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  • Pope praises French rabbi’s essay against gay marriage

    December 21, 2012 | 2:03 pm

    In his Christmas address to Vatican officials, Pope Benedict reportedly praised an essay by France’s chief rabbi on the negative effects of gay marriage.

    According to Reuters, the Pope called the essay by Rabbi Gilles Bernheim “profoundly moving” during the Pope’s speech in the...

  • Jews volunteering on Christmas

    By Ryan Torok

    December 19, 2012 | 3:23 pm

    Whether it’s dressing up as Santa Claus and posing for photographs with low-income kids or serving turkey and ham to the homeless, many Jews volunteer to break out of their element at this time of year in order to bring Christmas joy to families in need.

    Among them is Rabbi Mark...

  • Hunting for the perfect (JNF) Christmas tree—in Israel

    December 17, 2012 | 2:05 pm

    Winding up and down the rows of Arizona brush trees, Jason Heeney sees slim pickings for Christmas.

    “This tree would be hard to put the star on," Heeney says. "It’s totally flat, like a smushed nose.”

    The Michigan native and his friend, native Parisian Emie Genty, have driven...

  • Refaeli ripped for donning Santa suit

    December 10, 2012 | 10:23 am

    Bar Refaeli is getting heat again -- this time for a picture showing the Israeli model in a Santa suit.

    Refaeli posted the photo last week on her Instagram account with the caption "Good Morning Santa," according to Shalom Life. The hat is drawn over her eyes; Shalom Life said...

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  • Holiday music puts the Cha Cha Cha in Chanukah

    December 6, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    December always brings a torrent of Christmas-themed recordings by musical artists of all stripes. If you’re at all serious about longevity in a recording career, you record an album of holiday music — the sooner, the better.

    No matter what the state of the recording industry,...

  • Ken Elkinson: Holiday sounds of chill

    December 6, 2012 | 11:59 am

    When musician Ken Elkinson began receiving kudos for his Christmas album, he knew it was time to return to his roots. “I started feeling guilty that I was selling my people out,” Elkinson, 40, said, speaking by phone from his home in Los Angeles. While he was in esteemed company...

  • Shining a new light on the Jewish response to Christmas

    November 30, 2012 | 1:43 pm

    From Kung Pao kosher comedy to a swinging Mardi Gras version of the “Dreidel” song, two new Chanukah season releases explore the intriguing, delightful and sometimes perplexing ways in which American Jews have responded to Christmas.

    In a book and an audio CD compilation, the...

  • ‘Coney Island’: A Christmas Story for Jews

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 21, 2012 | 12:50 pm

    Donald Margulies was in his New Haven study when a surprising call came from Gil Cates, the renowned artistic director of the Geffen Playhouse.

    Cates — who died last November at 77 — had overseen four Margulies productions at the Geffen, had just directed the Pulitzer...

  • The Real Housewives of NYC Stays Fake but Gets Good

    By Ilana Angel

    August 9, 2012 | 8:01 am

    I’ve been watching all season but truth be told, I’m bored. The new chicks are not that interesting and the old chicks have a hag quality that is not entertaining.  I simply could not be bothered to blog about it.  I wasn’t paying close enough attention to recap it, so I...

  • Santa Monica nativity ban hits menorahs, too

    June 14, 2012 | 12:29 am

    The Santa Monica City Council has banned all future nativity, anti-nativity and Chanukah displays at the oceanfront Palisades Park. The 5-0 vote on June 12 ends a nearly 60-year winter tradition.

    The religious displays have been the subject of controversy in recent years, with...

  • ‘American Reunion’ scribes on A Very Harold & Kumar Passover

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 5, 2012 | 10:29 am

    Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg were riffing off each other in a suite at the Four Seasons Hotel recently, finishing each others’ sentences as they spoke about growing up Jewish in Randolph, N.J., their new film “American Reunion” and their hit “Harold & Kumar”...

  • My Very Merry Jewish Christmas

    By Ilana Angel

    December 26, 2011 | 2:00 pm

    I had a fabulous Christmas, which was also the 6th night of Hanukkah.  It feels festive and inclusionary when they overlap, and you almost forget about all the crap in the world, because so many people are united in faith this time of year.  Regardless of what the faith is, there is...

  • Holiday Card Etiquette

    By Julia Bendis

    December 23, 2011 | 12:47 pm

    When you receive your first holiday card, you realize that you’re officially in the holiday season, or as I like to call it, “The Holiday card nightmare”.  As we enter the holidays, we also enter the awkward holiday greeting card etiquette.  The other day a long-time friend asked me...

  • Opinion: In defense of acquiring material things

    By Dennis Prager

    December 22, 2011 | 11:00 am

    Every year around Christmas and Chanukah time, writers, commentators, pundits and many rabbis, priests and ministers exhort Americans against spending money on things. We are too materialistic, we are told every year. Happiness, not to mention a meaningful life, depends on our having...

  • Hey kid, want more Hanukkah presents?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 22, 2011 | 1:27 am

    You might have read this article when it was published in 2010, or a report based on this article. It had the modest goal of providing more evidence to the commonly agreed upon assumption that “the importance of Hanukkah among American Jews is driven by its proximity (in the time...

  • What young Jews do on Christmas Eve

    December 20, 2011 | 11:36 am

    Sitting in front of the television eating Chinese food and watching reruns of “It’s A Wonderful Life” isn’t exactly what young Jews are doing this Christmas Eve.

    A new trend that started years ago—big blowout parties with lots of time to mingle and network—has become...

  • Christmas at Mezze

    By Rob Eshman

    December 19, 2011 | 6:35 pm

    Mezze is a Foodaism kind of restaurant.

    There’s a caring chef in the kitchen.  There’s a welcoming vibe in the dining room.  A Foodaism restaurant is a place that reminds you of home, but with better food.  Micah Wexler—occasional contributor to The Jewish Journal—cares about his...

  • Opinion: Jews, Christmas and Chinese food

    By Stuart Schoffman

    December 19, 2011 | 11:58 am

    I got a cute e-mail the other day, with a photo of a hand-lettered sign: “The Chinese Rest. Assoc. of the United States would like to extend our thanks to The Jewish People/ we do not completely understand your dietary customs . . ./ But we are proud and grateful that your GOD...

  • Chanukah events around Los Angeles

    By Ryan Torok

    December 18, 2011 | 9:08 pm

    TUE DEC 20

    HANNUKAH CELEBRATION
    The Original Farmers Market at Third Street and Fairfax Avenue and The Jewish Journal host an outdoor Chanukah bash for all ages. Kids can help build a giant Lego chanukiyah, families can play Chanukah bingo, make dreidels and play games with DJ Groovy...

  • Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays

    By Ilana Angel

    December 16, 2011 | 8:49 am

    I wished an older lady at Whole Foods Happy Holidays this week and was immediately reprimanded for not saying Merry Christmas.  She looked me straight in the eye and said something along these lines: It’s Christmas for Christ’s sake.  Just say it.  There are no other holidays...

  • Buy your cute and cuddly diseases now, before they sell out!

    By Julia Bendis

    December 26, 2010 | 9:26 pm

    Maybe its just me, but what’s wrong with this picture?  There is a Medical company in Connecticut that started selling stuffed plush microbes, bacteria and viruses.  Yes, I said bacteria and viruses.  The plush toys are exact replicas of what a real microbe looks like.  There is a...

  • Israel offers good-will gestures for Christmas

    December 20, 2010 | 3:42 pm

    Christian Palestinian residents of the West Bank will be allowed to enter Israel, including overnight, for Christmas.

    The gesture is among several being implemented by Israel’s military and Civil Administration for Palestinians celebrating the holiday.

    Also, some 300 Christian...

  • There is nothing like seeing your kid singing Christmas Carols!

    By Julia Bendis

    December 17, 2010 | 1:47 pm

    Wouldn’t you agree that there is nothing like watching your child singing Christmas Carols in a school performance?  I am sorry, let me re-phrase that.  There is nothing like watching your Jewish kid singing Christmas Carols, in a school performance!  Am I right? 

    All the schools...

  • Shabbat opening on Christmas Eve

    December 17, 2010 | 10:30 am

    As quietly as rising challah, Jews prepare for Christmas.

    Slipping a favorite DVD into the player, then popping open a take-out carton or two of Kung Pao something, we make ready for a quiet December’s eve.

    But before you get shluffy from all that MSG, let me recommend a film to...

  • What is it with people wishing me a Merry Christmas???

    By Julia Bendis

    December 14, 2010 | 2:11 pm

    Everywhere you go during this time of year, you are bound to get a “Merry Christmas!”, and that’s perfectly fine with me.  If its a stranger, in return I just do my usual:  “Yea, Yea Happy Hanukkah to you too!”  After which, they give me that sad face, as if to say: “Oh, I’m sorry!” ...

  • Israel invites Chilean miners for a ‘spiritual’ Christmas in the Holy Land

    October 18, 2010 | 10:49 am

    Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov on Monday extended an official invitation to the 33 Chilean miners who were rescued last week to experience a “spiritual journey” this Christmas in the Holy Land.

    The men, who were trapped underground for 68 days in a mine in Chile, are invited to...

  • Madoff,  Christmas, Chanukah and Hebron

    December 25, 2008 | 8:01 pm

    A Very Jewish Christmas

    I fully enjoyed Elon Gold's story, "Don't Feel Bad! I Love Christmas, Too!" (Dec. 19). He left out that Christmas is the one time a year when millions of people worldwide celebrate the birth of a Jew.

    Jason Levi
    Northridge


    Chanukah Cover

    The Chanukah cover...
  • MUSIC VIDEO: ‘All I want for Christmas is Jews’

    December 20, 2008 | 1:24 am

    Relax—it’s comedy

    Approximate lyrics:

    ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS… JEWS
    I just want you for my own
    More than you could ever know
    Make my wish come true
    All I want for Christmas is…
    Jews

    I wont ask for much this Christmas
    I dont even wish for snow
    Just want a Jew who runs show...

  • Don’t feel bad! I love Christmas, too!

    December 18, 2008 | 4:13 am

    I'm in my car. It's 5:27 p.m. on a cold, dark day in December. This is Los Angeles, so by cold I mean 63 degrees, and by dark I mean the sun has gone down.

    But Wilshire Boulevard is beautifully illuminated, a fabulous, fake, winter wonderland. My radio is tuned to 103.5 FM, which...

  • Confessions of a Christmas carol addict

    December 18, 2008 | 4:10 am

    I've decided it's finally time to come out of the closet -- the Christmas Carol Closet: "Hello, my name is Andrea, and I am Jewish woman who keeps a kosher home, went to Jewish summer camp, lived in Israel and is utterly, completely, hopelessly addicted to Christmas carols."

    And as...

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