When Curt Fissel stomped on the glass after his wedding in the southwestern Polish city of Wroclaw, the congregation erupted into loud applause and a resounding chorus of "Mazel tov!"But the joyous response went far beyond heartfelt good wishes to Fissel and his bride, Ellen...
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Child Holocaust survivors share their stories
Jewish-Christian charity helps Ukrainians move to Israel
Jewish candidate quits UK race after saying Israel should kidnap Obama
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July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm
April 27, 2000 | 8:00 pmAs he breezes into a Melrose trattoria, the international man of mystery known as Shuki could be mistaken for any other player in town -- cell phone in hand, expensive suit, hardball negotiator demeanor -- were it not for the long shock of Gene Simmons rock star hair tied back in a...
April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pmThe Passover holiday contains countless traditions. There's the matzah and the sweet wine, the charoset and haggadot, the gefilte fish and the good fortune we celebrate. But perhaps most importantly, there is the gathering together of family and friends -- the people who make the...
November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pmBefore there was Vista Del Mar Child Care, the Jewish Home for the Aging, or the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles -- there was B'nai B'rith International. And what the aforementioned institutions have in common with the world's largest Jewish organization is that they...
October 21, 1999 | 8:00 pmJust last month, Walt Disney World appeared to be right in the path of a bona fide hurricane. Hurricane Floyd was headed for Florida's eastern coast, and Walt Disney World was forced to close its doors for the first time in its 28-year history. But Mickey's luck held out. Floyd...
December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pmPotato latkes are Chanukah's signature dish, not because of the potato -- but because of the oil. Potatoes did not exist in the Holy Land when the ancient Israelites triumphed over the Syrians.
During what may have been the region's first oil crisis, a 24-hour supply of oil lasted...
August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm
New Ways to Celebrate
Back in the 1970s, Michael and Susan Strassfeld's "The Jewish Catalog" pioneered a kind of People's Guide to Judaism that felt comfortable and familiar to the Boomer generation. Last year, Rabbi Susan Silverman and her husband,...
April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm
On the eve of the 50th birthday of the Jewishstate, Israelis have seldom felt so lonely. No one wants to come tothe party. Vice President Al Gore is one of the few foreigndignitaries who have accepted an invitation to the April 30 fiesta.The rest are either stalling or saying,...
February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm
By 2003, Israel will finally have fulfilled thedreams of its founders when it overtakes the United States to becomehome to the largest number of Jews in the world.
This, according to the Institute of the WorldJewish Congress, which is to publish the new Jewish...
February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm
Asaf Medina, one of the members of theKeshet Chaim Dance Ensemble
Local dance ensemble Keshet Chaim willtake the stage for Israel's 50th
By Diane Arieff Zaga,Arts Editor
The mood in the Jewish state may not be one ofcelebration at the moment, but plans to commemorate the...
February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pmIn 1948, the world agreed to the creation of the State of Israel in a moment of stricken conscience over its outrageous failure to stop or even attempt to mitigate the effects of the Holocaust.
Their motives were mostly cynical. The immorality of their failure was so gross as to...
January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pmThe peace process is stalled, pluralism issues remain unresolved and the Netanyahu government is in turmoil. But organizers of a major, star-studded 50th anniversary tribute to Israel later this year are focusing their attention on celebration, not contention. Indeed, a rare...
January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pmAs American Jews join in marking the 50th birthday of the State of Israel and the 100 years of the Zionist movement, there is cause for both celebration and concern.
"As we rejoice in the accomplishments of Israel, Zionism and American Jewry, they each face their own, though...
January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm
"Who knew?" If the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles hasits way, that simple question will become as well-known a shorthandfor the Federation as "Got milk?" is for the California milk industryand "Just do it" is for Nike. The phrase will be the centerpiece ofthe organization's...
December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm
"I know your relatives all think you're crazy, but we're gladyou're here," our tour guide, Zvi Lev-Ran, said as 36 tired Angelenospiled onto a bus after a 13-hour flight aboard a chartered El Al747-400 from Los Angeles. We were part of the largest mission eversponsored by the Jewish...
August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm
My 25th wedding anniversary iscoming up fast. Wish me luck.
I'll need all the good fortune I can muster,thanks to one of the ways I've chosen to mark this momentousoccasion. Of course, Bernie and I will be celebrating conventionally,with a party for some of our oldest friends. But, in...
May 22, 1997 | 8:00 pmWhile it may be true that if you ask two Jews a question, you're likely to get three different opinions, it appears that thousands were in agreement last Sunday: The Israel Independence Day Festival at Hansen Dam was the place to be to celebrate the Jewish State's 49th birthday....