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  • Gathering: Valley Performing Arts Center, Tifani Coyot, Matisyahu, Herzog Wine Cellars

    By Adam Wills

    March 16, 2011 | 12:45 pm


    Dr. Gerald Picus and former L.A. City Councilwoman Joy Picus celebrated the gala opening of the $125 million Valley Performing Arts Center on Jan. 29. The two-hour star-studded event at California State University, Northridge, drew Valley performers, including Jane Kaczmarek, Noah...

  • VideoJew’s Eight days of Chanukah candle lighting - Day 5: Adam, the dreidel wiz

    By Jay Firestone

    December 8, 2007 | 11:23 am

    What’s Chanukah without a little dreidel? Better than mario kart or guitar hero, dreidel is not only fun, but its a game about equality…because it requires absolutely no skill at all - everyone’s on the same level.  I learned, however that the classic game can be pretty boring.  That’s why I sat down with Jewish Joural Senior Editor Adam Wills, a dreidel expert.  Together we learned basic play along with a new game…upside-down dreidel. 

    After the game, as always come light the Chanukah candles with us.

  • Calabasas evens playing field for special-needs kids

    By Adam Wills

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For children with physically limiting conditions like cerebral palsy or spinal muscular atrophy, something as simple as playing in a park can seem impossible. Swings can be unsafe, and climbing equipment is unaccommodating to many children reliant on wheelchairs and walkers for...
  • Can MRI save lives?

    By Adam Wills

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In 2003, Leslie Berlin was training six days a week, two hours a day as a figure skater. Two years earlier, while taking lessons with her twin sister, she fell in love with the sport. At 37, she started entering competitions at an age when most professionals hang up their skates....
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  • Baja community begins where the land ends

    By Adam Wills

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Waves rush over a pebbled beach as the tensions of city life melt away. The Mexican sun hangs languidly overhead, bleaching colorful kayaks stacked along the shoreline. Hovering far off in the deep blue skies, parasailors are dwarfed by the arriving Carnival cruise ship that will...
  • Whither Jewish Comedy?

    By Adam Wills

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli army soldiers move to evict Jewish settlers from their homes in "5 Days."

    What place does Jewish comedy have in a "Git-r-done" world? Steve Hofstetter hopes it will once again be comedy's saving grace.

    "There's got to be a backlash against the whole blue-collar thing,"...

  • Congregation Beith David Celebrates New Sanctuary

    By Adam Wills

    July 9, 2006 | 8:00 pm


    (From left) City Councilman Jack Weiss, L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Councilman Dennis Zine join congregants at Beith David for their official move from their Reseda Boulevard synagogue to a new building on Clark Street on...
  • 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...

  • Shocktoberfest

    By Adam Wills

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The plan was innocuous enough: Meet up with some Jewish Journal colleagues for Oktoberfest at The Phoenix Club, a German cultural center in Anaheim that features a banquet hall, a restaurant and bar, as well as country club-like grounds. We were looking for something truly authentic...

  • White Dies, But Cause Lives On

    By Adam Wills

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The living room grew more crowded by the minute as relatives and friends of the White family continued to arrive on this cold, overcast September morning in Cheviot Hills. More than two dozen people clutched siddurs and faced east, davening Shacharit at a few minutes past 7 a.m.

    Like...

  • Community Briefs

    By Amy Klein

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Interfaith Fasting for Yom Kippur

    Jews aren't the only ones fasting this High Holiday season.

    Two other religious organizations, one Christian, one Muslim, have joined with a Jewish one to call on Americans to take part in a nationwide fast of reflection, repentance, reconciliation...

  • Gamer Geek Goes Lounge Chic

    By Adam Wills

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Scoring on a Saturday night just got a whole lot easier for gamers, and they have an Orthodox Jew to thank.

    Arena Interactive Lounge offers a 21st century take on the arcade -- a Santa Monica-adjacent, nerd-hip destination that features a modern lounge vibe.

    It's the brainchild of...

  • Israel’s Stem Cell Pioneers

    By Adam Wills

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Under a microscope in a research lab at the Technion's Rappaport Faculty of Medicine in Haifa, a colony of embryonic stem cells floats in a brilliant ochre-colored universe of fetal mouse tissue, which nourishes the cells. Years from now, this tiny sample could very well be a key to...

  • A Deadly Shortage

    By Adam Wills

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Judah White's shoulders curl in and his eyes shut tight as he coughs violently. A look of pain flashes across his face. As his coughing slows, he looks up to the ceiling of his mother's kitchen and takes a deep breath.

    White is battling his third occurrence of Hodgkin's lymphoma, a...

  • The Clot to Kill Jesus

    By Adam Wills

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In what is likely the ultimate "Cold Case File," a researcher in Haifa may have figured out the cause of Jesus' death.

    Professor Benjamin Brenner, a Technion Medical School and Rambam Medical Center hematology expert, said the problem was not blood loss, but a blood clot that likely...

  • ‘Star Wars’ for Jews

    By Adam Wills

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I was out communing with the nerds last weekend, contributing to the $158.5 million record four-day opening for "Revenge of the Sith." Now that the series is over and done with (at least until George Lucas launches his live-action "Star Wars" television series), I began reflecting on...

  • Privatized El Al to Add Saturday Flight

    By Adam Wills

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    When 50 Israelis who survived the devastating Dec. 26 tsunami were stranded in Sri Lanka, El Al made good on its commitment to organize and operate rescue missions.

    "When there is a problem, Israelis will go out of their way to help other Israelis," said Nira Dror, the Israeli...

  • OU: ‘Kosher’ Thong Is Wrong

    By Adam Wills

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Some might have found the joke funny, but the Orthodox Union (OU) isn't laughing. In May, Castaic resident Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik started YidGear.com , an online T-shirt shop that features humorous Jewish slogans -- some mellow, some crude. One of the more...

  • Falsely Imprisoned Man Files Claims

    By Adam Wills

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It took a Long Beach Superior Court judge two minutes to free Thomas Lee Goldstein on April 2, releasing him after almost a quarter century behind bars for a crime he didn't commit. The white-haired former Marine from Kansas mourned a lifetime of missed opportunities.

    "I was 31 years...

  • Funny in Love

    By Adam Wills

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    On the outside, the interfaith comedic coupling of Lahna Turner and Ralphie May seems like an odd match: Lahna is a stunning Jewish Canadian who blends witty spoken-word pieces with off-color songs, while Ralphie is a morbidly obese Southern comic who delivers jokes with...

  • He Said: Ready for Second Time Around

    By Adam Wills

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I spent months planning our weekend trip to Las Vegas: from an indulgent massage at Mandara day spa and dinner at Mon Ami Gabi to "Mamma Mia" at the Mandalay Bay. Wendy was having a fabulous time.

    But when I suggested we go to the top of the Eiffel Tower replica at Paris, where we...

  • Reuben’s Journey

    By Adam Wills

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Claire Zellman made two life-altering decisions in 1999.

    Her first was to attend a Shabbat service that a friend recommended. After walking into a synagogue for the first time in more than a decade, she cried when she heard the "Baruchu."

    Her second was to transition to living life...

  • Eternally Gay

    By Adam Wills

    June 26, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In spite of numerous reports that secular Jews are leaving Jerusalem in droves, Israel's capital held its second annual Gay Pride parade on June 20.

    About 2,000 people marched and danced through the streets of Jerusalem, many carrying rainbow flags and dressed in drag -- or nothing...

  • Israel Bolsters Local GOP Support

    By Adam Wills

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    While the Bush administration's strong support for Israel might not yet be paying off dividends in the Middle East, the stance has certainly been a boon for local Jewish Republicans.

    Since its start in November 2000, two months after the second Palestinian intifada began, the...

  • Out of Africa

    By Adam Wills

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    What started out as a joke between friends fast became a million-dollar goal for a retired Jewish soccer player.

    Ethan Zohn emerged as the sole survivor of the third installment of the CBS reality show "Survivor" during the two-hour Jan. 10 finale, defeating Kim Johnson, a...

  • The New Germany

    By Adam Wills

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The opening of Berlin's Jewish Museum, an architectural marvel that houses a celebration of German Jewish culture, has done wonders to invigorate interest in Germany as a Jewish tourist destination.

    Vibrant Jewish communities are also adding to the allure of a nation that, during...

  • American Aliyah to Rise

    By Adam Wills

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles resident George Giles, 26, Has been looking for a job in marketing ever since he was laid off five months ago. With the economy continuing to falter following Sept. 11 and a child on the way, George is hoping that his job search will be more fruitful in Israel.

    The Los...

  • Sephardic Survival

    By Adam Wills

    November 29, 2001 | 6:59 pm

    "Survivor" as inspiration for Jewish programming?

    It seems strange that the divisive show where deceit, backstabbing and empty promises are de rigueur would serve as the inspiration for a Shabbaton that stresses the importance of religious and cultural continuity. Yet Sephardic...

  • Shabbat on the Boulevard

    By Adam Wills

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    After the candles were lit, the wine blessed and the bread broken, Jimmy Gamliel and Yosi Levy, standing on a small stage in front of patrons at Tempo Restaurant in Encino, broke into traditional Shabbat songs from Israel. The crowd, nearly 110 strong, sang and clapped along with the...

  • Everyday Hebrew

    By Adam Wills

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Meseret Rubin started learning modern Hebrew for the sake of her family.

    Rubin and her Israeli husband, Amir, are raising their two children in a Westside home where any one of four languages are spoken at any given time. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the...

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