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  • Parshat Noah

    By Abby Gilad

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Here's an interesting thought: When God told Noah to bring animals into the ark, he was to bring seven each of the pure animals (ones we can eat) and two each of the impure (ones we cannot eat). In this portion, God uses the word tahora for the pure animals and eininah tehorah (those...

  • The Circuit

    By Journal Staff

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Appetite for Art

    A way to a man's heart is through his stomach, a wise woman once said. Well, the women were equally culpable of consuming all things edible during Art of the Palate 2002, a series of 50 upscale fundraising dinners held in private homes around town over two weeks....

  • Knesset to Get First Openly Gay Legislator

    By Naomi Segal

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Activists in Israel's gay and lesbian community are hailing the upcoming swearing in of the Knesset's first openly gay member, calling it a breakthrough in their efforts for greater recognition.

    When the Knesset reconvenes in November following its summer recess, Uzi Even, a Tel...

  • The Multifaceted World of Wiesel

    By Tom Tugend

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    One of the most interesting aspects of "Elie Wiesel: First Person Singular," a one-hour autobiographical television documentary, lies in revealing the many aspects of a man, revered mainly as the most authentic voice of the Holocaust.

    Wiesel's first love was music and, in one of the...

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  • Findings Reveal Demographic Shift

    By Joe Berkofsky

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This is the American Jewish world, by the numbers, as revealed in the just-released National Jewish Population Survey 2000-2001 (NJPS)

    The Jewish population now stands at 5.2 million, down 5.45 percent from 5.5 million in 1990.

    Jews represent 2 percent of...

  • Lifeline for Kids

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Talia Hill, 11, was born with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and bone deformities. She is hearing impaired, speech impaired, mobility impaired, fine-motor impaired and neither her two arms nor her two legs are the same length. In her short life, she has had multiple surgeries, a hearing...

  • Sharon, Bush to Discuss Iraq Plans

    By Matthew E. Berger

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visits Washington next week, it's no surprise what will be on the agenda.

    The White House will try to assure Sharon that the United States will do all it can to protect Israel in case of a U.S. attack on Iraq, administration officials said.

    ...

  • Where to Draw the Line

    By Cathy Young

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Is condemnation of Israel in the current Middle East conflict often tainted with anti-Semitism? The discussion of this sensitive issue has generally focused on anti-Israeli sentiment in Europe. Recently, it was brought close to home by Harvard University President Lawrence Summers,...

  • Following Arafat’s Money Trail

    By Gary Fitleberg

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Palestinian people are being betrayed and misled by the one "trusted leader" who is responsible for protecting their interests. Yasser Arafat chairman of the Palestinian Authority, has diverted funds allocated specifically for humanitarian aid purposes directly into his own...

  • No Vacancy

    By Teresa Strasser

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Last week, before the premiere of my new show "While You Were Out," I got my first big national magazine review.

    I wasn't expecting it. I had just had a tooth pulled and my mom was in town for the day to take care of me. I was just minding my own business, sprawled on the couch,...

  • Political Prophylactics

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It was an ominous warning affixed to the plastic-covered condom, which was glued on a rust-colored postcard with pictures of dirty mattresses: "Practice Safe Politics."

    Below, a glaring surgeon general-like admonition: "Warning: This condom will not protect you from the real...

  • “Dream” a Reality for Ethiopian Teens

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    For three months in 1984, Routhy Wonvimgen's family walked from Ethiopia to Sudan in order to reach Israel. "They walked barefoot and had very little water or food," she said of her family's part in Operation Moses, one of Israel's efforts to help Ethiopian Jews.

    "They walked by...

  • Prager’s Tactics Are Lacking

    By Michael Tolkin

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Dennis Prager uses half of what I said to the L.A. Times and gives the impression that I am one of those awful leftists who are "either morally confused, immoral or lack courage." Here is the complete quote, which shows that I was describing a dilemma, not my political position:...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Princeton, MIT Professors Win Nobels

    A professor with dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship is sharing this year's Nobel Prize in Economics Sciences. Daniel Kahneman, 68, based at Princeton University, is sharing the roughly $1 million prize with professor Vernon Smith, 75, of George...

  • Hollywood’s Silence on Israel

    By Dennis Prager

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Is there an issues that some Hollywood star -- director, producer, actor actress -- has not publicly commented on? It's hard to name one. Producer-director Rob Reiner has devoted years to imposing onerous taxes on poor people who smoke and to putting perhaps half of California's...

  • IDF Could Target Gaza Next

    By Naomi Segal

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A new Israeli military operation has many wondering if the army now has the Gaza Strip in its sights.

    For months, Israeli forces have been engaged in a massive anti-terror operation in the West Bank, but have not carried out such operations in Gaza. Several reasons were given,...

  • Passion for Politics

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Amanda Susskind doesn't look like she was raised in Berkeley. With her tweedy, conservative suits, paired with sweater sets and pearls, the new West Coast director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) doesn't look like she was brought up anywhere near the laid back, hippie haven.

    But...

  • Preparing for Terror

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Professor Shlomo Mor-Yosef, director general of Hadassah Medical Organization, who oversees the operation of Hadassah's two Jerusalem-area hospitals, visited Los Angeles last week.

    Founded in 1912, Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is a volunteer organization...

  • Synagogues to Fly on Wings of Song

    By Julie G Fax

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The real measure of success for Hallelu will not be whether the Universal Amphitheatre is filled to capacity on Sunday, Oct. 20, or whether the audience leaves humming the songs performed by an unprecedented gathering of Jewish musical talent for what is essentially a giant kumsitz.

    ...

  • The Spirituality of Separation

    By Howard Kaplan

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Divorce Is a Mitzvah: A practical guide to finding wholeness and holiness when your marriage dies" by Rabbi Perry Netter (Jewish Lights Publishing, $16.95).

    Perry Netter's wonderful title comes from the preeminent biblical commentator, Rashi, who in the 11th century said of the...

  • Your Letters

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Palestinian Perspective

    My thanks to The Jewish Journal for opening its pages to a Palestinian American journalist living in Los Angeles to present a Palestinian perspective on why they initiated an intifada two years ago ("Intifada Fruits: A Palestinian Perspective," Oct. 4). At...

  • Woman of the Book

    By Beverly Gray

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Sherrill Kushner's crusade on behalf of the Santa Monica Public Library system began with her realization that Jews are the People of the Book.

    "I've always felt comfortable in a library," she said. As a child, Kushner spent many happy hours in the "cozy and wonderful" Carnegie...

  • Support Groups Spur On Hospital

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, approximately 40 support groups raise millions of dollars for research, wards, departments, buildings and other medical and physical needs. These groups include the Women's Guild, Thalians, Teen Line and F.R.I.E.N.D.S. of Neurology. Some of the...

  • A Tale of Two Torahs

    By Andrea Adelson

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    About this time two years ago, congregants of Tustin's Congregation B'nai Israel lined their synagogue's sanctuary, making a human chain as Rabbi Eli Spitz unrolled a 150-year-old Czech Torah that survived the Holocaust. In places, its letters were faded and illegible making it...

  • BJE Celebrates Catskills Style

    By Journal Staff

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE) is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a visit to the Borscht Belt, where a generation of Jewish immigrants escaped for celebrations and community, with "The Catskills of Orange County" on Oct. 6 at Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach.

    Seating...

  • A Taste for Yiddish

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Every Saturday afternoon when he was 7, Aaron Paley ate lunch with his older siblings and begged to hear what they'd learned at Yiddish Kindershul that morning. "We'd always have corned beef on rye, Dr. Brown's cream soda and a pickle," said Van Nuys native Paley, now 45 and founder...

  • USC Names First Jewish Board Chair

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The University of Southern California, once considered a bastion of WASP elitism, has capped a decade of transformation by naming Stanley Gold as its first Jewish board chairman.

    Gold's appointment comes a decade after USC President Stephen Sample made a number of key appointments...

  • CAMERA Is Out of Focus

    By Jeffrey Dvorkin

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America's (CAMERA) Andrea Levin wants to start a boycott. She has urged Jewish listeners to stop supporting National Public Radio (NPR). Levin said that NPR's coverage of events in the Middle East amounts to biased reporting and...

  • Europe’s Harms   to China’s Arms

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Just when it seems that all the World War II and Holocaust stories have been told, a little-known tale from a far corner of the world comes along to add another dimension to the saga of the Shoah.

    The powerful documentary film, "Shanghai Ghetto," is one such story -- a fascinating...

  • Don’t Blame God

    By Rabbi David Woznica

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Thirteen years ago, at the conclusion of a High Holiday service I was leading, an elderly woman, with a pronounced Yiddish accent, extended her hand and wished me good yontif. She then asked, "Rabbi, how can I believe in God after the Holocaust?"

    I nodded to acknowledge her...

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