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  • Books: Wrap up new worlds for your young readers

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Many inns throughout the Mid-Atlantic states claim that George Washington slept here or there, but a new book makes an altogether new claim about the first president: that he learned about Chanukah from a Polish-born soldier at Valley Forge in 1777, when he noticed the young man...
  • Eight ways how ‘tis better to give back

    By Sara Shereen Bakhshian

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Having trouble finding the perfect gift for the one who has everything? Want to give back to the community this holiday season and into 2007? Here are eight great ways to contribute.

    • Make a Relief Donation: Israel has cease-fires in Gaza and with Hezbollah. Hurricanes Katrina...

  • Has your gift list got game?

    By Adam Wills

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    With Chanukah gift shopping well underway, three video game systems are jockeying for the top position on teen wish lists. Demand for PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii is outstripping the available supply, and analysts predict the shortage could lead to increased demand for...
  • Mamma Mia! That’s a Chanukah

    By Robert David Jaffee

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Skirball Cultural Center has chosen to focus on Italian Jewry as the theme for its upcoming "Hanukkah Family Festival," a series of performances, workshops, exhibits and other activities on Sunday, Dec. 10.

    Italian Jewry is a fitting theme since the Jewish community in Italy is...

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  • Powerful Trio; House is a Home

    By Norma Zager

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A Powerful Trio

    It was a night to acknowledge accomplished women Nov. 1, when 300 people celebrated the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) 12th annual Deborah Awards. This year's honorees, Louise Bryson of Lifetime Entertainment, Shelley Freeman of Wells Fargo Bank and Monica Lozano of...

  • B’nai Mitzvah: Celebrate sunrise prayer with breakfast outdoors

    By Beverly Levitt

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    If you were in Jerusalem at the crack of dawn on a Monday or Thursday, you would see dozens of bar mitzvah boys davening by the Western Wall, being taught to lay tefillin for the first time. In Persian families this practice includes a morning prayer service and a breakfast for close...
  • B’nai Mitzvah: It’s OK! Go ahead and cry

    By Wendy Jaffe

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I don't remember much about my own bat mitzvah many years ago, but I do remember this: My father cried as he turned to speak to me after the conclusion of the Torah reading.

    I can't remember a single word that he said, not a one, but I do remember his wet eyes and the sound his...

  • Sense of past leads Loyola Marymount to remember Kristallnacht

    By Tom Tugend

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Father Michael Engh thinks it's only natural that a Catholic university host the citywide commemoration of Kristallnacht, which is marked by many historians as the beginning of the Holocaust.

    "We had a public Rosh Hashanah celebration in September; we observed Yom HaShoah, the...

  • Live in the ‘hood: lingering Shabbat

    By David Suissa

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I thought I understood the unique power of Shabbat, until I moved to the Pico-Robertson neighborhood a few months ago.

    It's not like I'm a novice on the subject. For several years, in the late '80s and early '90s in Venice Beach, I was part of an eclectic band of yuppie frummies who...

  • Live from the ‘hood: we’re gonna party like it’s 5667

    By David Suissa

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I love Judaism. It's got answers for everything. If something bothers me, I just ask a million questions; I dig a little and, voila, I'm enlightened.
     
    One thing that bothers me is how so many Jews go bonkers on Simchat Torah. If you're not sure what I mean, come visit my...
  • Circuit

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A for Achievement

    Supporters of the Friends of Sheba Medical Center filled the ballroom at the Four Seasons last week to honor three remarkable women -- Rita and Sue Brucker and Dr. Elizabeth Morgan with their prestigious Women of Achievement Award. Morgan gained national...
  • When Birthday Party Blowouts Blowup

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The wedding invitation convinced me that modern moms and dads have officially lost their gumballs regarding children's birthday parties. "Master Jacob Estroff" read the ivory parchment envelope; it took a moment to register that the addressee was in fact Jakey, my 5-year-old. The...

  • Sinai Dinner Prompts Revamp of Biblical Proportions

    By Beverly Levitt

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In February 2004, chef Ido Shapira of Tel Aviv received an impassioned phone call from the United States.

    "I want you to cook for a banquet in Beverly Hills in 2006." The insistent voice belonged to Irwin S. Field, of Los Angeles' Sinai Temple, who was planning a lavish...

  • Remembering Zvika

    By Dina Adler

    August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "I have the worst possible news," said our friend Avram Bar-Shai, calling from LAX. "Zvika has been killed in a helicopter crash and we are on the way to his funeral." Tzvi Luft

    She was referring to the death of Tzvi Luft, who died on July 24. He was 42. Esther and Avram Bar-Shai, Agoura...

  • Tisha B’Av Dilemma: Day of Solemnity or Celebration?

    By Jane Ulman

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Traditional Jews mark Tisha B'Av by fasting, reading from the Book of Lamentations and observing rituals of mourning.

    Not all congregations observe the solemn day, however. Tisha B'Av at The Valley Temple, a Reform synagogue in Cincinnati, took on a less somber demeanor last...

  • The Sinai Century

    By Amy Klein

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Every Sunday morning, on Valencia Street in downtown Los Angeles, the Welsh Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles holds services in a sloped brick house of worship with stained glass windows picturing Stars of David.

    The stars are Jewish stars, and the church organ is the one used in...

  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah - B’nai Mitzvah Menu Dishes Up Bonuses

    By Beverly Levitt

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    With the flurry that surrounds a b'nai mitzvah celebration, we often lose sight that this day -- this passage from childhood to adulthood -- will be one of the most meaningful memories of his or her life.

    The memories will not be of the buffet table that boasted an ice sculpture...

  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah - Author-Baker Rises to Bimah—at Last

    By Beverly Gray

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Joanne Rocklin is obsessed with food. On her 60th birthday, she began summarizing her life with the essentials: "I love to cook. I love to eat."

    But it's her passion for writing that has enabled her to come to terms with her life and her faith. The author of 20 children's books,...

  • Pentecostal Revival Embraces Israel

    By Tom Tugend

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In uncounted speeches before diverse audiences, Ehud Danoch, Israel's consul general in Los Angeles, would never have expected such an enthusiastic reception.

    Addressing 16,000 Pentecostal Christians in the jam-packed L.A. Sports Arena last week, Danoch pledged, as he has done time...

  • ‘Steins’ Skewers Simcha Rivalry

    By Tom Tugend

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Keeping Up With the Steins" proves that you don't have to be Jewish to make a funny, insider Jewish film, or that if you grow up in the Bronx or went to school in North Hollywood, you become a Jew by osmosis.

    Case in point is the son-father team of Scott and Garry Marshall, with the...

  • Avoid an Oops in Shooting Your Video

    By David Notowitz

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Little Rachel takes her first steps -- but your camcorder battery dies before you get the shot.

    Your family reunion includes Grandma Shirley, whom you haven't seen in 15 years and, frankly, may never see again. You interview her on video, but when you sit down later to watch it, the...

  • Throw a Party With a Purpose

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "I'll call your bet and raise you two," the sequin-clad woman said.

    "Go for it," I said, only to see my winnings swept up moments later by a poker-faced dealer.

    "You may have won this round," I told my chip-hauling opponent. "But just wait until after the Motzi!"

    Having one son...

  • Eco-Friendly Parties Mix Mitzvah, Simcha

    By Pearl Salkin

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Three days after my son, Will, ascended the bimah as a bar mitzvah, I stopped by our shul to drop off some books and thank the principal of the Hebrew school and others who made his big day such a wonderful experience.

    When I got back in my car and drove past the piles of huge trash...

  • 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....

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Supercause for Super bowl

    Goodies abounded on Super Bowl Sunday as, for the 20th consecutive year, "Doctor to the Stars" and Fulfillment Fund founder Gary Gitnick, chief of the Division of Digestive Diseases at UCLA School of Medicine, and his gracious wife, Cherna, opened their home...

  • Curtain Rises on Mozart’s Jewish Tie

    By Carvin Knowles

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    On Jan. 27, Austria is marking the 250th birthday of its favorite son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In honor of this sesquibicentennial, the city of Vienna is planning an impressive program of more than 1,000 events, including 350 public concerts and performances of the composer's operas...

  • Bonding Over Torah

    By Jane Ulman

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    On a recent Sunday morning, a group of bat mitzvah-age girls and their mothers sit together reading and discussing the story of Chana, who, wretched and weeping because she is childless, prays to God for a son.

    "Pay particular attention to the verses describing how Chana prayed,"...

  • Ode to Chanukah

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Enjoy this poem by Sinai Akiba fifth-grader Shana Saleh as you munch on those latkes.

    Chanukah means miracles,

    Miracles means light --

    Light in our hearts

    And lights in our minds.

    Minds mean thinking back

    Sometime long ago

    When the Greeks made a

    Riot because of hate for

    The temple, a...

  • Menorah on the Mountain

    By Bill Slott

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Kibbutz Ketura, in the south of Israel, is a small, quiet agricultural settlement, with a rich tradition of community celebration.

    Behind the kibbutz looms a stately limestone cliff that can be reached by a 45- minute climb up a well-worn goat path. The view from the top of the cliff...

  • Holiday Celebration of Arts and Eats

    By Judy Zeidler

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The year-to-year tradition of celebrating Chanukah doesn't change at our home. It always includes lighting candles, playing dreidel, eating latkes and having the children open gifts. But, the highlight of Chanukah for me is having all of our family together at the same time. It is...

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