November 9, 2000

Sunshine Vote

In the end, the selection of the next president of the United States came down in many ways to voters in heavily Jewish South Florida.

Comedy Is Not Pretty

Mark Schiff\’s friends looked at him funny after reading an early version of his play, \”The Comic.\” \”It ends with a murder-suicide,\” the comedian concedes. \”But it\’s funny.\”

More Than Just a Bar Mitzvah

It was a day that no one in the Goldenberg family will ever forget. It started out as the celebration of the Bar Mitzvah of their only son, Evan, but it turned out to be a day marked by the emotional highs and lows of life in Jerusalem in violent times.

7 Days in the Arts

Take your pick of three plays with Jewish themes on Los Angeles stages this weekend: \”Storm in Heaven,\” a tense drama set in Vienna in 1935, concerns a young Jewish woman\’s allegations of sexual abuse and her subsequent psychoanalysis at the hands of Sigmund Freud.

Kosher Boom

Kosher consumerism just went up a notch in Los Angeles, with a handful of new shops whose contemporary decor and top-quality products prove that the kosher eye and palate is as discriminating as any other.

Hot Dog!

Vegetarianism may be trendy and maybe even healthy, but when Jeff Rohatiner was looking for a product on which he could base a restaurant, he knew that most of us are carnivores at heart. So he figured there\’d be a market for the wares at Jeff\’s Gourmet Kosher Sausage Factory, opened in late 1998 in the heart of Pico-Robertson.

Well Versed

The trouble with reading Judith Viorst\’s delightful new book of verse, \”Suddenly Sixty, And Other Shocks of Later Life,\” is that you recognize another decade has gone by in her life and so, presumably, in yours as well. \”Suddenly Sixty \”follows on the high heels of those earlier guideposts – \”It\’s Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty,\” \”How Did I Get to Be Forty,\” and \”Forever Fifty\” – and like them charts the changes and new quirks in her life as another 10 years flit by.


The man who has been the U.S. State Department\’s point man in Middle East negotiations for almost a decade said he will call it quits when the Clinton administration leaves office.

Mitzvah Day

Imagine the possibility of having restricted access to your own religion and culture without even realizing it, whether you attend synagogue and study sessions faithfully or not. Such a phenomenon actually exists, and it\’s doing its disturbing work in our own Jewish community. I am referring to the inability to read and interpret the Hebrew language – the original mode of communication of the Torah, rabbis, biblical scholars and personas, and thousands of years of Judaism. I call this disability Hebrew/Jewish illiteracy.

Olympic Mettle

Los Angeles Jews agonized along with the rest of the country as the results from the Nov. 7 election trickled in. Hardly as split as the rest of the nation, Jews in California preferred Al Gore to George Bush 82 to 15 percent.

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