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  • 7 Days in Arts

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm


    Fine art for rent at LACMA. Yep, you read that right. The museum's Art Rental and Sales Gallery sits on the lower level of the Anderson building and features the works of local artists, for sale or rent. For a few more days, you can view their current exhibition of five...

  • Call of the Kiwi

    By Henry Benjamin

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Jews in distress are being encouraged to seek out a trouble-free environment way, way down under -- in New Zealand.

    With Jewish communities in Argentina and South Africa seen as potential pools of immigrants, the Orthodox community in Auckland and the local B'nai B'rith both have...

  • Visiting Peru’s Would-be Jews

    By Bryan Schwartz

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Chan Chan is the world's largest mud city. Lying just outside the town of Trujillo, on Peru's northern coast, Chan Chan's high earthen walls feature pre-Columbian carvings paying tribute to the civilization's many gods.

    In 2001, I ventured to Peru, not just to visit the ruins...

  • Romance in the Negev

    By Loolwa Khazzoom

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    He closed the cap on my gas tank, returned the nozzle and handed me a slip of paper.

    "What's this?" I asked.

    "A coupon for a car wash," he responded. "Kind of like a present." He smiled, dazzling me.

    "Give me another present," I said, handing back the slip of paper. "Your phone...

  • Lieberman’s Presidential Bid Is Already Over

    By Michael Levine

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As an active member of the Southern California Jewish community and a celebrity media consultant who has authored 12 books on communications, it pains me to point out an unpleasant truth.

    Despite the recent Gallup Poll showing Sen. Joseph Lieberman leading the field of Democrats...

  • The Other Soldiers

    By Si Frumkin

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Do you remember me?" he asked. "I am Semion, the soldier with the camel. In Berlin, at the Brandenburg Gate, remember?"

    I sure did. During the war there were no trucks for his artillery unit, so several dozen camels were shipped in from Soviet Asia to pull the guns. Just two made...

  • An Ethical Vision

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Dov Seidman is used to riding a little ahead of the curve. Back in 1998, the Los Angeles-based attorney and founder of the legal research firm Legal Research Network (LRN) decided to expand his business to include an online course in business ethics.

     At the time, no one could...

  • Yonah and the Wail

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Johnny Childs, blues musician, has come a long way from his old life as an ultra-Orthodox hoodlum. He started off in Brooklyn as Yonah Krohn, the unruly third child in a family of 10, who would sometimes briefly steal the fancy cars outside synagogues and take them for joy rides. He...

  • Bombing Follows Thwarted Attacks

    By Naomi Segal

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A suicide bus bombing in Haifa has shattered a relative period of calm in Israel and served as a stark reminder to a country bracing for the possible implications of a U.S.-led war against Iraq.

    With the United States stepping up military and diplomatic preparations for a possible...

  • Don’t Expect Arab Democracy Anytime Soon

    By Avi Davis

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Those expecting democracy to spring to life in Iraq soon after an allied invasion might wish to recall the fate of another Arab strongman from 36 years ago.

    In June, 1967, Egyptian President Gamal Abdul Nasser was sitting in the darkened studios of Cairo Radio, with barely a candle...

  • Road to Wellness

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    At first, investment entrepreneur Judy Resnick did not realize that her daughter, Stacey Shiffman, was carrying a genetically transmitted disease.

    "We didn't know what she had," Resnick said. "It was after her first child was born, and she was getting sicker and sicker and thinner...

  • Wonderful

    By Abby Gilad

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    This is what happens in this week's parsha. In Parshat Pekuday, Moses gives the Israelites an accounting of how much gold, silver and copper was contributed to build the mishkan (the Tabernacle that held the Ten Commandments). This helps the Israelites to truly own the mishkan -- it...

  • Holocaust Exploited

    By Joe Berkofsky

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    An emaciated death camp survivor stares blankly alongside a gaunt steer. "During the seven years between 1938 and 1945, 12 million people perished in the Holocaust," the image declares. "The same number of animals is killed every 4 hours for food in the U.S. alone."

    The poster...

  • The Right’s Secret Weapon: Red Ink

    By James D. Besser

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Students of political irony are having a banner year. A Republican president who campaigned against "nation building" is on the brink of a war intended to rebuild not just a nation -- Iraq -- but an entire region. And conservatives, long the archenemies of deficit spending, are...

  • The Agonizing Toll of Sexual Addiction

    By Julie G Fax

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    One Friday night 33 years ago, when Yisroel Richtberg was 12 years old, an older boy sneaked into his dorm room at his Chasidic yeshiva in Israel, pulled off Richtberg's pajama pants and raped him. The same thing happened the next Shabbat.

    The boy told Richtberg (not his real name)...

  • The Other Soldiers

    By Si Frumkin

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Do you remember me?" he asked. "I am Semion, the soldier with the camel. In Berlin, at the Brandenburg Gate, remember?"

    I sure did. During the war there were no trucks for his artillery unit, so several dozen camels were shipped in from Soviet Asia to pull the guns. Just two made...

  • Heavenly Friendship

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When the call came about writing the music for Todd Haynes' "Far From Heaven," Elmer Bernstein was initially dismissive. "The film already had a temporary score, and I won't look at a film with a temporary score," said Bernstein, who has received 13 Academy Award nominations and a...

  • My Generation

    By Yehuda Lev

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In 1944, when I was 17 and a freshman at Cornell University, I introduced my mother to my new college girlfriend.

    When the young lady left, my mother asked me how we met.

    "We were sitting at the same table in the cafeteria and started to talk."

    Her eyes opened wide. "You what?...

  • Mixed Message

    By Leslie Susser

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As the Israeli army mounted a major operation in the Gaza Strip this week, questions were being asked about the ability of Israel's new, right-wing government to advance the peace process with the Palestinians.

    Israeli officials claimed the Gaza operation actually was intended to...

  • World Briefs

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Mofaz: Army Avoids Harming Innocent Civilians

    The Israeli army does not know of a pregnant woman killed during a military raid in the Gaza Strip this week, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said Tuesday. Mofaz was responding to a question during a Cabinet meeting from Justice...

  • Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Welcome to Heavenly Heights" by Risa Miller (St. Martin's Press, $23.95).

    Many writers have imagined the Jewish immigrant experience, setting their novels and short stories on the Lower East Side and places like that, where newcomers can forge their way to become Americans. Risa...

  • Web Can Ensnare Victims Quickly

    By Julie G Fax

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In his 35-year career, Rabbi Juda Mintz established a Jewish youth group in Montreal, founded a traditional congregation and a campus Hillel in Atlanta and led more than 50 missions to Israel -- all without the aid of a computer.

    But when he was hired at a Mount Freedom, N.J.,...

  • A Wish Is Granted

    By Marc Ballon

    February 27, 2003 | 7:01 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and Jewish Family Service (JFS) have received the first federally funded grant in California for so-called naturally occurring retirement communities (NORCs), places where a majority of the population is over 55.

    JFS, which collaborated...

  • Your Letters

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    David Myers

    Being very familiar with the StandWithUs brochure David Myers referred to I am puzzled as to where in its 16 pages there is any mention or implication of Israel as "defenseless in the face of hostile neighbors" (Letters, Feb. 21). I can only conclude that it is Myers'...

  • The Whole Kingdom

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When Ahuva Goldstein attended Yeshiva Rav Isacsohn Torath Emeth in 1960, she had five students in her sixth-grade class. The ultra Orthodox elementary school was in its seventh year, but it did not have its own building; it was housed in a synagogue on the corner of Third Street and...

  • Lecture Stirs Anger

    By Tom Tugend

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A public lecture by a visiting scholar on the UCLA campus usually doesn't make much of a ripple, but nearly all of the 1,800 seats in Royce Hall were taken and the atmosphere was electric when professor Edward W. Said stepped up to the lectern.

    The sponsoring Burkle Center for...

  • Memories of Iraq

    By Joel Kotkin

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    His Hebrew name is David, but he still goes by his Arabic nickname of Naji. At 82, he sits at a table at the Luxe Hotel in Los Angeles and recalls a life and a civilization now gone, an Iraq that will never be again.

    "When I left Baghdad in 1951," Naji Harkham recalled of the day he...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm


    Somehow, USC Hillel and the Casden Institute have tracked down a few Jews in Hollywood. This weekend, the machers gather with Jewish student filmmakers from Los Angeles and New York for USC's fourth annual Jewish Student Film Festival. Today's itinerary: An afternoon...

  • Solace in SoCal

    By Denise Berger

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Sergio Edelsztein said he would not have come from Israel to a cultural exchange in New York. "Los Angeles is so much more open, and it's still about regular people -- not so much of an establishment," said the director of the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv.

    Edelsztein was...

  • Canaries

    By Rob Eshman

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Last week, all that stood between our taxi and our hotel in Rome were 1 million anti-war protesters.

    My wife and I had gone to Italy for a brief vacation -- the editor fiddling while the world burns -- but found a Europe seething with emotion over America's actions in the Middle...

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