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  • Sing Us a Song, Israel’s Piano Man

    By Amy Klein

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    One hot summer night in 1997, under the starry desert sky at Masada mountaintop in Israel, I fell in love with Rami Kleinstein.

    "Get yourself some apples and dates/sweeten up your days/He's not worth the pain/that rattles your heart."

    I felt as if Rami was singing directly to me,...

  • Sharon’s Plans for Peace Draw Fire

    By Leslie Susser

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    After several years in office that have been characterized by ongoing violence and diplomatic stalemate, Ariel Sharon says he is determined to press ahead with new peace moves that could include "painful concessions" to the Palestinians.

    The prime minister's remarks last week...

  • Jewish to the Core

    By Rabbi Yosef Reinman

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Over a year ago, my friend Ammiel Hirsch, a prominent Reform rabbi, and I co-authored "One People, Two Worlds," a debate-in-print about the issues that divide us. In the time that has gone by since its publication, the two worlds have not drawn any closer, but at least in my case,...

  • Lessons From Israel

    By Jack Weiss

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Natalie, a 17-year-old from Ethiopia, looks forward to serving as an army paramedic and dreams of a trip to California. Mikhail, an 18-year-old from the former Soviet republic of Georgia, reflects on his decision to leave his friends in a crowded Tel Aviv nightclub one hour before...

  • Coping With Cancer Proves Family Affair

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In the first moments after Lori Marx-Rubiner was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, several fears ran through her head. The Jewish community social worker, who was 35 at the time, wondered about her mortality and worried about the prospect of pain and nausea induced by...

  • Westward Ho

    By Andrew Wallenstein

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When I accepted a job to transfer from New York City to Los Angeles, I figured October would be the ideal month to move. Just as bone-chilling winds began sweeping the East Coast, I'd be basking in year-round sunshine on the other side of the country.

    But the timing couldn't have...

  • Community Briefs

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Civil Complaint Filed Against Seidler-Feller

    Los Angeles freelance journalist Rachel Neuwirth filed a complaint against UCLA Hillel Director Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller and UCLA Hillel, Los Angeles Hillel Council and Hillel: the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, in the Los...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Congress passes Syria bill

    Congress overwhelmingly passed a bill imposing penalties on Syria unless it takes action against terrorists under its control. The House of Representatives voted 408 to 8 on Thursday to approve Senate modifications to a bill the House passed in October....

  • Your Letters

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Sense of Sorrow

    As a long-time member of Mogen David and the president of the congregation when Rabbi Jonathan Muskat was hired, I read the article titled, "A Shul Torn Apart" (Nov. 14), with a sense of great sorrow and amazement. The board voted not to renew Muskat's contract...

  • Crafts Revitalize Israeli Spirit

    By Mihal Peretz

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    While strolling old Jaffa's gallery district in May, Zehava Bitton saw empty storefronts. "It was heartbreaking," said Bitton, who was on a mission with American Red Magen David for Israel (ARMDI), Israel's equivalent of the Red Cross. "I used to work as a tour guide in the area, and...

  • From Fritos to Freedom

    By Sandy Wolshin Mendlowitz

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "I bet you could lose the weight if you really wanted to."

    "You just need to have more will power."

    "Come on, don't be lazy."

    Struggling with being overweight affects more than 75 percent of all Americans, and is a serious problem for the Jewish population in the United States. But...

  • Israel’s Poor Endure Tough Situation

    By Dina Kraft

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Crumbs tumble down Yigal Alperson's white beard as he eats his one guaranteed meal of the day at a crowded Jerusalem soup kitchen.

    Tables spill over with immigrants, the elderly and single mothers, the predominant faces of Israel's poor as the country's economy is battered seemingly...

  • Facing Terrorism Head On

    By Marc Ballon

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A mangled monument to the dangerous times in which we live can be found in a gritty industrial neighborhood in the outer reaches of the San Fernando Valley.

    Hidden behind stacks of crates and a tarp sits the twisted carcass of Bus No. 37, which a Palestinian suicide bomber destroyed...

  • Limits Needed to Set Path for Youths

    By Rabbi Daniel Greyber

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A few weeks ago, three students at Milken Community Jewish High School in Los Angeles were expelled for making a sexually explicit video of themselves that was eventually seen by members of the student community. Many parents and teachers in the Jewish community have expressed...

  • Q & A With Dr. Peretz Lavie

    By Adam Wills

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Peretz Lavie has spent his career studying sleep and sleep disorders. The fifth-generation Israeli is head of the Technion Sleep Laboratory, which has hosted more sleep patients than any other laboratory in the world.

    "We've had about 60,000 patients who have slept with us," he...

  • A Teen Spared From Terror

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Hilla Hayo, 16, was not a victim of the Dolphinarium attack in Tel Aviv on June 1, 2001 -- but she could have been. The teenager, who, along with four classmates, spent 10 days at New Community Jewish High School in West Hills this October as part of the Los Angeles Jewish...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Saving American Jews

    Rabbi Mordecai Finley of Ohr HaTorah and Rabbi Avi Weiss of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in New York put their heads and hearts together for a forum on "How Can We Save American Jewry?"

    The two rabbis were brought together Nov. 15 by B'nai David-Judea...

  • Musician Finds Salvation in Hip-Hop

    By Dan Pine

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Oakland-based singer/songwriter Hyim has a Middle East peace proposal he'd like to float: Send 10,000 kids to the region, have a heart-to-heart with their Arab and Israeli counterparts and then get 'em all singing.

    "Kumbaya"-flavored pie in the sky? Hyim doesn't think so, and the...

  • Turkish Jews: We’ll Carry On

    By Yigal Schleifer

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The recent bombings of two Istanbul synagogues won't end the tradition of openness in Turkey's Jewish community -- and it could even make the community more cohesive, leaders say.

    At the same time, the attacks are unlikely to force Turkey to retreat from its alliances with Israel...

  • Sharif Import Takes Boy on Trip to Islam

    By Tom Tugend

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "I was filming 'Funny Girl' with Barbra Streisand in 1967, when the Six-Day War broke out, and the Arab press called me a traitor for kissing a Jewish woman," actor Omar Sharif reminisced.

    "When I told Barbra about it," Sharif added, "she said, 'You should see the letter my aunt...

  • A Debut Teeming With Love and Lore

    By Susan Miron

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "An Hour in Paradise: Stories" by Joan Leegant (Norton, $23.95).

    People imagine that, as a book critic, I read so much that there must be dozens of books I enjoy each year. But the truth is, books about which I am totally enthusiastic appear only every few years. Joan Leegant's...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Zimmer Goes Hollywood

    On Nov. 6, the Zimmer Children's Museum took on Hollywood when the organization honored Barbara Fisher, executive vice president of entertainment at Lifetime Entertainment Services, and actress Cynthia Sikes Yorkin (best known for her roles in "St. Elsewhere"...

  • U.S., Israel Seek to Help Qurei

    By Leslie Susser

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Sobered by what they see as past policy errors, Israeli, American and Palestinian leaders are determined to help the new Palestinian Authority prime minister, Ahmed Qurei, succeed where his predecessor failed.

    Success would mean defusing the three-year-old Palestinian intifada and...

  • Cal State Bridges Culture Gap

    By Tom Tugend

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Los Angeles campus of California State University hardly seems fertile ground to introduce studies on Jewish culture and history.

    Located five miles east of the downtown Civic Center, Cal State L.A. has some 21,000 students, of whom more than half are Latino, almost a quarter...

  • Turkish Jews Dig Out After Bombs

    By Yigal Schleifer

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Yoel Ulcer was so set on helping Istanbul's Jewish community that he could hardly wait to turn 18, when he could join the corps of volunteer guards that stands outside synagogues and Jewish institutions in Turkey's commercial capital.

    His devotion cost Ulcer his life: He was one of...

  • Q & A With Nadav Morag

    By Tom Tugend

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Nadav Morag has joined the University of Judaism (UJ) as the first director of its new Center for Israel Studies and chair of the political science department. Now 37, Morag was born in Israel, but came to the United States with his parents at age 2, and spent the next 20 years in...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm


    More More. Celebrity Staged Play Reading producer-director Alexandra More presents another installment in the series tonight and tomorrow. "The Floating Lightbulb" is a bittersweet coming-of-age comedy penned by Woody Allen that revolves around a Canarsie family in 1945....

  • Defining Family

    By Yehuda Lev

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A few months ago, in these pages, I described a brief visit to Los Angeles to attend the wedding of my daughter, Dafna, 42, and

    her fiancé, Scott, 36 ("Father of the Bride," July 11). It was a first marriage for both and celebrated without benefit of clergy -- Scott being Christian...

  • Permission to Grieve

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Years ago, one of my colleagues had the awesome task of officiating at the funeral of a 9-year-old girl killed by a car while riding her bicycle. My friend gathered the children from that small Jewish community and gently invited them to speak their true feelings.

    "I'm mad at my mom...

  • Your Letters

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I am sick and tired by all the excuses of community supporters, leaders and the media to excuse Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller's behavior. I was at the event. He aggressively assaulted Rachel Neuwirth. And no amount of spin can erase this. I do not care how many names one is called -- a...

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