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  • 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...

  • Togetherness at Teen Shabbat

    By Andrea Adelson

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The traffic-filled streets and overflowing parking lots of commercial office parks bordering John Wayne Airport empty fast on most Friday evenings.

    Occasionally, though, the traffic pattern at twilight is reversed. Such was the case earlier last summer at Baker and Redhill streets....

  • Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Although it might seem a little early for Passover discussions, Jewish law does mandate that one should begin studying the Passover laws and details at least 30 days before the actual holiday. This is probably because no holiday requires more detailed preparation than Passover. Most...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Crown Heights Decision Overturned

    The brother of the Chasidic man killed in the 1991 Crown Heights riots will fight a court decision overturning the convictions of two men. Norman Rosenbaum told JTA that he plans to fly from Australia to New York in the coming days. "I have a...

  • Tall

    By Deb Miller

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Full of drama, ancient wisdom and suspense, "Storahtelling" is live revival bibliodrama, and it's coming to a synagogue in Beverly Hills.

    This Shabbat, Amichai Lau-Lavie -- Jewish educator, descendant of 35 generations of rabbis, and Jewish visionary -- will employ a revolutionary...

  • Bunny vs. Rabbi

    By JTA Staff

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Lindsey Vuolo, Playboy bunny, met her match last month: Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.

    The two squared off in front of an audience of more than 150 people -- about three-quarters of them men -- at Makor, a Jewish cultural center in Manhattan geared toward 20- and 30-something Jews.

    The talk...

  • CDs to Light Up Eight Nights

    By Paul Wieder

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    They are round, shiny and popular. But CDs don't melt like chocolate coins -- and they have fewer calories. To give the gelt without the guilt, try the gift of music.

    Rick Recht "Shabbat Alive!"

    You don't want to miss Rock Recht with his voice, guitar and charisma, he's held his...

  • Calendar & Singles

    By Solange Borna

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm



    Sinai Temple: 9:30 a.m. Shabbat services. 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 474-1518.

    Barnes & Noble: 2 p.m. Author Peter J. Levinson discusses and signs "September in the Rain: The Life of Nelson Riddle," a book about the...

  • Shanghai Shuls 2nd Wind

    By Amy Sara Clark

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Shanghai resident Seth Kaplan got tired of celebrating the High Holy days in rented hotel spaces while the city's oldest intact synagogue sat empty, deteriorating just a few miles away.

    So along with others in his congregation of expatriates, Kaplan, 34, began advocating for the...

  • Chanukah in Casablanca

    By Michel Ohayon

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    We realized that Chanukah was coming when we smelled the aromas from the bakeries in the Jewish Quarter of the city, where we all lived. In Morocco we didn't have expensive menorahs, because it was illegal to import them from Israel. Instead, every year just before Chanukah, the...

  • Olive Oil Treats

    By Judy Zeidler

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Chanukah is a time to recall the miracle that occurred more than 2,000 years ago when the flame in the Holy Temple was relit with a one-day supply of oil that lasted for eight days. This was the amount of time needed to prepare pure oil from the local olive trees to rekindle the...

  • Holiday Heroine

    By Linda Morel

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Each year, Jews light Chanukah candles for eight evenings in a row, repeating the story of the Maccabees, the ancient guerrilla warriors who launched surprise attacks on the occupying armies of Syria.

    Judah the Maccabee and his four brothers overthrew Syrian tyranny, restored the...

  • Celebrate with Cheesecake

    By Judy Zeidler

    November 29, 2001 | 6:59 pm

    On the first night of Chanukah, the family always gets together at our home for a special evening. We enjoy lighting the Chanukah candles, eating traditional foods and exchanging gifts.

    Dessert is always a highlight of the evening, and this year for Chanukah, I am going to surprise...

  • Needful Things

    By Rob Eshman

    November 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In a country as diverse as ours, Thanksgiving is the secular Genesis. It is our common creation myth whose themes of sacrifice, freedom and gratitude resonate among us all.

    Thanksgiving even manages to unite the disparate members of the Jewish tribe. Orthodox or secular, eating soy...

  • Pass the Hummus, Please!

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    November 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Hummus, the popular Middle Eastern staple made out of chickpeas, packs a nutritional wallop, according to a new study by Dr. Ram Reifen and Dr. Shahal Abbo of the faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Quality Sciences of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

    Reifen, an expert...

  • Thanksgiving Traditions

    By Jane Ulman

    November 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    This Thanksgiving, red, white and blue American flags waved among orange, gold and brown gourds, Indian corn and honeycomb crepe paper holiday decorations. "The Star-Spangled Banner" was heard among choruses of "Gobble Gobble Fat Turkeys."

    This is only fitting. In 1863, Abraham...

  • A Kosher Holiday

    By Rabbi Eli Hecht

    November 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I was born into a modern American religious family on my father's side. I was especially proud to be a fourth-generation American Jew. I played a great game of baseball, enjoyed reading the Sunday funnies and celebrated American holidays. My mother's family was the complete opposite....

  • Many Thanks

    By Teresa Strasser

    November 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Thanks, but no Thanksgiving. That's my motto for this year.

    All of a sudden, it dawned on me that an experience I often dread, one that leaves me emotionally drained and physically stuffed, is totally voluntary. There's no law that says you have to go home for Thanksgiving. The...

  • Kristallnacht,  Six Decades Later

    By Edith Basch

    November 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In April of last year, I received the following letter from the city of Graz, Austria, where I was born.

    "On November 9th, 2000, the newly erected synagogue in Graz will be returned to the Jewish community. The return of the synagogue is a visual appeal for forgiveness for the...

  • Hate   Rock

    By JTA Staff

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) issued a list of bands that promote racist, bigoted or hateful ideas. The list Bigots Who Rock: An ADL List of Hate Music Groups identifies 541 bands, primarily based in the United States and Europe, that use hate-filled lyrics or have active links to...

  • Mecca in the Valley

    By Amy Klein

    October 18, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Deep red curtains, dark lighting, cushiony pillows and pictures of camels and bellydancers adorning the walls: That's what you'd expect from a restaurant reputed to be one of the best Middle Eastern eateries in Southern California.

    Instead, what you find is a bright diner-like...

  • Confused and Tangled Times

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 18, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    My favorite words of Torah are the very first: "In the beginning." They beg us to ask, what was there before the Creation that made God want to do more? And the answer provided in the text is especially fitting for our own warring time: tohu va'vohu, which Rabbi Samson Hirsch, the...

  • Decorating Your Sukkah

    By Abby Gilad

    September 27, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Are You Reading This in Your Sukkah?

    Why do we build the sukkah? To be reminded of our ancestors' lives in the desert, when they lived in huts made from branches and leather.

    It is also a reminder of our farming ancestors, who harvested at this time of year. They built huts...

  • Why I Love Yom Kippur

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    To many if not most Jews, Yom Kippur is an enormous drag. You're not supposed to eat or drink, which, considering how food-centered most other Jewish holidays are, just seems weird. If you don't eat, you wind up with a nasty headache by midafternoon. If you do eat, you feel guilty,...

  • Good Things, Small Packages

    By Bram Eisenthal

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Can a tiny Jewish community of no more than 50, in a Canadian province of 180,000, find happiness and Judaism during the High Holy Days? If you're one of the Jews of Prince Edward Island, the answer is a definite yes.

    One of Canada's prettiest, smallest and poorest provinces, Prince...

  • Terror, Grief and Awe

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In past Yom Kippurs I've been known to bring a stack of books with me to synagogue, works both historic and intellectual, to focus on when neither prayer nor imagination can fill the time. Not this year.

    The terror, grief and awe of Sept. 11 will preoccupy my thoughts for many long...

  • Guide for the Depressed

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The High Holy Days are a time for contemplation, a time to give thanks, to repent for the wrongs of the past year and seek forgiveness from those you may have hurt and especially from God.

    But what if you're not feeling either grateful or repentant? What if the past year has been...

  • Taking the Schmaltz Out of Our Food

    By Beverly Levitt

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    At sundown on Monday we usher in the happiest day of our calendar, Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. For the next 10 days we'll be called upon to reexamine our lives -- to wake up and not only smell the roses, but plant them for other people to enjoy.

    The Days of Awe end at sundown...

  • High Holy Day Help

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I was tired, I was bored and I hated wearing pantyhose. I stood up and sat down at the right times, and even hummed along to the some of the prayers, but in my head, I was replaying scenes from my favorite movies and wishing I was home playing video games.

    Ah, the High Holy Days....

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