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  • Times’ Shalhevet Article Is Not News

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I have tried explaining it to friends outside Los Angeles. But the Los Angles Times of Sunday, Aug. 3, cannot be explained in words alone. One must have held the paper in hand to appreciate what appeared that day.

    A dear friend from the East, who that morning had e-mailed me the...

  • Reeve Superhero to Israeli Terror Victims

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On this hot Tuesday morning in central Israel, Elad Wassa sits in his wheelchair, his dark eyes bright with anticipation. One year ago, Wassa, a Falasha (Ethiopian Jew), was working at a vegetable stand in a Netanya market when a bomb exploded as he was bending down to pick up some...

  • Roadside Distraction

    By Teresa Strasser

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I'm sitting at a Mobil station in Minneola, my feet propped up against the bottom frame of my car door. The door is swung open so I can take in the desert air, exhale my Camel Light into the breeze.

    I just bought a pack of gum and a green plastic lighter inside the store, where a...

  • Graff Explores the Drama of Theater ‘Camp’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Before Todd Graff attended theater camp, he liked to cause trouble. "I was hanging out with a bunch of idiot kids," Graff, 43, said. "We'd cut class, stand outside the liquor store, drink beer, blast music and raise havoc at night."

    When Graff and friends stole a neighbor's car one...

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  • Rebels and Leaders

    By Rabbi Allen I. Freehling

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    One of my favorite Torah portions is the one that we will read this Shabbat. It reveals to us myriad recognizable human traits while transmitting to us some vital lessons.

    From this story, we see that some characteristics are bad while others are good; and, along the way, we observe...

  • Kitaj the ‘Diasporist’

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Six years have passed since painter R.B. Kitaj moved from London to Los Angeles, following a hail of criticism and counterattacks (more on that later). Recently, I visited the artist at his home and studio on the occasion of "Los Angeles Pictures," a breathtaking exhibit at Venice's...

  • Stone’s ‘Persona’ Wears Out Welcome

    By Tom Tugend

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In the violence-ridden month of March 2002, which saw the Passover massacre at a Netanya hotel and the siege of Yasser Arafat's compound in Ramallah, filmmaker Oliver Stone traveled to Israel and the West Bank to shoot a documentary on the escalating conflict.

    The result is "Persona...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday



    It's Memorial Day Weekend, perfect timing for Marc Maron and Roy Zimmerman. The comedians wax patriotic tonight with their show, "Homeland Security." But flag-wavers be warned -- these guys are not in the warm and fuzzy, "God Bless America" camp. Maron, with his biting,...

  • Women Directors ‘Reflect’ on Israeli Life

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    After Keren Margalit's boyfriend died in an army-related accident a decade ago, she envisioned the drama that would become "All I've Got," the opening-night film of the 2003 Israel Film Festival. The story revolves around a young woman who loses her boyfriend in a grisly car wreck;...

  • Exhibit to Detail Nazi Persecution of Gays

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Dr. Edward Phillips set out to create the first English-language exhibit on the Nazi persecution of homosexuals, opening Sunday at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, information proved elusive.

    Crucial records had vanished when the Allies bombed the Reich's Central Office...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Lag B'Omer, the 33rd day of the counting of the days between Pesach and Shavuot, will be celebrated on May 20. The letters lamed and gimmel, which spell the word "lag," have a value of 33. It's a time to light a campfire with your parents and friends, and to make toy bows and...

  • Exhibit to Detail Nazi Persecution of Gays

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Dr. Edward Phillips set out to create the first English-language exhibit on the Nazi persecution of homosexuals, opening Sunday at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, information proved elusive.

    Crucial records had vanished when the Allies bombed the Reich's Central Office...

  • Rabbis, Scholars OK CBS ‘Hitler’ Pic

    By Tom Tugend

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    There were nights, CBS Television president and CEO Leslie Moonves remembered, "when I lay in bed looking up at the ceiling and asking myself, 'Is this the right thing to do? Will it open old wounds? Are we creating more anti-Semitism?'"

    Moonves had good cause for sleepless...

  • Holding on to Nick

    By Marianne McCarthy

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A newer story about the Markowitz family (January 19, 2007) is online now.



    She once filled her days with projects at home: gardening, decorating and caring for her son and two stepchildren. All that changed for Susan Markowitz on an August day in 2000, when a knock on her door...

  • Survivor Film Aims to Educate Students

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As a child at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany, Marion Blumenthal Lazan spent hours looking for four identical pebbles inside her shabby living quarters.

    "I decided that if I were to find four pebbles of about the same shape and size, that the four members of my family...

  • Clay Feat

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It may have been a silent film, but Paul Wegener made an international noise with "Der Golem." The 1920 German Expressionist classic -- screening April 21 at the Skirball Cultural Center -- remains a popular incarnation of the Golem. But it was not the first, nor the last,...

  • A Hero for Seder

    By Si Frumkin

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I don't remember how long ago it was that Michael visited Los Angeles. Fifteen years? Twenty? I do remember that I was driving him around the city when he said, "Could you stop the car for a moment? I would like to photograph this."

    I was puzzled. "Photograph what?" I asked.

    There...

  • Showtime Examines Shoah Diva Doctor

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In Showtime's "Out of the Ashes," a Holocaust survivor steps off a boat at New York Harbor, imperiously hands her battered suitcase to her American niece and embarks on a shoe shopping spree.

    The TV movie is the story of Dr. Gisella Perl (Christine Lahti), the Hungarian...

  • War and Passover

    By Rob Eshman

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Of course this Passover will be different from all other Passovers. This Passover is being broadcast on Fox News.

    The retelling of the Exodus resonates with the real images of a real war. The Israelite liberation echoes in the words of President Bush, who now casts the war almost...

  • Hispanic Coverage of Israel Mixed

    By Julie Drucker

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "What are they saying about us?" many Jews wonder about Spanish-language media, which have increased in number and influence.

    The spectacular growth of the Latino population in the United States has brought about a boom in Spanish-language media. In particular, television news...

  • Cherishing Passover

    By Marisa N. Pickar

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As a child, Passover seders in my family were rushed affairs more about the meal than the meaning of the holiday. Hungry children and adults quickly read through the haggadah.

    Surreptitious bites of matzah were silently swallowed. And all the while the aromas from the kitchen tickled...

  • Polanski Hits a SourNote in ‘Pianist’

    By Tom Teicholz

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Truth to tell, I didn't start to despise "The Pianist" -- Roman's Polanski's Oscar-nominated film of concert pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's memoirs of Warsaw during World War II -- until the very end of the film: The war has ended and a friend has taken Szpilman to a farm in the Polish...

  • Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Welcome to Heavenly Heights" by Risa Miller (St. Martin's Press, $23.95).



    Many writers have imagined the Jewish immigrant experience, setting their novels and short stories on the Lower East Side and places like that, where newcomers can forge their way to become Americans. Risa...

  • Leaders of the Pack

    By Richard A. Macales

    February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Rock 'n' Roll Jews," by Professor Michael Billig (Syracuse University Press, $19.95).



    If you "Treat Me Nice," "Save the Last Dance for Me," or once were "A Teenager in Love," chances are you are old enough to remember the early, "innocent" years of rock 'n' roll music.

    For Baby...

  • Mazel Tov?

    By Rifka Rosenwein

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Step aside, gentlemen. You will have no interest in this column, I guarantee it.

    Okay, girls. It's about the wedding pages. Come on, admit it, how many of you turn to those pages in the Styles section of The New York Times every Sunday morning? No matter what else is going on in...

  • We Soared With Ilan

    By Yuval Rotem

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Yuval Rotem, Israeli consul general for the Western United States, delivered these remarks at a Feb. 1 dinner for Pressman Academy, honoring him and his wife, Miri, at the Airport Westin Hotel.



    A verse in the Bible reads, "I am ready to stop, and my pain is continually before me."...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday





    Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner, a Cuban American and a Jewish American (respectively), are "the hottest young architects in Los Angeles," according to The New York Times Magazine. Their firm is well-recognized for projects like their restorations of buildings by Richard...

  • Jump!

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    January 16, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It is the Torah's most exciting, most cinematic story. The Israelites, newly freed from slavery, were camped at the shores of the sea when suddenly the sounds Pharaoh's approaching chariots filled the air. Realizing they were trapped, the ex-slaves cried bitterly to Moses, "Were...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday

    Big into cantorial music? Is this ever your weekend! Head over to the Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center's (PTJC) "Cantors in Concert." (No worries, they've probably cleared out all of the Rose Parade mess by now.) Or, for you West Valley-ites, wait till tomorrow and swing by...

  • Joining ‘Gangs’ to Work With the Best

    By Gary Rosenblatt

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When the now-legendary film director Martin Scorsese first discovered Herbert Asbury's book, "Gangs of New York," in 1970 and decided to make it into a film, Rick Schwartz was a 2-year-old growing up in a modern Orthodox home in Teaneck, N.J.

    It took three decades for Scorsese to...

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