May 24, 2001

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Israel is fighting a war of attrition with the Palestinians, and militarily, the Jewish state is holding its own. But it\’s taking a drubbing in the battle over public opinion here and around the world.

Tax Plan Could Endanger Services

This week congressional Republicans tried to put the finishing touches on a compromise version of President George W. Bush\’s giant tax cut that some Jewish leaders say could ravage a wide range of health and social service programs serving the community\’s neediest citizens.

Matter of Survival

When filmmaker Sally Potter was a scrappy street kid in North London, she made a horrific discovery. \”I stumbled across details of the concentration camps on a sheet of greasy paper that some fish and chips had been wrapped in,\” she said. \”I wept and wept in terror and incomprehension…. I kept wanting it not to be true.\”

More Bangs for the Buck

Jerry Bruckheimer laughs when you mention the reviews that charge he makes money, not art. \”Thanks for reminding me,\” he quips. \”But I get great reviews from the Bank of America.\”

California Jews

The 1904 construction of Sherith Israel\’s dramatic window, a survivor of the great 1906 earthquake, brought Moses and Mosaic law west.

Making the List

The May 21 issue of the Los Angeles Business Journal features the paper\’s annual list of \”The 50 Wealthiest Angelenos.\” More than half the people listed, in fact, close to 60 percent, are Jewish. In a county where Jews number about 520,000, or just 5 percent out of a population of 10 million, that statistic begs examination, if not wonder.

Mr. ‘Saturday Night’

If there are two blockbuster motion pictures that stand as the defining pop-cultural phenomena of the 1970s, they are, arguably, \”Star Wars\” and \”Saturday Night Fever.\” And while \”Star Wars — the Broadway Musical\” is probably not as far-off as we may think, \”Saturday Night Fever — The Broadway Musical\” is already here. As in here … in Los Angeles.

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