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  • Where Are Arafat’s Millions?

    By Dan Baron

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    With Yasser Arafat's burial, he took with him one of the enduring secrets of the Palestinian regime -- the whereabouts of a missing fortune in ill-gotten public funds.

    Ranked sixth on Forbes magazine's 2003 list of "the richest kings, queens and despots," with an estimated private...

  • Briefs

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Three Men Arranged for Murder of Israelis

    Three men facing possible death sentences for the murder of two Israelis were arraigned in L.A. County Superior Court on Nov. 10.

    During a brief court appearance, the men, handcuffed and wearing blue prison jumpsuits, pleaded not guilty to...

  • Whose ‘Land’ Is It?

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Barbara Grover had traveled the world photographing such heart-wrenching subjects as children living in trash dumps, but it was a garlic braid and a pair of kids' shoes in a bombed-out house that moved her most of all.

    That house belonged to Salah Shehada, commander of Hamas'...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, November 20

    Why just dust off that same old menorah when you can ring in this Chanukah with a shiny new one, too? The 24th annual Festival of Jewish Artisans comes to Temple Isaiah this weekend, featuring Judaica and decorative fine art by more than 30 artists. Kicking...

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  • No Stranger to Strange

    By David Finnigan

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    From call girl to Trump girl, actress Lisa Edelstein has played myriad parts on stage and off. Now she's landed a plum role, starring on the Fox TV series "House," an "E.R."-meets-"CSI" drama. The Boston native heads the fictional teaching hospital that houses strangely ill...

  • Literary Journeys

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The most memorable books I've read recently have been, ironically enough, three memoirs that stand out for their sensitivity, intelligence and literary quality.

    Jonathan Schwartz's "All in Good Time: A Memoir" (Random House) is a particularly well-crafted, deeply felt story of...

  • L.A. Brigade Helps Israel Fight Hunger

    By Karin Kloosterman

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Rachel Bamberger Chalkovsky doesn't need statistics to know about poverty in Israel.

    Affectionately known as "Bambi," the retired head midwife of Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Hospital can tell heart-wrenching tales of women who gave birth wearing tattered undergarments and shoes, and...

  • Jerusalem Gets Business Jump-Start

    By Rochelle Furstenberg

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jerusalem might be a spiritually moving "holy city," but many Israelis see it as an economic backwater from which young people are fleeing. Roughly 7,000 highly educated young people leave the city each year, and 40 percent of the city's residents live below the poverty line.

    The...

  • Medieval Me

    By Robert J. Avrech

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    What books must every Jew read? What books are critical to informing your understanding of your faith, your culture, your people? With this issue, The Jewish Journal introduces a new weekly column: My Jewish Library. We've asked rabbis, scholars and thinkers to each pick the one...

  • Fibber Seeks Same

    By Andrea Gappell

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    If there's any truth to the Yiddish proverb "a half truth is a whole lie," then there is a whole lotta lyin' going

    on in the Jewish dating scene. It's time to start telling the truth about who's not telling the truth in the world of Internet dating.

    Let's look at one site that...

  • God, Gays and Guns: The U.S. Fault Line

    By Robert B. Reich

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    About the same portion of Americans describe themselves as being liberal (19 percent) as believe that the world will come to an end in their

    lifetimes (17 percent).

    Right-wingers have so effectively besmirched the term ("wishy-washy liberals," "tax-and-spend liberals," "limousine...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, November 13

    On the one-year anniversary of her death, the famous and infamous Leni Riefenstahl becomes the subject of discussion in multiple venues. The Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, UCLA Film and Television Archive and the Fahey/Klein Gallery collaborate in presenting...

  • Briefs

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Iran Admits Supplying Spy Drones

    The London-based newspaper A-Sharq al-Awsat quoted an Iranian Revolutionary Guard officer as saying the Lebanese militia received eight drones in August. On Monday, Hezbollah sent one drone on a 10-minute sortie over northern Israel, worrying the...

  • Rolls of Veterans Groups Dwindling

    By David Finnigan

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Seymour Goldman spent World War II with an Army cleanup crew handling mustard gas drums in India.

    "It was a terrible job," said the 83-year-old, a retired TV repairman who lives in Culver City. "When I got out, I just didn't want anything more to do with it."

    For Goldman and...

  • Who Should Own Nazi-Looted Art?

    By Tom Tugend

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In a significant move by the U.S. government, FBI agents have seized a Picasso painting claimed as Nazi-looted art by a descendant of the original German Jewish owners.

    Agents from the Los Angeles bureau confiscated the painting, valued at $10 million, at the Chicago home of the...

  • Creative Chuppahs Are Labor of Love

    By Donna Gordon Blankinship

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Nancy and Kim Goldov wanted to personalize everything about their wedding. She sewed her own gown. He composed music for the ceremony. They both created a new last name to share: combining Stolov and Goldschmidt into Goldov. So it probably didn't surprise anyone that the couple spent...

  • 3 Novels Explore Life in Cold War Era

    By Michal Lemberger

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    "Meritocracy: A Love Story," by Jeffrey Lewis. (Other Books, $18).
    "Dancing With Einstein: A Novel," by Kate Wenner. (Scribner, $24).
    "When She Sleeps," by Leora Krygier. (The Toby Press, $19.95).

    The memory of the Holocaust has haunted the Jewish imagination for three...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In Parshat Toldot, Jacob and Esau are born. Even though they are twins, they are opposites: Jacob is the quiet, studious type, while Esau is a hunter who loves to be out in the world. The world used to think of Jews as being just quiet and studious, but when Israel became a state the...

  • Tensions Rise Over U.N. Hamas Support

    By Michael J. Jordan

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A month after a U.N. official suggested that some Hamas members are on his payroll, the issue is still reverberating in Washington, D.C.

    So far some two dozen members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed a letter calling on Secretary of State Colin Powell "to suspend...

  • Bipartisan Victory in Proposition Wins

    By Idan Ivri

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    While Republicans may have won the presidential election, the popular vote and new seats in both the Senate and the House, here in California it was a different story.

    The 16 proposition measures were not won handily by either conservative or progressive factions. Both parties...

  • Ah Paris! Yasser Returns at Last

    By Carole Raphaelle Davis

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    I have a mere two degrees of separation from Yasser Arafat.

    Down the street from the Arc de Triomphe in Paris is a little hair salon where I get my hair

    cut. My hairdresser is a typical French glamour boy who survives on espresso, Cartier cigarettes and gossip. Every time I settle...

  • Calendar

    By Keren Engelberg

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Journal is no longer accepting mailed or faxed event listing information. Please e-mail event listings at least three weeks in advance to: calendar@jewishjournal.com.

    By Keren Engelberg

    Calendar



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  • Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Music for hope

    Tziona Maman came into Ohr Meir and Bracha Center in Jerusalem crying and very depressed. Her husband Tzion had both his legs badly injured in the Machane Yehuda bombing in 1997, and became addicted to pain killers. Before the bombing he had been a sculptor and was...

  • Support Still Lags for Special Needs

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    What happens to a Jewish child who can't sit still for religious classes because of severe attention-deficit disorder? Or one who doesn't understand the meaning of the holidays because she has Down syndrome? What happens when your autistic son is nearing the age of 12 and hasn't...

  • When We Elected Lindbergh

    By Michael Tolkin

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "The Plot Against America" by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin, $26).

    Reading "The Plot Against America," I thought of two other demented visions of the country, Mad Magazine, and Philip K. Dick's "The Man in the High Castle," a speculative history like Roth's, about America after the...

  • Bush Win Inspires Local GOP Leader

    By Marc Ballon

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    George W. Bush wasn't the only Republican to win big on election night. Larry Greenfield, director of the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) of Southern California, also fared quite well.

    Surrounded by a crowd of 250 Jewish Republicans partying at Beverly Hills' Level One club, a...

  • Wilshire Boulevard Gambles on Future

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    On any given day, Wilshire Boulevard Temple's Audrey and Sydney Irmas Campus in West Los Angeles is a hub of activity. Built seven years ago for $30 million, the campus attracted new members like a magnet. They came flocking to enroll their children in day school or religious school...

  • Stakes Loom Big in Future of High Court

    By James D. Besser

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) gets it and so does the Religious Action Center (RAC) of Reform Judaism. Both groups have made careful scrutiny of the Bush administration's judicial nominations a top priority in the past year.

    Groups on the religious right get it, as...

  • Letters to the Editor

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Election 2004

    Jewish supporters of President Bush urged that he was more realistically and personally committed to Israel's security than Sen. Kerry ("Four More Years," Nov. 5; "Judgment Day," Oct. 29). This message was set forth in The Jewish Journal by the likes of Ed Koch, Sen....

  • Wilshire: Boulevard of Sanctuaries

    By Kevin Roderick

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Wilshire Boulevard's stature as the grand concourse of Los Angeles is due in part to its many architecturally distinct synagogues and churches. Those located in the Wilshire Center district, between LaFayette Park and about Western Avenue, are some of the most notable and serve some...

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