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  • Fraud Arrest at Kabbalah Centre

    By Tom Tugend

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Tel Aviv police have arrested the director of the Israel Kabbalah Centre, following complaints that he had fraudulently exploited a dying cancer patient and her husband.

    According to Israel media reports, the director, Shaul Youdkevitch, extracted more than $60,000 from Leah Zonis...

  • A Rehearsal Menu to Tickle Your Nose

    By Beverly Levitt

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    When Dom Perignon invented the creme de la creme of spirits in the 17th century, little did he know that the drink he discovered while trying to eradicate those "irksome bubbles" from his wine would be considered so romantic that wedding guests wouldn't think of toasting generations...

  • Hey Kids!

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The Fire Within

    "Dark and difficult times lie ahead, Harry. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right ... and what is easy."

    These are the words of Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the film "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," the fourth film based on the...

  • Visiting Darfur Camps Brings Home Need

    By Rabbi David Saperstein

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    It was Sukkot without a lulav or etrog, but with a vibrancy and authenticity etched into our memories.

    We stood on Sukkot amid the Darfur refugee camps in eastern Chad along the Sudanese border: two prominent Reform rabbis, Rabbi David Stern of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas and Rabbi...

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  • A Different Brand of Texas Governor

    By Robert David Jaffee

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    They don't make Jews like Jesus anymore, Kinky Friedman proclaims in his most famous song. They don't make Jews like Kinky Friedman anymore, either. While there are some notable Jewish pop and rock icons, Jews have never proliferated in the ranks of country-western music. Nor are...

  • Anti-Semitism Trumps Sex

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    A dig about Jews took center stage on "The Apprentice" -- again. And once again, it was a loser.

    "Apprentice" stars real-life rich developer Donald Trump, who fires one job applicant after another, finally offering a real job to the survivor.

    The remark occurred in the Nov. 3...

  • Seniors Seek Loving Hands, Home

    By David Finnigan

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    When Arden Realty Chairman and CEO Richard Ziman's elderly father was beginning to fade about 10 years ago, the father made a simple request.

    "'If I begin to lose it, take me there,'" said the father, as recounted by his son. "'I will never be in better hands and with better people...

  • Get Married Without Disowning Your Mom

    By Carin Davis

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Welcome to tonight's main event, bride-to-be vs. mother of the bride. These two lightweight champions are battling it out for the hostess title. Ladies, take your corners. Have a clean fight, a fair fight and no hitting below the garter belt.

    Many a wedding have lead to...

  • Libby, Judaism and the Leak Probe

    By Ron Kampeas

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    When Joshua Muravchik, perhaps the pre-eminent expert on the interventionist foreign policy that has become known as neo-conservatism, was looking for non-Jewish neo-cons to prove that the movement isn't pervasively Jewish, he naturally included Lewis Libby.

    "Non-Jews figuring...

  • Obituaries

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    George Allen Smith,
    Philanthropist and Founder of George Smith Partners, Inc.,
    Dies at 70

    George Allen Smith, a leader in Southern California's real estate finance industry, died Nov. 3 at 70. A graduate of the Harvard Business School, Smith, whose career in the industry spanned...

  • Ten Commandments for a Happy Marriage

    By Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwad

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    For those preparing for marriage, as well as those already wed, Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, director of the National Jewish Outreach Program, offers his Ten Commandments for a successful marriage. His advice is based on the 3,300-year-old Jewish tradition, is timeless and applicable to...

  • L.A. Jewry Needs More Exploring

    By David N. Myers

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Like any self-respecting East Coast native, I arrived in Los Angeles more than a decade and a half ago armed with the usual stereotypes of this city -- namely, it lacked intellectual and cultural "gravitas," was distinguished by its traffic and smog and defied all known logic of...

  • Surprise: Raichel Is All About Love

    By Amy Klein

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Who lends his soul so you should be happy?/ Who lends his hand to build your house....?"

    Idan Raichel does -- that's who.

    Israel's latest world music pop sensation returns to Los Angeles next week with a concert to highlight his second album "From the Depths." The album and its...

  • One Summer Night

    By Morrie Gelman

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    I dream of a summer night long ago. I'm a 17-year-old usher in a neighborhood theater. We play second-run films. Most of that summer we show "Pursued," starring Teresa Wright and Robert Mitchum.

    After my ushering job each evening I rush home to meet my girlfriend, Florence. Both of...

  • ‘Cell’ Asks: Could Terrorists Hit L.A.?

    By Tom Tugend

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    In the upcoming Showtime television series "Sleeper Cell," Tel Aviv-born actor Oded Fehr plays Farik, the leader of a Muslim terrorist cell, who poses as a synagogue-going Jew as his cover.

    Fehr now savors the irony of the casting and plotline, but he was less enthusiastic when a...

  • ‘Bee’ Spells Family D-y-s-f-u-n-c-t-i-o-n-a-l

    By Susan Josephs

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Screenwriter Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal knows exactly why the dysfunctional yet deeply Jewish Naumann family became her chosen muse.

    "What drew me to them," she said, "was what drew me to 'Anne Frank.' It's a story about people with whom we can all identify."

    The Naumanns are the...

  • Spectator - The Taboo Expressionist

    By Ariella Cohen

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The earliest recorded use of the word "tattoo" is found in descriptions of a Tahitian ritual, written by British explorer Capt. James Cook during a 1769 voyage through the South Pacific.

    Tattooing is an act of indelible self-expression. As such, it serves as an ideal vehicle for...

  • Ancient Texts Could Unlock Persian Past

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    It took Iranian Jews in the United States nearly three decades in exile from the land their ancestors called home for 2,700 years to appreciate the rich history and culture preserved in their literature.

    Considered one of the oldest but least- studied Jewish writings in the world,...

  • Face of an Angel, Tongue of a Devil

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "My Nana was a survivor of the Holocaust -- I'm sorry, alleged Holocaust," comic Sarah Silverman says sheepishly. "Thank God she was at one of the better concentration camps. She had a vanity number. It said, 'Bedazzled.'"

    The joke comes early in the comedian's new film,...

  • Clinton Still Can’t Figure Arafat

    By Tom Tugend

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Although he left the White House nearly five years ago, former President Bill Clinton is still deeply concerned about the Middle East and remains puzzled by his last-minute failure to advance peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

    "There hasn't been one day since I left office that...

  • 7days

    By Keren Engelberg

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, November 12

    Temple Isaiah's Festival of Jewish Artisans returns for its 25th year this weekend. Help celebrate and stock up on Chanukah presents and other Judaica by attending the opening night concert, artists reception and preview sale today, or artisans show and...

  • Letters

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Katrina Efforts

    Since my return from Mississippi, I have been told that as a community we have done all there is to be done by offering new beginnings to evacuees who have left their homes in New Orleans ("Going in After Katrina," Sept. 16). We have sent lots of money to the ravaged...

  • Don’t Get Tongue Tied With Your Toast

    By Suzi Brozman

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Chances are, someday you'll be called on to raise a glass and offer a toast, probably at a lifecycle event like a wedding or bar mitzvah. Will you be ready? Will you remember the main points you wanted to make? Or will you end up with glass in hand and foot in mouth?

    The toast is...

  • Yo, God!

    By Alan Kaplan

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Let's be real: I'm not exactly burning to see "J.O.B. The Hip-Hopera," which is, to be brief, a couple of Jewish guys "updating" the

    Bible. As a 50-year-old white high school teacher, I'm well outside the hip-hop demographic. I can't dance, have increasingly little fashion sense, and...

  • Who’s Up, Who’s Down in Giving

    By Chanan Tigay

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Jewish philanthropies didn't raise much more money last year than they did the previous year, but the American Jewish community remains numerically over-represented among America's top charities, an examination of a recent ranking of philanthropies demonstrates.

    Of the...

  • Rabbi Quits After Reported Sex Sting

    By Matthew E. Berger

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    An official with an educational program for Jewish high school students has resigned after allegedly searching the Internet for liaisons with underage boys and sending naked pictures of himself.

    Rabbi David Kaye resigned from Panim on Oct. 31, several days before being featured on...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Life Is Beautiful

    "Beautiful Music," produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Moriah Films division, was winner of the best documentary award at the Hollywood Film Festival for director Richard Trank. It tells the story of a blind, autistic Arab girl whose astonishing musical...

  • In the eyes of American and Torah laws, Williams should die for his heinous crimes.

    By Larry Greenfield

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    In the case of the People v. Williams, the facts are quite clear. A jury convicted Stanley Tookie Williams of the execution-style murder of 23-year-old Albert Owens during a robbery of a 7-Eleven store in Whittier. The jury also convicted him of murdering the owners of a Los Angeles...

  • My New Muse

    By Steve Greenberg

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    A funny thing happened on the way to becoming a regular Jewish Journal singles columnist.

    Curse you, JDate.

    I was just getting my mojo working on writing these -- although I'm better known in these pages for my "Greenberg's View" editorial cartoons and for the occasional cover...

  • With Us—Always

    By Rob Eshman

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The communitywide memorial rally held in Los Angeles just days after the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was heart-wrenching, tearful, agonizing and awful.

    But it was also good.

    The police cordoned off Wilshire Boulevard between La Cienega and San Vicente...

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