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  • Oscar buzz for ‘Beaufort’ builds

    By Tom Tugend

    February 21, 2002 | 5:00 pm

    Oscar nominees of the Tribe

    By Jay Firestone


    Best Film
    Ethan and Joel Coen - "No Country for Old Men"

    Best Actor
    Daniel Day-Lewis - "There Will Be Blood"

    Best Director
    Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men"
    Jason Reitman - "Juno."
    Julian Schnabel - "The Diving Bell...
  • No Laughing Matter

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Don't get Howard Rosenberg started on the snobs who dismiss sitcoms as trash.

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times TV critic thinks they're an American art form, which is why he's hosting "The Serious Side of Laughter," a panel discussion about television comedy Feb. 17 at...

  • Echoes of Esther

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Purim beauty pageant of 1956 is long forgotten in the shtetl that was Queens Village, N.Y. But for me it is the stuff of personal destiny.

    In those postwar years, women stayed home with their children, and men went from job to job before landing at their ultimate careers. The...

  • A View of Two Parks

    By Mike Levy

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It is fitting that Los Angeles' current chief of police has a plural for a surname. For judging by the opinion of Jewish community leaders, at least two Bernard Parks have served the city for the past four years: Parks who dragged his feet on reform; Parks who implemented so much...

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  • Being Greene

    By Beverly Gray

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Brian Greene thinks of himself as a product of the University of Judaism (UJ).

    Since 1983, when he left his native Vancouver to pursue a UJ undergraduate degree, he has largely remained connected to the university, as a student first and then as a faculty member in the school of...

  • Eulogies:Benjamin Alan Eder

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Benjamin Alan Eder died on Dec. 11, 2001, lost at sea along with three other men aboard the F/V Nesika, at age 21.

    Eder was born in Coos Bay, Ore., on March 22, 1980, and lived in Port Orford, Ore. until 1986, after which he moved with his family to Newport, Ore. He graduated...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Arafat: No More Arms Smuggling

    The U.S. State Department praised a letter from Yasser Arafat promising that the Palestinians would not try to smuggle weapons again. "We find it to be a positive letter, and we now look for action along the lines that he indicated in his letter,"...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In this week's portion, Israel is commanded to build an aron (ark) in which the tablets of the Ten Commandments will be placed. It is made of shita (acacia wood) and gold. The aron is covered in gold inside and out. It is like a jewelry box. When you have something very precious, you...

  • Youth Reinforcement

    By Amy Klein

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Russell Radwin came from Alabama to meet people, because there are so few Jews in Birmingham.

    Judy Feldman came from Beverly Hills to get ideas from other cities on how to plan Jewish leadership programs for Los Angeles in the wake of recent Federation cuts.

    For Claude Furman, a...

  • Survivor: Malibu

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Forget the South Pacific, the Australian Outback and Africa -- if you want to see a real survivor, look no further than in your own backyard.

    Despite the well-chronicled hardships of its parent organization, Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA), Malibu-based The...

  • The Music Men

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Move over Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras.

    The Three Jewish Tenors are coming to the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa next month, accompanied by the Pacific Symphony Orchestra.

    Cantors David Propis, Alberto Mizrahi and David Katz -- all of major...

  • Justice Delayed and Justice Denied

    By Rep. Henry Waxman

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Holocaust survivors have been waiting decades to reclaim Holocaust-era insurance policies. Unfortunately, the findings of an ongoing congressional investigation I initiated indicate that their wait is far from over.

    In 1998, the International Commission on Holocaust-Era Insurance...

  • Changing Course

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In an assembly hall at a Burbank middle school, a Holocaust survivor answers questions from her young audience. The inquiries are thoughtful, and the children serious, some even close to tears. All have been prepared for the visit by their teachers and the readings they have been...

  • An ‘Embrace’ to Remember

    By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Sixty members of Young Israel of Century City gingerly walked on the muddy path and crowded into Dalia Har Sinai's little farmhouse in the southern Hebron Hills community of Susia. Outside, the sheep and goats were in the barn. The farm and grazing land and organic vegetable patch...

  • The Porn Star and the Rabbi

    By Carin Davis

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Did you hear the one about the rabbi, the porn star and the adult magazine editor? They don't walk into a bar, they walk into a synagogue.

    Adult film star Nina Hartley and her fiancé, Taboo Magazine editor Ira Levine, will speak on "Love and Sex in the 21st Century" at Temple Beth...

  • Your Letters

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Religion and the IRS

    In Wendy Madnick's article, ("Court Writes Off Deductions," Feb. 8) the predominant issue is that Michael Sklar was requesting equal treatment by the IRS regarding deductible payments for "qualified religious services."

    Qualified religious services, as...

  • Indirect Victims

    By Rachel Pomerance

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    An alarming number of at-risk children are among the Jewish victims of Argentina's economic collapse.

    Even in the most stable families, children have been hit by the fallout from the collapse. For unstable parents, desperate conditions like those in crisis-ridden Argentina only make...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Righteous Who Saved Jews Honored

    Almost 60 years after they risked their lives to rescue Jews during the Holocaust, a Dutch couple and a one-time Polish partisan will be honored as Righteous Among the Nations on Sunday, Feb. 17 at the annual luncheon of the 1939 Club.

    Accepting...

  • Call Me Crazy

    By Miriam Lewis

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Call me crazy. If someone handed me a ticket to go to Israel tomorrow, I'd drop everything in a heartbeat and go. I am a staunch supporter of Israel, a "Zionist" who isn't afraid to use that word. When I tell people that my job is to recruit students for long-term programs and...

  • A Time for Funds

    By Andrea Adelson

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Even as its executive board starts a search to replace its top administrator, the Jewish Federation of Orange County will intensify its annual fundraisng drive over the next two months.

    The Federation, an umbrella group that helps in funding community-wide Jewish education programs,...

  • In or Out?

    By Larry Derfner

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "We have no intention of reconquering the Palestinian areas," Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer told a news conference this week, repeating a common refrain of the Sharon government. Then he added a new twist, saying that Israel would not reoccupy Palestinian cities, villages and...

  • Facing Each Other

    By Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I am sitting in my old seat in the study hall of Yeshivat Har Etzion, tucked away in the Judean hills, having completed a week of solidarity visits, catching up with old friends and attending inspiring and enlightening lectures. As a Bible teacher, I could not resist the opportunity...

  • Painting California

    By Shelley Adler

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Artist Stephanie Sanchez (née Sternberger) discovered what her Jewish background meant when her classmates in her first-grade class in Baltimore told her that she had killed Christ.

    Until then, she only knew what her father had told her. That "Jewish" was what she was, despite the...

  • The Parking Spot Theory

    By J.D. Smith

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Here's my "Parking Spot Theory": Let's say you're driving around, looking for a parking spot and you can't find one. You drive around the block again and, still, nothing. You look up ahead at the other cars circling the block and no one is getting a parking spot. Frustration builds....

  • ‘Trembling’ Truth

    By Ivor Davis

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    For filmmaker Sandi Simcha DuBowski, "Trembling Before G-d" isn't just a documentary, it's a revolutionary movement.

    The searing, award-winning film profiles gay Orthodox Jews struggling to reconcile their love of Judaism with the strict biblical prohibitions against homosexuality....

  • Madeleine’s War

    By Rob Eshman

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic got underway at the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague this week. Milosevic reportedly plans to call 35 witnesses in his defense, including former President Bill Clinton; British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and...

  • Around the Orange

    By Gustavo Arellano

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It's a couple of hours before the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) quarterly Orange County Jewish-Latino roundtable group and Joyce Greenspan is worried.

    "I don't have a clue what's going to happen tonight," says the ADL's Orange County director. "Usually, we have a dinner, but it's a...

  • Struma Story Surfaces

    By Tom Tugend

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    On Dec. 12, 1941, 769 desperate Romanian Jews crammed into a rusty bucket of a ship, the Struma, at the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta. They had sold their last possessions to escape war-torn Europe in hopes of making it to Palestine.

    Thus began the war's lesser-known voyage...

  • Recovered Lives

    By Mike Levy

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    John Ostland spent 11 years, off and on in prison because of his drug addiction. He would steal anything of value to get money for his habit.

    Four years ago, he found Chabad's residential drug treatment center. Now, Ostland works at the center. Sober and self-confident, his work...

  • Literary Comfort

    By Baz Dreisinger

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Sept. 11 marked a resurgence in America's love affair with the news media. Desperate to make sense of the tragedy, we made CNN and MSNBC staples of our TV diet.

    But according to prolific Israeli writer A.B. Yehoshua, television was not the only place we turned to for solace.

    ...

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