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  • The Search for an Alzheimer’s Cure

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "How do you spell fare?" my father asked.

    For a man who had spent a lifetime in business, I was taken aback, but I spelled it for him. He was writing a check for my plane fare to Los Angeles, something he generously undertakes whenever I visit Florida. Today, he looked at his...

  • Not Your Grandchild’s Gym

    By Mike Levy

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When Medicare coverage ran out for Sally Galante's physical therapy, she had two choices. She could pay more than $100 per session to continue her weekly post-surgery therapy at the hospital, or she could go to the Eichenbaum Health Center, a free exercise program for seniors at...

  • This Is the Torah

    By Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In most of our synagogues, upon conclusion of the public reading of the Torah, the scroll is lifted for all to see, and the congregation recites: "And this is the Torah that Moses placed before the Children of Israel. " (In the Sephardic tradition, the scroll is lifted before...

  • The New ‘Old’ Codger

    By Tom Tugend

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The trouble with old folks is that nowadays they no longer know their place.

    Used to be that when an alert and productive chap of 64 turned 65, he was instantly transformed into an old codger, lovable, to be sure, but kind of eccentric and not all there upstairs, if you know what I...

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  • Your Letters

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Solidarity Rally

    David Myers may be an accomplished professor of history, but his assessment of the present is open to question ("Rally Later," July 27). He disputes the need for solidarity, which he believes should be saved for times when Israel's "survival is in question,"...

  • Phoenix of the Games

    By Brian Schiff

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A month ago the hopes, dreams, spirit and hard work of an immeasurable number of Jewish athletes, coaches and support personnel from around the world appeared to be going to waste. Due to the unrest in the Middle East, the 16th World Maccabiah Games were in jeopardy.

    But as the week...

  • A Sit-up a Day…

    By Charles Downey

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Back when Bernie G. was only 78, he suffered a minor stroke. Then his loving wife of many decades died. The double blows caused Bernie's family to put him into a nursing home because he seemingly could no longer care for himself. Bernie became apathetic about life and mostly just...

  • Diary of a ‘Princess’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "I feel like the princess living the fairy tale," says Gina Wendkos, screenwriter of the Walt Disney film, "The Princess Diaries," which opens Aug. 3 in Los Angeles.

    Wendkos' second produced screenplay, based on a Meg Cabot novel, tells of an awkward teenager rescued from obscurity...

  • New York Miracle

    By Teresa Strasser

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    There's a storefront church next door to my friend Bill's apartment in New York City's East Village. I'm staying with him for a week, so I pass the church a lot, and the sign in the window becomes like a refrain.

    "Free: hugs, foot washing, Band-Aids & money. While $upplies last."

    You...

  • The Other Sides

    By Rob Eshman

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    There are weeks when history is written, and there are weeks, like this past one, when it is rewritten.

    On Thursday, July 26, The New York Times carried a two-page investigation into the collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Three days later, the Los Angeles Times ran its...

  • Calendar & Singles

    By Solange Borna

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Calendar

    SATURDAY/21

    Temple Beth Torah: 10:30 a.m. Shabbat service with discussion, "A Jew in an Islamic Senegal," by Ann Haendel. 11827 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 398-4536.

    Congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim: 4 p.m. Hatha Yoga class instructed by...

  • Peacekeeping Conundrum

    By James D. Besser

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Speculation about a possible observer force in Gaza and the West Bank reached a fever pitch this week, thanks to proposals by the G-8 and the European Union, and a confused response from a U.S. administration that is foundering in the whirlpool of Mideast politics.

    First, officials...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Success and the City

    It was a weekend full of hope -- the City of Hope, that is. The Duarte-based medical campus celebrated the 50th anniversary of its organized research program at its annual weekend-long convention. Some 1,500 delegates representing fundraising headquarters from...

  • Together for Israel

    By Tom Tugend

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Thousands of Angelenos joined in a rally Sunday morning, July 22, to emotionally affirm their solidarity with Israel and her people.

    The crowd packed a two-block stretch of Wilshire Boulevard, which was closed by a massive police presence, anchored by the Jewish Federation's...

  • Israel Is Not Alone

    By Yuval Rotem

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    This past Sunday thousands of individuals, representing the full spectrum of the Jewish community's diversity of thought and opinion, gathered on Wilshire Boulevard to express solidarity with the people of Israel. Those who came to the rally helped to send a loud and clear message to...

  • Your Letters

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    JCC Reforms

    The recent "reforms" of the JCC of Greater Los Angeles have resulted in the termination of after-school care programs, thus leaving unaffiliated elementary school students of working parents with no avenue for regular after-school Jewish education and enrichment ("Bay...

  • Wonder Women

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Last year Hollywood unleashed woman of action Erin Brockovich, and won the Academy Award for its star, Julia Roberts.

    Next month, the Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) will honor the real Brockovich at the Sixth Annual Women of Action 2001 luncheon banquet on Aug. 8. Brockovich's...

  • Art of Imprisonment

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Alexander Deutsch secretly painted watercolors in an Argentinian political prison after he was kidnapped, tortured and incarcerated by the paramilitary regime in the late 1970s.

    His disturbing, meticulously detailed work, now on display at the Bernard Milken Jewish Community Campus...

  • Mr. Television Turns Another Channel

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Red Buttons almost fell down while approaching the podium. But the master of the one-liner quickly rebounded, both physically and comedically. Buttons took the mike and ad-libbed, "I'll see you next fall."

    If the spontaneous slapstick felt like a variety show from the early days of...

  • A Shore Thing

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Pop," goes the Weasel.

    "Pop" being veteran stand-up comic Sammy Shore, and the "weasel" being his son, Pauly "The Weasel" Shore, the king of '90s lowbrow comedies ("Encino Man," "In The Army Now").

    Shore senior, 74, who lives in Marina del Rey, is now making them laugh -- and cry --...

  • Power of Speech

    By Rabbi Cheryl Peretz

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    From a very young age, I learned to defend myself against the teasing and taunting of any one of my six siblings with the same defense as so many of us: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me!"

    But, looking back on it, I wonder if I ever really believed...

  • Beyond Stem Cells

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Were you queasy last week, when U.S. senators quoted the Bible in their effort to stop potentially life-saving stem cell research?

    Did you feel discomfort on Monday when Pope John Paul II told President Bush he condemned the study of human embryos because the practice would "devalue...

  • Fasting for Peace

    By Julie G Fax

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Tisha B'Av, the fast day commemorating the destructions of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem 2,500 and 2,000 years ago, respectively, doesn't rank up there with most celebrated Jewish holidays.

    But Rabbi Eli Stern of the Westwood Kehilla believes more attention to the holiday...

  • River of Life

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    On Jan. 12, 1995, Valerie Sobel's 19-year-old son, Andre, died of a brain tumor. Exactly one year later, her husband shot himself. His suicide note stated that he did not wish to live past his son's tombstone unveiling. Three months later, Sobel's mother died of a stroke.

    "This kind...

  • Jewish Girls Rule

    By J. D. Smith

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I have a pint-sized Jewish ex-girlfriend named Lori who once asked if I thought that Jewish girls were better lovers. It was a funny question. Better than what? I had to think about it. It never occurred to me that there was some kind of tacit competition going on, pitting the home...

  • A 17-Year-Old Mourns

    By Tom Tugend

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    One week after a suicide bomber had killed seven of her schoolmates, among 21 dead, 17-year old Olga Bakharakh, president of the student council at the Shevach Moffet magnet school in Tel Aviv, spoke at a shiva (mourning ceremony) to the families of the dead and wounded students.

    ...

  • Slippery Slope

    By Rob Eshman

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The all-new, completely updated "Joys of Yiddish" (Crown, 2001) by Leo Rosten will be released soon, and thumbing through an advance copy yesterday I couldn't stop smiling at the language's ability to capture an action, an emotion and a worldview -- all in one word.

    Glitch, Rosten...

  • Jewish Groups on Stem Cell Debate

    By Sharon Samber

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "When does life begin?" is not your standard political question, but it's forcing the debate behind one of the hottest topics in Washington -- stem cell research.

    As President Bush ponders whether to allow federal funding for research using stem cells from discarded human embryos,...

  • Forms of Frustration

    By Mike Levy

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Marie Kaufman needed help.

    Even though the 60-year-old social worker is the president of a Holocaust child survivor's support group and has worked as an interviewer for Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, she had trouble when she applied for restitution for slave labor...

  • Katherine Myer Graham

    By Journal Staff

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Even before she died July 17, if you entered Katherine Graham's name into an Internet search engine, you would have ended up with a few articles describing her role as publisher of the Washington Post and many more sites attacking Jewish control of the media.

    The fact that Graham was...

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