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  • Fence Offensive

    By Steve North

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "People don't become suicide bombers for the fun of it, you know. They have grievances."

    The statement should have come as no surprise, after all I had heard that day, but still, I was stunned. The speaker was one of two British journalists I'd spent the morning with in and around...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm


    So you got a screenplay in your back pocket? Welcome to Hollywood. Now all you have to do is get it made. Enter the Writers Guild Foundation. Today, It offers an all-day masters seminar in "Writing the Original Screenplay." You'll hear leading screenwriters and execs...

  • Faults and Failures

    By Rob Eshman

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Last February, the head of the Mossad lost his cell phone. He left it in his car -- that's right, the head of Israel's renowned top secret spy agency left his cell phone in his car. When he returned, he found someone had bashed his windows and stolen it. On it were the numbers of,...

  • World Briefs

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Mckinney Wins House Primary

    Former Rep. Cynthia McKinney won enough votes to avoid a runoff in her quest to return to Congress. McKinney, who was targeted by Jewish donors two years ago because she is seen as anti-Israel, won 51 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary...

  • Krayzelburg to Defend Record in Athens

    By Tom Tugend

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Swimmer Lenny Krayzelburg will go to the Athens Olympic Games, thanks to placing second in his race during the U.S. qualifying trials, a feat greeted with greater acclaim and emotion than his three gold medals in Sydney four years ago.

    The Jewish immigrant from Odessa had the media,...

  • Tisha B’Av Today

    By Dr. Aryeh Cohen

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    This week a friend confessed to me his problem with fasting on Tisha B'av. My friend is Orthodox and Israeli -- an alumnus of one of the elite hesder yeshivas -- and he felt that it would be wrong for him to fast this year on Tisha B'Av.

    "I cannot abide the litany of persecution and...

  • Turmoil Could Bring Chance for Progress

    By Leslie Susser

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Few doubt that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan has the potential to become a watershed event in Middle Eastern politics, and it already is causing major upheavals in both internal Israeli and Palestinian politics.

    Sharon is being forced to widen his coalition to...

  • Europe Held Key in U.N. Fence Ruling

    By Rachel Pomerance

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When it comes to action at the United Nations, Europe -- considered by many observers to be the organization's moral bellwether -- often decides the course.

    That was the case again this week as the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution demanding that Israel comply...

  • Ode to a Great ‘Uncle’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Pearl Gluck sought her Chasidic forbears in "Divan"; Nathaniel Kahn pursued his estranged father in "My Architect," and now Lindsay Crystal unearths family stories in "My Uncle Berns," a quirky portrait of her wildly eccentric great-uncle.

    For the 26-year-old director -- and...

  • The Challenge of Raising a Mensch

    By Maurice J. Elias

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    More than any one single thing, parents want each of their children to grow up to be a mensch. I have asked parents and educators across the spectrum of Jewish observance and belief what they want most for their children, and this is the answer that comes up more often than any...

  • Your Letters

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm


    Students do it. Girl Scouts do it. Why don't congregants do it? Carpool, that is ("Gridlock," July 9).

    Why wait for perhaps decades for better public transportation? Each synagogue (church, mosque) could establish and distribute a carpool roster by area.


  • Is Indoor Play Good for Your Kids?

    By Adam Wills

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Debbie Friedman was visiting with two other moms at Serrania Park in Woodland Hills on a spring day in 2002 when she noticed their children were talking to a man walking his dog on the other side of the park fence. She went over to see what was happening.

    "He said, 'How old are you...

  • Small Shul With a Big Heart

    By David Finnigan

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When comedic actor Larry Miller and his wife first went to Studio City's Congregation Beth Meier 11 years ago, the very small shul's Tomb of Rachel architecture was less inspiring than watching elderly Rabbi Meier Schimmel toss one back at L' Chaim time.

    "He pours himself a blast of...

  • Community Briefs

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    L.A.'s New Consul General

    Ehud Danoch, chief of staff to Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, has been appointed as the new Israeli consul general in Los Angeles, The Journal has learned.

    Danoch will replace popular Ambassador Yuval Rotem, when the latter returns to Israel on Aug. 16.


  • From Jew to Jewcy

    By Hal Niedzviecki

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Last year was a big one for Jewish cool. Articles in The Forward; Time Out New York; conservative Candian newspaper, The National Post; and staid British dailies, The Times and The Observer all trumpeted the reinvention of Jewishness as hip and cool. Amalgamate the headlines of those...

  • Texas GOP Pushes ‘Christian Nation’

    By Cathy Young

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    After a short respite from the fight over the Pledge of Allegiance, the Republican Party has once again thrown itself into the fray over issues of church and state. This time it's the Republican Party of Texas, President Bush's home state, which has approved a plank in its platform...

  • The Last-Minute Pajama Party

    By Lisa Frydman Barr

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Invitation Process

    "It's already been decided," my 6-year-old announces with an impish smile and a green-eyed glint.

    "What's been decided, honey?" I ask.

    "My first sleepover party. I invited Julia, Emma and Rachel to sleep over this weekend."

    "Noa," I say slowly, wondering who...

  • Turning The Pages of Childhood

    By Judy Gruen

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Mommy, will you read to me?"

    My 10-year-old daughter asks me this question every night. Even if I'm exhausted, or just want some time to myself, I almost always say yes. Before I turn around, she'll be 11, then 12, then a teenager.

    She will no longer need her reading fix with...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Day of Sadness

    Tisha B'Av means the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av. It is the saddest day in the Jewish year, when we remember some of the terrible things that have happened to our people since ancient times. This year, Tisha B'Av starts at sundown on July 26 and ends at sunset on July 27.

    This Day in History

    Many terrible things have happened to the Jewish people on Tisha B'Av. Do you know what they were? Answer the quiz questions correctly and send the answers to abbygilad@yahoo.com for a prize.

  • U.N. Failing in Conflict-Resolution Role

    By James D. Besser

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In Indiana in the 1960s, billboards proclaimed a central message of the John Birch Society: "U.S. Out of the U.N."

    The United Nations, the right-wing crusaders believed, was part of a communist plot to undermine our sovereignty. Soon, Americans would be slaves to the puppet masters...

  • Helnwein ‘Epiphany’ Afflicts Comfortable

    By Mitchell Waxman

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In contemporary artist Gottfried Helnwein's painting, "Epiphany I," an Aryan Madonna-like figure sits holding a naked, uncircumcised new born boy, while some SS officers stand around her, critically sizing up mother and child. The painting is a reproduction of a Nazi propaganda...

  • Your Letters

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Same-Sex Marriage

    The opinion piece by Sandy Frank on same-sex marriage raises some interesting questions. Frank claims that heterosexual marriage is important because it is prevalent in every society, ancient or modern ("Same-Sex Marriage Poses Key Questions," July 9). That...

  • Bombing Adds Insult to Ruling on Fence

    By Dan Baron

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The International Court of Justice may have ruled it illegal, but Israel's West Bank security barrier has at least one new supporter.

    For Sammy Masrawa, it was more baptism by fire than conversion, after Masrawa witnessed a bombing that killed an Israeli woman and wounded at least...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm


    Kiddie porn or art? You be the judge. This week, Fahey/Klein Gallery opens "Michal Chelbin: Photographs." The Israeli artist's black-and-white portraits place circus people front and center in dramatic poses at times disturbing in their frankness: young girls pose in their...

  • Hate Crime Stats Not Always Precise

    By Idan Ivri

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations' (CAIR) new report titled, "Unpatriotic Acts," warns that acts of hate against Muslims in the United States skyrocketed in 2003. At face value, the numbers are grim: CAIR notes a 70 percent increase in "reports of harassment, violence and...

  • Reflections on a Tragedy

    By Maryann J. Gray

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    July 16 marks the one-year anniversary of the terrible accident at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market, which killed 10 and injured more than 60. George Russell Weller, the elderly driver, faces 10 counts of vehicular homicide with gross negligence.

    I know from personal experience the...

  • Putin Targets Human Rights Workers

    By Cathy Young

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Twenty years ago, who could have thought that in 2004, the president of Russia would be attending a meeting of the leaders of industrialized democracies in the United States? Vladimir Putin's presence at the Group of Eight summit on Sea Island, Ga., in June could be seen as a sign of...

  • Valley Is No Longer a Remote Outpost

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I've lived in two of the country's most ridiculed locales. I was born in New Jersey, the punch line of stand-up comics everywhere. Adding insult to injury, my family moved to the San Fernando Valley in the early '70s. At that time, the Valley was perceived as the end of the earth --...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Being Green

    Do you have a backyard? Is it green and full of flowers and trees? In Matot-Masei, we learn that God believes green space is an absolute necessity. God tells the Israelites: "Set aside some of your land for the Levites, so they can build towns. Make sure that there is...

  • Weaving a Kerry Web Site

    By Idan Ivri

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    There is no shortage of opinions in the media about what Jews should do in November. The perceived dilemma: How to reconcile traditional Jewish support of American social programs, the expansion of civil rights and environmental protection with President Bush's popular pro-Israel...

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