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  • Conservative Conversions

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Reuven Hammer is an American-born Conservativerabbi who has lived in Jerusalem since 1973, working as a writer andteacher -- Conservative rabbi is not much of a career option inIsrael -- and raising five kids along the way. Among variouspart-time jobs, he heads the bet din, or...

  • Dr. Laura and the Rabbi

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Between tackling the Ten Commandments and co-authoring a book with a best-selling writer, it's no wonder that Rabbi Stewart Vogel is feeling so inspired these days.

    Vogel, head rabbi of Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills, is co-author of the recently released book "The Ten Commandments:...

  • US Pressures Israeli Withdrawal

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Anger over the stalled Mideast peace process has clearlycontributed to Arab states' reluctance to help the United Statesdeter Saddam Hussein. That is one reason the United States is nowpressing Israel for a serious and credible plan for withdrawing fromthe West Bank, it has been...

  • Politics

    By James D

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    "Why do Jewish men wear those side curls?" asks the police-
    woman with the short, slicked-back hair and serious manner.
    Neal Shapiro and his brother-in-law, Sheldon Altman, explain as Wilshire Division Officer Terri Utley listens intently.

    About 20 officers have just heard Shapiro and...

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  • L.A. 5758 Sephardic Spirit

    By Julie G Fax

    October 6, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    To understand the mystic approach to life thatsuffuses the Pinto Torah Center, simply listen to Rabbi Yaakov Pintotell the story of how his parents met.

    At the age of 18, Rabbi Moshe Pinto decided thathe was ready to marry, and so he went to his father, Rabbi ChaimPinto, the great ...

  • The Lewinsky/Lieberman Equation

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    One day we may look back at the 1998 High Holidays as a bizarre version of "Rosencranz and Gildenstern are Dead"; American history seen through the perspective of minor Jewish characters helping to determine the national fate. Monica Lewinsky! Sen. Joseph Lieberman! As the...
  • BBI Loses Mars

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Last Tuesday evening, we had dinner with Dick Morris. Can youthink of a more fitting person to dine with during these days ofatonement? Dick Morris: one-time adviser to the president of theUnited States. Widely credited with winning President Clinton'sre-election. Caught on a tabloid...

  • Advice for the Yom Kippur Fast

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    An expert at Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center hasinvaluable advice for your Yom Kippur fast.

    According to Dr. Elliot Berry, head of clinical nutrition at theHebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, there are a number ofthings you can do in advance to ease your fasting:

      ...

  • Domestic Violence

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Ruth Neal, coordinator of Ezras Bayis, has seen Orthodox womenwho have been bitten, shoved, slapped, punched, spit at, scalded withhot chicken soup, threatened with a gun, pushed down a flight ofstairs. Wood cut by Kathe Kollwitz from "German ExpressionistWoodcuts," 1994.

     

    Ilana*, an...

  • Withdrawals from the Memory Bank

    By Charles Marowitz

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Jonathan Tolins' first play, "Twilight of the Golds," caused a strong tremor when it was produced at the Pasadena Playhouse in 1993. A science-fictional comedy, it bounced off the provocative theory that sexual orientation could be biologically determined by analyzing the DNA of the...
  • Letters

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    It is very concerning that The Jewish Journal has been reluctant to recognize why there is an uproar about the play "Mendel and Moses" ("The Play's Not the Thing," Aug. 1).

    A number of months ago, I received a call from a Jewish cast member in the production who told me she had left...

  • A Hands-On Holiday

    By Julie G Fax

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Teachers have known for a long time that hands-on projects can bring a message home better than any lecture or study session.

    And perhaps there's no holiday on the Jewish calendar that better lends itself to creative manual labor -- for kids and adults alike -- than Sukkot, which...

  • Monica Lewinsky is Jewish

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The New York Times devoted 1,500 words last Sunday to a biographical profile of Monica Lewinsky, the 24-year-old woman who allegedly had an 18-month affair with President Clinton and who has been accused of lying about it under oath.

    The New York Times' reporters are nothing if not...

  • Hollywood’s Boy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Looking studiously at the floor during a recent interview, Ben Stiller came off less the Hollywood "It" dude than the cute, shy guy you had a crush on at Jewish summer camp. The slight 5'7" actor has intense, crystalline blue-green eyes, three days' growth of beard, graying temples,...
  • Moses’ Musical, Poetic Ethical Will

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    One of my favorite things to do is write children's songs. Over the years, I have written lots of innocuous little ditties for kids as a way of teaching them about Jewish holidays and rituals, ethics and values, and how to treat families and friends. Long ago, when I was just...
  • Debunking the Bible Codes

    By Julie G Fax

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    A Caltech mathematician and a leading Orthodox educational institution teamed up recently to turn up the heat on a simmering controversy over what they say is a scientifically and religiously suspect tool used by Jewish outreach organizations -- the Bible codes.

    Aish HaTorah, a...

  • You Hate Me, You Really Hate Me!

    By Teresa Strasser

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Here are some excerpts from my first real hate letter. It's a doozy:

    Re: Saint Teresa?

    As 20-something female readers of The Jewish Journal, we would like to adamantly object to the inclusion of Teresa Strasser... Her ignorant, chamelon (sic) stance on feminism is a throwback to a...

  • Teaching Skills

    By Ruth Stroud

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Fifteen years ago, when he was 16, Sandra Lanza's son Mark, received his first job through Jewish Vocational Service. It was a summer position he landed with the help of a program then called "Project Gelt." Now his mother is following Mark's example and seeking help at JVS as well....
  • Haunting Visages

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    In the paintings of Chaim Soutine (1893-1943), we are fortunate to glimpse the work of one of this century's great Jewish (and European) artists, and one of its major pre-war expressionists.

    The creator of what has been described as churning brushwork is the subject of a...

  • Twenty Years and Counting

    By Tom Tugend

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Marvin Hier arrived in Los Angeles on July 4, 1977, to inspect the sizable building he had purchased on unfashionable Pico Boulevard, it was one of the few times in his life that he was genuinely scared.

    "The place had been stripped of all light fixtures," he recalls. "We...

  • Inspiration Points

    By Julie G Fax

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Aaron Paley, 41, grew up living and breathing Yiddish.

    His world was a community of leftist Jews who considered the radical Workmen's Circle the reichte, the right wing. Paley attended the collectively-run Yiddish Kindershule and Mittelshule in Van Nuys, where he studied labor history...

  • JFS Opens New Center for Seniors

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Seniors in the San Fernando Valley will have greater access to mental-health and day-care services, thanks to a generous donor and the newly expanded facilities of the Jewish Family Services' Valley Storefront in North Hollywood.
  • Strangers No More

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Each Yom Kippur, a vestigial loneliness creeps over me. I achingly feel that my parents and family are back East; that my cousins live in Japan; that some of my dearest are dead. On this day, dispersion and alienation seeps in, and I cling to my community like fog to the shore. And...
  • Police Get Lessons on Jewish Observance

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    "Why do Jewish men wear those side curls?" asks the policewoman with the short, slicked-back hair and serious manner. Neal Shapiro and his brother-in-law, Sheldon Altman, explain as Wilshire Division Officer Terri Utley listens intently.

    About 20 officers have just heard Shapiro and...

  • ADL reports on Hate Group

    By James D

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Hate groups have been out of the news in recent months, but that doesn't mean they are not exploiting recent events--including the tumult on the stock market and the Monica Lewinsky scandal--to expand their base.

    That was the message in a new Anti-Defamation League report on the...

  • Letters

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Rob Eshman caught the mood of frustration and concern that was evident at Jerry Bubis' home at a recent meeting of our local Peace Now leadership. This concern is born of the destructive strategies and tactics of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. With the change in election laws it...
  • Sisters Recapture Their Heritage

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Gloria Hernandez Trujillo, 51, grew up in what she thought was a traditional Catholic home in Monterey Park. Her mother sent the children to mass and catechism classes at Our Lady of Solitude church in East Los Angeles. Trujillo made her first communion at the age of 8, wearing the...
  • A Crash Course in Hebrew

    By Jolie Greiff

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Lorraine Anishban, 38, has been trying to learn how to read Hebrew for years.

    "I attended two or three different courses, but I never came out reading," she says. Recently, Anishban completed the National Jewish Outreach Program's Hebrew Reading Crash Course taught by Rabbi Moshe...

  • Inspiration Points

    By Julie G Fax

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    About 100 San Fernando Valley residents gathered at a community forum Sept. 2 to discuss a spate of recent and troubling anti-Semitic incidents.

    The meeting, held at Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills, demonstrated the kind of rapid response team that a scattered history of hate crimes...

  • Keeping Score

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Most of us do a pretty good job of keeping score. We know how to tally the insults, gossip, infidelities, meanness, foolishness and anger of the past year. We know where we went wrong. We know how to be honest and even tough on ourselves. Like the cartoonist Jules Feiffer's character...
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