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  • Class Notes

    By Julie G Fax

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I'm always surprised at how many of my dreams are set on the rooftop yard of my elementary school. You'd think that after 20-

    something years I'd have worked out the lingering issues, but the peeling green floor and the colossally high fence that crowned my school still remain the...

  • Bar Mitzvah Cheer—Without Cheerleaders

    By Andrew Silow-Carroll

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    We were halfway through my older son's bar mitzvah year, and I'd been stumbling through an emotional landscape littered with caterers' proposals, reception hall bills and unanswered e-mails from my wife demanding that I "please, please call the band and ask them if they are available...

  • Is Tomato Sauce a Vegetable?

    By Jane Ulman

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "I hate this healthy food. It's tasteless and disgusting," says Gabe, my 17-year-old son.

    He's protesting the culinary revolution taking place in our kitchen. The white rice that is now brown, the white bread that is now whole wheat and the Cheetos that have morphed into Lite Cheddar...

  • Kerry Must Walk Mideast Tightrope

    By James D. Besser

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass), who claimed the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in Boston last week, is almost certain to win a substantial majority of Jewish votes on Nov. 2. But that doesn't mean he doesn't have Jewish problems.

    Paramount among them: how to...

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  • Court Clears Way for Suit Over Nazi Loot

    By Tom Tugend

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Iam thrilled that there is justice in this world," said a jubilant Maria Altmann, after celebrating her victory with a family dinner outing.

    "This is more than just a Jewish case and it's more than I had hoped for," added the 88-year old Cheviot Hills resident.

    The "case" referred...

  • Bar Alters Test Date for Tisha B’Av

    By Tom Tugend

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The State Bar of California, yielding to an eight-month lobbying effort, will excuse observant Jews from taking the bar examination on the mourning and fasting day of Tisha B'Av on July 27.

    Reversing an earlier denial of the request, the Committee of Bar Examiners rearranged the...

  • Donor Pool Swim

    By Jessica Ravitz

    April 29, 2004 | 8:01 pm

    Few days have haunted me like April 15, 2002. It was the day Time magazine screamed out from its cover that women cannot have it all.

    Like a slap to the face, the writer reported that the biological odds are against getting pregnant after 35 and that stories of women conceiving into...

  • How a Death Can Save Lives

    By Andrea Adelson

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    After repeated blood tests over many months, Blanche Thoma was impatient with her doctors. She demanded to know their best guess at what was causing her lethargy.

    Their answer remained inscrutable until she turned to a medical dictionary. The definition stunned Thoma, then a mother...

  • Egypt Displays Split Personality on Israel

    By Leslie Susser

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli leaders were heartened in late December, when Egypt's foreign minister announced that he would come to Jerusalem for talks on promoting Israeli-Palestinian peace.

    At the same time, however, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was moving in Cairo to galvanize international...

  • Sacramento Politics Take Strange Turn

    By Jill Stewart

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The radical outsiders in Sacramento are the moderates and pragmatists, a strange truth that was brought home dramatically this month, when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature compromised on a ballot measure to refinance the state's huge debt and hem in future spending...

  • Saddam’s Fall Seen Just as First Step

    By Leslie Susser

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Israelis have a long score to settle with Saddam Hussein: The former Iraqi dictator promised to destroy the Jewish State, fired 39 Scud missiles at Israeli cities during the Persian Gulf War and paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to families of Palestinian suicide bombers.

    So,...

  • U.S., Israel Seek to Help Qurei

    By Leslie Susser

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Sobered by what they see as past policy errors, Israeli, American and Palestinian leaders are determined to help the new Palestinian Authority prime minister, Ahmed Qurei, succeed where his predecessor failed.

    Success would mean defusing the three-year-old Palestinian intifada and...

  • Pressure on Aiding Ethiopians Grows

    By Uriel Heilman

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Increased pressure from officials of American Jewish organizations is driving preliminary talks on a new deal to bring thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel before famine takes a heavy toll on the community remaining in Ethiopia.

    Coming on the eve of a federation-sponsored trip to...

  • The DeLay Factor and the Jews

    By James D. Besser

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The recent clamor over Howard Dean's demand for U.S. "evenhandedness" in the Middle East was sweet music to the ears of Jewish Republicans, who hope 2004 will be a watershed in their long but frustrating effort to rally Jewish voters to their cause.

    But the Republicans could...

  • Being a Woman in Wasserstein’s World

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "My father loved me dearly, but I'm not a Jewish American Princess," playwright Wendy Wasserstein said. "I'm a Jewish mother, but I'm not Molly Goldberg."

    Which is why Wasserstein -- among the most articulate voices of a generation of women who came of age in the 1970s -- often...

  • Teen Feared Kidnapped in Israel

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Danna Bennett finished her waitressing shift at a Tiberias restaurant at 1 a.m., caught a taxi to a designated stop less than one mile from her house, started walking home and has not been seen since.

    The Aug. 1 disappearance of the 18-year-old Los Angeles native has her family...

  • Israel Reconsiders Peace Policies

    By Leslie Susser

    August 28, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Last week's massive bus bombing, which killed 21 people, most of them ultra-Orthodox Jews and some of them children, may turn out to be a defining moment in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    It signaled the collapse of the hudna (cease-fire) declared by Palestinian terrorist...

  • Sharon, Abbas Court White House

    By Leslie Susser

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As the fragile Israeli-Palestinian peace process inches forward, leaders of both sides are looking to upcoming audiences with President Bush to exert pressure on the other and give the "road map" peace plan some momentum.

    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his Palestinian...

  • Pro-Israel: Solidarity or Retail Politics?

    By James D. Besser

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Pro-Israel lobbyists are patting themselves on the back these days for yet another congressional resolution declaring solidarity with the embattled State of Israel, and the kudos are justified.

    Pro-Israel resolutions these days are routinely passed with only token opposition;...

  • After the Cease-Fire What Comes Next?

    By Leslie Susser

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As Israel and the Palestinians begin a long-awaited truce, both sides are holding their breath -- and wondering what the United States will do next to advance the "road map" peace plan.

    The late June cease-fire by the three main Palestinian terror groups, declared as the intifada...

  • The Right of Return Goes Both Ways

    By James D. Besser

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    With the growing worldwide focus on displaced Palestinians, Jewish groups are suddenly raising the issue of a different kind of refugee: the almost 1 million Jews who were forced to flee Arab countries after the creation of Israel in 1948.

    The timing is no accident. While the effort...

  • Peace ‘Road Map’ Lurches Off-Track

    By Leslie Susser

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A week ago, the path to peace seemed bright following the formal launch of the "road map" peace plan at a summit in Aqaba, Jordan.

    One violent week later, many are wondering if the road map is already roadkill.

    Wednesday's bus bombing in downtown Jerusalem capped a gory week and...

  • Beyond Summit: Chance for Peace?

    By Leslie Susser

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A double dose of optimism and skepticism led up to this week's summit at the Red Sea resort of Aqaba, but what really matters is what comes next.

    Hardened by past failures, Israelis and Palestinians alike recognize that there is still a long way to go, and a lot that could still go...

  • Will U.S. Jews Keep Pace With Israel?

    By Matthew E. Berger

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Publicly, most Jewish organizations support the "road map" for Israeli-Palestinian peace that President Bush is promoting in his Middle East travels this week and at his summit with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his new Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas.

    But...

  • Sharon’s Dilemma: Which Peace Move?

    By Leslie Susser

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It has become a familiar equation: Hope for progress toward peace leads not to a drop in Palestinian terror attacks but to their acceleration. Throughout the 1990s, Palestinian terrorists often tried to sabotage the peace process by stepping up their attacks whenever progress seemed...

  • Lieberman Candidacy Spotlights Fear Factor

    By Steve Berman

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Sen. Joseph Lieberman was in town the other day, raising money and support for his presidential quest. Since his stint as vice-presidential nominee of the Democratic Party in the oh-so-close contest of 2000, Lieberman has become a national fixture in the political world.

    Throwing his...

  • ‘Map’ Won’t Play Key Election Role

    By James D. Besser

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Opponents of the recently released Mideast "road map" are reassuring themselves that presidential politics will keep the Bush administration from pressuring Israel too hard to accept the plan, which proposes a diplomatic sprint to the creation of a Palestinian state by 2005.

    They...

  • Bush, Sharon to HoldKey Mideast Talks

    By Leslie Susser

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    With a new strategic balance in the Middle East and pressure building to implement a U.S.-backed peace plan, next week's meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and President Bush could be their most important to date.

    Neither Israelis nor Palestinians came away entirely...

  • Peace Opportunities Facing Obstacles

    By Leslie Susser

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On the face of it, conditions are ripe for a new chapter in Israeli-Palestinian relations.

    The American victory in Iraq has changed the regional balance of power, and the "road map" plan drafted by the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia marks a new, widely...

  • Press Fight for Care Funds

    By Bill Boyarsky

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I had never thought of Medi-Cal as a Jewish issue. I've written about the program of medical aid for the poor, but my subjects were usually African Americans and Latinos, who comprise the largest number of the state's needy.

    I discovered how wrong I was recently, after learning that...

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