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  • Community Briefs

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    While cities such as Detroit and St. Louis were holding major Jewish book festivals year after year, drawing celebrity authors such as Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, observers here asked, Why isn't there a Jewish book festival in Los Angeles?

    Seville Porush and her colleagues at the...

  • Once Again, Anti-Semitism

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    How worried should we be? The question refers, of course, to the rapid succession of hate crimes that have hit the front pages of newspapers across America. First, there were the arson attacks on three Sacramento-area synagogues, with total damage estimated at close to $1 million....

  • Local Authors: From Torah to Tinseltown

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The tale of an orphan's search for acceptance. A lawyer's fantasy of a Holocaust survivor's revenge. A book that may save your marriage.

    These are just a few of the interesting choices made for this year's People of the Book Festival.

    Featuring more than 30 authors, including Nathan...

  • Wanting What the West Has

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When people talk about the San Fernando Valley, non-residents may envision a vast sea of shiny new homes and retail areas, schools and parks, joined seamlessly by a pathway of soccer moms driving sports utility vehicles.

    In reality, there are two Valleys -- the one where the...

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  • Choosing Our Words Carefully

    By Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    For the last several months, my 5-year-old son and I have been engaged in a spirited discussion over a four-letter word that he brought home with him from nursery school. The word is "cool," an adjective his peers apply to everything, from "Star Wars" action figures to cheese pizza....
  • Number Our Days ... Slowly

    By Adam Gilad

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    I used to play this math game in my head when I was a kid. I'd sit on the little grassy hillside overlooking the jungle gym and kickball games during recess and speculate about the year in which I would die.

    "Born in '61," I'd hum to myself, "and if I died when I'm 30 ..."--which...

  • The Club Scene

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Dear Jewish Journal:

    About five years ago, I ended a very serious relationship. I was devastated, but knew that my life could not end over this. I did everything to try and resolve my pain but it was hopeless. I eventually moved to another city, started a new career, and got on with...

  • Manilow of the Year

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Add Sheba Humanitarian Award to the accolades garnered by the recording artist who Rolling Stone once named "showman of our generation."

    Last month, Barry Manilow was honored by the Friends of Sheba Medical Center for his musical and philanthropic gifts. The Regent Beverly Wilshire...

  • Report from Washington D.C.

    By James Besser

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Rep. Peter King (R-NY) isn't Jewish, but this week's political about-face by the Long Island lawmaker reflected a mounting problem for Jewish backers of Texas Gov. George Bush.

    King, who had endorsed the GOP presidential frontrunner, abruptly switched horses and announced his support...

  • Barak’s Threatened Promises

    By Julie Wiener

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The post-election optimism among advocates of religious pluralism in Israel has dampened somewhat with the inclusion of three Orthodox parties in Israel's new government.

    Reform and Conservative leaders -- who have been lobbying for years to have their rabbis, institutions and...

  • My Place Out of the Sun

    By Teresa Strasser

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    I don't know how to tell you this, but I think it's over.

    I don't want you to take it personally. It's not you; it's me. I just need some time to get my head together. I just need to find out who I am without you in my life. After 28 years, I just need to move on.

    Don't think this is...

  • Missionary Passions

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Five years after his death, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson seems to be influencing more people than he ever did in life. But not in ways he might have expected.

    It's ironic, perhaps. Pundits were sure that Schneerson's demise in June 1994 would lead to the disintegration of the...

  • In Their Rightful Place

    By Tom Tugend

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The first part, titled "Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honor," forbade marriage and sexual relations between Jews and "citizens of German blood." (This section contains the only handwritten change in the typed text, when someone crossed out the word "sexual" in...
  • The Art of Memory

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Artist Tobi Kahn is obsessed with memories of the Holocaust. His abstract landscapes depict recollections of a haunted time and place he never experienced. Simple shapes conjure rivers and roads that snake through still valleys, serene at first glance, disturbing upon reflection....
  • A Dog Tale

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Author Paul Auster and his daughter, Sophie, were strolling on Seventh Avenue in Brooklyn one day when they spotted a woman standing beside a skinny, scruffy, fearful, "completely ravaged" golden-yellow dog. Around its neck hung a sign: "Please adopt me. I need a home."

    The mutt was...

  • Only in America

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "Am I going to be slapped down if I say I love the Fourth of July?" writes a woman on my America Online chat.

    "America killed Judaism!" responded a guy. And soon the chat room was off and running, each combatant to joust from his or her own corner. Half of us praised the Boston Pops...

  • My Problem with the ZOA

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Scarcely a week goes by without a barrage of press releases -- one-two-three, pow, pow, pow -- from the ZOA (Zionist Organization of America) shooting across my desk. It is always alarm day, or eternal vigilance, or Israel's enemies at the gates.

    Recently, the call to arms concerned...

  • Community Briefs

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    While cities such as Detroit and St. Louis were holding major Jewish book festivals year after year, drawing celebrity authors such as Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, observers here asked, Why isn't there a Jewish book festival in Los Angeles?

    Seville Porush and her colleagues at the...

  • White Hate Group Strongly Suspected in Synagogue Fires

    By Rebecca Rosen Lum

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    As investigators hone in on an "abundance of evidence" culled from the scenes of the June 18 arson attacks on three Sacramento-area synagogues, signs point increasingly to a white supremacist group.

    Federal agents are tracking a number of hate groups with chapters in the area. High on...

  • A Parent’s Guide to a Jewish Summer

    By  Orit Arfa

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Hebrew school is out. Day school is over. The High Holidays are off in a distant time called fall. Hey, even most rabbis take July off. But all this doesn't mean children and teens -- and their parents -- can't find a way to make Judaism and summer fun go hand in hand. Besides,...
  • Opening New Chapters

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The National Jewish Coalition for Literacy, which arrives in L.A. this summer, began with a dose of chutzpah.

    Several years ago, Leonard Fein, the founder of Moment Magazine, heard President Clinton call for one-million volunteer reading tutors to help public school children in grades...

  • Holocaust Survivors To Receive Payments

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Payments from a $1.25 billion settlement reached last year with several Swiss banks will start reaching Holocaust survivors by the second half of next year, according to the executive director of the World Jewish Congress.

    Some details of the payout plan still need to be worked out by...

  • Israel’s Answer to Littleton

    By Larry Derfner

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There was a time when news of the high school massacre in Littleton, Colo., would have struck Israelis as incomprehensible, evidence of some strange, alien disease floating around America, to which Israel was certainly immune.

    Not anymore. If anything, Israelis are waiting for a...

  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow

    By Howard Lovy

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Thirty years ago this week, the Exodus began for gays and lesbians.

    And because Jews are a people of stories, gay and lesbian Jews tell theirs this week with special bookmarks that open to the pages of their dual struggles.

    Just as the story of the ancient Hebrews' deliverance from...

  • The Temperature’s Rising

    By Naomi Segal

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The latest eruption of violence along Israel's northern border has spawned varying assessments of what exactly sparked the escalation -- and whether it will affect fledgling peace overtures between Israel and Syria.

    In a spiraling cycle of violence, nine Lebanese were killed when...

  • Moses: A Neglectful Parent?

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Can you name the sons of Moses? You're probably in good company if you can't. The fact of the matter is that other than their names, the Torah tells us virtually nothing about them. Their deeds and destiny are unknown.

    What accounts for this? How do the children of so central a...

  • Peewees’ Play House

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    My 3-year-old pulls out a pot and takes the matzo ball mix down from the shelf -- he can reach it in this kitchen, built for people 3 feet and under. He throws in some plastic French fries and an eggplant and serves it to me at the Shabbat table. We've got the challah, the kiddush...
  • Holocaust Survivors To Receive Payments

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Payments from a $1.25 billion settlement reached last year with several Swiss banks will start reaching Holocaust survivors by the second half of next year, according to the executive director of the World Jewish Congress.

    Some details of the payout plan still need to be worked out by...

  • Joan Hyler’s Class Acts

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 24, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Joan Hyler sees her life in five acts. A bit like Shakespeare.

    It's a dramatic arc that's taken her from working as a top agent in Hollywood to setting up shop as a high-powered manager and producer with three offices around town. Smack in the middle of Act III, the woman who's...

  • An Explosive Reality

    June 24, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Steven Haberfeld is a trained conflict mediator in northern California, specializing in interethnic disputes. His particular specialty is disputes that pit disgruntled ethnic minorities against big bureaucracies.

    He's been at it for decades, first as a United Farm Workers organizer...

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