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  • Turning a New Page

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When is a city's Jewish book festival not actually located in that city? When it's based in Los Angeles. For the first time in five years, Los Angeles' Jewish Book Festival will not take place in L.A. proper, even as Jewish book fairs in smaller communities nationwide attract...

  • Eat, Read and Meet Gary

    By Journal Staff

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The following events are part of The Jewish Federation of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys' Jewish Book Festival.

    Thursday, Nov. 7, 11:30 a.m.: A luncheon with cookbook author Sheilah Kaufman ("Simply Irresistible"). The event will take place at a private home in Claremont. $36;...

  • JDL’s Questionable Future

    By Mike Levy

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Kelly Rubin will turn 13 on Nov. 20. His bar mitzvah, already postponed to December, is now on hold as his father, Irv Rubin, lies in critical condition at L.A. County-USC Medical Center.

    Prison and hospital officials say that Rubin, the leader of the Jewish Defense League (JDL),...

  • Mom, Can We Keep Him?

    By Rachel Brand

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    If your kids are out of the house and you're experiencing empty-nest syndrome, how about considering adoption? Don't worry though, this adoptee will be pretty low-maintenance -- all he needs is a caring family, food, water and, of course, plenty of fly-repellent gel.

    The adoptees are...

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  • The Bigger Picture

    By Michael Berenbaum

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "The Holocaust: A History" Debórah Dwork and Robert Jan van Pelt (New York: W.W. Norton and Company, $27.95).

    There is great modesty -- appropriate to the subject and to the stage of our knowledge -- in the title of this work: "The Holocaust: A History." Deborah Dwork and Robert Jan...

  • Behind the Music: The Wedding Singer

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In the 1998 hit comedy "The Wedding Singer," the eponymous character was a nice Jewish boy named Robbie. At the Sept. 2 Century City Park Hyatt reception of 30-something newlyweds Daphna Ghozland and David Hollander, the wedding singer is a nice Jewish boy named Robbie. True, the...

  • Increasing Political Isolation for Jews

    By James D. Besser

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    If all those statistics are true about Jews still being one of the most liberal voting blocs in the nation, why are they increasingly estranged from the American left?

    Easy: The left, ranging from the anti-globalism fringes to the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to some segments of...

  • A Jewish World Without Denominations

    By Michael Berenbaum

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A new president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) was inaugurated in a moving ceremony held Oct. 13 in the ornate Plum Street Temple in downtown Cincinnati. Rabbi David Ellenson, a native of Newport News, Va., and a long-time resident of Los Angeles,...

  • Jews’ Winning Words

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Nobody remembers whether the Torah has ever won a book award before. This year's National Jewish Book Award for general nonfiction goes to "Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary," edited by David Lieber and Jules Harlow (Jewish Publication Society, 2001).

    Ten years in the making, "Etz...

  • As Easy as Aleph, Bet, Gimmel

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "It's no sin to be a lefty and she's always right," instructs Rabbi Elie Stern of Westwood Kehilla in West Los Angeles.

    His adult students follow along in their textbooks, nodding and mumbling to themselves, as they commit the statement to memory. This pneumonic device for...

  • No ‘Place’ Like Israel

    By Rabbi Jack Riemer

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "If a Place Can Make You Cry: Dispatches From an Anxious State" by Daniel Gordis (Crown Publishing, $24).

    In the summer of 1998, Daniel Gordis and his family moved from Los Angeles to Israel. It was supposed to be just for a sabbatical. But after being there for a while, the...

  • Local Jews Win, Mostly

    By Mike Levy

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    While Republicans swept in the national elections, with the GOP reclaiming the Senate and retaining their majority in the house, in California, Democrats made a strong showing, winning every statewide office.

    In Southern California, Jewish candidates overwhelmed in the local races....

  • It’s Not the Economy, Stupid

    By Dick Morris

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Republicans ran on terrorism and the Democrats ran on the economy. The Republicans won.

    This election result -- beyond a tribute to Bush's courage in risking his reputation by campaigning hard for his men and women -- is the latest illustration of a trend throughout the world....

  • Sharon’s Elections Gambit

    By Leslie Susser

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Early elections may not have been Ariel Sharon's first choice, but his decision to go to the polls as soon as possible enables the savvy Israeli prime minister to make a number of political and diplomatic gains.

    By calling the shots, Sharon comes across as a powerful leader still...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    High priority

    Oct. 17, 2002, will go down as a special day in the history of Aviva Family and Children's Services. That was the day when everybody came together to celebrate the dedication of the new Aviva High School and administration building, a facility perched on the...

  • Valley Races That Also Matter

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    With the spotlight on secession for the past few months, it is almost easy to forget that there are major political races involving Jewish candidates in the San Fernando Valley.

    The most significant battle is the one being waged in the 27th U.S. House District. Rep. Brad Sherman...

  • We Have Mountains to Melt

    By Sen. Paul Wellstone

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Below is an excerpt from a speech delivered by the late Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) at the Shadow Convention in Los Angeles on Aug. 13, 1999. Wellstone, his wife, daughter, three campaign aides and two pilots were killed in a plane crash Oct. 25, see story, p. 18.

    I was, this past...

  • Wellstone—One of the ‘Frozen Chosen’

    By James D. Besser

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    As Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) began campaigning for a third term, some pro-Israel activists tried to generate support for his opponent by whispering that the two-term incumbent was insufficiently supportive of Israel. But in almost every respect Wellstone, who died in the crash of...

  • Rabin’s Funeral

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Given the atmosphere in the Middle East today, it is hard to believe that just seven years ago, on Nov. 6, 1995, a Jewish funeral took place where the deceased was surrounded and eulogized by Jews and Arabs. Yes, this week marks the seventh anniversary of Israeli Prime Minister...

  • Middle-Class Poor

    By Marc Ballon

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish immigrant from South Africa had lived the American dream since he arrived in the United States 14 years ago.

    Juggling import-export and computer consulting jobs, the 42-year-old Culver City resident had earned an average of $125,000 per year, enough to send his two young...

  • Jewish Gem Shines on the Emerald Isle

    By Renata Polt

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It takes a certain amount of chutzpah for a Jewish population numbering less than 1,000 to field a Jewish museum. But if anyone has chutzpah, it's Ireland's tiny Jewish -- mostly Orthodox -- community. The Irish Jewish Museum, founded in 1985 by Dr. Chaim Herzog, then president of...

  • Eye-Popping Tale

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "The Golden Land: The Story of Jewish Immigration to America" by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin (Harmony Books, $29.95).

    Rabbi Joseph Telushkin begins this clever, coffee-table tome by noting that only three days after Spain's pious rulers, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, expelled their...

  • Networking for Jobs

    By Karen Alexander

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It's been nearly two years since David Lorch had a job. Currently, the former pricing analyst for an Orange County high-tech firm attends networking events near his home in Laguna Hills, does volunteer work for his shul, Congregation Eilat in Mission Viejo, and tries to maintain his...

  • Storybook Chance

    By Andrea Adelson

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The trophy-hunting editor's instructions were explicit: before leaving, take your handbag into the restroom and snag a napkin with a vice presidential seal.

    Robin Preiss Glasser, a former ballet dancer forced by injuries into a second career as an illustrator, was first intent on...

  • When Shepherds Desert Their Flocks

    By Joel Kotkin

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The conflict over Valley secession reflects the growing gap between rabbis and the actual reality their flocks experience.

    With few exceptions, the rabbinate seems to be totally aghast at the notion of dividing Los Angeles into two cities. Prominent rabbis, including Mark Diamond,...

  • Community Briefs

    By Journal Staff

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    ADL Warns Schools Against Missionaries

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is currently warning school districts around the country about a Christian ministry group trying to recruit teens under the guise of an anti-violence campaign. "Rage Against Destruction," a traveling musical...

  • Shedding Some Light

    By Amy Klein

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Everything Is Illuminated" by Jonathan Safran Foer (Houghton Mifflin, $24).

    Jonathan Safran Foer's new book, "Everything Is Illuminated" has garnered rave reviews everywhere, from The New York Times to Esquire, with front jacket quotes by Russell Banks, Nathan Englander and mentor...

  • The Downside to Literacy

    By Viva Hammer

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I honestly thought my daughter, Bruria, would never learn how to read. My nieces learned how when they were 3, and so I assumed that if I got in early, say around 2, Bruria would be in full swing by 3.

    So I dutifully started with letters and sounds, labeling every item in the house,...

  • A Thanksgiving to Fill the Spirit

    By Elliot Fein

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    On the evening before Thanksgiving, my synagogue, Congregation Eilat in Mission Viejo, always gets together with a neighboring church, Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist, for an interfaith service. What is remarkable about this joint venture, and other pre-Thanksgiving services...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    2/SATURDAY

    Monique Schwartz has people talkin' about our mommas. No need to organize a posse though. This is actually kind of Schwartz's way of doing that herself -- to analyze and combat stereotypical depictions of Jewish mothers in film. Her documentary "Mamadrama: The Jewish...

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