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  • Wandering Jew - The Hit Parade

    By Wildman Weiner

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Here it is: 5,000 years after Moses wandered the Sinai, his people have finally found a home in Reseda, no less, at the Jewish Home for the Aging, the largest continuing residential care facility for the elderly in the Western United States. Yet while these Jews are no longer...

  • Kids Learn Burial Rites From Barney

    By Naomi Glauberman

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Their bagels sliced, toasted and slathered with cream cheese, the parents and students of the fourth- and fifth-grade classes at Santa Monica's Sha'arei Am turn toward Rabbi Jeff Marx as he welcomes them to Family Education Day.

    His introduction is interrupted by Lori Daitch, the...

  • 9/11 Museum Head Uses Shoah Lessons

    By Matthew E. Berger

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Alice Greenwald vividly recalls touring the Auschwitz concentration camp with a Holocaust survivor and watching how the woman shared her story with her children and grandchildren.

    It was as if she was trying to instruct her heirs as to the kind of people she wanted them to become,...

  • ‘Steins’ Skewers Simcha Rivalry

    By Tom Tugend

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Keeping Up With the Steins" proves that you don't have to be Jewish to make a funny, insider Jewish film, or that if you grow up in the Bronx or went to school in North Hollywood, you become a Jew by osmosis.

    Case in point is the son-father team of Scott and Garry Marshall, with the...

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  • Some ‘New’ Shoah Books Not So New

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    If there's an overriding theme among the newest books related to the Holocaust, it's one of concealment and discovery, whether in the writer's own wartime experience or invented on the page. Sometimes it's a case of lost books being rediscovered.

    Some of these "new" books were...

  • First Person - A Coming Out (of Egypt) Story

    By Jeff Bernhardt

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Sixteen years ago this month, I planned to take the Passover message of liberation to heart. I was going to come out of the closet to my sister and my parents and, in doing so, free myself from the bondage of keeping this huge and personal part of me from them. I was going to...

  • PASSOVER: Try to Avoid Asking the Fifth Question

    By Rabbi Stewart L. Vogel

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    While there are only four questions posed in the haggadah, most seders struggle with the unasked fifth question, "When are we going to eat?" It is asked, not only by hungry children, but also by adults who feel disconnected to the rituals of their ancestors. As if reenacting the...

  • PASSOVER: Myriad Ways to Tell an Ancient Tale

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

     

    Every haggadah has a story, its own story, beyond that of the exodus from Egypt. Depending on illustrations, design, typesetting, additions, where the edition is printed and who commissioned its creation, each version is a marker of Jewish history. In some cases, the wine...

  • ‘Voodoo’ Jew Finds Love, Truth in Haiti

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Madame Dread: A Tale of Love, Voodoo and Civil Strife in Haiti" by Kathie Klarreich (Nation Books).

    According to a Creole proverb, truth is like oil in water; it always comes to the surface. Kathie Klarreich's first book, a memoir of her years in Haiti, is a tale of truths --...

  • Humor in ‘Eat’ an Acquired Taste

    By Sarah Price Brown

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Mordecai Finley, leader of the nondenominational congregation Ohr HaTorah, saw the new Passover comedy "When Do We Eat?" -- he loved it.

    "I laughed and laughed and laughed," he said. He saw the movie three more times, and each time he liked it better.

    Hap Erstein, the film...

  • Numb? Never Again

    By Reina Slutske

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When I was 16, I visited the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., on a school trip. It's a five-story museum with numerous artifacts and exhibits demonstrating the treachery of the Nazis.

    Most people in our group were dumbstruck. Some were in tears. I was just numb. I...

  • Hineni

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I expected to be dealing with an empty nest when my daughter started college. I projected my availability to friends who had yielded my attention during my childrearing years. I dragged writing projects onto my computer's desktop to await the plane ride from NYU to the rest of my...

  • What a Difference a ‘Gap Year’ Makes

    By Jane Ulman

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    After high school graduation last year, as his friends went off to college, Ari Feinstein headed to Israel. He taught English to 10-year-olds in Upper Nazareth, worked on a camel farm near Dimona, studied in Jerusalem and participated in simulated basic training on an Israeli army...

  • Requests Swamp Israel Trip Program

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Birthright Israel has received many more applications for its upcoming trips than it has spaces available. Approximately 14,000 young Jews applied for 8,000 spots in the program's spring/summer trips this year in just the first 12 hours of registration Feb. 8.

    The organization...

  • A Dying Language Comes to Life

    By Jane Ulman

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Gut morgn."

    Teacher Hannah Pollin greeted the group assembled in a large circle around her. Her nine high school students, armed with a page of interview questions and tape recorders, sat interspersed among 13 senior citizens at the Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda. They formed...

  • Home Pampering Easy as 1, 2, Ahhhhh

    By Beth Gilbert

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    No one deserves a spa experience more than you do. Just picture it -- warm tubs scented with essential oils, invigorating body scrubs, refreshing botanical blend face masks smoothed on in soothing circular massaging motions and misty showers with luscious gels.

    Sound divine? You...

  • Cowboy Cupid Bares His Horse Sense

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The "woman business" is a heck of a lot like the horse business, says rancher-turned-matchmaker Ivan Thompson. You've got to treat them right to ensure obedience.

    The politically incorrect but charismatic Thompson is the star of "Cowboy Del Amor," the latest documentary by acclaimed...

  • Spectator - Fiddle Dee Dee and Oy Vey!

    By Gaby Friedman

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Like any good Southerner, Brian Bain eats moon pies and punctuates his sentences with "y'all." But Bain is also Jewish, which colors his experience as a third-generation Southerner in a unique way.

    In his documentary film, "Shalom Y'all," Bain set out to explore exactly what being...

  • Wisdom of the Ages

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Ten years ago, when my parents, z"l, were 82 and 89, they traveled from Chicago to Los Angeles to be with my partner Tracy and me as we stood together under the chuppah. At the celebration of her daughter's lesbian wedding, my mother was heard to say quite matter-of-factly: "I guess...

  • Where the Boys Aren’t

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Chanukah party for Adat Ari El's junior United Synagogue Youth group had all the elements the seventh- and eighth-grade members had requested: latkes, a gift exchange and a fierce board game competition. Yet, said, Julee Snitzer, the synagogue's youth activities director, of the...

  • Vienna Glories in Past and Present

    By Carvin Knowles

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Sixty years after the end of World War II, Vienna has reclaimed its roots as a city of culture. Not the culture of stoic monuments to faded glory or landmarks illuminated by historical plaques, but in a living, breathing, heart-still-pumping way. Grand-yet-graceful music, art and...

  • The Hebrascope: Signs of the Jewdiac

    By Jew Girl

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    Aries (March 21-April 20)

    Notable Jewish Aries: 
    William Shatner

    You know...

  • Bonding Over Torah

    By Jane Ulman

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    On a recent Sunday morning, a group of bat mitzvah-age girls and their mothers sit together reading and discussing the story of Chana, who, wretched and weeping because she is childless, prays to God for a son.

    "Pay particular attention to the verses describing how Chana prayed,"...

  • Jennifer Chadorchi: The Hunger to Help

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    At 6:30 p.m. on a chilly Wednesday night in December, more than 30 young Jewish professionals gathered on the corner of Sycamore Avenue and Romaine Street in West Hollywood to feed homeless people waiting in line for a hot meal.

    There on behalf of the Greater West...

  • Put Tzedakah on Your Shopping List

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    December 22, 2005 | 7:01 pm

    When it comes to Chanukah, the holiday isn't a holiday without gift giving. As a loving relative, thoughtful friend or dutiful employee, you may be on the lookout for clever presents. But what if it's the last minute and you still don't know what to do? To solve this all-too-common...

  • Families, Singles Get Ready to Set Sail

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The leaves have turned, the days are shorter and Chanukah, the holiday of lights, glimmers ahead. With the winter looming, juicy possibilities await, with plenty of exotic, warm weather options. So go ahead and plan your first big escape of 2006. Or surprise a loved one by booking a...

  • Nathan Takes a Bite Out of Boring Fare

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "The New American Cooking" by Joan Nathan (Knopf, $35).

    A tempeh Reuben sandwich and guacamole made with mayonnaise may sound like sacrilege to food purists, but not to food journalist Joan Nathan. The author of 10 cookbooks, including the award-winning "Jewish Cooking in America"...

  • The Cost of Marriage

    By Jonathan Udren

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    After two years of single life in Israel, I looked forward to the new perspectives that marriage would bring to my Israeli immigrant experience.

    I knew that the normal adjustments from bachelorhood were inevitable, such as putting down the toilet seat and washing linens more...

  • A Manifesto for the Future

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    In early November, I spoke at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. The topic was "The Future of Conservative Judaism." I prepared for the talk by asking colleagues, friends and congregants to define Conservative Judaism in one sentence. It was a dispiriting experience.

    Some...

  • Pipes Bring More Than Water

    By Marit Pearlman Shapiro

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Our aging yellow school bus slowly drove up a steep mountain in a verdant forest in Honduras. I wondered why the bus driver was stopping at a seemingly random spot on the worst road I have ever seen. There were coffee and cornfields left and right. A herd of cows meandered down the...

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