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  • The Almanac: What is Purim?

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    What it is:

    As told in the biblical Book of Esther, the Purim story recounts how Haman, the chief minister to King Ahasuerus, plotted to destroy the Jews of Persia. In Shushan, capital of Persia, Haman cast lots (purim) that fixed the date of the Jews' doom to 13 Adar. Esther, the...

  • One on One With Joel Wachs

    By Sheldon Teitelbaum

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    He says he's 61, but you wouldn't know it either to look at him or the paper-shrouded desk in his downtown office. After half a life crusading, his batteries retain their charge even as his office space threatens to succumb to the ever-encroaching mudslide of municipal files. I am...

  • Banking on the Future

    By Tom Tugend

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Tourism to Israel is slumping, but the country's national airline is betting $400 million on a liftoff.

    That's the amount El Al spent on three new Boeing 777 aircraft, which were turned over to El Al on Jan. 31.

    The planes, known as "Triple 7" but formally designated as the Boeing...

  • In the     Running

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Skylar Lenox, 14, hasn't recently visited the cemetery where her father, John, is buried. "It's just a plot," said Lenox, an award-winning platform diver and president of Adat Ari El's United Synagogue Youth chapter.

    The home-schooled ninth-grader finds more meaning in lighting a...

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  • Calendar (Special:Purim) & Singles

    By Mike Levy

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Calendar

    SATURDAY

    Temple Judea: 9:30 a.m. Torah study. 10 a.m. Shabbat morning service. 6601 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. For more information, call (818) 758-3800.

    Hannah Miriam Productions: 8:30 p.m. Art show reception. 9 p.m. "Every Woman's Emergency Concert for Israel,"...

  • If I should Forget Thee

    By Tom Tugend

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The ancestors of Israeli filmmaker Ron Havilio arrived in the Holy Land shortly after their expulsion from Spain in 1492, and in "Fragments: Jerusalem" he pays loving tribute to the city of his birth and the history of his forebears.

    Keeping to a leisurely pace, the six-hour...

  • Always Giving Back

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Noon at the Newsroom just outside Beverly Hills. Amid the lunchtime din, CNN blares on an overhead TV, but only one diner is riveted: Lindsay Conner. The politician is transfixed, waiting for the crucial announcement regarding the then-never-ending Florida recount saga.

    Politics...

  • Remembering Not to Forget

    By Daniel Bouskila

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    There are two different ways of reminding us that Purim is around the corner. One is the PR method, involving newspaper ads, thousands of fliers and large street banners, usually advertising the upcoming Purim carnivals. The other involves no media or marketing but has existed for...

  • Different Tactics

    By Naomi Segal

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    If U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell made anything clear during his visit this week to Israel and the Palestinian-controlled city of Ramallah, it was that things have changed since President Clinton left office.

    First, there was the duration of his visit -- one day -- with...

  • Letter from Israel:On the Road

    By David Margolis

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    As you might imagine, living in Israel right now feels schizophrenic. We continue with our regular lives -- going to work, eating dinner, shopping, praying, catching a movie -- and meanwhile, not far away, our soldiers are at war. The newspapers appear, the soccer games go on, people...

  • Purim Pastries

    By Judy Zeidler

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Purim, sometimes called the Feast of Esther, is one of the happiest of all Jewish holidays. It marks the liberation of the Jews from the cruel prime minister, Haman, through the heroism of the beautiful and good Queen Esther. The story states that she was a vegetarian while in the...

  • Shrinking Confidence

    By David Landau

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The public bloodletting that the Labor Party presented to the Israeli public this week has exposed the depth of disarray and confusion on the Israeli left following Prime Minister Ehud Barak's massive defeat at the polls.

    Labor's Central Committee ultimately voted by a 2-1 margin...

  • Is Observance Fanaticism?

    By Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Dear Rabbi,

    Although I was raised Jewish, attended Hebrew school and became a bar mitzvah, my family was not particularly observant. At some point, my father -- the grandson of Orthodox rabbis -- became less and less involved in Jewish life, except during holidays and yahrtzeits.

    In...

  • Messianic Experience

    By Joyce Moed Charman

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    For Dawn Short and Jennifer Willis, the wait tovisit a newly opened "messianic Jewish" theme park was worth it.

    Ticket sellers bluntly told Short and her friend Willis when they arrived on Saturday that the Holy Land Experience park was too crowded to accept more guests.

    But instead...

  • Shocked, Shocked

    By Rob Eshman

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    This Marc Rich story has legs and then some. Bill Clinton's last-moment pardon of the indicted billionaire commodities trader has, like so many of the former president's actions, created a cottage industry in sleazy revelation.

    The scandals change, but their essential elements...

  • Holiday Halvah

    By Gina Nahai

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Wheat Halvah

    Among Persian Jews, halvah is the traditional Purim food. Here are two recipes, one using flour, one rice.

    Fariba Sameyach, a preschool teacher at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy, shared this recipe, along with a delicious sample of halvah, a sweet and perfumy Persian...

  • Looking for A Legend

    By Larry Tritten

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Years ago I'd heard from someone or read somewhere that Wyatt Earp is buried in Colma, near San Francisco, a bit of provocative trivia whose truth I'd never been sure of. One day a while back I decided to check it out. I would have thought that one of the most famous figures in the...

  • Letters

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Holocaust Payments

    James D. Besser's article ("Dear Bill: Thanks a Lot," Feb. 16) contained a very valuable lesson to the effect that donations of big money need to be looked at carefully. The same applies to the news that suddenly, 55 years after the end of World War II, the Dutch...

  • Purim in the Land of Esther

    By Julie G Fax

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Picture Queen Esther. Now, take those golden locks and replace them with thick black tresses, and instead of those big round baby blues, imagine almond shaped eyes the color of onyx. And that creamy white complexion? Try something a little tawnier, a little more olive.

    Now you have a...

  • The Great Awakening

    By Jonathan Rosenblum

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Israel's Jews did not vote for Ariel Sharon by a margin nearly unprecedented in any functioning democracy because they believe he has a magic solution to halt the intifada. Fewer still believe that he is capable of bringing a final resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

    They voted...

  • Remembering Alfred

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Maria Newman, the youngest child of the late, great film composer Alfred Newman, is a musician with a mission. "As my father's movies became relegated to late-night television, I felt I wanted to do something to help preserve his legacy," said the violinist and esteemed contemporary...

  • Tragedy or Exploitation?

    By Helen Schary Motro

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The photograph of the Palestinian father cradling his terrified son moments before the boy was killed in Gaza this fall was viewed live on television and reproduced on the front pages of newspapers around the globe. Like the photograph of the boy with hands raised standing in the...

  • Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A Wheel of a Deal

    The Edelstein Family Charitable Foundation has donated $10,000 to Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles toward the weekend provision of its home-delivered meals program.

    A Rosy Future

    Everything's coming up roses for 33-year Tournament of Roses volunteer...

  • Community Briefs

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Tragedy in Santa Barbara

    The Jewish communities of Santa Barbara and Isla Vista continue to cope with the tragedy of an apparent vehicular manslaughter which left four people dead and a fifth critically injured last Friday night. University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB)...

  • Family Business

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    At age 5, long before he began writing satirical pop songs and Oscar-nominated film soundtracks, Randy Newman trekked down to the sound stage at 20th Century Fox to watch his Uncle Al conduct the studio orchestra. Uncle Alfred was only 5-feet-4, but the Newman family patriarch seemed...

  • Mideast Menace

    By Matthew E. Berger

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A decade after he rained Scud missiles on Tel Aviv during the Persian Gulf War, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein again poses a threat to Israel, analysts say.

    A series of steps Hussein has taken in recent months, including moving army units in the direction of Israel while issuing...

  • Purim Story

    By Gina Nahai

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I have a picture of my daughter the first time she dressed up for Purim. She is 4 years old, her bangs too short as a result of a self-inflicted haircut, her face round and perfect as a green apple. She is standing between her two brothers, an arm around each boy's neck, a...

  • News Machers

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Joseph Jonah Cummins was a complex man. A prominent Hollywood attorney, the powerful, opinionated Cummins represented Errol Flynn and Bette Davis and lived next door to Milton Berle and Jack Benny. He simultaneously was deeply devoted to Jewish issues; across five decades, Cummins...

  • Stanley Kramer, 87

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Legendary filmmaker Stanley Earl Kramer, best known for films such as the classic western "High Noon," died on Feb. 19 of pneumonia. He was 87.

    Born in New York's Hell's Kitchen on Sept. 29, 1913, Kramer was among the pioneer independent producers, working outside the studio system...

  • The Almanac: What is Purim?

    March 1, 2001 | 1:43 pm

    What it is:

    As told in the biblical Book of Esther, the Purim story recounts how Haman, the chief minister to King Ahasuerus, plotted to destroy the Jews of Persia. In Shushan, capital of Persia, Haman cast lots (purim) that fixed the date of the Jews’ doom to 13 Adar. Esther, the...

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