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  • The Silver-Haired Bar Mitzvah Boy

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "I'd like to order a cake for a bar mitzvah," I said to the lady behind the counter at the kosher bakery. "Please put on the top, 'Mazal tov, Spencer.'"

    "Your son's name is Spencer?" she asked.

    "No, my husband's name is Spencer," I replied.

    "But you said this is for a bar mitzvah."

  • Hebrew High Parents Accept The Shlep

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    West Side and South Bay parents who send their teenagers to Los Angeles Hebrew High School (LAHHS) had to contend with some extra miles and a longer school day this week as the program moved its Sunday classes from the University of Judaism (UJ) to Pierce College.

    With growing...

  • Symphony’s Sephardic Premier

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Ten years ago, it was a first -- and it's still an only. When Noreen Green established the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony (LAJS) in 1993, Los Angeles became the only city in the world with a resident symphony orchestra devoted to Jewish music, and the city maintains that unique status...

  • Milken Opens Vault of Jewish Music

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The Milken Family Foundation, well-known for its philanthropy to education and medical research, has announced that it will begin to issue recordings this fall from its 13-year-old music archive project, an enormous undertaking spanning more than three centuries of American Jewish...

  • Seminaries Issue New Crop of Rabbis

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Los Angeles' three rabbinical schools will present the Jewish community with 26 freshly minted rabbis this month as the seminaries hold their ordination ceremonies.

    The University of Judaism (UJ) will ordain seven men and three women as Conservative rabbis Monday night at Sinai...

  • Into the Words

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    People are always asking Dvora Weisberg's parents, "Where did you go wrong?"

    They ask not because Weisberg has fallen away from Judaism, but because two marginally affiliated parents produced a traditionally observant daughter who thought -- more than once -- about becoming a rabbi.


  • A Fresh Crop

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    May 24, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A delicious breeze wafted through the white tent erected on the brand-new, football field-sized parking lot of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) on May 14, cooling gowned graduates, faculty, and alumni -- plus a bevy of proud relatives and friends -- as the...

  • Two Mothers

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    At first glance, it would be hard to imagine two women with less in common than my mother and my husband's mother. You can begin with the obvious differences in cultural and religious background: my mother grew up Jewish in the Bronx, while my mother-in-law, a Presbyterian, has lived...

  • Grasping the Shoah

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In a small town in eastern Tennessee, a town without Jews, teenagers are almost halfway through a project that will give them a visual handle on the enormity of the Shoah.

    Eighth-grade students at the 425-student Whitwell Middle School -- whose student body is all white except for...

  • Leading With His Left

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Leonard I. Beerman's art-filled home on a quiet, verdant Brentwood street is a world away from the gritty industrial world in which he lived as a child during the Depression and again as a young man on the cusp of World War II. But it's his experiences in that world of...

  • Strangers at the Feast

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    My worst Passover was my first in Los Angeles, more than half a lifetime ago. I had nowhere to go the first night, and the second night, a college friend took me to an institutional seder that was so sterile and faceless that I went home early and, paraphrasing Scarlett O'Hara,...

  • Passover Escapes

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    March 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    At our Ski Passover, experience the thrill of the 2002 Winter Olympics ... Ski the mogul run and view the aerial jumping hill; ride the snowboard half-pipe and ski the giant slalom course ... take a bobsled or luge ride or even try Nordic jumping ...

    More than 3,000 years ago, at...

  • Help Wanted

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    March 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    If the New Economy has let you down and the Old Economy holds no charms, there may be a career opportunity for you in the Shul Economy.

    Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), the seminary that trains men and women for professions in Reform synagogues and other...

  • Open for Discussion

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When Kelly Smith and Brian Bloch met at a convention in Long Beach in 1999, sparks flew. As they developed their long-distance relationship via e-mail -- Brian at his computer in Houston, Kelly at hers in the Valley -- they were astounded to find out how much they had in common.


  • Welcome Home

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    January 4, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When her first liturgical tune popped into Debbie Friedman's head almost 30 years ago, she had no clue that she would become the queen of contemporary American Jewish music.

    And when three little Conservative synagogues on the Westside decided to band together for a fundraiser,...

  • Great Music

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    One was a U.S. resident from the beginning of his long life to its end, creating music as American in its sound and subject matter as "Yankee Doodle Dandy." The other, after making his mark in Germany, fled his homeland through France and spent his final, tragically few years adding...

  • Sounds of Healing

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Half of Tina Feiger's family fled from there in 1938. Barbara Ravitz became so anxious on a visit there in 1969 that she hasn't been back since. Sherri Lipman, like so many American Jews, has never been there.

    On Nov. 25, they will be in Germany, part of a huge, largely Jewish choral...