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  • World Briefs

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    British Cartoon Shows Sharon Eating Baby

    The Israeli Embassy in London sent a letter of protest to The Independent after the newspaper ran a cartoon depicting Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon biting the flesh of a Palestinian baby. In the cartoon, which appeared as Britain...

  • Marching Forth While Looking Back

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Standing outside of the Byzantine Revival majesty of Congregation Talmud Torah on the Sunday following Tu B'Shevat, Stephen Sass, president of the Jewish Historical Society of Southern California (JHS), presented a construction hard hat to State Sen. Gilbert Cedillo (D-Dist. 22) as a...

  • Parshat Yitro

    By Abby Gilad

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In Parshat Yitro, God gives the Israelites the Ten Commandments. Some are commandments of thought: "Do not covet your neighbor's possessions." Some are commandments of speech: "Do not swear with God's name." And some are commandments of action: "Do not steal" and "Keep the Sabbath."

  • The Party Line

    By Gil Sedan

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Nearly 30 political parties are vying in Israel's Jan. 28 general elections.

    According to the latest polls, about 15 parties stand a chance of getting at least 1.5 percent of the vote, the threshold for getting at least one of the Knesset's 120 seats.

    Following is a guide to the...

  • The Parent Trap

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    What makes a good parent? Once, while waiting on line at Passport Control in Israel, I overheard two American couples talking.

    Each was describing how much luggage they had brought. Finally, one said to the other, "We brought nothing for ourselves. The truth is we could have done...

  • Charming? Not the Word for Politics

    By Leonard Fein

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Plato described democracy as "a charming form of government." Well, perhaps in ancient Greece there wasn't much else to charm away the days. But on the eve of Israel's elections and President Bush's State of the Union, "charming" is hardly the word that comes first to mind in...

  • Moonves: No Sympathy for Hitler

    By Ivor Davis

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    President and CEO of CBS Television Leslie Moonves came in for a good deal of flak last year following news that the network was planning to make a two-part miniseries from British history professor Ian Kershaw's book, "Hitler: 1889-l936: Hubris" (W.W. Norton & Company, 2000),...

  • Nanny & Me

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Ana," a Catholic Latina nanny working for a Jewish family in Studio City, was afraid to ask her employers whether she could buy a holiday gift for their young son. She was torn between wanting to give the child a present and worrying about insulting the family. Like many foreigners,...

  • Your Letters

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A Conservative Challenge

    In our studies at Beth Chayim Chadashim's (BCC) Queer Jewish Think Tank, we are not throwing out the halacha, nor are we bending and twisting the texts to suit our own devices ("A Conservative Challenge," Jan. 17).

    BCC and Rabbi Lisa Edwards are at the...

  • Live From Hillel—It’s Laraine!

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Fans of the legendary first seasons of "Saturday Night Live" remember Laraine Newman sashaying with Gilda Radner in the hilarious faux commercial for "Jewess Jeans." They recall her Barbra Streisand impression and her angry beatnik character reciting bad poetry in nasal...

  • Redefining Its Role

    By Marc Ballon

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    For the past 60 years, the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA) has been the glue which, until recently, has kept area Jewish community centers largely flourishing. As the organization struggles to reinvent itself as a consulting business, some in the Jewish...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm


    Talk about "inconceivable." The creative Jewish genius genes run high in the Shawn family. Father William was the renown editor of The New Yorker, and son, Allen, is a music composer. (They even marry well. Allen's wife is novelist Jamaica Kincaid.) So it's no surprise that...

  • Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Tired of wearing designer clothes and lining the pockets of fashionistas? These days, clothing companies are banking on Jewish pride and charity as the impetus for their labels.

    Jewcy and Jewish Jeans are both joining a growing clique of edgy Jewish enterprises, such as Heeb...

  • Jews Must Draw in Interfaith Families

    By Edmund Case

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    According to the released portions of the 2000-2001 National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS), 1.5 million non-Jews live with Jews. Who are they? How do they relate to the Jewish community? How should the community respond to them?

    Against the backdrop of a Jewish population that...

  • Obesity WeighsHeavily on Jews

    By Judy Gruen

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Lynn Kaufman admits that she comes from "big, hearty stock." But after 30 years of being overweight, the Westside resident decided to get control.

    "I had gotten to a really scary number on the scale," said Kaufman, a veteran of numerous diets and 10 years with Overeaters Anonymous....

  • World Briefs

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Lieberman Blasts Saudis

    Saudi Arabia must reduce its support for terror or suffer the consequences, Democratic presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman said. Speaking Sunday in New York, the Connecticut senator said he told the Saudis during his recent trip through the Middle East...

  • ‘Strange Fruit’ Takes Strange Twist

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In Joel Katz's intriguing new documentary about the anti-lynching ballad, "Strange Fruit," an African American poet says she always assumed the songwriter was black.

    Katz shared the same misconception before making his film, also titled "Strange Fruit," in the late 1990s. After all,...

  • Voter Apathy High Among Israeli Arabs

    By Eric Silver

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Omar Baransi, a 71-year-old retired building contractor with a lined, leathery face, brags that he won't be voting in Israel's general election on Jan. 28. "We don't trust anyone these days," he said, "not even the Arab candidates. We've been citizens for 55 years and nothing has...

  • P.S., Your MenschIs Dead—for Now

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    If Hollywood menschdom has a name, it might be Steve Guttenberg. For years, audiences have identified Guttenberg as a nice Jewish mensch in films such as "Cocoon" and "Three Men and a Baby." But in his new film, "P.S. Your Cat Is Dead," which opens Jan. 24, Guttenberg trades in...

  • Fresh Young Minds

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Teenagers clustered in small groups playing hackeysack, shooting grapes into each others' mouths, sitting in corners snarfing copious amounts of candy -- and occasionally pondering the meaning of God.

    The National Council of Synagogue Youth's (NCSY) Lord of the Regionals Shabbaton...

  • Community Briefs

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Baca: "Heroes of the World are in Israel"

    Thirty-four chiefs of police and other law enforcement officials from the United States and Canada arrived in Israel on Sunday to participate in a first-of-its-kind four-day seminar on "Police and Law Enforcement in the Era of Global...

  • The Shinui Stance

    By Eric Silver

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Tommy Lapid, who has made a second career hammering the ultra-Orthodox, says he didn't go into Israeli politics in order to become a government minister. But the outspoken, 71-year-old veteran journalist is suddenly warming to the prospect.

    With elections less than one week away,...

  • Washington Watch

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    U.S. Gives Sharon Tacit Endorsement

    With elections only days away, the Bush administration is officially neutral on the choice facing frustrated Israeli voters. Unofficially, it's a different story. Officials here have already made their preference known -- a tacit endorsement...

  • The Soul of Judaism

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Binny Freedman, the educational director of the international Jewish organization Isralight, was nonchalantly eating his baked ziti in the back of Jerusalem's Sbarro's pizza store when a suicide bomber detonated his bomb there.

    "It was the loudest explosion I have ever heard,...

  • Japane wish American Reflections

    By Ellen Fuji

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    If there is such a thing, I am your typical Japanewish American Princess.

    My Mom is Japanese American, my Dad is ethnically Jewish and, in a wonderful embrace, I came to be. Growing up in a town in which racial and religious combinations were not the norm, my two heritages...

  • Kabbalah Fashion Statement

    By Mica Rosenberg

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    David Shamouelian believes he has tapped into what he thinks is a sure-fire marketing tool: 4,000 years of Jewish mysticism.

    "How do you explain this? You walk into the store and want to buy a blouse for yourself, but you end up buying a dress. Why? Because there is internal energy...

  • Leader of the PAC

    By Rachel Brand

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Ask a Northern Californian about Southern California, and normally you'll hear about everything that Southern California is lacking: lack of public transportation and lack of culture. Or else you'll hear about the excess: excess of fancy cars and excess of pollution.

    But ask San...

  • Making Marriage Work

    By Amy Klein

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Like marijuana?

    Believe in men's rights? Want a secular state?

    If you happen to have an offbeat or nonmainstream platform for Israel, now is the time to run in the Jan. 28 parliamentary elections. One lesson to be learned from the list of the 30 parties vying for Knesset (see page...

  • Good Jew, Bad Jew

    By Lilla Zuckerman

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    He was the kind of guy you would take home to your mother. He was Harvard educated, well-mannered, spent time with the elderly, and held an executive position at a major network. He had traveled the world, written a few books, and was shopping for a home. And naturally, he was...

  • Israeli Elections: What Comes After?

    By Leslie Susser

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The election campaign winding to a close this week should have been about which party has the best plan to extricate Israel from the current cycle of Palestinian terror and economic decline.

    Instead, it focused almost exclusively on sleaze in the political system and corruption...

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