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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • ‘She’s acting like a Jew!’ Ho ho ho Chanukah! [VIDEO]

    By The Web Guy

    December 26, 2008 | 12:44 am

    Another guest post from Anita Susan Brenner:

    On Christmas Eve, after the minyan,  where I said Kaddish for my grandmother, I went home to La Canada Flintridge and stopped at a sporting goods store.  The checkout line was long.  

    While I waited, an angry woman stood behind me,...
  • 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...

  • Stephen Colbert and the war on Christmas

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 12, 2008 | 6:32 pm

  • Reporter’s Notebook: A Christian makes teshuvah

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 16, 2008 | 1:23 am

    My first mistake was arriving when the Yom Kippur morning service at Valley Beth Shalom was scheduled to begin. The flier said 7:45 a.m. and, this being my virgin voyage, I didn't want to be late.

    Naive? Certainly. I didn't realize Jews attend High Holy Days services like Dodgers...

  • MUSIC VIDEO Brandon Walker Harris—‘Chinese Food on Christmas’

    December 21, 2007 | 9:25 pm

    A sad tale of a lonely Jewish boy on Christmas

  • The cultivator

    By Dara Lehon

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    He saved a stub from Dec. 24.

    I know this because I saw it on his desk.

    After we'd broken up; when we shouldn't have been talking, and when I certainly shouldn't have been in his home.

    But we'd started as friends, and I foolishly thought we could stay that way.

    The stub sat right...

  • Briefs: ‘Christian Nation’ vote; Aid to P.A.

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Xmas Resolution Renews 'Christian Nation' Debate

    A seemingly benign U.S. congressional resolution supporting Christmas has become the latest fodder in the debate over whether America is a "Christian nation."

    Nearly all the members of the House of Representatives, including a majority...

  • 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...
  • Christmas in Sukkot?

    By Rabbi Stephen Julius Stein

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Last year we moved into a home large enough to build the sukkah we've been dreaming of for a long time. My partner, Stephen Ariel, designed a sturdy, easy-to-assemble structure, and with the abundant bamboo in our backyard we could harvest homegrown skakh (branches used for...
  • Saying ‘shalom’ to Santa Claus

    By Kathleen Vallee Stein

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I was very sad when I put an ad in the Recycler for my beloved Christmas dishes, but it was time to part with them. I had converted to Judaism two years earlier but kept the dishes stored in the back of the linen closet. I wanted them to go to a good home.

    The dishes represented...

  • Fry the latkes, try the gingerbread

    By Wendy Mogel

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In a second-grade classroom I visited recently, the children were comparing how many presents they were going to receive for Christmas. When they finished, Sarah announced, "I don't celebrate Christmas, I celebrate Chanukah. We get eight presents every night for eight nights."

    Even...

  • It’s beginning to sound a lot like Tish Tones; Java Nagilla!

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 23rd

    Chanukah's officially over, but it's not too late to catch Tobey C. Moss Gallery's exhibition, "Peter Shire -- The Creative Synapse: Fantasies, Drawings, Sculptures." Included among Shire's maquettes -- relating to his public artworks displayed as close as Los...

  • U.S. Jewish Population Rising; California and Israel Join in Tourism Pact

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    U.S. Jewish Population Rising?

    The new American Jewish Yearbook reports that there are 6.4 million Jews in the United States. That's significantly more than the 5.2 million figure provided by the 2000-2001 National Jewish Population Study.

    The yearly survey, published by the...

  • No Rat King, no fairies—just one ‘MeshugaNutcracker’

    By Dan Pine

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Not long ago, Scott and Shannon Guggenheim's 4-year-old daughter, Lily, looked up at them and asked when Santa would be bringing her Christmas presents.

    "To say that we, as creators of a Chanukah musical, were shocked is an understatement," recalls Shannon Guggenheim. "[Lily] is...

  • The Greatest Game

    By Susan Freudenheim

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    We sat at my sister-in-law's kitchen table, 11 of us from three generations of my husband's family, absorbed by a wicked game of dreidel on the fifth night of Chanukah, howling with abandon and anticipation at each seemingly endless spin. My 10-year-old daughter, the youngest...

  • Taking Winter Break on Jewish Time

    By Jennifer Garmaise

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Francis Bilak and her extended family are taking a cruise this week, but to do so, Bilak's son, Michael, is missing a week of preschool at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy.

    Hillel, like two-dozen other Orthodox schools in Los Angeles, doesn't have the last two weeks in December off....

  • Did the Jews Kill Christmas?

    By Andrew Silow-Carroll

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Last year's big holiday debate was whether the Jews had ruined Christmas. This year, with erev Chanukah coinciding with Christmas Day, people have begun asking how we can save it. The Wall Street Journal reports that retailers hope an unusually late Chanukah can boost holiday sales...

  • ‘Tis Never the Season for Chrismukkah

    By Jane Ulman

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    On Dec. 25, Rod Shapiro and Pat Wong will exchange Christmas and Chanukah gifts spread under a seven-foot Christmas tree. They will listen to carols sung by Johnny Mathis and Chanukah songs by the Klezmatics.

    In the evening, this interfaith couple in their mid-50s, married two...

  • Battle Lines Emerge on Marking Holiday

    By Matthew E. Berger

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The sound of angry Christians railing against the marginalization of Christmas has become the new tune of this holiday season.

    Across the country, from department stores to town halls, battle lines have been drawn over how to mark the winter holidays.

    Led by evangelical groups,...

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