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  • Shahar Says Shalom

    By Amy Klein

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When she came to Los Angeles two years ago, Meirav Eilon Shahar thought that the immediate task before her as Israeli consul for communications and public affairs would be dealing with the follow up to the presidential election. She came to Los Angeles from a three-year posting in...

  • The Cost of Boycott

    By Bonnie Lipton

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    For some time, Dr. Eitan Galun, the head of Hadassah Medical Organization's Goldyne Savad Gene Therapy Institute, has been engaged in research to cure a genetic disease prevalent in the Palestinian community. He recently requested genetic material from a Norwegian scientist and was...

  • Big Mouth Strikes, Again

    By J.D. Smith

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A few years ago, the rabbi offered the following challenge to the congregation: Spend one full day without gossiping whatsoever. His definition includes saying bad things about people, things which may happen to be true. It wasn't easy. My sister and I almost made it out of the...

  • The Power of Music

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival" by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen (Warner Books $23.95).

    Vienna, 1938. In the city of Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven and Strauss, 14-year-old musical prodigy Lisa Jura looks forward to a...

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  • Rudderless Until Redemption

    By Howard Kaplan

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Under Radar" by Michael Tolkin (Atlantic Monthly Press, $23).

    Recently, I heard Michael Tolkin speak at Temple Beth Am about "Under Radar." Pacing frenetically, he explained that midway through the writing he had stalled and shelved the manuscript. During that time, slipping on his...

  • Gathering for Peace

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Last Sunday afternoon, I and about 30 other Angelenos accepted an invitation to gather at the Brentwood home of Joan and Rabbi Leonard Beerman to meet with Nafez and Laila Nazzal, two Palestinian professors who were visiting Los Angeles.

    Of course, we knew what to expect. Beerman,...

  • A Home for the Holidays

    By Julie G Fax

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The High Holidays seem to bring out not only more Jews than any time of year, but also more innovative services. Los Angeles is blessed with a creative spiritual community, dedicated to offering everything from the very new to the very traditional -- to the most unlikely blends of...

  • Comfort Food for Rosh Hashana

    By Judy Zeidler

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    For Rosh Hashana this year, I am sharing three chicken dishes that you can prepare for your family holiday meal. Every family has their own recipe for roast chicken, but if you're looking for something new and different to serve on Rosh Hashana, try one of these.

    Two of the recipes...

  • WUJS Wants A Sweet Year for Israel

    By Hilary Krieger

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Kim Herzog dips apples and challah in honey this Rosh Hashana, she says she will be reaching extra deep to get some sweetness, because after six months in Israel, she and the country need it more than ever.

    "I want to begin this year with a sense of hope, that Israel can find...

  • Reading Into the Holidays

    By Denise Berger

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A few years ago, Aish HaTorah Rabbi Yaacov Deyo (of SpeedDating fame) presented me with a book before Rosh Hashana. With this simple, gracious gesture he changed forever the way I relate to what can be the most daunting time on the Jewish calendar.

    Passover seders, Purim carnivals...

  • ‘Invincible’ Obsession

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In the 1920s, the son of a destitute blacksmith from Lodz, Poland, amazed the world with his feats of strength. Heralded as the modern Samson and the Iron King, Zishe Breitbart became a Jewish folk hero, twisting bars of iron, pulling trains by his teeth and killing bulls with his...

  • Funny ‘Guys’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In between schmoozing with kids for his acclaimed Fairfax High documentary "Senior Year" in 1998, filmmaker David Zeiger hung out with the funny old guys who did lunch with his dad on Tuesdays at the Mulholland Tennis Club.

    The result is his new doc, "Funny Old Guys," which captures...

  • Shared Values, Shared Holidays

    By Rabbi Arthur P. Nemitoff

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Chris looked at her calendar and shuddered. Married less than two months and she could already imagine their first argument. Would Sam want to observe Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur?

    She didn't know what to expect, and she really wasn't sure what these holidays were all about. As a...

  • Oh So Sorry

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I'm sorry I haven't eaten more hot dogs.

    Saturday is Selichot, the time when the whole Jewish world sings with Connie

    Francis, "I'm sorry," and vows to do better next time. Many of us are focused on the wrongs we've done to others, or even to God.

    This year, however, as I...

  • The Strongest, Most Vulnerable Man on Earth

    By Tom Tugend

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "I do not see Jews as victims fated to perish in a Holocaust," says German filmmaker Werner Herzog. "I see them as the strongest and most confident people in the world."

    True to this vision, Herzog has titled his latest film "Invincible." At its center, he has put Zishe Breitbart,...

  • Getty’s ‘Danube’: River of Memories

    By Tom Tugend

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    At the entrance to "The Danube Exodus: The Rippling Currents of the River" at the Getty Center's Research Institute is an observation by the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus: "Everything is in constant flux and movement, nothing is abiding.... We cannot step twice into the same...

  • Gaza/Bethlehem First—and Last?

    By Naomi Segal

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Reports of the death of a gradual Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire plan may be premature.

    A lot of evidence surfaced this week that the initial skepticism that greeted the "Gaza/Bethlehem First" plan was justified. But there were also facts to buttress the optimistic view that the...

  • Community Briefs

    By Journal Staff

    August 29, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    Anti-Israel Protesters Rally Outside Feinstein's Office

    Anti-Israel demonstrators and pro-Israel counterdemonstrators squared off in front of Jewish Sen. Dianne Feinstein's West Los Angeles office last week. Feinstein (D-CA) has a track record of supporting pro-Israel...

  • Hearts in the Right Place

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Call it a mission with a mission."It was the most amazing trip," Dr. Charles Pollick told The Journal. "I've been to Israel many times, but they really rolled out the red carpet for us."

    Unlike previous visits, this sojourn was more business than pleasure. Pollick, a cardiologist at...

  • The Liebermans’ Tasty New Year

    By Beverly Levitt

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This year, 5763, Rosh Hashana falls on Shabbat, the weekly observance that Sen. Joseph Lieberman calls "a sanctuary to put the outside world on hold and concentrate on what's really important -- your faith and your family." And although Lieberman, who was the Democratic candidate...

  • Charismatic Rabbi Faces Charges

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Michael Ozair is, by many accounts, charming, charismatic and an excellent teacher.

    He is also in jail.

    The once-popular instructor at schools like Shalhevet High School on Fairfax Avenue and Sinai Akiba Academy on Wilshire Boulevard, who was an active participant in the Happy Minyan...

  • Respite From Terror

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It is Monday afternoon at Universal Studios, and the place is swarming with camera-toting tourists, screaming children, beleaguered adults and bored-looking park staff. Prison-garbed Beetlejuice is flashing his blackened teeth as he amuses tourists with his banter, and the cheerful...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Deborah-utantes Come Out

     

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) held its annual Deborah Awards, honoring women of achievement -- an evening at the Regent Beverly Wilshire emceed by Arianna Huffington.

    Important Local Call

    Members of Hadassah's Long Beach/Orange County branch donated...

  • Lieberman Recipes

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    HADASSAH LIEBERMAN'S PAREVE VEGETABLE SOUP

    1 medium onion, chopped

    3-4 cloves garlic, crushed

    3 medium carrots, chopped

    2 stalks celery, chopped

    2 teaspoons paprika

    1 teaspoon turmeric

    1 bay leaf

    kosher salt

    dash of cayenne pepper

    dash of cinnamon

    Water or vegetable stock to...

  • Malibu Music Man With Latin Groove

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This High Holy Day season, the congregation at Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue has something to sing about, to the lively and devoted Marcelo Gindlin. Affectionately dubbed "Cantor Marcelo," the Argentine Pied Piper came to the shul two years ago and created a brand-new music...

  • Those Were the Days

    By Michele Goldman

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Minnie Brandt was raised in the poor section of Cleveland in the 1920s. Her father, an immigrant from the Ukraine, supported his family by taking a horse and wagon to get rags, paper and cans for recycling. Her childhood was simple: At school she learned how to add, read, write, cook...

  • ‘Slap’ Happy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Melanie Mayron read an early script of the iconic yuppie angst-fest "thirtysomething" in 1987, she rushed to the telephone. The series' creators had portrayed her character, Melissa, as Jewish, fat and troubled. But the famously redheaded actress didn't want any of that. She'd...

  • The Sacred Narrative

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This summer, I had a reunion with female cousins who are all my age. We live all around the country, so we hardly ever see each other. Remembering the little girls we once were, and discovering the women we've become, was really amazing.

    Here we were together again, no longer...

  • Poll: College Kids Back Israel

    By Joe Berkofsky

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    U.S. college students back Israel over the Palestinians by a 4-1 margin, according to a new survey.

    The mid-July survey of 300 students found that 43 percent of respondents called themselves supporters of Israel, while only 11 percent backed the Palestinians. Another 29 percent did...

  • The Real Gidget

    By Mike Levy

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In June 1956, a Jewish 15-year-old girl named Kathy Kohner began tagging along with some of the neighborhood boys and driving out from her Brentwood home to the beach in Malibu. The sport of surfing intrigued her, and she convinced the boys to teach her. Because she was young, slight...

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