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  • Up Front

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Tooning Out Racism

    With little more than the belief that they could fight racism, 26 local students recently produced a series of animated public service announcements (PSAs) they hope will chip away at stereotypes and prejudice. Most participants had no previous animation...

  • Worth Waiting For

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    With pomp, ritual and the added joy that comes when a long wait precedes a happy event, the Los Angeles school of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) ordained its first rabbis May 5 at Wilshire Boulevard Temple.

    "The kvell factor is huge," said Rabbi Lewis...

  • Whispers of Dissent in the Air

    By Gil Sedan

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    With the monthlong Israeli siege over, life seems to be returning to normal in Ramallah -- but beneath the surface, Palestinians are questioning their regime in unprecedented ways.

    Dissent, which Palestinians usually keep to themselves because of threats to their livelihood or,...

  • Alzheimer’s Home

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine you are 90 years old and the world you once knew, even your own home, feels like a frightening and unfamiliar place. Sometimes you find it hard to recognize even your closest family members. You don't understand why people get angry when you wander away or when you cannot...

  • Quality, Not Quantity

    By Rabbi Susan Laemmle

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This week's Torah portion begins a new biblical book, after which the parsha is named in English, "Numbers,"and in Hebrew, "Bamidbar," best translated as "In the Wilderness."

    Juxtaposing the two very different names turns out to have resonance, both then and now. Between leaving...

  • Shavuot

    By Abbi Gilad

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    So, what's Shavuot all about? The name means "Weeks", but you will see in the puzzle below that it has different names. The holiday is called "weeks" because we have counted 7 weeks from Pesach to reach it. On Passover we were freed from slavery, but on Shavuot, we received, as free...

  • Eulogies

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Marshall Sosson, Violinist and Studio Concertmaster, Dies at 91

    Marshall Sosson, concertmaster at many Hollywood studios, died on April 29, 2002, at the age of 91.

    Music was his fountain of youth. A passionate and tender nature sang through his violin. Active professionally for...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm


    If you don't know the story of Leo Frank, you probably should. The Anti-Defamation League and the modern Ku Klux Klan were both sparked by Frank's infamous murder trial in which bigotry won out over justice. See the play, "The Knights of Mary Phagan" at The Space Theatre,...

  • Netanyahu Spurs Fund Drive

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to Los Angeles last Sunday to raise money and morale, and in a packed banquet room and inside quiet meeting rooms, he did both.

    Netanyahu spoke Sunday morning, May 5, to an audience of 2,400 people at a breakfast banquet at the...

  • Better With Age

    By Jane Ulman

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "You're the oldest of all my friends' moms," my son, Danny, 11, tells me.

    Like I don't know this. Or have a card for senior discounts or billions of cells that have lost their elasticity to prove it.

    A year and a half ago, I was a trendsetter. The Wall Street Journal reported that...

  • Jewish Mother Jokes

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Mother's Day is not exactly a Jewish holiday, but it does provide an occasion to consider whether anything new can be noted in that old war-horse, the Jewish mother joke. Surprisingly, I do note several new wrinkles that help explain why even now this Borscht-belt holdover is not...

  • Aloha, B’nai Mitzvah

    By Pearl Salkin

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Minnie Marvit stepped up to the bimah in Hawaii to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah. This "girl," however, was a 92-year-old bubbe. "I wanted to do this for some time, but I waited until I moved to Hawaii," she said. "I feel so at home here."

    Marvit is a member of Congregation Sof Ma'Arav...

  • Warnings

    By Rob Eshman

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Theodor Herzl, the father of modern Zionism, prophesied that the effect of a Jewish ingathering would be immediate. "Its very inception," he wrote in "Der Judenstaat" in 1896, "means the end of anti-Semitism."

    Well, not quite.

    Here we are, 54 years after Herzl's dream came true,...

  • Without a Trace

    By Gaby Wenig

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The last time Ramin Nikkhoo saw his younger brother, Shaheen, was in 1989, before Ramin made the treacherous journey across the Iranian-Pakistani border, hidden in the back of a smuggler's truck. The route, though dangerous and difficult, was not an unfamiliar option for Iranian...

  • Portman’s Fight

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A month before the release of her new film, "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones," Natalie Portman tackled a more terrestrial conflict: defending Israel.

    The Jerusalem-born actress -- who plays Darth Vader's squeeze Padme Amidala -- objected in her Ivy League college newspaper...

  • Ten Days in L.A.

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles reception welcomed 18 students participating in a cultural exchange sponsored by the Federation's Tel Aviv-Los Angeles Partnership. Fourteen students from Tel Aviv's A.D. Gordon School and four students from their paired partner,...

  • For Shame!

    By Oriana Fallaci

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I find it shameful that in Italy there should be a procession of individuals dressed as suicide bombers who spew vile abuse at Israel, hold up photographs of Israeli leaders on whose foreheads they have drawn the swastika, incite people to hate the Jews. And who, in order to see Jews...

  • Morale Boost for Israeli School

    By Yehoshua Halevi

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    At a time when all Israeli high school students are grappling with the trauma of terrorism, one group of students has received a morale boost from their peers in Los Angeles.

    In response to the Dolphinarium terrorist attack that took the lives of seven Shevach Mofet students last...

  • Made in Israel

    By Rachel Brand

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    While attending a bat mitzvah party, Jane Scher and her friends began discussing the gifts they had brought. "I have been trying to buy a lot of things in Israel," Scher said, including the Israeli-made gift she had given to the bat mitzvah girl.

    It struck a chord among her...

  • Caring Never Grows Old

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In a corner of the brightly lit dining hall of the Eisenberg Village campus at the Jewish Home for the Aging sit The Three Wise Guys. These three men -- Ellis Simon, 77; Hy "Spike" Spikell, 93, and Jules Berlinsky, 90 -- have formed a friendship so strong that they rate having their...

  • Shedding Some Light

    By Amy Klein

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Everything Is Illuminated" by Jonathan Safran Foer (Houghton Mifflin, $24).

    Jonathan Safran Foer's new book, "Everything Is Illuminated" has garnered rave reviews everywhere, from The New York Times to Esquire, with front jacket quotes by Russell Banks, Nathan Englander and mentor...

  • It Takes a (Democratic) Village

    By Barak Lurie

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    So what will it take to end the decades of conflict between the Israelis and its Arab neighbors?

    Let's first recognize the problem: For decades, we've assumed it's an issue of land. But is that really so? If land were the issue, Yasser Arafat would have at least negotiated former...

  • Between a Couch and a Hard Place

    By Carmela Ciuraru

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    We never feel quite so much ourselves as when we are seduced -- a feeling no less intoxicating or sublime when the seducer happens to be a therapist, even when no sex is involved. In her latest book, "The Thief of Happiness: The Story of an Extraordinary Psychotherapy," Bonnie...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    University Synagogue paid tribute to the 30-year career of Rabbi Allen Freehling, on the occasion of the socially active rabbi's retirement, with a gala at the Regent Beverly Wilshire.

    "I will miss very much the way he pays attention to detail and to the needs of congregants. He...

  • A ‘Cheesy’ Holiday

    By Linda Morel

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    My father never missed a chance to eat cheesecake. He was a furniture salesman whose territory covered the New York metropolitan area, and whenever he called on stores near a bakery, he purchased a cheesecake. While my mother and brother avoided cheese in any form, he knew he could...

  • Israel Morals Match Rand Ideology

    By  Orit Arfa

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    If an individual, and a fictional one at that, can be a microcosm of a state, then Israel and Howard Roark, the legendary architect of Ayn Rand's classic "The Fountainhead," may have a lot in common.

    Sound far-fetched? Not according to the Ayn Rand Institute, which ever since Sept....

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Thousands March for Israel in New York

    Tens of thousands gathered in New York to salute Israel. Marchers and onlookers filled Manhattan's Fifth Avenue on Sunday for the annual Israel Day Parade.

    Palestinians Fake Jenin Funerals

    Palestinians reportedly have been holding...

  • Arafat Absent From Sharon’s Plan

    By Leslie Susser

    May 9, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    The fallout from Operation Protective Wall, and even this week's suicide bombing in Rishon le-Zion, may move the diplomatic aspect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in unexpected directions.

    Recent weeks had indicated that the United States and Arab world were preparing to...

  • Ode to Mother

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 9, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    "Christmas Babies," by writer and math professor Nalsey Tinberg, opened at the Laurelgrove Theatre exactly two years after her mother's death. Just before Mother's Day, Tinberg said the piece is an ode to her widowed mom; a tiny, crusty Holocaust survivor who raised four kids by...

  • Winds of Change

    By Andrea Adelson

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In a social hall filled for a community Passover seder, Rabbi Mark S. Miller summons the children in attendance to open an outside door to welcome the prophet Elijah. One of the holiday's enduring rituals is pouring to the rim an extra cup of wine in anticipation of a late guest, the...

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