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  • A Noodge Too Far

    By Jill Franklin

    December 3, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    When I got engaged, my mom's dearest girlfriends, whom I affectionately call "The Crones," all sent me a card. On the front it said,

    "Now that you are engaged, no one will ever ask you again 'When are you getting married?'" On the inside it read, "So, when are you going to have a...

  • Finding Love in the In-Between

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    December 2, 2004 | 7:01 pm

     

    "Joy Comes in the Morning" by Jonathan Rosen (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25).

    "Joy Comes in the Morning" by Jonathan Rosen is, among other things, a modern love story. A Reform rabbi who's beginning to question her certainties meets a science writer putting aside his...

  • Orthodox Stress Strong Israel Ties

    By Dina Kraft

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    North American Modern Orthodox Jews say they can explain their connection to Israel in one word: Torah.

    "It's an organic existence. An Orthodox Jew grows up and believes that Eretz Yisrael and the people of Israel are one. The fulfillment of Torah is Eretz Yisrael," said David...

  • Gift of Chanukah

    By Jane Ulman

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    To my husband, Larry, it's "Project Yankee Doodle," a circa-1960 rocket launcher made by Remco Toys.

    To me, it's a generic plastic pickup truck.

    We're talking favorite childhood Chanukah presents. And while Larry also recalls a toy robot and battalions of Army men, the truck...

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  • Israel Can’t Ignore Divestment Threats

    By James D. Besser

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    American Jewish leaders see it as a dire threat, but in Jerusalem, the current push for divestment by mainline Protestant groups eager to punish the Jewish state is a nonissue -- so much so that at a recent conference, Israel's foreign minister admitted he didn't have a clue about...

  • Briefs

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Clinton Shoah Honor

    Former President Bill Clinton will be honored Feb. 17 at the Shoah Visual History Foundation's annual Ambassadors for Humanity dinner.

    Filmmaker and Shoah founding chairman Steven Spielberg said in a Nov. 30th statement, "President Clinton's leadership around...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, December 4

    The emotions of mourning and loss fill Florence Weinberger's latest book of poetry. Titled "Carnal Fragrance," the thematic center is the poet's experience of her husband's battle with cancer and subsequent passing. She reads from and signs her book at the...

  • Emergency Room Serves as Memorial

    By Dina Kraft

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    The gleaming digital tracking board that dominates Shaare Zedek's new emergency room, with its color-coded system for monitoring patients, has Dr. David Applebaum's fingerprints all over it.

    So do the more private individual rooms for patients, the improved nurse-to-patient ratio...

  • Computer Age in Israel Turns 50

    By Tom Tugend

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When young Princeton engineer Jerry Estrin arrived in Haifa on a slow immigrant boat in late 1953 to build the Middle East's first computer, he faced just two problems: There were no parts or tools, from vacuum tubes to soldering irons, available in Israel, and there was no staff --...

  • Kadima Comes Home

    By Julie G Fax

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Like a young family relishing the newfound freedom of a first home, Kadima Hebrew Academy in West Hills has painted the walls of its new building whatever colors it wants.

    Kadima, a 34-year-old Solomon Schechter Conservative day school, had been renting a building from Los Angeles...

  • Ex-Communist ‘Burb Makes Menorahs

    By Carolyn Slutsky

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    The model suburb of Nowa Huta was built here under a Communist philosophy of atheism.

    Now it houses a workshop that manufactures menorahs -- popular with both Poles and tourists.

    Metalodlew, a private company that was started 10 years ago, rents space from the Nowa Huta...

  • Singing Klezmer Isn’t Hard to Do

    By David Finnigan

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Neil Sedaka is a punctual, polite musical legend, and at 65, he still likes being a mama's boy.

    "I do. I like being protected," Sedaka said. He grew up in a loving Sephardic/Ashkenazic home in Brooklyn, where he practiced piano for hours. It was a sheltered Coney Island Avenue...

  • Latkes Without End, Amen

    By Rob Eshman

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    It's 1991, and I am in the basement kitchen of Temple Mishkon Tephilo in Venice. I don't know what it looks like now, but back then, many years ago, the place had an Army hospital feel about it: beige cupboards that didn't sit quite flush on their hinges; floor-level shelves...

  • Spend Chanukah Barenaked

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    While naming your holiday album "Barenaked for the Holidays" is a pretty catchy way to get some attention, for the quirky pop band that calls itself the Barenaked Ladies, it made sense -- about as much sense as getting naked on "The Sharon Osbourne Show" last year, anyway....

  • Jamaican Elegance With a Jewish Twist

    By Melanie Reffes

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Set back from the Main Road behind the tall and majestic trees is the splendid mansion of Devon House. This stately mansion a regal tribute to the craftsmanship of Jamaica, and it also stands as a proud symbol of Jamaican Jewish history. Sitting on the aptly named Hope Road, this...

  • Sharon Spurns Syria Peace Talks Push

    By Leslie Susser

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Syria's President Bashar Assad is proving to be as stubborn a character as his father.

    But where Assad senior showed his obduracy by refusing to make concessions for peace, the younger Assad shows his by continually pushing for peace talks -- or at least saying he wants them.

    ...
  • ‘Schmucks’ and Yucks

    By Tom Tugend

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Sacha Baron Cohen, better known as the star of the eponymous "Da Ali G Show," is in Hollywood preparing for his headliner turn in an upcoming movie with the felicitous title "Dinner for Schmucks."

    In the role, Cohen/Ali will portray a -- well -- schmuck, with the gift of ruining the...

  • Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Aviva Way

    The Aviva Platinum Associates held its second annual luncheon in Beverly Hills on Nov. 3 at the home of board member Susan Casden.

    The Platinum Associates is a group of dynamic L.A. women dedicated to helping change lives of Aviva High School's at-risk teens. Each of...

  • Perfect Gadgets for Jetsetter, Homebody

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When it comes Chanukah, you've got eight nights to get your gift giving right. Our Gift Guide points you toward a cornucopia of categories for every evening of the Festival of Lights. From low- to high-ticket pricing, we've got your loved ones covered, including frequent fliers,...

  • Web Links Your Wallet to Gifts From Israel

    By Lauren Korduner

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    With Chanukah fast approaching, you might want to look to the east for the best gifts. Presents from the Holy Land have resonance for both the recipient and for Israel, whose economy could use a little boost from American consumers. Since most people can't just run to Jerusalem for...

  • Fear and Loathing on the Left

    By Lucy Michaels

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    It has only been in recent months that I've found the courage to speak to some of my Jewish and non-Jewish friends within the Palestinian solidarity community, and the broader anti-globalization/anti-war movement, about the difficulties I have experienced as a Jew within that...

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    By Mark Miller

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    In the play "2 Across," a man and a woman -- who have nothing in common but their crossword puzzles -- are on a 4:15 a.m. train leaving San Francisco International Airport for the East Bay. She takes crosswords (and life) very seriously; he treats everything like a game. By the...

  • Letters to the Editor

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Reality History

    With trepidation, I logged on to the Yad Vashem victims database ("Becoming a Nephew," Nov. 26) and typed in my grandparents' names.

    In my heart, I knew that their names and the names of my aunts and first cousins would be there. However, when my family name and...

  • Barghouti Release Would Reward Terror

    By Amira Schiff

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    In May 2004, Marwan Barghouti, one of the leaders of Fatah in the West Bank and head of the Tanzim organization, was sentenced to five consecutive life terms, plus another 40 years, by an Israeli civil court that found him guilty of five cases of murder of innocent citizens,...

  • It’s All About the Olive Oil

    By Linda Morel

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    "I like to have fun in the kitchen," said Susie Fishbein, a stay-at-home mother of four -- three girls and a boy -- who became an overnight success with the publication of her cookbook, "Kosher by Design: Picture-perfect food for the holidays & every day" (Mesorah, 2003).

    While...

  • How the Maccabees Reshaped Jerusalem

    By Bill Gladstone

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    The Maccabees are celebrated throughout the Jewish world for recapturing Jerusalem for the Jews, rededicating the Temple and lighting lamps with a day's supply of oil that miraculously lasted for eight days.

    Less well-known, according to a leading Israeli archaeologist, is that...

  • Applesauce Warms Holiday Celebration

    By Lisa J. Solomon

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    By the time Chanukah rolls around, I'll have spent the last three to four weeks cleaning and cooking up a storm for a Thanksgiving feast; planning, decorating, and baking for my daughter's birthday party; volunteering and baking some more for several school holiday celebrations;...

  • Abbas Gaining in Bid to Succeed Arafat

    By Dan Baron

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    With a patient realpolitik, not to mention the tacit approval of Israel and the United States, Mahmoud Abbas is inching toward the Palestinian leadership.

    A poll of West Bank and Gaza Strip residents released Sunday found that a plurality of Palestinians, 41 percent, support Abbas'...

  • Gifts Galore From Bubbe to Baby

    By Sarah Price Brown

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When it's time to celebrate Chanukah, nobody should be left out of the fun. We've scoured the holiday gift scene to find the perfect presents for Mom, Dad and the whole family. Count on any of these "candles" to light up the face of someone you love during this year's Festival of...
  • Maccabee Meaning Changes With Time

    By Rabbi Brad Hirschfield

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    The oldest tradition of Chanukah is that it celebrates many stories: freedom from religious oppression, Jews fighting back against their oppressors and the communal struggle about what it means to be and live as a Jew. It is the story of unexpected fuel found in unexpected places,...

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