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  • Some retirees make aliyah to San Miguel de Allende

    By Buzzy Gordon

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    This coming week, Angelenos of all races and creeds will join in Cinco de Mayo celebrations that the local Mexican American community has adopted as its major holiday (even though it is different from Mexico's actual Independence Day, which is Sept. 16; May 5 marks a victory of the...
  • Israelis build new traditions at L.A. seders

    By Ayala Or-el

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Nitzan and Shaul Barakan

    Nitzan and Shaul Barakan had to come all the way from Israel to the United States to learn words like "afikoman" and "seder plate."

    The couple, both born and raised on Kibbutz Kinneret, didn't have a clue that there is a haggadah that looks nothing like the...

  • Curacao shul offers venue with Caribbean flavor

    By Buzzy Gordon

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm


    Trailer for Jewish Curacao travelogue DVD


    Compared with the millennia of Jewish history, the scant few centuries of Jewish settlement in the Western Hemisphere is like a drop in the ocean those Jews had crossed from Europe. The history of the Jews in the American colonies is even...

  • No matter how you say it

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    December 27, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Below are several ways to say "Happy New Year." Match the expression to the language it comes from and dazzle your family with your knowledge. Here's a hint: No. 9 is I

    
    1) Afrikaans                a) Boldog Ooy Ayvet
    2) Chinese                  b) Bonne Annee 
    3) French...

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  • Brotherly Love

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    With Chanukah recent history, I came across a fascinating review of a new book, "The Business of Holidays." The book's editor, Maud Lavin, notes that 81 percent of U.S. households celebrate Christmas with a tree in their homes, and not everybody is Christian. The line between...
  • ‘Tent’ meeting showcases new spirit of synagogues

    By Ron Wolfson

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A crowd of 4,500 gathered recently at the ornate Fox Theater in Atlanta for a celebration of Jewish spirit and synagogue life that can accurately be described as a Jewish tent meeting.

    "Hallelu Atlanta" was an extraordinary moment in the history of one of the fastest-growing Jewish...

  • Chanukah and adult faith

    By Danya Ruttenberg

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A lot of people have trouble with Chanukah. I did, for years. I'd go to parties and nibble on my latke or sufganiyot while grumbling under my breath about how there was nothing here to celebrate. I'd light my Chanukiyah, but I'd only do the bare minimum needed to fulfill the mitzvah...
  • The sweet rewards of Rosh Hashanah rituals

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The change was subtle but undeniable. A slightly deeper shade of brown; carrots cut lengthwise rather than sliced; some scattered sprigs of rosemary. Any other day of the year, such a discrete rift in recipe might have gone unnoticed. But this was not any other day of the year --...
  • Oy Caramba! Serve a Simcha Fiesta

    By Beverly Levitt

    September 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Your special family simcha (celebration) is just around the corner and you aren't feeling enthusiastic -- the caterer's offerings feel predictable, and the room you've rented seems impersonal.

    Whether you're organizing a bris, congratulating a bar or bat mitzvah, welcoming a new...

  • Generations of comics salute Mort Sahl on his 80th

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Mort Sahl changed the face of comedy. Before his, that face was Marty Allen's."
    -- Jack Riley


    And if you get that reference, you would have loved the Mort Sahl 80th birthday celebration at the Wadsworth Theatre on June 28. What's not to like? Shelley Berman in a seersucker suit...

  • There is more going on than just a ceremony and a party

    By Matt Lipeles

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I have a confession to make. I punched out my brother at his bar mitzvah. I'm not proud of it, but it's true.

    I was sitting at a table with him and a couple of cousins, and he told this joke I didn't find very funny. I looked at this smirk on his face, and I just couldn't stand it....

  • The best of the kosher bubblies

    By J.D. Smith

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When Champagne producers first marketed their product with enthusiasm in the late 19th century, they avoided the intentionally staid campaigns for Bordeaux's red wines, which were represented as distinctively male.

    The Champagne manufacturers targeted men and women alike through a...
  • Got Shavuot?

    By David Suissa

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The hottest word in marketing today is "interactive." After decades of treating consumers like passive targets, marketers have learned that the best way to get people excited about your product is to create some kind of interaction -- to make consumers feel and experience the...
  • Beyond ‘the day’

    By Jeff Bernhardt

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When I began my work as a b'nai mitzvah teacher almost 25 years ago, I believed that it was all about the day. Everything I taught, every prayer or Torah verse the student studied, every reminder or nudge to study from the parent -- it was all about the day.

    In these last few...
  • Ladies, grab your coat and get your Red Hat

    By Beverly Gray

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Edna Kohn strutted confidently down the center of the room to the tune "Steppin' Out With My Baby." She twirled in place, showing off her smart maroon pants suit to the ladies in the audience who beamed with approval.

    Like Kohn, most of the women at the March 7 event topped their...
  • The Magic of Mimouna

    By David Suissa

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Go back a few centuries and picture yourself on a small street in a Jewish neighborhood in Casablanca, Morocco, as the sun is starting to set.

    You've just finished the late afternoon prayers on the last day of Passover, and as you head home, you see Arab grocers setting up shop and...

  • Iranian-Americans celebrate Norooz, Persian New Year

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Persian New Year, also known as Norooz, was celebrated at Los Angeles City Hall on March 16 as members of Persian American Communities Inc. -- a nonprofit organization consisting of local Iranian American Jews and Muslims -- joined with L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and members of...
  • 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...
  • Rite of passage is not a free pass

    By Rabbi Jan Katzew

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    About a year ago, I received a call from a motion picture marketing executive who asked me to preview the soon-to-be-released "Keeping Up With the Steins," a "commentary" on b'nai mitzvah as they are celebrated in North America.

    My interest was piqued: A mainstream movie about the...

  • Former emcee sheds light on beaucoup-buck parties

    By Jay Firestone

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm


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    Perhaps the most notorious custom of the b'nai mitzvah experience is the frequently expensive, over-the-top party. This leap from childhood to adulthood is no longer just a religious experience, it's also a celebration where disco...
  • 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...

  • Purim books: A time to laugh, a time to grog

    By Jay Firestone

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The central theme of Purim sometimes gets lost in the mix of loud singing, intense dancing and heavy drinking. You might even forget that the point of the holiday is not necessarily to get hammered, but to rejoice in the celebration of life.

    Keeping in mind that singing, dancing...

  • At Party Time: Candy is dandy—charity is sweeter

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    I was struggling to secure a tiny satin kippah with a granny-sized bobby pin when it hit me like a ton of Pampers: One day (assuming we both survive the main event at the bris), this 8-day-old baby will be standing on the bar mitzvah bimah wearing a really big satin kippah!...
  • ‘Yippee’—Paul Mazursky documents Chasids gone wild

    By Tom Tugend

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In all his 76 years, filmmaker Paul Mazursky had never seen anything like the 25,000 Chasidim singing, swaying, blowing shofars and dancing around a lake.

    "It's like the old days at the Apollo in Harlem, with the crowd going wild," the irreverent Mazursky said. "Can you dig it?"...

  • Chanukah holds important lesson for all faiths

    By Rabbi Michael Gotlieb

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Chanukah is popularized by a rabbinic myth -- one that embodies a story told of a container of oil lasting seven days beyond its expected usage.

    The story appears only in the Talmud, not the Bible or even the Apocrypha literature.

    In fact, the primary lesson of Chanukah has...

  • Follow your heart to a vegetarian Chanukah feast

    By Adam Wills

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    uddha statues and meditation gear aren't the kinds of items you might expect to find at a Chanukah celebration, let alone a meatless deli case or a display of cruelty-free cosmetics. But these specialties are de rigueur for Canoga Park's Follow Your Heart, a neighborhood vegetarian...
  • A Chanukah for the party people

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    On the first night of Chanukah my true love gave to me...social justice?

    That's the theme of one of the hottest parties of the Chanukah season, "Vodka Latka: The Festival of Rights," sponsored by the Progressive Jewish Alliance (PJA), JDub Records and Reboot on Dec. 13 at the El Rey...

  • 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...

  • Originality trumps repetition in the holiday songs battle

    By George Robinson

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I will be frank. I'm tired of hearing the same holiday songs over and over. So the best Chanukah present I've received this year is a pile of Chanukah-themed CDs with lots of new holiday songs, many of them quite good. Here's what crossed my desk this December.

    The Klezmatics:...

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