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  • Selling Israel to Progressive Latinos

    By Gustavo Arellano

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Although progressives' cause-of-the-month is criticizing Israel's treatment of Palestinians, it has been endemic in the Latino left for years.

    These progressive Latinos claim solidarity between themselves and Palestinians based on their supposed shared experience of being "people of...

  • Parshat Balak

    By Abby Gilad

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Yes, I know that this week is Pinchas, but I must return to the second of last week's two portions, Balak, for what happens there is too relevant to pass by unmentioned. In this famous portion, King

    Balak sends the prophet-magician Balaam to curse Israel, because

    he is scared of...

  • Celebration of ‘Life’

    By Melissa Minkin

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The year was 1972. Sally Preisand became the first woman rabbi, the Lakers won their first national championship, and the most welcoming congregation for gay and lesbian Jews ... was a church.

    But that changed when four people attending a rap group at Metropolitan Community Church --...

  • Palestinians Spin Speech

    By Gil Sedan

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat chose to view President George W. Bush's speech in the most positive light, rejecting the call for his ouster and focussing instead on the promise for a state.

    On Wednesday, the Palestinian Authority announced plans to hold presidential and...

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  • 7 Days In Arts

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday



    Here's a real chochme for you. Head out to The Los Angeles Yiddish Culture Club's end-of-the-season concert this evening. Jacob Lewin's readings of stories by Sholem Aleichem will make you long for the old country, the Yiddish musical program will have you all farklempt...

  • The Name Game

    By Teresa Strasser

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When we were little, my brother and I realized that whenever we asked if someone was Jewish, my mother would answer by simply repeating their name, as if that said it all.

    "Irving Fishbaum? Ira and Esther Lefkowitz? C'mon."

    We decided to see if we could induce this behavior and...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Standoff in Hebron

    About 150 Palestinian gunmen surrendered Wednesday to Israeli troops who had surrounded the Palestinian Authority headquarters in Hebron. Among the 150 were 20 Palestinians wanted by Israel for suspected terror activity. The surrender came after a tense standoff...

  • Makeover for Mishkon

    By Gaby Wenig

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Mishkon," says Rabbi Dan Shevitz "is about possibilities. We try to emphasize the possibilities of observance and encourage people to curious about their spiritual trajectory."

    Although Shevitz was speaking of his Venice congregation Mishkon Tephilo's propensity for spiritual...

  • Philosophy of a Philanthropist

    By Rachel Brand

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On the wall of philanthropist and humanitarian Richard Gunther's office hangs a photo of a man triumphantly standing atop a Western Nepal mountain peak.

    While Gunther is not the man in the picture, he is the photographer, and the photo perhaps symbolizes his view of the world....

  • If You Had Her Moves

    By Keren Engelberg

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Gouging out eyeballs and hitting people with chairs are just some of the actions taught by Wade Allen. For Allen, the director of Krav Maga Worldwide's Hollywood division, it's all in the name of self-defense.

    Krav Maga, (pronounced krahv muh-GAH), was originally developed for the...

  • Knitting Trend Is No Yarn

    By Carin Davis

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Guess my Grandma Faye was a hip, trend-setting bubbe. A real lady before her time, she knit sweaters, crocheted blankets and kept closets full of colorful yarn.

    This season, Hollywood's hottest names are taking their cue from Jewish grandmothers. Forget power yoga and decaf soy...

  • Students Prepare for War of Words organizations.

    By David Margolis

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The long-term forecast predicts a very hot autumn on American college campuses, as Israel advocates challenge a well-organized, well-financed anti-Israel campaign by pro-Palestinian activists.

    Not needing a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing, the national Hillel...

  • Bush Ex Machina

    By Rob Eshman

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The low point of my week is reading the copy for our pages devoted to victims of Palestinian terror and

    violence. We sponsor some of these pages, produced by Kol HaNeshama, a project of the students at Yeshiva University. The others, sponsored by Janine and Peter Lowy, Vivian and...

  • The Fruit of Peace

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    What did Moshe want? When it all came down to it, after Moshe accepted that he wouldn't be leading Israel into the land, what did he request of God? Not surprisingly, he asked nothing for himself, focusing instead on the people who would need to go on without him. As we read this...

  • Give Peas a Chance

    By Rachel Brand

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    World leaders can't seem to arrive at a solution to violence in the Middle East, but just maybe because they didn't use a larger-than-life-sized corn on the cob. Kernel Corn, mascot for the vegetarian organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), has set off on...

  • Cedars-Sinai: Best in the West

    By Mike Levy

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    TheAmerican Jewish community supports the best medical centers in the country, from sea to shining sea, according to a new study published in the May/June issue of Modern Maturity magazine.

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is the No. 2 hospital in the country and the best in the Western...

  • Summer Fun For Kids

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    School's out and the kids are home. Unless you happen to run a summer camp, chances are you're in need of some serious kid-friendly activities. So, before your child memorizes the daytime line-up on Nickelodeon, check out these low-cost summer events for families.



    Skirball...

  • President Bush’s Speech

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The following is the text of President Bush's speech in the Rose Garden on June 24, as transcribed by the Federal News Service.



    "For too long, the citizens of the Middle East have lived in the midst of death and fear. The hatred of a few holds the hopes of many hostage. The...

  • Eulogies:Audrey Skirball-Kenis

    By Howard I. Friedman

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Audrey Skirball-Kenis, founding trustee of the Skirball Cultural Center, died June 19, at the age of 87.

    The board of trustees, staff, docents and volunteers of the Skirball Cultural Center express our deepest sorrow upon the death of our beloved friend and founding trustee.

    With...

  • Isn’t She ‘Lovely?’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Nicole Holofcener is laughing at her Caesar salad, a sparse, pathetic-looking thing she ordered with no croutons and dressing on the side. "I'm nuts," says the writer-director of the breezy new comedy "Lovely & Amazing," chastely dipping a romaine frond into the dressing. "You saw...

  • A Secular Life Gone Bad

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It's the ultimate fantasy: You have a seat at your own funeral. Now imagine that while hovering in limbo between your death and burial, you have the power not only to witness the preparations and critique the eulogies, but also to eavesdrop on critical moments in your past for a...

  • Mother Knows Best

    By Beverly Levitt

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    My mother is 85. But she doesn't look a day over 70. She takes no prescription drugs, no hormones; her memory is razor sharp. And she's never been in the hospital a day since I've known her. But she wasn't born yesterday. In any sense of the word.

    When I was growing up I had no idea...

  • Israel Security Experts Advise L.A.

    By Mike Levy

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The topic was terrorism. "How underprepared are we in the U.S.?"

    "Very."

    That exchange, between an emergency care physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Dr. Jonathan Halevy, director of Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, was part of an ongoing effort in Los...

  • The Nachas of Books

    By Amy Sara Clark

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Until recently, it seemed you could find Yiddish books only in obscure libraries or in the attic of the house of someone's grandparents. But recently, the National Yiddish Book Center launched the Steven Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library, an online bookstore that makes more than...

  • The Jewish Mambo King

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Real estate entrepreneur Brad Gluckstein had a vision. Perhaps not as dramatic as one of those sightings of Mary Magdalene, but a vision nonetheless.

    He was having lunch one day in 1995 at Brown's Deli in the Miracle Mile area and saw an old Jack La Lanne health spa for lease. "I...

  • Community Briefs

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Angeleno Killed in Terrorist Attack

    Dr. Moshe Gottlieb, a chiropractor who moved to Israel from Los Angeles in 1978, was among the 19 people killed in the June 18 bus bombing in the neighborhood of Beit Safafa, near Gottlieb's home in Gilo.

    Gottlieb, 70, was on his way to Bnei Brak,...

  • The Accidental Screenwriter

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Jon Cohen, co-screenwriter of the noirish sci-fi thriller "Minority Report," has the perfect headline for recent events in his life. "Ordinary guy sits in room and writes Steven Spielberg-Tom Cruise flick by accident," he says with a laugh.

    It's an apt way to describe the ascent of a...

  • Hollywood Dreams

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    They told this story at the recent Film and Television Writer's Conference and swore that it was true.

    Two young women, posing as survey researchers, stood outside Ralphs grocery store in Hollywood and asked shoppers, as they left, how their script was going. Sixty-five percent...

  • Festival Welcomes Amigos, Haverim

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Bagels, Broza and Brentwood. Enchiladas, Enrique and East L.A. On the surface, the Jewish and Latino communities of Los Angeles don't seem to have much in common. But scratch the surface of the relationship and you will find a common set of values that activists from both communities...

  • Girls’ Schools Get New Home

    By Gaby Wenig

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In 1988, when Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, was sitting shiva for his wife, Chaya Mushka, West Coast Director of Chabad, Rabbi Shlomo Cunin, decided that the best way to comfort the mourner was to show him that there was still hope for the future. So...

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