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  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: May 4-10, 2013

    By Ryan Torok

    May 1, 2013 | 11:37 am

    FRIDAY-SUNDAY

    BIG SUNDAY WEEKEND

    America’s largest community service festival, which started in 1999 as Temple Israel of Hollywood Mitzvah Day, attracts nearly 50,000 people from every neighborhood, race, religion, ethnicity and socioeconomic group to hundreds of projects in...

  • Aging Creatively

    December 12, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    As my friends and I navigate our 60s and 70s, we notice — with amusement and consternation — how our conversations have changed. Instead of talking about our kids’ college applications and the best camping sites, we find ourselves discussing back pain and long-term care insurance....

  • Amy Chua a.k.a The Tiger Mother Got It Right!

    By Julia Bendis

    May 3, 2011 | 11:28 am

    When I first heard about Amy Chua, the self-professed Chinese Tiger Mother, I didn’t understand what all the hype, the drama and the hatred was about.  After reading more about her and her parenting memoir “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother”, I couldn’t help but like her even more!

    ...
  • Nov. 11-19, 2010

    By Ryan Torok

    November 10, 2010 | 7:19 am

    THU | NOV 11

    (SYMPOSIUM)
    The 34th annual Catholic-Jewish Women’s Conference, a day of dialogue, music and group discussions, addresses the topic “Who is My Neighbor? Do We Practice What We Preach?” Guest speakers include Rabbi Denise L. Eger, president of Southern California...

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  • Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks Dec. 13- 19: Chanukah, Heeb, Israel, Yiddish

    By Dikla Kadosh and Lilly Fowler

    December 12, 2008 | 12:07 am

    SAT | DECEMBER 13

    (ISRAEL)
    If you lost your brother in combat, would you enlist in the army? If your father was killed on the battlefield, would you sign up for the same unit? The 28 IDF soldiers who will be guests of honor at a luncheon today did exactly that. Required to get...
  • Keep the youngest wedding guests happy—and keep your sanity

    June 12, 2008 | 2:35 pm

    Some things go together like matzah balls and chicken soup; some don't. And the wedding/kid combination traditionally falls into the latter category. After all, unlike the bar/bat mitzvah bash, which is generally a party designed with kids in mind, the wedding celebration has adult...

  • Off the page, holidays not on the calendar, cool quiz

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Off the Page

    It's coming up on summer vacation, and do you know what that means? It's a great time to catch up on your reading! Our picks this month are for anyone ages 6 to 10 and come from "Jewish Heirloom Stories" ($12.95, Gefen Publishing) by Tami Lahman-Wilzig with...
  • Hey, hey! We’re the SqueeGees!

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The SqueeGees



    Anyone who can plop the words antioxidant and pomegranate into a song is tops in yeLAdim's book. The catchy tunes of The SqueeGees make education entertaining in such songs as "The Elements" (i.e., all about wind, fire, water, etc.) and "Rules of the Road" (Go, go,...
  • A down-home way to treasure that special day

    By Beverly Levitt

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    You're planning your bar mitzvah boy's big day, and all you can think of is filling the grand ballroom with a mind-boggling maze of identical round tables topped with painted blue carnation centerpieces and a breast of rubber chicken on each plate. Oh, and finding a DJ who knows how...
  • frdy nt efis

    By David Suissa

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Effie Golberg is in a bind. It's late Friday night and he's got about 60 noisy teenagers at his home in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood.

    Right now, they are sampling five different cholents, as part of his first-ever Cholent Cook-Off.

    But there's a problem: Cholent No. 4...

  • Affordable winter escapes are but a snowball’s throw away

    By Adam Wills

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Now that the holiday season is upon us, it's time to do a little carving -- and we're not talking brisket.

    The recent tease of fresh powder has left rippers and freeriders hopeful that there won't be a repeat of last season's half-open San Bernardino snow farms.

    Already some...

  • Last chance for ‘Hakuna Matata,’ and please, try the Hot Pstromi

    By Keren Engelberg

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 25th

    Think your clothes and your house have little in common? MOCA makes you think again. Their latest exhibition, "Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture," explores the confluence of philosophies between the crafts, such as their mutual...
  • ‘Moishe Houses’ provide post-Hillel hangout for 20-somethings

    By Sue Fishkoff

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Say you're a few years out of college, living with friends and working in a low-paying job for some do-good organization. You don't go to synagogue, but you miss the camaraderie of your college Hillel, and you like to invite people over for Shabbat meals.

    Imagine if someone was...
  • Class Notes

    By Julie G Fax

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    New Yeshiva Flying SCY High
    Founding board members of the new Southern California Yeshiva High School (SCY High) for boys in La Jolla knew that with a history of failed yeshiva high schools in the area, they had to offer the community something new and innovative. So they, along with...

  • $61.8 Billion

    By Rob Eshman

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Of the 50 wealthiest Angelinos, 27 are Jewish.

    Each year, The Los Angeles Business Journal uses legwork and a little guesswork to discern who's worth the most in Los Angeles. Once the list comes out, as it did this week, I like to run it through the old "Who's a Jew?" detector.

    I'm...

  • Keep Kosher, Cool on Alaska Cruise

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Witnessing glaciers calving into crystal blue waters, humpback whales fluking their magnificent tails and clouds weaving cottony billows around the tips of waterfront spruce forests are all in a day's work for the average Alaskan cruise-goer.

    Like the humpback whales each summer,...

  • Community Briefs

    By Amy Klein

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rocking Passover

    Israeli hip-hop act "Hadag Nachash" (Snakefish) thrills the audience at "Let My People Rock," an all-day Passover festival held Sunday, April 16, on the grounds of the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley. More than 2,000 people attended Sunday's event, said...

  • PASSOVER: The 11th Plague: Boredom

    By Jane Ulman

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Not all seders are sit-down affairs.

    When "Dayenu" begins at the home of Simone Shenassa of West Orange, N.J., everyone takes bunches of scallions and hits everyone else, to imitate the whipping of the slaves.

    "It's very much a free-for-all," Shenassa said of this Persian custom....

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, March 25

    Hollywood Fight Club's current production "A Lively ... and Deathly Evening With Woody Allen" brings to the stage three written works by the Neurotic One. Woody Allen's "God," "Death Knocks" and "Mr. Big" all deal with existential dilemmas as only Allen can.

    ...
  • Pupils Vote Yes on Democratic School

    By Dina Kraft

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Under a classroom's fluorescent lights, students and teachers scramble to find seats. An important "Parliament session" is under way as together, they hammer out a plan for allocating the school's activities budget.

    The scene is the Hadera Democratic School in Israel, where students...

  • Big Sunday Gets Big Boost From City

    By Naomi Glauberman

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Big Sunday began in 1999 with 300 Jewish volunteers devoted to a day of good works. That was impressive in a city notorious for lack of civic involvement -- but that was just the beginning.

    What started as Mitzvah Day for congregants of Temple Israel of Hollywood gradually spread...

  • Where the Boys Aren’t

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Chanukah party for Adat Ari El's junior United Synagogue Youth group had all the elements the seventh- and eighth-grade members had requested: latkes, a gift exchange and a fierce board game competition. Yet, said, Julee Snitzer, the synagogue's youth activities director, of the...

  • Abramoff Linked to Jewish Ventures

    By Matthew E. Berger

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Reading the indictment against Jack Abramoff, one might not know that he was prominent in Washington Jewish circles. But in coming months, his ties with Jewish and Israeli organizations may emerge as a prominent piece in the lobbyist's web of questionable activities.

    Last week,...

  • Families, Singles Get Ready to Set Sail

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The leaves have turned, the days are shorter and Chanukah, the holiday of lights, glimmers ahead. With the winter looming, juicy possibilities await, with plenty of exotic, warm weather options. So go ahead and plan your first big escape of 2006. Or surprise a loved one by booking a...

  • L.A. Enters the Season of Mitzvot

    By David Finnigan

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Christmas Day is the day of the year which some Jews often fill by doing some mitzvah volunteer work, then enjoying Chinese food and a movie. But that annual mitzvah-Chinese food-movie ritual is being put aside this Dec. 25 for Chanukah.

    "Chanukah makes it a big deal because now Jews...

  • Agencies Join to Aid Special-Needs Kids

    By Marc Ballon

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Sally Weber never felt so alone.

    Nearly three decades ago, she learned her daughter had a severe language disorder that hindered her development. Besides dealing with the shock of having a child with special needs, Weber found little solace in the local Jewish community that had...

  • Choose Your Own Cruise Adventure

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Cruising isn't what it used to be. And to the more than 10 million people who took to the high seas last year, that's a good thing.

    While cruising used to be considered a venue for "the newly wed or nearly dead," 21st century cruising is attracting an entirely new audience,...

  • Hillel Readies Plan of Attraction

    By Sue Fishkoff

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish college student of today is likely to be more interested in discussing religion than in practicing it. Therein lies a challenge and an opportunity, and Hillel, the college Jewish organization, says it's ready to respond.

    It was in the summer of 2004 that Hillel began work...

  • A Face in the Internet Crowd

    By Jane Ulman

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    As soon as incoming freshman Chana Ickowitz received her UC Berkeley e-mail address, she registered on the online directory facebook.com. There, on her personal profile, she described herself as someone with moderate political views who likes sushi, rainy days, Urban Outfitters and...

  • Get Enraptured With the Central Coast

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    California is beautiful. You can forget that sometimes, living in Los Angeles, fighting traffic, commuting past big-box retailers and strip malls and -- does it get any worse? -- Lincoln Boulevard.

    But drive a few hours and you will find Beauty herself, and you will once...

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