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  • Secession War: Both Sides Gearing Up

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Valley secession is finally on the ballot, and observers say the Jewish vote may well be a factor that tips the scale either for or against the biggest break away in U.S. history.

    "We tend to constitute about 15 percent of local city voters in municipal elections," said statistician...

  • Eulogies:Saul Pick

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Saul Pick, a Holocaust survivor who developed the Cinerama Dome and built the first high-rise hotel on Sunset Boulevard, died of pneumonia on May 8. He was 85.

    Son Mark Pick, a managing partner of Sunset-Gower Studios, remembers a man of conviction with a generous and passionate...

  • Synagogue’s Biggest Hit

    By Carin Davis

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It's 20-19 in the seventh, two outs, runners on first and third. The unrelenting Valley sun beats down on four-time league champions Temple Judea, who have allowed Kol Tikvah Black to score three runs in the game's final inning and narrow the margin to one. With a clean crack of the...

  • Your Letters

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Curse of Certainty

    As the director of moral education referred to by Alexander Maksik in his recent diatribe about being a teacher at "an Orthodox Jewish school" ("The Curse of Certainty," May 24), I cannot resist the opportunity to offer some personal advice to Maksik and...

  • Community Briefs

    By Journal Staff

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Youth Panel at USC A panel dubbed "Peace in the Mideast:

    Youth Speak Out" will be held at USC on June 5. The roundtable discussion, moderated by KCRW's "Which Way L.A."'s Warren Olney, will feature 10 young adults from throughout Southern California high schools and universities to...

  • Jewish Students Versus Palestinian Supporters

    By Rachel Brand

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Free Zaidi," read signs held by pro-Palestinian students at UC Riverside during an on-campus rally May 22 organized in support of fellow student, Nauman Zaidi, who was imprisoned by Israeli authorities May 10 for entering the Church of the Nativity during the recent standoff in...

  • Earth to Heaven

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A woman in Alcoholics Anonymous once told Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twersky, a leading psychologist, the following story: An old friend of hers, who was still an alcoholic, asked her how long she had been sober. She responded that it was already two years. The friend couldn't believe it and...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm


    Amnesty International's screening of the documentary, "The Inner Tour" will certainly stir up some emotion. Filmed in 2000, the Israeli/Palestinian collaboration follows a group of Palestinians from the West Bank on a three-day sightseeing bus tour of Israel. The...

  • If Seeing Is Believing, Who’s Seeing?

    By Akiva Gottlieb

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As an amateur film critic, I pride myself on being able to separate the subject from the art. To paraphrase Roger Ebert, a movie is not about what it's about; it's about how it's about what it's about. In past years, I've enjoyed wonderful films about heroin use, pedophilia and...

  • Second Take

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This is a Los Angeles story, moreover one with a Hollywood ending. But it is also partly a Jewish American tale.

    It is the story of 20 months in the early adult life of Frances Kroll Ring, written in the form of a memoir, "Against The Current." "Last Call," on Showtime last...

  • Recreating Eden

    By Linda Arntzenius

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Shut your eyes. Go on. Now think of Eden. Chances are the image forming in your mind includes a full-frontal Adam and Eve, fig leaves, apple and coiled serpent. Staple icons of the culture? Not in the new interpretation of the "Six Days of Creation" by artist Margaret Handwerker. The...

  • Curious About George

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 30, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    A mischievous monkey named Curious George achieved what millions of people could not: he escaped the Holocaust.

    In the pre-dawn hours of June 14, 1940, German Jews Hans Augusto (H.A.) and Margret Rey fled Paris on a makeshift bicycle, only hours ahead of invading Nazis, carrying the...

  • The Bookstore and the Jew

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "You can say for us," said my rabbis, "that if the rich and important and soul-harassed Jews of the town will come to our synagogues, we will not tell them about God alone but teach them how to fight." -- Ben Hecht in PM newspaper, 1941.

    The war got odd for me the other evening when...

  • Mommy, What Is a Terrorist?

    By Peni Bouskila

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Last month, I boarded a plane to Washington with my 5-year-old daughter, Shira, so that together we could attend what turned out to be the largest gathering of support for Israel in recent decades. Yes, I was the one who made the reservations and booked the tickets, but it was Shira...

  • The Curse of Certainty

    By Alexander Maksik

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On Sept. 12, I walked into my eighth-grade English class determined to talk about what had happened the day before. I asked if anyone had anything to say. A boy with contact lenses and gelled hair raised his hand. "Mr. Maksik, now do you see why I said what I did last year?"

    I teach...

  • The Jewish Earthquake

    By Journal Staff

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Squad that he threw his uniform into a fireplace and burned it.

    "I had gone through two years of grueling training and was very disappointed," the 34-year-old defender for the San Jose Earthquakes said in a phone interview. "But I think more has been made of this incident than it...

  • A Question of Blood

    By Dan Gordon

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The circus of Palestinian victimhood has struck its tent temporarily in Jenin, and gone to church instead in Bethlehem. The Jenin story has petered out because the world, in general, now knows that there was no massacre in Jenin. The world now knows that of the two estimates of the...

  • Labor Looks for Leadership

    By Leslie Susser

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As the Israeli Government plays its coalition shuffle, the Israeli Left searches for a direction.

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon stood behind his decision Wednesday to fire four Cabinet ministers from the fervently Orthodox Shas Party for failing to support the government's emergency...

  • Community Briefs

    By Journal Staff

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Shefa Fund Invests in Community

    The Shefa Fund, which coordinates a cross-denominational, synagogue-based effort to increase economic opportunity for low-income residents of the greater Los Angeles area, recently set up its Los Angeles Rabbinic Council. The council is...

  • A Museum’s Fate

    By Mike Levy

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The rent is paid through December. After that, no one knows where -- or if -- the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust will have a home.

    Competition seems to be squeezing out the venerable museum. Not competition from the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance, but competing...

  • A Tough Transition

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As intense mediation continues over the Jewish Community Centers (JCC) crisis, the first effects of the centers' collapse are becoming apparent. One of first will be felt when the Westside JCC closes its pool and fitness center May 31.

    The closure comes at a time when Jewish...

  • Making the Grade

    By Julie Wiener

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    With their abundant classroom hours, impressionable young students and highly involved parents, Jewish nursery schools have the power to help shape the Jewish identity of children and their families.

    But only 14 percent of American Jewish youngsters are enrolled in such programs....

  • A Stand in Sacramento

    By Tom Tugend

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Letters are good, said an old Sacramento hand, phone calls are good, faxes are good, but for real impact, nothing beats face-to-face meetings with legislators.

    Putting the advice into practice, more than 200 Jewish activists from across California gathered in the state capital...

  • Quotable and Charitable

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Friends are the family you choose." "Say what you mean and do what you say." "Good to forgive. Best to forget."

    Such mottos literally surround real estate magnate Stanley Black within his Beverly Hills office. They stare down at visitors from his bookshelves.

    So perhaps it's only...

  • Parshat Naso

    By Abby Gilad

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Whew! We seem to have finished a long stretch of holidays and observances. We started on Pesach and continued through Yom HaShoah, Yom HaAtzmaut, Lag B'Omer, Yom Yerushalayim and, finally, Shavuot. All these days span Jewish history from biblical to modern times. But they all have...

  • ‘Marriage’ Material

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Somewhere in the middle of the Israeli import "Late Marriage," a 12-minute sex scene unfolds between the main characters.

    "I [said I would] do the scene because it was natural," said Ronit Elkabetz, one-half of that onscreen couple.

    The 37-year-old Israeli actress believes that the...

  • The Ongoing Dream

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Producers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson are sitting behind twin prefab desks in their spare Los Angeles office, looking like the Odd Couple. Kosove, an intense, detail-oriented Jew from Philadelphia, stands about 5-foot-6-inches. Affable ex-basketball star Johnson, an African...

  • Israel to Build West Bank Fence

    By Naomi Segal

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    One day after a suicide bombing in Netanya, Israel has announced that it will build a security fence separating Israel from the West Bank within the next six months.

    Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer made the announcement Monday during a meeting of Israelis living along the...

  • Explaining the Argentine Enigma

    By Marcos Aguinis

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Several years ago, economist and sociologist Paul Samuelson proposed dividing the world into four categories: the rich countries, the poor countries, Japan and Argentina. Everyone knows the state of rich countries and poor countries. However, no one understands why Japan is doing so...

  • Finishing the Foundation

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Joel Teplinsky knows how to fix a nose or perform a skin graft on a burn patient. As a lecturer at the University of California Los Angeles, Teplinsky knows how to communicate these skills to students. But what he did not have was a solid base...

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