Igaal Sizomu was clearly ecstatic, laughing with a group of friends from Shomrei Torah Synagogue (STS) whom he hadn’t seen in nearly a year. They were pushing each other around at the West Hills synagogue the way teens often do.
This is not just another freaking fashion show,” said Arlene S. Ford, donations administrator at Beit T’Shuvah, the Los Angeles-based Jewish drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility.
On April 29, Israel’s 61st Independence Day, the L.A. Clippers held a press conference announcing a preseason exhibition game with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, Israel’s most successful basketball team.
ast year’s exuberant celebration of Israel’s 60th anniversary at Woodley Park had it all — major sponsors, an Israeli hip-hop superstar and a party that ran late into the night.
When Mara Elena Arenson rolled her plastic crate of matzah, horseradish, tambourines and rhythm sticks into the preschool classroom at the Reconstructionist synagogue Kehillat Israel in Pacific Palisades, the 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds excitedly called out her name. They knew that the lesson would be interactive: They’d be able to sing, sway and play instruments to the music of her guitar. What they didn’t know is that Arenson, a cantorial student at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles, uses the principles of the Suzuki rhythm method with the hope that these songs will stick with them for the rest of their lives.
When the first Jewlicious festival, Jewlicious @ The Beach, launched in April 2005, co-founder Rabbi Yonah Bookstein and his team rented out a few rooms at the Alpert Jewish Community Center in Long Beach to host about 100 participants.