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  • Conversations at the Keyboard

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 21, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Not long before Leonard Bernstein died, in 1988, the ebullient conductor and composer approached pianist Jeffrey Siegel backstage at Lincoln Center. His business was urgent. He wanted to discuss Siegel's "keyboard conversations," concerts with commentary pioneered by Siegel and based...
  • Nation/World Briefs

    By Eric Silver

    October 21, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have again introduced the Workplace Religious Freedom Act, hoping a new set of supporters will help push it into law.

    The bill, introduced Tuesday, is aimed at preventing workplace religious discrimination by forcing employers to...

  • Krispy Kreme

    By Curt Schleier

    October 21, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The clown blowing balloons in the parking lot is working at breakneck speed, trying her best to keep the crowd entertained. The wait in line is at least an hour. And cars have snaked around the building and up Van Nuys Boulevard, sitting in the hot sun for as many as three hours.

    All...

  • Ehud Barak’s First 100 Days

    By Eric Silver

    October 21, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Ehud Barak has never been celebrated for his modesty. Presenting his government to the Knesset on July 6, the new prime minister declared: "I believe that this day will be chronicled as a milestone and a turning point --a time of reconciliation, unity and peace."

    He promised to be the...

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  • A Heartfelt Roast for the Friars Club

    By Curt Schleier

    October 21, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When Dean Ward was growing up in Brookline, Mass., his father, a beat cop, got him a job at a synagogue. For four or five years, as young Ward recalls, he'd mow the lawn and work in the coat room after school and over the summer.

    It was there "that I got my appreciation for older...

  • End Papers

    October 21, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The family gathers at the bedside. Sons, daughters and grandchildren ask each other, "What should we do for zedeh?" "Since his stroke he doesn't talk any more," laments a daughter. A brother adds, "I don't think he recognizes any of us." "It seems to me that he is suffering. I don't...
  • A Battle With No Winners

    October 21, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The High Holy Day period that just ended is, for most Jews, a time of solitary reflection, aptly called the Days of Awe for its mood of confrontation with the Eternal. For some of us, though, it's also a season for family togetherness, a cozy time to snuggle up with the ones you love...
  • Back to Basics

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 21, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    From the standpoint of Jewish community politics, the current crisis over the school board's efforts to impose real estate attorney Howard Miller's authority over that of Superintendent Ruben Zacarias may have only one positive, unintended consequence: reconfirming the Jewish...
  • Haggadah

    October 21, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A 1998 article about Chicago collector Stephen Durschslag's haggadah collection set the number of different haggadot on his shelves at 4,500, increasing almost daily.

    It's probably impossible to know how many haggadot exist, but it's obvious that for every Jew, there should be a...

  • Around Town

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 21, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat came to town this week, seeking Washington's blessing for Palestinian statehood in return for postponing a unilateral declaration on May 4, when the interim Oslo period expires.

    Despite the fears of some Jewish leaders, he didn't get it; instead, he...

  • Mideast Briefs

    By Eric Silver

    October 21, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish relief agencies and the government of Israel are mobilizing to send rescue missions and humanitarian aid to Turkey, in the wake of a devastating earthquake that, at press time, may have claimed more than 4,000 lives.

    The Israel Defense Force sent a 200-member rescue team to...

  • The Da Vinci of La Cienega

    By Julie G Fax

    October 21, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "Have you ever seen a melodeon?"

    Rabbi Jacob Pressman starts to get up from his recliner, but Marjorie, his wife of 57 years, beats him to it, getting the long black case from behind a guitar and accordion leaning against a well-stocked bookshelf.

    "It's a mixture of a piano and a...

  • Life and Loves of Lee Krasner

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 21, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In the summer of 1956, painter Lee Krasner hastily packed her bags and left her husband, the famed abstract expressionist, Jackson Pollock.

    For months, the tension in their marriage had escalated; their violent arguments often ended as Pollock stormed off to a tavern or the arms of...

  • Disney’s Dangerous Course

    By Brad Pomerance

    October 21, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Just last month, Walt Disney World appeared to be right in the path of a bona fide hurricane. Hurricane Floyd was headed for Florida's eastern coast, and Walt Disney World was forced to close its doors for the first time in its 28-year history. But Mickey's luck held out. Floyd...
  • A Giving History

    By Ed Sanders

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The $5 million gift that forms the cornerstone of the Los Angeles Jewish Federation's refurbished headquarters is the most recent in a four decade history of philanthropy from the Goldsmith family.

    Bram Goldsmith is a prominent member of the L.A. business community in both real...

  • Cover Story

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In truth, though, many other Orthodox Jews -- including most ofAgudath Israel's constituency -- do not consider Yom HaShoah to bethe appropriate time for focusing on the destruction of JewishEurope. Although that stance is similarly seen by others asschismatic, a good-faith effort to...

  • Partisan Bickering

    By Michael Shapiro

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Israel's backers in Washington have long sought to ensure that foreign aid to the Jewish state remains above the partisan fray. This year, however, that has not happened.

    With Congress and the White House battling over the budget, Israel's nearly $3 billion in annual aid as well as...

  • In the Name of Her Father

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Nina Rosenblum will always remember the summer days she roamed East Harlem with her father, the celebrated, socially concerned photographer Walter Rosenblum. While holding his hand and eating a coconut ice purchased from a street vendor, the Jewish...
  • Call the Headhunter

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Early last winter, a reporter asked Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., about her rumored plans to run for Senate. "I'm really not sure," Lowey said. "I don't know if that's how I want to live my life."

    "That makes sense," the reporter replied, recalling dark tales of the Senate fund-raising...

  • Pray for the Union Label

    By Eric H

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Asserting the moral high ground and evoking biblical imagery, Jewish labor activists announced at the AFL-CIO's national convention here in Los Angeles last weekend a new interfaith campaign to protect worker's rights.

    The National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, formed with...

  • Adrift in a World in Which God is Hidden

    By Rick Richman

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    It is remarkable how many great Jewish American writers first came to the public's attention through a volume of short stories.

    Philip Roth's first book was "Goodbye, Columbus." Allegra Goodman's was "Total Immersion." Earlier this year, Nathan Englander published "For the Relief for...

  • A Hi-Tech Jewish High

    By Tom Tugend

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The Milken Community High School celebrated the completion of its campus construction Sunday, putting the final touches on the nation's largest non-Orthodox Jewish high school -- and its most high-tech -- bar none.

    Families of the school's 700 students marveled at the classrooms, each...

  • The Pope and the Jews

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    According to Rabbi Harold Schulweis, the present pope, John Paul II, has reached out to the Jews of the world in ways that far exceed any acts of his predecessors. He has begun a re-examination of the church's treatment of Jews, long overdue, but hitherto unacknowledged. Moreover, he...
  • Party of Six

    By Tom Tugend

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Perhaps no professional marriage counselor has a surer grip than Neil Simon on the unending nuances and permutations of the marital state.

    Both from personal experience -- he recently introduced what I believe is his fourth wife at the Skirball Cultural Center -- and through some 30...

  • A Day in Shul with the Dalai Lama

    By Julie G Fax

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet sits before the towering ark in Sinai Temple's main sanctuary. With humor, grace and wisdom, he has just addressed 2,000 admirers this Monday morning. Now, it is time for questions.

    "What is Buddhism?" the interpreter reads from a card...

  • Speaking One Language

    By Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    What kind of Jew are you? Reform? Conservative? Orthodox? Secular? Cultural? Reconstructionist? With whom do you identify? With whom do you disagree? What kind of Jew is so different that you would have nothing to share?

    Somehow, we can't resist the urge to put labels on ourselves, to...

  • Uncle Vanya’ Hits Sour Note; ‘Amadeus’ in Perfect Harmony

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    No one ever said Anton Chekhov was an easy fit for American actors. In Chekhov, there may be scoundrels, but no villains; interesting, appealing women, but no heroine; a central figure perhaps, but flawed. Under the surface, it is the human condition that he unfolds for us.

    In the...

  • The Jewish Lens

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Big changes happen in the wink of an eye. Last week I spoke to a large crowd of parents at a "Jewish Day School Expo" at Milken Community High School. Most of the parents didn't know what schools were available or where they were located. But they were eager indeed. When I asked for...
  • Point

    By Sanford M. Walkes

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    I make reference to Daniel Kurtzman's piece regarding Pat Buchanan ("Should He Stay or Should He Go?" Oct. 1). I must admit that my background is Ashkenazic, Jewish, New York City, 1930s, '40s, '50s. It was part of being Jewish at that time to be left of center politically. Our...

  • The Big Campaign

    By Tom Tugend

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "Now, after the synagogue arson in Sacramento and the shooting at the North Valley Jewish Community Center, we need a strong, visible presence. Let us show the flag, let us show Los Angeles that we are a vibrant, unafraid people."

    The "flag" in Edward Sanders' metaphor, is the Jewish...

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