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  • Europe’s Harms   to China’s Arms

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Just when it seems that all the World War II and Holocaust stories have been told, a little-known tale from a far corner of the world comes along to add another dimension to the saga of the Shoah.

    The powerful documentary film, "Shanghai Ghetto," is one such story -- a fascinating...

  • The Sacred Narrative

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This summer, I had a reunion with female cousins who are all my age. We live all around the country, so we hardly ever see each other. Remembering the little girls we once were, and discovering the women we've become, was really amazing.

    Here we were together again, no longer...

  • Alert the Media

    By Rob Eshman

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Last Friday, Walter Isaacson, the chairman and CEO of Cable News Network (CNN), dropped by The Jewish Journal's offices.

    Such visits are not the natural order of things along the Great Media Chain of Being, unless someone's got a book to promote. But these are unusual times. There's...

  • A ‘Shattered’ Portrait of Israel

    By Dennis Gura

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Shattered Dreams" a "Frontline" documentary on PBS, illustrates the "even-handed," "well-balanced" style beloved of Boston's WGBH (produced in association with France 2, Abu Dhabi Television and Tel-Ad Israel). It is guaranteed to deeply aggravate partisans on all sides --...

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  • Second Take

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This is a Los Angeles story, moreover one with a Hollywood ending. But it is also partly a Jewish American tale.

    It is the story of 20 months in the early adult life of Frances Kroll Ring, written in the form of a memoir, "Against The Current." "Last Call," on Showtime last...

  • How the Times Distorted Jenin

    By Daniel Gordon

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When I write a screenplay, I start out with an agenda. I decide who my hero is first and who is the villain. Then I fashion scenes to build my dramatic case and make it believable. That is, I believe, exactly what occurred with regard to at least two reporters, Sheila MacVicar of CNN...

  • Spring Is Here

    By Abby Gilad

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    On this Shabbat, hol ha'moed Pesach, we read a beautiful story called "The Song of Songs." It is attributed to King Solomon, and the rabbis interpret the love story that takes place between the girl and the boy in the poem as Solomon's love for God and of God's love for the Jewish people.

    The story/poem takes place in the spring, when flowers are blossoming, fruits are ripening and the sweet fragrance of jasmine is everywhere. Pesach is a time of new beginnings, and so is spring. The world is being reborn.

  • Love in the Time of Snakes

    By Amy Klein

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Sunday's Silence" by Gina Nahai
    (Harcourt Brace, $24).



    "Is Truth more urgent than Desire?" That's the poignant question posed by the beautiful Blue in the opening of "Sunday's Silence," the newest novel by Gina Nahai. It is a question that Nahai herself makes tantalizingly difficult...

  • Tall

    By Deb Miller

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Full of drama, ancient wisdom and suspense, "Storahtelling" is live revival bibliodrama, and it's coming to a synagogue in Beverly Hills.

    This Shabbat, Amichai Lau-Lavie -- Jewish educator, descendant of 35 generations of rabbis, and Jewish visionary -- will employ a revolutionary...

  • A Portion of Parshat Shmot

    By Abby Gilad

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It's a new year and a new book of the Bible. Last week we finished Genesis. This week we start Exodus. In it we will follow the Israelites' move from slavery to becoming a free nation. Have you decided to free yourself of anything this year? Are you letting go of watching too much...

  • Leave the Czech

    By Mike Levy

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Vivien Straus grew up on a 660-acre kosher, organic dairy farm on the outskirts of a town of 50 in Marin County. She once ran away from home when her parents told her that she had to marry someone Jewish. But the life-changing experience that inspired her play, "Getting It Wrong,"...

  • New York State of Mind

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Edward Burns tells a story to illustrate why he was inspired to write his multicultural comedy, "Sidewalks of New York," featuring characters from Puerto Rican to Jewish to everything in between. "I was on a Manhattan movie set, and this Catholic woman goes, 'My son has his...

  • The Vatican and the Shoah

    By Aaron Leibel

    November 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A boy goes missing on the grounds of a Jewish factory and his body is found riddled with wounds. "Science has established the time and the method.... It has indicated the goal ... the murder was committed by people who wanted to extract the blood. Now of such people one race alone is...

  • Your Letters

    June 14, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Yehuda Chaim

    The U.S. State Department has no position on rock-throwing as violence. Tell that to Batsheva and Benny Shoham, whose infant son, Yehuda Chaim, was buried this week, after sustaining a crushing head injury by a terrorist's rock. His tiny body was wrapped in a tallit, to...

  • Shocked, Shocked

    By Rob Eshman

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    This Marc Rich story has legs and then some. Bill Clinton's last-moment pardon of the indicted billionaire commodities trader has, like so many of the former president's actions, created a cottage industry in sleazy revelation.

    The scandals change, but their essential elements...

  • Rebel, Rebel

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Jonathan Aaron of Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills knows as much about show business as shul business.

    The 39-year-old rabbi, a former actor and managing director of the Open Forum Theatre in Connecticut, is the author of a new musical, "Hyrcanus," an intergenerational...

  • Bedside Manner

    By David Evanier

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Scott Braunstein sits in a hospital room with Sam Bottleman, 91, on the Sunday of Chanukah. Bottleman has a neck brace and a deep wound on his head after falling down 12 steps in his apartment building the day before. Braunstein, 27, a resident in internal medicine at...

  • Following Her ‘Dream’

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 11, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A few years ago, Kat Cressida, the woman who supplies the voice of Dexter on "Dexter's Laboratory," approached KCET's "Storytellers" to collaborate on a CD of Jewish folktales. That endeavor instead turned into "Peter Pan." So Cressida decided to ensure that her follow-up project...

  • Jewish Research Calling

    By Julie Wiener

    April 27, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    If you get a phone call in the next few months from a stranger with lots of questions, don't assume it's a telemarketer.

    The person on the other end of the line may be more interested in hearing about your Jewish identity than telling you about the latest credit card deal.

    Researchers...

  • Mourning an Alcoholic Father

    By Jane Ulman

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    According to myth, Jews don't drink. This is false.

    According to the "Big Book" of Alcoholics Anonymous, alcohol is cunning, baffling and powerful. This is true. Otherwise, why would my father choose to move in 1991 to Portland, Oregon, to live alone with his Dalmatian and begin...

  • My Date with Humility

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Here we are, weeks away from the first night of Passover, and I am already suffering PMS, Pre-Matzah Syndrome. Cranky, sullen, bloated, sweaty and dull. What gives?

    The Passover seder is a spectacle made for children. The lamb bone, parsley and egg, the wine spilled on the paper...

  • How to account for the different stories

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    I read Gary Rosenblatt's indictment of Los Angeles' rabbinate with some unease. It did not square with my understanding of what had occurred in the aftermath of the shootings at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills. Accounts from our reporter, Julie Gruenbaum...
  • The Value of the Temporary

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    So have you heard the one about the two rabbis on a boat? It's actually a story told by the Talmud in its discussion of the laws of the sukkah. It seems that Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Gamliel were on a boat during the days leading up to the holiday of Sukkot, and it became clear that...
  • Late Night with Jenny Lerner

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    August 5, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    I promised I'd call her the next evening, but I never did. For five days, I felt guilty, but what could I do? To make the commitment to call Jenny Lerner is like signing on to a weekend of aerobics; you really want it -- the challenge, the learning opportunities -- but when the time...
  • Ticket to Enlightenment

    By Teresa Strasser

    July 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Ever since I moved to Los Angeles, I've been completely lost.

    No, I don't mean spiritually or emotionally. I mean literally. I've been lost for pretty much two straight years.

    What is the Thomas Guide to me but the Book of Babel? I have a hard enough time just knowing where I am in...

  • Literary Lives

    By Diane Arieff

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A play with both wit and heart is a compelling combination, and it's one that playwright Donald Margulies' pulls off in his mostly rewarding "Collected Stories."

    "Stories" drew critical praise and a 1997 Pulitzer Prize nomination following it's world première at Costa Mesa's South...

  • Art is long, and life is brief; at least that’s what they say.

    December 10, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The museum world in Los Angeles looks as though it is in for a significant challenge.

    The evidence underscoring this was suggested last week in a story reported in The New York Times. On the surface, the story read like an account of the Getty Center one year after the new building...

  • Other Voices

    By Sandor Slomovits

    June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    My father has always revered Joe Louis. Asurprising hero, perhaps, for a man born and raised in far-awayHungary. Not the hero one might expect of a Jewish cantor, whose workall his life has been singing liturgy in synagogues. Yet, among themost vivid memories I have from my childhood...

  • Seder Ceremonies

    June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    When the Weber family invites the Wolfson familyfor seder, we are asked to prepare a presentation on some aspect ofthe seder ceremony. The presentation could be a d'rash , an explanation of whatthe Haggadah is trying to say. But, over the years, our presentationshave also been given...

  • The Editor’s Corner

    April 30, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    When the editors of The Jewish Journal, along withpublisher Stanley Hirsh, started planning an issue to commemorateIsrael's 50th anniversary, we were committed to something other thana "coffee-table" paper. We wanted it to be highly readable andentertaining, definitely, but also...

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