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  • Real Life Peter Pan

    By Julie G Fax

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When the 4-year-olds at B'nai David-Judea congregation got cholent on their knees while crawling under the kiddush table searching for buried treasure one Shabbat morning, there was no doubt who was to blame: David Steinberg, whose wild yarns have become a Shabbat morning staple...

  • Tolerance for Tots

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "What Would You Do?" is not only the title of a tolerance-thumping children's book distributed by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), but it's the question central to each of the book's three short stories. It's a device that the book's creators say is purposeful.

    "We wanted to make...

  • Nash Denies Anti-Semitism

    By Tom Tugend

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    John Forbes Nash, the brilliant mathematician whose life is portrayed in the Oscar-nominated movie, "A Beautiful Mind," has denied allegations that he hates Jews, during a March 17 interview with Mike Wallace on "60 Minutes."

    "Everyone with whom I have talked to who knows John,...

  • No Laughing Matter

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Don't get Howard Rosenberg started on the snobs who dismiss sitcoms as trash.

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times TV critic thinks they're an American art form, which is why he's hosting "The Serious Side of Laughter," a panel discussion about television comedy Feb. 17 at...

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  • The Porn Star and the Rabbi

    By Carin Davis

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Did you hear the one about the rabbi, the porn star and the adult magazine editor? They don't walk into a bar, they walk into a synagogue.

    Adult film star Nina Hartley and her fiancé, Taboo Magazine editor Ira Levine, will speak on "Love and Sex in the 21st Century" at Temple Beth...

  • Where Worlds Collide

    By Melissa Minkin

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    There were no books about Jewish children when writer Lesléa Newman was growing up.

    "I was hungry for a book with characters like [me] to make me feel valid and normal, and to make me think there wasn't something wrong with my family," because it lacked Christmas trees and Easter...

  • Marathon vs. Phone-a-Thon

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    From the beginning, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles knew when it scheduled this year's Super Sunday event on Mar. 3, that the phone-a-thon fundraiser would take place on the same day as the annual L.A. Marathon.

    "At the time," said Rachel Kaufman, the general chair of...

  • A magazine with attitude

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    She's young, sexy, defiant and Jewish. And now, journalist Jennifer Bleyer has created a magazine that is ... well, young, sexy, defiant and Jewish.

    HEEB, out nationwide Feb. 5, promises to be for young Jewish Americans what Los Angeles-based Giant Robot magazine has been for young...

  • Trivial Matters

    By Mike Levy

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The answer is: This 17-year-old from Brentwood will be competing in the "Jeopardy!" Teen Tournament starting Feb. 4.

    The question: Who is Seth Disner?

    Disner, who considers himself a trivia buff, got a chance to test his skills against some of the quickest high schoolers in the...

  • Daily News Cartoon Provokes Anger, Apology

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    An editorial cartoon that ran on the Editorials & Letters page of the Los Angeles Daily News on Dec. 21 outraged readers with an image that confused as much as it provoked.

    Cartoonist Patrick O'Connor offended readers with his "View From The Valley" one-panel political cartoon. The...

  • Goodman Quits Team

    By The Baltimore Jewish News

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Star basketball player Tamir Goodman ended his career at Towson University in Baltimore last week, when the school took the side of the head coach in a dispute that ended with Goodman's resigning from the team.

    The incident that sparked this took place after Towson beat Morgan State...

  • Was Hitler Gay?

    By Mike Levy

    November 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    With more than 100,000 books and scholarly articles over the last 50 years, you might think we know all we need to know about Adolph Hitler. At least, everything relevant.

    For instance, if Hitler had been a homosexual -- and many of his associates knew it and remarked about it in...

  • To Laugh Again

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, club owners told comedian Marc Maron to lay off the topic. But the premiere alternative comic just couldn't let it alone.

    "The TV spin is all just white noise," says the 38-year-old performer, who'll riff on the attacks on Nov. 5 at the Beverly...

  • When bad Things Turns 20

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In 1981, Rabbi Harold Kushner wrote a 150-page book, published with little fanfare, that changed the lives of the more than 4 million people who read it and made its title, "When Bad Things Happen to Good People," part of the vernacular.

    After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the 20th...

  • The Heritage Folds

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    After nearly a half-century run and years of financial difficulties, the Heritage Southwest Jewish Press called it quits with its Sept. 28 issue.

    Founding editor-in-chief and current publisher Herb Brin defined the Heritage through his firsthand, colloquial style of reporting. Across...

  • Master of Puppets

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    He worked aliens on "Men in Black," operated penguins in "Batman Returns"and helped bring the brontosaurus to life in the first "Flintstones" movie, but ace puppeteer Len Levitt says his most rewarding work was the children's show "Alef ... Bet ... Blast-Off!"

    Levitt -- who brings...

  • The Left ‘Wing’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As networks rushed to excise programming that might evoke the Sept. 11 tragedy, a record 25. 2 million viewers tuned in to watch a stand alone episode of "The West Wing" last week that explored issues raised by the attacks.

    The special episode, "Isaac & Ishmael," began as a security...

  • Mamela’s Messages

    By Mike Levy

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Amy's Answering Machine" by Amy Borkowsky (Pocket Books, $14.95).

    (Beep.) "Yeah, hello, Amila. They just said on TV, 'It's 10 p.m., do you know where your children are?' And I'm thinking, I don't know, so I figured I'd call you, mamascheinz. You must be in the bathroom or...

  • Prime Ribber

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Any regular reader of the Jewish Voice in the 1950s and 1960s will remember "DAYENU," a gag panel spoofing Jewish life. The weekly cartoon was attributed to Henry Leonard, actually a hybrid moniker representing two locals -- Rabbi Henry Rabin, longtime executive director of Hillel...

  • Orthodox Hoopster Skips Big Game for Shabbat

    By Peter Ephross

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Add Tamir Goodman's name to the small Hebrew school sports pantheon.

    Like baseball star Sandy Koufax -- who refused to pitch in the first game of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur -- Goodman refused to compete in a post-season tournament game because it conflicted...

  • The Mouse Hawks Mezuzot

    By Bob Andrews

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Looking for the perfect gift for that upcoming wedding or bat mitzvah? If you're in the Anaheim area, you may want to check out Downtown Disney, the new shopping/dining/entertainment complex just outside Disneyland and the new California Adventure park. Make your way to the New...

  • Sign of Hope

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The sign to the left, posted by Israeli Jewish and Arab students at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology around the elite Rehovot campus, reads: "We, the Arab and Jewish students of the Technion, who daily sit together in the same classrooms in cooperation and friendship, express our pain over the recent outbreaks of violence in our country. It is up to us to continue living here in mutual dignity, peace and security. We call on every Technion student to speak out against violence, and on every citizen to work on behalf of good neighborly relations."

  • Advice From the Trenches

    By Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The statistics haven't changed much in the close to 30 years I've been in practice. About 50 percent of all American marriages end in divorce. As a family law attorney, I work with people every day who are giving up on their dreams of marital bliss. And in many cases -- for my client...

  • Hot Dog Blues

    By Adam Wills

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Yoshinoya and a sushi restaurant sprang up at Dodgers Stadium after Japanese pitcher Hideo Nomo donned blue, but it's going to be a while before L.A. fans will be able to bite into a kosher Dodger dog, even with the addition of Jewish outfielder Shawn Green.

    When Dodger fan...

  • ‘Believer’ Is a Winner

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In our Jan. 26 issue, veteran screenwriter Henry Bean told The Journal he wasn't sure his provocative directorial debut, "The Believer," inspired by the true story of a Jewish Nazi, would be well-received at Sundance. He'd heard that distributors were wary of the controversial...

  • What a $230 Million Deal Means to You

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    After last-minute negotiating, Austria, the United States and Jewish groups signed an agreement two weeks ago under which Austria agreed to pay $210 million, plus about $20 million in interest, to cover victims' property claims and unpaid insurance polices. The government also will...

  • Earthquake Relief

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The death toll from the Jan. 26 earthquake in India may surpass 100,000, with thousands more left injured and homeless. To contribute toward disaster relief, you can send a contribution to Indian Earthquake Relief c/o Jewish Federation Accounting Office, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.
  • Cameo of a Playwright

    By Tom Tugend

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai will direct a novice actor in his next movie. He is playwright Arthur Miller, better known as the author of "Death of a Salesman," "The Crucible" and numerous other dramas.



    The title of the movie is "Plain Jane" and Miller will be familiar with the...

  • “Unholy Order: Mystery Stories with a Religious Twist”

    By Dennis Gura

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In 1995, nurse, mystery writer and prospective single mom Serita Stevens traveled to Romania to adopt an abandoned 9-month-old baby girl. So appalled was she at the conditions in the orphanage at which she finally met her future daughter, she started Hugs and Hopes--Romania to help...

  • Super Bowl Wrap

    By Julie G Fax

    January 18, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    You know that strange window of time Sunday morning before the Super Bowl starts, when you don't want to start anything that won't be finished by kickoff, but you've still got to find something to do? Sinai Temple, nearly a dozen other local Conservative men's clubs and the...

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