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  • Gay Marriage

    By Julie G Fax

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Just married in San Francisco, Mindy Blum and Pam Postrel returned home to Pasadena to find that their kids had decorated the house in balloons and signs congratulating "Mom and Mommy."

    For days after, Eve, 7, shouted in playground sing-song, "I have married parents! I have married...

  • Lost in Translation

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine a foreigner hearing some American idioms for the first time, and the ensuing confusion. For example, when an English speaker wants to say that your point is irrelevant, he says, "What does that have to do with the price of tea in China?"

    Most of us don't even know where that...

  • 3 Minutes With Brad

    By Teresa Strasser

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Brad Pitt may have sustained an injury during the filming of his new movie, "Troy," but I sustained an injury during the viewing of the film.

    With 15 minutes left of the special preview screening, I had to go to the bathroom. I had been able to hold on through at least three...

  • Adding Mitzvah Multiplies Simcha

    By Donna Gordon Blankinship

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Sometimes the smallest details are the ones that make the biggest impression. You remember the pretty napkins or the mints with dessert. You remember the bride walking down the aisle with both her parents instead of just her father. You remember the way the bat mitzvah girl wore a...

  • Loud and Proud Mizrachi Voices

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "The Flying Camel: Essays on Identity by Women of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Heritage," edited by Loolwa Khazzoom (Seal Press, $16.95)

    On the last night before her family would flee Libya in 1967, Gina Bublil Waldman recalls that she had to choose between taking her...

  • Immigrant Dreams

    By Rockard J. Delgadillo

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    On a recent trip to Manhattan, I traveled to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, which I'd heard about from friends in Los Angeles.

    The core of the museum is a restored 19th- century tenement house, which was a second point of landing, after Ellis Island, for a mixture of Italians,...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Israel-U.S. Anti-Terror Fund Planned

    Israel and the United States hope to establish a $50 million counterterrorism research and development fund. Each country would contribute half of the fund, Israeli Ambassador Daniel Ayalon said on Tuesday. Congress and the Israeli Treasury...

  • Jews Note Role in Historic School Case

    By Matthew E. Berger

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Esther Swirk Brown wasn't the Brown for whom the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case desegregating schools is named -- but she is the Jewish woman who helped find Oliver Brown, no relation, to be the lead plaintiff in the historic case.

    As a young woman in Kansas, Esther Brown was...

  • Couch Quest—Path to Past and Future

    By Michael Bronski

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Furniture, vital in everyday life, hardly ever plays a large role in art. Henry James' "The Spoils of Poynton" comes to mind, in which the characters' inner lives are manifested in their dreadful fight over inherited furnishings, as do stories by Anzia Yezierska, in which the meager...

  • Alan King a Model for Seinfeld, Crystal

    By Peter Ephross

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Many young Americans know comedian Alan King's work -- they just don't realize it.

    The observational style of King, who died this week of lung cancer at age 76, was a model for younger comedians such as Billy Crystal and Jerry Seinfeld.

    Crystal, a close friend, was one of those...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm


    Entertainment comes at no price today in North Hollywood and West Hollywood. Take your pick: The NoHo Theatre and Arts Festival offers a variety of theater performances that includes musicals, kabuki, sketch comedy, improv, poetry jams and children's shows. Also on the...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Kudos to Koss

    More than 1,200 people gathered at the Century Plaza Hotel on April 25 to honor Michael Koss, president of Koss Financial Corp., one of Los Angeles' top commercial real estate financing groups. The event, hosted by The Federation's Real Estate and Construction...

  • Likud Vote Doesn’t Deter AIPAC Lobby

    By Ron Kampeas

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    How do you support Israel's official policy when it changes from week to week? That's a question facing the record number of pro-Israel activists heading to Washington for the May 15-18 annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the pro-Israel lobby.


  • Was Berg Targeted for Being a Jew?

    By Joe Berkofsky

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The world may never know for sure if Nicholas Berg's religion played a role in his grisly execution at the hand of terrorists in Iraq.

    But many, including his family, are speculating that it was a factor in the terrorists' decision to kill the American Jewish civilian who had gone...

  • ‘Deadwood’ Lassos South Dakota Tales

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    David Milch's HBO Western series, "Deadwood," tells of a grimy mining town where drinking, whoring, killing, cussing and cheating are de rigeur. Illegally located on Sioux land ungoverned by United States law, its saloons and gambling dens seethe with debauchery -- largely...

  • Screen Scribe

    By Tom Tugend

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Norman Hudis is a patient man, not by temperament but by necessity. It took the ex-Londoner and current Woodland Hills resident some 30 years to see his play produced on stage, and if the venue is Santa Ana rather than Manhattan, he is as pleased as any playwright savoring his name...

  • Bar Alters Test Date for Tisha B’Av

    By Tom Tugend

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The State Bar of California, yielding to an eight-month lobbying effort, will excuse observant Jews from taking the bar examination on the mourning and fasting day of Tisha B'Av on July 27.

    Reversing an earlier denial of the request, the Committee of Bar Examiners rearranged the...

  • Your Letters

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A Killer's Face

    The article, "Inmate Wants New Label to Avoid Hate" (April 9), was greatly offensive. I can accept the need to address the rights of Jewish prisoners. I am unable to accept opening The Journal only to see the face of a brutal killer. Not only did he kill a dear...

  • Bush Slaps Several Sanctions on Syria

    By Matthew E. Berger

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    President Bush has imposed sanctions on Syria, heeding the call of lawmakers and American Jews who wanted the Bush administration to get tougher on Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    The president imposed several sanctions Tuesday, banning U.S. exports to Syria, except for food and...

  • Lobbying for a Day on State Budget Crisis

    By Idan Ivri

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The air in these days in Sacramento -- while still hovering at a perfectly balmy Californian 79 degrees -- is rather bleak for agencies hoping to get government funding.

    "You can feel that there is a different atmosphere in Sacramento. The budget obviously [has something to do with...

  • Christianity Faltering in Muslim Europe

    By Daniel Pipes

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Europe becomes more and more a province of Islam, a colony of Islam." So declares Oriana Fallaci in her new book, "La Forza della Ragione"

    ("The Force of Reason"). And the famed Italian journalist is right: Christianity's ancient stronghold of Europe is rapidly giving way to Islam....

  • Israelis Call for Choices in Marriage

    By Dina Kraft

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When Galit Weidman Sassoon got engaged last year, her thoughts turned to the kind of wedding ceremony she and her fiancé wanted -- meaningful, egalitarian and Jewish.

    As secular Jews, Weidman Sassoon said the couple felt alienated from Israel's Orthodox religious establishment and...

  • The Heimish Home Stretch

    By Gaby Wenig

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Finding a nice Jewish neighborhood to live in can be a tricky process if you're moving to a new city. Realtors might not be able to tell you if the house you are interested in is near a synagogue, if there are Jewish schools nearby, what sort of a community you are moving into or...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Jerusalem of Gold

    We will celebrate Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim) this year on May 19 (28 Iyar). In June 1967, the Israelis reunited Jerusalem during the Six-Day War. Until then, East Jerusalem had been in the country of Jordan. Since then, we have celebrated Jerusalem Day. It...

  • Community Briefs

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Iranian Jewish Leader Criticizes Katzav Comments

    A report that Israel's President Moshe Katsav chided Iranian Jews for settling in Los Angeles rather than in Israel has been criticized by a leader of the local Iranian Jewish community.

    The Jerusalem Post reported last week that...

  • Are Muslims Endangered?

    By Idan Ivri

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Heightened ethnic and religious hatred might be rearing its ugly head in California -- but some politicians are eager to stand in its way.

    State Assemblymember Judy Chu introduced and saw passage of Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 64 in early April. The resolution condemns hate...

  • Out of Context

    By Jill Stewart

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    About a year before Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a major reform of California's disastrous workers' comp system, the same basic reforms were fought and eventually killed by elected Democrats trying to protect lawyers who gamed our broken system but gave heavily to Democratic...

  • After 45 Years,

    By Marilyn Zeitlin

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Berkeley, 1959. The Berkeley Gazette announced the marriage of two students at Temple Beth El. It was a small wedding performed by Rabbi Axelrod. Our parents didn't come, our relatives didn't come; they were afraid to fly from the East Coast. I wore a borrowed dress. There was no...

  • Brown vs. Board of Ed.—50 Years Later

    By Amanda Susskind

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal."

    To grasp the importance of this striking statement made in 1954 by a unanimous United States Supreme Court in Brown vs. Board...

  • Sorrel Helps Liven Up Neglected Schav

    By Linda Morel

    May 6, 2004 | 8:01 pm

    "Mother used to leave jars full of schav in the refrigerator," says a friend of mine. "Because the stuff looked like seaweed, I would run from the kitchen in horror."

    Schav, the khaki-colored soup once savored by Ashkenazi Jews, has fallen on hard times in recent decades. In a world...

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