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  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Halting Taboo Tales

    Dear Deborah,
    I am a 34 year-old single woman. My parents divorced when I was 22 and my younger brother was 19. At the time my mother and father explained that they had been unhappy for some time, but since my brother and I were on our own, they saw no...

  • Choosing to See the Forest

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Christmas season dilemma arises for so many Jews in our city that it sadly deserves attention and comment. When I was a boy, growing up in a parochial Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood, I certainly harbored no yearning for a Christmas tree at home. I was thrilled with my little...

  • Briefs

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Panel 'Won't Point Fingers'

    The leader of an international panel probing the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian violence said the panel plans to visit the region several more times before issuing its report. "It's not our intention to inflame the situation," former U.S. Sen. George...

  • Children’s Crusade

    By Tom Tugend

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    More than 200 pediatricians across the United States have condemned a particularly virulent form of child abuse by parents, clergy and governments who place children in the front lines of pitched battles in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

    The pediatricians have formed Doctors...

  • Grown-Up Chanukah

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    I bought my first menorah when I was a graduate student. My roommate, Pat, was the first non-Jew with whom I'd ever shared a kitchen, and my celebration was predictably tentative. The chanukiyah was disposable, made of a cheap paper-like tin, and unstable, needing to sit on a glass...

  • Rescuing the Spiritual Elite

    By Michael Berenbaum

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Response of Orthodox Jewry in the United States to the Holocaust: The Activities of Vaad-Ha-Hatzala Rescue Committee, 1933-1945, Efraim Zuroff, Yeshiva University Press, 316 pages, $39.50

    Efraim Zuroff is Israel's preeminent Nazi-hunter, the best of the younger generation....

  • Got Gelt?

    By Rabbi Daniel Brenner

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Chanukah gelt seems like a simple tradition. A grandparent, parent, aunt, uncle, or family friend hands the children a few coins as they watch the Chanukah lights flicker. Money goes from one generation to the next, expressing love and delight that speaks to the child in endless...

  • Teaching Cops Tolerance

    By David Evanier

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    There's enough work to go around for everyone in teaching tolerance and diversity to law enforcement in California, according to the Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

    The ADL's A World of Difference program, which targets law enforcement personnel, among...

  • Move Over Santa—It’s the Guy on the Big Flying Dreidel

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    If ever there was a case against "judging a book by its cover," consider Jerome Coopersmith's children's book "A Chanukah Fable For Christmas."

    On the surface, this 1969 novelty, its confusing title notwithstanding, appears toothless enough. After all, it's illustrated by the...

  • A Tough Transition

    By James D. Besser

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Presidential transitions are tough even in the best of circumstances. And with the outcome of this year's political brawl delayed by weeks of legal and political maneuvering, the 2001 transition will be tougher than most.

    That could play out in dangerous ways in the seething...

  • Cornerstone of Diversity

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    In the play "For Here or To Go?" set during the holiday bustle of Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and Ramadan, a Jewish businessmen teaches a lonely Chinese American girl how to light a chanukiyah. An interfaith romance blossoms between a Palestinian Muslim and an African American...

  • A Modest Proposal

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It's that happy, happy time of year when store windows call out "Happy Chanukah" in a blizzard of white, blue, silver, and gold right next to the "Merry Christmas" and "Season's Greetings" banners, when menorahs are strung across boulevards after every third Santa-in-his-sleigh. And...

  • Berlin Bound

    By Tom Tugend

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    More than 300,000 visitors have thronged the Jewish Museum in Berlin since it opened to the public in February 1999, and more are coming at a clip of 20,000 each month.

    The figure is astonishing, considering that the building is completely empty. The exhibits, tracing the...

  • Forgive, But Don’t Forget

    By David Evanier

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Alan Lachtman began Shabbat services at Temple Beth David in Temple City on Dec. 8 by having the children's choir sing "Light One Candle," a song by Peter, Paul and Mary. The song had symbolic meanings, both positive and destructive, for the congregation. Twenty years ago, on...

  • Violence Harms Israeli Economy

    By Avi Machlis

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    With images of violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip flashing across television screens around the world, it did not take long for Israel's tourism industry to start feeling the pinch.

    Hotel occupancy has plummeted, Ben-Gurion Airport is deserted and taxi drivers and tour...

  • Reno Skinheads Sentenced to Jail

    By Tom Tugend

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Joshua Kudlacek, at 19 the youngest of the defendants, received a five-year sentence.

    Five skinheads who attempted to firebomb a synagogue in Reno, Nev., one year ago have been sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.

    On Nov. 30, 1999, the five, ages 19 to 26, accompanied by two...

  • ‘Miracle’ in North Hollywood

    By Mike Levy

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Considering the many Jewish characters who people his plays, it's tempting to label Art Shulman a "Jewish playwright." But the author of "God, Bring Me a Miracle," and "The Rabbi and the Shiksa" maintains he never set out to write "Jewish plays." He never really set out to write...

  • 7 Days in Arts

    By Mike Levy

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    16 Saturday

    With half the theaters in Los Angeles staging productions of "The Nutcracker" or "A Christmas Carol," the University of Judaism provides a welcome change of pace with "Benjamin and Judah," a Chanukah musical for the family. Set in the present day, the story follows...

  • Remembrance Through Art

    By Tom Tugend

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Holocaust, impossible to grasp in its entirety, has been depicted, in part, through every conceivable format and medium. Two joint exhibitions, now at The Jewish Federation's Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, surprise with new and affecting insights into the measureless...

  • Letters

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm


    The most recognized Jewish statistic in America, 52 percent intermarriage, has naturally turned into a reality with its own life and now, as Steve Cohen documented, has entered the canon of accepted Jewish attitudes ("Changing Attitudes," Nov. 24).


  • Help Wanted

    By Tom Tugend

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    American Jews are letting down Israel in the short run by staying away during the current unrest, says a top Progressive rabbi, and in the long run by not fighting harder for religious pluralism in the Jewish state.

    "Many of you are showing your solidarity, but many others are...

  • The Internet: Superhighway or Dating Tool?

    By Teresa Strasser

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It used to be that you had to take a guy's word for it. Now, all you need is a good search engine.

    Among the Internet's many uses, following your stocks, ordering books, doing research, you can also find out if that guy you met at a party last night really does direct the show...

  • In God They Trusted

    By Senator Joseph I. Lieberman

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Unlike many who have tried to rule the Jewish people over the course of human history, the ancient Greeks did not set out with evil in their hearts when they overtook Judea more than 2,300 years ago. To the contrary, they were seen as benevolent and enlightened by the standards of...

  • Israel 101

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The October Violence is the short-hand designation for the deadly sniping, shooting and police action between Palestinians and Israelis, including the unprecedented call-to-arms of Israeli Arabs. If American Jews accept "October Violence" as the title (Palestinians call it "the...

  • ‘They’ve Got Their Heads In The Sand

    By Eric Roth

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    "You can't afford to sign up to a peace agreement that is all one-sided, meaning Israel takes all the risks," observed retired U.S. Admiral Leon A. Edney to small groups of Jewish leaders in Beverly Hills last week. "We need to find a way to live in peace with the Arab world, but...

  • Jew-mo!

    By Ari B. Morguelan

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Woody Allen once said the shortest book ever written was the one on Jewish athletes. Well, here is the shortest chapter in that book: Since May 1987, Argentinean native Imach Marcello Solomon (a k a Hoshitango) has been wrestling his way up in the competitive sumo leagues in Japan....

  • A Genocide Ignored

    By Paula Amann

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A shattered shop window with a yellow star, a mountain of shoes, an arch with the grim irony "Arbeit Macht Frei" inscribed upon it: These images alone can summon up the historic nightmare of the Nazi Holocaust.

    Today, a blood-spattered page of math drills, a desert camp for the...

  • Reading for Chanukah

    By Rita Berman Frischer

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    From demons to pious flying rabbis, from magic frying pans to runaway latkes, from hayfork menorahs (in Chelm, where else?) to a multilingual meditation on peace, you can find something for everybody in books available this holiday season. Enjoy.

    Good Stories

    "For Hope:...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Mike Levy

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    9 Saturday

    Guitarist, composer and bandleader Bill Frisell finishes off the Gershwin and Beyond concert series tonight performing with his new quartet. Accompanied by Greg Leisz on dobro and pedal steel guitar, Kenny Wollesen on drums and David Piltch on bass, critically...

  • Searching Jewish L.A.

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Journal web site at www.jewishjournal.com now features a search engine that allows users to find articles that have appeared in past issues of the newspaper. The engine, pictured at right, can search by author, keyword, date or title.

    To access the engine, click on...

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