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  • Letter to an American Friend

    By Eric Silver

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Dear Uncle Sam,

    Why are you humiliating us (Israel) like this? OK, you've staked us for decades, vetoed countless Security Council resolutions, trained and armed our brave fighters (though it wasn't till the '70s that you started selling us warplanes). But we're big boys now, big...

  • Making a Difference

    By David Evanier

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There was a time, I realize now, when I doubted that one individual could make a difference; that is, a real difference in the lives of others. It was the system, the institutions, the economy, I told myself and others; it was social forces, wars, history itself that affected our...

  • Letters to the Editor

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Collaboration with al-Mayarati Shameful

    Salam al-Mayarati certainly can't be trusted. At best, he is not a friend of the Jewish community, let alone of Israel ("Caught in the Crossfire," June 30).
    The fact that leftist-liberal Democratic politician Adam Schiff chose to associate...

  • Choosing Celibacy

    By Susan Josephs

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    At 16, Carl Birman started secretly to date men. At 21, he came out and plunged into a gay world of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. He joined a group called the Radical Fairies that promoted promiscuity and paganism. As for the ages between 5 and 10, he tried to bury them in the past....

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  • Visiting Vietnam

    By Eric H

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The 25th anniversary of Saigon's fall has unleashed a flood of existential questions for Vietnamese and Americans. The roads taken, alternatives ignored and current choices compete for attention.Surprises and paradoxes littered the cityscapes of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hanoi...

  • It Would Be Nice if We Did Something

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    July 6, 2000 | 7:59 pm

    Several years ago, before I became an attorney, the news of Iran's star-chamber proceedings and convictions of Jews would have sent me protesting in the streets. I would have joined - or organized - massive protests, including nonviolent sit-downs at major arteries, like Wilshire...

  • More Thana Villain

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When Jason Isaacs went in to audition for the Royal National Theatre's production of Tony Kushner's "Angels in America," he knew exactly what role he wanted. He insisted upon portraying the anxiety-ridden character of Louis, who is somewhat based on the life of the gay Jewish...

  • Exercise is Good for the Soul

    By Ilene Springer

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Maybe it's a stereotype, but Jewish people have always been considered smart. Not just by others but by themselves, too. We pride ourselves on making education a priority for our children. We encourage them to study, to go for the extra credit, and we imbue them with the value of...

  • Only Way Into the Promised Land

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    After Fred Astaire's first screen test, the memo from the Casting department at MGM said: "Can't act. Slightly bald. Can dance a little." Astaire framed the memo and kept it above his fireplace. Winston Churchill failed sixth grade. He didn't become prime minister of England until he...

  • Caught in the Crossfire

    By Tom Tugend

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    One of the country's hottest congressional races reached near boiling point last week when the alleged pro-terrorist sympathies of a local Muslim leader were added to the political stew.As a further fillip to the controversy, the accusations against the Muslim leader came from the...

  • Deadline pressure

    By David Landau

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    JERUSALEM - After years of talking about it, anticipating it and preparing for it, a divided and unprepared Israel this week faced what may at last be the decisive phase of the peace process.U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright flew into the region Tuesday to determine whether...

  • Jodi Kalicki’s transformation

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Jodi Kalicki's transformation from overweight single mother to fitness expert began late one evening as she sat in front of the television set sipping Coca-Cola and munching Cheetos in her mother's Reseda apartment. Despondent over her divorce and the failure of her recording career,...

  • Selective Memory

    By Stuart Schoffman

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It's not easy being 52, especially when you're a country. Israel and I are the same age, and I get the feeling it's harder on her than on me. The other night my high school classmates living in Israel got together for a 35th reunion. There were 116 graduates of our modern-Orthodox...

  • Jewish Journalism

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Last week the American Jewish Press Association held its 19th annual conference in Washington DC. Part of the proceedings always include a closing night dinner where reporters and their newspapers are honored for Excellence in Jewish Journalism. These are known as the Simon Rockower...

  • Letters to the Editor

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Terrorist Would Profit From Book Sales

    Paige Gold (Letters, June 16) seems to have misunderstood the gravamen of my opinion column ("Will We Line a Murderer's Pockets?," May 26) in The Jewish Journal. I wrote about the recently published autobiography of Abu Daoud, the confessed...

  • 7 Days in Arts

    By Mike Levy

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    1Saturday

    o Gore Vidal's play "The Best Man" is a political melodrama full of accusations and incriminations, conceit and deceit - a perfect warm-up for the Democratic convention coming to town in August. The New York Times said the production "comes close enough to the truth to be...

  • First Rough Draft

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Over the next few months, Jewish life is going to get a lot more interesting than most of us would like. It's summer, and we're in for a hot one.

    Last year around this time, alert readers recall, right-wing extremists were burning down synagogues in Sacramento. This year they're doing...

  • Fern Milken Sports & Youth Complex

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    If anyone doubts the popularity of the new Fern Milken Sports & Youth Complex at the West Valley Jewish Community Center, just show up on any given weekday. The center, which used to attract primarily seniors, is now a hangout for youth of all ages, especially those with a love of...

  • Pass the Egg

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    My parents were Elderhostel students this week at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, and I shared Friday night services with them in the Conservative tradition of my youth.

    It was like coming home. The melodies, the longer version of prayers, the responsive readings in English,...

  • Challenging Evil

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It was the case of David Irving vs. Deborah Lipstadt. Or, as the British docket officially labled it, "David Irving v. Penguin Books and Another."

    With a firsthand perspective and ample touches of wit and humor, Deborah Lipstadt delineated her experience as the subject of a vicious...

  • Hate Crime

    By Avi Machlis

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Images of Holocaust-era synagogue torchings were invoked after a Conservative shul in Jerusalem was set on fire over the weekend.
    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak led a call for greater tolerance in Israeli society after vandals hurled gasoline-soaked flaming rags into the synagogue...

  • Community Briefs

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    From the "Who Knew?" department comes this interesting tidbit: Lashon hara has a staunch opponent and Judaism an enthusiastic fan in, of all people, the pop musician known as Beck.

    In a special music insert of last week's LA Weekly, the pioneering Grammy-winning post-modernist - best...

  • Sephardic and Ladino Music

    By George Robinson

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Given that the first Jews to arrive in what became the United States were Sephardim on the run from the Inquisition's Brazilian representatives, it is ironic that the music of the Sephardic Jews gets so little attention here.

    Not everyone is a party to that neglect. Simon Rutberg of...

  • Community Briefs

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Shimon Paskow, 68, let down his guard the other day and began to reel off a few of the jokes he had told at his retirement dinner on Sun., June 25, honoring his 31 years of service at Temple Etz Chaim of Thousand Oaks.

    One goes like this: "You've heard the saying 'Old soldiers...

  • Letters to the Editor

    June 22, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Leniency for Sodomy Doesn't Exist

    Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's unfortunate and patronizing apologia on Dr. Laura Schlessinger ( "Dr. Laura Misguided on Homosexuality," June 16) looks very much like flattery in an attempt to ingratiate himself with people who are vehement in their...

  • Dropping Out

    By Julie Wiener

    June 22, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Elliot Maltz had a Bar Mitzvah two years ago, but he says his Hebrew school experience was "really boring" and "discouraged me from future practice."

    Maltz, a West Hartford, Conn., 15-year-old who spends most of his free time playing sports, says being Jewish is important to him, but...

  • Honoring Jablon

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 22, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Representatives of the Valley Alliance celebrated the successes of the past year at their annual meeting, held June 13 at the Bernard Milken Community Campus in West Hills.

    Among the achievements noted were the long-awaited opening of the Fern Milken Sports & Youth Complex, the aid...

  • A Creepy Chapter

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 22, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    By 1929, the state of California had forcibly sterilzed 6,255 people for being "moral imbeciles" or "feeble-minded," in the un-p.c. jargon of the time. "California has the longest continuous record of sterilization of any state in the world," a pamphlet bragged.

    Before the Nazis...

  • Two Faces

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 22, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It is, perhaps, the trickiest quick-change of Hildy Brooks' career.The accomplished actress is the female lead in the Bertolt Brecht plays "The Jewish Wife" and "The Informer," from his collection "Fear and Misery in the Third Reich," now at the Lee Strasberg Creative Center.

    In the...

  • Dollars, Identity And Jewish Education

    By Gary Rosenblatt

    June 22, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Dr. Laura Schlessinger, the popular radio talk-show host, deserves much credit for serving as an authoritative, moral force on a plethora of social issues in the United States. Religion, however, is designed to speak not only with the inflection of opprobrium but with the voice of...

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