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  • Your Friends and Neighbors

    By Rob Eshman

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There are two ways of looking at the violence that wracks Israel and the Palestinian autonomous zones. One is that it proves the peace process must stop. The other is that it proves the process must continue.Which conclusion people reach no doubt depends on conclusions they reached...
  • Californians in the Kootenays.

    By David Litvak

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In the interior of British Columbia, nestled amidst the Selkirk Mountains and straddling Kootenay Lake, is one of North America's most charming and picturesque towns. More European than North American, Nelson is the jewel of the Kootenay area and its idyllic setting, breathtaking...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Mike Levy

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    7Saturday

    An evening of great songs awaits you at UCLA tonight, with the collaboration of Alan Bergman and Karen Morrow. Bergman, with his wife Marilyn, has won three Academy Awards, four Emmys and two Grammys for projects including the scores for such classic films as "The Way We...

  • Assigning Blame

    By Gil Sedan

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The catalyst for a spate of violence here may have been an Israeli politician's visit to a Muslim and Jewish holy site, but Israeli officials are holding Palestinian leaders directly responsible for the bloodshed.At least 55 people were killed, mostly Palestinians, in rioting that...
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  • Too Much a Mirror

    By Stuart Schoffman

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "Try to be one of those people on whom nothing is lost!" Henry James' advice to the beginning writer, expressed so exuberantly in his 1884 essay "The Art of Fiction," is a credo worth adopting for any sentient person. Notice everything, make the most of every experience, and, one...

  • The Oldest Diary

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There is something otherworldly about the experience of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. It is perhaps the preeminent spiritual-cultural paradox in all of Jewish life. When girls and boys focus so intensely on this personal lifecycle event, each possesses a transcendent, timeless and eternal...
  • My Father’s Blessing

    By Yaakov Arnold

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    On Sunday, as is the custom in my family, I will receive a Yom Kippur blessing from my father. The image of my father gathering me in his tallis, placing his hands on my head and asking God to grant me a good year is one of my fondest childhood memories. My father concludes his...
  • Breaking the Fast

    By Judy Zeidler

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins at sundown on Sunday, Oct. 8, during which time a strict fast is observed

    Prior to the fast, it is customary to serve a family dinner consisting of simple foods prepared with a minimum of salt and spices.

    After the fast, dairy foods are...

  • Back on Track

    By Tom Tugend

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) has reestablished its Los Angeles-based regional office with the appointment of a new president and a new executive director.

    AJCongress national president Jack Rosen named Dr. Steven A. Teitelbaum as president of the Pacific Southwest Region,...

  • Transit Torment

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It all began a minute past midnight on Sat., Sept. 16, with a negotiations breakdown between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and bus and rail operator unions. Hundreds of thousands of L.A. commuters, many of whom depend on city buses for their livelihood, were forced...

  • Tradition, Tradition

    By Beverly Levitt

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    On the one hand, the inimitable image of a skinny, mischievous fiddler, furiously making music while precariously perched on a rooftop, makes us sing and dance with joy. On the other hand, the classic story about a humble Jewish milkman, struggling to preserve his people's traditions...
  • Into the Breach

    By David Landau

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Jews joined the world in anguish at the video broadcast around the globe this week of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy shot to death as he crouched with his father for safety.

    It spoke to the horror that befell Israel and the Palestinians this past week as more than 50 died in days of...

  • Rosh Hashanah in Frankfurt, Germany

    By Murray Klein

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    On Friday, Sept. 7, 1945, 1800 hours, at the corner of Freiherr von Stein Strasse and Eppsteiner Strasse in Frankfurt-on-the-Main, a ceremony took place.

    It was Rosh Hashanah evening, the ushering in of the Jewish New Year. World War II had ended in Europe four months before, and...

  • Proof Is in the Pudding

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "The Kabbalah Center teaches what life is all about. That's why people come to us. People want to understand not what, but why? Why about everything in life: Why is there chaos, why do I have ups and downs, why am I here?"

    As Rabbi Avraham Kelman delivered his introductory lecture to...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Mike Levy

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    30Saturday

    The 50th anniversary revival of Arthur Miller's classic "Death of a Salesman" won four Tony awards on Broadway last year, including Best Revival, and Best Actor for Brian Dennehy's portrayal of Willy Loman. Now that Broadway production has come to the Ahmanson Theatre for...

  • Rosh Hashana 5761

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Torah reading for the first day of Rosh Hashana always strikesme as odd. For starters, the section focuses primarily on Hagar and Ishmael,characters that are ultimately marginal in Jewish historical terms. On topof that, the story that the section deals with is arguably the...

  • Singled Out?

    By Michael J

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In light of several recent security snafus, Washington's intelligence community is clearly under pressure to tighten the cordon around sensitive material.

    But the fact that the first diplomat ensnared in the dragnet - Martin Indyk, the U.S. ambassador to Israel - happens to be Jewish...

  • No Stranger to Controversy

    By Sharon Samber

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    From the start, Martin Indyk's career as a U.S. official has been filled with intrigue.As the first Jewish ambassador to Israel and later the top State Department official in charge of Middle East policy, Indyk's words and actions have been scrutinized by Jews and Arabs, by...

  • Iranian TrialTimeline

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The following is a timeline of key events in the trial of the "Iran 13":

    • January-March 1999 - 13 Iranian Jews are arrested in the southern province of Fars.

    • June 7, 1999 - The Iranian government charges the 13 Iranian Jews with spying for the United States and Israel. Both countries...

  • A Letter to Amichai

    By Helen Schary Motro

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    For Israelis your death was like the Americans losing Frost, the Russians losing Pasternak, the Spanish losing Lorca. Israel has no poet laureate, yet you were its laureate without portfolio. You stood apart in a country with army men as heroes. At the height of the country's...

  • Not Good Enough

    By Michael J

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Iran appears to have made a concession by reducing jail time for the "Iran 10," but American Jewish advocates insist it's not nearly enough.

    Decrying the "justice denied" in the appeals verdict announced in Iran Thursday, activists vowed that the fate of the prisoners will not be...

  • One of the Family

    By Mike Levy

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The first thing you see when you walk through the rear entrance of the Westside Jewish Community Center (WJCC) is the pool where Lenny Krayzelburg used to swim. It's the evening of Sept. 21, and 50 kids are cheering and shouting as they watch a taped Olympic swimming race on a...

  • Jewish Folk Dance in Bolshoi

    By Lev Gorodetsky

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Everything looked normal under the columns of the main entrance of the Moscow Bolshoi Theater - a full house, lots of people eager for tickets and scalpers asking for $15, which is a lot for Moscow.But the performance inside was a departure for the Bolshoi. Through its 200-year...
  • Running Out of Time

    By Sharon Samber

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    A group of Jewish women of all ages and backgrounds meets regularly in Brooklyn to discuss the domestic abuse they have suffered.

    One woman in her 30's was emotionally, verbally and financially abused by her husband of eight years, who beat her after she became pregnant. With the help...

  • Making ‘Waves

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Visiting Anne Stern at her modest one-bedroom West Hollywood apartment, you quickly learn that she is very proud of her artwork. On the walls of her apartment hang her creative accomplishments - a prize-winning collage, an oil landscape, tiny acrylic still lifes of a covered challah...
  • Beyond the Hype

    By Julie G Fax

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Sitting at Rosh Hashanah services tonight and tomorrow, imagine that the liturgy's abstract ideas about the birth of the world, the fate of our souls, God's relationship to the universe - that all of these ideas were so real to you, you could actually see them and touch them and feel...

  • What Makes Joe Run (So Well)?

    By James D

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    What's with Joe Lieberman?

    Less than two months ago, when Al Gore tapped Lieberman as his vice-presidential running mate, pundits predicted the Connecticut senator would put the nation to sleep. Sure, he has integrity, they said, but he's hardly any more animated a campaigner than...

  • Potent Portraits

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Jill Poyourow's preoccupation with portraits began amid the savory smell of soup in her grandmother's kitchen. There hung an intriguing photograph of her grandma's grandfather, who had cared for her from infancy after her own mother abandoned her to come to America. The 1910 picture...

  • Highlights of Jewish News in 5760

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    September 1999

    JERUSALEM - The Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial breaks ground for a Hall of Names that will house millions of pages of testimony about Shoah victims.

    October 1999

    ORLANDO, Fla. - The Israel exhibit at Walt Disney World's Millennium Village opens, making no explicit...

  • Making of a Jewish Candidate

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    What makes a Jewish candidate Jewish? Is it enough simply to be a member of the tribe, or does the term require a certain degree of commitment to Jewish culture, causes and teachings?

    Some public officials fit very neatly into the category of "Jewish." Los Angeles County Supervisor...

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