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  • The Great Divide

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Who are your readers, a friend asked me recently. He is not Jewish, which perhaps explains the question.I gave a pat answer: Young and old; men and women; observant and secular; liberal and conservative; survivors and their offspring; families that often trace their history through...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Mike Levy

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    26Saturday

    The Colony Theatre Company is reviving its musical theater version of "Dandelion Wine," the semiautobiographical tale of growing up in the Midwest by Ray Bradbury. Opening today at Burbank Center Stage with Bradbury's newly reworked script, the story of a 15-year-old boy's...

  • Kosher Catering

    By Tom Tugend

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The enthusiasm that greeted the nomination of Sen. Joseph Lieberman as the Demo-cratic vice-presidential candidate was fully shared by Errol Fine.

    Fine is the owner of Pat's Restaurant in West Los Angeles, one of the city's premier kosher establishments, which catered a number of...

  • Letters to the Editor

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Joseph Lieberman
    I am a 19-year-old Orthodox Jewish male, and I have come to a crossroads. People ask me what profession I want to pursue, as well as my aspirations in life. My response, said with the utmost sincerity and seriousness, has always been, "I want to be the president of...

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  • www.GetOffYourTuchus.com

    By Mike Levy

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Attention mouse potatoes: There is more to physical activity online than the baseball scores at www.ESPN.comIn fact, there are a host of sites devoted to fitness, providing health advice, exercise tipsand even some interactive options that help you plan and optimize your workouts. As...

  • Learning From Tragedy

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In the winter of 1987, my younger brother, Michael, was missing for five days. He'd been jogging near Pierce College, ran across a street and was hit by an oncoming car. Because he had no identification on him and because of some idiot at Northridge Hospital, our family did not...

  • Big-City Girl, Small-Town Crimes

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Author Delia Ephron was visiting her big sister, Nora, in "the country" (actually East Hampton) one summer morning when she glanced at the crime report in the local newspaper.

    Oh, how quaint, she thought. Five Dr. Peppers had been taken from the refrigerator at Corecelli's turkey...

  • ‘Strange Fruit’ and Stalinism

    By David Evanier

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
    Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
    Black body swinging in the Southern breeze,
    Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

    David Margolick, writer of books and articles on legal issues for The New York Times and Vanity Fair, has hit a raw...

  • Charity Begins at Home

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Morris Leven-ger was a wealthy, pious Jew who lived in Atlan-ta, Georgia, and attended synagogue daily before going to work. One day the rabbi asked for his help with scholarships for youngsters whose families could not afford tuition for Jewish day schools.

    "Rabbi," he said, "I will...

  • Enthralled by Talk

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Award-winning mystery writer Rochelle Krich, the "Orthodox Agatha Christie," has a confession: "I became a talk show junkie during the O.J. Simpson trial," sheepishly admits Krich, 52, the author of nine whodunits in as many years. "When the trial was over, I still needed my fix."

    So...

  • We Jews are eJews

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    If you can read this, you can Web surf. That's the conclusion of a recent survey conducted by Mediamark Research, Inc., for the Joseph Jacobs Organization's Jewish Publications Network. The survey found that people who read Jewish newspapers (that's you, now) are more likely than not...

  • My German Question

    By David N. Myers

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Until last year, I held firm to that tribalist impulse familiar to many American Jews and refused to visit Germany (or fly Lufthansa or buy German products, etc.). Although no members of my immediate family had fallen victim to the Nazi terror, the resistance to things German was...

  • Israeli-Style Fitness

    By  Orit Arfa

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Maybe it's no Sports Club/LA in its luxury and beauty, but the Elite Sports Center at Tel Aviv University is one of the best sports clubs in Israel, with facilities and services that may make even the premier sports club in L.A. a little envious.

    The Elite Sports Center runs all of...

  • A Tale of Two Liebermans.

    By Stuart Schoffman

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "Is America a great country or what? (APPLAUSE)

    Yes it is. God bless America, land that we love."

    - Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, Los Angeles, Aug. 16, 2000

    Like most American Jews, I'm a Democrat by tradition and temperament. Still, I understand why some Jews might not vote for Joe...

  • Avalon in August

    By Adam Wills

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Catalina is only 22 miles across the sea from Los Angeles, but to many visitors it feels like a distant land. For one particular community of Sephardic Jews, it's that very feeling that has kept them coming back over the past 75 years.

    To Rhodeslis, Ladino-speaking Jews from the Greek...

  • What a Week

    By Tom Tugend

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The official agenda of the Democratic Party may be to nominate Al Gore and Joseph Lieberman, but the real business all week seemed to be to party from morn til morn, raise zillions of dollars and tell the Jews what wonderful folks they are.

    President Clinton, addressing nearly 4,000...

  • Dissenting Opinions

    By Eric Roth

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Congressional leaders, activists and religious leaders invoked biblical notions of justice to spotlight the need to bring about campaign reform, reduce poverty and end the "failed war on drugs." Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wisc.) warned the packed Shadow Convention 2000 audience in...

  • Waging Peace

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In a small grove of trees on the campus of Pierce College in Woodland Hills this past Sunday, a group of government officials and concerned citizens gathered to honor the victims of hate crimes. About 300 people representing a cross-section of the diverse Los Angeles community...

  • Educational Experience

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    By the time Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) ends his campaign for vice president, the American public will be well educated in the practice of Judaism.

    It's been only a week and a half since Vice President Gore selected his Orthodox Jewish running mate, but newspapers, wire services,...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Mike Levy

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    19Saturday

    Take a trip "From Tin Pan Alley to Beverly Hills" in an evening of music and reminiscences from some great songwriters. Corky Hale, whose musical career has included playing the harp for Liberace and the piano for Billie Holliday, hosts the Beverly Hills Summer Arts...

  • Summer of Shame

    By Julie G Fax

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    A lot of people have a lot of questions about the scandal involving the Orthodox Union and Rabbi Baruch Lanner.

    Who knew what when, what did they do with the information, and how did the whole thing go on for so long? How is it possible that it took three decades and the public...

  • Thoughts on the Lieberman Selection.

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    As a centrist observant Jew working in the secular professions, I am particularly struck by Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore's selection of Senator Joseph I. Lieberman as his vice-presidential running mate for the November 2000 elections.

    The life of the Orthodox Jew at this...

  • Preparing for a Presidential Visit

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There was a lot of behind-the-scenes activity last Sunday on Sony Pictures Studios' Main Street set, but this was no movie production. In the days leading up to a Democratic National Convention (DNC) kick-off reception, representatives of several major Jewish organizations were...

  • The Future Is Now

    By Wendy Elliman

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Standing alone next to a yellow sign with black letters warning, "Buchanan is the Fourth Reich," Bob Kunst, president of the Shalom International, became a magnet for heated emotions on the sidewalk outside Long Beach's Convention Center last Friday afternoon.

    "Buchanan represents...

  • Thank Goodness for the Basics

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Dr. Norman Lamm, the president of New York's Yeshiva University, once told me of a professor he knows in Israel who does not consider himself an observant Jew but who insists that his children maintain one halachic practice at home: "Birkat HaMazon" (the grace after meals). Lamm...

  • Country Roads, Take Me Home

    By Teresa Strasser

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Something quite unexpected has happened to my musical taste. I've gone country.

    Not cheesy Garth Brooks country, but deep-down throaty, hard-livin' Lucinda Williams country. Just the name of her recent album, "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" makes me feel like I'm part of a twangy...

  • Going Underground

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The whole time Stacie Chaiken was growing up, nobody discussed her great-grandfather, Louie."My Grandpa Irving refused to speak about his father. Ever," says Chaiken, whose monologue, "Looking for Louie," is premiering at Pacific Resident Theatre.

    Louie was just one secret in a...

  • Jesus Day Flap

    By Eric Fingerhut

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The dust-up over Jesus Day is turning into a firestorm. Thanks to the Internet, Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush cannot shake continuing criticism for the role that his religious faith might play in his presidency.

    Bush, the governor of Texas, signed a proclamation...

  • Letters to the Editor

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Coverage of Republican Jews Needed
    As a Jewish Republican, I am constantly fighting my growing belief that The Jewish Journal is biased in its coverage of everything political. While I hold out hope that professional journalistic ethics would prevent this, your cover story...

  • Tiles on the Isle

    By Adam Wills

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In 1927, William Wrigley Jr. prompted the Santa Catalina Island Company to invest in the creation of the Catalina Tile Factory after discovering clay deposits on the island. While the operation lasted only 10 years, it turned out tiles and decorative ware that were cherished by...

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