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  • A Chanukah in the ‘People’s House’

    By Dr. Joel Geiderman

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The invitation to the White House was completely unexpected. It arrived in a caligraphied envelope, with a Chanukah stamp in the corner and a menorah showing through.

    A Chanukah card, I thought, but I was wrong. There was a gold presidential seal at the top of the card and a few...

  • The Ground Floor

    By Rob Eshman

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A lot of the problems and promise of Los Angeles Jewish life were on display last Tuesday evening in Bob and Marcia Gold's living room.

    The Golds live in a envy-inspiring home high upon a bluff in the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The greater Los Angeles Jewish community, all 4,000 square...

  • The Truth About Lotty

    By Amy Sara Clark

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Fans of Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski detective novels are used to following the hard-edged but soft-hearted Chicago private investigator unravel interlocking stories of white-collar crime and corruption.

    While there's plenty of crime and corruption in "Total Recall" (Dell, $7.99)...

  • Many Angry Voices

    By Mike Levy

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The old joke says, "For every two Jews, you have three opinions." So is it possible that, as members of the Jewish political left complained in an ad on the back page of this newspaper on Nov. 22, "In the name of unity in a time of crisis, the great Jewish tradition of vibrant and...

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  • Bridging the Gap

    By Michael Berenbaum

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The announcement that Richard Joel has been named as president of Yeshiva University (YU) is an important and salutary development in American Jewish life. Joel is a gifted leader, able spokesman and prolific fundraiser. He has been able to establish the national Hillel organization...

  • Community Briefs

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Menorah at Work

    Menorah Housing Foundation, a beneficiary agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, celebrated the grand opening of its Echo Park Senior Housing -- 41 units of affordable accommodations earmarked for the elderly -- at 1727 Morton Ave., just north of...

  • A ‘Final’ Decision Courts Trouble

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A religious court ruled in favor of Chabad of California late last month, awarding it ownership of Marina del Rey properties contested by the Living Judaism Center (LJC), but the ruling has only exacerbated the battle between the two organizations.

    The crux of the highly charged...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli Sentenced For Hezbollah Contacts

    A Lebanese-born Israeli was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday for having contact with Hezbollah. Holon resident Nissim Nasser was convicted of having contact with a Hezbollah agent and passing information to the organization....

  • Beth Sholom’s Engel Gets Kudos for Outreach

    By Andrea Adelson

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Santa Ana's Temple Beth Sholom named Monica Engel as the congregant of the year for her enthusiasm for teaching Judaism to interfaith families.

    Raised in an Orthodox home, Engel's own family scrapbook has a different character, reflecting a blend of Judeo-Christian life-cycle...

  • One American Muslim

    By Rob Eshman

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Tashbih Sayyed told me he has cried three times in his adult life: once when his father died, once when his mother died and once when he had to sell his house.

    Sayyed was born in India in 1941 into a Shiite Muslim family. After the 1948 partition, his family, feeling persecuted by...

  • Dream a Little Dream

    By Rabbi Rami Shapiro

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Joseph's life is linked to dreams from his youth, and the way in which he responds to dreams reflects the level of his maturity.

    As a boy, he delights in using his dreams to torture his brothers and triumph over them. While he never interprets these dreams, their meaning is so clear...

  • Light and Thanks

    By Rob Eshman

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I spent most of this past week at the United Jewish Communities (UJC) General Assembly (GA), the annual gathering which, this year, brought nearly 4,000 Jewish communal representatives (and journalists) from North America, Israel and elsewhere overseas.

    The GA is part sales seminar,...

  • Lighting Up Your Life

    By Journal Staff

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    One depicts six grandchildren. Another is gold-plated and marks the 50th anniversary of Israel. Yet another was smuggled out of Russia and made its safe passage through Ellis Island in a brown paper bag.

    Nearly 60 Chanukah menorahs of historic and artistic merit and borrowed from...

  • Death Stalks Family

    By Tom Tugend

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A local American Israeli family, which lost a daughter in an airport shooting rampage last July 4, is in renewed mourning for a son who died Nov. 26 following a car accident.

    Nimrod Hen, the 18-year-old victim, was the brother of Victoria "Vicky" Hen, 25. She was one of two people...

  • Menorah Lights Our Way

    By Marisa N. Pickar

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    For three years, I lived in an apartment in Jerusalem next to a bus stop. The rhythm of my life quickly adapted to the bus schedule. Just by looking out my bedroom window, I knew exactly when to leave the house in order to catch the bus.

    When I returned to California, I assumed my...

  • Tzedakah for Chanukah

    By Journal Staff

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Chanukah wish lists of six needy local Jewish families will be filled by generous families from Rancho Santa Margarita's Morasha Jewish Day School.

    "These families have been financially disadvantaged for a long time," said Charlene Edwards, social services director for Jewish...

  • Up Close and Comical

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    ''I'm a ham," said legendary actor-writer-director Carl Reiner.

    "When you're a showoff, you've gotta get on that platform."

    Which is why 80-year-old Reiner is eager to regale the audience with tales of his life in a speaking engagement at the Orange County Performing Arts Center on...

  • ‘Dybbuk’ Nohs It

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    As far as Jewish plays go, "The Dybbuk" is a classic to those in the know or, perhaps more appropriately, those in the Noh -- the dramatic Japanese theatrical style.

    A new interpretation of "The Dybbuk" is coming to town. The play, directed by Tel Aviv University professor Zvika...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday



    Chin up, ladies. The Jerry Herman musical that gave Yiddish diva Molly Picon her debut on Broadway is playing this week in concert performances at the University of Judaism. That would be "Milk and Honey," the story of two American tourists in the Holy Land who keep...

  • Commercial Success

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    At Universal Studios, all the usual characters -- Spider-Man and the Rugrats -- were out in force on Sunday, Nov. 24. But they weren't just there for photo ops with children, instead they were lighting menorahs, spinning dreidels and eating the world's biggest latke at the...

  • Extra Israel Aid:  No Slam Dunk

    By James D. Besser

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Republican leaders on Capitol Hill say they can't wait to prove their friendship for Israel. They'll get their chance when the new Congress convenes in January, but some may wish they could take a pass.

    The test will come when lawmakers take up a huge new aid request Israeli...

  • Go My People, Go Now!

    By Si Frumkin

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The handling of the October hostage crisis in a Moscow theater is only one of the examples of a Russian attitude that is incomprehensible to the average Westerner.

    Unquestionably, the rescue of the 750 or so hostages did prevent a probable blood bath. But Russian security forces...

  • Candle in the Night

    By Paul Franklin Stregevsky

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    For Chana, the Festival of Lights had begun in personal disaster. She had just lit her first candle when her phone rang. It was Martin, the East Coast "catch." Like her, Martin was modern Orthodox -- observant, but game for a good movie. Last week had marked their second date. It was...

  • Kenya Blast Expands War Against West

    By Einat Kessler

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    On Nov. 28, as nearly everyone now knows, two missiles were fired at an Israeli commercial airliner taking off from Moi International Airport in Mombasa, Kenya.

    The missiles narrowly missed the plane, and the aircraft continued safely to Israel.

    Shortly after this failed attack, a...

  • Koala Makes Aliyah

    By Henry Benjamin

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Ben-Gurion Airport welcomed a new Israeli, and a rather furry one at that.

    Didgee, a koala, made aliyah from Melbourne, Australia, but he won't be the only Aussie in his new home. Cindy and Mindy, two cute koala girls who made aliyah from the Melbourne Zoo in February, already...

  • Old Wallet in Berlin Keeps Memory Alive

    By Steve North

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In August 1942, the Gestapo arrested Walter and Elisabeth Blumenthal, an elderly Jewish couple in Berlin. As they were driven away on a truck, a neighbor noticed Walter tossing something from the vehicle. The neighbor later retrieved the object: a brown leather wallet, elaborately...

  • New Jewish Music

    By Andrea Adelson

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    During Orange County's annual "Chanukah Concert", a corner of Costa Mesa's Performing Arts Center is transformed into an all-Jewish music store featuring CDs recorded by some Reform cantors who participate in the performance.

    "They don't have much opportunity to put their CDs up...

  • Synagogue Sportsmanship

    By Rabbi Allen Krause

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Most of my congregation knows from references I've made over the years that I am a devoted sports fan. Ever since I was a youngster,

    sitting with my dad watching football on TV, I've had "my teams" -- the Rams, the Dodgers and the Bruins. On rare occasions I have even gone to the...

  • A Mitzvah You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Call this your typical rags-to-riches story, except that it's set in Long Beach and stars two young Jewish boys and a baby blacktip reef shark.

    Back in April, Benjamin Mayer, 7, and his brother Noah, 5, stumbled onto a 6-month-old shark at a Westside pet store. The Westwood Charter...

  • Your Letters

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Fuel for the Fire

    Nothing is more frustrating than seeing another United Against Terror bumper sticker, bedecked with the American and Israeli flags, stuck on the back of a mammoth SUV ("Fuel for the Fire," Nov. 22.) Stand by the gates of many a shul in Los Angeles on a Saturday...

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