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  • ‘Gathering’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Playwright Arje Shaw's first memory was crawling across the floor, finding a piece of black, moldy bread and dipping the crust in water in order to chew it. He was 18 months old. "I looked like a Biafran baby," he says.



    The time was World War II, the place Tashkent, Uzbekistan,...

  • Furrow: Guilty

    By Tom Tugend

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Buford O. Furrow Jr. plead guilty Jan. 24 to seriously wounding five people during a shooting rampage at the North Valley Jewish Community Center (NVJCC) and to killing a Filipino American mail carrier. In a plea bargain with federal prosecutors, Furrow agreed to a lifetime prison...

  • Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "Hip Hop" Hooray!

    Couldn't miss last week's panel "The Power of Hip Hop," which lived up to its hype ... or, rather, was hype!

    Like swing and rock 'n' roll before it, rap initially was dismissed by many as a passing fad. But as the musical form approaches its third decade,...

  • Downhill Doubts

    By J.D. Smith

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    My father has disowned me. We did not get into a fight about the family business -- there is no family business. I did not marry out of the faith, and I have no children about whose upbringing we can disagree. The source of our irreconcilable differences is that we went skiing...

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  • Tu B’Shevat Lessons

    By Andy Lipkis

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Tu B'Shevat, the Jewish birthday or new year of the trees, is a really fun and lightweight holiday, celebrated mostly by schoolchildren. As a child, this was one of my favorite holidays. I loved planting trees and somehow felt very much at home with this simple way to participate in...

  • Israel’s Oscar Contender

    By Tom Tugend

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "In the old Hollywood movies, the underdog always won. I've got to believe that can still happen," says Joseph Cedar, sitting in the lobby of a cheap hotel in the mid-Wilshire area frequented by young Israelis and artistic types of various nationalities.

    Edan Alterman and...

  • Dirty Money?

    By Julie Wiener

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Exactly two weeks before a controversial last-minute presidential pardon made him a household name in the United States, Marc Rich was sitting in the VIP section at a mega-event for Birthright Israel in Jerusalem.

    Surrounded by thousands of young, primarily North American Jews on...

  • An Anatomy of Failure

    By Helen Davis

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When Israeli voters go to the polls next week to elect a prime minister, Ehud Barak will be consigned to political history, and Ariel Sharon will move into the newly vacated post.

    Sharon has effectively waged a campaign of silence, allowing the failed peace process and the daily,...

  • Your Letters 02/02-02/08/2001

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Boy Scouts



    Your editorial on the Boy Scouts' policy banning gays was commendable ("Scout's Honor," Jan. 26). However, a very important part of the picture was missing: the affect of the bigoted policy upon the boys themselves. The policy further encourages hatred and violence...

  • The Faith-Based Blitz

    By James D. Besser

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    What a difference a few months make.

    Last fall, a host of Jewish groups were sharply opposing various "charitable choice" plans favored by religious conservatives.

    But with a Republican in the White House and an emerging bipartisan consensus on turning some of the nation's...

  • February 11: A Rally for Israel

    By Larry Eisenberg

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Talmudic sages wondered how King Achav of Israel could have reigned for decades, considering his practice and encouragement of idolatry and every type of sin. They arrived at the answer that at least during his reign there was, if nothing else, unity among the Jewish people. Today...

  • Plush Reminders

    By Teresa Strasser

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Bunny. Das-tardly Bunny. Stupid stuffed, fluffy gift from his ex-girlfriend. Bunny, you've enjoyed life on his pillow for awhile, but now you must die. Bunny must die.

    This is what I thought as I tossed Bunny out the window of his bedroom last week. You see, there's something...

  • Go Hug a Tree

    By Julie G Fax

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Living in the asphalt-and-glass tangle of Los Angeles, it is sometimes easy to forget that we live in an area blessed with abundant natural beauty, from our gently folded green-and-gold mountains to our powdery sand, glittering sea and everywhere, the regal trees.

    Until this week...

  • Earthquake Relief

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The death toll from the Jan. 26 earthquake in India may surpass 100,000, with thousands more left injured and homeless. To contribute toward disaster relief, you can send a contribution to Indian Earthquake Relief c/o Jewish Federation Accounting Office, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.
  • The Price of Freedom

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    To facilitate pidyon shvuyim (redeeming captive Jews from secular prisons) we are commanded to go so far as to sell a community's Torah scroll. Yet it is hard to rejoice that Bill Clinton pardoned four chassidim from the village of New Square, N.Y., along with an alleged tax evader...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Mike Levy

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    3 Saturday

    Two Saturday evening revues for your pleasure. At the University of Judaism, "Two Tenors, Three Egos" takes on the friendly competition between Broadway stars, delivering comedy and showtunes. Musical selections include tunes from "Phantom of the Opera," "Les...

  • Together to Israel

    By Rabbi David Eliezrie

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I had been living vicariously for three months. First there were the attacks on the High Holy Days, the desecration of Joseph's Tomb. A few days later, Israeli hikers were stranded under fire for hours near Schem-Nablus. The Internet had brought the daily conflict straight to my...

  • Women of the Shoah

    By David Evanier

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Seventy elementary, high school and middle school teachers, principals, counselors and psychologists gathered Jan. 18 at the Museum of the Holocaust for the first of four sessions in the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) 18th Annual Teacher-Training Workshop on the Holocaust, titled...

  • Child’s Play

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Walk down Main Street and you'll find an international corner market teeming with ethnic delights. Ring the doorbell on the house next door and you'll find yourself invited into a cozy Jewish home -- family pictures and menorah on the shelves; Shabbat candles and a tzedakah box atop...

  • Raising Children

    By Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer

    February 1, 2001 | 6:59 pm

    What's the Jewish way to raise children? Simple: just teach them Torah, model your values and encourage them to be like their ancestors. Right?



    Right and wrong. True, as Jews we are all about education. But what kind of education? What kind of children are we aiming to raise? And...

  • Sneak Thief

    By Michael Berlin

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Ten million Americans have glaucoma, though only an estimated 2 million to 4 million have been diagnosed with the often symptomless disease. During National Glaucoma Awareness Month in January, medical professionals and glaucoma patients alike urge people to have their eyes...

  • Peaceful Evolution

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "We have a place, all of us, in a long story -- a story we continue, but whose end we will not see."

    The first strains of George W. Bush's inaugural address, penned by his 36-year-old speechwriter Michael Gerson, put me in mind, oddly enough, of the American Jewish community and...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Mike Levy

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    27 Saturday

    There's something funny going on at Hillel at Pierce and Valley Colleges. Comedy Nite 2001 features an array of comedians hitting the stage at Pierce College raising laughter and funds for Hillel programming. With Jay London, Bobby Pollack, Ari Shaffir and others...

  • Grand Denial

    By Jonathan Kellerman

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    During the lamest duck days of his presidency, Bill Clinton hustled to cobble together a series of under-the-wire executive orders and pardons, but he was unable to secure The Grand Prize: a comprehensive peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

    Though he...

  • Cameo of a Playwright

    By Tom Tugend

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai will direct a novice actor in his next movie. He is playwright Arthur Miller, better known as the author of "Death of a Salesman," "The Crucible" and numerous other dramas.



    The title of the movie is "Plain Jane" and Miller will be familiar with the...

  • A Decrease in Vigilance

    By David Evanier

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A conference on genetic diseases held by the Cultural Foundation of Habib Levy in November led The Journal to examine the Jewish community's reduced state of awareness about genetic testing for prospective parents. During the past 30 years, large-scale genetic screening of Ashkenazi...

  • Briefs

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    City Must Be Shared



    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak said Israeli and Palestinian negotiators must find a way to share administration of Jerusalem's Old City and its holy sites "so there won't be a split and divided city and there will be free access to all." Speaking Tuesday...

  • Undefeated Champion

    By Tom Tugend

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "Now I must get back into politics, that's the only way to help the Democrats return to power," said U.S. Rep. Henry Arnold Waxman, sitting in his small, plain district office on crowded Third Street near La Cienega Boulevard. Get back into politics? The man has been a player since...

  • Athlete of the Week: Andrew Felder

    By Ari Morguelan

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Andrew Felder, a 17-year-old Encino native, is our first Athlete of the Week. Felder has excelled on and off the field, according to Maccabi Games coach Kobi Goren.

    A soccer starter for the Harvard-Westlake Wolverines, Felder made team captain as a junior. He is also a...

  • Something in Common

    By Tom Tugend

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    One of Hitler's first fiats in 1933 led to the dismissal of all Jewish professors from German universities. It was a staggering psychological blow for the Herr Doktor Professors, who from one day to the next tumbled from their status as revered mandarins of German society to jobless...

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