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  • Persian Jews Divided on War

    By Mojdeh Sionit

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "I am all for this war, all humanity should be for it," said Ramin Shookhtim, a Persian Jew who left Iran in 1987 to study in the United States.

    "Although there is no single solution against terrorism and terrorism will always be there, I think this war would help the fight...

  • On With the Show

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    So how will this year's Academy Awards differ from previous Oscar outings? One word: War.

    For entertainment reporter Sam Rubin, the issue will loom large on March 23, when, as of press time, he plans to cover the preshow on his nationally syndicated television broadcast, "Live From...

  • Your Dime or Mine?

    By Carin Davis

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Mike was the kind of blind date I couldn't wait to meet. He scored Kobe-size points on my over-the-phone potential meter.

    You hang at Q's? I hang at Q's. You're from the Midwest? I'm from the Midwest. You like the Green Bay Packers? OK, so he had one flaw. But he made up for it...

  • Los Angeles Israelis Wait and Worry

    By Jane Ulman

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Dafna and Elisha Gilboa are hoping to leave for Israel with their three children on April 14 to attend a family wedding and spend Passover with relatives in Netanya.

    "We're in a wait-and-see mode," Dafna Gilboa said. "If Saddam Hussein is launching missiles at Israel, I cannot risk...

  • A Libel That Holds No Truth

    By Dennis Prager

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Some Americans apparently believe that we are going to war with Iraq "because of the Jews." Having written a book explaining anti-Semitism ("Why the Jews? The Reason for Anti-Semitism," Simon & Schuster, 1983), all I can do is marvel at the durability of anti-Semitism and the...

  • Support of Troops Prevails in L.A.

    By Tom Tugend

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles Jews reacted to the imminence of war against Iraq with strong support, muted opposition and some ambivalence about the wisdom of President Bush's course of action.

    Across the spectrum, however, the predominant feeling was to back U.S. troops, now that the die has...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Pa Gibson's Comments Trouble Jews

    The father of movie star Mel Gibson minimized the Holocaust and denied that the Al Qaeda terrorist network was behind the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington. In a New York Times Magazine article about the actor's upcoming movie on the...

  • ‘Paradise’ Lost

    By Tom Tugend

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Kurt Gerron needed a stage or film set as much as he needed breath," notes one Holocaust survivor in "Prisoner of Paradise," which is vying for best documentary feature honors at the March 23 Academy Awards.

    The survivor's observation helps to explain both the triumphs and the...

  • What I’m Looking For

    By Marc Ballon

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Like a shirt that shrunk too much in the dryer, my Judaism never fit comfortably on me.

    Like many Jews who grew up in largely secular households, I went to Hebrew school for five years, had a bar mitzvah and then promptly ended my Jewish education. A lover of Woody Allen and Philip...

  • Polanski Hits a SourNote in ‘Pianist’

    By Tom Teicholz

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Truth to tell, I didn't start to despise "The Pianist" -- Roman's Polanski's Oscar-nominated film of concert pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's memoirs of Warsaw during World War II -- until the very end of the film: The war has ended and a friend has taken Szpilman to a farm in the Polish...

  • Backlash Threat

    By Marc Ballon

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As some 20 teens beat 18-year-old Rashid Alam with golf clubs and baseball bats in Yorba Linda on Feb. 22, they allegedly yelled "White Power!" The attack, which Alam's friends said was unprovoked, left the recent high school graduate hospitalized with a fractured jaw and broken...

  • Kids Page

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Fire! That's what you find in this week's parsha. The Israelites are taught about the sacrifices. Ever since the Temple was destroyed, Jews stopped sacrificing animals to God. Instead, they pray. Praying is another way of connecting with God. And instead of using fire to send...

  • A Time ‘Too’ Laugh

    By Tom Tugend

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "May you be reincarnated as a chandelier -- hang all day and burn all night" -- From Avi Hoffman's selection of Yiddish curses upon encountering anti-Semites.

    Avi Hoffman, who wowed Los Angeles audiences two years ago in "Too Jewish?" is returning with "Too Jewish, TOO!" In the...

  • In Harm’s Way

    By Marc Ballon

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    For Rabbi Alan Henkin, the next few weeks might be the most difficult of his life.

    His son, Michael Henkin, is one of the more than 200,000 American military personnel deployed in the Persian Gulf area. The 21-year-old Army specialist, now in Kuwait, could quickly find himself near...

  • Your Letters

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Fear Factor

    The content of Jane Ulman's article ("The Fear Factor," March 14) on the scary aspects of Purim was reasonable. However, I hope you will consider running a headline article titled, "Is Halloween Too Scary?" As Ulman points out, the dark side of Purim is balanced by...

  • A New Voice for Jewish Music

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When Dr. Richard Braun started hanging out with his temple's organist in the late '60s, he probably didn't think he'd become a player in the evolution of synagogue music.

    But the Valley doctor's 30-year friendship with composer Aminadav Aloni was the nucleus of the Jewish Music...

  • Dr. Louis Shub

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Louis Shub, longtime library director of the University of Judaism's (UJ) Jack and Bel Ostrow Library, died  March 10 of pneumonia at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica. He was 89.

    Shub is credited with building the UJ's library from a modest collection to one of the...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm


    Beating out the Hollywood high-society contingent by a day, the Emanuel Arts Center kicks off their weeklong Festival of Jewish Music and Israeli Art with a gala of their own this evening. The itinerary includes a cantors concert with storyteller Ritasue, a dessert...

  • Purim Around the World

    By Abby Gilad

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I know you're going to have a lot of fun dressing up, eating hamantaschen and drowning out Haman's name with your groggers! Here are some other interesting customs that used to be practiced at Purim around the world:

    France -- Because of the verse in the Megillah, "I shall surely...

  • Your Letters

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Jews in Crisis IV

    Congratulations to Rob Eshman on his excellent editorial on Ethiopian Jews ("Jews in Crisis IV," March 7). Most impressive was his decision to present it as part of his important series on Jews in Crisis.

    Too often, those of us who care about this ancient...

  • Hotel Holiness

    By Teresa Strasser

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I walk into each new hotel room, look at it suspiciously, shake its clammy hand and gingerly put my suitcase down.

    I unpack my makeup, put my mascara and lipsticks in a water glass, hang up my coat. I see what cable channels I have, check out the room service menu for any items that...

  • Looking at

    By Stuart Schoffman

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    We live in an age of anxiety -- to put it extremely mildly. By the time you read these words, Iraq might be in flames, Saddam Hussein (or at least one or two of his doubles) may be history -- or on the other hand, maybe not. We in Israel are readying our plastic sheeting, oscillating...

  • Community Briefs

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Grocery Shop for Israel

    Boost Israel's gross national product while buying its grocery products.

    That's the idea behind Fine Foods From Israel, a collaboration among the California Israel Chamber of Commerce, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Israel Export and...

  • De-Stress the Simcha

    By Judy Zeidler

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    On Monday evening, we will celebrate Purim, the holiday that commemorates the liberation of the Jews in ancient Persia, and reminds us of the triumph of Queen Esther and her uncle, Mordecai, over Haman, the wicked prime minister.

    Purim is traditionally a time when families come...

  • Anti-Semitism Taints Anti-War Movement

    By Daniel Sokatch

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As Jews who question our nation's march to war in Iraq, we are deeply disturbed by events surrounding last month's massive protest demonstration in San Francisco.

    Allegations that Rabbi Michael Lerner, a prominent peace activist and editor of Tikkun magazine, was asked not to speak...

  • Who Will Be Esther?

    By Amy Klein

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I've always had an affinity for Esther, the Persian queen who saved the Jews and had an entire megillah named for her.

    So connected did I feel to this Jewish heroine that, as a child, I always made it my business to pray and fast on Ta'anit Esther (the Fast of Esther), which takes...

  • Remember the Good

    By Rabbi Ron Shulman

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    One of the most precious moments parents and children share with each other is the quiet and routine of bedtime. I hope you sleep well at night, but, as we all know, sometimes it is difficult to fall asleep, or to have a restful sleep. There are too many things on our minds. We're...

  • Janet Williams

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Janet Williams, a past president of City of Hope's auxiliary  division, Gems of Hope, died on Feb. 9, 2003. She was 84.

    Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Williams attended the same grammar school as her husband, Bernard. Her sister, Roslyn, and Bernie were in the same class....

  • Moranic Statement

    By Matthew E. Berger

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A furor over comments by a U.S. lawmaker is highlighting the resurgent trend of blaming Israel and the Jewish community for the impending war against Iraq.

    Six rabbis from northern Virginia have asked for the resignation of Rep. James Moran (D-Va.), after he told constituents last...

  • About Two Boys

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    On a cloudy afternoon in Hollywood, Paul and Chris Weitz are recounting how their late father, legendary fashion designer John Weitz, dressed down a man who dissed their raunchy comedy, "American Pie."

    The elder Weitz had laughed hysterically throughout a screening of the 1999...

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