The 22-member Troop 613 is one of approximately 20 Jewishly observant troops throughout the United States, and the third in Southern California (the Long Beach troop has 27 boys and the La Brea/Fairfax troop has 10).
Halloween celebrations and trick-or-treating: just clean fun or forbidden anti-Jewish activities? Like most issues in the Jewish community, it depends on who you ask. And not surprisingly, a Jewish school's stand on Halloween observance may not be shared by the students or their parents.
"Where's the jelly? I need five jellies."
"Hand me 18 fruit rolls, will you?"
"I love your skirt, where did you get it?"
The scene: A typical Thursday evening at Tomchei Shabbos' warehouse, at 353 1/2 N. La Brea Ave., where a team of fast-working, quick-talking volunteers gathers to pack overflowing food boxes for needy families in Los Angeles.
Lorraine Anishban, 38, has been trying to learn how to read Hebrew for years.