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  • Facing Terrorism Head On

    By Marc Ballon

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A mangled monument to the dangerous times in which we live can be found in a gritty industrial neighborhood in the outer reaches of the San Fernando Valley.

    Hidden behind stacks of crates and a tarp sits the twisted carcass of Bus No. 37, which a Palestinian suicide bomber destroyed...

  • Limits Needed to Set Path for Youths

    By Rabbi Daniel Greyber

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A few weeks ago, three students at Milken Community Jewish High School in Los Angeles were expelled for making a sexually explicit video of themselves that was eventually seen by members of the student community. Many parents and teachers in the Jewish community have expressed...

  • Q & A With Dr. Peretz Lavie

    By Adam Wills

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Peretz Lavie has spent his career studying sleep and sleep disorders. The fifth-generation Israeli is head of the Technion Sleep Laboratory, which has hosted more sleep patients than any other laboratory in the world.

    "We've had about 60,000 patients who have slept with us," he...

  • A Teen Spared From Terror

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Hilla Hayo, 16, was not a victim of the Dolphinarium attack in Tel Aviv on June 1, 2001 -- but she could have been. The teenager, who, along with four classmates, spent 10 days at New Community Jewish High School in West Hills this October as part of the Los Angeles Jewish...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Saving American Jews

    Rabbi Mordecai Finley of Ohr HaTorah and Rabbi Avi Weiss of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in New York put their heads and hearts together for a forum on "How Can We Save American Jewry?"

    The two rabbis were brought together Nov. 15 by B'nai David-Judea...

  • Musician Finds Salvation in Hip-Hop

    By Dan Pine

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Oakland-based singer/songwriter Hyim has a Middle East peace proposal he'd like to float: Send 10,000 kids to the region, have a heart-to-heart with their Arab and Israeli counterparts and then get 'em all singing.

    "Kumbaya"-flavored pie in the sky? Hyim doesn't think so, and the...

  • Turkish Jews: We’ll Carry On

    By Yigal Schleifer

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The recent bombings of two Istanbul synagogues won't end the tradition of openness in Turkey's Jewish community -- and it could even make the community more cohesive, leaders say.

    At the same time, the attacks are unlikely to force Turkey to retreat from its alliances with Israel...

  • Sharif Import Takes Boy on Trip to Islam

    By Tom Tugend

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "I was filming 'Funny Girl' with Barbra Streisand in 1967, when the Six-Day War broke out, and the Arab press called me a traitor for kissing a Jewish woman," actor Omar Sharif reminisced.

    "When I told Barbra about it," Sharif added, "she said, 'You should see the letter my aunt...

  • A Debut Teeming With Love and Lore

    By Susan Miron

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "An Hour in Paradise: Stories" by Joan Leegant (Norton, $23.95).

    People imagine that, as a book critic, I read so much that there must be dozens of books I enjoy each year. But the truth is, books about which I am totally enthusiastic appear only every few years. Joan Leegant's...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Zimmer Goes Hollywood

    On Nov. 6, the Zimmer Children's Museum took on Hollywood when the organization honored Barbara Fisher, executive vice president of entertainment at Lifetime Entertainment Services, and actress Cynthia Sikes Yorkin (best known for her roles in "St. Elsewhere"...

  • U.S., Israel Seek to Help Qurei

    By Leslie Susser

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Sobered by what they see as past policy errors, Israeli, American and Palestinian leaders are determined to help the new Palestinian Authority prime minister, Ahmed Qurei, succeed where his predecessor failed.

    Success would mean defusing the three-year-old Palestinian intifada and...

  • Cal State Bridges Culture Gap

    By Tom Tugend

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Los Angeles campus of California State University hardly seems fertile ground to introduce studies on Jewish culture and history.

    Located five miles east of the downtown Civic Center, Cal State L.A. has some 21,000 students, of whom more than half are Latino, almost a quarter...

  • Turkish Jews Dig Out After Bombs

    By Yigal Schleifer

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Yoel Ulcer was so set on helping Istanbul's Jewish community that he could hardly wait to turn 18, when he could join the corps of volunteer guards that stands outside synagogues and Jewish institutions in Turkey's commercial capital.

    His devotion cost Ulcer his life: He was one of...

  • Q & A With Nadav Morag

    By Tom Tugend

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Nadav Morag has joined the University of Judaism (UJ) as the first director of its new Center for Israel Studies and chair of the political science department. Now 37, Morag was born in Israel, but came to the United States with his parents at age 2, and spent the next 20 years in...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm


    More More. Celebrity Staged Play Reading producer-director Alexandra More presents another installment in the series tonight and tomorrow. "The Floating Lightbulb" is a bittersweet coming-of-age comedy penned by Woody Allen that revolves around a Canarsie family in 1945....

  • Defining Family

    By Yehuda Lev

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A few months ago, in these pages, I described a brief visit to Los Angeles to attend the wedding of my daughter, Dafna, 42, and

    her fiancé, Scott, 36 ("Father of the Bride," July 11). It was a first marriage for both and celebrated without benefit of clergy -- Scott being Christian...

  • Permission to Grieve

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Years ago, one of my colleagues had the awesome task of officiating at the funeral of a 9-year-old girl killed by a car while riding her bicycle. My friend gathered the children from that small Jewish community and gently invited them to speak their true feelings.

    "I'm mad at my mom...

  • Your Letters

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I am sick and tired by all the excuses of community supporters, leaders and the media to excuse Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller's behavior. I was at the event. He aggressively assaulted Rachel Neuwirth. And no amount of spin can erase this. I do not care how many names one is called -- a...

  • Attacks Bolster Turks’ Will to Fight Evil

    By Engin Ansay

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Following the dastardly attacks in Istanbul targeting Turkish Jews in two synagogues on Nov. 15 that left 25 innocent people dead and several hundred Turkish Jews and Muslims severely injured (see Cover Story, p. 18), I was asked what this all means for Turkey.

    It means sadness and...

  • Dividing Lines

    By Rob Eshman

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    About two miles northwest of Bethlehem, Israel's much-discussed security fence comes to an end -- not with a bang but with a whimper.

    A massive pile of coiled razor wire lays in a tangled heap beside the completed portion of the fence, which here separates the newly built Jewish...

  • Kramer Wins With a Vegas Loser

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Wayne Kramer identifies with the karmically challenged hero of his sleek new movie, "The Cooler." Bernie Lootz (William H. Macy) has bad luck so contagious, a Las Vegas casino employs him to cool down high rollers.

    Kramer -- who is hoarse as luck would have it, in an interview --...

  • Community Briefs

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    L.A. Officials Honor Israel

    Senior City of Los Angeles officials, visiting Israel under the auspices of the L.A. Jewish Federation, presented a proclamation from the L.A. City Council to Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai praising Israel as a "bedrock of stability, democracy and modernity...

  • Gehry Spoken Here

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Disney Hall may well be Frank Gehry's crowning achievement in Los Angeles -- and for good reason. Approaching The Walt Disney Concert Hall from the corner of First Street and Grand Avenue, the stainless steel walls reach into the air like a conductor's arms. The interior is even more...

  • The Furst Brothers’ Gamble

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When producers Sean and Bryan Furst met Wayne Kramer in 2001, just about everyone had rejected his Las Vegas fable, "The Cooler." The screenplay was a hard sell, "because it defies any specific genre," Bryan Furst said. "It's not a mob flick, it's not a comedy or a love story, but...

  • Irv “Kup” Kupcinet

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Irv Kupcinet, the legendary Chicago Sun-Times columnist for 60 years, died Monday, Nov. 10 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. With him were his son, Jerry Kupcinet, and grandchildren, Kari Kupcient Kriser and David Kupcinet. He was hospitalized Sunday after suffering from...

  • Don’t Hate Me ‘Cuz I’m Happy

    By Mark Miller

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    If you're anything like me -- and for the love of God, I hope you're not --you've found dating in Los Angeles to be nonstop inferno of disappointment, frustration, anguish, horror, tedium and depression.

    And those are the dates that work out fairly well. It's not hard to understand...

  • Jews’ Long History in Turkey

    By Yigal Schleifer

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish presence in Turkey usually is dated to 1492, when the Ottoman emperor Beyazit II welcomed Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition to his territory.

    In fact, though, Jewish life in the area has been traced back to at least the fourth century B.C.E. During the Byzantine...

  • Grappling With Competing Needs

    By Rachel Pomerance

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    While most participants at the North American Jewish federation system's annual conference were happy just to be in Israel this week, the network's decision makers were grappling with another matter -- funding for overseas partners.

    The issue has become so contentious, in fact, that...

  • Thanksgiving’s Sukkot Roots

    By Linda Morel

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Did you know that Thanksgiving is really a Jewish holiday? Although Thanksgiving is not on the Jewish calendar, historians believe that Sukkot may have inspired America's favorite farewell to fall, often nicknamed "Turkey Day."

    "The pilgrims based their customs on the Bible," said...

  • Ask Wendy

    By Wendy Belzberg

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Family Friend's New Beau Not Welcome at Wedding

    Dear Wendy,

    Close family friends have recently separated after 20 years of marriage -- the wife left her husband for someone else. She won't go anywhere without him and is intent on making sure that her friends recognize them...

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