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  • Starting Over

    By Edward Serotta

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    On March 22, Aca Singer, 70, thin and silver-haired, picked up the telephone in his Belgrade office and dialed a number in Budapest, where he was connected with Gusztav Zoltai, a man 10 years his junior.

    Speaking in Hungarian, Singer told Zoltai that the plan they had laid out the...

  • Israel On Broadway

    By David Margolis

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Here are a few choice opinions about Reform Judaism in America:

    Generally speaking, American Reform Jews are lazy about religion and unwilling to disrupt their comfortable lives for the sake of keeping Judaism alive. Their rabbis, who learned from their teachers to legitimize...

  • Payback Time

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Hillary Rodham Clinton, on a swing through upstate New York last week while trying out a bid for the U.S. Senate, asked a crowd of women if they had trouble feeling good about the level of child care their children received. Jewish women could not in truth raise their hands at her...
  • Norman Lear on Comedy, TV and His Mother

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Norman Lear, who changed the face of American TV with landmark shows such as "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons," just wanted to talk about his mother.

    The legendary writer-director-producer was speaking at a program that was part of the Skirball Cultural Center's "Spotlight"...

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  • Soy Vey! A Shavuot Without Milk

    By Rob Eshman

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The Jewish holiday of Shavuot, on May 21, is about the last time of year you would want to talk to Beth Ginsberg or her boss, Michael Milken. Ginsberg is Milken's chef, and together they co-authored the best-selling "The Taste of Living Cookbook: Mike Milken's Favorite Recipes for...

  • Lessons From the Front

    By Eric Silver

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak fought side-by-side a quarter of a century ago in some of the most intrepid exploits of Israel's crack anti-terrorist unit, the Sayeret Matkal. They freed a hijacked Sabena airliner on a runway. They wrought havoc, on separate commando raids, in...

  • Triple-Dating

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The good news is that Roseanne may have finally found three nice Jewish boys as suitors for her three daughters. The bad news is that the boys live in England and the girls in Los Angeles.

    American television viewers can watch the long-distance romance unfold on "The Roseanne Show,"...

  • ‘Enigma’ Brilliance

    By Tom Tugend

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Novelist Abel Znorko, a Nobel laureate, has lived in solitude for 12 years on a remote Norwegian island, so close to the Arctic Circle that there are only two seasons -- six months of day and six months of night.

    His self-exile is broken only occasionally by a ferry that unloads his...

  • Time With Zeffirelli

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "There is something special about Jews," the famed Italian director Franco Zeffirelli says, not disingenuously. "They have an instinctive compassion for their neighbor."

    The 76-year-old auteur illustrates the sentiment in his latest and most personal film, "Tea With Mussolini," which...

  • The Changing Face of Fairfax High

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Sitting shiva for public high schools has recently become a national pastime. In the wake of Littleton, schools are alternately pitied and blamed as the breeding ground for a generation of violent and disenfranchised youth.

    Now comes Fairfax High School's 75th anniversary to remind us...

  • Unprecedented Election Choices

    By David Landau

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Israel appears poised to embark on a two-week period unprecedented in its political history.

    As befits a political culture drawing at least part of its mode of discourse from the Talmud, hypotheses regarding what will happen during those two weeks run the gamut of speculation.

    When...

  • If all rules were suspended, what would your child do?

    By Jane Ulman

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "Oreos for breakfast," Danny, my 8-year-old cookie monster, advocates.

    "No set bed time," says Gabe, 12, the nocturnal son.

    "Mountain bike-riding in place of school," adds Jeremy, 10, the future triathlete.

    These are my sons' answers to the question I pose: If all rules were...

  • To Give and Now Receive

    By Ruth Stroud

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    He was a boy from the Bronx, born below the Third Avenue El. She was a girl from Brooklyn, born near the famed "Tree Grown in Brooklyn." Both had immigrant, working-class parents who initially opposed their marriage.

    Almost 55 years, three children, 10 grandchildren and, in June, one...

  • The Return of Poogy

    May 13, 1999 | 7:59 pm

    The fabled Poogy, Israel's most celebrated rock band, is reuniting in the United States next month for a three-city tour, billed as their "final reunion." It's worth watching the reviews to see how they're received. The results will offer data on the state of Jewish identity and...
  • Doctors, Lawyers and Other Jewish Women

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When she was 16, KCRW General Manager Ruth Seymour was captivated by her studies with the Yiddish scholar Max Weinreich. "Yiddish is magic," he told her. "It will outwit history."

    Seymour took his words to heart. Of late, she has been doing her part to help the mamaloshen survive. In...

  • Hitler Viewed in an ‘Empty Mirror’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When the Dalai Lama visited Israel several years ago, the story goes, someone asked him whether Hitler had possessed "Buddha nature." The Tibetan holy man nodded. Every person possesses Buddha nature; it's our attachments and delusions that result in our suffering and in behaviors...
  • A Soaring Exchange Rate

    By Beverly Gray

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There were cheers and happy tears at Los Angeles International Airport when the first contingent of Milken Community High School students returned from a three-month stay in Tel Aviv. The 13 students, all 10th-graders, attended classes at Milken's sister school, Tichon Hadash, while...
  • A Bronx Tale

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "Before I was born, my mother had decided to name me either Laurel or Lydia, names that appealed to her artistic temperament. But then somehow, while under the scrim of anesthesia, she was convinced by my father's sisters to make me a lackluster Ruth, in honor of their recently...
  • Personal Power

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Let's face it. We love the feeling of power. We love it at work, we love it at shul, we even love it at home. The capacity to exert power over the people and things around us not only enhances our general feelings of personal security, but also satisfies our primal, subconscious urge...

  • Unity 101

    By Beverly Gray

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Building Jewish unity in one afternoon is a tall order. And the organizers of Teen Clal's "One People" conference knew better than to expect miracles. Still, it was little short of miraculous that, on a recent Sunday, 75 teens from a wide range of Jewish denominations were able to...
  • Will Friday Nights Ever Be the Same?

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Call it the "Phantom Menace" of singles events.

    Since its debut one year ago, Sinai Temple's "Friday Night Live" programming has evolved into a 2,000-pound gorilla not to be trifled with. Local Jewish organizations have tried to duplicate it. National media has swarmed it. And other...

  • Illusion and Reality

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    I have never liked deceiving myself, either about personal or political matters. This has not meant that I have been without illusions. It is just that when illusion finally meets reality -- facts on the ground as it were -- I prefer to surrender the former.

    I will spare you the...

  • Big Mac Lessons

    By Avi Davis

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Last week, I was walking down Pico Boulevard with my 4-year-old son when we passed a McDonalds restaurant. Enticed by the aroma of frying food and seeing a bag of french fries boldly displayed on a banner outside, my son led me toward the entrance.

    When I explained that McDonalds is...

  • Fly in the Vote

    By Tom Tugend

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Phone Chai L'Yisrael in Brooklyn and the recorded greeting tells the caller, "Your vote will help keep Israel safe and secure."

    The Web site for KesherUSA urges the visitor's electoral participation to assure an Israel "committed to democracy."

    The code words need no translation for...

  • Mother’s Day Peace at Last

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Let the record show that this Mother's Day, May 9, 1999, ushered in a new era of peace between two eternally warring parties: Jewish mothers and daughters.

    While perhaps not as violent as the wars in the Balkans or the Mideast, the domestic wars between Jewish mothers and daughters...

  • Community Briefs

    By Julie G Fax

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • Discovering Morocco

    By  Orit Arfa

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    If you think that with the tense climate in the Middle East no Muslim country would warmly welcome, let alone happily invite, Jewish visitors, then you haven't been to Morocco. Ever since Jews first arrived on Moroccan soil approximately 2,000 years ago, they have, for the most part,...

  • Norway to Pay Shoah Victims

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Norway has begun accepting applications for the approximately $60 million fund it created in March for Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Applicants will be eligible for as much as $25,500. Further information is available from: The Ministry of Justice, Civil Department, P.O. Box 8005...

  • California Pressures Insurers to Settle Holocaust-era Claims

    By Tom Tugend

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    California's top officials, legislators and private organizations are throwing their collective weight behind a series of measures aimed at pressuring European insurance companies into settling claims from the Holocaust era.

    The charge is being led by Gov. Gray Davis and state...

  • Rabbi Steven B. Jacobs lobbies for the release of three captive Americans

    By Tom Tugend

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Steven B. Jacobs was received at the White House on Monday, together with other members of the Rev. Jesse Jackson's mission to Belgrade that successfully lobbied President Slobodan Milosevic of Yugoslavia for the release of three captive American soldiers, he passed on a...
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