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  • Trivial Matters

    By Mike Levy

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The answer is: This 17-year-old from Brentwood will be competing in the "Jeopardy!" Teen Tournament starting Feb. 4.

    The question: Who is Seth Disner?

    Disner, who considers himself a trivia buff, got a chance to test his skills against some of the quickest high schoolers in the...

  • Heart and Soul

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The voice on the CD is smoky, sultry, exotic, spinning out messages of devotion in a foreign tongue. But when a reporter calls at 9 p.m. on a Monday night, the owner of that voice says, prosaically enough, "Let me turn down the TV," and the next thing coming over the wire is Peter...

  • Skiing in God’s Country

    By Song Oh

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A California gal for most of my life, I endured jabs and digs about the dearth of culture and the abundance of silicone in our fair city during my two-year stint in New York. (I am neither blessed with blond hair nor an 18-inch Malibu Barbie waistline, nevertheless my East Coast...

  • On My Mind

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The hardest part about writing about brain radiation is writing the words "brain radiation." I assure you that I'm OK. It's my fingers that are typing these words on my computer. It's my thoughts that are deciding which of the Yip Harburg lyrics from the Scarecrow's song, "If I Only...

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  • Alarmists and Alarms

    By Rob Eshman

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The crowd that turned out in a driving rain last Sunday evening to hear experts discuss the terrorist threat was testament to at least one ongoing fact of life since Sept. 11: we're still scared.

    The question is, are we scared enough to do something besides act scared? We know...

  • Contemporary Commandments

    By Rabbi Susan Laemmle

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    There is little doubt that Aseret Ha-dibrot, the Ten Commandments, form the centerpiece of Parshat Yitro and probably the entire Torah.

    The congregation rises three times a year when they are chanted. The paired tablets on which they were inscribed adorn most synagogue arks. And...

  • Opening ‘The Box’

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Like most of his grad student peers at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer always thought he would eventually become a pulpit rabbi, even taking an assistant rabbi position at a prominent San Fernando Valley synagogue as training for...

  • He’s Always Been Fyvush

    By Mike Levy

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Comedy Nite 2002 started out as a fundraising evening for Hillel at Pierce and Valley colleges on Saturday, Jan. 26. It quickly turned into a mutual admiration society meeting when Fyvush Finkel showed up. The evening's honoree gave as good as he got, praising Hillel for providing "a...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Solange Borna

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, Jan.26

    The setting is France, during the Napoleonic era for the film "The Count of Monte Cristo," portraying the trials and tribulations of a falsely imprisoned Edmond Dantes. Once out of prison, he is determined to get revenge on his enemies while uncovering treasures...

  • Eulogies: Rosalind Glaser Peters

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Rosalind Glaser Peters died on Jan. 6, 2002, at the age of 92.

    She was our "Aishes Chayil," woman of valor, elegance, strength and dignity. The unparalled, articulate, beloved matriarch of our family.

    Born in New York in 1909, she was a true pioneer of the Los Angeles Jewish...

  • A Haggadah for Tu B’Shevat

    By Amy Sara Clark

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Haggadahs are not just for Passover anymore.

    As national education coordinator for the Jewish National Fund (JNF), Greg Litcofsky helped write a new Tu B'Shevat Haggadah, which the organization sent to 1,200 day and Hebrew schools as part of its "Tu B'Shevat in the Schools" program.

    ...

  • The Rabbi’s Wedding

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The bride wore blue, the color of the covenant.

    The groom wore a light gray business suit.

    The crowd of 300 wore smiles of satisfaction, and relief.

    When Rabbi Judith HaLevy of the Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue exchanged rings with Edward Toppel of Chicago last Sunday, hope,...

  • Time’s on his Side

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    There's no denying that Fox's critically acclaimed "24" is a fast-moving show that, unlike other dramas, operates in "real time" -- each 60-minute episode's action literally unfolds over an hour's time.

    But what series co-creator Joel Surnow never anticipated was that his rookie show...

  • Fit From N.Y. to L.A.

    By Batsheva Dreisinger

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When I first moved to Los Angeles several months ago, I went to the gym every day. So, I discovered, does everyone else here.

    This came as a shock to me. As a displaced New Yorker among the angels, I could adjust to the un-NYC features of this sunny world: the shocked glares I'd...

  • Charter Schools or Terrorist Front?

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is investigating a link between a troubled system of charter schools in California and the Muslim terrorist organization Al-Fuqra.

    Earlier this month, the ADL, through its San Francisco office, urged state Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine...

  • Dear Rabbi

    By Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Wants Religion, Hates Pomposity

    Dear Rabbi:

    Since I moved out to my new, rural home, I have become much more connected with nature. As a consequence, I felt a reawakening to observe Jewish rituals. I began lighting candles, not working on Shabbat and attending Friday night...

  • Israel’s Mayors Threatened Daily

    By Larry Derfner

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It's been a so-so January for Zvi Gov-Ari, mayor of the Israeli city of Yavne. On the good side, the 18-year-old boy who torched Gov-Ari's car with two Molotov cocktails was convicted and sentenced, albeit very lightly -- 20 months imprisonment, suspended. On the bad side, the mayor...

  • Raymond Barone, Crypto-Jew?

    By Ellen Sandler

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When you watch "Everybody Loves Raymond," you take it for granted that the Barones are Italian, right?

    But don't these people remind you a lot of people in your family? Your Jewish family?

    While "Raymond" is a traditional family sitcom -- not sexy or taboo-breaking like HBO's "Sex in...

  • Nostalgia

    By Rob Eshman

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I asked Avraham Burg what he feels is the greatest misconception American Jews have about Israel. The Knesset speaker and Labor Party leader was sitting still for a moment in a Beverly Hills hotel. Too many of them, he said, harbor some nostalgic vision of Israel as a land of milk,...

  • Israeli Covenant Seeks Consensus

    By Gil Sedan

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In Israel, there is nothing like an attempt at national unity to stir up a national controversy.

    The latest such controversy is a 10-article document called "The Kinneret Covenant," designed to find common denominators among different segments in Israeli society -- religious and...

  • Budget Worries

    By Mike Levy

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Gov. Gray Davis' proposed state budget for 2002-2003 has local Jewish organizations worried.

    With the state's approximately $12 billion deficit (in a proposed $98 billion budget) covered by program cuts, along with loans and spending deferrals, local agencies such as Jewish Family...

  • Still Got ‘Game’

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Like Budd Schulberg's "What Makes Sammy Run?" Phillip Roth's "Portnoy's Complaint" and other milestones of Jewish American literature, Will Eisner's "Name of the Game" explores the depths of Jewish self-loathing and assimilation. But what separates "Name" -- a tale chronicling two...

  • No News Is Bad News

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Los Angeles Jewish community is harboring a deadly secret.

    Thousands of Jews in Southern California, among hundreds of thousands worldwide, carry the gene for a fatal disease that's as prevalent as Tay-Sachs and just as devastating, but local Jewish leaders have failed to let...

  • U.S. May Be Giving Up on Arafat

    By David Landau

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    What a difference a year makes.

    A little more than a year ago, then-President Bill Clinton detailed a Mideast peace plan that included deep Israeli concessions and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.

    This week, as Clinton visited Israel for the first time since leaving...

  • A Kosher Kisser

    By Carin Davis

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I keep kosher, but most of my Jewish peeps do not. To them, Double Doubles with cheese are a basic food group, and pizza without pepperoni is like the Rams without Warner. This is cool by me. I don't want to force my observant practice on my friends. But it becomes more complicated...

  • Another of ‘Iran 10’ Released

    By Rachel Pomerance

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The second of 10 Iranian Jews jailed on charges of spying for Israel has been freed, but Jewish leaders don't see it as a shift in Iranian policy.

    "We take no delight in an innocent man serving more than 1,000 days in a prison for exercising his religion," said Pooya Dayanim,...

  • Un ‘Common’ Characters

    By Mike Levy

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Two garbage bags full of dead birds separate four Brooklyn buddies from their dreams in actor-playwright Matthew Klein's debut production, "The Common Man."

    Japs Peretti (Klein), estranged son of a Mafia don, looks to rival mafioso Joey the Saint for the half-million dollars he...

  • Ice Capades

    By Carin Davis

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Joey likes Rachel!"

    In Aliso Viejo's Ice Chalet snack bar, six typical teens squeal about "Friends" and lace their skates. Among them, an eye-catching brunette balances against a table and lifts her left foot to meet her back. The banner above the skate-rental booth, constructed...

  • Blackwell Knows Best

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Do not envy Anne Robinson.

    When Richard Blackwell (ne Richard Selzer), the fashion critic of the rich and famous, released his 42nd annual lists of apparel achievers and fashion faux pas on Jan. 8, the pretentiously garbed British game show host topped his Worst Dressed Woman of 2001...

  • In-Your-Face Crusader

    By Betsy Rothstein

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    For years, a photograph of Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) was pinned to a wall in a basement office of the Capitol Police.

    Much like a "wanted" poster, the photograph was a warning to Capitol security officers: Thick braids and all, learn this woman's face. More important, know that...

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