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  • French Riots Show Need for Pluralism

    By Ronny Naftaniel

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    For once, it would appear that Jews, Judaism and Jewish interests are not the target of violence in Paris and in so many cities across France.

    After a surge in anti-Semitic hostility and incidents in recent years, that comes as something of a surprise. This time, it appears the...

  • Famous and Jewish

    By Rob Eshman

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Let us now praise famous Jews.

    Bless them, so smart or so accomplished, often both. It makes us swell with pride -- we can't help ourselves -- to learn that Gene Wilder is really Jerome Silberman. That Sarah Jessica Parker didn't have to undergo a reverse nose job to acquire her...

  • Jack and Judaism

    By Kathleen Vallee Stein

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Jack Stein taught me about being Jewish.

    First, he told me that Jewish husbands are the best husbands because

    they "only cheat a little." Jack grinned up at me and I smiled back. At 5-feet-8 inches tall, I am used to being taller than many men, but when I put my arm around my...

  • All Saints’ IRS Fight Gets Jewish Support

    By Eric Berkowitz

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    For a church facing an assault from the Internal Revenue Service, the outspoken clergy of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena acted neither fearful nor repentant Sunday.

    The IRS is "welcome in our pews," said Rector J. Edwin Bacon to loud applause, but "not welcome in our...

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  • Obituaries

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    FLORENCE BECKER died Oct. 17 at 90. She is survived by her husband, Duke; sons, Barry (Judy) and Rob (Rona); four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nieces; and nephews. Hillside

    Mohtaram Benji died Oct 20 at 88. She is survived by her sons, Sion and Rohollah Ahdoot. Chevra...

  • Hillel Readies Plan of Attraction

    By Sue Fishkoff

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish college student of today is likely to be more interested in discussing religion than in practicing it. Therein lies a challenge and an opportunity, and Hillel, the college Jewish organization, says it's ready to respond.

    It was in the summer of 2004 that Hillel began work...

  • ‘Beggars’ Can Be Choosers

    By Tom Tugend

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The scene and the babel of voices was half Tel Aviv and half Hollywood at the Writers Guild Theater last Sunday for the world premiere of "The King of Beggars."

    One notable aspect was that "King" is not only a new Israeli film, but the first to open not in its homeland but in Los...

  • The Americans Who Fought for Israel

    By Tom Tugend

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    This coming attraction will soon be playing in Los Angeles, but for the moment, you'll have to go to the University of Florida in Gainesville to see a new exhibit honoring those from the United States and Canada who fought for Israel's independence in the 1940s.

    The central display...

  • The Treasures on Top of the Mountain

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    By many accounts, it ranks just below Jerusalem as one of Israel's most beloved treasures. It holds United Nations Education, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) status as a World Heritage Site. Conde Nast Traveler magazine even named it the "World's Best Monument."

    Masada,...

  • JDate a Capitol Idea

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    A second U.S. congressman has been found using JDate. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) began using the Jewish online dating service in May under the screen name "jim2005ofDC," The Hill newspaper reported.

    A spokesman for the California congressman confirmed that he used the service.

    Sherman chose not to offer much information on his profile, telling one prospective female that he did not want the entry to become a news item, which happened to Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.) when he used JDate last year.

    Sherman, 51, is a lifelong bachelor.

     

  • Hier, Pope Talk at Vatican

    By Tom Tugend

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    During a private audience at the Vatican, the head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center urged Pope Benedict XVI this week to lead a "coalition of the good" against international terrorism and threats from Iran.

    The pope did not respond directly to the plea by Rabbi Marvin Hier, the...

  • Are You There God?  It’s Me, Israel

    By Amy Klein

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The year is 1999, and on the Israeli TV miniseries, "Catching the Sky," Nurit walks into her Tel Aviv kitchen at the crack of dawn to find her husband doing something completely shocking and inexplicable.

    "What are you doing?" Nurit asks him.

    "Praying Shacharit," Roni says, referring...

  • Mirror, Mirror

    By Amy Klein

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    I think I have body dysmorphia: an unnatural and distorted view of my physique, otherwise known as false body image.

    See, I'm the only woman I know who has ever expressed a bit of shock at the Dove advertisements.

    They've been running for the last few months on billboards, on...

  • Skip Beaten Path for Zipline Adventure

    By Jack Weiss

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    High above Kiryat Shemona, the Bekaa Valley to our left and the Golan Heights straight ahead, my wife and kids jumped from a cliff and sailed hundreds of feet on a zipline.

    Waiting to leap were two young Orthodox men. The first pushed off, his payot flapping in the wind as he held on...

  • Letters

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Tookie Williams

    Larry Greenfield's article pointing out the reasons why Tookie Williams should die defeats itself by way of his last paragraph ("Should Tookie Die?" Nov. 11). In it, he writes that if Williams is allowed to live, the tears of his victims' loved ones will not dry,...

  • You Rule

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "While all other sciences have advanced, government is at a standstill -- little better practiced now than three or four thousand years ago." -- John Adams

    If the art of government had improved, then war, disease and poverty inflicted by the tyranny and selfishness of man, as well...

  • Light Shines on Israel’s Invisibles

    By Avner Hofstein

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    So where do Israelis usually look for answers when they are in trouble or face a midlife crisis? Some go abroad for a vacation in the Himalayas; others take a lover or drown themselves in drink. The main characters in two new Israeli films chose another path. They turn to Israel's...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, November 19

    Keshet Chaim Dancers and the Idan Raichel Project come together tonight to raise funds for some 20,000 Ethiopian Jews awaiting immigration to Israel. Raichel hasn't made it to L.A. since last February, so this one-night-only concert might be your only chance...

  • The Hit Man Who Came to Dinner

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Blood Relation" by Eric Konigsberg (HarperCollins, $25.95).

    Harold "Kayo" Konigsberg has been behind bars since 1963. He has served time in more than 15 prisons and is next up for parole in 2006, when he'll be 78. No one expects this Jewish hit man from New Jersey, who freelanced...

  • Peretz Win Portends Political Shakeup

    By Leslie Susser

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The election of Amir Peretz, a 53-year-old underdog, as leader of the Labor Party is almost certain to change the face of Israeli politics.

    The result of the Nov. 9 Labor primary vote makes more likely the formation of a new centrist party led by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, backed...

  • A Face in the Internet Crowd

    By Jane Ulman

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    As soon as incoming freshman Chana Ickowitz received her UC Berkeley e-mail address, she registered on the online directory facebook.com. There, on her personal profile, she described herself as someone with moderate political views who likes sushi, rainy days, Urban Outfitters and...

  • Car Crash Claims Beloved Northridge Rabbi

    By Marc Ballon

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The beloved rabbi of a Northridge synagogue apparently committed suicide in the wake of personal disclosures that jeopardized his job. These disclosures had to do with allegedly "inappropriate" actions by the rabbi, but nothing that was criminal or illegal, said officials of Temple...

  • Rescued Souls and Torahs Meet at Shul

    By David Finnigan

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Leo Baeck Temple in Bel Air hosted an unusual commemoration of Kristallnacht, the event that is often considered the beginning of the Holocaust. Instead of focusing on mourning, the gathering last weekend was marked by raucous joy and a sense of reunification.

    The central symbolism...

  • Qumran Offers Look at Legacy of Scrolls

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Descending eastward from the rolling hills on the outskirts of Jerusalem, the sapphire-colored Dead Sea appears like a jewel set in the dusty brown Judean Desert. As you breathe in the thundering stillness, it's easy to imagine why the ancient Essenes chose this place for their...

  • ‘Syrian Bride’ Weds Simple Tale, History

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The guests at this Middle Eastern wedding were more mournful than joyous. But even more troubled was the Druze bride herself. All dressed up, she was stuck at a border crossing in the dusty demilitarized zone between Israel's Golan Heights and Syria.

    It wasn't clear if she'd be...

  • Senior Moments - Proudly Jewish in ‘Sunset’

    By Ellie Kahn, Oral Historian

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Within the first moments of the comedy/drama "Sunset Park," I wanted to get to know Sheila Oaks, who plays widowed mother

    Evelyn Horowitz two nights a week at the Zephyr Theatre. Something about Oaks' authentic, sensitive portrayal of a 70-something New York Jewish woman made me...

  • Groups, Shuls Fundraise for Tsunami Aid

    By David Finnigan

    November 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Cantor Alison Wissot of Temple Judea felt the pull of the Asian tsunami at a Friday morning meeting of the women's group at her Tarzana Reform shul.

    "There was an outpouring of, 'This is so awful,' 'How do we deal with this event?' 'How do we not feel helpless?' 'How do we just do...

  • Expert Tips Crack the Dress Code

    By Linda Bachmann

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Many wedding guests are often are as concerned as the bride and her attendants about what they will wear.

    Once upon a time, there were golden rules of wedding attire: Don't wear white -- it upstages the bride; and don't wear black -- too funereal. It was often a reliable pastel dress...

  • French Riots Not a Jewish Problem

    By Lauren Elkin

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Some media are calling it a "suburban intifada," but the rioting that is rocking France is not a Jewish problem, but a national one.

    That appears to be the consensus of French Jews, who are simultaneously alarmed at the widespread violence of mostly Muslim youths in suburbs around...

  • JDL’s Krugel Killed in Phoenix Prison

    By Jim Crogan

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    If Earl Krugel stood for anything, it was the principle that Jews should never retreat, never back down from a hostile world. The former Jewish Defense League (JDL) stalwart and his cohorts vocally, provocatively and sometimes violently fought back over decades of political activism....

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