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  • Eddie Carmona, Barack Obama, and Me

    December 9, 2013 | 1:03 pm

    Last Thursday, I met two extraordinary gentlemen in the span three hours.   I was invited, along with hundreds of other Jewish leaders from across the country, to Washington D.C. to gather in the “People’s House” to celebrate the conclusion of Chanukah.   My good friend and...

  • Chanukah at the White House

    By Rob Eshman

    December 6, 2013 | 3:36 pm

    My new favorite way to celebrate Chanukah is lighting candles with Barack Obama.

    The White House Chanukah Party was held Dec 5, a day after Chanukah.  It was my first time attending the annual event, which President George W. Bush began in 2001.  I don’t expect it’s one of those...

  • The flavors of Thanksgivukkah

    December 4, 2013 | 6:03 pm

    Organizers of the Thanksgivukkah Festival, a local celebration of the once-in-a-lifetime convergence of Chanukah and Thanksgiving, figured the Pico Union Project in central Los Angeles would be the ideal place to party. 

    The building, much like the holiday, is a bit of a mash-up....

  • AJR-CA dedicates new campus

    By Ryan Torok

    December 4, 2013 | 5:58 pm

    With Chanukah marking the rededication of the holy temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabees’ defeat of Judea’s Seleucid rulers more than 2,000 years ago, the week of the holiday turned out to be the perfect time for the Academy of Jewish Religion, California (AJR-CA) to celebrate...

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  • Why does Judaism care about gratitude?

    By Jared Sichel

    December 3, 2013 | 2:48 pm

    While Jews were able to enjoy the rare, simultaneous celebration of Thanksgiving and Chanukah this year, Judaism has long been had something in common with the American holiday.

    It’s a theme that runs from Torah to Talmud, from Psalms to the siddur (prayer book) and into aspects...

  • Keene, Kaliningrad and Riga: Confronting the memory of Kristallnacht

    By Michael Berenbaum

    December 2, 2013 | 3:59 pm

    I travel for my work; I travel often -- my wife and children might say too often. Just before Chanukah, I was in Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Canada, New Hampshire, Washington, D.C., and then back home. A hectic schedule is of little interest, but what I experienced might be.

    ...
  • Hanukkah After Thanksgivukkah

    Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman

    November 29, 2013 | 11:51 am

    The much-anticipated, much-discussed holiday of Thanksgivukkah has ended - and as you've probably heard, it won't be back for 70,000 years. I'm emptying the fall-colored dreidels from my Thanksgiving cornucopia, going back to sour cream on my latkes (cranberry sauce is fun for a...

  • Eight books to light your Chanukah season

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    November 27, 2013 | 12:12 pm

    The early arrival of Chanukah coincides with Jewish Book Month, which suggests a convenient shopping list for gift-giving. Here are eight books I am planning to give this year to the book lovers among my family, friends and colleagues. Some of these books already have been reviewed...

  • Openness, acceptance spreads the light

    November 27, 2013 | 11:02 am

    The Jewish holiday of Chanukah, which this year, uncharacteristically begins the night before Thanksgiving, is popularized by a rabbinic myth. The myth tells of a cruse of oil lasting seven days beyond its expected usage; the oil’s account appears tucked away in the Talmud.

    As...

  • Keeping the peace versus publicizing the miracle

    November 27, 2013 | 10:58 am

    Our lives are full of value judgments. We learn to make decisions on these issues when dilemmas relating to our society, our religion, our culture or ourselves arise. While it is easy to declare loyalty to a particular value, it is very difficult to decide which value to prefer...

  • Oh, Klezmer! Oh, Klezmer!

    November 26, 2013 | 4:24 pm

    There are assorted good reasons to program a klezmer night around Chanukah, and brisk ticket sales is only one of them.

    “Klezmer is a hugely important part of the Jewish language and culture,” said Dale Franzen, director of the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, in assessing the...

  • Finding LGBT pride in Chanukah

    By Ryan Torok

    November 26, 2013 | 4:10 pm

    Fifteen years ago, Stephen Sass and his husband, Steven Hochstadt, consecrated their commitment to each other during a religious marriage ceremony that took place during Chanukah. The timing was intentional.

    “Chanukah has always resonated deeply for me as a Jew and as a gay man,...

  • On Chanukah, four questions

    By Arthur Cohn

    November 26, 2013 | 3:36 pm

    As the beginning of Chanukah and end of the year approach, where does lsrael stand?

    The nuclear threat by lran, the continuing unrest and tragedy in Syria and the troublesome ongoing peace talks between lsrael and the Palestinians, as well as new pressures from the European Union...

  • Chocolate freedoms of Chanukah and Thanksgiving

    November 26, 2013 | 3:22 pm

    The freedom food of chocolate should star in desserts for Chanukah and Thanksgiving. Puritans seeking asylum in North America and Jews hiding from the Inquisition in New Spain (Mexico) had their first encounters with chocolate in the 17th century. Chocolate paves the religious...

  • Calendar November 30-December 6

    By Laura Donney

    November 26, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    SUN | DEC 1

    CLIPPERS JEWISH HERITAGE DAY 

    A Chanukah miracle couldn’t hurt as the Clippers face off against the top-ranked Indiana Pacers. Stephen S. Wise Temple’s Cantor Nathan Lam opens the game with the singing of the national anthem. There will also be a menorah lighting, a...

  • Not quite Chanukah, but L.A.’s Jewish mayor will attend menorah-lighting on Tuesday

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 25, 2013 | 7:43 pm

    If Chanukah starts at sundown on Wednesday evening, Nov. 27, why is Mayor Eric Garcetti, the first Jew to be elected to the city’s highest office in the history of Los Angeles, participating in a menorah-lighting ceremony around midday on Tuesday, Nov. 26?

    Call it a consequence...

  • ‘Thanksgivukkah’? Not quite

    By David Suissa

    November 25, 2013 | 6:22 pm

    It’s taken American Jews a good century to fully absorb the miraculous idea that this country is unlike any other that Jews have experienced. After 2,000 years of feeling insecure no matter where we pitched our tents, the people of Moses finally found safe harbor in the land of...

  • Modeh Ani, connecting thanksgiving and light

    November 25, 2013 | 4:59 pm

    When people ask me to describe the God I believe in, I often start by using the image of a flame. We are taught that each of us has a divine spark within us. That divine spark at times burns brightly, often in the moments of our lives when we find ourselves in balance and in tune...

  • Holiday preview calendar

    By Laura Donney

    November 25, 2013 | 4:34 pm

    MON | DEC 2

    HA HA Hanukkah

    If you like to laugh and hear happy Chanukah songs, then this is the show for you. It will be a special night of funny people, including Stephanie Blum, Jimmy Brogan and Mark Schiff. Hosted by Kenny Ellis, who has long made it a mission to marry the...

  • Giving thanks to the 20th century Maccabees on Chanukah

    November 25, 2013 | 4:28 pm

    Thanksgiving is the great American holiday, a secular fete originally celebrating the crops we harvested, now celebrating not just the harvest, but also our freedom, our democracy and our way of life. Because of the oddities of the Hebrew calendar, Jews will be celebrating a second...

  • Chanukah shopping: Revisiting some classics

    By Julie Bien

    November 25, 2013 | 4:18 pm

    Take time this holiday season to slow down and catch up on your pleasure reading. We’ve gathered a list of classic books to suit everyone’s taste  — from spine-chilling science fiction to classic modern novels. Whether you’re looking for a humorous Sunday afternoon read, an...

  • “Suck it, Christmas”: The story of a Chanukah comedy album

    By Julie Bien

    November 22, 2013 | 1:51 pm

    Rachel Bloom, 26, and Dan Gregor and Jack Dolgen, both 31, have just released their first Chanukah album, "Suck it, Christmas"--an adult-themed comedic ode to the standard holiday music released en masse this time of year. The Jewish Journal was able to interview the trio of...

  • Shopping: Gelty pleasures

    By Julie Bien

    November 22, 2013 | 11:46 am

    Make sure your Chanukah accoutrements are up to snuff this year. We’ve got fair-trade gelt, dreidels for a cause, and ultra-modern menorahs for your 2013 festival of lights. So sit back, enjoy the latkes, drink some wine, and light the candles. L’chaim!

    1. The BLUE BEL AIR...

  • Thoughts on Thanksgivukkah

    Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman

    November 22, 2013 | 7:27 am

    Thanksgivukkah is almost here!

    Yes, it's the only convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah for 70,000 years - and I've been clicking on the links, considering new recipes, stuffing cornucopias with chocolate gelt, and even buying Pilgrim hats for the kids to wear while they spin...

  • Hectic, eclectic songs of the season

    November 21, 2013 | 4:48 pm

    The closer we get to candle-lighting time, the more we warm to sounds of the season. Of course, there is no rule that every note of every song must be to-the-letter traditional (or even particularly Jewish), as a handful of new and recent releases demonstrate. As you’re preparing...

  • Favorite childrens’ books old and new

    November 21, 2013 | 4:14 pm

    Remember “The Chanukkah Guest” by Eric Kimmel? Those 20-somethings who consider their favorite Chanukah stories from childhood would no doubt recall the tale of the 97-year-old woman who “did not see or hear as well as she used to, but she still made the best potato latkes in the...

  • Eight chefs’ new Chanukah delights, one for each night

    By Judy Zeidler

    November 21, 2013 | 1:13 pm

    This year, Chanukah and Thanksgiving coincide: Chanukah is celebrated for eight days by candle-lighting, gift exchanges and eating foods fried in oil, an ancient custom, commemorating a miraculous event at the Temple in Jerusalem, while the Thanksgiving meal reminds us of our...

  • Calendar November 23-29

    By Laura Donney

    November 20, 2013 | 2:54 pm

    SAT | NOV 23

    “SARAH SILVERMAN: WE ARE MIRACLES”

    It might mean sharing someone’s television or it might mean sharing someone’s HBO GO, but the Jewess of comedy is set to headline her first HBO comedy special, and it’s your job to watch. The program, which will be presented in...

  • Calendar November 16-22

    By Laura Donney

    November 13, 2013 | 2:26 pm

    SAT | NOV 16

    DIY DAYS @ THE SKIRBALL

    Learn, do and share — be a part of sustainable Los Angeles. Come hear about projects that are having local and global impacts from passionate speakers. Presenters include Elizabeth Stewart, founder and CEO of Hub Los Angeles; Nirvan Mullick,...

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