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  • Presbyterians Ignite Divestment Uproar

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Before the sermon at each of the three services at Bel Air Presbyterian Church last Sunday, the Rev. Mark Allan Brewer did something unusual -- he protested. Speaking in a clear, forceful voice, the reverend denounced the 216th annual General Assembly of the Presbyterian church's...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Deborah's Honors

    Barbara Balser, national chair of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the first woman to lead the organization in its 91-year history, was the special guest speaker at its 10th annual Deborah Awards Gala on May 20 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The dinner honored...

  • Temple Still Stands

    By Reb Mimi Feigelson

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Yonah has a question and I thought that you would have the answer." This was the father's sentence that broke the silence of my learning in the empty beit midrash in Jerusalem some five summers ago.

    Yonah and his father had wandered into the beit midrash a few moments before,...

  • DNC, ‘Daily Show’ and Davening

    By Janine Zacharia

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    So an Orthodox Jew is not the Democratic vice presidential nominee this year, like in 2000. And the wife of the vice presidential nominee is not named Hadassah. Yet, despite the absence of such central Jewish characters at the 2004 Democratic National Convention this week, Jews --...

  • Federation Faces Underfunded Pension

    By Marc Ballon

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Faced with a pension shortfall of $20 million, the organized Jewish community's largest philanthropy finds itself forced to divert millions of donor dollars to employee retirement benefits, rather than to needed social services.

    To cover the underfunded pension, The Jewish...

  • Love and Loyalty

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    More out of ethnic loyalty than any expectation of a great match, The Journal stayed late at the 78th annual Mercedes Benz Cup men's tennis tournament on July 17 at UCLA to watch a doubles semifinal between two Israelis and two Americans. The Americans, Bob and Mike Bryan, were the...

  • Monk Could Be Way to Mideast Peace

    By Larry Kasanoff

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Next week, I am sponsoring a group of Israelis and Palestinians to spend a few weeks in a small village in southern France with a Buddhist monk named Thich Nhat Hanh. These two disparate groups of people do not know each other, but often feel hatred toward each other. Some of them...

  • Test-a-Jew

    By Mark Miller

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Back in high school, I had a crush on a Protestant girl, Joan Reid. She told me that her mother encouraged her to date -- and even marry -- Jewish guys because: a) They're smarter and work harder; b) They make great fathers; c) They don't get drunk and beat you. I told Joan her mom...

  • Un-Orthodox Date

    By Marilyn Anderson

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    What nice Jewish girl hasn't heard this from her mother: "You should meet a nice Jewish boy!"

    My mom was no different.

    She would constantly urge me, "Go to synagogue. A Jewish mixer. Or a Shabbat dinner. That's where you'll meet lots of nice Jewish men."

    But I never cared for...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Business as Usual

    Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) packed 600 people into the Beverly Hilton on May 20 for its seventh annual "Strictly Business" luncheon. At the event, L.A. biomedical entrepreneur and philanthropist Alfred E. Mann received JVS' Business Leader and Humanitarian of...

  • Balancing Acts of Faith and Pork

    By Micah D. Halpern

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The question: How Jewish vs. how democratic should the Jewish State of Israel actually be?

    That was really the question before Israel's Supreme Court.

    More than a legal question, it led to serious and heated debate. The answer would be a defining factor in the very nature of the...

  • Fence Offensive

    By Steve North

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "People don't become suicide bombers for the fun of it, you know. They have grievances."

    The statement should have come as no surprise, after all I had heard that day, but still, I was stunned. The speaker was one of two British journalists I'd spent the morning with in and around...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm


    So you got a screenplay in your back pocket? Welcome to Hollywood. Now all you have to do is get it made. Enter the Writers Guild Foundation. Today, It offers an all-day masters seminar in "Writing the Original Screenplay." You'll hear leading screenwriters and execs...

  • Faults and Failures

    By Rob Eshman

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Last February, the head of the Mossad lost his cell phone. He left it in his car -- that's right, the head of Israel's renowned top secret spy agency left his cell phone in his car. When he returned, he found someone had bashed his windows and stolen it. On it were the numbers of,...

  • World Briefs

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Mckinney Wins House Primary

    Former Rep. Cynthia McKinney won enough votes to avoid a runoff in her quest to return to Congress. McKinney, who was targeted by Jewish donors two years ago because she is seen as anti-Israel, won 51 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary...

  • Krayzelburg to Defend Record in Athens

    By Tom Tugend

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Swimmer Lenny Krayzelburg will go to the Athens Olympic Games, thanks to placing second in his race during the U.S. qualifying trials, a feat greeted with greater acclaim and emotion than his three gold medals in Sydney four years ago.

    The Jewish immigrant from Odessa had the media,...

  • Tisha B’Av Today

    By Dr. Aryeh Cohen

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    This week a friend confessed to me his problem with fasting on Tisha B'av. My friend is Orthodox and Israeli -- an alumnus of one of the elite hesder yeshivas -- and he felt that it would be wrong for him to fast this year on Tisha B'Av.

    "I cannot abide the litany of persecution and...

  • Turmoil Could Bring Chance for Progress

    By Leslie Susser

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Few doubt that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan has the potential to become a watershed event in Middle Eastern politics, and it already is causing major upheavals in both internal Israeli and Palestinian politics.

    Sharon is being forced to widen his coalition to...

  • Europe Held Key in U.N. Fence Ruling

    By Rachel Pomerance

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When it comes to action at the United Nations, Europe -- considered by many observers to be the organization's moral bellwether -- often decides the course.

    That was the case again this week as the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution demanding that Israel comply...

  • Ode to a Great ‘Uncle’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Pearl Gluck sought her Chasidic forbears in "Divan"; Nathaniel Kahn pursued his estranged father in "My Architect," and now Lindsay Crystal unearths family stories in "My Uncle Berns," a quirky portrait of her wildly eccentric great-uncle.

    For the 26-year-old director -- and...

  • The Challenge of Raising a Mensch

    By Maurice J. Elias

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    More than any one single thing, parents want each of their children to grow up to be a mensch. I have asked parents and educators across the spectrum of Jewish observance and belief what they want most for their children, and this is the answer that comes up more often than any...

  • Your Letters

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm


    Students do it. Girl Scouts do it. Why don't congregants do it? Carpool, that is ("Gridlock," July 9).

    Why wait for perhaps decades for better public transportation? Each synagogue (church, mosque) could establish and distribute a carpool roster by area.


  • Is Indoor Play Good for Your Kids?

    By Adam Wills

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Debbie Friedman was visiting with two other moms at Serrania Park in Woodland Hills on a spring day in 2002 when she noticed their children were talking to a man walking his dog on the other side of the park fence. She went over to see what was happening.

    "He said, 'How old are you...

  • Small Shul With a Big Heart

    By David Finnigan

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When comedic actor Larry Miller and his wife first went to Studio City's Congregation Beth Meier 11 years ago, the very small shul's Tomb of Rachel architecture was less inspiring than watching elderly Rabbi Meier Schimmel toss one back at L' Chaim time.

    "He pours himself a blast of...

  • Community Briefs

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    L.A.'s New Consul General

    Ehud Danoch, chief of staff to Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, has been appointed as the new Israeli consul general in Los Angeles, The Journal has learned.

    Danoch will replace popular Ambassador Yuval Rotem, when the latter returns to Israel on Aug. 16.


  • From Jew to Jewcy

    By Hal Niedzviecki

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Last year was a big one for Jewish cool. Articles in The Forward; Time Out New York; conservative Candian newspaper, The National Post; and staid British dailies, The Times and The Observer all trumpeted the reinvention of Jewishness as hip and cool. Amalgamate the headlines of those...

  • Texas GOP Pushes ‘Christian Nation’

    By Cathy Young

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    After a short respite from the fight over the Pledge of Allegiance, the Republican Party has once again thrown itself into the fray over issues of church and state. This time it's the Republican Party of Texas, President Bush's home state, which has approved a plank in its platform...

  • The Last-Minute Pajama Party

    By Lisa Frydman Barr

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Invitation Process

    "It's already been decided," my 6-year-old announces with an impish smile and a green-eyed glint.

    "What's been decided, honey?" I ask.

    "My first sleepover party. I invited Julia, Emma and Rachel to sleep over this weekend."

    "Noa," I say slowly, wondering who...

  • Turning The Pages of Childhood

    By Judy Gruen

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Mommy, will you read to me?"

    My 10-year-old daughter asks me this question every night. Even if I'm exhausted, or just want some time to myself, I almost always say yes. Before I turn around, she'll be 11, then 12, then a teenager.

    She will no longer need her reading fix with...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Day of Sadness

    Tisha B'Av means the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av. It is the saddest day in the Jewish year, when we remember some of the terrible things that have happened to our people since ancient times. This year, Tisha B'Av starts at sundown on July 26 and ends at sunset on July 27.

    This Day in History

    Many terrible things have happened to the Jewish people on Tisha B'Av. Do you know what they were? Answer the quiz questions correctly and send the answers to abbygilad@yahoo.com for a prize.

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