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  • ….That week when two Mohels cancelled on me

    January 8, 2016 | 8:36 am

    Having called Los Angeles home for my entire life, I figured I had seen it all from the Jewish community over my thirty-five years:  I davenned at its synagogues, married a girl I first met in youth group, regularly spend my lunchtime at the best delis in the city, and have even...

  • White House Chanukah

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    December 16, 2015 | 10:00 am

    For years, I watched as friends and colleagues posted photos of the White House Chanukah party. The exclusive gathering brings together prominent rabbis, politicians and Jewish communal leaders, as well as young Jewish innovators with a certain hipness factor. 

    Still, no one is...

  • Sausage hash brown latkes

    December 11, 2015 | 11:48 am

    Sausage Hash Brown Latkes

    My favorite breakfast is a combination of eggs served with sausage and hash browns. When combined together and fried to crispy perfection it makes the perfect breakfast latke!


    • 4 sausages, diced
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 20 oz....
  • Maccabean dream or Hasmonean nightmare? (Chanukah 5776)

    December 11, 2015 | 10:22 am

    In 1972, during Richard Nixon’s visit to China, Premier Zhou Enlai was asked what he thought about the French Revolution. He responded, “Too early to tell”. His answer is celebrated to this day as an illustration of the supposed Chinese ability—and the Western need—to take the long...

  • Nacho latkes with creamy cheddar sauce

    December 11, 2015 | 9:47 am

    Spice up the original potato latke this holiday! Skewer bite sized potato latkes together with a layer of creamy nacho sauce served on top.

    Potato Latkes:

    • 20 oz. shredded hash browns about 3 1/2 cups (frozen works great!)
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 T flour (add more if batter...
  • We must rededicate ourselves to tolerance

    December 11, 2015 | 8:35 am

    Thank you Mr. President.

    I know that I speak on behalf of everyone present tonight in expressing our gratitude for the way that you and the First Lady have, once again, opened up your home to the Jewish community for an annual White House celebration of Chanukah.

    Chanukah is a...

  • Waffle latkes with bite sized crispy chicken

    December 10, 2015 | 2:47 pm

    Waffle Latkes with Bite Sized Crispy Chicken

    These are a personal favorite of mine. I love the sweet salty combo of latkes with maple syrup.


                        Baked Chicken Bites:

    • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
    • 1 cup of mayo
    • 1 tsp....
  • A response to the Washington Post’s “five myths about Hanukkah”

    By Jared Sichel

    December 10, 2015 | 2:01 pm

    Below is a letter to the editor that I submitted to the Washington Post on Dec. 5 regarding its recent article, "Five myths about Hanukkah," written by Jennifer Bleyer, a senior editor at Psychology Today. I haven't heard back from them, so I'm assuming they don't plan to publish...

  • Tis the season to be Jewish

    December 10, 2015 | 1:12 pm

    The Florida evening outdoors were filled with glittering lights, as a lone man took in the scene from his office window.

    So begins one of my favorite stories about Jerry Levine putting in a late night at work, and wondering what his place is…what the Jew’s place is…in a country...

  • President Rivlin brings cheer to Washington’s Chanukah season

    December 10, 2015 | 10:03 am

    Reuven Rivlin toddles up the White House driveway. He is grinning as he shouts in Hebrew to a phalanx of local Israeli reporters shivering in the December chill: “If you must live in a Diaspora, live in this one!”

    Washington’s Chanukah week has found an unlikely Santa Claus in...

  • Hanukkah Rocks is Profound and Delightful, Ten Years On

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    December 9, 2015 | 6:09 pm

    One of the most important commentaries on Jewish life in America was released ten years ago and is still sadly flying under the radar. Even when recognized, it is usually misunderstood. I am speaking of course about the LeeVee's Hanukkah Rocks Album, originally released ten years...

  • High-tech Chanukah at Shalhevet

    December 9, 2015 | 3:09 pm

    It was Sunday morning — just hours before the first night of Chanukah began on Dec. 6 — and Adrian Krag stood at the front of a Shalhevet High School classroom that was filled with inquisitive students. A skyscraper of a man with silvery hair tied neatly in a ponytail, the educator...

  • Menorah vandalized in New York City park

    December 7, 2015 | 3:51 pm

    A large menorah was found vandalized on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

    Police found the menorah on its side with one half broken into pieces Monday morning at Carl Shurz Park on 86th Street and East End Avenue, two blocks from the mayor’s official residence at Gracie Mansion....

  • Women light Chanukah candles at Western Wall

    December 7, 2015 | 3:21 pm

    About 100 women gathered at the Western Wall to light Chanukah candles.

    Security guards permitted 20 women to enter with their menorahs, but then attempted to ban and confiscate a large communal one being brought in by the Women of the Wall organization.

    Knesset member Ksenia...

  • In Paris, public Chanukah ceremonies held despite security concerns

    December 7, 2015 | 10:42 am

    Some 6,000 people gathered in Paris under heavy security for the public lighting of a Chanukah menorah at the base of the Eiffel Tower, despite security concerns in the wake of last month’s terrorist attacks.

    French Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia lit the first candle of a 30-foot...

  • Infinite Light: Sign me up

    December 4, 2015 | 11:04 am

    Here is a sampling of the more than 35 events taking place as part of Infinite Light, the citywide Chanukah celebration launched by NuRoots. Note all events require an RSVP. Visit the festival website (infinitelight.la) for more information.

    Wednesday,  Dec. 9

    Festival of...

  • Chanukah gets hip

    December 4, 2015 | 10:31 am

    On the night of Dec. 6, the group known as NuRoots is kicking off the Chanukah party to end all Chanukah parties: 35-plus events taking place over eight days all over the Los Angeles region, from Venice to downtown to Woodland Hills. 

    And while there will be latkes and candle...

  • The menorah wars

    By Rabbi David Eliezrie

    December 4, 2015 | 10:09 am

    “Shah! Don’t be too Jewish” is how Charles Silberman described the dominant attitude of American Jews in his 1985 classic, “A Certain People.” As part of the march to success during the second half of the 20th-century, Jews subdued the public expression of their Jewish identity,...

  • Set a place at the holiday table for Mensch on a Bench

    December 4, 2015 | 9:23 am

    I first encountered the Christmas tradition of “Elf on the Shelf” — based on the 2005 children’s book of the same name — in the home of a dear friend six years ago. The elf, with its red plush body, hard Kewpie-doll face and pointy hat, is said to be a “magical helper that helps...

  • The top 7 perks of being Jewish in December

    December 3, 2015 | 2:21 pm

    Growing up, ours was the only house on the block with a menorah glowing in the window. This should have put me on the fast track to Christmas envy, but it didn’t. I respected Christmas but was never jealous of those who celebrated. In fact, watching my neighbors actually gave me a...

  • Groove, dance or chill at Sephardic Music Festival

    December 3, 2015 | 1:30 pm

    Attendees should expect the eclectic at the 11th annual Sephardic Music Festival (SMF), which this month comes to Los Angeles for a second consecutive year. The event will feature music from across the traditionally Sephardic terrain, as well as a multimedia candlelighting event,...

  • How do we kindle the lights within ourselves?

    December 3, 2015 | 12:56 pm

    There is nothing cuter than my 5-year-old daughter coming home from kindergarten with an overly decorated menorah in hand, singing, “Ner li Ner li, ner li dakik,” the Israeli version of “This Little Light of Mine.” The song speaks about the little candle, so thin and all hers to...

  • The Chocolate Girl creates kosher holiday treats

    December 3, 2015 | 11:23 am

    Driving past The Chocolate Girl, a small storefront shop in the multicultural Mid-City area of Pico Boulevard, one might assume it has an ethnic flavor of some sort, and it does. Located in a spot that previously housed a massage parlor only leads a passer-by to wonder what exotic...

  • Nigella Lawson keeps it simple

    December 3, 2015 | 10:02 am

    Nigella Lawson has achieved that ever-elusive balance other so-called domestic goddesses can only strive for. Gwyneth Paltrow’s eco-conscious Every Mom is often received with tepid skepticism at best, cynical hostility at worst. Ina Garten’s lifestyle empire is based on her version...

  • Honk if you like car menorahs

    By Ryan Torok

    December 2, 2015 | 4:03 pm

    Around this time every year, cars topped with oversized electric menorahs begin to appear on streets of the United States, England and elsewhere.

    Of these cities, perhaps the car-mounted menorahs are best suited to Los Angeles, a city known for its automobile-centered lifestyle...

  • Handel’s ‘Judas Maccabaeus’ comes to Wilshire Blvd. Temple

    By Rick Schultz

    December 2, 2015 | 3:44 pm

    Although George Frideric Handel’s oratorio “Judas Maccabaeus” has come to be associated with Chanukah, it actually never touches on the miracle that the holiday commemorates: that a single day’s worth of oil lasted eight days. Yet Handel’s celebration of Judah Maccabee and the...

  • When Santa got mail from Rachel Rosenstein

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 2, 2015 | 3:20 pm

    Actress-author Amanda Peet and writer Andrea Troyer are longtime close friends and the wives of, respectively, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creators of the HBO megahit “Game of Thrones.”

    Their husbands met and bonded as Jews in the not-so-Jewish milieu of Trinity College in...

  • How to not spoil your interfaith kids during the holiday season

    December 2, 2015 | 2:42 pm

    “We get twice the presents!”

    Most interfaith kids will utter this classic, and rather obnoxious, boast at some point during childhood. I have to admit, it makes me wince and grit my teeth a little. As an interfaith child myself, I understand all too well that bragging about...

  • From savory to sweet, latkes for all

    By Judy Zeidler

    December 2, 2015 | 11:35 am

    Chanukah, which begins the night of Dec. 6, has always been a joyous holiday celebrated more in the home than in the synagogue. Every year, we invite a minimum of 25 family members and friends to our celebration, and it is always a festive occasion. 

    When our guests arrive, we...

  • Chanukah: Sugar rush

    By Gina Nahai

    December 2, 2015 | 11:27 am

    I don’t know what it was like for the others, but, for me, Chanukah as a holiday has been a complete revelation.

    I don’t think I had heard mention of it growing up in Iran, and I certainly don’t remember lighting a menorah or indulging in any kind of frivolous food or activity at...

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