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  • If Seeing Is Believing, Who’s Seeing?

    By Akiva Gottlieb

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As an amateur film critic, I pride myself on being able to separate the subject from the art. To paraphrase Roger Ebert, a movie is not about what it's about; it's about how it's about what it's about. In past years, I've enjoyed wonderful films about heroin use, pedophilia and...

  • Second Take

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This is a Los Angeles story, moreover one with a Hollywood ending. But it is also partly a Jewish American tale.

    It is the story of 20 months in the early adult life of Frances Kroll Ring, written in the form of a memoir, "Against The Current." "Last Call," on Showtime last...

  • Recreating Eden

    By Linda Arntzenius

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Shut your eyes. Go on. Now think of Eden. Chances are the image forming in your mind includes a full-frontal Adam and Eve, fig leaves, apple and coiled serpent. Staple icons of the culture? Not in the new interpretation of the "Six Days of Creation" by artist Margaret Handwerker. The...

  • Curious About George

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 30, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    A mischievous monkey named Curious George achieved what millions of people could not: he escaped the Holocaust.

    In the pre-dawn hours of June 14, 1940, German Jews Hans Augusto (H.A.) and Margret Rey fled Paris on a makeshift bicycle, only hours ahead of invading Nazis, carrying the...

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  • The Bookstore and the Jew

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "You can say for us," said my rabbis, "that if the rich and important and soul-harassed Jews of the town will come to our synagogues, we will not tell them about God alone but teach them how to fight." -- Ben Hecht in PM newspaper, 1941.

    The war got odd for me the other evening when...

  • Mommy, What Is a Terrorist?

    By Peni Bouskila

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Last month, I boarded a plane to Washington with my 5-year-old daughter, Shira, so that together we could attend what turned out to be the largest gathering of support for Israel in recent decades. Yes, I was the one who made the reservations and booked the tickets, but it was Shira...

  • The Curse of Certainty

    By Alexander Maksik

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On Sept. 12, I walked into my eighth-grade English class determined to talk about what had happened the day before. I asked if anyone had anything to say. A boy with contact lenses and gelled hair raised his hand. "Mr. Maksik, now do you see why I said what I did last year?"

    I teach...

  • The Jewish Earthquake

    By Journal Staff

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Squad that he threw his uniform into a fireplace and burned it.

    "I had gone through two years of grueling training and was very disappointed," the 34-year-old defender for the San Jose Earthquakes said in a phone interview. "But I think more has been made of this incident than it...

  • A Question of Blood

    By Dan Gordon

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The circus of Palestinian victimhood has struck its tent temporarily in Jenin, and gone to church instead in Bethlehem. The Jenin story has petered out because the world, in general, now knows that there was no massacre in Jenin. The world now knows that of the two estimates of the...

  • Labor Looks for Leadership

    By Leslie Susser

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As the Israeli Government plays its coalition shuffle, the Israeli Left searches for a direction.

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon stood behind his decision Wednesday to fire four Cabinet ministers from the fervently Orthodox Shas Party for failing to support the government's emergency...

  • Community Briefs

    By Journal Staff

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Shefa Fund Invests in Community

    The Shefa Fund, which coordinates a cross-denominational, synagogue-based effort to increase economic opportunity for low-income residents of the greater Los Angeles area, recently set up its Los Angeles Rabbinic Council. The council is...

  • A Museum’s Fate

    By Mike Levy

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The rent is paid through December. After that, no one knows where -- or if -- the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust will have a home.

    Competition seems to be squeezing out the venerable museum. Not competition from the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance, but competing...

  • A Tough Transition

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As intense mediation continues over the Jewish Community Centers (JCC) crisis, the first effects of the centers' collapse are becoming apparent. One of first will be felt when the Westside JCC closes its pool and fitness center May 31.

    The closure comes at a time when Jewish...

  • Making the Grade

    By Julie Wiener

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    With their abundant classroom hours, impressionable young students and highly involved parents, Jewish nursery schools have the power to help shape the Jewish identity of children and their families.

    But only 14 percent of American Jewish youngsters are enrolled in such programs....

  • A Stand in Sacramento

    By Tom Tugend

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Letters are good, said an old Sacramento hand, phone calls are good, faxes are good, but for real impact, nothing beats face-to-face meetings with legislators.

    Putting the advice into practice, more than 200 Jewish activists from across California gathered in the state capital...

  • Quotable and Charitable

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Friends are the family you choose." "Say what you mean and do what you say." "Good to forgive. Best to forget."

    Such mottos literally surround real estate magnate Stanley Black within his Beverly Hills office. They stare down at visitors from his bookshelves.

    So perhaps it's only...

  • Parshat Naso

    By Abby Gilad

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Whew! We seem to have finished a long stretch of holidays and observances. We started on Pesach and continued through Yom HaShoah, Yom HaAtzmaut, Lag B'Omer, Yom Yerushalayim and, finally, Shavuot. All these days span Jewish history from biblical to modern times. But they all have...

  • ‘Marriage’ Material

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Somewhere in the middle of the Israeli import "Late Marriage," a 12-minute sex scene unfolds between the main characters.

    "I [said I would] do the scene because it was natural," said Ronit Elkabetz, one-half of that onscreen couple.

    The 37-year-old Israeli actress believes that the...

  • The Ongoing Dream

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Producers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson are sitting behind twin prefab desks in their spare Los Angeles office, looking like the Odd Couple. Kosove, an intense, detail-oriented Jew from Philadelphia, stands about 5-foot-6-inches. Affable ex-basketball star Johnson, an African...

  • Israel to Build West Bank Fence

    By Naomi Segal

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    One day after a suicide bombing in Netanya, Israel has announced that it will build a security fence separating Israel from the West Bank within the next six months.

    Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer made the announcement Monday during a meeting of Israelis living along the...

  • Explaining the Argentine Enigma

    By Marcos Aguinis

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Several years ago, economist and sociologist Paul Samuelson proposed dividing the world into four categories: the rich countries, the poor countries, Japan and Argentina. Everyone knows the state of rich countries and poor countries. However, no one understands why Japan is doing so...

  • Finishing the Foundation

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Joel Teplinsky knows how to fix a nose or perform a skin graft on a burn patient. As a lecturer at the University of California Los Angeles, Teplinsky knows how to communicate these skills to students. But what he did not have was a solid base...

  • A Children’s Book That’s Infectious

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "I'm in awe of animals," Winnick says. "I think they're amazing. They teach me about basic truths."

    "Barn Sneeze," which chronicles the journey of a sneeze that affects poultry and porcine alike, is sure to prove contagious among tots as well. The book benefits from Winnick's loose...

  • Moving Ahead

    By Nazir Khaja

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The conflict in the Middle East is nourished by fresh blood each new dawn and creates a fresh wave of anger among Muslims and Jews. During these dark days of despair, there is very little hope. While the government of the United States and the international community try to get a...

  • Your Letters

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Occupation"

    Regarding Morton Klein's article, "There Is No Occupation" (May 17), Webster's defines "occupation" as "to take possession of, to inhabit, to fill...."

    Obviously Klein is uncomfortable with the word and for good reason. He spends the rest of the article on an attempt...

  • Bay City Hate

    By Aleza Goldsmith

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Call it the e-mail read around the world.

    Laurie Zoloth wrote the e-mail May 9, in the wake of a pro-Israel rally that turned ugly, but the Jewish studies chair at San Francisco State University (SFSU) sent it only to friends and some colleagues.

    Within a few days, however, it had...

  • Good and Bad Tidings

    By Rob Eshman

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    We in the Jewish community can learn a lot about what has not been in the Catholic press.

    If you read the mainstream Catholic newspapers over the past few months, you will find handfuls of articles and columns about sex offenders in the church. The editorials and columns are, at...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    25/SATURDAY

    The band is called JEW and blatant Jew pride is reason enough for a shout-out. But these guys also have a show tonight. Their sound is best described as alt-rock, and they name the Police and Nirvana as strong influences. Support the tribe and check out their show, at...

  • Argentina: A Crisis-Stricken Community Struggles to Survive

    By Uriel Heilman

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This is a season of difficult choices for many Argentine Jews.

    Once-wealthy parents suddenly must decide whether they can afford the luxury of private religious schooling for their children. Congregational rabbis have to figure out which of their synagogue programs to cut and how...

  • Hess Kramer Turns 50

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It has been a training ground for hundreds of Jewish professionals, and it has caused Shabbat candles to glow in countless homes.

    This summer, Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu turns 50, and its birthday party on June 2 is a celebration not just of a specific collection of facilities in an...

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