Jewish Journal

The death-defying pomegranate tree fruits again!

By Rob Eshman

October 7, 2014 | 1:53 pm

Drastically pruned early this year, its fate uncertain, Rob Eshman’s pomegranate tree has returned to lushly fruited life.

I’ve written about terminally ill children, three-legged abandoned mules, terror victims, parents whose children were killed, Holocaust survivors and battered wives, but I have never... read on

  • A High Holiday Restaurant Guide to Koreatown

    By Rob Eshman

    September 5, 2014 | 4:41 pm

    Each year my wife Rabbi Naomi Levy holds the High Holiday services for her outreach congregation Nashuva at the large, round ecumenical Church of Religious Science in Koreatown, at Berendo and 6th St.  Over a thousand people attend.  They ask my wife, “Can I really change?”  “Can I... read on

  • Koreatown Lunch

    By Rob Eshman

    August 9, 2014 | 9:38 am

    At night Koreatown is Manhattan-- packed restaurants, backed up valet stands, lines out the doors to even the diviest BBqs.  By day, it's a different story.  You might be the only customer. You'll see the families behind these family-run places.  You'll see the servers plucking the... read on

  • Perfect chocolate chip cookies for the 4th of July

    by Sara Budisantoso

    June 30, 2014 | 1:57 pm

    One of my favorite recipes to bake is chocolate chip cookies. I remember my sister and I watching my mom bake them and we would help her drop the cookies onto the cookie sheets. Over the years I mastered the Toll House recipe she used to make and could make it from memory.  

    Then... read on

  • Remembering Casey Kasem

    By Rob Eshman

    June 15, 2014 | 11:14 am

    I met Casey Kasem on January 21, 1988. It was the height of the Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation, and shocking images of violence and suffering were  coming out of the Middle East – some things never change.

    A group of about 100 Arabs and Jews living in Los Angeles... read on

  • Recipe: Olallieberry Pie, Oh My!

    by Sara Budisantoso

    May 22, 2014 | 1:33 pm

    The Olallieberry (pronounced ol-la-leh) pie is hands-down my favorite pie! This pie would be perfect for you to bring to any Memorial Day festivity. In fact, you can get creative with your pie crust designs to make it fit any occasion.

    So, what is an Olallieberry? It’s crossing a... read on

  • Rosemary, Brie, and Marmalade Hand-Pies

    By Julie Bien

    May 22, 2014 | 10:03 am

    Looking for the perfect, sophisticated and easy-to-make, easy-to-eat Memorial Day treat? Look no further than these pillowy, savory, sweet and decadent rosemary, brie and marmalade hand-pies. Besides being a breeze to whip up, they're easy to transport, drip-free finger food. Your... read on

  • Memorial Day BBQ: Beer Can Chicken

    By Julie Bien

    May 21, 2014 | 1:31 pm

    Memorial Day means it's time to fire up the BBQ, raid the local farmer's market and crack open an ice cold beer (or soda).

    This recipe for Beer Can Chicken comes from my co-worker's dad, Barry Hensiek.

    Thanks, Barry!


    1 whole roasting chicken

    1 tall can of... read on

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