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  • ‘Slap’ Happy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Melanie Mayron read an early script of the iconic yuppie angst-fest "thirtysomething" in 1987, she rushed to the telephone. The series' creators had portrayed her character, Melissa, as Jewish, fat and troubled. But the famously redheaded actress didn't want any of that. She'd...

  • The Sacred Narrative

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This summer, I had a reunion with female cousins who are all my age. We live all around the country, so we hardly ever see each other. Remembering the little girls we once were, and discovering the women we've become, was really amazing.

    Here we were together again, no longer...

  • Poll: College Kids Back Israel

    By Joe Berkofsky

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    U.S. college students back Israel over the Palestinians by a 4-1 margin, according to a new survey.

    The mid-July survey of 300 students found that 43 percent of respondents called themselves supporters of Israel, while only 11 percent backed the Palestinians. Another 29 percent did...

  • The Real Gidget

    By Mike Levy

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In June 1956, a Jewish 15-year-old girl named Kathy Kohner began tagging along with some of the neighborhood boys and driving out from her Brentwood home to the beach in Malibu. The sport of surfing intrigued her, and she convinced the boys to teach her. Because she was young, slight...

  • ‘Inside the Cult of Kibu’

    By Lori Gottlieb

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On my first day as editor-in-chief of a heavily financed Bay Area Internet startup whose mission -- its mostly female staff of trendy 20-somethings recited like a mantra -- was to "empower" young women, I realized I had a big problem.

    My hair was all wrong.

    It wasn't that my...

  • Kahal Joseph’s New Beginning

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Joseph Dabby arrived in America from Iraq in 1972, and found his way to Kahal Joseph Congregation in Los Angeles, he was shocked. "It was like being back in the Old Country," he said.

    "It was full of people who didn't even speak the same language; they were very far removed...

  • The Way We Were

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I've been reconsidering what the 1973 schmaltz-filled classic, "The Way We Were," means to younger women.

    I never liked the movie, though I can't tell you how many women modeled their lives after the pursuit of Robert Redford.

    On its own, "The Way We Were" created a hothouse for...

  • An Appeal for Help

    By Toby Axelrod

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Floodwaters have forced some 150 Jewish immigrant families to evacuate their refugee home in Dresden.

    They have joined at least 30,000 other residents of the historic German city who have lost homes and belongings in recent days, as floods from the Elbe River swept downstream. By...

  • The Jews’ Best Friends

    By James D. Besser

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Who are the Jewish community's best friends in Washington -- members of the Congressional Black Caucus or Republican conservatives?

    That question has taken on a sharp new edge as Israel battles suicide bombings and international condemnation, and this country mobilizes for its own...

  • Community Briefs

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Dems Take Breather in Bel Air

    Instead of debating the finer points of the Oslo peace accords or discussing the impact of Sept. 11 on Jewish America, Democrats for Israel-Los Angeles (DFI-LA) will focus their attention instead on enjoying some kosher food and congenial...

  • The Irrelevance of Arab Hatred

    By Larry Derfner

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The consensus view of the intifada among Israelis, Diaspora Jews and American conservatives -- that it's caused by Arab hatred and rejection of Israel -- is nothing but a lousy excuse. An excuse to say Israel is wholly blameless in this affair, and there's nothing Israel can do...

  • Lesson Plans

    By Rob Eshman

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The big wheels of the American PR industry are finally spinning on behalf of Israel.

    Spearheaded by Democratic political consultant Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, a bipartisan group of leading pollsters and consultants has launched a two-part mission to change American perceptions of...

  • From Moses to Math

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    After teaching in a Northern California religious school for four years, Jen Wakefield thought she knew everything there was to know about teaching Torah to religious school students.

    "Boy, was I wrong," laughs the Palo Alto, Calif. resident. "The process will be dramatically...

  • Labor’s New Favorite

    By Eric Silver

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    At times of crisis, Israelis reach for a general. Public anxiety brought Moshe Dayan to the Defense Ministry on the eve of the 1967 Six-Day War, Yitzhak Rabin to the premiership after the traumatic near-defeat in the 1973 Yom Kippur War and the aging Ariel Sharon to power in the...

  • ‘Big Brother’s'Jewish Castoff

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Big Brother's" Josh Feinberg is no Ethan Zohn, the curly-haired Jewish winner of "Survivor: Africa" who flew so low under the radar viewers almost forgot he was there. Feinberg, 28, the self-proclaimed "Chia Pet" of "Big Brother 3," might as well have been wearing a bull's-eye.


  • Israel Welcomes New P.R. Strategy

    By Leslie Susser

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli officials are notoriously loath to learn from outsiders -- but they have been deeply impressed by an American study of Israel's public relations needs in the United States, and say they intend to carry out most of its recommendations.

    Among them: Be less confrontational and...

  • Hitler, Still in Development

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves says major changes are being made to the first draft script of their planned miniseries on the early life of Adolf Hitler.

    "The shooting version of the script will differ greatly to the one you read," Moonves told The Journal.

    Last week, The...

  • Job or Genesis?

    By Charles R. Bronfman

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A few weeks into our annual summerlong stay at our home in Jerusalem, my wife, Andy, and I became honorary citizens of this extraordinary city -- the first North American Jews to be so honored. It was a tremendously humbling moment in a summer of emotional ups and downs. We have many...

  • Education Briefs

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    New Yeshiva for Learning Disabled and Gifted Students

    Rashi Hebrew Academy, a new yeshiva for learning disabled and gifted children, will open Sept. 3 at Congregation Shaarei Tefila on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles. The school is accepting students from different...

  • Varsity Blues

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As the summer draws to a close, Jason Kahan feels anxious and excited: soon his firstborn, Aron, is to begin his freshman year of college at UC Santa Barbara.

    "On one hand, I recognize that he's going to a good school and it's a great opportunity for him," admits the psychologist...

  • Preschool Students Guide Curriculum

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Strolling through the classrooms of the Stephen S. Wise Early Education Center is like walking through a museum. Walls are jam-packed with the children's elaborate educational art projects, photos of them creating these masterpieces, and typed quotations of their thoughts on the...

  • Funny Money

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Scrip. You can't join a synagogue or enroll your child in school without being hit up to buy it. Whether in the form of paper certificates, plastic gift cards or e-scrip online, this potent little fundraiser has become a major part of most nonprofit organizations' annual budgets.


  • The New Middle East Battleground: College Campuses

    By Mike Levy

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The signs on campus read, "Zionism equals Nazism" and "Why do Israelis love to kill Palestinian children?" One simply showed an Israeli flag dripping blood.

    When Sarah Tolkoff returned to UC Irvine from her Birthright Israel trip last year, she says, "I realized the anti-Israel...

  • KiTavo

    By Abby Gilad

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Did You See the movie "Lord of the Rings"? In it, Bilbo Baggins passes the ring on to his nephew, Frodo, who discovers that the ring makes the wearer powerful and evil. Now Frodo must return it to the evil place where it was created and throw it into the only fire that will destroy...

  • Pain in the Pocketbook

    By Rachel Pomerance

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Shortly after September 11, when the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles (JFGLA) renewed its insurance policy, it found that rates nearly doubled.

    This year, it will be even worse, according to Jack Klein, the Federation's executive vice president and chief operating officer.


  • The Early Midlife Crisis

    By J.D. Smith

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    My 29-year-old cousin, "Barry," is having his first "midlife" crisis. By simple math, this would put his entire life span at a scant 58 years, well shy of the actuarial tables' prediction. His midlife crisis should be about 10 years hence. It's been a slow week over here at my place,...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm


    Think you've never heard of Yitzak Asner? Think again. Like so many in Hollywood, Yitz went with his middle name, Edward, to succeed in showbiz. And though Ed Asner dropped the Yitzak, he never dropped Judaism. Tonight and tomorrow night, the politically minded actor stars...

  • Surveying ‘America’s Jewish Freshmen’

    By Rachel Brand

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Adam Bergman researched colleges toward the end of his senior year at Milken High School, he looked very closely at the quality of their soccer teams and not so closely at the size of their Jewish populations.

    "I don't consider myself religious at all. I have never chosen a...

  • Eulogies:Rabbi Philip Schroit

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Philip Schroit, beloved rabbi of B'nai David-Judea for 44 years and rabbi emeritus for 10 years, died Aug. 12 at the age of 79.

    Among his many accomplishments was his introduction of kosher supervision and catering to Los Angeles hotels (the Statler Hotel, the Ambassador, the...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Captures Hebrew U. Bombing Suspects

    Israel arrested a Hamas cell believed responsible for several suicide bombings, including one late last month at Hebrew University. The men, East Jerusalem residents whose Israeli ID cards allowed them to travel the country freely,...

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