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  • Unchosen Actor, ‘Chosen’ Director

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Years before he directed the play version of "The Chosen" -- now at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica -- David Ellenstein was up for the starring role in the 1981 film of Chaim Potok's classic novel.

    "So I began reading the book as a chore," said Ellenstein, whose staging...

  • The Sixth Sense in Security

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Even though we've just crossed the first anniversary mark of Sept. 11 without incident, security specialist Dennis Kennedy does not think America should relax just yet.

    "I believe that everything we see happening in Jerusalem will happen in Los Angeles in the near future," he said.

    ...

  • Onboard the RebbeSoul Train

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It's the fusion of world music, electronic tones, prayer samples, nature sounds and religious intensity that gives multi-instrumentalist RebbeSoul his edge in the world of contemporary Jewish music. His mystical sound is anti-"Hava Nagila," but unlike the sluggish dirges that...

  • A Home in Nature

    By Abby Gilad

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On Sukkot, we eat and sleep in a hut called a sukkah. We can see the stars and feel the wind. It reminds us of how dependent we are on nature to survive. This is a holiday to remember that nature is dependent on us, too. What can you do? Grow a garden. Don't throw garbage into the...

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  • Berlin’s Open Wounds

    By Rachel Brand

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A bombed-out building transformed into a discothèque; the central section of an apartment building that is bizarrely absent -- these are just some of the visual images that preserve the memory of Berlin's complex and turbulent past. War wounds remain conspicuously open and...

  • Your Letters

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Marlene Adler Marks

    All Hadassah members nationwide -- and especially those in Southern California -- wish to express their heartfelt condolences to Marlene Adler Marks' daughter, Samantha, and all of Marlene's family. Through her Women's Voice columns in The Jewish Journal and...

  • Eulogies:Jonathan “J.J.” Greenberg

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Jonathan "J.J." Greenberg, the executive director of the Jewish Life Network, died Saturday in Israel after his bicycle was struck by a car a day earlier. The son of prominent Orthodox leaders Rabbi Irving (Yitz) and Blu Greenberg, Greenberg, 36, was also a founder of Makor, a Jewish...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday



    Werner Herzog's answer to the severe lack of good Holocaust movie roles for muscle men in Hollywood is "Invincible." The film is based on the true story of Zishe Breitbart, a Jewish strongman who becomes a famous cabaret act in 1930s Berlin. Mousy Tim Roth plays the cabaret...

  • Hahn’s Most Important Choice

    By Joel Kotkin

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Hahn administration, whose tenure has been marked by an often unnecessarily divisive campaign against secession, now faces a far more important decision: the choice of a new police chief. Nothing the mayor and his advisers do in the next three years will be more important to both...

  • The Mitzvah’s in the Mail

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    We need more stamps," a little boy yells. "How many cards do we have left?" asked a dark-haired woman. "I have more envelopes!" shouts a girl in a skirt. It's the Wednesday before Rosh Hashana at the Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda, yet the residents don't seem to mind the noise...

  • Israel’s Homeland Security: Lessons Learned, Lessons Shared

    By Rep. Jane Harman

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Over Labor Day weekend, I stared across the Israeli-Lebanese border at yellow Hezbollah flags and a large billboard with the horrifying image of a beheaded Israeli. A Hezbollah militant stood on the other side of the ugly electrified fence, snapping photos of me, senior officers of...

  • The Grape Taste of Sukkot

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As a child, I loved the bunches of grapes that hung from the palm leaves covering the roof of the sukkah. These small outdoor huts were built for Sukkot, the Jewish holiday that gives thanks for a fruitful harvest. They symbolize the huts used by harvest workers during biblical...

  • Succulent Sukkot Recipes

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    What a difference a decade makes. In fall 1992, my husband and I visited Israel during what now seems such innocent times. Only once did our tour guide announce a change in itinerary when a particular site was deemed unsafe. We visited friends in Jerusalem and sat leisurely sipping...

  • Star Stricken

    By Teresa Strasser

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    My ex-boyfriend is a star.

    Just when I thought he was securely fastened in my past, he is suddenly and jarringly in my present, whirring by me on the side of a bus, staring at me from the cover of TV Guide, cracking jokes on late night TV.

    In short, he is everywhere. As the host of a...

  • Fragility Around Us

    By Jane Ulman

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On Sukkot, the Torah commands us to live in booths for seven days.

    As if we need these temporary huts to remind us of life's fragility.

    Nevertheless, my husband, Larry, and I, along with three of our sons, dutifully haul down the disassembled pieces of our prefab sukkah from the...

  • I’ve Heard That Name Before

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Call up a Los Angeles City Council or Board of Supervisors office these days and you are likely to speak to someone called Adina, Adeena or Adena. It doesn't matter if you are calling the office of Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky (3rd District) or the council offices of Cindy Miscikowski...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Temple's got class

    Temple Ramat Zion Preschool in Northridge opened its first-ever kindergarten class this week. The office of State Sen. Richard Alarcón (D-Dist. 20) presented the school with a congratulatory certificate at the opening ceremony.

    Brain trust

    Art of the Brain,...

  • Washington’s “What, Me Worry?” War

    By James D. Besser

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Finally, it's over: the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks in Washington and New York was a media extravaganza that provided a blend of remembrance, healing and strong TV ratings.

    But there was a glaring gap. Despite the somber patriotism of the day, there were few...

  • Once More, With Feeling

    By Rob Eshman

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    While we Americans debate the cost and benefit of a war with Iraq, we American Jews must not kid ourselves: the second front in America's war against Iraq will be Tel Aviv, not Tarzana.

    It is true that Americans will probably die in any confrontation, and that terrorists inspired or...

  • Intifada Gains Palestinians Nothing

    By Leslie Susser

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli society has been bruised and brutalized by two years of Palestinian terror and violence, but as the intifada enters its third year, it has brought the Palestinians no political gain whatsoever.

    On the contrary, there is far less on the table for the Palestinians than when...

  • Kosher Eats,    Tasty Treats

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "We don't do falafel or schwarma," said Avi Ben-Harouch while seated on a beige banquette in the elegant dining room of his new restaurant, Avi's Bistro in Agoura Hills. Ben-Harouch is hoping that the Wok Seared Fresh Tuna and Linguine with Kielbasa Sausage that his restaurant serves...

  • Where the Wild Things Came From

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Every Sunday night in the late 1930s, Maurice Sendak's immigrant relatives descended on his Brooklyn home and ate everything in sight.

    "I was afraid they might eat me," said the celebrated children's author and illustrator, the subject of a new exhibit, "Where the Wild Things Are:...

  • Happiness Happens

    By Rabbi Ron Shulman

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Behind every meaningful practice stands its theory. This Shabbat we begin Sukkot, our eight-day festival of booths and thanksgiving during which we celebrate the wandering and journey of our ancestors from slavery to freedom.

    Sukkot's bounty includes ecological sensitivities as we...

  • AMBER: The U.S. Moral Alert

    By Rabbi Eli Hecht

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    At least once a week, we hear reports of missing children. Some are found alive and others, tragically, dead.

    Some become names on the missing list and remain a mystery.

    The heartbreak is great, and families never truly recover from the trauma. For years, we have been aware of this...

  • Get a CLUE to   Help the Poor

    By Mike Levy

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "It's not someone else's problem. It's our problem." The problem Devorah Shubowitz is talking about: poverty.

    Over the summer, Shubowitz worked with Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) to study the Jewish working poor in Los Angeles.

    Through CLUE, more than 400...

  • Lions in Zion

    By Ari Z. Zivotofsky

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It is not common for the mayor of Jerusalem to write to a 7-year-old and a 5-year-old. But it is similarly not the norm for them to write to him. The subject of this exchange was a new, unusual art project carried out by the Jerusalem municipality.

    The perception in most of the...

  • Community Briefs

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Birthright Plans to Send 1,000 to Israel

    Birthright Israel hopes to send 1,000 participants this winter despite violence in the Middle East. The program has sent 300,000 students to Israel in the past 21¼2 years. In a media conference call with the North American Jewish...

  • Shifting Gears

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "It's not someone else's problem. It's our problem." The problem Devorah Shubowitz is talking about: poverty.

    Over the summer, Shubowitz worked with Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) to study the Jewish working poor in Los Angeles.

    Through CLUE, more than 400...

  • “Pups” Have Nose for Terror

    By Tom Tugend

    September 19, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    "Our standards are so high that only one in 1,000 qualify," Mike Herstik said. "Those accepted get their college education here and then go to Israel for graduate work."

    Herstik is not the admissions officer at an Ivy League university, but carries the title of director of canine...

  • Hamilton High’s Sour Note

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    September 19, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    Most parents dream of having a school administrator like Jeff Kaufman.

    As the assistant principal and director of the Academy of Music magnet program at Hamilton High School, Kaufman, a graduate of Hamilton, led his program to win an honorary Grammy, be featured on the Disney series...

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