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  • The Strongest, Most Vulnerable Man on Earth

    By Tom Tugend

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "I do not see Jews as victims fated to perish in a Holocaust," says German filmmaker Werner Herzog. "I see them as the strongest and most confident people in the world."

    True to this vision, Herzog has titled his latest film "Invincible." At its center, he has put Zishe Breitbart,...

  • Getty’s ‘Danube’: River of Memories

    By Tom Tugend

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    At the entrance to "The Danube Exodus: The Rippling Currents of the River" at the Getty Center's Research Institute is an observation by the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus: "Everything is in constant flux and movement, nothing is abiding.... We cannot step twice into the same...

  • Gaza/Bethlehem First—and Last?

    By Naomi Segal

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Reports of the death of a gradual Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire plan may be premature.

    A lot of evidence surfaced this week that the initial skepticism that greeted the "Gaza/Bethlehem First" plan was justified. But there were also facts to buttress the optimistic view that the...

  • Community Briefs

    By Journal Staff

    August 29, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    Anti-Israel Protesters Rally Outside Feinstein's Office

    Anti-Israel demonstrators and pro-Israel counterdemonstrators squared off in front of Jewish Sen. Dianne Feinstein's West Los Angeles office last week. Feinstein (D-CA) has a track record of supporting pro-Israel...

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  • Hearts in the Right Place

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Call it a mission with a mission."It was the most amazing trip," Dr. Charles Pollick told The Journal. "I've been to Israel many times, but they really rolled out the red carpet for us."

    Unlike previous visits, this sojourn was more business than pleasure. Pollick, a cardiologist at...

  • The Liebermans’ Tasty New Year

    By Beverly Levitt

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This year, 5763, Rosh Hashana falls on Shabbat, the weekly observance that Sen. Joseph Lieberman calls "a sanctuary to put the outside world on hold and concentrate on what's really important -- your faith and your family." And although Lieberman, who was the Democratic candidate...

  • Charismatic Rabbi Faces Charges

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Michael Ozair is, by many accounts, charming, charismatic and an excellent teacher.

    He is also in jail.

    The once-popular instructor at schools like Shalhevet High School on Fairfax Avenue and Sinai Akiba Academy on Wilshire Boulevard, who was an active participant in the Happy Minyan...

  • Respite From Terror

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It is Monday afternoon at Universal Studios, and the place is swarming with camera-toting tourists, screaming children, beleaguered adults and bored-looking park staff. Prison-garbed Beetlejuice is flashing his blackened teeth as he amuses tourists with his banter, and the cheerful...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Deborah-utantes Come Out

     

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) held its annual Deborah Awards, honoring women of achievement -- an evening at the Regent Beverly Wilshire emceed by Arianna Huffington.

    Important Local Call

    Members of Hadassah's Long Beach/Orange County branch donated...

  • Lieberman Recipes

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    HADASSAH LIEBERMAN'S PAREVE VEGETABLE SOUP

    1 medium onion, chopped

    3-4 cloves garlic, crushed

    3 medium carrots, chopped

    2 stalks celery, chopped

    2 teaspoons paprika

    1 teaspoon turmeric

    1 bay leaf

    kosher salt

    dash of cayenne pepper

    dash of cinnamon

    Water or vegetable stock to...

  • Malibu Music Man With Latin Groove

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This High Holy Day season, the congregation at Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue has something to sing about, to the lively and devoted Marcelo Gindlin. Affectionately dubbed "Cantor Marcelo," the Argentine Pied Piper came to the shul two years ago and created a brand-new music...

  • Those Were the Days

    By Michele Goldman

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Minnie Brandt was raised in the poor section of Cleveland in the 1920s. Her father, an immigrant from the Ukraine, supported his family by taking a horse and wagon to get rags, paper and cans for recycling. Her childhood was simple: At school she learned how to add, read, write, cook...

  • ‘Slap’ Happy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Melanie Mayron read an early script of the iconic yuppie angst-fest "thirtysomething" in 1987, she rushed to the telephone. The series' creators had portrayed her character, Melissa, as Jewish, fat and troubled. But the famously redheaded actress didn't want any of that. She'd...

  • The Sacred Narrative

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This summer, I had a reunion with female cousins who are all my age. We live all around the country, so we hardly ever see each other. Remembering the little girls we once were, and discovering the women we've become, was really amazing.

    Here we were together again, no longer...

  • Poll: College Kids Back Israel

    By Joe Berkofsky

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    U.S. college students back Israel over the Palestinians by a 4-1 margin, according to a new survey.

    The mid-July survey of 300 students found that 43 percent of respondents called themselves supporters of Israel, while only 11 percent backed the Palestinians. Another 29 percent did...

  • The Real Gidget

    By Mike Levy

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In June 1956, a Jewish 15-year-old girl named Kathy Kohner began tagging along with some of the neighborhood boys and driving out from her Brentwood home to the beach in Malibu. The sport of surfing intrigued her, and she convinced the boys to teach her. Because she was young, slight...

  • ‘Inside the Cult of Kibu’

    By Lori Gottlieb

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On my first day as editor-in-chief of a heavily financed Bay Area Internet startup whose mission -- its mostly female staff of trendy 20-somethings recited like a mantra -- was to "empower" young women, I realized I had a big problem.

    My hair was all wrong.

    It wasn't that my...

  • Kahal Joseph’s New Beginning

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Joseph Dabby arrived in America from Iraq in 1972, and found his way to Kahal Joseph Congregation in Los Angeles, he was shocked. "It was like being back in the Old Country," he said.

    "It was full of people who didn't even speak the same language; they were very far removed...

  • The Way We Were

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I've been reconsidering what the 1973 schmaltz-filled classic, "The Way We Were," means to younger women.

    I never liked the movie, though I can't tell you how many women modeled their lives after the pursuit of Robert Redford.

    On its own, "The Way We Were" created a hothouse for...

  • An Appeal for Help

    By Toby Axelrod

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Floodwaters have forced some 150 Jewish immigrant families to evacuate their refugee home in Dresden.

    They have joined at least 30,000 other residents of the historic German city who have lost homes and belongings in recent days, as floods from the Elbe River swept downstream. By...

  • The Jews’ Best Friends

    By James D. Besser

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Who are the Jewish community's best friends in Washington -- members of the Congressional Black Caucus or Republican conservatives?

    That question has taken on a sharp new edge as Israel battles suicide bombings and international condemnation, and this country mobilizes for its own...

  • Community Briefs

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Dems Take Breather in Bel Air

    Instead of debating the finer points of the Oslo peace accords or discussing the impact of Sept. 11 on Jewish America, Democrats for Israel-Los Angeles (DFI-LA) will focus their attention instead on enjoying some kosher food and congenial...

  • The Irrelevance of Arab Hatred

    By Larry Derfner

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The consensus view of the intifada among Israelis, Diaspora Jews and American conservatives -- that it's caused by Arab hatred and rejection of Israel -- is nothing but a lousy excuse. An excuse to say Israel is wholly blameless in this affair, and there's nothing Israel can do...

  • Lesson Plans

    By Rob Eshman

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The big wheels of the American PR industry are finally spinning on behalf of Israel.

    Spearheaded by Democratic political consultant Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, a bipartisan group of leading pollsters and consultants has launched a two-part mission to change American perceptions of...

  • From Moses to Math

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    After teaching in a Northern California religious school for four years, Jen Wakefield thought she knew everything there was to know about teaching Torah to religious school students.

    "Boy, was I wrong," laughs the Palo Alto, Calif. resident. "The process will be dramatically...

  • Labor’s New Favorite

    By Eric Silver

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    At times of crisis, Israelis reach for a general. Public anxiety brought Moshe Dayan to the Defense Ministry on the eve of the 1967 Six-Day War, Yitzhak Rabin to the premiership after the traumatic near-defeat in the 1973 Yom Kippur War and the aging Ariel Sharon to power in the...

  • ‘Big Brother’s'Jewish Castoff

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Big Brother's" Josh Feinberg is no Ethan Zohn, the curly-haired Jewish winner of "Survivor: Africa" who flew so low under the radar viewers almost forgot he was there. Feinberg, 28, the self-proclaimed "Chia Pet" of "Big Brother 3," might as well have been wearing a bull's-eye.

    ...

  • Israel Welcomes New P.R. Strategy

    By Leslie Susser

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli officials are notoriously loath to learn from outsiders -- but they have been deeply impressed by an American study of Israel's public relations needs in the United States, and say they intend to carry out most of its recommendations.

    Among them: Be less confrontational and...

  • Hitler, Still in Development

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves says major changes are being made to the first draft script of their planned miniseries on the early life of Adolf Hitler.

    "The shooting version of the script will differ greatly to the one you read," Moonves told The Journal.

    Last week, The...

  • Job or Genesis?

    By Charles R. Bronfman

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A few weeks into our annual summerlong stay at our home in Jerusalem, my wife, Andy, and I became honorary citizens of this extraordinary city -- the first North American Jews to be so honored. It was a tremendously humbling moment in a summer of emotional ups and downs. We have many...

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