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  • 7 Days In Arts

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday



    Think you've never heard of Yitzak Asner? Think again. Like so many in Hollywood, Yitz went with his middle name, Edward, to succeed in showbiz. And though Ed Asner dropped the Yitzak, he never dropped Judaism. Tonight and tomorrow night, the politically minded actor stars...

  • Surveying ‘America’s Jewish Freshmen’

    By Rachel Brand

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Adam Bergman researched colleges toward the end of his senior year at Milken High School, he looked very closely at the quality of their soccer teams and not so closely at the size of their Jewish populations.

    "I don't consider myself religious at all. I have never chosen a...

  • Eulogies:Rabbi Philip Schroit

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Philip Schroit, beloved rabbi of B'nai David-Judea for 44 years and rabbi emeritus for 10 years, died Aug. 12 at the age of 79.

    Among his many accomplishments was his introduction of kosher supervision and catering to Los Angeles hotels (the Statler Hotel, the Ambassador, the...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Captures Hebrew U. Bombing Suspects

    Israel arrested a Hamas cell believed responsible for several suicide bombings, including one late last month at Hebrew University. The men, East Jerusalem residents whose Israeli ID cards allowed them to travel the country freely,...

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  • Your Letters

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Cunin

    "You can either like him or not like him, but you cannot dismiss him" ("How the West Was Won," Aug. 16). Yes, I can. I not only can, I do. To me, the one and only outstanding characteristic of Judaism (besides the belief in only one God) is that there is no...

  • E-tickets and a Tanach

    By Jane Ulman

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This year, back-to-school shopping for my son, Zack, includes the requisite binders, notebooks and

    new pair of sneakers. It also includes two sets of extra-long sheets, a Tanach and a plane ticket to the East Coast.

    For this year, on Aug. 26, Zack is traveling from Southern...

  • Something Special

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Brianna Ross passes by Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills, she signs one word to her mother over and over again: "School, school."

    "She just loves going there," said Adrienne Ross, Brianna's mother.

    Brianna, 9, has cerebral palsy and developmental delays; she is also a kidney...

  • Squirrelled Away

    By Rabbi William M. Kramer

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    They call themselves the "Lunch Bunch." They're a playful, bright, caring, deliciously mad group of superannuated Jewish elves.

    In age, they are generally 70-plus. They meet weekly at various restaurants: some good, some bad, some Chinese -- and none kosher.

    Every so often, the...

  • Rabbis to the Rescue

    By Tom Tugend

    August 22, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    "It's a little bit unnerving for an Orthodox Jewish boy from Brooklyn," says Rabbi Chaim Kolodny, after he found himself an instant media celebrity for tracking down a suspected serial rapist.

    "Every local TV and radio station and newspapers from as far away as New York must have...

  • ‘An Uncommon Friendship’

    By Tom Tugend

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On the lecture circuit, Bernat "Bernie" Rosner and Frederic "Fritz" Tubach make for an odd couple. Rosner, at 70, is small, compact and bald, with a fighter's quick moves, while the gray-haired Tubach, 71, looks well-fed with a professorial air about him. Their differences, though,...

  • The Hunger Question

    By Gil Sedan

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "We will never go hungry," Ahmad Zughayer boasted as a truck from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) unloaded sacks of flour, sugar, oil, rice and milk powder in the Balata refugee camp near Nablus.

    "We will never go hungry, but not for the reason you think," he...

  • Parshat KiTetze

    By Abby Gilad

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This week's parsha is concerned with mitzvot -- mitzvot in time of war, mitzvot concerning marriage, mitzvot concerning lost property, mitzvot concerning animals. So, you ask, what's a mitzvah? Well, it's a good deed! Actually, that is only half the answer. The absolute correct...

  • What’s in a Name?

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Eric, Matt and Chris are three musicians who refuse to give away their last names. But if you guessed it was out of a lack of ethnic pride, you'd be wrong.

    "I'm a pretty high-profile Jew, whether I like it or not," says singer-songwriter Eric. "It's hard to hide when you're in a...

  • Community Briefs

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Daniel Pearl Laid to Rest

    Family and close friends buried slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl Sunday morning and vowed that his example would continue to inspire "millions of friends and strangers touched by his life and death."

    Pearl, 38, was kidnapped and killed...

  • Homeland Insecurity

    By Boaz Ganor

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us," by Steven Emerson. (Simon and Schuster, $26).

    In November of 1994, PBS aired nationwide an unforgettable documentary titled, "Jihad in America." Recognizing as it did -- a year after the first attack on the World Trade Center --...

  • Women Unite for Israel

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Yehudit Eichenblatt wanted to do her part for Israel, but she just wasn't sure exactly what that should be. She had been to protests outside of the Federal Building; written letters to President Bush, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; and...

  • ‘Literati MeetsGlitterati’

    By Lori Gottlieb

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Will Kevin be there?" my friend Jodi asked when I invited her to my upcoming book party at Dutton's.

    Oh, no, I thought. Not again.

    It used to be that literary launch parties were about books, not boys. They were a chance for like-minded lit lovers to commune amid dusty bookshelves,...

  • Your Letters

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Prime Time for Hitler

    Well, Hitler, has made it to prime time ("Prime Time for Hitler," Aug. 2). How about a joint project about the life and times of Yasser Arafat? However, we will need to determine his true story, or should we just file his under TV fiction? Why not do a...

  • Hess Kramer Gets Wacky

    By Rachel Brand

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Petroleum jelly-covered watermelon relays, gunk-filled balloon popping and prom dress-clad swimming pool races -- not your typical day at Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu.

    The Wilshire Boulevard Temple camp was turned upside down on Tuesday, Aug. 6, when it became the location for the last...

  • Homeland Insecurity

    By Boaz Ganor

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us," by Steven Emerson. (Simon and Schuster, $26).

    In November of 1994, PBS aired nationwide an unforgettable documentary titled, "Jihad in America." Recognizing as it did -- a year after the first attack on the World Trade Center --...

  • Friends

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    One glorious sunny day, my girlfriend "C" and I share a seaside restaurant table with a married couple, call them Harry and Sylvia.

    Harry gazes at Sylvia with such a glow. I tingled with memory.

    "What a look!" I say to Sylvia, while Harry goes to the pickup window for their order....

  • Eulogies:Rabbi Marvin L. Labinger

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Marvin L. Labinger executive director of the Pacific Southwest Region of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism from 1990-2000, died July 25, 2002 at the age of 66.

    Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1960 and immediately began a...

  • Furor Over Der Fuhrer

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Attempts to find in the youngster 'the warped person within the murderous dictator' have proved unpersuasive. If we exclude our knowledge of what was to come, his family circumstances invoke, for the most part, sympathy for the child exposed to them."
    -- Ian Kershaw,

    "Hitler:...

  • Mrs. Matriarch

    By Julie G Fax

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Miriam Cunin walks past the wall of books and the plastic-covered sofas in her living room toward a narrow table packed with photographs. Across the middle, there is a row of picture frames, each containing a black-bearded male and a bewigged woman, along with various numbers of...

  • How the West Was Won

    By Sue Fishkoff

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Last Aug. 26, on a soundstage off Sunset Boulevard, Chabad of the West Coast's 21st annual telethon was about to begin.

    The stage lights dimmed to blue, Camera One wheeled in, and a spotlight trained on a young boy wearing payes (sidecurls) and knickers -- Anatevka, circa 1905. The...

  • Video Spawns a Radio Star

    By Keren Engelberg

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It takes Jay Sanderson about 10 minutes to put me to work. It's 8:55 a.m. on a Sunday, five minutes till broadcast of KLAC talk radio's "The Jay Sanderson Show" and he's having trouble getting his scheduled guest, screenwriter/producer Lionel Chetwynd, on the phone. I'm barely...

  • L.A. Rabbis, Jackson Push for Peace

    By Julie G Fax

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbis Steven Jacobs and Leonard Beerman from Los Angeles, along with six other clergy members traveling with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, had just left a meeting with Yasser Arafat and were on the way to see Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the head of Hamas, when they heard about the bombing at...

  • Iraq Attack

    By Amy Klein

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I don't want to give away any secrets here, but guess what? America may be planning a surprise attack on Iraq -- in fact, even as you read this, the "secret" war plans might have gone into effect.

    Whether the bid to unseat Saddam Hussein and dismantle his suspected nuclear weapons...

  • L.A. Museums: Saved by the Jews

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A small museum opened its doors in Pasadena last month and naturally enough made local headlines. The stories touched on the museum's focus -- California art, architecture and design from 1850 to the present day; and on the personal angle, namely that the $5 million Pasadena Museum...

  • Ethics and Warfare

    By Rabbi Steven Weil

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This week's Torah portion opens with a fascinating topic: the psyche of a soldier at war, and the ethical boundaries that even a soldier must observe.

    KiTetze la'milchama: "When you go out to war ... and you take captives and see among the captives a beautiful woman...."

    The Torah...

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