gordon

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    For someone only in his 40s, actor-director Robby Benson already has had a busy career. He also has had his fill of Hollywood.

    Last month, the 47-year-old Benson sold his Los Angeles home and moved to Boone, N.C., where he has accepted a faculty position as artist-in-residence at...

  • Aid to Israeli Families Serves Dual Role

    By Andrea Adelson

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Good can come from every situation, Judaism holds, and so does Irvine's Rabbi Joel Landau. The Beth Jacob Congregation leader has searched for good amid the unceasing bloodshed in the Middle East and found that empathy for victims of violence could be the sympathetic lifeline that...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Parshat Korah

    Korah picks a fight with Moses and says, "I'm a Levite, too. I deserve to be given as much honor as you." When a group of Israelites decide to take Korach's side, they are swallowed up by the earth.

    Have you ever decided to take sides when two of your friends fought?...

  • Reaching Brunch Davidians

    By Rob Eshman

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I recently spent a day in a room with 27 academics, rabbis and communal activists trying to figure out what to do about the Jews.

    The Wilstein Institute convened this June 9 meeting of local Jewish leaders -- Wilstein's term, not mine -- to discuss the current state of Jewish...

  • Hamas and the Triple Standard

    By Edwin Black

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When it comes to Israel's fight against Hamas, a triple standard seems at work.

    Israel is now completely at war with Palestinian terror groups, no less than America is at war with Al Qaeda worldwide and Saddam loyalists in Iraq. Hence, Israel must escalate its rules of engagement,...

  • Geiger Beachfront-Bound

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Geiger Beachfront-Bound

    "When we were growing up, no one considered Venice to be a Jewish area," said Rabbi Ben Geiger, who nevertheless departed last month after five years as a part-time assistant rabbi at Irvine's Congregation Beth Jacob for a tiny, 25-year-old Venice boardwalk...

  • The Few, The Proud, The Jewish

    By Mikhail Ekshtut

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In the entire U.S. military there are about 50 Orthodox Jews -- and I am one of them. Why am I telling you this?

    I was born in Kiev, Ukraine. In 1976, when I was 5, my parents, sister and I immigrated to the United States and settled in Seattle. I grew up mostly nonobservant, but...

  • O.C. Finds Itself in a State of ‘Jewtopia’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The hit play "Jewtopia" began when Sam Wolfson and Bryan Fogel envisioned two guys at a temple singles mixer with "Hava Nagila" pumping. "We decided the gentile was there because he likes Jewish girls, and the Jew was there because of family pressure," Fogel said.

    The scene evolved...

  • A Pulpit for Peace

    By Marc Ballon

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In the aftermath of Sept. 11, America experienced an ugly anti-Arab backlash. Thousands of Middle Easterners living in the United States were verbally harassed, beaten or worse because of their ethnicity or religion. Some pilots forced swarthy passengers off their planes because...

  • Building Bridges to Arab Town

    By Andrea Adelson

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Pop culture lovers don't need a map to find Mickey's Toontown. But Alam's Arab Town?

    Little-known even in Orange County and not yet granted official recognition, Arab Town is located in West Anaheim, not far from Disneyland.

    Arabic signage and billboards in the strip malls lining...

  • Mourning

    By Avner Hofstein

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On a white brick ledge in his Chatsworth backyard, Avi Hen's fancy barbecue -- once the symbol of his family's happiness -- now sits abandoned. Avi sometimes wanders over to it and remembers the days when he would host 30 people for a party.

    The house would fill with friends; his...

  • Hamas and the Triple Standard

    By Edwin Black

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When it comes to Israel's fight against Hamas, a triple standard seems at work.

    Israel is now completely at war with Palestinian terror groups, no less than America is at war with Al Qaeda worldwide and Saddam loyalists in Iraq. Hence, Israel must escalate its rules of engagement,...

  • After the Cease-Fire What Comes Next?

    By Leslie Susser

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As Israel and the Palestinians begin a long-awaited truce, both sides are holding their breath -- and wondering what the United States will do next to advance the "road map" peace plan.

    The late June cease-fire by the three main Palestinian terror groups, declared as the intifada...

  • Red Flag From Cupid

    By Mark Miller

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Oh, sure, it started promisingly enough. Rhonda and I had each seen the other's photo and profile on a singles Web site, granted one another profile approval and were now talking on the phone for the first time.

    Things were going pleasantly until Rhonda suggested that I choose a...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday

    Follow the bouncing ball down the yellow brick road tonight as the Hollywood Bowl presents "Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz." The title says it all. The Bowl shows "The Wizard of Oz" on its big screen with attendees encouraged to sing along to the famous songs by Harold Arlen and...

  • Boot Camp Hones Leadership Skills

    By Andrea Adelson

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Boot camp for Jewish leaders? While typically only the wealthiest nonprofit organizations have adequate resources to professionally hone the skills of future volunteer leaders, last year the Jewish Federation of Orange County started the Jewish Leadership Network to season volunteer...

  • Rise in Aliyah Rates From Frum

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The Transcription Company, started by Rich Brownstein 13 years ago, is the largest in the entertainment industry. Brownstein's business transcribes TV programs and radio shows from ABC, NBC,...

  • The Heroes of Jewish Comedy

    By Tom Teicholz

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On Monday, July 7, Comedy Central will premiere the first of a six-part series called, "Heroes of Jewish Comedy." Unfortunately, the series suffers for being a clip job not up to its subject. Less documentary and more comedy would help.

    Produced in Britain, the show already seems...

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