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  • Dani Makes her ‘Move’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "One man telling me I'm attractive for the rest of my life -- that's never gonna be enough," betrothed comic Dani Klein laments in her autobiographical monologue, "The Move," at Stages Theatre Center. "I was an ugly teenager. I need male attention in bulk."

    That's why Klein, like her...

  • A Portion of Parasha Breshit

    By Abby Gilad

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Here we go again! We start the New Year by reading the Torah all over again from the beginning. Why do we do this, year after year? Why do we read the same things over and over again? Maybe we can find the answer in the word that means "year" in Hebrew: shana.

    There are two words in...

  • Back to the Barracks

    By Tom Tugend

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    U.S. Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. Alan M. Kalinsky was to report for a stint of active duty on Oct. 11, at the Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo.

    Matthew Levy, a 30-year old attorney and Marine Corps reservist, has volunteered for infantry or artillery duty, if needed.

    At the...

  • Despair vs. Joy

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Last week in New York, I attended one bar mitzvah, one 80th birthday party and, it seems, several hundred funerals.

    That's what it means these days, to be a Jew in post-Sept. 11 America. We must live in two worlds at once, the personal and the communal: shepping nachas over the...

  • How Can We Celebrate Now?

    By Wendy Belzberg

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It is hard to look. My insides ache for the boy whose father never came home, for the office workers who watched men and women plunge to their deaths and for the little girl -- now homeless -- whose doll collection is buried under mountains of dust. It is so hard to look at this new...

  • Bush Backed—Finally

    By Michael J. Jordan

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    With the launch of the U.S.-led war on terrorism, American Jewish leaders are rallying behind Washington.

    At the same time, anxiety that Israel's interests may be shunted aside seems to be dissipating.

    In the weeks since Sept. 11, the administration appears to have acted upon the...

  • Who Wrote the Bible?

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    So many people seem to be concerned with the question, "Who wrote the Bible?"

    It reminds me of a story that a professor from the University of Judaism once told me. He was discussing a movie that he had recently seen, and he asked his students what they thought of this particular...

  • Homeland Defense

    By Rob Eshman

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    President George W. Bush warned us this was going to be a long, drawn out war, fought on many fronts. One of the most active fronts, it turns out, is our imaginations.

    At night, I lie awake worrying whether there's any gas masks left on eBay, or which one of my doctor friends could...

  • Muted Response

    By Eric Silver

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israel is on high alert to meet any reprisal attacks by Palestinian or Lebanese supporters of Osama bin Laden. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office announced immediately after Britain and the United States launched their air offensive on Afghanistan: "Israel has taken all the...

  • Terror Under Cloak of Charity

    By Mike Levy

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Have you ever given money to terrorists? Are you sure?

    The Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), an Iranian group based in Iraq and dedicated to overthrowing Iran's rulers, is on the State Department's list of terrorist organizations. But the seven defendants arrested in Los Angeles last February...

  • Do It for Your Country

    By J. D. Smith

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It's over. Being single is officially over. When The New York Times Sunday Style section, the definitive arbiter of all that is cool and urbane, runs a cover story saying it's over (above the fold!), you know it's over. When the venerable Gray Lady concedes that the "glamour of...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Solange Borna

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, Oct. 13

    Its off to Poland with the Second Annual Polish Cultural Arts Festival today. Enjoy a wide array of Polish culture from art, music, literature, food, dance and films. Today, a champagne reception kicks off a Polish feature film "The Spring to Come" and tomorrow,...

  • Briefs

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Bin Laden's Rhetoric

    Nowhere on the planet was Osama bin Laden as popular this week as in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

    It took Palestinians a whole night, after the first news spread of the attack on Kabul, before they took to the streets in protest.

    Like the rest of the world,...

  • A Siberian-Jewish Tragedy

    By Larry Derfner

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The crash of the Air Siberia jet over the Black Sea last week was an Israeli tragedy, but more specifically and acutely, it was a tragedy for Siberian Jewry. Fifty of the 76 people killed were Siberian Jewish immigrants to Israel, mainly from the metropolis of Novosibirsk.

    "I would...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Visions' Big Gamble Pays Off

    Herbie the Love Bug went to Monte Carlo, but he should have attended Israel Cancer Research Fund's (ICRF) Monte Carlo Night instead.

    Held at the Park Plaza Hotel near downtown Los Angeles, Monte Carlo Night, organized by ICRF's young leadership...

  • Kosher Bunny

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Playboy Magazine's new Miss November, Playmate Lindsey Vuolo, doesn't hide much in the centerfold, including her Jewish roots and her attachment to Israel.

    The daughter of an Italian father who converted to Judaism to marry her Russian Jewish mother, Vuolo tells the magazine, "I traveled to Israel as part of an exchange program and it was an amazing trip."

    A college communications major who only modeled for a local swimsuit calendar, the Philadelphia-born bunny added: "Being in Jerusalem was so emotional for me -- I broke down and cried."

  • Hamas, Hezbollah on Latest U.S. Terror List

    By Sharon Samber

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The U.S. State Department's biannual list of foreign terrorist organizations once again includes Hamas, Hezbollah and other groups that perpetrate terrorist attacks against Israel.

    But the significance of the list, issued last Friday, is unclear in light of the new U.S. war against...

  • A New Reality for Jews

    By Joel Kotkin

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The launching of a retaliatory war for the twin destruction of the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon marks a watershed event for all Americans, but for none more than the Jewish community. It could mark the end of an era of liberal innocence for America's Jews and redirect...

  • Drawing Away Nazi Horror

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Artist Mauricio Lasansky was infuriated after viewing Alain Resnais' graphic 1955 Holocaust documentary, "Night and Fog."

    "I felt full of hatred [for the Nazis]," says Lasansky, founder of the University of Iowa's esteemed printmaking program. The Argentinean-born artist felt...

  • Calendar & Singles

    By Solange Borna

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm



    Valley Beth Shalom: 9:30 a.m. Shabbat services. 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. For more information, call (818) 788-6000.

    Family Connections Adoption: 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Free information session. Community Presbyterian Church, 1555 Poli St., Ventura. For more...

  • The Failed Intellectuals

    By Dennis Gura

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Dream Palace of the Arabs:A Generation's Odyssey" by Fouad Ajami (Vintage Books, $14).

    In 1928, the French intellectual Julien Benda wrote his prescient work "The Treason of the Intellectuals," accusing European intellectuals of abandoning their dispassionate faith in the life...

  • Festival Explores Identity

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Actor-writer Doug Kaback never belonged to a synagogue while growing up in a non-Jewish area of Palos Verdes. He didn't receive any religious education or become a bar mitzvah.

    The void set him "on a course of wandering," says Kaback, 39, who dabbled in Eastern religions, married a...

  • Rabbi-Bad Boy Complex

    By Lori Gottlieb

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Generally, when I think of rabbis, I think of wrinkled septuagenarians in majestic-looking robes.

    Sure, I've seen the Ben Stiller movie, "Leap of Faith," where the actor plays a hoops-shooting, hipper-than-thou New York City rabbi who raps his way through services. But to me, the...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    WTC Developer Praises 'Family'

    The real estate developer who held the lease on the World Trade Center praised the Jewish communal "family" for coming together in the days following the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

    Speaking at a federation campaign luncheon, Larry Silverstein, a major...

  • Supreme Court to Rule On Vouchers

    By Sharon Samber

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The U.S. Supreme Court's long-awaited decision on the constitutionality of school vouchers is expected this term, with the high court apparently ready to tackle one of the most significant church-state rulings in years.

    The U.S. Supreme Court, which opened its new term this week,...

  • Embezzling Charges Dropped

    By Tom Tugend

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Charges of embezzling more than $1 million against a former bookkeeper at the Los Angeles campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion have been dismissed by the judge in the case.

    Jean M. Thorbourn, 63, was arrested a year ago and accused of forging checks to...

  • Young Standouts

    By  Orit Arfa

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    These days Benhaz Eshrat Zaghi doesn't like talking about the hardships she faced as a Jew growing up in Iran. After the terrorist attacks on America, she says, it's not the time to draw attention to the struggles between Jews and Islamic governments. Yet, it is precisely the...

  • Goldwyn’s Roar

    By Tom Tugend

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Shmuel Gelbfisz was born in a Polish shtetl, the son of an unsuccessful second-hand furniture dealer. He studied in a cheder and at age 12, the penniless boy walked across Europe, took steerage to America, and "Anglicized" his name to Sam Goldfish. In 1918, he had graduated from...

  • Your Letters

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Terror in America

    I want to thank The Jewish Journal and columnist Marlene Adler Marks for the thoughtful perspective on the recent terrorist attacks. ("Echoes of History," Sept. 28).

    I found Marks' insightful review of the history of piracy on the high seas to be enormously...

  • Target One, Target All

    By James D. Besser

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Is President George W. Bush serious about waging a global fight against terrorists and the nations that support them? Or is he just targeting the sprawling network of Osama bin Laden, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks in Washington and New York?

    So far, most evidence...

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