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  • Q & A With Norman Brokaw

    By David Finnigan

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Norman Brokaw's first day at the William Morris Agency was July 7, 1943; he has never worked anywhere else.

    The 15-year-old, $25-a-week mailboy was the first mailroom trainee to become an agent, later becoming the agency's chairman of the board. He represented Bill Cosby for four...

  • Persian Arrivals

    By Rob Eshman

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Tribes of Jews move through the history of Los Angeles in predictable cadences. First as new immigrants, raw and clannish and eager to succeed; then as successful citizens, integrated or assimilated, their accents lost in their children's mouths. Finally they earn the right to choose...

  • Just Do It

    By Rabbi Moshe D. Bryski

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Back in 1981, when I was attending rabbinical college in Boston, there was a young rabbi -- fresh out of seminary -- who founded a small congregation in the Boston suburb South Brookline. He would often hang out with us as "one of the guys." From the day he started up his shul, he...

  • Taking a Leap

    By Carin Davis

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    No one asked me to my senior prom. Jon asked Liz, Steve asked Jen, Brian asked me how to ask Kim, but my dance card remained empty. I sulked, I cried, I listened to Monster Ballads.

    I swore my life was over. Then I found inspiration in an article on famous women who never went to...

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  • Pledge Storm Hits Federation

    By Marc Ballon

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles had a super Super Sunday, ringing up pledges of $4.5 million, or $800,000 more than last year.

    "The volunteers were amazing, and, to tell you the truth, it was raining and more people were at home," said Craig Prizant, senior vice...

  • Between the Sheets

    By Carin Davis

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    So what does a nice Jewish girl know about porn? Quite a bit. Writer Lynn Isenberg strived for silver screen success and Hollywood nights, but instead found sex scene success and "Boogie Nights." Tired of legitimate film studios' constant rejection, Isenberg found success as a...

  • Saluting Jewish World War II Vets

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When Jules Berlinsky took basic training in the South during World War II, his commanding officer said to him, "You don't look Jewish. You don't have horns."

    "He was serious," said Berlinsky, 92, who was in the Army's Spearhead Division. "He was on the ignorant side. He didn't heckle...

  • Just the Facts

    By David A. Lehrer

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jews in America are more favorably regarded than Catholics, barely less well liked than Protestants and far more highly viewed than Evangelical Christians. Facts you are not likely to have read in the direct mail you receive from solicitors of contributions.

    It's time for Jews,...

  • Fed Campaign Ends on High Note

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Propelled by a tide of last-minute contributions in the final weeks of its annual campaign, the Jewish Federation of Orange County raised a record $2.3 million, a 9 percent gain over last year, outpacing national results by the United Jewish Communities.

    "We attribute the increase in...

  • A Sparkling Life

    By David Geffner

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Anthony Kantor was orphaned on Russia's streets a century ago, narrowly escaping the pogroms that killed his family, he couldn't have imagined that he would one day make his living trading diamonds and other precious stones in downtown Los Angeles.

    Nor did the late Kantor, a...

  • A Match Made in Cyberspace

    By Keren Engelberg

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Sometimes fate takes too long." So reads the tagline on the home page for matchmaker.com, an Internet personals site.

    But anyone who's tried Internet dating (or any kind of dating, for that matter) knows that putting yourself out there is no guarantee of success. You're really just...

  • Heschel’s ‘Visionary’ Principal Retiring

    By Jane Ulman

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "You always have to wait for Shirley," the receptionist at Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School announces to the people congregated in the office.

    Inside, Shirley Levine, the school's founder and head, confers with her assistant. She meets briefly with three teachers who have...

  • L.A.‘s ‘New Jew’ Hits First Birthday

    By Diane Arieff

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In the Valley suburb of West Hills, a small bit of history is being made: It's home to the first and only all-Jewish lacrosse team at any school in the country. The sport's newest fans are the ninth-grade boys at the New Community Jewish High School (NCJH).

    When history teacher...

  • ‘Road Map’ Critics Are Off Course

    By Steven L. Spiegel

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It is astonishing that in America, many Jews are not heartened by President Bush's "road map" toward Middle East peace, officially made public last week. These Jews fear that Israel will be pressured to make premature concessions and prefer no diplomacy to one in which Israel would...

  • The Mother of DNA

    By Julia Goldman

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In March 1953, Maurice Wilkins of King's College London announced the departure of his colleague Rosalind Franklin in a private letter to his friend, Francis Crick, a scientist at the rival Cavendish Laboratory.

    "Our dark lady is leaving us next week," Wilkins wrote.

    At the time,...

  • L.A. GOAL Opens ‘Doors’ at Skirball

    By Ellie Kahn

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Sherrie has cerebral palsy, which causes her hands to tremble. So when she was hired to work as an artist for L.A. GOAL in Culver City, she was concerned.

    "I can't paint a straight line, because my hands shake," Sherrie told Susan Wilder, L.A. GOAL's art director.

    "Well, then...

  • Flamboyant Ballet

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Boris Eifman's ballet, "Tchaikovsky: The Mystery of Life and Death," premiered in Moscow in 1993, angry picketers surrounded the concert hall.

    "They stood with a banner that read, 'Stay away from our Tchaikovsky,'" said Eifman, whose ballet debuts at the Orange County...

  • Alternatives to Drugs

    By Rabbi Eli Hecht

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "The world exists only because of the innocent breath of schoolchildren," attributed to Jewish sages, first century Talmud.



    Recent reports of children as early as 2 years old receiving psychotropic drugs has me worried. How safe are Ritalin and Prozac -- the stimulants and...

  • Overnight Sensation

    By Tom Teicholz

    February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Beatles on "Ed Sullivan." Michael Jackson's Moonwalk on the "Motown 25th Anniversary Special." Ricky Martin at the Grammys. Each of these TV appearances launched a musical career into the stratosphere. On Wednesday Feb. 12, 2003, Jill Sobule appeared on "The West Wing." Will...

  • The Business of Matchmaking

    By Nir Nathan

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    One hour after the JDate.com site was launched, it crashed. It crashed two times after that, too, while its operators made frantic efforts to add more and more servers to handle the load. During this crisis, JDate co-founder and president Alon Carmel sat in his Beverly Hills office...

  • Jewish Prescription For Health Care Ills

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    January 16, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Is our national health care system beyond cure? Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and Dr. Alexandra M. Levine, medical director of the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital, believe that the Jewish community can take a...

  • Tasty ‘Adventures’

    By Beverly Levitt

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Adventures of Jewish Cooking" by Jeffrey Nathan (Clarkson/Potter Publishers, $32.50)

    When Jeffrey Nathan auditioned for his first job cooking for the captain of a Navy destroyer somewhere in the middle of the Pacific and substituted vanilla for Worchester sauce in the meatloaf,...

  • Buy for Chanukah, Donate to Israel

    By Mica Rosenberg

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The idea of a rabbi doll came to Gary Barris while he was shopping during the holiday season two years ago.

    Overwhelmed by stores filled with Christmas decorations and gifts, the young Detroit entrepreneur said he "felt there was a void for sending greetings in the Jewish community."...

  • The Price We Pay

    By Rabbi Steven Weil

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Jacob spent 20 long years in the home of his father-in-law, Laban, before he could return to the land of Canaan, his home and homeland.

    He had been threatened, cheated, tricked, attacked, injured and orphaned over the course of those years. Certainly, he was hoping to settle down...

  • Eight Nights of Rock

    By Adam McKibbin

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    From Lennon and Jagger to Bono and Shakira, America has never been reluctant to import its treasured rock stars. The road to the top is a little more crooked when you're the quartet in RockFour, a psychedelic rock band from Tel Aviv. But the band, already a gold-selling act in...

  • Maccabiah Games Come to a Close

    By Jessica Steinberg

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The 16th Maccabiah Games ended with a lot of fanfare, flaming batons and fireworks -- and a sigh of relief from the organizers that the much-anticipated event had ended safely and without mishap.

    There were hundreds of police officers and soldiers surrounding the outdoor Jerusalem...

  • Chinese Box

    By Gina Nahai

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    So there's a fairy-tale wedding: a thousand guests in a flower-filled ballroom, a dozen violins playing Mozart, a grainy-voiced singer belting out an old Persian love song. The bride is 20 years old and ravishing, of course, but she's also blessed with charm and charisma, the kind of...

  • Tour of Gratitude

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    On the surface, they may not seem to share much in common. Victoria Gendel is a charming, pixyish Russian woman. Elias Inbram is a tall, photogenic Ethiopian male. However, both are Jewish 20-something college students who grew up in small, isolated villages and are now living in...

  • Over the Brooklyn Bridge

    By Mark Schiff

    February 10, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    I am a comedian and I have been lucky enough to have worked in my business for 20 years. This is a huge thing because most people in comedy never even work 20 days in 20 years. I have also been blessed to be part of a great group of comedians who have emerged in that time. Three of...
  • Tangled Web

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    November 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    These are the weeks that we read of our heroes. The book of Genesis tells the stories of the faith and tenacity of the fathers and mothers of our nation for whom every day was another stride in the uncharted waters of living in covenant with God. It was their passionate determination...
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