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  • Passover Calendar 2007

    By Keren Engelberg

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    SEDERS

    March 25, Noon. $6-$15. Secular potluck. Sholem Community. Culver City Middle School. R.S.V.P. by March 23. www.sholem.org.

    March 28, 6:30 p.m. $10-$25. Women of Kol Tikvah. Temple Kol Tikvah. Woodland Hills. R.S.V.P., (818) 348-0670, ext. 219.

    April 2, 6:30 p.m. $15-$42....

  • A sweet gefilte fish like his Polish grandma used to make

    By Judy Zeidler

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I've bought meat from the same kosher butcher shop on Pico Boulevard in West Los Angeles for many years. But it wasn't until recently that I asked G&K Kosher Meat owner Herschel Berengut, 58, about the Passover dishes he prepares at his to-go deli next door, Charlie's. His eyes lit...
  • New Pesach ‘traditions’ might be purr-fect for your family

    By Beverly Levitt

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Pesach for the Rest of Us: Making the Passover Seder Your Own" (Schocken Books, $22.95).

    When author Marge Piercy was a little girl, her grandmother set a special place at the Passover seder for Blackie, her grandmother's cat.

    He was a very dignified cat, Piercy recalled in an...

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  • Bring the taste of France to your Passover table

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    One might expect the chef-owner of a haute cuisine, award-winning French-American restaurant, where l'addition can easily top $300 per couple, to be an egotist. One would be wrong.

    Chef Josiah Citrin of Mélisse in Santa Monica, which earned the prestigious four-star rating from...

  • Unmasking Purim’s vital meaning

    By Rabbi Sharon Brous

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    It's a classic Jewish tale: Just when we feel comfortable and safe, nahafokh hu -- the whole world can turn upside down.

    Megillat Esther, read on Purim, reminds us that history is capricious and life is fragile; that willing or not, we must confront our powerlessness and...

  • The whole megillah: Ten reasons to love Purim

    By Jane Ulman

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    So what is Purim about? This short guide explains the various holiday traditions and celebrations, as well as a few suggestions of unique and fun ways to partake in the festivities.

    1. Megillah Reading

    One of four mitzvot, or commandments, on Purim is listening to the reading of...

  • A wish list of guilty pleasures and goofy gifts

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    We've all been there.

    You go to the store, turn on the TV or pick up a catalogue and see something incredibly silly that you never in a million years would buy for yourself (it's also called a "guilty pleasure"). But you can always say you are buying it for someone else. So in...

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