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  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Reading Is Fundamental

    Dustin Hoffman was one of many stars to kick off the third year of KOREH L.A. Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC)'s literacy program at the Downtown Central Library. The "Los Angeles Jewish Coalition for Literacy" program pairs volunteers with LAUSD...

  • Brothers In Arms

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Josh Kornbluth, 42, was depressed when Miramax shelved a film version of his Spalding Gray-like monologue, "Haiku Tunnel" several years ago. He resigned himself to life in the theater -- until his half-brother, Jacob, 28, made a radical suggestion: The brothers should make the movie...

  • Mistaken for Muslim

    By Tom Tugend

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Two days after the devastating attack on the World Trade Center, Jimmy Delshad was driving toward the Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale to attend a funeral, when he stopped to ask an elderly man for directions.

    The man took one look at Delshad's face, then angrily waved him off,...

  • Daniel C. Lewin, 31

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Among the 91 victims aboard American Airlines Flight 11 was Daniel C. Lewin, (left) chief technology officer of the Cambridge-based Akamai Technologies, Inc., a company that modified the process of Internet content delivery.

    Lewin, 31, was born in Denver and raised partly in...

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  • A Hero’s Death

    By Seamus McGraw

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It is a long ride from the shattered peace of Bergen County, N.J., to the mournful solitude of Wyndham, N.Y., the upstate ski resort where a memorial service was held Sunday for Jeremy Glick, 31.

    Along the way, there was plenty of time for high school buddies Josh Denbeaux and Brad...

  • A World for Me

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The Shabbat of teshuva (repentance) has a special quality among the other 10 days of Teshuva. The Shabbat of Teshuva is obviously a more focused day than, say, the Tuesday of Teshuva, yet it's not nearly as high-pressure as Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur are. As such, there's a unique...

  • Families Cling to Hope

    By Michael J. Jordan

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Tale after tale of courage and heroism are emerging from the wreckage of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil.

    Take, for example, the story of Richard Allen Pearlman, who at the age of 18 was one of the tragedy's youngest heroes -- and victims.

    Richard was dropping off a...

  • ‘Errors’ in Judgement

    By Nan Goldberg

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Clerical Errors" by Alan Isler (Scribner; $24.)

    Aging priest, Father Edmond music is one of those people who puts off dealing with crises until it's just too late.

    The world of literature is rife with such people -- think of Hamlet; Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary and Grady...

  • Israel: Key Player in War on Terrorism

    By Jessica Steinberg

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As the U.S. ally with the greatest experience IN fighting terrorism, Israel is likely to play a key role in the planned international war on terrorism.

    But its role is likely to be less public, working primarily with U.S. intelligence and the Defense Department, terrorism experts...

  • From the Heart

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Sometimes life seems overwhelming.

    For some, it's the stress of coping with raising their children in an apparently amoral world. For others, it is learning how to live each day in spite of enormous challenges to our bodies and our health. For others still, it is the experience of...

  • Surreal in the City

    By Peter Ephross

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Even for North American Jews used to thinking about security issues at home -- and confronting terrorist acts in Israel -- the series of horrific acts that struck Tuesday came as a devastating, unimaginable blow.

    "This is surreal. This whole situation seems surreal," said Martin...

  • A Peak Event

    By Julie G Fax

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The buzz started in small waves when we boarded the plane to Denver. By the time we got on the chartered bus to Vail, it had escalated to a steady stream of handshakes, Jewish geography, smiles of recognition among the newest members of the Wexner Heritage Foundation.

    It continued...

  • Exploding American Complacency

    By James D. Besser

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Terrorism, a part of everyday life in Israel for decades, exploded in the face of a complacent America with the twin terror attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11 and left a gaping, charred hole in the Pentagon in Washington.

    The bombings could have...

  • Mezuzah Mouse

    By Wendy Mogel

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The beginning of the new school year radically increases the frequency of beeps, clicks, buzzes, rings and stutter dials in my home. My stack of unreturned phone calls is beginning to teeter. Reflecting on these mixed blessings, I am reminded of an incident from way back in the...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Spielberg's Real Legacy

    Theo Wardell Spielberg, son of director Steven Spielberg and his wife, actress Kate Capshaw, was Bar Mitzvahed on Aug. 31. The ceremony took place at Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills, the shul of grandmother, Leah Adler, who owns the The Milky Way...

  • Guide for the Depressed

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The High Holy Days are a time for contemplation, a time to give thanks, to repent for the wrongs of the past year and seek forgiveness from those you may have hurt and especially from God.

    But what if you're not feeling either grateful or repentant? What if the past year has been...

  • Ideological Insults

    By Michael J. Jordan

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As terror struck New York and Washington, D.C., Jewish activists were still recovering from the ideological bomb of a U.N. conference that lashed out at Israel as racist and apartheid.

    The final governmental declaration adopted here last Saturday by the U.N. World Conference Against...

  • Anxiety and Anger

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz (Schwartzie) received a 6:15 a.m. phone call saying that the World Trade Center had been bombed, he told his caller he'd been watching too many science fiction movies and advised him to get more sleep.

    "But then, when I received another eight calls in...

  • Armageddon

    By Rob Eshman

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Early Tuesday morning, my wife and I stared dumbly at the television, mumbling words like hijacked, explosion, collapse. My daughter, 5, looked up from her cereal, confused and frustrated. What language are you speaking? she asked. They were words almost unspoken in American living...

  • An Artist’s Strange and Familiar World

    By Tom Tugend

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    New York artist Mark Podwal phoned a bit breathlessly. He had just received one of his frequent assignments -- on a one-day deadline -- from The New York Times for a sketch to run with an op-ed article by an Israeli journalist.

    At 8 o'clock that morning, he had met with Elie Wiesel...

  • The New Year’s Sephardic Seder

    By Julie G Fax

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It may not be as long and involved as the Passover seder, but for Raquel Bensimon, the ritualized dinner of Rosh Hashana is just as sweet and just as replete with memories.

    With her husband, son and daughter-in-law, three grandchildren and the extended family of Ashkenazi in-laws and...

  • What You Can Do

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    GIVE

    In times of tragedy and disaster, blood supplies often run critically low. Giving blood is an incredible mitzvah, and one which costs you only time. Call 1-800-GIVELIFE (1-800-448 3543); if the number is busy, the Red Cross requests that you please keep calling so that you...

  • Just the Beginning

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    This week's coordinated terror attacks on commercial and governmental sites in New York and Washington have stunned terrorism experts in their scope and sophistication -- and prompted dire warnings that more could be in store for American citizens.

    Daniel Pipes, who has written...

  • A Citizen of Jerusalem

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In His New Book, "At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden" (William Morrow, 2001), Yossi Klein Halevi, a writer for the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Jerusalem Report and The New Republic, chronicles his journey as a Jew searching for understanding of...

  • Anti-SemitesPlead Guilty to Firebombing

    By Tom Tugend

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Two brothers, both self-proclaimed anti-Semites and white supremacists, pleaded guilty Sept. 7 to firebombing three synagogues in the Sacramento area two years ago.

    Benjamin Matthew Williams, 33, considered the instigator in the attacks, faces 30 years in federal prison. His...

  • An Excerpt From “Eden”

    By Yossi Klein Halevi

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden

    by Yossi Klein Halevi

    William Morrow

    Pages: 336; $25.00

    Chapter One: Ramadan



    I lived on the border of Jerusalem. My apartment was in the last row of buildings just before the desert hills of the West Bank. In the distance lay the quiescent...

  • Taking the Schmaltz Out of Our Food

    By Beverly Levitt

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    At sundown on Monday we usher in the happiest day of our calendar, Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. For the next 10 days we'll be called upon to reexamine our lives -- to wake up and not only smell the roses, but plant them for other people to enjoy.

    The Days of Awe end at sundown...

  • Is It Safe?

    By Mike Levy

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In light of Tuesday's terrorist attacks, synagogues and other Jewish organizations scrambled to evaluate security precautions.

    A week before Rosh Hashana, and with ongoing violence in Israel, the timing of the attacks raised serious concerns for many about the safety of high-profile...

  • Holy Days in Hollywood

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "My mind's going to be closed all day."

    • Mort Sahl, Comedian

    "I think my girlfriend and I are going to be in town. My brother will come in from school. It's a great time of the year, and it's always nice to reflect on yourself and to spend it with family. We fast, we get cranky,...

  • What Do You Tell the Kids?

    By Julie G Fax

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    So what do you say to children when hate explodes in our world, taking with it thousands of lives?

    That is what educators at Pressman Academy at Temple Beth Am dealt with Tuesday, after they made an early morning decision to keep the Westside Conservative day school open, even as...

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