Jewish Journal

Dikla Kadosh

  • San Fernando Valley: Like!

    May 20, 2011 | 12:41 pm

    It was a gorgeous spring afternoon in Woodland Hills, and I was sitting at a table in the outdoor courtyard of a small food court waiting for one of my friends to arrive from the city for a lunch date. 

    “Hopefully arrive 1:15-ish,” she texted me, stuck in horrendous traffic and...

  • A passion for fashion

    November 19, 2010 | 4:45 pm

    Stacy London is famous for transforming slovenly, dowdy and otherwise style-impaired women into color-coordinated, accessorized and age-appropriately dressed ladies on TLC’s popular show “What Not to Wear.” In November, she shared her expertise at Westfield Topanga’s Style...

  • Larissa Shebroe: Balancing Discipline and Drama

    June 2, 2010 | 2:26 am

    Larissa Shebroe’s military jacket is decked out with colorful patches, braided ropes, shiny pins, ribbons and dangling medals. The decorated battalion commander of the Van Nuys High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Wolf Pack is ranked second in Los Angeles, from...

  • Get back to Israel after Birthright

    May 28, 2010 | 12:31 pm

    So you’ve used up your free ride to the Jewish state through Taglit-Birthright Israel and you want to go back. Maybe you miss careening down the Jordan River or those warm nights strolling down the Tayelet Haas Promenade in Tel Aviv, or you want to spend more time exploring the Old...

  • Serious Tone Marks Israeli Council Gala

    May 18, 2010 | 5:48 pm

    Speakers came out swinging during the second annual Israeli Leadership Council (ILC) gala at the Beverly Hilton on May 12, voicing unwavering support for the Jewish state in light of Iran’s nuclear ambitions and the crisis over housing construction plans in East Jerusalem. The...

  • Israel Independence Fest Faces Unexpected Expenses

    May 11, 2010 | 5:57 pm

    Signs posted at the entrance to the 62nd Israel Independence Day Festival at Woodley Park on April 25 apologized for a last-minute increase of entrance fees — from $5 per person to $8. Even so, the increase was not enough to cover the cost of an unexpected $43,000 bill from the...

  • Anachnu B’America Editor Let Go

    May 4, 2010 | 5:48 pm

    Ori Dinur, 44, founding editor of Anachnu B’America, was let go from the Los Angeles-based Hebrew-language magazine this month for financial reasons, she said.

    The editorial position was Dinur’s first foray into journalism; she has also worked in theater, retail sales and the...

  • Beverly Hills’ New Herzl Way

    May 4, 2010 | 4:54 pm

    For the first time in its history, the City of Beverly Hills has named a street in commemoration of a historic Jewish leader. On May 2, marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Theodor Herzl, the man who first envisioned a modern Jewish state, the 300 block of North Clark...

  • Young Leadership Groups Gather for Israel Remembrance

    April 20, 2010 | 7:02 pm

    Young professionals in Los Angeles, dressed in white, commemorated Yom HaZikaron at the Museum of Tolerance on April 18 with a ceremony marked by personal stories of fallen soldiers and victims of terror. The evening, which united various young leadership organizations under the...

  • ‘Wonderland’ of Jewish Culture, History

    April 20, 2010 | 6:48 pm


    On April 19, one day after commemorating those who lost their lives defending Israel, the Jewish community in Los Angeles turned out for “Promised Wonderland,” an elegant evening of entertainment and celebration to mark Israel’s 62nd Independence Day, as well...

  • Cutting-Edge Traffic Safety Research in Israel

    April 20, 2010 | 6:07 pm

    In Israel, every fatal car accident makes the national news. When four people were killed in an accident in the Negev in March, the entire country was abuzz about the tragedy. A comment posted on a Ynet article reveals the prevailing mindset in Israel: “Is this a ‘cultural’...

  • A musical Steinasty

    February 24, 2010 | 2:30 pm

    The Stein family communicates in music. Birthday parties were always marked by jam sessions. Instead of playing geography on family road trips, the Steins would play “repeat that harmony.”

    Dinners inevitably turned into a cappella performances. And a severe blackout during a...

  • Back to Boyle Heights

    February 23, 2010 | 5:33 pm

    Jews, Mexicans and Japanese celebrate their common heritage in the East L.A. neighborhood.

    What do an elderly Jewish history and fiction writer, a young Mexican playwright and a Japanese developer have in common? They all spent their childhoods in Boyle Heights.

    Harriet Rochlin, an...

  • January 23-29, 2010

    January 22, 2010 | 4:00 pm

    SAT | JANUARY 23

    Former “Blossom” star Mayim Bialik discusses her involvement in the Holistic Moms Network on an 11 a.m. panel at the Go Green Expo, which features innovations in energy-efficient products, seminars with experts in green living, a career fair, film...

  • A Bridal Affair

    January 20, 2010 | 12:21 am

    All is quiet early on a January morning at a bridal boutique in the San Fernando Valley. Racks of wedding gowns line the walls: eggshell-colored lace, fluffy tulle, shimmering satins, extravagant beading. Spotlights cast a warm glow where brides-to-be will soon stand, gazing at their...

  • January 9-15, 2010

    January 8, 2010 | 5:22 pm

    SUN | JANUARY 10

    Archaeologists and biblical scholars examine how monotheism has shaped our current religious landscape in a Whizin Center program, “What Do We Mean When We Say Monotheism?” The panel includes Steven Fine of Yeshiva University New York, Ziony Zevit of...

  • Dec. 26, 2009 - Jan. 8, 2010

    December 25, 2009 | 3:14 pm


    “Eyt Ratzon” is an afternoon of sacred, meditative music, mystical teachings and the Havdalah ritual with Rabbi T’mimah Ickovits and musician Yuval Ron. The program will commence with seudat shlishi, Shabbat’s third light meal, Kiddush and snacks....

  • December 12-18, 2009

    December 10, 2009 | 11:18 pm


    A giant 15-foot, 1,000-pound menorah will light up Universal CityWalk for the annual Chabad Chanukah festival, with live Israeli and Jewish performances, appearances by Jewish community leaders and menorah lightings from around the world,...

  • Israeli Consulate Initiates Cross-Cultural Exchange at L.A. Schools

    December 9, 2009 | 3:42 am

    Sinai Akiba Academy and Hoover Street Elementary School are located about 9 miles apart from one another, but the distance could just as well be 9,000 miles. The children who attend these schools — Sinai is located at Wilshire and Beverly Glen and Hoover at Wilshire and Hoover —...

  • Picks and Clicks for December 5-11, 2009

    December 4, 2009 | 12:59 am


    The Jewish Federation’s Young Leadership Division pairs two holiday staples at its Chanukah party, Vodka Latka. Bring at least eight non-perishables to enter the prize drawing, and enjoy a latka bar, desserts, DJ and dancing. Sat. 8 p.m. $26 (presale),...

  • Holiday Highlights Calendar

    December 3, 2009 | 4:15 pm

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    “Mary Poppins.” The world-famous nanny sweeps across the theater stage in this vivacious production that combines P.L. Travers’ stories and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film with the Academy Award-winning music and lyrics of...

  • Picks and Clicks for Novembern 28- December 4, 2009

    November 27, 2009 | 12:12 pm


    The Jewish War Veteran Honor Guard are the guests of honor at a special Thanksgiving weekend ShabbatLIVE musical service with Craig Taubman and Rabbi David Wolpe. The service pays tribute to Jewish war veterans and includes a performance by the Milken...

  • Picks and Clicks for November 21-27, 2009

    November 20, 2009 | 3:05 pm


    Venezuelan playwright Moisés Kaufman brings the historical drama surrounding fallen English playwright Oscar Wilde to the stage in “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.” Using transcripts and real quotes from Wilde’s infamous trials,...

  • Picks and Clicks for October 31– November 6, 2009

    October 28, 2009 | 6:44 pm

    SAT | OCTOBER 31

    “Jump,” Joshua Sinclair’s film about the 1928 patricide trial of Philippe Halsman in Austria and the anti-Semitism that surrounded it, features a powerful performance by Patrick Swayze as a Jewish lawyer. Halsman later fled to the United States and...

  • Israeli Designers Dazzle at First L.A. Fashion Week Appearance

    October 21, 2009 | 12:36 am

    The hot ticket in town last week was the local debut of Israel’s burgeoning fashion industry at Downtown L.A. Fashion Week.

    Nearly 900 guests — many of them local Israelis — jammed into The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Little Tokyo on Oct. 14 to catch a glimpse of some top...

  • Picks and Clicks for October 24– 30, 2009

    October 20, 2009 | 8:41 pm

    SAT | OCTOBER 24

    Mitch Albom, best-selling author of “Tuesdays With Morrie” and “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” discusses his new book, “Have a Little Faith,” with Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple. The dialogue, “What About God and Having a Little...

  • Picks and Clicks for October 17– October 23, 2009

    October 14, 2009 | 4:52 pm

    SAT | OCTOBER 17

    Jewish actress Alicia Silverstone may have been out of the limelight this past year, but she’s kept busy as a dedicated conservationist. She will be signing copies of her first book, “The Kind Diet”  (Rodale Books), a collection of vegan recipes...

  • Israeli women jailed for refusing to serve in the Israeli army tour the United States.

    October 6, 2009 | 10:31 pm

    When two Israeli girls, Maya Wind and Netta Mishly, graduated high school, they didn’t move into a college dorm room. They didn’t travel to India or Europe or the Philippines. They didn’t get a job. They didn’t start a career. They went to jail for more than a month.


  • Calendar Picks and Clicks for October 3–9, 2009

    September 30, 2009 | 2:30 am


    Jorge Albertella, a Jewish Argentine artist whose work was featured on the cover of the 2009 catalog for the Museum of Latin American Art’s auction, will be showcased in a solo exhibition in Palos Verdes Estates. A Renaissance man — he’s a former...

  • Marking Gilad Shalit’s Birthday

    September 9, 2009 | 10:02 pm

    One thousand, one-hundred, sixty-nine days, 17 hours, 36 minutes and 22 seconds. That’s how long Gilad Shalit had spent in captivity as of Sunday night, Sept. 6, as 250 members of the Los Angeles Jewish community gathered at American Jewish University (AJU) to mark the soldier’s...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks September 11–17, 2009

    September 9, 2009 | 7:38 pm


    A-list celebrities and award-winning playwrights join forces to support the fight for gay rights with “Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays,” a one-night Attic Theatre benefit reading for the Human Rights Campaign. The performance features 12...

  • Picks and Clicks for September 5-11, 2009

    September 2, 2009 | 8:04 pm


    Shelley Berman, the first stand-up comedian to appear at Carnegie Hall and the first to win a Grammy for best comedy album, will star in the Celebrity Staged Play Reading of “Keep the Two Dollars,” by Bill Barnett. The comedy’s plot involves an...

  • 2009 Fall Preview Calendar

    September 2, 2009 | 1:11 am


    Fri., Sept. 4
    Ana Laguna and Mikhail Baryshnikov: Three Solos and a Duet. Two legendary dancers join to perform works by three of today’s most heralded contemporary choreographers: Swedish choreographer Mats Ek; Alexei Ratmansky, currently the artist in residence at...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks August 29–September 4, 2009

    August 26, 2009 | 4:01 pm

    SAT | AUGUST 29
    The Young Divisions of The Guardians of the L.A. Jewish Home for the Aging are going retro with a ’70s-style fundraising pool party, Boogie Nights, at the recently renovated Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica. Boogie to Studio 54 beats at this seaside art...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks for July 25 – 31, 2009

    July 24, 2009 | 3:28 am

    SAT | JULY 25
    DJ AM headlines this year’s Justice Ball, an evening of music, dancing, socializing and fun benefiting Bet Tzedek-The House of Justice, which provides free legal and social services primarily in the areas of housing, health care and employment for Los...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks for June 20–26, 2009

    June 18, 2009 | 3:11 pm

    SAT | JUNE 20

    Valley Ruach Young Professionals, a grass-roots community in the Valley, is hosting its first evening of wine tasting, “Ruach and Riesling.” The party will feature a variety of wines and light food pairings in the casual setting of a Northridge home....

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks for June 6–12, 2009

    June 3, 2009 | 3:20 pm

    SAT | JUNE 6

    “Sisters Singing: Blessings, Prayers, Art, Songs, Poetry and Sacred Stories by Women” is a collaborative effort by 135 women of different spiritualities. The 400-page anthology is filled with essays, songs, poetry and photography by Irish,...

  • ILC Brings Down the Hilton House

    May 15, 2009 | 3:56 pm

    The Israeli Leadership Council turned the glitzy Beverly Hilton International Ballroom into a rockin’ Israeli dance club at their inaugural gala Wednesday, May 13. The fledgling ILC, barely two years old, has quickly sprouted into an Israeli community powerhouse, a sort of...

  • Palestinian Doctor Calls for Coexistence, Despite Loss

    April 27, 2009 | 10:00 pm

    Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Palestinian obstetrician and gynecologist whose three daughters and niece were killed by Israeli fire during the recent Gaza war and who was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize last month, came to Los Angeles not to talk about peace, but to encourage kavod...

  • Picks and Clicks for April 18–24, 2009

    April 17, 2009 | 5:05 am

    SUN | APRIL 19

    Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries is inviting members of the community to participate in and contribute to its Holocaust observance event by bringing their own Shoah-related items and stories to share. Photographs, letters and other artifacts will...

  • Who Am I? Israelis Answer With Video Art

    April 9, 2009 | 1:09 am

    “You can’t do that, Son,” a father dressed in a red bathrobe says to his son, who came home from school with a note saying he stole money from a classmate. “Why, if you want something, you have to earn it ... where do you think we got this house from? Do you think we stole...

  • Picks and Clicks for April 4–10, 2009

    April 3, 2009 | 3:14 pm

    SAT | APRIL 4


    Gil Shaham
    Gil Shaham

    American-Israeli virtuoso violinist Gil Shaham will be performing on his rare 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius, joined by the chamber group, Sejong, a string ensemble of 15 accomplished musicians from eight nations. The concert will...

  • Picks and Clicks for March 21–27, 2009

    March 20, 2009 | 11:04 am

    SAT | MARCH 21


    The Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.) is marking its 25th anniversary of fundraising for HIV/AIDS services and programs with a two-night production of “The Brothers Gershwin: George & Ira.” Proceeds from the show will benefit AIDS...

  • Tel Aviv Grill Comes to Encino

    March 18, 2009 | 7:06 pm

    Itzik Hagadol knows how to “open up a table,” as they say in Israel.

    The restaurateur, whose real name is Itzik Luzon, has a reputation in Tel Aviv for lavishing his guests in Middle Eastern style — serving up an abundance of food that includes heaping platefuls of salads....

  • Israeli teens with Turner’s find hope and kinship in Malibu

    July 30, 2008 | 11:44 pm

    In 1992, Beverly Daley, a clinical social worker at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, took a group of adolescents with Turner syndrome to Seville, Spain. In 1998, she led a similar group trip to Lisbon, Portugal. This year Daley brought two Israeli girls with Turner's to a part of the...
  • A Zionist without quotation marks

    July 2, 2008 | 9:44 pm

    Yaron Amitai was the oldest soldier killed in the Second Lebanon War. At 45, he was past the required age for army reserve duty. Amitai nevertheless volunteered to serve as a combat medic in the Paratroopers Brigade scheduled to go into Lebanon. He was killed by friendly fire on...
  • Collecting stamps

    June 17, 2008 | 11:29 am

  • An American wedding in Israel

    June 12, 2008 | 2:33 pm

    In my excitement about getting engaged this past October, I printed out a monstrous wedding planning checklist, which detailed exactly what I should be doing and when -- from nine months to the day of my wedding.

    But as I read down the four-page list, the anxiety started to mount --...

  • 18 essential Hebrew words and phrases

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    In honor of Israel's 60th Birthday, we thought you should learn a few key words and phrases in Hebrew that will bring you closer to Israel's people and culture. This vocabulary will be useful on your next trip to Israel-- or on your next trip to Ventura Boulevard. Delight your...

  • Israeli rapper Subliminal has built a music empire

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The first song Ya'akov Shimoni ever wrote was called, "Genesis." The lyrics -- in English, Hebrew and French -- were about pollution, global warming, Mother Earth and the destruction of Israel's natural resources. It was 1997 -- long before "An Inconvenient Truth" became a...
  • Israel to rock the Kodak but hoping for more glam

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Rami Kleinstein music video 'Winds of War' ( Hebrew)

    In planning the May 10 celebratory "Israel at 60" megaconcert for Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, the producers went down the A-list of Jewish celebrities, requesting their presence at what is hoped to be the grandest celebration in Los...