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  • Ramah’s Begins Lishma Summer

    May 25, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Last year, as summer approached, Julie Pelc was moving towards a master's degree in education, with plans to go on to rabbinical school. Andrew Weitz was serving as the northeast field representative of the United Jewish Communities, working with Jewish student leaders on outreach...

  • A Super Cyberconnection

    May 25, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When Hillary Zana lived in Israel in the late 1970s, her moshav had only one phone line, making communication with her friends and family in the United States extremely limited. Today, however, schoolchildren in Israel and California can become best friends over the Internet.

    Zana,...

  • Kissandra’s Complaint

    By Tom Tugend

    May 25, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Kissandra Cohen had everything going for her.A certified child prodigy with a sky-high IQ, by age 20 she had finished law school and was heading toward an MBA degree.

    Early last year, while still at Loyola Law School, she was hired as a law clerk by the firm of Masry & Vititoe in...

  • Widening the Wall

    By Eric Silver

    May 25, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Campaigners for religious pluralism drove two gaping breaches this week through Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox control of the Western Wall. The Israeli Supreme Court ruled that women may pray together at Judaism's holiest shrine, wearing tallitot and reading aloud from the Torah. At the...

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  • Reform Needs Standards

    By Dennis Prager

    May 25, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Reform rabbis' recent resolution on same-gender officiation affirms two mutually contradictory actions: It supports any Reform rabbi who wishes to perform a same-sex ritual, including, though not so specified, marriage; and it supports any Reform rabbi who refuses to perform...

  • Remembering Those Who Served

    By Adam Wills

    May 25, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Memorial Day weekend will be especially poignant for Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel, a congregation with a tradition of honoring war veterans and members of the Jewish War Veterans (Department of California). More than 100 people are expected to gather at Home of Peace to dedicate...

  • To Break the Chains

    By Julie G Fax

    May 25, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Hollywood met Jerusalem this Mother's Day, when the tennis court at the north Beverly Hills home of bestselling authors Jonathan and Faye Kellerman was transformed into a Tel Aviv rabbinic court hearing the ugly details of a divorce gone awry.

    Three rabbis sat in judgment, 200...

  • Making a Difference

    May 25, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Bernie King watched the rioting sparked by the Rodney King verdict, but what he saw was gam zo l'tovah, the Jewish notion that also, this is for good.

    Although the violent aftermath gave him the sense that "society was falling apart around us," the spiritual leader of...

  • Will We Line a Murderer’s Pockets?

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    May 25, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The California Supreme Court currently is weighing a challenge to the state's law that bars felons from selling book and movie rights to profit from their crimes. Nevertheless, while our state's High Court deliberates, bookstores in Los Angeles may soon be selling the autobiography...

  • Zarnow’s Zingers

    By Ilene Schneider

    May 25, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In 1987, Teryl Zarnow, an Orange County Register editorial writer and education reporter who had opted for a more flexible schedule after starting her family, decided to write a column about what it was like to be a mother. In her own defense, she says that she had just attended a...

  • Leaving Lebanon

    By Naomi Segal

    May 25, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli soldiers crossing the border from southern Lebanon this week took time out at at least one military outpost to hastily take down the Israeli flag and sing Hatikvah, Israel's national anthem.The gesture was made, as one Israeli soldier put it, so "we would have the good...

  • A Tightknit

    By Ilene Schneider

    May 25, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    A sign on a Kosher butcher shop in Tustin reads: "We carry South African biltongs. "A man with a South African accent hears a man with a New York accent at a service of an Orthodox congregation in Irvine and asks, "What are you doing here?"

    Biltongs are cold cuts, and the Orthodox...

  • Adventures in Fundraising

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    I have been reading a fascinating book, "The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel's Soul,""that has set me to thinking about Jewish identity -- both in Israel and in the United States.The beauty of a book like this is that its impact is measured not by agreement with the author (or...

  • Wings

    By Teresa Strasser

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    I never thought I'd find myself in any place called "The Winner'sRoom," mingling with soap opera stars and clutching a huge gold statue.

    But there I was. Well, that's where my body was, though some other partof me was hovering above the Century Plaza Hotel, just watching myself...

  • The Visit

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Much has changed at Mount Sinai since the last time we visited my husband's grave. A new road has been paved. Another hillside is being cleared. Whether this is progress or not, it is a sign of time's passage and brings with it a pleasant sense of ease.

    Yes, I find it easy to be there...

  • Ethics 2000

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    A rabbi in a small community in pre-Holocaust Europe experienced rabbinic burn-out. No matter what he did, no one seemed to appreciate it. Finally he decided to resign and enter business, hoping that this would give him some satisfaction. Prior to announcing his resignation, the...

  • The PalestinianCapital?

    By Eric Silver

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There is a grimy Arabic sign high on the wall of the imposing new building rising on a rocky, ragged hillside in the West Bank village of Abu Dis. Through the rubble and raw cement, a couple of laborers are languidly plastering a concrete beam, but no one is hurrying to fill the...

  • An Otherworldly Gathering

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    On a warm early summer afternoon in Meron, a hilltop village in the Galilee in northern Israel, the sun dangles like a big white bulb. A fanning breeze from the valley pulls up dust, and thedust and the bright light make you squint, as if trying to see something in the distance.But...

  • Remembering Greenberg

    By Richard Sandomir

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In late September 1934, Hank Greenberg, the great Detroit Tigers slugger, chose not to play a crucial game against the Yankees so that he could observe Yom Kippur. A hero to Detroit's Jewish community in only his second season, Greenberg's appearance at Shaarey Zedek synagogue moved...

  • The New Jewish State

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    I have been reading a fascinating book, "The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel's Soul,""that has set me to thinking about Jewish identity -- both in Israel and in the United States.The beauty of a book like this is that its impact is measured not by agreement with the author (or...

  • Out of Dough

    By Tom Tugend

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    America's largest bagel chain finds itself in the hole.
    The Einstein/Noah Bagel Corp., which owns 539 bagel shops across the United States, announced last month that it won't be able to pay off a $125 million debt and may haveto shut down unless it finds new financing. Other bagel...

  • Where the Heart Is

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In late September 1934, Hank Greenberg, the great Detroit Tigers slugger, chose not to play a crucial game against the Yankees so that he could observe Yom Kippur. A hero to Detroit's Jewish community in only his second season, Greenberg's appearance at Shaarey Zedek synagogue moved...

  • Letters

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Afterlife as Security Blanket

    I very much enjoyed Burt Prelutsky's humorous musings about the afterlife (May 5), but underneath his humor he raises some serious questions.While I believe that there is a very human and understandable desire for most people to be reunited with their...

  • From Fandom to ‘Phantom’

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It all began when Steve Cisneros, as an 11th grader at La Mirada High School, was exposed to the plays of his English teacher, Bruce Gevirtzman.

    For 27 years, Gevirtzman has been teaching honors English and American literature at the high school. And for 25 of those years, he has...

  • A New Hope

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Janet's nightmare began when her 14-year-old daughter, Susan, began to earn failing grades, use drugs and exhibit the first violent signs of emerging bipolar disorder.

    By age 16, she had threatened her mother with a knife, carved "I'm ugly" in two-inch-high letters on her leg and slit...

  • The Complete Bar/Bat Mitzvah

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    America's largest bagel chain finds itself in the hole.
    The Einstein/Noah Bagel Corp., which owns 539 bagel shops across the United States, announced last month that it won't be able to pay off a $125 million debt and may haveto shut down unless it finds new financing. Other bagel...

  • Barak Under Fire

    By Naomi Segal

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak travels to the United States for meetings May 21-23, he'll leave behind faltering peace talks, a government in jeopardy and violent flare-ups with the Palestinians.

    Barak plans to meet with American Jewish leaders, many of whom are as confused...

  • For the Children

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "What do we want?" asked the speaker.
    "Common sense gun laws!" came the response.
    "When do we want them?"
    "NOW!" roared the crowd.
    Combining the high spirits of a pep rally with the solemnity of a memorial service, some 2,500 people massedSunday morning in front of the Federal Building...

  • Remembering Melanie

    By Herb Gelfand

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There is a grimy Arabic sign high on the wall of the imposing new building rising on a rocky, ragged hillside in the West Bank village of Abu Dis. Through the rubble and raw cement, a couple of laborers are languidly plastering a concrete beam, but no one is hurrying to fill the...

  • A Valentine for the Past

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Stan Cline remembers Los Angeles. He remembers Gilmore Field and the Pan Pacific Theater that stoodmajestically near the Farmers Market. He remembers Kiddieland where the Beverly Center now stands. He remembers the restaurants and drive-ins of his youth.

    And for more than two...

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