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  • ‘Neighbors’

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Responding to widespread debate over Poles' participation in a 1941 massacre of Jews, Poland's political and religious leaders are calling on Polish citizens to confront their past.

    "We have an obligation to honor the memory of the victims and to establish the truth," Prime Minister...

  • Educator Q &A: Dr. Stu Bernstein

    By Beverly Gray

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Stu Bernstein has spent 40 years with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as an elementary school teacher, principal and cluster administrator for Westside schools. On the occasion of his retirement, he was recently feted by the Association of Jewish Educators, with...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Mike Levy

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    17 Saturday

    Big name comedians offer a tasty dish of family-friendly comedy for Anshe Ames Synagogue's fifth annual yuks for bucks, "A Time to Laugh" stand-up comedy night fundraiser. Wayne Cotter and Steve Mittleman join a line of comics you may have seen on "The Tonight Show "or...

  • Building Bonds

    By Sharon Samber

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Think of the American Jewish and Latino communities as two longtime friends who have just decided to get more serious.

    After years of dialogue -- mostly at the local level -- top organizations and leaders met in Washington, D.C., last week at the first national Jewish-Latino summit...

  • Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Putting the 'Unity' in Community

    Build a community and they will come...

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles packed the ballroom of the Regent Beverly Wilshire when it held its annual Community Dinner last week -- this year celebrating 90 years of outreach service in Los...

  • Page Dies

    By Tom Tugend

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Leopold Page, a Holocaust survivor who was the catalyst for both the movie "Schindler's List" and the book on which it was based, died March 9 at the age of 87.

    Born Leopold Pfefferberg in Crakow, Poland, Page served as an officer in the Polish army during World War II, was wounded,...

  • Time to Sweat the Small Stuff

    By Jonathan Rosenblum

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In most countries, forecasts of no water to drink by the summer would command banner front-page headlines. Not in Israel.

    Already last summer, when Lake Kinneret was 1.5 meters higher than today, Amos Epstein -- then director of Mekorot, Israel's water company -- warned of a crisis...

  • Your Letters

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm


    As introduction to Judaism course director and director of Reform Jewish Outreach for the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC), Pacific Southwest Council, our observations do not square with the views expressed in a recent Jewish Journal article...

  • Time to Buy?

    By Thomas M. Kostigen

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    You're rich. You're eyeing that million-dollar dream house. Is now a good time to buy it?

    "Prices are high in certain areas," notes David Diesslin, a certified financial planner who specializes in real estate at his own firm, Diesslin & Associates, in Fort Worth, Texas. Advising...

  • More than Neutrality?

    By Steven Teitelbaum

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Advocates of President Bush's charitable-choice plan have somehow managed to squeak by a basic premise of their argument -- that there is a unique therapeutic power of religious-based social programs. For this they offer personal anecdotes but no proof. Even Steven Goldsmith finally...

  • Answering the Call

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A historic conference call recently took place between the six Jewish Big Brothers and Big Sisters (JBBBS) associations in America. The Jewish agencies had never spoken together outside of informal gatherings at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) conferences; in the past,...

  • Mission Impossible?

    By Gary Rosenblatt

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    On a brisk night in early January, hundreds of American Jews from throughout the United States, still jet-lagged from their arrival in Israel that morning, are filing into a large airplane hangar at Hatzor, an isolated air force base near Ashkelon.

    After a few moments of...

  • Face to Face

    By Rabbi Susan Laemmle

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Parashat Ki Tisa tells us that "the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one man speaks to another." (Exodus 33:11) We also hear God telling Moses, "I have singled you out by name, and you have indeed gained My favor" (Exodus 33:12). In Numbers 12:8, God explains that only...

  • One on One With Steve Soboroff

    By Sheldon Teitelbaum

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Real estate broker, Parks and Recreation Commissioner, and Staples Center deal-maker Steve Soboroff likes to speak of his summer job, when he was growing up in the San Fernando Valley, driving actor Kirk Douglas around town and answering his fan mail. Thirty years later, he says,...

  • Mayors R Us

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Does it matter to you what ethnicity the next L.A. mayor will represent? In the upcoming April primary, there are two Jewish candidates, long-time city councilmember Joel Wachs and real estate broker Steve Soboroff. And there are two Latino candidates, Assembly Speaker Antonio...

  • The Joy of ‘Oy’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Richard Lewis is a comedian who has perfected the art of the kvetch.

    In his act, he paces the stage, plastering his palms to his temples to express the universal oy. Clad completely in black, he laments his hypochondria, his "dates from hell," his Jewish family. "My grandparents...

  • Israel vs. ‘Ally McBeal’

    By  Orit Arfa

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When the new intifada first began, a few Israeli men I dated could not figure out why I wanted to remain in Israel considering the "situation." They barraged me with comments and questions like, "Don't you want to go back to Los Angeles?" and "If I had an American passport, I'd be...

  • Problems and Promise

    By Rob Eshman

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Just off Motor Avenue in West Los Angeles, about where cars shoot out from under the 10, a simple sign points the way onto the campus of Vista del Mar Child and Family Services. Go fast and you'll miss the sign and the 17.5 acres beyond it of bungalows, recreation areas and service...

  • A Faith-Based Solution

    By Steven Goldsmith

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    No sooner had President Bush announced the establishment of a White House Office for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives than the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation were sounding alarms over fears that the constitutional wall separating church and state would soon come...

  • Kahuna of Kabbalah

    By Mike Levy

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    For Rabbi Nachum Shifren (aka The Surfing Rabbi), "The world of surfing reflects the hand of the Creator. The whole concept of a wave that starts thousands of miles away, that's hands-on experience of the primordial force."

    The California native grew up indifferent to his Judaism...

  • The Fountainhead

    By J. D. Smith

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    My friend Roth is dating a girl named Erica. By religion, she is Swedenborgian. He'd never even heard of this (neither had I), until she came along and spelled it all out for him.

    Emanuel Swedenborg was an 18th-century multidisciplined scholar in Sweden -- their version perhaps of...

  • Deli Stories, No Schmaltz

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Let's face it, all deli menus are the same. Devotees of one deli or another will battle over which spot has the leaner, meaner pastrami or who makes the fluffiest matzah brei. Yet there's no point in reviewing deli food to a highly opinionated Jewish audience. After all, going tit...

  • The Real King David

    By Dennis Gura

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "King David: The Real Life of the Man Who Ruled Israel" by Jonathan Kirsch (Ballantine Books, $28)

    In his "Reading the Book: Making the Bible a Timeless Text," Rabbi Burton Visotzky writes, "To the extent that the Bible reveals the words of God to a community, it is essential that...

  • Satan in the Shtetl

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "Great-grandma was a naughty girl," says British filmmaker Ben Hopkins, whose feature debut, "Simon Magus," is the tale of a Polish shtetl in peril.

    The iconoclastic director's single Jewish ancestor was the Eastern European mistress of an English gentleman in Vienna; in the 1910s,...

  • Orthodox Hoopster Skips Big Game for Shabbat

    By Peter Ephross

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Add Tamir Goodman's name to the small Hebrew school sports pantheon.

    Like baseball star Sandy Koufax -- who refused to pitch in the first game of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur -- Goodman refused to compete in a post-season tournament game because it conflicted...

  • An Inspiring Rabbi

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Stephen Tolkin was sitting at his desk, recounting how Rabbi Mark Borovitz became the inspiration for the leading male character on his spiritually themed CBS series, "Kate Brasher."

    About six years ago, he met Borovitz, then about to enter rabbinical school, at the Shabbat dinner...

  • The Tastes of Purim

    By Nili Goldstein

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When breaking the Fast of Esther on the night before Purim, two Middle Eastern Jewish cultures offer particularly interesting entrees. Moroccans begin with Bar-ku-kas, a hot dairy cereal made from couscous, while a Yemeni's first taste is Zome or Zome F'tute, also a hot dairy...

  • Home Repair

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    My brother and I are sitting on the kitchen floor cutting pipe. Actually, he's cutting and I'm criticizing. This combines two venerable family traditions.

    Tradition No. 1: when Alan and I were young and still sharing a bathroom, my father would cut pipe, measure paneling, or hang...

  • Forging Ahead

    By Beverly Gray

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    For the past 37 summers, the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Los Angeles (BJE) has sent high school students to Israel through its pioneering L.A. Ulpan program. This year, that long tradition nearly ended.

    A sharp drop in enrollment, precipitated by the current unrest in...

  • New Coalition Opposes Intermarriage

    By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In the face of widespread popular Jewish acceptance of intermarriage and a sense that the Jewish community's leaders have given up any effort to oppose it, a group of 25 Jewish rabbis, intellectuals, lay leaders and communal affairs professionals is galvanizing to fight for change.


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