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  • A Day in Church

    By Julie G Fax

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It's 8:20 a.m. on a bright Sunday, and people are streaming from hard-to-find parking spots into a converted office building in a Culver City industrial park. This is the unassuming venue of Agape International Center of Truth, spiritual home to some 10,000 Angelenos. Outside the...

  • Great Music

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    One was a U.S. resident from the beginning of his long life to its end, creating music as American in its sound and subject matter as "Yankee Doodle Dandy." The other, after making his mark in Germany, fled his homeland through France and spent his final, tragically few years adding...

  • Beyond Ordinary

    By George Medovoy

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Silverado Trail, a picturesque highway that winds its way through the Napa Valley, isn't exactly where you'd expect to find someone staking his claim to Jewish identity. But for Ernie Weir, this is home base.

    Weir is owner and winemaker of Hagafen Cellars, one of California's...

  • 7 Days in Arts

    By Mike Levy

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    2 Saturday

    The story is by now familiar to most, yet "The Diary of Anne Frank" remains both haunting and uplifting. The tale of the girl who kept believing that people are good at heart while hiding from Nazis in a cramped attic is back on stage in Los Angeles. This production,...

  • No Big Deal

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    While The Jewish Journal was describing intermarriage as "no big deal" and as an issue over which "objections... have clearly collapsed," I was getting engaged last week -- to someone, uh, Jewish. During the period that I dated, my experience differed from, say, the singles life of...

  • Calendar

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm



    Temple Beth Torah: 9 a.m. Monthly healing service. 10 a.m. Tot Shabbat program for 3-5 year olds. 16651 Rinaldi St., Granada Hills. For more information, call (818) 831-0835.


    Stephen S. Wise Temple Youth: 8 p.m.-midnight. Midnight Madness...

  • Davka Bum

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Alan Kaufman remembers growing up in a working-class Bronx neighborhood as "a regular American kid with Marvel comics, the Green Bay Packers and Ernest Hemingway." But his childhood was far from idyllic. In fact, it roiled with turmoil, a darkness closeted from his neighbors, his...

  • Cabaret Couple Hits Carnegie Hall

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It seems as if it were just yesterday that Karen Benjamin and Alan Chapman opened their CD, "Songs of Life, Love & Antelopes," with "Marriage is Easy," their self-deprecating nod to their own showbiz marital bliss. Come Dec. 14, they'll be opening for Michael Feinstein at Carnegie...

  • Chanukah in Ventura

    By Susanna Crosby Perrin

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    One sure sign the Conejo Valley Jewish community is growing comes every year about this time. That's not when demographers turn in their latest report, but when the community holds its annual Chanukah festival. Organizers say nothing better reflects the burgeoning Jewish population...

  • Brandeis Renaissance

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    One of the wonderful things about the Brandeis-Bardin Institute (BBI), the Jewish retreat center nestled in the mountains of Simi Valley, is the devotion it attracts from those who have stayed there. It is not unusual to meet someone on a Grandparents Weekend at BBI who has been...

  • Addis in Wonderland

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    On a sunny morning along the Wilshire corridor, wearing a black leather jacket, director Michael Addis sits on the parking lot patio of Caffe Latte, talking shop over some cappuccino pancakes. "We don't look very closely as a society," said Addis, an independent filmmaker in his...

  • Peace by Piece

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 30, 2000 | 6:59 pm

    If "every vote counts" has been an ongoing mantra throughout Election 2000, you might say that "every voice counts" is the idea behind organizers of the Middle East Peace Quilt, a reaction to the recent tensions in Israel that has culminated in a work of art dedicated to a...

  • Is the Electoral College Good for Jews?

    By James D

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Almost as soon as it became apparent that the disputed vote in Florida would determine the winner of this month's presidential election, politicians around the country started hurling rhetorical grenades about the Electoral College.

    Hillary Clinton, now the Democratic senator-elect...

  • Building Bridges

    By Ruth Stroud

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    About a year ago, Rabbi Ron Shulman of Congregation Ner Tamid in Rancho Palos Verdes attended an interfaith meeting at a nearby Catholic retreat. The discussion focused on the importance of the millennium year as a time of renewal and reconciliation in the Catholic Church and other...

  • Warts and All

    By Tom Tugend

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    True to its title, the documentary "In Search of Peace (Part One: 1948-1967)" covers the broad sweep of history during Israel's first two decades, but it is the small human touches that stick in the mind:Golda Meir, engulfed by a mass of humanity outside the Moscow synagogue in the...

  • Losing My Father, One Day at a Time

    By Jonathan Kozol

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    President Clinton recently announced a $50-million research program to advance the early diagnosis and investigate the possible prevention of Alzheimer's, a disease that now afflicts more than 4 million people in our nation. One of them is my father, and, like others who have seen...

  • A Thousand Recipes (But Who’s Counting?)

    By Florence Fabricant

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It's not a stretch to call Woodland Hills-based author Faye Levy's 625-page "1,000 Jewish Recipes" a culinary bible. It may be the only Jewish cookbook you'll ever need.

    It begins with recipes for the Jewish holidays, starting, oddly enough, with Passover instead of Rosh Hashana....

  • Focusing on the Good

    By Tom Tugend

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Josie E. Martin stood late last month in the social hall of Lesterps as the mayor formally invested her as "la premiere citoyenne honoraire" (the first honorary citizen) of the tiny village in southwest France. Fifty-six years earlier, in 1944, the then 6-year-old girl was also in...

  • Get Up and Go!

    By Ani Dumas

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    As adults, we probably know the steps to take toward better health. Parents, teachers and health professionals have reminded us of the essentials: eat a balanced diet, don't smoke, exercise, get plenty of sleep and have regular check-ups. What they never explained is why? Centuries...

  • Defying Limitations

    By Nan Goldberg

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Late November and early December is Chanukah festival time in L.A. This weekend, no less than 30 artisans from all over the globe will converge on West L.A.'s Temple Isaiah for the Festival of Jewish Artisans, which celebrates its second decade this year. Making her first appearance...

  • A Lesson in Friendship

    By Gary Wexler

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    I had met Reuven on a midnight coach in London, traveling from Gatwick to Heathrow Airport. We were the only two people on the bus. It would have been strange not to sit together, having both just flown on the same plane from Tel Aviv to London. In Jerusalem, where he lived and I had...
  • Two Tribes

    By Rabbi Susan Laemmle

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    "Sarah's life was 127 years. Sarah died in Kiriath-arba [now Hebron] in the land of Canaan." So begins a paradoxical Torah portion in which life and death touch with unusual proximity and resonance. Sarah's death sets into train two processes - two textual episodes - each of which...

  • New Places Like Home

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    This Thanksgiving finds my family literally scattered to the four American winds.

    Working clockwise around the nation, my brother is in New York, carving turkey in Long Island. My parents are in Florida, catching the early bird in Delray Beach. I'm in Los Angeles, of course, dining...

  • Hollywood Mecca

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Lewis Sluskin must have been an imposing man at one time; tall and broad shouldered, with a clear, no-nonsense manner that one often finds in those who work behind rather than in front of the camera - in his case, as a property master for more than 45 years. He is still a man of...

  • Happy Campers

    By Steve Getzug

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Norman and Lela Jacoby are talking about Camp Ramah again.

    They are playfully finishing each other's sentences, aiming for the right adjectives, the right phrasing to describe a place in Ojai that they say has meant so much to their family.

    Their words burst out like a riot of campers...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Mike Levy

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm


    The lyrics of Lorenz Hart - among them "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," "Isn't it Romantic?" and "My Funny Valentine" - tell stories of love, requited and not. In "Glad To Be Unhappy: The Lyrical Life of Lorenz Hart," 49 of the lyricist's songs with partner Richard...

  • Out on a Limb

    By Tom Tugend

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    During the darkest days of the Holocaust, 63 diplomats from 24 countries risked their careers, in some cases their lives, by issuing unauthorized visas and protective letters to save an estimated 200,000 Jews.The deeds of four of these brave envoys are honored in the documentary film...

  • My Mother’s Kitchen: A Natural Disaster Area

    By Burt Prelutsky

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    My mother had a green thumb. Too bad she employed it in the kitchen, not the garden. To her credit, she was such a good housekeeper, you could have eaten off her floors. Which, unfortunately, was preferable to eating off her plates.

    There are people, I'm aware, who are terror-stricken...

  • Sibling Rivalry

    By Ronnie Friedland

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It's a cautionary tale for parents, and one whose message will resonate with children: the new DreamWorks telling of the biblical tale of Joseph in the animated direct-to-video film "Joseph: King of Dreams."In a style similar to that of "The Prince of Egypt," which told the story of...

  • A Century of Strasberg

    By Tom Tugend

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Lee Strasberg, who shaped three generations of actors, playwrights and directors, was born 99 years ago, and to mark the upcoming centennial, his heirs are burnishing his legacy in Los Angeles and New York.The man who introduced "method acting" to America and taught the likes of Paul...

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