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  • Youthful Predictions

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    When it comes to the Jewish vote in next Tuesday's 13-state primary, George W. Bush is a dead man. Don't take my word for it. Listen to Jacob Kupietzky for whom this campaign season marks a coming of political age. If you want to know how Jewish youths see the world, he's a good...
  • Theater’s Hall of Fame Inducts L.A.‘s Own

    By Tom Tugend

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A few weeks ago, Gordon Davidson stood up in the Gershwin Theatre on New York's Broadway and, amidst the plaudits of his peers, was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame, in recognition of his lifetime achievement in the American theater.

    As speakers lauded his 33-year tenure as the...

  • An Attitude Problem

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The personals sections in an Israeli newspaper contained the following ad:

    "Jewish man seeks partner who will attend shul with him, light Shabbat candles, celebrate holidays, build sukkah together, and go with him to brit milah and bar mitzvah celebrations. Religion not important."

    The...

  • Fighting Hate Groups

    By Tom Tugend

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Gov. Gray Davis has proposed far-reaching legislation to combat hate groups, which, he said, pose a "very serious threat to public safety."

    His omnibus bill would strengthen existing laws by expanding the definition of a hate crime, automatically lengthening by three years prison...

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  • History’s First

    By Julie G Fax

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Since four women became Jewish history's first yoatzot, or female halachic consultants, a few months ago, they have been flooded with nightly calls with questions regarding everything from the laws of family purity to the ethics of prenatal testing to infertility treatments.

    "Women...

  • A Gentler Orthodox Feminism

    By Elicia Brown

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Where others saw three Orthodox women in groundbreaking careers and stylish hats, Rachel Pollack, 17, perceived something more. She had found role models.

    "This is something I might want to pursue," said the bright-eyed Ramaz senior after sitting through a session with the world's...

  • Courting the Bigot Vote

    By Douglas Mirell

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Earlier this week GOP presidential hopefuls John McCain and George Bush were speaking simultaneously on opposite coasts with seemingly opposite messages as they sought to drum up votes for the March 7 Super Tuesday primaries. Each is hoping to score a knock-out blow in the 13-state...
  • Flying Aces

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    If you closed your eyes and sat very still, you could almost feel history unfolding last week in Conference Room No. 1 at national United Jewish Appeal headquarters in New York. One of the most broadly representative parliamentary bodies in organized American Jewish life was gathered...
  • Knox vs. Kuehl

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Voters frequently complain about being forced to choose between the lesser of two evils when it comes to candidates for public office. But what's a voter supposed to do when given the choice between two good, solid politicians of virtually equal records?

    In the case of Assembly...

  • Israel to Release Eichmann’s Memoirs

    By Naomi Segal

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Israel has decided to release the memoirs Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann wrote prior to his execution in Israel in 1962.

    The decision followed consultations in the Justice Ministry on whether to make the document available for American scholar Deborah Lipstadt in the ongoing London...

  • Grand Illusion

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Joerg Haider's unexpected resignation as head of Austria's far-right Freedom Party is widely seen as a strategic ploy that may ultimately win him more political power -- including the nation's leadership.

    "It is important not to overestimate" the move, Marta Halpert, director of the...

  • Mission: Accomplished!

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Anne Roberts is passionate about the idea of tzedakah, a concept she has diligently instilled in her son Spencer Nieman.

    A second-grader who is not quite 8 years old, Spencer has managed to save up $120 this year and will donate it in a small ceremony that has become an annual...

  • Remembering Ofra Haza

    By Eric Silver

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It is hard to write dispassionately about Ofra Haza, the Israeli pop icon who died last week at 41. She sang her fusion of Yemenite folk and '80s beat with intense, unabashed emotion. And she generated emotion in others.

    With her striking, Middle Eastern beauty, she was the sister...

  • All About My Mother

    By Teresa Strasser

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    After three days at a Palm Springs spa with my mother, I felt like I had just returned from a tour of duty in 'Nam.

    That's not really how you want to feel after saunas and raw broccoli and hours of stretch classes, but I blame only myself for the weekend that went horribly wrong.

    Our...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    If the multitude of Jewish events are any indication, the holidays hit hard this season. To paraphrase Adam Sandler's "Chanukah Song," here's a list of organizations that are Jewish, just like you and me...

    Various divisions of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles celebrated...

  • Questions of Character

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Looking at our cover and our lead story by J.J. Goldberg, a stranger or even a casual reader is likely to assume that The Jewish Journal is a Republican Party newspaper. Not so, although we, like the rest of the country, have been intrigued with the spin McCain has produced on the...
  • Haikus for Jews

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Zen Laughs

    Don't let the unfunny introduction to "Haikus for Jews" (Harmony Books, $11) fool you. The rest of this little book is pretty hilarious. All we know about New York-based writer David M. Bader is that, according to his bio, he is "not even distantly related to Supreme Court...

  • A Misstep on the Road to Reconciliation

    By Jonathan S. Tobin

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Though the agreement signed by the Vatican and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) last week was aimed at strengthening Arab-Catholic ties, it will probably go down as having a greater influence on Catholic-Jewish ties.

    Signed on the eve of Pope John Paul II's trip to Israel...

  • Starting Up

    By Julie Wiener

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    When a 30-something British financial investment manager took a few years off to study Jewish texts in Israel, he was struck by the differences between the financial and Jewish communal worlds.

    "In the private sector, at the moment, committed young people with good ideas can find...

  • What Planet is Garry Shandling From?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Garry Shandling remembers the day he turned on the television set and discovered Woody Allen. It was a Saturday morning in 1966, and there was Woody on a children's TV show, explaining how baseball bats were made. "He said that originally, bats were made of halvah, and that after a...
  • Hot Propositions

    By Eric Roth

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    California's ballot initiatives have been making laws and national headlines since 1911. Designed by Governor Hiram Johnson to take politics directly to the people and over the heads of a corrupt legislature, the initiative process often focuses on populist issues. California voters...
  • Foreign Influence

    By Tom Tugend

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    American donors have poured $10 million to $15 million into each of the last two Israeli elections through campaign contributions or through nonprofit organizations that directly or indirectly support a candidate or political party.

    The estimate, attributed to unnamed "political...

  • Zubin Mehta and His World Class Orchestra

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Israel Philharmonic has always been an orchestra of immigrants.

    Founded in 1936 as the Palestine Symphony, by the Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman, the orchestra was specifically created to help Jewish musicians escape the Nazis. Many of the founding members, among the most...

  • Held Accountable

    By Eric Roth

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    "I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education" --...
  • Upping the Ante

    By David Landau

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has placed his latest bet in the strange and frustrating poker game between Israel and Syria.

    Now it is up to the Syrians to either see the bet and resume the stalled peace negotiations -- or fold and walk away from the game, perhaps for many years...

  • Iran’s Elections—A Cause to Rejoice?

    March 2, 2000 | 6:59 pm

    The western world did headstands and cartwheels last week as Iranian election results indicated that "reformers" easily won seats in Iran's parliament. According to news reports, "the Clinton administration is welcoming" election results as "as pointing toward a stronger hand for...
  • Giving Back

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 2, 2000 | 6:59 pm

    It was only last May that a rag-tag group of refugees from the Balkans arrived at the Bernard Milken Campus in West Hills, fleeing from the war zone of their homeland with little more than the clothes on their backs.

    On Feb. 27, less than a year later, one of the six families rescued...

  • Ivry to Jews: Don’t Lecture Us

    By James D

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    David Ivry isn't the slickest or most media-savvy envoy in recent years, but he knows what he wants, and has the right credentials to get it.

    As he starts his term, Israel's new ambassador in Washington is laying down clear markers. Ivry and his bosses are tired of American Jews...

  • Education Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A highlight of the annual religious school educators conference sponsored by the Bureau of Jewish Education is always the presentation of the Lainer Awards. These cash awards, established in 1989, go to talented educators who help perpetuate Jewish traditions and values in a...
  • Emergency Meeting

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Experts from Turkey, Uzbekistan and Los Angeles converged in Tel Aviv last month to trade disaster response strategies with Israelis. United by a shared history of disasters -- natural and man-made -- specialists in the forefront of emergency care attended the week-long International...
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