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  • Media Sex and Violence Hits Political Big Time

    By James D

    September 14, 2000 | 7:59 pm

    Sex and violence were shoved into the forefront of the presidential campaign by the shocking findings in this week's Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report on the marketing of violent movies, music CDs and video games to children.

    Across the spectrum, Jewish groups expressed concern...

  • The Long Wait

    By Michael J

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The waiting game continues in Iran, as the judiciary there has postponed at least for another week a decision in the appeals of 10 Iranian Jews convicted on charges of spying for Israel.The delay is ostensibly because the three judges reviewing the appeals are divided on whether the...

  • Finally, A Women’s Yeshiva in L.A.

    By Julie G Fax

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Have you ever really studied Torah? Really studying means you take one verse, one legal phrase, even one word, and look up every commentary on it, and then the commentaries on the commentaries, and then you and the medieval and contemporary sages work together to dissect and...

  • Teen Founds Jump-n-Jive Minyan

    By Beverly Gray

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Most Shabbat worshippers expect decorum. But Adat Ari El's new Jump-n-Jive minyan is different. Its founder, Aaron Kaychuck, describes the monthly Saturday morning service as "upbeat neo-Chassidic egalitarian." The service is unusual partly because it combines traditional...

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  • Investigating ‘September’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Kevin Macdonald never expected his documentary "One Day in September" to win the 2000 Academy Award. Wim Wenders' "Buena Vista Social Club" was the docu favorite, while "September" already had raised eyebrows.

    An exposé of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games massacre of 11 Israeli athletes...

  • A Killer Walks

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It was three years ago this week that Palestinian Arab murderers bombed Jerusalem's cheery, cafe-lined Ben Yehuda Street into a nightmare of death and destruction - murdering, among others, Yael Botwin, a 14-year-old girl from Claremont. This past week, Mahmoud Abu-Hanud, the butcher...

  • Traveling Salesman

    By Tom Tugend

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Gerald "Jerry" C. Lasensky describes himself as the Jewish community's traveling salesman, road warrior and itinerant emissary.

    For a more formal title, Lasensky, whose round face and white beard lend him a touch of the leprechaun, is the Western regional director of the United Jewish...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Mike Levy

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    9Saturday

    One of the most prolific playwrights in America and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Richard Greenberg is produced quite often in Southern California, with his plays regularly presented at the South Coast Rep. His one-act play "The Author's Voice," now playing at the Third...

  • Debunking the Deniers

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    All evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Moby Dick. He piled upon the whale's white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down. - "Moby Dick"

    Before a rapt audience, author Michael Shermer read a...

  • Rosh Hashanah Remembered

    By Beverly Levitt

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When I was a child, too young to understand the difference between the Days of Awe and the Day of Atonement, my only clue that the High Holidays were coming were the religious smells wafting out of our kitchen.

    My parents were first-generation American, their parents born and raised...

  • The Meanings of Rosh Hashanah Traditions

    By Robin Mordfin

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Some of these practices have fairly obvious meanings, like apples dipped in honey to represent the hope of a sweet new year and round challot to symbolize wholeness and continuity. But some meanings are slightly more obscure.

    Take the eating of pome-granates. True, some thinkers...

  • Finding a Shul That Fits

    By Adam Wills

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Steven and Leya Booth had to find a congregation, and they didn't have a lot of time. As part of his conversion, Steven signed up for an Introduction to Judaism course at University of Judaism (UJ) last September. The instructor gave the class a specific assignment: Find a...
  • Unaffiliated? How to find the right synagogue for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Every fall, hundreds of Jews who don't belong to synagogues fan out across greater Los Angeles for a once-a-year dip into Jewish worship, buying tickets or wangling free seats at services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Some are motivated by parents, others tag along with friends;...

  • The 6 O’Clock Solution

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Ralph Fertig, a retired judge and current community activist and novelist, has what a lot of progressive Californians are looking for: a solution to voting on Nov. 7.

    Fertig, a lifelong Democrat until four months ago, registered with the Green Party recently as a statement against the...

  • Dear Deborah

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Dining and Whining

    Dear Deborah,
    My friends and I have always wanted to write to you, and now we have a cause! We are grandmothers (one of us is a great-grandmother) who have been dining out weekly at reasonably priced restaurants for about nine years. We have noticed the rapid and...

  • Creating Something Green

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Medea Benjamin wasn't expecting to run for the U.S. Senate in November. She had a busy enough life already: community activist, mother of two, co-founder of Global Exchange. But last December, when Global Exchange garnered international attention after its WTO protests in Seattle,...

  • The 6 O’Clock Solution

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Ralph Fertig, a retired judge and current community activist and novelist, has what a lot of progressive Californians are looking for: a solution to voting on Nov. 7.

    Fertig, a lifelong Democrat until four months ago, registered with the Green Party recently as a statement against the...

  • Letters to the Editor

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    ADL

    The Anti-Defamation League has an 87-year history of speaking out against appeals to religious, racial or ethnic bias in political campaigns. In December 1999, ADL wrote to each major party presidential candidate expressing the League's concern about excessive religious speech in...

  • Balancing Acts

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    A common complaint of the unaffiliated Jew is having to buy tickets for the High Holy Days services they choose to attend. They see it as being required to "pay to pray" and often get quite huffy about what they see as a predatory hunger for cash on the part of synagogues.

    The...

  • How the field guide was compiled

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Journal contacted about 80 synagogues and other organizations that conduct High Holy Days services, from across the spectrum of religious observance. About 40 percent of the synagogues contacted returned information.

    We assumed that synagogues which chose not to respond to our...

  • Setting the Record Straight

    By Anthony Gordon

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    As authors of the oft-cited research study titled "Will Your Grandchild Be Jewish?" we have more than a passing interest and familiarity with the Jewish demography of Los Angeles and America. The following points outline some of the fundamental flaws in the L.A. Jewish Population...

  • Machzorim (prayerbooks)

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Gates of Repentance (standard Reform liturgy): Temple Menorah, Rodeph Shalom, Temple Emanuel (main sanctuary and family services), Beth Ohr

    On Wings of Awe (nondenominational, known for its poetic interpretative English readings): Beth Chayim...

  • Speaking Out

    By Michael J

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Amid a last-ditch push to salvage his peace efforts between Israel and the Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak this week asked a unique gathering of world leaders here to play an active role in the Middle East peace process.

    Speaking to more than 150 heads of state at the...

  • Whose Money?

    By Michael J

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Since 1996, Jewish groups and their lawyers have gone to the mat with the likes of the Germans, the Swiss and the French, extracting $9 billion in restitution for the evil wrought in Europe by Nazi forces and their collaborators.

    While the entire process is gradually winding down, a...

  • A Very Fine House

    By Julie G Fax

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The socialist experiment may have failed and the kibbutz movement may be struggling, but communal living is alive and well at the Westwood Bayit. Part of Jewish life at UCLA since 1974, the Bayit (Hebrew for house) is a cooperative living setup where young men and women commit to...

  • Downsizing Government

    By Avi Machlis

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The enthusiasm that greeted the nomination of Sen. Joseph Lieberman as the Demo-cratic vice-presidential candidate was fully shared by Errol Fine.

    Fine is the owner of Pat's Restaurant in West Los Angeles, one of the city's premier kosher establishments, which catered a number of...

  • ‘Survivor’ Ethics

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Sixteen strangers are left on a wilderness island to fend for themselves. They endure starvation, infestation, exposure to the elements. Each night they gather in council to vote one of their company off the island. Finally, only two are left. The castoffs are brought back as jury to...

  • Unaffiliated? How to find the right synagogue for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Every fall, hundreds of Jews who don't belong to synagogues fan out across greater Los Angeles for a once-a-year dip into Jewish worship, buying tickets or wangling free seats at services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Some are motivated by parents, others tag along with friends;...

  • Catching Up With Klezmer

    By George Robinson

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Consider these points on the compass - Italy, Australia, the Netherlands, the Balkans, Baltimore, Boston, New York and Toronto. What do they have in common? They are all represented by klezmer recordings this month. (They also include four-fifths of the American League East - doesn't...

  • Ticket prices

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Ticket prices are for the full series, including Rosh Hashanah evening and morning, Yom Kippur evening, and all day on Yom Kippur. Many synagogues offer tickets for single services, and many will nego-tiate. And remember, whatever you pay for holiday tickets is a tax-deductible...

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