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  • Letter to an Expecting Parent

    By Yehuda Lev

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Prime Minister Tony Blair

    10 Downing Street

    London, England

    Dear Mr. Prime Minister;

    By now you have certainly received thousands of congratulatory messages celebrating the good news that you and your wife, Cherie, are expecting a baby next summer.

    I imagine that most have come from...

  • Religious Studies Resources

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Aish HaTorah: 9:30-11:10 a.m. "The Understanding Minyan," focusing on the meaning of prayers, Hebrew-reading skills and the "how- to" of the synagogue service. Saturdays. Kiddush included. 9102 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 278-8672.

    B'nai Horin: Torah classes begin. "Prayer for...

  • Narrowing It Down

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The grocery store used to be a painful place for my 10-year-old son. He has trouble making decisions when there are too many choices. Hence, when in search of an after-school snack, Ralph's became his private, post-modern, market-driven hell. "Okay Aaron, what's it gonna be?" I'd...
  • Barak: Don’t Write Off American Jews

    By James D

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The revived Syrian-Israeli talks, which began this week in Washington, could be yet another false start on the twisting road to peace. Or the two countries could move with blinding speed to conclude an agreement that will transfer the Golan Heights back to Syrian control.


  • Towering “Inferno”

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    "E come i stornei ne porta l'ali nel freddo &'009;&'009;tempo,

    a schiena larga a piena,

    Cosi quel fato li spiriti mali,

    di qua, di la, di giu, di su li mena,

    nulla speranza li comforta mai,

    non che di posa, ma di minor pence.

    E come i gru van catando lor lai,

    faccendo in aere dise lunga...

  • Olmos Connects

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Edward James Olmos wants to connect. Give him a large multi-ethnic crowd -- as was on hand Sunday at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles -- and he'll split himself into pieces finding common links.

    "It comes from my old neighborhood in East Los Angeles," he explains. "We had...

  • A Not-So-Secret Plan

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Ehud Barak, Israel's prime minister, has been smiling a lot lately, and it's driving many people crazy.

    Barak insists he's going to reach a "framework" agreement with the Palestinians within a month or two, outlining the basic shape of Israeli-Palestinian peace. A full peace treaty...

  • ADL: December Dilemma

    By Beverly Gray

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    'Tis the season when children in public schools face the December Dilemma. As part of a classroom lesson, Jewish youngsters may be given Christmas trees to color. During holiday music programs, they may find themselves acting in a nativity scene or singing "Silent Night." Santa Claus...
  • Approaching The Millennium

    By Avi Machlis

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Melodic harmonies echo through Dominus Flevit, a small-but-quaint church on the slopes of the Mount of Olives, as a group of 30 Christian Bible scholars and pastors sing "Hallelujah to the Lord," first in English, then Hebrew.

    Built in 1955 on the ruins of an ancient church, the...

  • Reflections on Joseph Heller

    By Sanford Pinsker

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When you write a book-length study of a living author lots of things can happen; most of them are bad.

    "You've missed a nuance here, a shading there," some will point out, in the iciest language possible, while others go straight to the jugular and angrily insist that you don't know...

  • Choosing Judaism: My Father’s Story and My Own

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    At a recent Shabbat, a guest at our services asked the person staffing our welcome table, "Is the rabbi here Jewish?" What the person meant was, "Is the rabbi a convert?" Many have shared with me over the years, as our congregation has grown, that acquaintances of theirs have told...
  • Four Visitors

    By Tom Tugend

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    A full complement of interesting visitors met with the Jewish Journal in recent days, starting with the wife of a presidential candidate and continuing with a museum director from Berlin, an Israeli cabinet minister, and the first Arab woman to serve in Israel's parliament.


  • Ten Years After the Wall

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    On a frosty November morning, I walked around the two massive, ruined synagogues that form a unique surviving Jewish complex in Kalvarija, a small, sleepy town in southern Lithuania near the border with Poland.

    One of the synagogues was built in the early 18th century. Its roof had...

  • Can Bush Win the Jewish Vote?

    By Michael Shapiro

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    After being vanquished from the White House nearly eight years ago, much of the Republican establishment is putting its faith -- and cash -- behind George W. Bush to lead the party back to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

    Many Jewish Republicans appear to be no different.

    After politely...

  • Shameful Behavior

    By Teresa Strasser

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    You go out. You talk to a lot of people you don't know. Maybe you gossip a little. Maybe you flirt. Maybe you try too hard and end up acting just a bit like someone else.

    You wake up the next day with the uneasy feeling that you've just gotten drunk and had a one-night stand. But you...

  • But Can Barak Convince the Israelis?

    By Larry Derfner

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    At first blush it seemed like a done deal. If Syria and Israel were returning to the negotiating table, and President Bill Clinton was leading them, then it was surely just a matter of time until the two sides reached agreement and declared peace. American, Syrian and Israeli...
  • Rich Israeli, Poor Israeli

    By Larry Derfner

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    For all the recent hubbub over the worsening lot of Israel's poor, and the growing criticism of Prime Minister Ehud Barak's born-again Reaganite economic policies, it should be understood that in many key misery indices, Israel isn't doing too badly.

    Compared to the world's other 25...

  • Seale on Syria

    By Eric Silver

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Patrick Seale, President Hafez al-Assad's official biographer, predicted this week that Syria and Israel would conclude a comprehensive peace agreement within one year. Since Ehud Barak was elected six months ago, the veteran British Middle-East journalist has played a key role as...
  • The Settlers of Golan

    By Avi Machlis

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Emotions ranging from hope to uncertainty to anger fill the 16,000 Golan Heights residents as their fate is again the topic of Israeli-Syrian peace talks.

    Negotiations resumed Wednesday in Washington, and residents here know that the price for peace with Syria is likely to be the...

  • Agreement Reached for Slave Laborers

    By Michael Shapiro

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Jews who worked as slave laborers during the Nazi era are one step closer to receiving some measure of compensation for their ordeal.

    After months of torturous negotiations, an agreement has been reached to establish a $5.2 billion fund for these victims of the Holocaust, according...

  • Where Korbel Meets Manischewitz

    By Julie G Fax

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Okay, let's just get this out in the open. The marking of the second millennium since the birth of Jesus is, well, not a Jewish event. In fact, it doesn't take a theologian to figure out that it's pretty much a Christian way of chalking up the years.

    Nevertheless, Jews will most...

  • Making It Happen

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 16, 1999 | 6:59 pm

    It has a gym. It has a teen center. And with Sunday's well-covered dedication, the new $4.5 million state-of-the-art Ferne Milken Youth & Sports Complex -- an addition to the Bernard Milken Jewish Community Campus in West Hills -- now has a lot of visibility.

    The afternoon-long...

  • Talks to Be Held

    By Michael Shapiro

    December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's Middle East shuttle mission has paid off with the announcement that Israeli-Syrian negotiations will resume next week.

    President Clinton made the announcement Wednesday after Albright held separate talks with the leaders of Israel and...

  • L.A.‘s Forgotten Victim of Arab Terrorism

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Last week marked the sixth yahrzeit of Yitzhak Weinstock, a young American-Israeli who was murdered in a Palestinian Arab terrorist attack near Jerusalem. Hundreds of Jews have been murdered by Arab terrorists in Israel in the six years since the Oslo accords were signed, so perhaps...
  • Homage to Democracy

    By Tom Tugend

    December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Who would have thought, muses Dr. Uri D. Herscher, that the Skirball Cultural Center would reach such prominence in so short a time.

    The center's president and CEO was talking about the rare artifacts of Americana, which in earlier years would have surely been donated to the...

  • The Jewish Future

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    I have seen the Jewish future and, to my surprise, it still belongs to the Baby Boomers. By now I'd guess that Boomers would happily cede attention and civic responsibility to Gen Xers and Gen J but nothing doing. One in three Jews today are between ages 35-53, and the needs and...
  • Hosting Heston

    By Tom Tugend

    December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Three days before its festive rededication ceremony (see story on page 10), the Skirball Cultural Center received some unrequested publicity when it hosted actor Charlton Heston for an evening of poetry and Shakespearean readings.

    The Progressive Jewish Alliance of Los Angeles...

  • Rich in Spirit

    By Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh

    December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    There's a Yiddish saying that goes: "I've been poor and I've been rich. Believe me, rich is better!" In the Midrash we read: "Nothing in the universe is worse than poverty; it is the most terrible of sufferings." (Exodus Rabbah 31:14)

    Los Angeles is a city that glitters with gold and...

  • Jews, Muslims Agree ...and then the disagreements begin

    By Tom Tugend

    December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Some two dozen prominent Jews and Muslims met before banks of television cameras at City Hall on Monday (Dec. 6) to approve a code of ethics, whose signatories pledged to denounce all terrorism and hate crimes, promote civil dialogue, and avoid mutual stereotyping and incitement.


  • Looking for Charlton Heston

    December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Everyone knows Charlton Heston; or at least who he is: movie star and president of the National Rifle Association.

    It was the inability to separate one persona from the other that made some patrons unhappy last week when he gave a reading (Dec. 2) at the Skirball Cultural Center....

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