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  • Small Screen’s Kosher Cuisine

    By Lisa Keys

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Many Jewish grandmothers have reputations as fabulous -- but frustratingly enigmatic -- cooks. With time-honored recipes for such dishes as cholent and brisket relying on intuition and a pinch of this and a dash of that, family culinary traditions tend to get lost -- or not nearly as...

  • In the Soup

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    My parents visited a year ago while I recuperated from lung cancer surgery and they developed a division of labor.

    My father would do odd jobs around the house. My mother would feed me.

    This was a good plan in theory, but in reality, it had loopholes. My father's tasks were...

  • Eternal Treblinka

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust" by Charles Patterson. (Lantern Books, $20).

    In the forward to "Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust," animal rights activist and daughter of Holocaust survivors, Lucy Rosen Kaplan, states: "I...

  • Lights, Camera, Israel

    By Tom Tugend

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles will welcome the 18th Annual Israel Film Festival this month, with 31 Israeli feature films, documentaries, TV dramas and student shorts to be screened at Laemmle's Music Hall Theater in Beverly Hills and at Laemmle's Town Center 5 in Encino. The festival continues in...

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  • Georgian Life

    By Amy Klein

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    What is the meaning of courage?

    In Hollywood, it is often the brave, handsome soldier who risks his life, or the enterprising businesswoman who succeeds against all odds. The triumph of the individual: that's the American Way.

    But not all cultures glorify that path, and when faced...

  • Passover Rescue

    By Uriel Heilman

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Five months ago, Beatrice Ballageure was struggling to make ends meet as a single, 47-year-old Jewish woman living in the capital city of an economically depressed Argentina. She had lost her job several months earlier, but she owned her own apartment and had enough money in the bank...

  • Making the Case for a Jewish State

    By James D. Besser

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Jews in more than 100 communities across the nation gathered on Sunday, March 24, to show their support for Israel -- a welcome, if hastily organized, expression of solidarity as the Jewish state faces continuing terrorism and an increasingly treacherous diplomatic climate.

    The same...

  • Up Front

    By Journal Staff

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A Viagravating Pesach

    Pfizer's Viagra, the anti-impotence drug, contains chametz and therefore is not kosher for Passover, rabbis say.

    "The coating apparently has a leavened substance," Rabbi Menachem Rosenberg, the rabbi of Clalit Health Services in Israel, told The Jerusalem...

  • Orange County Briefs

    By Journal Staff

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Super Sunday, Super Success

    Nearly 150 volunteers, who phoned local residents for pledges earlier this month, raised $260,911 for the Jewish Federation of Orange County, a 50 percent increase over the $171,081 raised during last year's Super Sunday. The annual campaign is $100,000...

  • Passover Briefs

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Pesach at the Grocery Store

    Passover preparation can be crummy (pardon the pun), and Passover shopping confusing.

    Sure, the supermarket designates a "Passover Section," but the marked aisle is usually stocked with Manischewitz matzah, jarred gefilte fish and other glaringly...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A Hungry Mob

    It was a moment that the members of Women's Department of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles' Business and Professional Division will never forget: a kitchen full of young women learning about and noshing on the Sicilian culinary stylings of chef Henry Hill....

  • Pre-Pesach Culinary Blues

    By Judy Gruen

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The pre-Pesach season is both exciting and disturbing to my family. Exciting, because due to our exuberant cleaning for the holiday, emptying drawers, overturning mattresses and, in general, preparing the house for a visit by Martha Stewart, we find all kinds of things that have been...

  • Gramma Gene’s Gefilte Fish

    By Judy Zeidler

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Passover is a special holiday for me and brings back many wonderful food memories. One of my favorites occurred many years ago, when I was invited to a Passover seder at the home of my husband-to-be. I still remember that evening, and especially the taste of the gefilte fish my...

  • Remembrances of Passover Food Past

    By Linda Morel

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Ruth Reichl, Gourmet magazine's editor in chief, reminisced about the versatility of matzah brie in her memoir, "Tender at the Bone."

    Likewise, Elizabeth Ehrlich wrote of her longing for the salty gefilte fish of her childhood, comparing it to her mother-in-law's sweeter variety in...

  • A Family Passover

    By Beverly Levitt

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Of all our family traditions, the Passover seder is the one we look forward to the most. We all fight over who will host it, but no matter, everyone pitches in with the cooking, making sure the seder plate is appropriately filled, the multicourse table properly set. My father and...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Solange Borna

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, March 16

    Hear, taste, see, smell, touch the Jewish spirit when art and religion blend at "Bezalel Community Arts Festival." The cultural celebration, part of The Brandeis-Bardin Institute's three-day artist retreat, invites the public to experience Judaism through the...

  • The ‘Last Man’ Standing

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Harry Ralston admits the scruffy Jewish intellectual in his neurotic comedy, "The Last Man," opening today in Los Angeles, is "the ultimate worst version of myself."

    After an apocalypse, Alan Gould (David Arnott) thinks he's the last guy on earth, so he's making a video "bible" for...

  • Mission to Heal the World

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Activist Steven Sprinkle of The Food and The Cook restaurant in Ojai pointed to Leviticus 19:19: Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woolen come upon thee. "It's right...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Solange Borna

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    9/Saturday

    A wounded soldier and a promiscuous librarian are just two characters whose lives are shaped by the power of extraordinary desires in the play adaptation of "The Girl in the Flammable Skirt" by Jewish author Aimee Bender. A book signing with the writer will follow the...

  • Community Briefs

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Makom Ohr Shalom Moves to New Home

    Makom Ohr Shalom moved to a new home in the St. Mary's complex at 5955 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. With St. Mary's large, newly renovated facilities, the synagogue will be able to hold its alternating rabbi-led and cantor-led Friday night services...

  • Noshin’ Beyond Hamantashen

    By Judy Zeidler

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Our family celebrates all of the Jewish holidays together, but Purim seems to be everyone's favorite. How can you not love a holiday that tells you to dress up in costume, forget your troubles, enjoy delicious food and drink a lot of wine?

    Several of our children spend days making...

  • Hamantashen Goes Mainstream

    By Amy Sara Clark

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    First it was bagels. Then rugelach. What's the next Jewish food to go mainstream?

    Could be hamantashen.

    Hamantashen now can be seen next to mini-bundt cakes and lemon poppy-seed muffins in the display case of your local coffee shop.

    Several large supermarket chains now carry them,...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Solange Borna

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    23/Saturday

    Three years ago, violinist Lynn Maxine's aunt died of Parkinson's disease. Maxine promised she would do everything she could to help others with this ailment. Today, she fulfills that promise by performing in a benefit concert for the Parkinson Institute, accompanied...

  • Picks and kicks for February 23-29

    By Dikla Kadosh

    February 21, 2002 | 5:00 pm

    SAT | FEBRUARY 23

    (ART)

    Artists Daniel Goldstein and John Kapellas have assembled their most innovative work yet: a 7-foot-tall human figure made of 300 AIDS medication bottles and 139 syringes. Their art, encapsulated in the new exhibit "Make Art/Stop AIDS" is as gritty as their...
  • My Very Own Chuppah

    By Carin Davis

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Hold onto your son's baby blanket. Don't give away your daughter's cheerleading uniform. If they hold precious memories and deep meanings, you may be able to recycle them -- as part of your child's chuppah.

    Chuppahs and ketubahs are long-standing Jewish wedding traditions. But Los...

  • A Wealth of Embezzlers

    By Mike Levy

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A former bookkeeper at Temple Menorah in Redondo Beach turned herself in to police last week after reportedly admitting to having stolen nearly $100,000 from the Reform synagogue. Doina Stanescu, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges, allegedly embezzled the money by signing...

  • The Rabbi’s Wedding

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The bride wore blue, the color of the covenant.

    The groom wore a light gray business suit.

    The crowd of 300 wore smiles of satisfaction, and relief.

    When Rabbi Judith HaLevy of the Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue exchanged rings with Edward Toppel of Chicago last Sunday, hope,...

  • Raymond Barone, Crypto-Jew?

    By Ellen Sandler

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When you watch "Everybody Loves Raymond," you take it for granted that the Barones are Italian, right?

    But don't these people remind you a lot of people in your family? Your Jewish family?

    While "Raymond" is a traditional family sitcom -- not sexy or taboo-breaking like HBO's "Sex in...

  • A Kosher Kisser

    By Carin Davis

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I keep kosher, but most of my Jewish peeps do not. To them, Double Doubles with cheese are a basic food group, and pizza without pepperoni is like the Rams without Warner. This is cool by me. I don't want to force my observant practice on my friends. But it becomes more complicated...

  • Ray of Hope

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    What will become of five Jccs?

    The question has still not been answered, but by next week, a resolution will be definitively closer.

    Five center must submit their business plans by next week to the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles' (JCCGLA) new transition committee...

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