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  • A Hi-Tech Jewish High

    By Tom Tugend

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The Milken Community High School celebrated the completion of its campus construction Sunday, putting the final touches on the nation's largest non-Orthodox Jewish high school -- and its most high-tech -- bar none.

    Families of the school's 700 students marveled at the classrooms, each...

  • The Pope and the Jews

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    According to Rabbi Harold Schulweis, the present pope, John Paul II, has reached out to the Jews of the world in ways that far exceed any acts of his predecessors. He has begun a re-examination of the church's treatment of Jews, long overdue, but hitherto unacknowledged. Moreover, he...
  • Party of Six

    By Tom Tugend

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Perhaps no professional marriage counselor has a surer grip than Neil Simon on the unending nuances and permutations of the marital state.

    Both from personal experience -- he recently introduced what I believe is his fourth wife at the Skirball Cultural Center -- and through some 30...

  • A Day in Shul with the Dalai Lama

    By Julie G Fax

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet sits before the towering ark in Sinai Temple's main sanctuary. With humor, grace and wisdom, he has just addressed 2,000 admirers this Monday morning. Now, it is time for questions.

    "What is Buddhism?" the interpreter reads from a card...

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  • Speaking One Language

    By Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    What kind of Jew are you? Reform? Conservative? Orthodox? Secular? Cultural? Reconstructionist? With whom do you identify? With whom do you disagree? What kind of Jew is so different that you would have nothing to share?

    Somehow, we can't resist the urge to put labels on ourselves, to...

  • Uncle Vanya’ Hits Sour Note; ‘Amadeus’ in Perfect Harmony

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    No one ever said Anton Chekhov was an easy fit for American actors. In Chekhov, there may be scoundrels, but no villains; interesting, appealing women, but no heroine; a central figure perhaps, but flawed. Under the surface, it is the human condition that he unfolds for us.

    In the...

  • The Jewish Lens

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Big changes happen in the wink of an eye. Last week I spoke to a large crowd of parents at a "Jewish Day School Expo" at Milken Community High School. Most of the parents didn't know what schools were available or where they were located. But they were eager indeed. When I asked for...
  • Point

    By Sanford M. Walkes

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    I make reference to Daniel Kurtzman's piece regarding Pat Buchanan ("Should He Stay or Should He Go?" Oct. 1). I must admit that my background is Ashkenazic, Jewish, New York City, 1930s, '40s, '50s. It was part of being Jewish at that time to be left of center politically. Our...

  • The Big Campaign

    By Tom Tugend

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "Now, after the synagogue arson in Sacramento and the shooting at the North Valley Jewish Community Center, we need a strong, visible presence. Let us show the flag, let us show Los Angeles that we are a vibrant, unafraid people."

    The "flag" in Edward Sanders' metaphor, is the Jewish...

  • Book Group

    By Teresa Strasser

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Here's the scene I most remember when I think about moving here from San Francisco: I'm in my $385-a-month apartment, which is furnished only with a monolithic file cabinet I rescued from my uncle's garage and a day bed suited for a small child. The only light in the room is...
  • How to Search The Jewish Journal’s Archives

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Tips for Searching

    At its simplest, a query can be just a word or a phrase. Here are some tips to make your search more effective.

    • Look for words with the same prefix. For example, in your query form type key* to find key, keying, keyhole, keyboard, and so on. Search for all forms...

  • Netanyahu’s Day in L.A.

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Netanayu and Kirk Douglas. Photo by Peter Halmagyi


    Netanyahu's Day in L.A.

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu arrived at Los AngelesInternational Airport at 2 a.m. on Monday, met with business leadersat 8 a.m., and kept going until 11 p.m., when his plane left forLondon and a meeting with King...

  • Dung and Sympathy

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Art has a wonderful way of bringing us back to our roots. Take that controversial modern-art exhibit now showing at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. It's making monkeys out of everyone concerned.

    The exhibit, alert readers recall, has ignited a holy war between New York's second-largest...

  • Use It or Lose It

    By Amy Hendel

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The other day, an older client said to me, "I've reached that point in my life where the only thing I want to exercise is caution."

    Just because we're getting older doesn't mean we can slack off on exercise. You can choose to be 20-years-old or 50-years-young. The difference is often...

  • Nation/World Briefs

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    From the beginning, there were clear indications of the kind of year that lay ahead.

    As the Days of Awe approached last September, President Clinton reached for a High Holidays prayer book and turned to the Yom Kippur liturgy in his search for the right words of contrition following...

  • The Power of Advertising

    By Larry Derfner

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    About 1,000 people crammed into Jerusalem's Kol Haneshama Reform synagogue for Yom Kippur services, while another 500 or so listened in the courtyard outside.

    "My own father couldn't get in," said Rabbi David Ariel-Joel, assistant director of Israel's Reform movement. "Neither could...

  • Safe Passage?

    By Eric Silver

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Within days, up to 1,000 Palestinians presently barred from entering Israel will be free to travel each day on a 26-mile "safe passage" that links the Palestinian-controlled territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. They will drive on regular Israeli roads, but under strict...
  • End Papers

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Zen Laughs

    Don't let the unfunny introduction to "Haikus for Jews" (Harmony Books, $11) fool you. The rest of this little book is pretty hilarious. All we know about New York-based writer David M. Bader is that, according to his bio, he is "not even distantly related to Supreme Court...

  • Religious Studies

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Aish HaTorah: 9:30-11:10 a.m. "The Understanding Minyan," focusing on the meaning of prayers, Hebrew-reading skills and the "how- to" of the synagogue service. Saturdays. Kiddush included. 9102 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 278-8672.

    B'nai Horin: Torah classes begin. "Prayer for...

  • Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun Epidemic

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The statistics are shocking. Last year, more than 1 million children carried a concealed pistol to school. In 1997, 32,436 people died because of firearm violence. And of that number, only 268 deaths could be categorized as "justifiable homicides."

    These are just some of the reasons...

  • The Conversion of the Jews, Part II

    By Rob Eshman

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Could there be a more fitting way to open an evening of Catholic-Jewish dialogue than by singing a gospel rendition of "The Storm Is Passing Over"? For the better part of two millennia, the Catholic Church and its Protestant offshoots have hammered away at Jews and their religion...
  • A Goal Beyond Winning

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Dr. Jerry Bobrow remembers it well. The year was 1990. The place: The Palace, in the Auburn Hills district of Detroit.

    There in the bleachers, among 16,000 people at the Maccabi Games, is Bobrow and his youngest son, Jonathan.

    As the Russian delegation of athletes entered the arena...

  • ‘Voyage of the Damned’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Hundreds of Angelenos crowded the University of Judaism on two separate evenings late last month, as two researchers from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum told a tale as compelling as any Hollywood film.

    On May 13, 1939, a twin-smokestack luxury liner set sail from Hamburg, Germany,...

  • Managing the Bitter Debate Ahead

    By James D

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Next month, Prime Minister Ehud Barak will travel to Atlanta for the General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities, the central philanthropic and service organization in the American Jewish world.

    Israeli officials say that one goal will be to renew his appeal for Jewish unity as...

  • L.A. Becomes Eclectic

    By Carvin Knowles

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "The World Festival of Sacred Music--The Americas," a 9-day multicultural program initiated by his holiness the Dalai Lama, kicks off this weekend with a mind-boggling schedule of over eighty concerts and "musical happenings" that cover an eclectic range of styles and ethnicities of...
  • Invisible People

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    This past summer I saw an old friend of mine in New York, a woman I had met shortly after arriving in the city years ago. On several occasions Nancy and I had worked together. Our conversation was warm, affectionate, biographical. Catching up on one another, as it were, and then onto...
  • Mary Jane’s Not a Virgin Anymore

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Cult filmmaker Sarah Jacobson can one-up any L.A. Jewish reader who felt like an outcast in high school.

    Her small-town Minnesota classmates told her she was going to burn in hell. "Everyone was really blond," adds Jacobson, now 27. "It was like L.A., except in Minnesota, people are...

  • Hanging In

    By Yehuda Lev

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Thirty or so members of Generation X and I are taking a course at Brandeis University titled Politics and the Media.

    It is sobering to realize that while my classmates regard Ronald Reagan as a name from the distant past, I was born when the president was Calvin Coolidge. It is...

  • Israel Bonds

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Bonds: They're not just for bar and bat mitzvahs anymore.

    That's the message the State of Israel Bonds organization wants to get across in announcing its new floating rate offerings. Rather than being seen as a quasi-charity and feel-good gift for 13-year-olds, the...

  • Waiting for the X

    By Rina Szwarc

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    To please Holocaust survivors and Jewish advocacy groups or to please the insurance companies. That's the question Gov. Gray Davis faces this week as Assembly Bill 600 sits on his desk, awaiting his approval.

    Advocates for the measure -- which includes the Jewish Federation of Greater...

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