The first issue of TRIBE, with a great cover story about Latino converts to Judaism, hit newsstands in December 2009. The magazine’s goal, as Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Rob Eshman wrote in this column, was to bring our readers the world through Jewish eyes. Another important aim was to bring the tribe closer together. As we head into 2012,. . .
I just finished reading Erik Larson’s latest best-seller, “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin,” about the rise of Hitler and the Third Reich, and now I can’t sleep. If the name Erik Larson sounds familiar, it is because he also wrote the mega-seller “The Devil in the White City,” the true. . .
In early 1945 in Hungary, as the Nazis were being routed out of Budapest by the Soviet army, 8-year-old Nicholas Frank came out of the Red Cross shelter where he, his mother and his older sister had been hiding. He looked at the destroyed city around him and realized that this devastation was not an act of nature. National leaders and influential. . .
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A day in the life of pawnshop owner Yossi Dina looks something like this: A customer strolls in looking for a collar for his beloved dog, who is celebrating his fourth birthday. He finds a Gucci diamond-studded choker, pays $45,000 for it and leaves the store delighted at the great bargain he scored. Another customer, Chinese actress Bai Ling. . .
There are many ways to tell the story of Chanukah. Tap dancing is not usually one of them. “I don’t know of any other congregation on the planet where both rabbis and their cantor are doing a tap number together,” said Cantor David Shukiar of Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks. The cast of temple clergy and congregants will strut their. . .
The great gifting season is upon us, so why not treat our loved ones (and ourselves) to something outrageous, something splurge-tastic that will be treasured, and remembered, for years to come. Whether you’re a natural big spender or someone who is looking to make a statement with an unexpectedly lavish gift, we have the luxe Chanukah gift guide. . .
Tuesday, December 6 Chanukah at CLU Cal Lutheran celebrates the Festival of Lights with a candlelighting in the Roth Nelson Room, on Mountclef Boulevard near Memorial Parkway. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Cal Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. (805) 493-3489. callutheran.edu. Saturday, December 10 “Benjamin and Judah: A Chanukah. . .
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 WALK OF AGES XII Join or cheer on the annual 5K walk/run, which raises funds that directly benefit residents of the Jewish Home. The family-oriented event includes food, music, clowns and magicians. 7-8 a.m. (registration), 8:30-10 a.m. (5K), 9:30-10:30 a.m. (awards ceremony). Jewish Home’s Eisenberg Village Campus, 18855. . .
While enjoying my favorite foods on a recent trip to Italy, I began to think about Chanukah, even though it was only October. This was a natural association, because the Italians love to prepare foods with olive oil, and the traditional dishes served during Chanukah are fried in oil to commemorate the tiny supply of oil that burned for eight days. . .
When it comes to Chanukah, playing the dreidel game is as ubiquitous as lighting the candles on a chanukiyah and eating latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly-filled doughnuts). The dreidel, a four-sided spinning top, can be made of almost any material, including wood, plastic, paper, clay, silver or porcelain. And Judaica artists work in. . .
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