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  • Peace of Mind

    By  Orit Arfa

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Dawn Eliashiv was checking in her luggage at LAX when she and the group participating in the recent Family Solidarity Mission to Israel heard about the April 20 bombing in Kfar Saba that left two dead and 40 injured. At that moment, she asked herself the question that had many a time...

  • Prostate Cancer: A View From The Trenches

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "You Can't Make Love If You're Dead: Curing Prostate Cancer and Keeping My Sexuality" by Leon Prochnik (Ari Press, $19.95)

    Looking back on his experience with prostate cancer, author and screenwriter Leon Prochnik realized that what he'd needed when first diagnosed was a "trench...

  • Hollywood Mitzvahs

    By Mike Levy

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When one person helps another person, it's a mitzvah. When 1,500 people from 30 different organizations join together to help out in over 50 volunteering projects, it's Temple Israel of Hollywood's (TIOH) Mitzvah Day.

    The April 29 event attracted volunteers of all ages from both...

  • Healthy Dose of Judaism

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Ten years ago, while in the hospital recovering from a stroke, real estate developer Irving Kalsman received visits from several rabbis who came to offer reassurance and support. Sanford Ragins, Kalsman's longtime congregational rabbi at Leo Baeck Temple, came to call, as did family...

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  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Mike Levy

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, May 5

    Peter and Marian are happily married, but not for long if Peter's Catholic father and Marian's Jewish dad get in their way. In Ben Matthews' comedy-drama "From I Do to I Don't," the in-laws mix it up over the mixed marriage. The dramatic first act is followed by...

  • New Route for Roots

    By Michael J. Jordan

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It's virtually "genealogy for dummies."

    In a nation of immigrants where more than 35 percent of the population -- or 100 million Americans -- have at least one relative who passed through Ellis Island, officials at that historic entry point to New York have unveiled a new Web site...

  • Encouraging Tzedakah

    By Ellie Kahn

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "There's nobody involved in the ADL who is older than I," Leona Goldring said the other day. "Whether or not that is something to be proud of, I don't know!"

    You decide.

    Leona Goldring is 93. She not only attends monthly Anti-Defamation League (ADL) meetings, as well as planning...

  • Timely Talk of History’s Attic

    By Mike Levy

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The timing could not have been better.

    When the California Museum of Ancient Art scheduled its lecture series on "The Archaeology of Ancient Israel" to begin Monday, May 14, at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, it could not have known that Rabbi David Wolpe's Passover sermon touching on...

  • Your Letters

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Autism Support

    What a tremendous service you are doing by educating people about the rise in cases of children diagnosed with autism and the need for greater support for families with children with special needs in the Jewish community ("Beyond the Wall" and "Chinese Box," April...

  • Not in Vain

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The sanctuary of B'nai David-Judea Congregation in the Pico-Robertson area was once a spacious movie theater. Last Wednesday, April 25, it was filled to the nosebleed rows with more than 500 junior-high and high-school students from Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys and Girls...

  • Oil Loses Round

    By Julie G Fax

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Neighbors for a Safe Environment (NASE) won a round April 18 in its ongoing battle with an oil company that wants to expand operations at a site in the Pico-Robertson area.

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Yaffe announced that he would issue an order that will force the City of...

  • Journey’s End

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Lunda Hoyle Gill sat in her spare room at a Westwood assisted-living center, the last stop on her remarkable life journey.

    The artist once traveled to the remotest parts of the globe, racing to paint indigenous peoples before they disappeared. But that was before cancer ravaged her...

  • Fat and Fit

    By Rachel Louise Snyder

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Looking at television and magazine ads these days, you'd think the surest route to health is a diet that goes something like this: an apple slice and a thimbleful of skim milk for breakfast, a carrot with a gallon of water for lunch, four grains of rice, one strawberry and a shot of...

  • Commemorating Israel’s Fallen Heroes

    By Gabriel Kramer

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As more than 1,500 people gathered at Adat Ari El in Valley Village to commemorate Yom HaZikaron (Israel's Memorial Day) in an April 24 ceremony hosted by the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles, neither an empty seat nor a dry eye was to be found.

    The holiday is taken very...

  • Jewish Big Time

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A month after Passover, the winds have not yet died down from the "Wolpe Hurricane."

    Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Westwood caused a stir when he asserted, in earshot of a Los Angeles Times reporter, that the Exodus story can still inspire us even if, as some archaeologists...

  • Basketball and Life

    By Ari Morguelan

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Be Quick -- But Don't Hurry: Finding Success in the Teachings

    of a Lifetime" by Andrew Hill with John Wooden

    (Simon & Schuster, $20)

    Andrew Hill should be considered a very lucky man. The 50-year-old Los Angeles native played basketball at UCLA in the 1970s under the auspices of...

  • Exploring Faith’s Price

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Love and Liberation: When the Jews Tore Down the Ghetto Walls" by Ralph David Fertig (Writers Club Press, $17.95)

    On Jan. 9, 1807, Prince Jerome of Prussia decreed that the fortifications of the ancient city of Breslau could be destroyed. After 540 years of isolation, the Jews of...

  • Renewing the Breed Street Shul

    By Mike Levy

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    For years, the only signs of life at Boyle Heights' historic Breed Street Shul were the flocks of cooing pigeons flying in and out through the large hole in the ceiling. Graffiti covers the walls inside; outside, a fence topped with razor wire encircles the last remnant of East Los...

  • Rage Becomes Power in Writer’s Hands

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "I still write a lot from anger," playwright Mark Medoff said. "I've wanted to flagellate the world."

    Medoff, 61, is the author of the smoldering plays "When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?" "Children of a Lesser God" and "Road to a Revolution," now at Deaf West Theatre. His intense work...

  • JCC Subject of Lawsuit

    By Tom Tugend

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The parents of a boy badly wounded during a shooting rampage at the North Valley Jewish Community Center are suing the facility and charging that it did not provide any security to forestall hate crime attacks.

    Charles and Eleanor Kadish filed the suit Monday on behalf of their son...

  • Calendar & Singles

    By Mike Levy

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Calendar

    SATURDAY/5

    Temple Emanuel: 9:15 a.m. Tot Shabbat service followed by food. 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 274-6388

    SUNDAY/6

    Creative Arts Temple: 4 p.m. Performances by comedians Norm Crosby, Fyvush Finkel and Dave Barry and Broadway...

  • Bulldog on the Ice

    By Ari Morguelan

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Ethan Lee Fougner, a 7-year-old hockey player from Valencia, is our May Athlete of the Month.

    The call of the ice was so strong for Fougner that his mother, Lori, went into labor while attending a Los Angeles Kings third-round playoff game in May 1993.

    Fougner first took group hockey...

  • Personal Shopper

    By J. D. Smith

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I had to buy a present for my sister recently. Shopping for women, if you don't happen to actually be a woman yourself, is a nightmare.

    I've noticed that when men go shopping for clothes, there is a sense of purposefulness about it. We're going to the store to buy something, some...

  • They’re Heeeeere

    By Rob Eshman

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    According to a recently released Shaw University study, there are now between 6 and 7 million Muslims living in America. The study's figures may be a bit inflated, but few doubt their larger meaning: either Muslims now outnumber Jews in America, or they soon will.

    The Journal...

  • Happy 53

    By Rob Eshman

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Some birthdays are better than others, and number 53 is especially tough for Israel.

    Whether or not we in America see it this way, Israel is at war. A recent fax from the office of the mayor of Efrat in Gush Etzion reported, "the current PLO war has taken a tragic toll."

    That's only...

  • Backstage Beshert

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When USC freshman Cynthia Gross asked professional director Anthony Barnao to mentor her new L'Chaim Theatre Ensemble, he was blunt.

    "If you're interested in doing theater because you love it, call me back," he said. "If you're interested in doing theater to get discovered for a TV...

  • Yom HaShoah Eternal

    By Mike Levy

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Last week's Yom HaShoah observances in Los Angeles demonstrated that as new generations of Jews mark the day with no personal memories of the Holocaust, themes and practices evolve to ensure that 6 million Jews are not forgotten.

    The focus of the Yom HaShoah commemorations remains,...

  • Lieberman’s Next Story

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I thought I saw Arthur Goldberg the other night at USC. The late Supreme Court justice died in 1990, but his ghost surely hung over the Trojan campus Wednesday during Sen. Joseph Lieberman's speech at the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life. Two great...

  • Your Letters.

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The Exodus Debate

    Following a series of events in my life that served as a wake-up call, I returned to Judaism after nearly six decades of estrangement. I began to study with some of the brightest rabbinical minds in this country and in Israel. I used to joke that I knew more...

  • Everyday Hebrew

    By Adam Wills

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Meseret Rubin started learning modern Hebrew for the sake of her family.

    Rubin and her Israeli husband, Amir, are raising their two children in a Westside home where any one of four languages are spoken at any given time. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the...

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