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Michael Aushenker

True Tales of the Tribe’s Rockers

With chapters organized by decades, \”Stars\” devotes chapters to some shopworn but necessary rock pioneers — Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Bob Dylan, Roth — as well as more eclectic entries: late T-Rex frontman Marc Bolan, Lee Oskar of WAR and Phish bassist Mike Gordon, suddenly topical after he was arrested Aug. 16 and charged with endangering the welfare of a minor.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Rules at 2003 Valley Fest

The Los Angeles Jewish Festival, known until recently as the Valley Jewish Festival, originally began as the Exodus Festival to drum up support and awareness for the rescue of Soviet Jews, under the leadership of The Federation\’s Jewish Community Relations Committee.

The Circuit

Rachel Firestone and Michel Grosz, both juniors at Milken Community High School, were among the 26 teenagers across North America to receive 2003 Bronfman Youth Fellowships that entitled them to spend five weeks in Israel this summer.

Big Apple Of His Eye

He was the guy with all the good lines. The late Saul Steinberg helped establish The New Yorker magazine as a purveyor of visual excellence. \”Art of the Spirit,\” an exhibit at The Jewish Federation running through Dec. 15, is a welcome reminder of the late illustrator\’s visual wit.

Milking The Peace Cow

A year and a half ago, Woodland Hills resident Steve Handelman believed he had a novel idea: merchandise bearing the slogan \”Got Peace?\” Before long, the writer got his wife, Trudy Handelman, a medical dental consultant; and his children, Alexandra, 13, and Gabriel, 9, on board. He produced baseball caps, T-shirts, even a plush Holstein cow riffing off of the slogan.

Habush Wrapped Life in L.A. History

Jerry Freedman Habush led excursions through historic Jewish Los Angeles as vice president of tours at the Jewish Historical Society of Southern California (JHS) for more than 20 years. In recent months, Habush\’s commitment slowed, but not from a waning passion. He was receiving chemotherapy for cancer that spread through his pancreas, liver and lungs. Habush died on July 29 at age 60.

Writers: Redd Still Gold on TV Land

Fred calls Lamont a \”big dummy.\” Aunt Esther warns Fred to \”Watch it, sucka!\” Fred fakes a heart attack, crying out heavenward, \”Elizabeth, I\’m comin\’ to join you!\”\n\nThirty years ago, when few representations of blacks appeared on television, \”Sanford & Son,\” starring Redd Foxx, brought such gags into the pop culture lexicon. And for most of its 1972-1977 run, a couple of Jewish boys, Saul Turteltaub and Bernie Orenstein, oversaw the writing on the top-rated African American sitcom. Today, \”Sanford\” is the second most-watched program among viewers age 25-54 on rerun cable outlet TV Land, trailing only its doppelganger — the wholesome, decidedly white \”The Andy Griffith Show.\”

Japanese Youngsters Sing Shalom

When Temple Beth Am of Los Angeles extended a konnichi wa during Saturday services to its Japanese visitors, they answered \”Shabbat shalom.\” Small Hands, a group of Japanese goodwill ambassadors, ages 12-18, offered a cultural exchange on its July 26 visit.


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