Jewish Journal

Kelly Hartog

  • Touro L.A. to Open Doors for Orthodox

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Attention young Orthodox high school graduates: Planning to attend college this year on the East Coast? Why not do something really radical: Stay in Los Angeles?

    That's the message currently going out to the local Orthodox community to encourage its high school graduates to attend...

  • Creative Judaica Takes Different Path

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Walk into any Judaica store looking for a Kiddush cup, candlesticks or spice boxes and you’ll find yourself confronted with a plethora of silver and wood and an abundance of carved or engraved Jewish symbols from Stars of David to Lions of Judah.

    Painter and sculptor Tobi Kahn...

  • The Nation and The World

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Accessible Ark
    On April 3, B’nai David-Judea synagogue dedicated its newly renovated building, the Rabbi Philip Schroit Sanctuary. Shirley Kotlar and family named the building in honor of Schroit, who died three years ago and was at the helm of the shul for nearly 50 years.

  • Circuit

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Party Hearty I

    More than 900 young professionals attended the third annual ATID Purim Party at the Peterson Automotive Museum on March 19.

    It was drinking and dancing the night away to the sounds of DJ Bakdraft, and prizes for the best costumes, including casino resort weekends, LA...

  • A Hoppin’ Seder

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Q. Why do we have a haggadah on Passover? A. So we can seder [say the] right words.

    It's a terrible joke, but it suggests why seders have gone from righteous to rote, from dynamic to deadly boring. Everything is too much by the book, the haggadah, to be exact, in the worst...

  • Blintzes, Cupcakes and Pasta—Oh My!

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Back in the day, Passover meant meat, matzah and potatoes for eight days of the Passover. But in the last decade, the market for special kosher for Passover food has exploded, and manufacturers and supermarkets are providing a variety of products to almost make you forget it's even...

  • Q & A With Rabbi Steven Burg

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    After five years working as the National Council of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) West Coast regional director, 32-year-old Rabbi Steven Burg is heading back to New York with his wife and children, following his appointment as national NCSY director.

    Burg has managed to turn NCSY around...

  • Circuit

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    A Touch of Humanity

    On Feb. 24, The Blue Ribbon and the Fraternity of Friends hosted a gallery opening reception and book signing for Frederic Roberts' "Humanitas" (Hylas Publishing) at the Peter Fetterman Gallery at the Bergamot Station arts complex in Santa Monica. "Humanitas"...

  • Secular Fans Hip to Religious Rapper

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    He's into rap, hip-hop, reggae -- and religion. He's not a Christian rocker; he's a Chasidic reggae/hip-hop musician.

    Matisyahu is the artist formerly known as Mathew Miller -- until he found God, Lubavitch-style, almost five years ago.

    The 25-year-old certainly beats to his own...

  • Diva Sings Out About Her Tour, Fans

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    In America, celebrity divas are instantly recognizable by their first names: Madonna. Britney.

    Israel has its own diva: Rita.

    Known only by her first name, Rita is as dramatic and flamboyant as a diva should be, but also soulful, with an intensity in her voice and performances...

  • Circuit

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    20 Years of Help

    On Feb. 25, the Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS) celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Adult Day Healthcare Center (ADHC) in style with brunch and an art exhibit at the JFS/Valley Storefront in North Hollywood. Guest speakers included Susie Forer-Dehrey,...

  • A Minor Holiday’s Major Following

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    It's not a religious holiday per se, it appears nowhere in the Torah, God's name isn't even mentioned and it's considered one of Judaism's minor festivals. Yet over the years, celebrating the holiday of Purim has become a major event on the Jewish calendar. Why?

    It's easy to...

  • Circuit

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    A Slice of New York

    What better way for school kids to mark President's Day Weekend than with a trip to New York and a slice of pizza?

    On Feb. 19, 100 members of Jewish Student Union clubs, including 69 Los Angeles-area public high school students, took part in the third annual JSU...

  • PowerPoint Purim

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Sometimes it's hard to hear the reading of the Megillat Esther over the raucous screeches, foot stamping and grogger spinning that come following the reading of Haman's name on Purim. Often the reader of the megilla has to wait until the noise subsides before continuing.

    But for...

  • Just Say No, Even on Purim

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    One is obligated to become intoxicated on Purim until one cannot distinguish between "cursed is Haman" and "blessed is Mordechai" (Talmud, Megillah 7b).

    Purim is like the Jewish topsy-turvy day.

    Unlike many Jewish holidays, which are marked by serious and meaningful customs like...

  • A Small Piece of Jerusalem’s Past

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    If you're planning a visit to Jerusalem, it's a must to visit the model of the Second Temple at the Holyland Hotel in Bayit Vegan. Occupying one-quarter of an acre and at a scale of 1:50, the model is an impressive sight.

    But if you can't make it to the Holy Land anytime soon,...

  • PETA Renews Fight on Ritual Slaughter

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), has again attacked the AgriProcessors Inc. plant in Postville, Iowa, over what it deems the cruel and inhumane method of ritual slaughter of cattle.

    The issue garnered much media attention in late...

  • Circuit

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    'Beautiful' Brooke

    She may not be Jewish, but that didn't stop actress Brooke Shields from agreeing to narrate a new short documentary produced by Moriah, the film division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The film, "Beautiful Music," was co-written and co-produced by Rick Trank,...

  • Circuit

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Friends in Deed

    On Feb. 17, David Nathanson hosted a silent auction at his L.A. home for more than 100 young executives – and special guest 5th District L.A City Councilman Jack Weiss – to benefit nonprofit Yemin Orde Youth Village in Israel.

    Located just south of Haifa, the...

  • Briefs

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Shabbat Across America Returns

    For Lynne Sturt Weintraub, Friday evening is the perfect time for friends and family to get together "and show warmth and love and find out what's going on in other people's lives," she said.

    Weintraub, president of Temple Beth Zion in West Los...

  • The King of Israeli Hip-Hop

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    With angry lyrics that court controversy, two multiplatinum albums and a third on the way, his own clothing line, record label, legions of fans and glittering religious jewelry, Subliminal could easily be mistaken for a Jewish P.Diddy.

    The lyrics are mostly in Hebrew (although...

  • Circuit

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Tu B'Shevat, Israeli Style

    At the Jewish National Fund's (JNF) third annual Tu B'Shevat seder on Feb. 5, the evening's theme – development of the Negev Desert – was apropos for the Jewish equivalent of Earth Day.

    Emcee Doron Nesher held court at the Scottish Rite Temple...

  • Death Spotlights Old Circumcision Rite

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    The death of one infant boy from herpes and the infection of two others has focused attention on an ancient practice that is still used in some ultra-Orthodox communities as they circumcise babies.

    As New York City health officials continue to investigate whether Rabbi...

  • Project’s Tunes Hit Multicultural Notes

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    There's an old adage that the overnight sensation took years to get there. It's certainly a sentiment that can be applied to 27-year-old Israeli music sensation Idan Raichel.

    His debut album, "The Idan Raichel Project," shot straight to No. 1 upon its release in December 2002,...

  • The Mating Game

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "I'm going to a shidduch conference," I announce to my friends.

    Despite my protests that I'm going to the conference for research I am conducting about the desperate and dateless ... um -- I mean single and searching -- in Los Angeles, I am bombarded with a plethora of jokes by my...

  • Feldshuh Enjoys View From ‘Balcony’

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    "There are three female historical figures that I have wanted to play: Golda Meir, Indira Ghandi and Margaret Thatcher. And the last two haven't been offered to me."

    Thus speaks Tovah Feldshuh, currently performing her award-winning, one-woman show "Golda's Balcony" -- about...

  • Angelenos Make Aliyah Dream Reality

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    It's 4 p.m. "Erev Christmas," and 21-year-old Adam Bodenstein is still rushing around his home in the Pico-Robertson area. He has yet to take a shower before Shabbat comes. In four days time, the Modern Orthodox UC Berkley graduate, who grew up in a Conservative household, will...

  • Noa Back With New Album, Daughter

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Renowned recording artist Noa, known as Achinoam Nini in Israel, is currently at home basking in the glory of her latest creation.

    And no, it's not a new album.

    It's her daughter, Enéa. "It means 'her eyes' in Hebrew," says Noa, who has written a song with the same title.