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  • Gay Jews Line Up to Wed

    By Joe Berkofsky

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Yoel Kahn originally married 13 years ago, but on Monday he tied the knot again -- to the same man.

    Kahn, who leads a congregation in Sonoma, first wed his longtime partner Dan Dellm under a chuppah (Jewish wedding canopy), but on Monday they finally secured a marriage license...

  • Brouhaha on Gibson

    By Tom Tugend

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There is at least one upside to the brouhaha over Mel Gibson's controversial film, "The Passion of the Christ": It has led to some serious probing of current Jewish-Christian relations and given many Jews a crash course in the varieties of Christian theology.

    On Feb. 10, more than...

  • Right Wing Girds to Block Gaza Plan

    By Leslie Susser

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The earthquake in Israel that measured 5 on the Richter Scale last week is not the only ground shifting these days in the Jewish state.

    In the wake of the recent announcement by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that Israel soon could withdraw unilaterally from Jewish settlements...

  • Off the Bimah: A Concerted Effort

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    With her slender figure, long, shining strawberry-blonde hair and big hazel eyes, Alison Wissot looks more like a stage ingénue than most people's conceptions of a cantor -- not surprising, since that's what she was 10 years ago.

    Wissot's cantorial career is off to a brilliant...

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  • The Haunted Divorce

    By Adam Gilad

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    She was beautiful. She was sweet, smart and reflective. She was a devoted mother of a little girl, clearly able to love and to carry on a bright, thoughtful conversation. We connected, and, in first moments made drunk by hope, we discovered a shared passion for the poet, Rumi, and...

  • U.S. Could Play Positive Gaza Role

    By Steven L. Spiegel

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Ariel Sharon stunned Israeli politics early this month by announcing that he had ordered official plans for relocating 17 settlements in the Gaza Strip and at least three more in the West Bank. He has ignited a political firestorm in Israel, as many on the Israeli right are...

  • Dining With Tolerance in Krakow

    By David Wallis

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Soon after Alef Jewish Restaurant opened for business in Krakow's Jewish quarter more than a decade ago, a gaggle of Polish schoolgirls wandered in during their lunch break. The anxious students asked the restaurant's co-owner, Janusz Benigier, whether they served non-Jews.

    Benigier...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Foxman Presses Vatican on Film

    Abraham Foxman wants the Vatican to take a stand on Mel Gibson's controversial film on Jesus. Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, met with Vatican officials Tuesday. He urged Vatican officials to tell bishops around the...

  • Between the Sheets

    By Carin Davis

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    So what does a nice Jewish girl know about porn? Quite a bit. Writer Lynn Isenberg strived for silver screen success and Hollywood nights, but instead found sex scene success and "Boogie Nights." Tired of legitimate film studios' constant rejection, Isenberg found success as a...

  • Who Has Kerry’s Ear?

    By Ron Kampeas

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Now that he's running for president, Sen. John Kerry's openness to a broad range of Jewish opinion is making some in the pro-Israel community nervous -- and others hopeful.

    The very quality that attracted Jewish voters to him as a longtime Massachusetts senator is now earning the...

  • The Gospel Truth

    By Rob Eshman

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Just before midnight on Monday the phone rang at our house. It was a guest booker from ABC's "Good Morning America," asking if I would speak that morning to Diane Sawyer, live on air, about Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ."

    The booker, Asa, sounded young, and he spoke with...

  • Quiet South Bay Community Speaks Out

    By David Finnigan

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    B'nai Tikvah Congregation in Westchester is in the northern tip of the South Bay's small, self-contained Jewish community. Its Manchester Boulevard sanctuary has 204 seats, and as synagogue president Tony Schaffer said, "We bring in a good 40 to 60 people on a Saturday and we will...

  • Living for Yesterday

    By Amy Klein

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Tel Aviv -- There is barely a line at Counter 15 of Israeli passport control, but still an older guy manages to try and cut me, even though his wife clearly sees that I've been there first. He pretends his line was for my counter, although it's clearly diagonal, for the empty Counter...

  • The Rebirth of Jewish Vienna

    By Curt Leviant

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    As our British Airways jet approached Vienna, we were able to make out the famous skyline of the Austrian capital. Excited, snatches of Viennese waltzes ran through our head, which somehow then turned to melodies by Mozart and Beethoven. But then more somber, darker images of the...

  • Through God’s Eyes

    By Reb Mimi Feigelson

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    One of my students once asked me what was the greatest gift that my teacher Reb Shlomo Carlebach gave me. My reply was immediate: "He gave me a new pair of eyes."

    I had grown up praying from the first day I could speak.

    I was raised observing Shabbat from the moment I learned to...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Big Brothers Bash

    Hollywood producer Mark Canton received the Sydney J. Rosenberg Lifetime Achievement Award at the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters/Camp Max Straus 12th annual Dinner and Auction Gala on Jan. 24 at the Century Plaza Hotel.

    Jewish Big Brothers/Big Sisters is an...

  • Artist Evokes Jewish Strength—Overtly

    By Rachel Zuckerman

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Five years ago, veteran comic book artist Joe Kubert visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. He expected to be moved, but since he and his parents had escaped from Poland before the Nazi genocide began, he assumed his emotional reaction would be...

  • Your Letters

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    GLBT Jews

    I'm a member of Beth Chayim Chadashim. I want to say how heartening it is to read your words, and the words of Rabbi David Ellenson last week ("'Til Death Do Us Part," Feb. 13 and "Countering the Family Values Monopoly," Feb. 6). You do so much to take the conversation...

  • The Gourmet

    By Jeff Hoyt

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Guests nibbling on Grilled Hoisin-Ancho Colorado Lamb Chops, Roasted Garlic and Chicken Risotto and Caramel Sauce Crème Brûlée at Century City's five-star St. Regis Hotel & Spa might not just want to thank the chef, but also a rabbi.

    Foodies may be surprised to learn that these...

  • Meltzer Wants to Invest in You

    By Marc Ballon

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When Mark Meltzer became executive director of the Jewish Free Loan Association (JFLA) in 1980, the agency had $800,000 in total assets, the equivalent of three and a half full-time employees and largely made interest-free loans to people for groceries, car repairs and other such...

  • Hard Knocks Can’t Keep Her Down

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    With her blonde shag, rhinestone-studded clothing and gleaming high heels, Jackie Kallen turns every head as she breezes through the Four Seasons bar. She's still got that brash, flamboyant streak that made her the most successful female boxing manager, portrayed in "Against the...

  • Megillah on the Mountain

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It's beginning to look a lot like Purim. The hamantaschen-filled holiday comes one month early this year, as Temple Beth Ami in Santa Clarita and Six Flags Magic Mountain co-host PurimFest: The World's Largest Purim Carnival this Sunday.

    The early date was chosen "to allow everybody...

  • Here Comes the Bridal Shower

    By Beverly Levitt

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Something old, something new,

    Something borrowed, something blue,

    And a lucky sixpence in her shoe....

    -- Anonymous

    For years this adage has sent mothers of the bride, maids of honor -- even well-meaning machatanim (in-laws) -- scurrying about town to locate the perfect antique...

  • Get Me to the Beach on Time

    By Carin Davis

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Tired of the same old country club I-dos? Bored with the been-there, danced-to-that-Beverly Hills reception? Why not take your wedding on the road?

    At one time, destination weddings were reserved for celebrity vows, hushed elopements and civil ceremonies. Exotic locales meant no...

  • Looking for Love?

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    JDate is the largest Jewish singles site, but for those interested in swimming in smaller ponds, below is a sampling of some of the other offerings on the web.



    www.frumster.com  -- A dating service exclusively for Orthodox singles.

    www.jmatch.com   -- Like JDate, but replying to...

  • Haven’t I Seen You Before?

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There are many pitfalls of online dating. Posting your own profile can make you feel exposed. You can be e-mailing someone whose photo promises that he looks like Brad Pitt's younger, taller and more handsome brother, whose profile pledges that not only is he poetic, sensitive, kind...

  • Desperately Seeking Soulmates

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The most successful matchmakers in the Jewish community don't want to talk romance.

    His own romance "happened so long ago, there is really not much to say about it," Alon Carmel, the co-founder, of JDate.com, the largest Jewish online personals site, tells The Journal when asked for...

  • U.S. Should Support Right to Build Fence

    By Rep. Henry Waxman

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Attacks on Israel are escalating again. With another deadly suicide bombing in the heart of Jerusalem, the race to thwart the infiltration of terrorists is up against yet another rush: to condemn Israel at the United Nations.

    This time, the forum is the United Nations' International...

  • ‘Til Death Do Us Part

    By Rob Eshman

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Stephen Sass and Steven Hochstadt had been partners for 14 years when they decided to fly from their home in Los Angeles to Canada and officially get married. Though the couple had wed in a Reform Jewish ceremony five years earlier, an Ontario court had just upheld a law legalizing...

  • A Tale of Two Cities Divided

    By Dina Kraft

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    On one side there is no escaping the wall: hulking, concrete and towering almost 28 feet into the sky.

    Where it's not a wall, the barrier is a mesh fence topped with barbed wire and cameras, looping around the entire Palestinian city of Kalkilya.

    Just across the boundary and only a...

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