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  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Two-Timing Online

    Dear Deborah,

    My roommate and friend, "Joe," is engaged to bemarried to a terrific woman, and the wedding date is set for thisJune. I am to be his best man. Joe, who is 38 and marrying for thefirst time, had a terrible time committing to one person. Now that hehas...

  • City of URLs

    By Sara Eve Roseman

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Unless you know where to look, the World Wide Web can sometimes feel more like a black hole than cyberspace. The following are some of the best websites Jewish L.A. has to offer. This is a highly subjective decision,...

  • Taking the Freeway to Love

    By Ruth Stroud

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The 405 Jewish Singles circuit bringstogether men and women from nine synagogues along the rush-hourartery

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

     

    Single and stuck in evening rush-hour traffic onthe 405 Freeway on the last Friday of the month? Instead of leaningon the horn and screaming at the...

  • Makor

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Schmoozing, Study and Shabbat

    Bevery Gray, Education Editor

    When Rabbi Gordon Bernat-Kunin founded an informal group dedicated to bringing together young Jewish adults to celebrate Shabbat, he named it Makor, meaning "source."...

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  • Film School in Two Days

    By William Yelles

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Film School in Two Days

    In one weekend instead of four years, Dov S-S Simensteaches future Hollywood hyphenators how to make their movies anddeals

    By William Yelles, Calendar Editor

    Dov S-S Simens teaches students the basics offilmmaking and marketing at his weekend seminar, below.

    ...

  • A One Woman Show With a Vengeance

    By Charles Marowitz

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Debbie Allen and Stephen Smith in "Harriet'sReturn."
    Harriet Tubman, the fugitive-slave andabolitionist, was a kind of African-American Mata Hari. During theCivil War, she frequently conducted scouting parties and raids behindthe Confederate lines and was one of the North's most...

  • Fine Cut: A Festival of Student Film

    By William Yelles

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Student films from throughout Southern California are currentlybeing featured on the three-part KCET series "Fine Cut: A Festival ofStudent Film," airing on Sundays at 10 p.m. The series, hosted bydirector Michael Apted, will feature a total of 17 films fromstudents at UCLA, USC,...

  • Pursuing Justice, But at WhatCost?

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    One could almost see historyon the march in Washington last week when the House Banking Committeeheld a day of hearings on Nazi plunder -- stolen artworks in themorning, looted insurance policies after lunch -- and how to restoreit to its rightful owners.

    These days, of course, it is...

  • Los Angeles, 5758

    By Julie G Fax

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    There was noquestion: Of the three rabbis sitting up on the dais at UCLA Hillel,Rabbi Shlomo Riskin had the toughest sell. After all, audiences whocome to hear panels on pluralism usually bristle at Orthodoxy'sseeming exclusivity.

    But, true to self, Riskin didn't let theanticipation...

  • City of URLs

    By Sara Eve Roseman

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Unless you know where to look, the World Wide Web can sometimesfeel more like a black hole than cyberspace. The following are someof the best websites Jewish L.A. has to offer. This is a highlysubjective decision, but I've used a few criteria, namely, how doesthe page look, is it...

  • A Woman’s Voice

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    After spending months moderating aweekly chat room in America Online's Jewish section, I finally foundEmes, someone I could really talk to.

    It happened a few weeks ago, following an hour oflively conversation about Monica Lewinsky: Is she a nice Jewish girlor not? Everyone had an...

  • Up Front

    February 19, 1998 | 6:59 pm

    Rabbi MichaelBeals (above) was disturbed by press reports after arson fires at twolocal Orthodox synagogues. Left, a book damaged in the blaze.Photo at left by Peter Halmagyi

    Rabbi Michael Beals of B'nai Tikvah Congregation,a Conservative synagogue in Westchester, was disturbed when...

  • Labor Pains

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 19, 1998 | 6:59 pm

    CommunityBriefs

     

    Labor Pains

    Community leaders are among those charging the Jewish-ownedSummit Hotel Rodeo Drive with mistreating its workers, while otherscome to his defense

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer

    Last week, three Jewish leaders stood in front ofthe upscale Summit Hotel...

  • Climbing Our Mountain

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    As I, at 16, traveled through Israel for the firsttime, my Jewish nerve endings were hypersensitive. Every stone, face,taste, smell, breeze, star, touch, glimpse -- everything -- moved me.Somehow, I knew I was close to God, and now I was going to be closer-- Moses closer; I was going...

  • A Jewish New Wave

    By Harry Medved

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish filmmakers descended on this snowy townlast month for their annual 11-day-long holiday ritual of schmoozing,skiing and screenings, better known as the Sundance FilmFestival.

    That's hardly big news in an industry with morethan a few Jewish members. What is news is that Jews were...

  • Letters

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Congratulations. Ilana Polyak's hit piece onMonica Lewinsky ("False Values and Prep School Blues," Feb. 6) outdidanything that might be expected in the gutter press. Any responsibleeditor who read "I never knew Monica Lewinsky" would have killed thearticle right there. What was the...

  • Community

    By Tom Tugend

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    'David Fighting a CorporateGoliath'

    The heirs of a Holocaust victim and policyholder sueItaly's giant Generali Insurance Company for five decades ofrebuffing their claims

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    Above, Regina, Moshe and Edith Stern; Below,from left, William Palmer, General...

  • Kissing A Lot of Frogs

    By Teresa Strasser

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm


    I am standing in the doorway looking at my first blind date, I'mthinking: somebody could have said something about -- how do I saythis tactfully -- his face.

    Over drinks, I try to decide which eye to look at.A choice must be made, as his eyes occupy slightly different planeson his...

  • A Jewish New Wave

    By Harry Medved

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish filmmakers descended on this snowy townlast month for their annual 11-day-long holiday ritual of schmoozing,skiing and screenings, better known as the Sundance FilmFestival.

    That's hardly big news in an industry with morethan a few Jewish members. What is news is that Jews were...

  • The Truth About the Media and Jews

    By Yehuda Lev

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Jonathan Tobin edits a Jewish newspaper inConnecticut, and his editorial opinions occasionally appear in TheJewish Journal. One such effort, "Distinguishing Fact from FictionIsn't Getting Easier," was published on Jan. 23. Herewith some factto counter Tobin's fiction.

    Tobin begins by...

  • Up Front

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

     

    Counting Jews

     

    By 2003, Israel will finally have fulfilled thedreams of its founders when it overtakes the United States to becomehome to the largest number of Jews in the world.

    This, according to the Institute of the WorldJewish Congress, which is to publish the new Jewish...

  • Foreign Aid as Shell Game

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    There was, if you listenedcarefully, an undertone of anxiety beneath the hoopla last month,when Israel laid out plans to wean itself off U.S. economic aid.While politicians and pundits celebrated Israel's generous offer togive up its $3 billion-a-year entitlement, some Jewish...
  • ‘Till Death Do Us Part’—Enough Already

    By Linda Feldman

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Many of us who said, "Till death do us part,"never went the distance. Gary and Barbara did. They were a great lovestory. The fact that her parents didn't approve of their marriage,because he was a saxophone player, made it all the morepowerful.

    From the moment Barbara was diagnosed...

  • A Jewish New Wave

    By Harry Medved

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Ella Lewenz, pictured with one of her children,is the subject of her granddaughter's documentary.
    Filmmaker Myles Berkowitz made the comedy "20 Dates" on a budget of$60,000.

    Park City, Utah --

    Jewish filmmakers descended on this snowy townlast month for their annual 11-day-long holiday...

  • Feting CBS President

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Television and film star George Clooneypresents Leslie Moonves with the Sherrill C. Corwin Human RelationsAward

    "Jewish people have always been in my life,whether I wanted them there or not."

    So joked Bill Cosby to the capacity crowdattending the American Jewish Committee's annual...

  • How Do We Do It?

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    I was late getting home from mymeeting the other night. Too late to help my daughter prepare for herSpanish quiz. Too late to massage her shoulders after softballpractice. "Do Not Disturb," read the sign on her door. Hernight-stand light was on, but Samantha was already asleep.

    ...

  • Synagogues, Temples and Shuls

    By Julie G Fax

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    As Shabbat ebbs next week, try Young Israel ofCentury City for something a little sexy -- namely, a lecture on "TheFacts of Life: How to Teach Yeshiva Students," led by Rabbi Baruchand Michal Finkelstein.

    While many parents feel uncomfortable discussingsex with their children, the...

  • Multimedia Ode to Jerusalem

    By Diane Arieff

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Asaf Medina, one of the members of theKeshet Chaim Dance Ensemble

    Local dance ensemble Keshet Chaim willtake the stage for Israel's 50th

    By Diane Arieff Zaga,Arts Editor

    The mood in the Jewish state may not be one ofcelebration at the moment, but plans to commemorate the...

  • LOVE

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    These are more stories of beshert, of relationships thatare "meant to be," with a little help from The Jewish Journal. Overthe past year, at least five couples have called us to announce theirpersonal-ad-inspired nuptials. And, no, they weren't ashamed to admithow they met. Gone is...
  • A Jewish New Wave

    By Harry Medved

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Ella Lewenz, pictured with one of her children,is the subject of her granddaughter's documentary.
    Filmmaker Myles Berkowitz made the comedy "20 Dates" on a budget of$60,000.

    Park City, Utah --

    Jewish filmmakers descended on this snowy townlast month for their annual 11-day-long holiday...

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