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  • Scout’s Honor

    By Rob Eshman

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Marvin Himlin believes with all his heart that the Boy Scouts of America and the United States Supreme Court did right by keeping avowed homosexuals from leadership positions in the Scouts. "Young kids coming into their sexuality are too impressionable, and I don't think kids need...

  • Marco Polo Redux

    By Rob Eshman

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Travelers Meiand John Krich

    The affinity of Jews to Chinese food reaches its apotheosis inJohn Krich's "Won Ton Lust: Adventures in Search of the World's BestChinese Restaurant" (Kodansha, $24). It's no outrageous stereotype tostate that, as a people, American Jews seem to need a good...

  • Dining Out…

    By Rob Eshman

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    As a rule, you don't go to museums to eat. Unless you're like me -- someone who, when push comes to shove, prefers great food to great art. I make no apologies: The last time I visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, I ate a tasteless, watery and expensive fruit salad in the...
  • Reviving a Shul, One Goat at a Time

    By Rob Eshman

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Note to future rabbis: If you want to make a lasting firstimpression with your congregants, nothing beats farm animals on thebimah. Just ask anyone at Temple Adat Shalom in West LosAngeles. It's been almost four months since Michael Resnick took overthere, and they're still talking...

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  • The GA: Missing Out

    By Rob Eshman

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Council of Jewish Federations President Dr. Conrad L. Giles(left) and GA Co-Chair Joel Tauber, both of Detroit, greeted PrimeMinister Netanyahu at Indianapolis Airport. Photo by Robert A.Cumins


    If a Jew yells in Indiana, will a Jew in Los Angeles pay attention?

    For six days in...

  • An Officer and a Peacenik

    By Rob Eshman

    November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Retired Maj. Gen. Oren Shachor

    Retired Maj. Gen. Oren Shachor, former Israel Defense Forces chiefintelligence officer, held a field briefing for his subordinateofficers and field operatives last week at Cava restaurant on westThird Street.

    Actually, it was just an interview with a...

  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

    By Rob Eshman

    November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

    Aish HaTorah's guest list includes many of Hollywood'smost famous and influential players

    By Robert Eshman, Associate Editor

    Imagine that you follow a rainbow insearch of a pot of gold, only to discover that the rainbow ends inyour own back yard. Now...

  • A Wolf Among ‘Sheep’

    By Rob Eshman

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Dick Wolf

    Dick Wolf lets out a low, audible groan at the mention of theV-chip. For years now, the creator and executive producer oftelevision's longest-running drama has spoken out against what hebelieves are the forces of censorship and intimidation lurking behindthe...

  • Sinai Temple Opens Center for Judaic Studies

    By Rob Eshman

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    With a faculty of noted scholars, Sinai Temple has adapted an "adult education" program with an eclectic curriculum that is carefully designed to satisfy a wide range of interests, from serious courses in Jewish spirituality, and discussions of the Jew's role in Society to special...
  • Up Front

    By Rob Eshman

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Last Tuesday evening, we had dinner with Dick Morris. Can youthink of a more fitting person to dine with during these days ofatonement? Dick Morris: one-time adviser to the president of theUnited States. Widely credited with winning President Clinton'sre-election. Caught on a tabloid...
  • Up Front

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Los Angelesare planning to give Israel a very special present for its 50thbirthday -- an ambulance.

    Over the course of the school year, children fromall day schools, Reform to Orthodox, will contribute their tzedakahmoney and hold special fund-raisers in order to purchase a...

  • The Year of The Grudge

    By Rob Eshman

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Left to right, from top: Dennis Prager, Rabbi Harvey Fields,Rabbi Boruch Cunin and Rabbi Harold Schulweis.

    The Year of The Grudge

    The dominant stories of 5757 centered around ourcontinual war of words fought over religion, sex, politics andhistory

    By Robert Eshman, Associate Editor

    Can't...

  • Cedars-Sinai Merges with Two Westside Hospitals

    By Rob Eshman

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    When Cedars-Sinai Medical Center announced last Monday that itplans to take over management of two smaller West Los Angeleshospitals, the headlines could easily have read, "Man Bites Dog."

    In these days of brutal health-care competition, it is largefor-profit health-care conglomerates...

  • Down and Out in Beverly Hills?

    By Rob Eshman

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Developer Ronald Weiner predicts that about 95 percent of tenants in his proposed senior-housing project would be Jewish.
    Ronald Weiner sits on a bench in a serene Beverly Hills park on a perfect, sunny day, filled with rage and frustration. He's shaking, his fingers tremble, and...
  • All the Tenacity

    By Rob Eshman

    August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    All the Tenacity

    in the World

    Neglected by publishing and the press, author Robert AnthonySiegel is out pitching his funny first novel by himself

    By Robert Eshman, Associate Editor

    For Robert Anthony Siegel,April is indeed the cruelest month.Siegel's first novel came out in April --...

  • Tisha B’Av Times 4

    By Rob Eshman

    August 7, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Tisha B'Av, the day of mourning in commemoration of the destruction of the two Temples, is notable for at least two reasons. For one, it may be the only holiday that Hallmark hasn't designed a card for. And it seems to be the one holiday that most Jews have heard of, but few seem to...
  • Up Front

    By Rob Eshman

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I love cookbooks, but on lazy summer days, I usually read fiction -- few cookbooks are engaging enough to replace a good novel. And when I go into the kitchen at all, it's usually just to stand in front of the open freezer. But when I do find a cookbook that captures me, cooking with...
  • Navigating Sexual Turmoil

    By Rob Eshman

    June 26, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Naomi Wolf, author of "Promiscuities: The Secret Struggle for Womanhood"
    Sex will always be with us, but thoughtful, non-hysterical conversations about sexual issues are few and far between. With the publication of her newest book, "Promiscuities: The Secret Struggle for Womanhood"...
  • Who Was Bart Crum?

    By Rob Eshman

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Who was Bart Crum? Now there's a question that separates the young from the old, or, to be kind, the younger from the older.

    For the generation that came of age in the 1940s and 1950s, Crum was a ubiquitous actor on the national stage. With Zelig-like frequency, he appeared at the...

  • Up Front

    By Rob Eshman

    May 22, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The Jerusalem Jazz Band
    At the Dixieland Jubilee in Sacramento, the annual super bowl of jazz, the band that got the most ecstatic reception a couple of years ago was cradled a few thousand miles east of New Orleans.

    It was the Jerusalem Jazz Band, whose members hail each other by such...

  • Taking on the Bible

    By Rob Eshman

    May 8, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Remember that great scene in "Inherit the Wind," when Clarence Darrow asks William Jennings Bryan if a book that details rape, incest, slaughter, nudity and sodomy should be banned? The fundamentalist Bryan answers, "Of course!" and Darrow, with a flourish, whips out a copy of the...
  • Eastward Ho

    By Rob Eshman

    May 8, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    From where Phillip Liff-Grieff sits -- literally -- the Jewish community is looking better all the time.

    Liff-Grieff is executive director of the Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, and his office in Covina is at ground zero of a sprawling Jewish...

  • UJ Layoffs

    By Rob Eshman

    May 1, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The last days of the Passover holiday brought a shocking message to 14 faculty and staff members at the University of Judaism: They're laid off.

    Among those whose contracts will not be renewed this June are Rabbi David Ackerman, associate dean of the Fingerhut School of Education;...

  • Filing His Claim

    By Rob Eshman

    May 1, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A payment slip from 1927, part of the documentary evidence to support Freddy Jackson's claim.
    Sitting in the Fairfax Avenue deli where he worked for four decades of his life, Freddy Jackson reflects on his chances of getting the millions of dollars due him.

    "A lot of people don't...

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