Jewish Journal

Shoshana Lewin Fischer

  • Events Calendar: August 2011

    July 21, 2011 | 5:56 pm


    Grab the family and enjoy “The Bounty of the County” at this year’s fair, which features games, rides, food pavilions, carnival rides, livestock pavilions and concerts by The Beach Boys, The Four Tops, Pat Benatar and REO Speedwagon....

  • Tribe Calendar: June 2011-August 2011

    May 18, 2011 | 5:49 pm


    Toast the end of the week with friends (or co-workers). Check out the winery, sample a variety of wines, enjoy a self-guided tour, and learn more about the winemaking process. 5-7 p.m. $6 (bring your business card). Herzog Wine Cellars, 3201...

  • Tribe Calendar: May 2011-June 2011

    April 25, 2011 | 11:25 am


    The community is invited to do a mitzvah, either by donating blood or holding the hand of someone who is. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. To make an appointment, call (805) 497-6891. Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks....

  • Tribe Calendar: April 2011-May 2011

    March 16, 2011 | 11:36 am

    Sunday, April 3

    “Hearts Sing”
    Today’s benefit, hosted by Paul Reiser, includes performances by Kenny G, Brooke Burke, Alan Bergman, Julia Fordham, Cantor Marcelo Gindlin and surprise guests. Money raised supports Hand in Hand, a program for children with special needs. 4 p.m....

  • Tribe Calendar: March 2011-April 2011

    February 15, 2011 | 10:35 am



    During her lecture “My Life in Show Business: 135 Years and Counting,” the Emmy Award-winning comedian, TV host and red carpet fashion doyenne (born Joan Molinsky) gives a frank, touching and hilarious look at her life, including the...

  • Tribe Calendar: February 2011-March 2011

    January 27, 2011 | 12:47 pm


    Friday, February 4

    Marriage for life weekend
    Whether you are considering getting married, engaged, are newly married or have been married for 10 years, American Jewish University’s Brandeis-Bardin campus has something for you this weekend. Jewish and interfaith couples...

  • Tribe Calendar: December 2010-January 2011

    November 18, 2010 | 9:45 am

    Chanukah Happenings

    Thursday, December 2

    Community Chanukah Celebration
    The evening party features music by The Shirettes, menorah lighting, food for purchase and more. 5 p.m. Free. JCC at Milken, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. (818) 464-3300. jccatmilken.org.


  • Tribe Calendar: November 2010

    October 25, 2010 | 5:43 pm

    Monday, November 1

    Handwriting Analysis With a Kabbalistic Twist
    Discover hidden secrets in your handwriting and reveal the underlying motivations of your soul with graphologist Yaakov Rosenthal. 8 p.m. $12 (in advance), $15 (at the door). 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. (818)...

  • Tribe Calendar: October 2010

    September 23, 2010 | 3:48 pm

    Friday, October 1

    Simchat Torah Celebration
    Close the chapter on the last book of the Torah, open up the first, and then party with the Ventura Klezmer Band. Free. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura. (805) 647-4181. templebethtorah.com.

    Simchat Torah...

  • Tribe Calendar: September 2010

    August 20, 2010 | 1:46 pm

    Wednesday, September 1

    Wine & Food Pairing
    Join sommelier Beckey Richards as she guides guests through the basics of pairing wines with various dishes. $20 (per person), $15 (Wine Club members). Herzog Wine Cellars, 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard. RSVP (805) 983-1560....

  • Tribe Calendar: August 2010

    July 28, 2010 | 7:01 pm


    Jewish Genealogy
    The Red Star Line transported 2.7 million people from Antwerp to American ports from 1873 to 1934, and it is estimated that half of its emigrant passengers were Jewish. Antwerp artist Eugeen Van Mieghem made a cycle of works about these Jewish...

  • TRIBE: CALENDAR - March 2010

    February 24, 2010 | 2:26 pm

    Wednesday, March 3

    Herzog Wine Cellars invites you to test your luck and includes a glass of wine with your Bingo card to sweeten the deal. $5 (per person). 6 p.m. Also March 17. 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard. RSVP to (805) 983-1560. herzogwinecellars.com.

    Thursday, March 4...

  • Tribe Calendar: February 2010 and Purim

    January 29, 2010 | 4:13 pm


    Monday, February 1

    Mapping Madness Author Ron Arons discusses how to use online mapping techniques to find anyone, anywhere, anyhow. Light refreshments will be served. Free. 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County. Temple...

  • Honey cake, down on the farm

    September 26, 2008 | 6:21 pm

    Off The Page

    It is fall 1943, and David Nathan knows life has changed since the Nazis have taken over the streets of his beloved city of Copenhagen (that’s in Denmark):

    Everyone is keeping secrets; David’s older sister, Rachel, sometimes doesn’t come home; and people are waiting...

  • Women plot revenge against a sexist ‘70s boss in ‘9 to 5: The Musical’ (what a way to make a livin’)

    September 11, 2008 | 3:35 am

    It's 8:59 a.m. You are half asleep. Traffic couldn't have been worse. You spilled coffee on your shirt racing for the elevator. You get to your desk only to hear your "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" of a boss shouting at you that the stapler is broken, you need to...
  • Old favorites take on fresh roles in fall TV season

    September 3, 2008 | 8:58 pm

    After a summer filled with Olympics, political conventions and bizarre reality shows ("I Survived a Japanese Game Show" anyone?) TV viewers are aching for something different. The new offerings this fall range from international imports like "The Ex List" and "Life on Mars" to...
  • Back to school, Yiddish for kids

    August 28, 2008 | 1:20 am

    Back to School ... Again

    Hard to believe, but it is already time to go back to school. Where did the summer go?

    As the new school year begins, there are some fun things to look forward to: For instance, have you gone shopping for new clothes yet? Did you get an awesome Batman or...

  • Let the games begin!

    July 23, 2008 | 11:40 pm

    Aug. 8 is the start of the XXIX Olympiad (just a fancy way of saying the 29th Summer Olympics) in Beijing, China. The games bring together athletes from more than 200 countries to compete for national glory and gold, silver and bronze medals -- in a variety of sports (no, shopping is...
  • Happy Birthday, USA! Sweet dreams with the Shema

    June 26, 2008 | 12:57 pm

    Happy Birthday U.S.A.!

    We celebrate the 232nd birthday of the United States of America on July 4. Between noshing on barbecue and watching fireworks, test how well you know early American history. Circle the right answer for the following questions but read carefully -- some might...

  • With this ketubah, I thee wed

    June 17, 2008 | 8:28 pm

    While civil ceremonies abound up and down the California coast, those seeking a Jewish ceremony -- complete with ketubah (the Jewish marriage contract) -- have a few extra stops to make on the road to matrimony.

    There are lots of ketubot to choose from -- both in Los Angeles and...
  • ‘Chorus Line’ composer’s music still has a kick

    June 12, 2008 | 2:33 pm

    When the cast of "A Chorus Line" sings "What I Did for Love," an emotional piece about dancers' dedication to their craft, 16 actors stand on an empty stage singing from the heart. No helicopters or flying witches, no cats, puppets or falling chandeliers cascading through the...
  • Pilar Millhollen puts it all on the ‘Line’

    June 12, 2008 | 2:32 pm

    Of all the numbers in "A Chorus Line," Pilar Millhollen, who plays Bebe, said she always thought the trio song, "At the Ballet," "was the best."

    And it's not just because Millhollen is one of the three actresses who sings it nightly at the Ahmanson Theatre.

    "[During the song] the...

  • Do you ‘mommy’ your hubby?

    June 4, 2008 | 2:28 pm

  • The greatest gift of all—and Bunnies!

    May 29, 2008 | 2:31 pm

    The Greatest Gift

    On June 8, we will celebrate the festival of Shavuot. What is Shavuot?

    Choose the words below that make the sentences correct, and then dazzle your friends with all you've learned.

    1. Shavuot marks the day we received the (phone book/Torah) at (Mount Sinai/the...

  • Get ready to sing . . . Hatikvah!

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    This hiphop version of Hatikvah by France's Francky Perez was just released

    Get Ready to Sing

    In 1886, Naphtali Herz Imber, an English poet originally from Bohemia, wrote the words to Israel's national anthem, "Hatikvah." Samuel Cohen, an immigrant from Moldavia, wrote the melody.