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  • The Self-Imposed Death of Institutional Judaism

    By Douglas Rushkoff

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I'm a Jew. Or, at least I was last time I checked.

    But New York's official institutions of Judaism would say that I'm not, and, most likely, neither are you. No, it's not because my mom's not Jewish (the usual racist excuse), but because, like so many other intelligent, engaged...

  • Your Letters

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Leaders Stay Silent

    [Avrham Burg's] creed against the reality of the Zionist enterprise, as opposed to the dreams of [Theodor] Herzl, would be understandable were he to put the blame where it rightly belongs: at the doorstep of the Palestinians who, to this day, resist, by both...

  • Students Seek Forgiveness, Too

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Adults aren't the only ones planning to ask God for forgiveness during the High Holidays. As the Day of Atonement approaches, youngsters around Los Angeles are already contemplating the mistakes they've made over the past year. Here is what eight young Angelenos plan to repent for...

  • A Journey to Home

    By Heather Fuller

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I was born to Protestant parents. By age 7, I was constantly questioning: Why are we here? Who is God? What happens to us after we die?

    I think I was 10 years old when I realized that Christianity wasn't for me.

    When I was 15, I fell in lust with the rock band Counting Crows' Jewish...

  • Harvard Campaign Against Hate

    By Rachel Fish

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Feeling frustrated about Arab anti-Semitism? Upset by people's insensitivity toward Jewish concerns? Think you're powerless to influence your school or community? Think again.

    A group of Harvard students spoke out against hate speech in the Middle East, and, thanks to the support of...

  • Big-Screen King’s Legacy of Generosity

    By Andrea Adelson

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Paul I. Goldenberg avoided playgrounds and sports when he was growing up because he lacked athletic prowess. He spent hours in the cool darkness of a movie house.

    In central Los Angeles of the '30s, where his parents had little money to spare, Goldenberg scrounged for pop bottles,...

  • Look Who’s Talking

    By Andrea Adelson

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Spiritualists, Dead Sea scholars and psychoanalysts are but a sampling of the varied menu of Jewish speakers that are to make scheduled appearances in Orange County over the next few months.

    One of the better known but controversial figures is Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, speaking...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Back in the Chai Life

    This year's Chabad "L'Chaim -- To Life!" telethon succeeded in attracting many old favorites, like actors Jon Voight and Fyvush Finkel, and a number of new faces, like Jeffrey Tambor ("The Grinch," "The Larry Sanders Show") and Mindy Sterling ("Austin...

  • Raising Concerns About Patriot Act

    By Matthew E. Berger

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Two years after the USA Patriot Act became law, Jewish groups are still searching for the balance between law enforcement and civil liberties.

    The passage of the legislation in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks divided Jewish groups who were ambivalent about the...

  • Schwarzenegger Retracts Waldheim Wedding Toast

    By Adam Wills

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger said that he regrets his 1986 wedding toast to former U.N. Secretary Kurt Waldheim.

    "It was a mistake," Schwarzenegger told The Jewish Journal. "You can't go [back]. It's always easier to be smart in hindsight."


  • The Cost of Latinization

    By Joel Kotkin

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    For the most part, Jewish leadership in Los Angeles and elsewhere can be expected to oppose the recall of longtime "ally" Gov. Gray Davis and, in a pinch, support his Mini-Me proposed replacement, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante (see page 12). "Go along to get along" expediency and...

  • Community Briefs

    By Rachel Brand

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Synagogues Vandalized Over Rosh Hashanah

    Synagogues and buildings in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood were hit with strange graffiti over Rosh Hashanah.

    At least five buildings on Pico Boulevard, and the Kabbalah Centre on Robertson Boulevard were vandalized with spray paint...

  • Sorry for the Sin

    By Carin Davis

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Yom Kippur's on deck, boys -- so you better bust out your little black book. No, not the machzor. Your other little black book -- the one where you keep all your digits.

    Pull out your PalmPilot, run through your phone sheet, sift through the scribbled notes on the back of crumpled...

  • Got Closure?

    By Teresa Strasser

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I'm 18. I'm flipping through my yearbook, reading over the cursive messages of my friends: "Stay sweet" and "Great sitting next to you in French" and "Have a great summer."

    On the next page, there are a few more notes advising me not to change, to remember that night at the beach...

  • Sisterhood in the Big House

    By Rachel Brand

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As she enters her 23rd year in prison, Doris Roldan realizes that she has two choices: she can wallow in self-pity or she can continue to have hope.

    On Tuesday evening, Sept. 30, while standing in front of her fellow inmates at the California Institution for Women (CIW), Roldan made...

  • A Few Jews Focus on Props, Too

    By David Finnigan

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    With a few notable exceptions, Jewish politicians, activists and community leaders are getting into the controversies over Propositions 53 and 54 late and lackadaisically, having focused most of their attention and fundraising efforts on the recall election.

    Proposition 54, The...

  • Human Atonement or Animal Cruelty?

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Early morning on the day before Yom Kippur, groups of Jews will be gathering to hold squawking chickens by the feet and twirl them over their head while chanting a prayer. After the twirling, the chickens will be ritually slaughtered and given to the poor.

    Kaparos, literally...

  • Israel Falls for Gay Military Romance

    By David Finnigan

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Yossi & Jagger" is partly a gay love story about two Israeli officers on the Lebanese border. But the 71-minute film's only love scene comes early in a larger, far less romantic story about the contradictions of modern Israel.

    "Yossi & Jagger" has touched Israelis who long for...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm


    A bit of old Ukraine comes to the LBC today with "Night Songs From a Neighboring Village," a collaboration between Alexis Kochan's ensemble, Paris to Kyiv, and American klezmer group Brave Old World. The theme and title for the show are based on a poem by Ukrainian Yiddish...

  • Strategic Balance Favors Israel

    By Leslie Susser

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Thirty years after the traumatic Yom Kippur War, Israel's military superiority over the Arabs is greater than ever.

    That, at least, is the assessment of Tel Aviv University's prestigious Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies. In its annual report, the think-tank cited the quality of...

  • Cooking Middle Eastern Memories

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    September 25, 2003 | 8:01 pm

    "A Fistful of Lentils" by Jennifer Felicia Abadi (Harvard Common Press, 2002).

    Reading "A Fistful of Lentils" is like wandering through a family album. Instead of food photos you find dozens of family portraits, touching stories and the fascinating history of a rich and unique...

  • Turn the Tide

    By Rob Eshman

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    One of the best things about being the editor of a Jewish paper is I get to meet a lot of Jews.

    Looking back over the past year, I see it's a fascinating perk of the job.

    Just in the past two weeks, for instance, I danced (poorly) at the Chabad Telethon when the tote board hit $3.4...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Bush: Happy Rosh Hashanah

    President Bush asked Jews to "pray for peace" in his annual Rosh Hashanah message. "May we build a future of promise and compassion for all, and may the coming year be filled with hope and happiness," Bush said in the presidential message, released...

  • Just a Peace Rally? Read the Fine Print

    By David Finnigan

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    This Sunday's "End Occupation" rally in Hollywood has led Jewish watchdog groups to be concerned about the increasing anti-Semitism of the antiwar movement.

    "How did the antiwar movement become anti-Semitic?" asked Amanda Susskind, regional director of the Pacific Southwest Region...

  • Teachable Moment

    By Jane Ulman

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The rabbis of the Talmud tell us that we are created with yetzer hatov (good inclination) or yetzer harah (bad inclination). And, like Harry Potter and the evil Lord Voldemort, they're engaged in a never-ending battle. And have been since birth.

    Indeed, with apologies to John...

  • But Officer, It’s Yontif!

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Worried about getting a parking ticket while you're praying for your soul? Don't fret. You can take as long as you want in synagogue this Rosh Hashanah, because Los Angeles' normally overzealous traffic cops will be off your back.

    City Councilman Jack Weiss has used his diplomatic...

  • Cast Thy Sins Away

    By Amy Klein

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    If you've ever been to Ocean Parkway -- that long thoroughfare traversing all neighborhoods Brooklyn, connecting the BQE from "The City" (Manhattan), to the Belt Parkway from Long Island -- you'd have seen the two "island" streets lining the two outer streets like an Israeli flag,...

  • Should We Shun 80 Million Friends of Israel?

    By Rabbi Steven Weil

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    One of the more unusual characters in Jewish literature appears in the Book of Esther. The palace guard Charbonah originally plays a part inHaman's conspiracy to slaughter the Jews and dispossess 0them of their property. But somewhere along the way, he experiences a change of heart,...

  • Bush Expands Mideast Agenda

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    With the death toll mounting in Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian "road map" plan in tatters, the Bush administration and Congress want to put out other Middle East fires before they get out of control.

    Administration officials and lawmakers recently launched initiatives to sanction...

  • Cantor Turns Rabbi to Save Synagogue

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Cantor Mark Goodman was conducting prayers for Valley Beth Israel -- an ailing Conservative congregation that couldn't afford a rabbi -- when he decided that he could make things better.

    Goodman, 43, approached the board of the Sun Valley congregation with a proposition. He told...

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