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  • Songs of Simcha

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    By day, he's a manager- purchaser at an Orange County plywood company. But when the boards are cut and the purchase orders are filed, Steve Chattler does what any Jewish businessman might do after hours: He breaks out his drums and plays klezmer music.

    As a member of the South Coast...

  • Around the Block

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    They're not elementary school students anymore, but they're not quite high schoolers, either.

    This fall, the Hebrew Academy in Huntington Beach is recognizing the needs of seventh- and eighth-graders by creating a new middle school program, which will include a new teaching...

  • Tunisian Jews Defy Attack

    By Judith Fein

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Jews here persevered with their annual Lag B'Omer celebration this week in spite of a recent terrorist attack that rocked their tiny island community. The numbers were down from past celebrations, but still hundreds of tourists came to join the 1,000 Jewish Jerbans for the pilgrimage...

  • How the Times Distorted Jenin

    By Daniel Gordon

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When I write a screenplay, I start out with an agenda. I decide who my hero is first and who is the villain. Then I fashion scenes to build my dramatic case and make it believable. That is, I believe, exactly what occurred with regard to at least two reporters, Sheila MacVicar of CNN...

  • Digitizing the Shoah

    By Gustavo Arellano

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A conference on the importance of Holocaust education focused on training teachers to make better use of the Internet revolution. "A lot of information has been made available with the advances in technology," said Stephen Feinberg, director of national outreach for the United States...

  • My Mommy Dearest

    By J.D. Smith

    May 2, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    As an unintended consequence of writing this column, I am in my mother's dog house. I have reported in these pages on my own failings, my father's shortcomings, my sister's eccentricities, the foibles of two cousins and the generally bad behavior of several friends. To date, however,...

  • Funding Jerusalem

    By Gaby Wenig

    May 2, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    So what does it take to get a charity started in Los Angeles? How can a project be incubated just enough to get people excited so that they will one day open their checkbooks and start signing?

    This was the question that was seeking an answer recently in Brentwood, where the...

  • Up Front

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Sephardic Solo

    Maya Haddi is just a tad embarrassed about how she landed her April 28 solo gig with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony. The 28-year-old singer was throatily belting out "Hava Nagila" at a Bel Air party when composer Yuval Ron walked into the room. "He's a guy I wanted...

  • Spider-Mensch

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Did you know that Peter Parker is Jewish?" director Sam Raimi asked The Journal, referring to Spider-Man's teenage alter ego.

    Raimi was joking, of course, but the 42-year-old director behind Columbia's "Spider-Man" motion picture (out May 3, starring Tobey Maguire and Willem Dafoe)...

  • What Me, Worry?

    By Teresa Strasser

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Let's not tell grandma.

    That's what my mom said after I fractured my elbow in third grade and had to spend the summer in a cast. "Why?" I wondered.

    "Because she'll worry."

    "About what? That I'll break my arm? It's already broken," I remember saying. Today, as I write this, a copy of...

  • It’s Always Gilda

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In a surreal scene in the ABC biopic "Gilda Radner: It's Always Something," Jami Gertz plays both Radner and her "Saturday Night Live" character, Baba Wawa.

    In the sequence, cancer-stricken Radner is lying in the hospital after her hysterectomy, bald from chemotherapy, dreaming...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Singles Groups Go Universal

    Universal CityWalk played host to an ambitious undertaking by two prominent Los Angeles-based Jewish singles enterprises on April 14. Nearly 650 singles attended an evening sponsored by SpeedDating and Klutz Productions. The multitiered singles event,...

  • Irreconcilable Differences

    By James D. Besser

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It was a hot talk show topic: The Bush administration's Middle East policy zigzags are making analysts dizzy.

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is a "man of peace," the president says, even as he pressures the Israeli government to continue withdrawing from West Bank towns.

    Yasser Arafat...

  • Purity of Weapons

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I will never forget July 12, 1984. That was my first day on the Ketziot basic training base, my new "home" as an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier in the Givati Infantry Brigade. One by one we were issued what was then the standard IDF infantry weapon, the Israeli-made Galil...

  • Where We Were

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Ten years ago, during the week of April 29, 1992, the city exploded in rioting.

    Ten years after the fact, it is easy to remember the terror and the loss, but more difficult for community leaders to assess just how much repair has taken place since.

    Rabbi Laura Geller, now leader of...

  • Le Pen’s Mark

    By Andrew Diamond

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The strong showing of far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen in the first round of France's presidential elections holds some bitter ironies for the nation's Jews. Notorious for the anti-Semitic views he has espoused, Le Pen until recently had seen support for his National Front Party...

  • What really happened in Jenin?

    By Leslie Susser

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    After the Israeli army's 12-day action against armed Palestinians in the Jenin refugee camp, a London Times headline read: "The Camp of Death," conjuring up a clear association with Nazi death camps like Auschwitz.

    And U.N. Special Envoy Terje Roed-Larsen, as he walked through the...

  • New Hope for HIBM Cure

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Soroya Nazarian learned about hereditary inclusion body myopathy (HIBM), an uncommon muscular disorder that affects the Persian Jewish community, while in Israel on a Hadassah mission about five years ago. There, she met professor Zohar Argov, from the department of neurology at the...

  • Travel Machismo

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As Israeli-Palestinian violence makes daily life in the Jewish state a living (as opposed to a virtual) nightmare, American Jews are raising the ante on expressions of loyalty. A rabbi recently told me he wants every Jew to travel to Israel this year. A lay leader puts his name on...

  • The World Has No Memory

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This is a slightly abridged version of an address delivered to a crowd of 2,000 people at a rally for Israel at the Milken Jewish Community Center, April 16, 2002

    I want to talk to the children tonight, because I'm concerned for your faith.

    You've heard that we are aggressors -...

  • Into the Words

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    People are always asking Dvora Weisberg's parents, "Where did you go wrong?"

    They ask not because Weisberg has fallen away from Judaism, but because two marginally affiliated parents produced a traditionally observant daughter who thought -- more than once -- about becoming a rabbi.


  • Israel in the Arab Mind

    By Carin Davis

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As tensions in the Middle East soar, many Jewish Angelenos search for answers to the generations-old question: Can there ever be peace between Israel and her Arab neighbors?

    "No," says journalist and Middle East expert Avi Davis. "There cannot be peace until there are fundamental...

  • Lag B’Omer

    By Abby Gilad

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    OK. Now what's an omer?

    It is a unit of measure -- like a pound or a kilo. That is how sheaves of barley were measured. The Israelites were commanded to bring an omer of barley to the Temple on the second day of Passover. If you don't believe me, read this week's Torah portion, Emor. It says it right there. Then they were supposed to count 49 days from that day, until Shavuot. Lag B'Omer falls on the 33rd day of the counting of the omer. Get it?

  • Sunday in the Park

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Security" and "unity." Those were the two buzzwords of this year's Israel Independence Day Festival. And both were in great supply in what turned out to be a festive and safe celebration of Israel and Jewish culture.

    About 30,000 people converged at Encino's Woodley Park for a day...

  • Israel Brings ‘Flowers’ to L.A.

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As headlines continue to focus on political violence in Israel, a Los Angeles-born Israeli will perform her monologue about a very different kind of violence: spousal abuse.

    Naomi Ackerman arrives at Shomrei Torah Synagogue April 28 with "Flowers Aren't Enough," the wrenching story...


    By Carin Davis

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Three men storm the gym and force us to the ground: Our hearts race as they press mock guns to our heads.

    But as students of LARAM, we know we have options. We have tools to neutralize our aggressors -- during this in-class drill and during true-life attacks.

    LARAM, derived from the...

  • Ten Years After: The Jews Remain

    By Joel Kotkin

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Recent events in the Middle East have been enough to make anyone pessimistic about the future of ethnic relations. But the situation here in Los Angeles -- 10 years after the disastrous riots of April 1992 -- gives some hope that racial reconciliation still has a future.

    It is hard...

  • Honoring Marlene

    By Rob Eshman

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Marlene Adler Marks' first column for this paper appeared in March 1987. It was titled "The Unwanted Visitor." It was about a rabbi who showed up to comfort Marlene as she waited in the hospital for her husband, Burton, to come out of surgery. "It hadn't been comforting to me,"...

  • Barak Better Than Before

    By Amy Klein

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The struggle for peace in Israel may take years or even generations, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak told a crowd of over 6,200 people at the Universal Amphitheater on April 21. Barak was the final speaker in the University of Judaism's (UJ) department of continuing...

  • Community Briefs

    By Journal Staff

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Protest Against French Anti-Semitism

    About 40 protesters lined up in front of the French consulate in Westwood on April 12 and 19 to protest anti-Semitism in France. The group, led by StandWithUs, the same organization that helped arrange recent pro-Israel rallies in Los Angeles,...

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