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  • Once Upon a ‘Nail’

    By Beverly Levitt

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The joyous holiday of Chanukah is replete with miracles and storytelling. Judy Aronson, Jewish educator in New England, loves telling stories at Chanukah. "The best are handed down from generation to generation. And they change in each retelling," she said. "I first heard the...

  • A Forkful of Trouble

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Turkey, potatoes and gravy, candied yams -- all the foods you love to pile on your plate come Thanksgiving. But you might want to check your blood sugar before you take another helping of mashed potatoes, because if you are one of the many American Jews at risk for diabetes, that...

  • L.A. Jews Aid Argentines

    By Florencia Arbiser

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The plight of Argentine Jews hammered by the collapse of their country's economy was forcefully brought home to a contingent of Los Angeles Jews this month.

    Twenty-two young leaders active at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles joined the United Jewish Communities (UJC)/Ben...

  • Scouting: Not Just A Girls’ Club

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "You got any 'swaps'"? The question was asked as a greeting by a couple of middle-aged women dressed in forest-green suits, who encountered some other women in forest-green suits in the parking lot of the Long Beach Convention Center, where the National Girl Scouts Convention was...

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  • Stan Burns

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Stan Burns, an Emmy Award-winning comedy writer, died of heart failure Nov. 5 at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital. He was 79.

    Born in 1923 in Brooklyn, N.Y., Burns was the original writer of "The Tonight Show" starring Steve Allen and later became the original writer...

  • End of an Era at Harkham Hillel

    By Julie G Fax

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The news was not good. Abraham Anidjar would have to stay in Los Angeles for a prolonged period to receive treatment for his liver condition. His wife and four children would accompany him from Israel. But where would they stay? What about the children's schooling? How would they pay...

  • Mitzna Wins Labor

    By Naomi Segal

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    If Haifa Mayor Amram Mitzna hopes to becomes Israel's next prime minister, he faces a daunting challenge: resuscitating a moribund Labor Party in a little more than two months.

    A day after the dovish newcomer to national politics won a sweeping victory in Labor's leadership primary,...

  • Thanksgiving’s Jewish Roots

    By Abby Gilad

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Pilgrims of New Salem, Mass., were so moved by the stories of the ancient Israelites that they thought of America as their Zion and New Salem as their Jerusalem. They based their first Thanksgiving celebration on the pilgrimages the Jews were commanded to make to Jerusalem on...

  • Fuel for the Fire

    By Rob Eshman

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Funny how a massive attack on American shores, the devastating loss of 3,000 innocent lives, the U.S. invasion of one country (Afghanistan), the incipient invasion of another (Iraq) and the continued threat of biological, nuclear and random terror in our own neighborhoods can get...

  • A Thanksgiving to Fill the Spiritby

    By Elliot Fein

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    On the evening before Thanksgiving, my synagogue, Congregation Eilat in Mission Viejo, always gets together with a neighboring church, Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist, for an interfaith service. What is remarkable about this joint venture, and other pre-Thanksgiving services...

  • Eight Crazy Delights

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    1. No Nostalgia for Waxing

    This Chanukah, there is no more scraping, boiling water, melting with a hair dryer or freezing to remove wax drippings from your menorah because Wax-Off prevents wax from sticking to any candle-holder surface. Visit www.wax-off.net...

  • Dear Rabbi Wolpe

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Dear Rabbi Wolpe,

    I admit it.

    As an Orthodox rabbi, I'm genuinely embarrassed at the moment.

    Judging by the recent goings-on in the Jewish book publishing world, where certain Orthodox authors have been taken to task for their controversial writings and books have either been...

  • Bruin Pair Ready to Battle Trojans

    By Carin Davis

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Crosstown football rivals UCLA (7-3) and USC (8-2) will face-off in their 72nd annual battle for city bragging rights at The Rose Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 23. And leading the Bruins are Jewish senior starters Mike Seidman and Mike Saffer.

    Tight end Mike Seidman, 21, whose mother is...

  • A Stamp of Approval

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    There was a time when the holidays meant choosing between a traditional stamp, like Madonna and child, or a modern stamp, like snowmen. But that all changed in 1996.

    "That was the first time that a Chanukah stamp had come out," said David Mazer, U.S. Postal Service public affairs and...

  • Rubin Laid to Rest, But Not Controversy

    By Mike Levy

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Mourners filled the seats and crowded into the back room of Sholom Memorial Park on Sunday, Nov. 17, to lay to rest Jewish Defense League (JDL) leader Irving David Rubin, but the funeral did not lay to rest the questions surrounding the controversial activist's death or the 11 months...

  • World Briefs

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Hijack Suspect's Extradition Sought

    Israeli officials are planning to seek the extradition from Turkey of an Israeli Arab who tried to hijack an El Al flight Sunday. According to Israel Radio, attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein said Wednesday the extradition request is being...

  • Statesman Abba Eban, Dies at 87

    By Eric Silver

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The maverick Irish writer-politician Connor Cruise O'Brien once celebrated Abba Eban, who died in Tel-Aviv Sunday at the age of 87, as "the most brilliant diplomat of the second half of the 20th century."

    Never daunted by flattery, Eban quipped: "As my mother would have said, 'Who...

  • Muscular Disorder Won’t Stop Siblings

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    As young adults, brothers Babak and Daniel Darvish, born less than two years apart, were avid athletes, music lovers and medical students who planned to become surgeons. But about five years ago, they discovered that they shared something besides their hobbies and professional...

  • Beyond Miracles and Maccabees

    By Denise Berger

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    My mother was surprised when I said I was reviewing Chanukah books for kids. "Is there a lot out there?" she asked.

    I don't remember ever coming across a Chanukah book growing up. Now there are titles geared for all ages and interests -- historical accounts, folk tales, activities,...

  • World Court Poses U.S., Israel Threat

    By Joseph M. Lipner

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The new International Criminal Court sounds like such a good idea, why would either the United States or Israel oppose it?

    The court came into existence on July 1, when 60 countries ratified the treaty establishing it. The court's mission is to punish genocide, crimes against...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday

    Puppets, paupers, pirates and poets -- especially poets -- are invited to the Workmen's Circle tonight for Slam Shirim, a competitive performance poetry event for the Jewish community. Anyone can sign up to perform, judges are chosen randomly from the audience and the rest...

  • Briefs

    By Community Briefs

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    ADL Assists in OC White Supremacists Arrest

    Orange County authorities arrested two white supremacist leaders this week, and charged them with having bomb-making materials in 1999, including enough gasoline – 50 gallons worth – to blow up the Anaheim apartment building in...

  • Netanyahu, Sharon Face-Off

    By Leslie Susser

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The smart money says Israelis won't have to wait until next January's general election to know who their next prime minister will be: Nearly all the pundits agree it will be the winner of the Nov. 28 Likud Party leadership primary between Ariel Sharon and Benjamin Netanyahu.

    The...

  • The Musical Sound of ‘Lights’

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Not all Chanukah music is kiddie music -- even when it's played by kids. On Sunday, Dec. 1, the Skirball Cultural Center will host the West Coast premiere of Russell Steinberg's suite, "Lights On!" Steinberg will conduct the Stephen Wise Youth Orchestra, a group of 70 youngsters ages...

  • Buy for Chanukah, Donate to Israel

    By Mica Rosenberg

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The idea of a rabbi doll came to Gary Barris while he was shopping during the holiday season two years ago.

    Overwhelmed by stores filled with Christmas decorations and gifts, the young Detroit entrepreneur said he "felt there was a void for sending greetings in the Jewish community."...

  • Your Letters

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Spiritual Agoraphobia

    Rabbi David Wolpe ("Spiritual Agoraphobia," Nov. 15) pounces on a carefully posed straw man by characterizing Orthodox leaders' objections to two recent books as rejections of the Talmud's dictum "there is wisdom among the nations [of the world]."

    It was not,...

  • Chanukah-Style Reality TV

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    If you were beginning to feel that too much time had passed since you last saw dancing bearded rabbis on television, then fear not, because West Coast Chabad, the organization that sponsors the "L'Chaim" telethon, is broadcasting a special Chanukah party on KCAL-TV Channel 9 each...

  • The Price We Pay

    By Rabbi Steven Weil

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Jacob spent 20 long years in the home of his father-in-law, Laban, before he could return to the land of Canaan, his home and homeland.

    He had been threatened, cheated, tricked, attacked, injured and orphaned over the course of those years. Certainly, he was hoping to settle down...

  • Another Oil Miracle

    By Judy Zeidler

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, is a time to recall the miracle that occurred more than 2,000 years ago, and celebrate the discovery of the small amount of oil that burned for eight days, the amount of time needed to prepare pure oil from the local olive trees to rekindle the...

  • DeLay’s Dilemma

    By James D. Besser

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Pitched partisan battles are what's in store for the upcoming 108th Congress. And for an anxious Jewish community, the shift to GOP control on Capitol Hill could contribute to something else: a renewal of the old fight between battle between single-interest pro-Israel activists and...

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