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  • Beyond Chinese and a Movie

    By Yaakov Arnold

    December 21, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    What's a Jew to do on Christmas?

    There's no work, the malls are closed and only the most die-hard football fan finds solace watching the Oahu Bowl.

    It's the most awkward time of the year.

    "Christmas is an uncomfortable day for Jews," says Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz, director of...

  • Chanukah Specials

    By Tom Tugend

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Amidst a blizzard of Christmas specials, the commercial networks are giving short shrift to Chanukah, so it's up to public television and radio stations to pick up the slack. KCET (PBS, Channel 28) is putting the emphasis on the culinary delights of Chanukah with the following...

  • Choosing to See the Forest

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Christmas season dilemma arises for so many Jews in our city that it sadly deserves attention and comment. When I was a boy, growing up in a parochial Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood, I certainly harbored no yearning for a Christmas tree at home. I was thrilled with my little...

  • A Modest Proposal

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It's that happy, happy time of year when store windows call out "Happy Chanukah" in a blizzard of white, blue, silver, and gold right next to the "Merry Christmas" and "Season's Greetings" banners, when menorahs are strung across boulevards after every third Santa-in-his-sleigh. And...

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  • First Christmas

    By Alana Klein

    July 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    I called my parents from my boyfriend's house in New York, eager to spill the details of my first Christmas. I described how the Christmas tree's fragrant pine reminded me of family ski trips to Colorado and how Sunday morning Mass was, dare I say, fun. I raved about the presents I...

  • ADL: December Dilemma

    By Beverly Gray

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    'Tis the season when children in public schools face the December Dilemma. As part of a classroom lesson, Jewish youngsters may be given Christmas trees to color. During holiday music programs, they may find themselves acting in a nativity scene or singing "Silent Night." Santa Claus...
  • Season’s Gratings

    December 10, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Seventeen-year-old Ben Ereshefsky, a senior at Health Careers High School in San Antonio, says the Christmas season is a difficult time for him. Here in the shadow of the Alamo, holiday cheer is everywhere. "You go to every store in the mall and all you hear are Christmas songs," he...

  • How Green is My Envy?

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    December 10, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    When my daughter, Samantha, was 6, I got a call from our synagogue's Hebrew-school principal.

    "Do you have a Christmas tree?" DiDi asked.

    "Is that a serious question?"

    "Samantha says you do. She told the class today that you have a Christmas tree and that it's right near the fireplace,"...

  • Toppling the Chanukah Bush

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Eli Herscher is leading a discussion about the December holidays with about two dozen participants of Stephen S. Wise Temple's Holiday Workshop Series. The class attracts a good number of intermarried couples and those considering conversion, but they are not the only ones who...
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