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  • Father of the Bride

    By Yehuda Lev

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Other than paying his share of the bills, the father of the bride has two principal responsibilities when his daughter marries.

    The first is to stay out of the way of the womenfolk in the family while they make certain that the dress colors match (but not too exactly), the proper...

  • Your Letters

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    River of Hope

    Rob Eshman writes about the "River of Hope" (June 27) coinciding with my hope. I am happy that COEJL is working to revive the river and beautify our environment.

    How about a walk by the river, from the West Valley to the sea? My letter to you may encourage more...

  • Cracking the Dress Code

    By Amy Rosner

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Finding a dress was a lot more difficult than I ever thought it would be," Kimberly Larrick said. "But I knew that if I looked long enough, I would find it."

    The bride's patience paid off. Larrick's dream dress was about the 60th gown she tried on.

    "When I came out of the dressing...

  • When Bad Things Happen to Good Institutions

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When a University of Judaism (UJ) male administrator and a female student fell together from the second-story window of a Pico-Robertson apartment, hitting the concrete below and landing in the hospital, the story made the news and set community tongues wagging.

    At the time,...

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  • Court’s Race Rulings Raises Deeper Issues

    By David A. Lehrer

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The United States Supreme Court has handed down its decisions on the issue of affirmative action. In the cases of Grutter vs. Bollinger and Gratz vs. Bollinger, the court has ruled on the constitutionality of race-conscious programs and their viability in educational institutions...

  • Pro-Israel: Solidarity or Retail Politics?

    By James D. Besser

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Pro-Israel lobbyists are patting themselves on the back these days for yet another congressional resolution declaring solidarity with the embattled State of Israel, and the kudos are justified.

    Pro-Israel resolutions these days are routinely passed with only token opposition;...

  • Simcha Stress and Bridal Blues

    By Elisa Albert

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Whenever I tell someone about my impending nuptials, the reaction is the same. First come the whoops of joy and the chorus of "Mazel Tovs!"

    Then, invariably, the tone shifts. Faces fall.

    "How are you?" they ask, in much the same tone one might hear at a shiva call. "How are things...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Master Mined

    The Walt Disney Concert Hall has not opened yet, but, no doubt, you will point out the downtown Los Angeles edifice to your out-of-town visitors when you play tourist guide this summer. That's because the hall's colossal, flowing panoply of flapping pantiles -- based...

  • Graff Explores the Drama of Theater ‘Camp’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Before Todd Graff attended theater camp, he liked to cause trouble. "I was hanging out with a bunch of idiot kids," Graff, 43, said. "We'd cut class, stand outside the liquor store, drink beer, blast music and raise havoc at night."

    When Graff and friends stole a neighbor's car one...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday



    One nation, under God, hip to disco, with Macy Gray and justice for all. A lofty ideal, perhaps. But that's the breakdown for tonight's Justice Ball. Sponsored by Bet Tzedek (The House of Justice), the ball supports the organization's mission of providing free legal...

  • Happy Trails to You

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A 7-year-old boy with severe disabilities who usually spends his days in an unresponsive haze in his wheelchair is running his fingers through the mane of a miniature pony named Chocolate -- and giggling.

    "It's a miracle," his mother tells Pepper Salter Edmiston, the founder of the...

  • Myth of Uniformity

    By Rob Eshman

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A lesbian, a Chinese American and a black man walk into a bar.... It's not the start of a joke, it's the beginning of a minyan.

    It takes 10 Jews to make a minyan, or quorum for communal prayer, and at least three of the people on stage at the University of Judaism last week fit the...

  • Chuppot by Design

    By Rahel Musleah

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Before the wedding of her son, Michael, Elsa Wachs sent invitations to almost 50 family members. They weren't invitations to share the upcoming simcha -- not just yet -- but a request to contribute to the chuppah she was designing.

    "You, our family, are very precious to us," she...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Where Credit Is Due

    The Israelites complain, again, that they don't have water (Numbers 19:1-21:34). God tells Moses to make water pour from a rock by talking to it. Moses, in his anger at the whining Israelites, yells at them: "You'll see how we [him and Aaron] will make water...

  • Recall Tarnishes Golden State’s Shine

    By Bob Hertzberg

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    California has always been a land of hope and opportunity. From the Gold Rush forward, our state has been a magnet for visionaries, entrepreneurs and dreamers. Across the world, California has become a beacon of prosperity, known from Timbuktu to Tel Aviv for constantly challenging...

  • A Match Made in Cyberspace

    By Keren Engelberg

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Sometimes fate takes too long." So reads the tagline on the home page for matchmaker.com, an Internet personals site.

    But anyone who's tried Internet dating (or any kind of dating, for that matter) knows that putting yourself out there is no guarantee of success. You're really just...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish Leader Admits to Drug Charges

    A German Jewish leader admitted to drug charges and resigned his post as vice president of the country's Jewish community. In a news conference Tuesday, Michel Friedman also asked forgiveness from the public, his colleagues and his...

  • Sacred Spaces

    By Rabbi Mimi Weisel

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The second part of this week's double portion, Chukat-Balak, is rather humorous, and even curious. In the second part of the portion, Balak, king of Moab, hires Balaam who is considered to be the world's greatest wizard, to curse the Israelites. Yet, when this great sorcerer attempts...

  • New Rabbi Hopes More Families Enjoy Sun, Surf, Shabbat at PJC

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On Saturday morning in Venice Beach, among the scores of shirtless rollerbladers and bearded aging beach hippies, you are likely to see some conservatively dressed people strolling purposefully past the henna tattoos stands, the Indian deity beachside galleries and the stores selling...

  • Family Values and July Fourth

    By Elliot Fein

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I recently increased my odds of renting a quality flick at my local Blockbuster by skipping over the new releases section and checking out a classic: the 1990 Barry Levinson film "Avalon."

    An epic story of a Russian Jewish family in Baltimore that abandons its past to assimilate...

  • Your Letters

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Piece of the Pie

    Tom Tugend's article led me to fantasize that if I were a secular Jewish millionaire, what would I do to mitigate the present feverish global anti-Semitism ("Why Aren't Jews Giving to Jews?" June 27)? I certainly would not give a dime to organizations that are...

  • Activists Looking to Past for Inspiration

    By Bill Boyarsky

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When I arrived in Los Angeles, I was drawn to Boyle Heights, a Latino community that had once been the home of Los Angeles Jewish radical life.

    It wasn't that I was looking for Eastside, left-wing Jewish roots. I didn't have any. When my grandparents lived in Los Angeles before...

  • Gibson Film Causes ‘Passion’ to Rise

    By Joe Berkofsky

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The ghosts of virulently anti-Semitic nuns may haunt Mel Gibson's new film about Jesus' final days, some Catholic and Jewish scholars are warning.

    The growing hype concerns charges that "The Passion" blames Jews for Jesus' death. Gibson denies any anti-Semitic intent, and little...

  • Rebels and Leaders

    By Rabbi Allen I. Freehling

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    One of my favorite Torah portions is the one that we will read this Shabbat. It reveals to us myriad recognizable human traits while transmitting to us some vital lessons.

    From this story, we see that some characteristics are bad while others are good; and, along the way, we observe...

  • Slicing the Kosher Cheese Market

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    At a cheese plant in Compton, Rabbi Avraham Vogel, a mashgiach (kosher supervisor) from OK supervision, adds a bucket of culture to a 780-gallon bath of hot milk. A table nearby is spread with cheese curd, which a worker cuts and then puts through a cooker stretcher that bathes the...

  • California Dreamin’

    By Rob Eshman

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    By the time you read this, our state's budget crisis will already have a solution. It may not be official, it may not be complete, but it will be in the works. And you can credit Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) for that.

    Issa is the state legislator who has launched the recall drive...

  • Pulling Up Stakes

    By Buzzy Gordon

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    For someone only in his 40s, actor-director Robby Benson already has had a busy career. He also has had his fill of Hollywood.

    Last month, the 47-year-old Benson sold his Los Angeles home and moved to Boone, N.C., where he has accepted a faculty position as artist-in-residence at...

  • Aid to Israeli Families Serves Dual Role

    By Andrea Adelson

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Good can come from every situation, Judaism holds, and so does Irvine's Rabbi Joel Landau. The Beth Jacob Congregation leader has searched for good amid the unceasing bloodshed in the Middle East and found that empathy for victims of violence could be the sympathetic lifeline that...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Parshat Korah

    Korah picks a fight with Moses and says, "I'm a Levite, too. I deserve to be given as much honor as you." When a group of Israelites decide to take Korach's side, they are swallowed up by the earth.

    Have you ever decided to take sides when two of your friends fought?...

  • Reaching Brunch Davidians

    By Rob Eshman

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I recently spent a day in a room with 27 academics, rabbis and communal activists trying to figure out what to do about the Jews.

    The Wilstein Institute convened this June 9 meeting of local Jewish leaders -- Wilstein's term, not mine -- to discuss the current state of Jewish...

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