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  • Briefs

    November 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    It's in the Genes

    Back in the 1970s, there was a major push to get Jews screened for Tay Sachs before they got married. If two parents carry the Tay Sachs gene, a child could be born with the deadly disease. The push was highly successful, but geneticists now worry the effect may...

  • Beyond Day School

    By Diane Arieff

    November 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Put off by the embattled public school system and intrigued by a combined secular-Jewish program, parents with very young children are opting for private Jewish schools in increasing numbers. This is no longer news. While the majority of non-Orthodox kids still receive their Jewish...

  • Just the Right Size

    By Mike Levy

    November 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    This is a heartwarming story about a kidney.

    The kidney in question belongs to Mike Jones. It used to belong to Patricia Abdullah.

    Jones and Abdullah have very little, apparently, in common. Jones is an African American man. Abdullah is a female descendant of the Hawaiian royal...

  • The Jewish Side of…

    By Tom Tugend

    November 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    There was no red carpet or Hollywood glitz, but the first Jewish Image Awards, honoring outstanding work reflecting Jewish heritage in film and television, proved a lot shorter and funnier than the more celebrated Oscar ceremonies.

    Veteran director Arthur Hiller ("Love Story," "Plaza...

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  • Good News and a Big Squeeze

    By James D. Besser

    November 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    President George W. Bush last week plugged a gaping hole in the U.S. war against terrorism by expanding the executive order freezing the assets of terror groups to include Hamas, Hezbollah, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Islamic Jihad.

    Jewish leaders hailed the...

  • Love Amid Scuds

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Filmmaker Arik Kaplun saw babies everywhere when he moved back to Israel nine months after the Persian Gulf War. "It was a demographic explosion," says the Moscow-born director, who did the math and figured there'd been nooky in the sealed rooms. "I assumed that quite a lot of people...

  • Raising Kids Right

    By Andrea Adelson

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Jill Sherman's high school years are anything but carefree. Last year an older classmate, who talked openly about his anti-Semitic attitudes, tried to ignite her clothes with a self-described "Jew burner." Physically, Sherman was unhurt by the attack with a cigarette lighter.

    But...

  • To Shop Is to Cope

    By Teresa Strasser

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I'm in a Commerce outlet mall feverishly darting from store to store. A swirl of images plays across my frontal lobe.

    There are caramel-colored leather boots and pale pink thongs from Italy and a mint-green skirt with a tiny bow on the front. There's an unassuming corduroy blazer...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Solange Borna

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, Nov. 3

    Just in time for the holidays, the Contemporary Crafts Market presents its preholiday show, featuring more than 250 artists. Items for sale include original Judaica, clothing, home furnishings and jewelry. One of the craft designers, Santa Fe native Nomi Green,...

  • Closed for the Duration

    By Larry Derfner

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Whenever there's a wave of terror in Israel, the nation's hotels come up against a wave of cancellations, and the country's entire tourist industry -- from five-star hotels to souvenir hawkers -- goes into a slump. But in a few months the terror and fear subside, and the tourists...

  • Worrysome Headlines

    By James D. Besser

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    If ever a president went into a period of national crisis with a surplus of good will, it was George W. Bush.

    The nation responded positively to his leadership after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. There were promises the White House and Congress would now pull together toward a great...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Challah if You Need Me

    Last month The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles' ACCESS program along with The Brandeis-Bardin Institute and numerous L.A. area singles organizations co-sponsored the Shabbat at Sunset Communitywide Dinner. The event may have been the follow-up to...

  • Community Briefs

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Spielberg Foundation Gives Grant

    Steven Spielberg's Righteous Persons Foundation has given a grant of $100,000 to establish a continuing public lecture series on rescuers who braved large risks to save Jews and others during the Holocaust.

    The grant, distributed over a five-year...

  • Out of “Focus”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "David Mamet calls me Hebraically challenged," confides actor William H. Macy, a longtime collaborator of the esteemed playwright. "I'm the ultimate [gentile]. Part of me is the imploding WASP, a role I've certainly played to death."

    With his weak smile and wounded-looking blue eyes,...

  • Parents Want Proof

    By Toby Axelrod

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The parents of Israeli soldiers kidnapped a year ago by Hezbollah are asking the World Jewish Congress (WJC) to help press their case.

    The parents of Benny Avraham, one of three soldiers kidnapped along Israel's northern border in October 2000, met Tuesday with WJC members attending...

  • Eulogies: Sadie Scheiner, 102

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Sadie Scheiner, 102, matriarch of a family of pioneer Orthodox Jewish community leaders and ardent Zionists in her native St. Louis and later in Los Angeles, died peacefully on Oct. 22. She was the last surviving child of the Talmudist HaRav Levi Friedberg (nee Melamud), an early...

  • Majorly Mad

    By Sharon Samber

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A Jewish reserve officer says the U.S. Army stripped him of his security clearance and forced him to give up command of an intelligence unit because of his ties to Israel.

    Maj. Shawn Pine, commander of the 300th Military Intelligence Company of Austin, Texas, holds dual U.S.-Israeli...

  • The Day the Music Died

    By Amy Klein

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When I moved to Israel in 1992, I was a young religious Zionist believing in the Greater Israel. I was disappointed that the Likud's Yizhak Shamir had lost the elections to a man named Yitzhak Rabin.

    Fast forward seven years.

    I am in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, awaiting the 1999...

  • Our Two Worlds

    By Rabbi Cheryl Peretz

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In today's world, it is so easy to get caught up in the development and achievement of the many goals we set for ourselves. From the time we are very young, we are trained to begin thinking about what we want to be when we grow up and how we will get there. And as we grow up, those...

  • Guardian Angels

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Chatting with Leo Spiwak, one gets the impression that there is no spirit stronger than that which binds members of The Guardians, the fundraising arm for Jewish Home for the Aging of Greater Los Angeles.

    As Guardians president, Spiwak, with past President Brad Luster, will co-chair...

  • Latino Group Sues Over District Lines

    By Mike Levy

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    If the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) gets its way, state Senate elections scheduled for March will be postponed until June, and California's newly redrawn congressional districts will be re-redrawn.

    MALDEF has filed a lawsuit challenging congressional...

  • When Prejudice Eclipses Pride

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Don't be misled by the play's title.

    "After Crystal Night," a comedy-drama now at the Odyssey Theatre in West Los Angeles, is not a story about the November 1938 Nazi rampage. Not literally, anyway. The Kristallnacht connection is metaphorical; a reminder that what happened once in...

  • Israeli VIPs Need to Branch Out

    By Tom Tugend

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    While New York, Washington and -- to a slightly lesser degree -- Los Angeles are inundated by visiting Israeli Cabinet ministers and other VIPs, other major American cities and Jewish communities are all but ignored.

    The charge has been leveled by Alon Pinkas, the Israeli consul...

  • Beware This Bill

    By Douglas Mirell

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    As one who supported the confirmation of John Ashcroft as attorney general, Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) is certainly no radical. But last week, Feingold, chair of the Constitution subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, cast the lone Senate vote against final approval of...

  • Courageous Acts

    By Tom Tugend

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    On April 18, 1943, as the vaunted German army marched in to liquidate the Warsaw Ghetto, a few hundred Jewish resistance fighters, armed with pistols, rifles and homemade Molotov cocktails, confronted the Nazi soldiers and held them at bay for almost a month.

    The ghetto fighters...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Sharon Defends West Bank Incursion

    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon defended Israeli incursions into the West Bank in a phone call with Colin Powell. Sharon told the U.S. secretary of state Wednesday that Israeli troops will not leave four Palestinian cities until Palestinians...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Here is another action-packed parsha: First, Abraham takes in three angels, who tell him he will have a son. Then, God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah because its people were very wicked. Then, Sarah throws Hagar and Hagar's son Ishmael out of her house, but God saves them from thirst by...

  • Old Canon Gets New Look

    By Rick Richman

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "The Modern Jewish Canon: A Journey Through Language and Culture" by Ruth R. Wisse (The Free Press, $28).

    The Hebrew Bible is a canon of 24 books, written in the same language, collected by a people living in a single nation, compiled at a time of belief in an all-powerful Authority...

  • End the Silence

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Only three weeks ago it was possible to speak in optimistic terms about a united front against terrorism. History seemed to be blowing at our back, pushing the forces of civilization onward and upward to victory against the scourge of modern times. Writing in this space in early...

  • The Forgotten Culture

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    He calls them the "other" Jews. That's because Neil Sheff is partly one of those "others" (i.e., Sephardic Jews). In promoting the fifth annual Los Angeles Sephardic Film Festival, Sheff, whose ancestors came from the island of Rhodes, promises that anyone who comes to the festival...

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