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  • Make it Count

    By Rabbi Cheryl Peretz

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Have you ever noticed yourself counting the time leading up to an important moment in your life -- the years before a bar mitzvah or golden celebration, the months before a new baby is born, the weeks before a wedding or graduation or even the days before a special birthday?


  • Gambling Goodman

    By Amy Klein

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Oscar Goodman sure likes his Beefeater.

    So much so that this Las Vegas mayor had proposed to become a spokesman for the gin company for $100,000. The money, Goodman promised, would go to the city coffers.

    On a November Friday afternoon, just a day after news of the Beefeater...

  • Hope for a Democratic Iran

    By Tom Tugend

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As Reza Pahlavi, son of the former shah of Iran, took the stage, the overflow audience of Iranian Jews rose as one. They waved Iranian, American and Israeli flags, broke into rhythmic clapping, and shouted in Farsi, "Long live the shah" and "We love you."

    The heir to the deposed...

  • A Cannes Boycott?

    By Tom Tugend

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish ire over a recent spate of anti-Semitic attacks in France may spread to a new battleground -- the film industry.

    Concerned by the attacks, the American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) is urging Hollywood stars and studios to consider France's current and past anti-Semitism...

  • The ‘Jewish’ Side of Linda Hamilton

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Linda Hamilton, the buff action star, is studying Yiddish-language tapes.

    The image is startling for anyone who remembers her as Sarah Connor, the all-American waitress-turned-warrior in James Cameron's "Terminator" flicks. It's even more startling when you consider that the Yiddish...

  • Caped Crusaders

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The $114 million opening weekend for the release of "Spider-Man" on May 3 was not only a box office record breaker but a resounding triumph for two wily Israeli entrepreneurs.

    In his new book, "Comic Wars," journalist Dan Raviv details the dramatic battle of Revlon CEO Ronald...

  • Likud Vote May Help Sharon

    By Leslie Susser

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It's no secret that former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to challenge Ariel Sharon for leadership of the Likud Party and, he hopes, succeed Sharon as prime minister of Israel.

    So when Netanyahu moved to have Likud's Central Committee vote May 12 against the establishment of...

  • For What It’s Worth

    By Mike Levy

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    That silver kiddush cup you save for special occasions? Your great-grandmother's seder plate? Beautiful objects with sentimental and ritual value, sure, but what kind of cash value do you have sitting on your mantels and bookshelves? With a fun takeoff of a popular PBS show, the...

  • Why I’m Still Single

    By Tom Bunzel

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A friend of mine and I were sitting at Canter's having lunch when we were discussing my dating life -- or lack of it. Since he knows what a cool guy I am, he suggested that there was just one tactic to take -- to make up an ex-wife and a divorce so that I could avoid the stigma of...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Arafat Calls for Elections

    Israeli politicians and pundits alike were skeptical after Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat called this week for new Palestinian elections.

    Arafat called on Palestinian legislators to make "speedy preparations" for new elections, but...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm


    Isaac Stern's life has been well-documented. But there are interviews and pictures you haven't seen. The America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Los Angeles Chapter is hosting "Remembering Isaac," a film retrospective with never-before-seen footage covering his contributions to...

  • Remembering the Comedians

    By Peter Ephross

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Walking into Lillian Lux's Lower East Side home in New York is like entering a museum of Yiddish theater.

    The apartment holds a photo of Lux and her husband -- the late Yiddish actor Pesach'ke Burstein -- from an appearance in Argentina in the late 1930s. There also is a picture of...

  • Checks and Balances

    By Rob Eshman

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I'm feeling a little used this week. Not have-to-take-a-shower used, but more like three-card-monte used.

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to Los Angeles two weeks ago and, in the name of Jewish unity, urged and inspired L.A. Jews to support Israel in this time...

  • Ziegler’s Elite Eight

    By Carin Davis

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Three bouncers, two lawyers and a musician among them, the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies class of 2002 brings a new leadership to the Conservative movement this week with the ordination of eight rabbis. From backgrounds as different as the paths on which they are about to...

  • Your Letters

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Allen Freehling

    It was nice to see an article about our father, Rabbi Allen Freehling ("Goodbye, Rabbi," May 3). The article on him was wonderful, but incomplete.

    He is the father of three adult children, all of whom, along with their spouses, love and admire him. The result...

  • Unity in Motion

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On the warm night of May 2, a cross-section of wealthy Los Angeles Jews -- including philanthropists Jona Goldrich, Stanley Black, Danny Ziv and Max and Anna Webb -- attended an event in the heart of Beverly Hills to raise money for Israel. The evening's goal: to raise $180,000 to...

  • Evolution of a Darwinian Musical

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As a kid in Queens, N.Y., Richard Milner's nickname was "Dino," while fellow Jurassic-geek Stephen Jay Gould was "Fossil Face." For Milner's 1954 Reform bar mitzvah, Gould gave him -- what else? -- Roy Chapman Andrews' classic, "All About Dinosaurs."

    Four decades later, Gould, by...

  • Thinking Ahead

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    My attorney, Irwin Goldring, is a wise man. Never pushy, never alarming. Fifty years in estate planning, you learn something about people.

    "Hey, for me this is just a questionnaire," he tells me. "For you, it's something more."

    I'll say. Irwin has sent me two legal forms stating when...

  • Pentagon Reviews Jewish Veteran Files

    By Tom Tugend

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Early in May, the Pentagon received a list with the names and backgrounds of 138 Jewish war veterans, with the single thickest file documenting the exploits of Tibor Rubin.

    The cover letter asked Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to review the records of Rubin and the other 137...

  • The Money Trail to Israel

    By Mike Levy

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Seven-hundred-and-fifty-thousand dollars will pay for three medical trauma units at Tel Aviv's Sourasky Medical Center, which has treated 500 casualties of terrorist attacks, including those from the Passover massacre in Netanya. One-million dollars buys bulletproof vests for 1,000...

  • IDF Refuseniks

    By Helen Schary Motro

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Among the more than 60,000 people demonstrating for peace May 11 in Tel-Aviv, was a 44-year-old Israeli who has served two jail terms for refusing to do military service in the occupied territories.

    It was Yuval Lotam's first time in many years at a rally. "I always mean to go, but...

  • Bringing Tolerance to the World

    By Tom Tugend

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    French multimedia mogul Jean-Marie Messier will spearhead a five-year project to build a European Museum of Mutual Respect in Paris, modeled largely on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance.

    The chairman and CEO of Vivendi Universal announced plans for the museum while...

  • Your Letters

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Jews and the Times

    At the end of the panel discussion that took place at Temple Beth Am on Sunday, April 28, Los Angeles Times senior editor David Lauter said that the way to reach (and possibly affect) the Times with one's concerns would be to call the special office that has been...

  • Couple Fights Harassment

    By Mike Levy

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Be Careful," Jill Jacobson said.

    An odd warning given to a reporter heading to the relatively safe neighborhood of West L.A., to investigate what might be a matter of bad neighbors, or a more noxious case of anti-Semitism. Jacobson's accusations come at a time when anti-Semitism is...

  • Car Shame

    By Teresa Strasser

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It happened fast, like swerving out of the way of a stray cat.

    I was driving toward the valet parking kiosk of a fancy-pants department store in Beverly Hills. As I approached, I saw clusters of press and well-dressed young women gathered to attend a charity brunch. A Mercedes was...

  • Community Briefs

    By Journal Staff

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Holocaust Museum Struggles

    The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust may be forced to close its doors by the end of the year because of severe financial problems. Its already modest budget was slashed to $60,000 this year, and "If we can't raise our rent of $90,000 for next year,...

  • Up Front

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Tooning Out Racism

    With little more than the belief that they could fight racism, 26 local students recently produced a series of animated public service announcements (PSAs) they hope will chip away at stereotypes and prejudice. Most participants had no previous animation...

  • Worth Waiting For

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    With pomp, ritual and the added joy that comes when a long wait precedes a happy event, the Los Angeles school of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) ordained its first rabbis May 5 at Wilshire Boulevard Temple.

    "The kvell factor is huge," said Rabbi Lewis...

  • Whispers of Dissent in the Air

    By Gil Sedan

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    With the monthlong Israeli siege over, life seems to be returning to normal in Ramallah -- but beneath the surface, Palestinians are questioning their regime in unprecedented ways.

    Dissent, which Palestinians usually keep to themselves because of threats to their livelihood or,...

  • Alzheimer’s Home

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine you are 90 years old and the world you once knew, even your own home, feels like a frightening and unfamiliar place. Sometimes you find it hard to recognize even your closest family members. You don't understand why people get angry when you wander away or when you cannot...

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