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  • L.A. Leaders Offer Words of Wisdom

    By Michal Lemberger

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Los Angeles Jewish community is blessed with many spirited, talented and prolific leaders. This High Holiday season promises to bring books by five such leaders -- four rabbis and a composer/performer -- that tackle many different aspects of Jewish life and philosophy. Barring...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Soul Solution

    Summer is over, now the real work starts. Last week we remembered hard-working Americans on Labor Day. But that's nothing compared to the work we Jews will do over the next two weeks -- on our souls. There will be a lot of hard-core thinking: What did I do that I...

  • Groundwork Laid to Evacuate Gaza

    By Gil Sedan

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Despite political hurdles, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is forging ahead with his Gaza disengagement plan, giving various government agencies the green light to prepare for the evacuation of settlers -- using both carrots and sticks.

    Even as Israeli police begin laying the...

  • Watch Out

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When Bill Platt pitched his action-oriented "Darklight" TV movie two years ago, he hoped to create a new genre: "Chai-Fi."

    The 32-year-old filmmaker intended the project -- inspired by the Jewish "demoness" Lilith -- to merge his heritage with his sci-fi obsession.

    "I wondered if I...

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  • A Mother’s Reward

    By Phyllis Folb

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Normally, a parent might agonize over her teen's decision to defer her freshman year of college. But when my 18-year-old daughter Lauren left recently on a flight to Israel -- deferring her first year at college for yet a second time -- I was thrilled.

    As a young couple, my husband...

  • Kerry Needs Clarity

    By Bill Boyarsky

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The "swift boat" attack on Sen. John Kerry, supporting the Republican effort to portray him as a weak liberal, has special resonance among those Jews who will base their vote on whether they think a candidate will be tough enough in standing up for Israel.

    The Democratic presidential...

  • Twin Triathletes Go for the Gold

    By Carin Davis

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The U.S. may have the Hamm brothers, but Israel has the Alterman brothers. Like their American counterparts, these 24-year-old twins have their eyes on Olympic gold.

    Ran and Dan Alterman are Israel's reigning triathlon champions. For the past four years, they have dominated the sport...

  • Secular Connection

    By Evan Marc Katz

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I fell in love with a brilliant, attractive and witty Filipina woman last year. She was a fallen Catholic, didn't accept Jesus as her savior and was totally cool with raising kids Jewish. When I went to her uncle's place for a birthday party and everyone was singing "Sunrise,...

  • Playwright’s Alter Ego Returns Home

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    For Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies, "Brooklyn Boy" represents both a return and a departure.

    Like several of his early plays, the drama explores obsessions culled from his Brooklyn boyhood: "The legacies parents instill in their children, the continuity of...

  • Irvine Orthodox Plan to Erect Eruv

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Ten years ago, Sean and Linda Samuels moved to Irvine, home to both a Chabad center and the Modern Orthodox Beth Jacob Congregation, along with other synagogues.

    As the couple grew more observant and had children, they wanted the family to be part of their journey, which, of...

  • It’s Time to Change

    By Jane Ulman

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The oldest and most primitive human dates back about 7 million years, according to a skull found by scientists in Central Africa.

    "That's so depressing," I say to my husband, Larry. "I can't believe that in 7 million years we haven't evolved any further than this."

    "This" being a...

  • Task Force Reviews Access for Disabled

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Childhood polio didn't slow Jay Kruger. Although he couldn't run, Kruger led a normal life as a teenager and into adulthood. Now, like other seniors experiencing post-polio syndrome, his strength is receding. To get around, three years ago he began relying on an electric wheelchair...

  • Membership Briefs

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Humanistic High Holidays

    Three secular humanist groups -- Adat Chaverim, Society for Humanistic Judaism and The Sholem Community -- will hold High Holidays services in the Los Angeles area.

    Adat Chaverim, whose "celebrations" have been led by a madrich, or trained lay leader, since...

  • Education Briefs

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Day Schools Earn Accreditation

    Two area day schools, both founded in 1994, earned full accreditation this summer.

    Beth Hillel Day School in Valley Village, the East Valley's only Reform Jewish day school, was accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and...

  • Not Your Grandma’s Honey Cake

    By Linda Morel

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It wouldn't be the second night of Rosh Hashanah if our friends didn't come for dinner, contributing a cornucopia of dishes, especially divine desserts. There are enough pastries covering the buffet to keep judges at the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest busy for a week.

    I always bake a...

  • Once Upon a Kvetch

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "I never get any sleep, I never have sex and how many Jewish holidays can there be in one month?" Karen Schilling-Gould says in her comedy revue, "The Shlepperellas: Mothers Gone Mad."

    She and co-star, Linda Merriweather, kvetch about cooking for Rosh Hashanah between driving...

  • New Year, New Changes

    By Rob Eshman

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Last week I was driving to a family celebration at Leisure World in Laguna Hills when I noticed something very odd about the weather: Fall was in the air.

    It's a subtle thing in Southern California, but those of us who have lived here long enough recognize the slight change in...

  • Jewish + Humor = ‘Jumor’

    By Stefanee Freedman

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Groucho Marx once said that there's no such thing as an old joke if you've never heard it before. And maybe two young Jewish filmmakers heard that maxim and decided they'd find fresh material for their 45-minute documentary, "Jumor: A Journey Through Jewish Humor." Laguna Beach...

  • Evangelicals Back Israel at RNC

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Well, umm, it's interesting," Air America radio talk show star Al Franken opined on the future of the growing coalition between Jews and evangelical Christians who support Israel.

    We're at the Republican National Convention, walking across the overhead bridge linking Madison Square...

  • Social Issues Still Divide Jews, GOP

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Call it the tale of two Mellmans.

    Mark Mellman, one of John Kerry's top four advisers, launched a talk with Jewish Democrats in Boston last month with a drasha (short sermon) on the meaning of Tisha B'Av, the Jewish fast day that happened to fall during the party convention. Then,...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday



    Aaron Samson wrote and stars in "Not Dead Yet," a piece inspired by his grandfather's memoirs of his Russian past: working for Leon Trotsky, the consequent threat of execution by Russia's communist regime and his quick escape to the United States where he began a new...

  • Happy Campers

    By Rob Eshman

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    We are driving to pick up our son from camp. He's been there three weeks, the longest stretch he's been away from us since his birth.

    In this age of e-mails and BlackBerrys and cell phones, the rule at Camp Alonim at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley is no e-mails,...

  • B’nai Mitzvah for the Young at Heart

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Last February, a class of 17 retirees jumped at the chance to pursue a Jewish rite of passage bypassed in their youth by circumstance or cultural rigidity.

    One student was 90; the youngest, 63. One is a Holocaust survivor; another uses a wheelchair. Since sessions commenced, one...

  • Jewish Arsonist Worked for Paris Center

    By Philip Carmel

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    French Jewish leaders fear they may have cried wolf once too often after a Jew was arrested in connection with the well-publicized arson of a Jewish community center in central Paris.

    Paris police say a 52-year-old Jewish man arrested Monday morning in connection with the Aug. 22...

  • I Love a Parade

    By Rabbi Lawrence Goldmark

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I can't think of anyone who doesn't love a parade. The first one I remember attending was as a 10-year-old. My parents took my brother and me to what was then called the "Santa Claus Lane Parade," which took place just after Thanksgiving Day and made its way down Hollywood...

  • Playwright’s Alter Ego Returns Home

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    For Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies, "Brooklyn Boy" represents both a return and a departure.

    Like several of his early plays, the drama explores obsessions culled from his Brooklyn boyhood: "The legacies parents instill in their children, the continuity of...

  • Tale of Two Schools

    By Ted Roberts

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Miss Smith, my third-grade teacher at Vollentine Grammar School, stood facing the class with her arm around my shoulders. She was a large woman the size of two or three of today's fashion models, with gray hair pulled back from a ruddy, round face. All I knew of her personal life was...

  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow

    By Michele Goldman

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    As I leave the world of Jewish Day schools and begin college, I journey like Dorothy into the mysterious Land of Oz.

    Wearing cropped jeans (instead of a blue-checkered dress), I anxiously follow the yellow brick road (or Interstate 5) to Stanford University.

    Halfway there, a...

  • From Durban to Beersheba

    By Harold Brackman

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The horrid bus bombings in Beersheba on Tuesday, which claimed the lives of 16 Israelis, including a 3-year-old boy, are grim reminders that the war on terror continues to rage in Israel.

    Indeed, in 2004, the month of September has klal Yisrael reeling from this brutal attack and...

  • Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Meal

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The apple, even more than the bibical pomegranate, has become the symbolic first fruit to be eaten during Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which will be observed at sundown, Wednesday, Sept. 15.

    During Rosh Hashanah, tradition calls for a perfect apple to be pared and cut into...

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