Jewish Journal

Somewhere over the Bar Mitzvah

Todd Shotz

October 20, 2010 | 1:08 pm

Planning a bar mitzvah is its own rite of passage. We rush around trying to make sure everything is perfect. We have walk-throughs, run-throughs and checklists. We can almost get lost in the... read full article

  • Best street for a J-cation?  Fairfax!

    By Edmon J. Rodman

    July 3, 2008 | 11:32 am

    In a summer of rising airfares and gas prices, you need to take a trip that is close by, low cost, in town and that will fill you with Jewish stories.

    The best place to do that? Fairfax Avenue.

    That's right, become a Jewish cultural tourist, not in New York, Venice or Seville, but...

  • The Best of (Jewish) Los Angeles 2008

    July 3, 2008 | 11:31 am

    We like to think of our Annual Guide to the Best of (Jewish) Los Angeles as kvetch-proof. Our writers and editors provide personal favorites that are so idiosyncratic and eclectic that it's hard to argue. ("No, that's not the best place to buy a $50 set of used Talmud, this is!")...
  • A (hot) day in the park

    May 22, 2008 | 11:00 am

    VideoJew Jay Firestone got it all on tape

    It was hot, but it was happy.

    About 30,000 people came to the Israel Independence Day Festival on May 18 at Woodley Park in the San Fernando Valley. The day combined hard-edged Israeli rappers Subliminal with Chabad's make-your-own-kosher...

  • Lifestyle

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Not That You Asked, But....

    Everyone has a favorite Jewish spot, the place you tell all your friends about but secretly hope it stays unknown so it won't get so cool or so crowded as to lose it's truly great flavor. We asked our writers to reveal some of their favorite Jewish...

  • Mayor Carries Torah to <br>Vandalized Tarzana Synagogue

    By Adam Wills

    July 9, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Sunday, in the intense heat of a mid-summer day, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, carried a Sephardic Torah for one-half mile along city streets in Tarzana to a new Persian synagogue that had been the victim of an anti-Semitic attack just two days earlier. Police are still...

  • Hooray for Holy-wood

    By Joel Kotkin

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    When the media or politicians chatter about Los Angeles' urban resurgence, they usually refer to such things as $700,000 lofts in downtown Los Angeles, grandiose projects like the proposed Grand Avenue development, million-dollar postage stamp lots on the Westside, clubs on Sunset...

  • Visiting History

    By Tom Teicholz

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I have always had a soft spot for Brazil. I spent the summer after high school graduation there, and my wife and I spent our honeymoon there. I love the people, the music, the food and the spirit that Brazilians carry with them as effortlessly as they dance the samba. But I never...