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  • Why Is This Night Different From All Other Nights?

    By Beverly Levitt

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Although I've been attending Passover dinners from the time I was knee-high to a scrupulously set seder table, there's something I've never really thought about until recently: how does all this storytelling relate to me? Storytelling is the essence of Passover. We gather together to...
  • Coming Attractions

    By George Robinson

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    If the mark of a fully matured film industry is that directors have logged enough time behind the camera that one can spot personal styles emerging over several films, then this year's Israel Film Festival proves that the Israelis have definitely reached that plateau. With Eran...
  • Baskets Full of Joy

    By Julie G Fax

    March 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    When the Jews of ancient Persia celebrated their unlikely salvation from Haman with gifts of food to each other, they probably didn't go for the tropical-themed basket with gummy fish, rock candy and dried papaya, wrapped in a sweep of turquoise cellophane.

    Clearly, the holiday...

  • A Gentler Orthodox Feminism

    By Elicia Brown

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Where others saw three Orthodox women in groundbreaking careers and stylish hats, Rachel Pollack, 17, perceived something more. She had found role models.

    "This is something I might want to pursue," said the bright-eyed Ramaz senior after sitting through a session with the world's...

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  • Ride for Hunger

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 10, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Last week, Dr. David Altman got on his bicycle in Los Angeles and began a ride across America to fight hunger. Several images will sustain him during the gruelling, 3,200-mile trek, he says.

    Altman's bikeride is the centerpiece of MAZON's "Hunger Relief 2000/Bike Across America"...

  • Getting Healthy

    By Lewis Kramer

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    With all of the different diets out there and all of the infomercials on TV selling exercise equipment, how do you decide where to begin? Start with knowing what's important in order to achieve good health and what's not.

    Important:

    Your diet and the total calories you consume each...

  • Adding Zeal to the Golden Years, Simply

    By Jane E. Brody

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Americans are now living about three decades longer than they did at the start of the last century. But for far too many older Americans, the so-called Golden Years are tarnished by diseases that seriously undermine the quality of those extra decades -- diseases that with tools now...
  • The Sephardic Diet

    By Rob Eshman

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Let's review. In the '70s there was the eat-only-grapefruit diet. In the '80s, I knew a woman who followed the eat-all-the-blueberries-you want diet. "They have no calories!" she enthused. "You can eat as many as you want!" Then the cavities and fainting spells kicked in. In the...
  • Hostile Takeover

    By Julie G Fax

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles Conservative leaders are outraged and dispirited after an administrative dispute led United Synagogue, the umbrella organization for Conservative synagogues, to dismiss the officers of the Pacific Southwest regional board and attempt to freeze the region's bank accounts...
  • Picture Postcards from Galilee

    By George Medovoy

    January 20, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Mark Twain would get the surprise of his life if he returned to the Holy Land on the eve of the new millennium.

    He'd find a country light years away from the one he described in "Innocents Abroad," his classic account of a trip he took to Palestine and Europe in 1869.

    Twain's Holy...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 13, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    For those Angelenos looking for a respite from million-dollar hype and "Happy Meal" tie-ins to studio blockbusters, late autumn is also a time when a flurry of small, offbeat film festivals grace local movie screens. Among them is the modest but engaging, Cinema Judaica: The Los...
  • Recreating the World

    By Tom Tugend

    January 13, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    An innovative musical service will premiere simultaneously at 40 synagogues in the United States and Canada on Shabbat Shirah, the Sabbath of Song, on Jan. 21.

    Eleven Southland synagogues will participate in the event.

    Cantors and children choirs at Conservative, Reform and...

  • Is Jewish the Next Next Thing?

    By Gary Rosenblatt

    January 6, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The 1999 souvenir program sold at Jacob's Field in Cleveland featured a full-page ad for Best's Kosher, "the official kosher hot dog of the Cleveland Indians."

    Madonna, Roseanne, Elizabeth Taylor and Sandra Bernhard are among the pop celebrities studying Kabbalah, a once-obscure form...

  • Washington Report

    By James D

    January 6, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Since childhood my father had always introduced me as his "Kaddish." It wasn't until my teens that I realized the implication of that honor. Upon his death 53 years ago, I went to a local synagogue morning and night for 11 months. It was a tiny shul near the intersection of La...
  • Arsonist Attacks Persian Synagogue in Tarzana

    By Adam Wills

    November 29, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Police have labeled as an arson-related hate crime a fire ignited early Friday at the rear door of a yet-to-open Persian synagogue in Tarzana early Friday morning is being called an arson-related hate crime. Investigators found anti-Semitic graffiti at the scene, as well as a burnt...

  • A ‘Nice’ Idea Blossoms Into a Group of ‘Niceaholics’

    By Rebecca Raphael

    November 29, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Debbie Tenzer was having lunch with several girlfriends when the conversation got heated. "We all had such different views on where the country was headed. There was so much anger and so much scary news in the post-Sept. 11 world," she says, recalling the devastation from hurricanes...

  • Granny’s Chanukah

    By Beverly Levitt

    November 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    I can still see my Granny, an apron protecting her good dress, her clunky lace-ups (the original granny shoes) planted firmly on her linoleum floor, grating potatoes, onions and crying. "I'm not crying 'cause I'm sad," she'd sniff, waving the onion fumes from her face. "We're going...
  • A Temple’s Pride

    November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When visiting Berlin you can't miss the golden dome of the New Synagogue on Oranienburger Strasse. It towers over the city skyline and stands as a reminder of the rich history of Berlin Jewry. Crowned with the Star of David, the dome also reminds us of persecution and near...
  • Beyond the Garden of the Finzi-Contini’s

    By Tom Tugend

    November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The leaders of the Jewish community worry about the high intermarriage rate, whether the children of such marriages are to be accepted as Jews, and about the separation of church and state.

    Sounds like part of the communal agenda in almost any American city, but in this case the...

  • Meandering Plots Derail ‘Train’

    By Curt Schleier

    October 28, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "Train of Life" uses fantasy and humor to deal with a Holocaust theme. Sound familiar?

    Actually, the French film (with English subtitles) was conceived and completed before "Life Is Beautiful," and the central role of Shlomo the Fool was offered initially to Roberto Benigni, director...

  • Wise Works Its Wonders for Mitzvah Day

    By Curt Schleier

    October 28, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There were a multitude of good works to choose from during the Jewish Federation Valley Alliance's fifth annual Mitzvah Day, from the high-profile CROP Walk for Hunger to tree-planting at Lake Balboa to canned food drives at every temple from Simi Valley to North Hollywood. The only...
  • Celebrating Jewish Filmmakers In a BIG Way

    By Curt Schleier

    October 28, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Earlier this year, Greg Laemmle wasn't sure there was going to be another Cinema Judaica: The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival.

    The vice president of Los Angeles' premiere art house chain founded the festival four years ago, theorizing that if cities like Fresno and Buffalo have a...

  • Krispy Kreme

    By Curt Schleier

    October 21, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The clown blowing balloons in the parking lot is working at breakneck speed, trying her best to keep the crowd entertained. The wait in line is at least an hour. And cars have snaked around the building and up Van Nuys Boulevard, sitting in the hot sun for as many as three hours.

    All...

  • Book Group

    By Teresa Strasser

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Here's the scene I most remember when I think about moving here from San Francisco: I'm in my $385-a-month apartment, which is furnished only with a monolithic file cabinet I rescued from my uncle's garage and a day bed suited for a small child. The only light in the room is...
  • Leah’s Restaurant

    By Beverly Levitt

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Leah Adler has a couple of secrets. She leaves the lime out of the guacamole. She adds burnt onions to everything from egg salad to creamed spinach crepes. And she wrote her son Steven "gastro-intestinal notes" when he wanted to play hooky from school.

    "I go my own way," she says...

  • Casting their Differences Upon the Water

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Four West Valley synagogues representing three different denominations -- the Calabasas Shul (Orthodox), Temple Solael (Reform), Temple Aliyah and Shomrei Torah (Conservative) -- will join together for a Tashlich ceremony Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Westlake Village Marina.

    "The goal was...

  • A Forgotten Jewel

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    As you drive north along Figueroa Street in Highland Park, past La Pescador and the car wash, past Frank's Cameras and the farmacia, you come to El Paso Shoe Store, where families from the neighborhood shop to get a good bargain on shoes. It was at this location, back in the early...
  • Welcoming a New Year With Sweet Celebrations

    By Judith Geller Marlow

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    On the first day of Tishri, Sept. 10, the Jewish New Year begins at sunset. Every year, the reminder of the tensions between solemn and happy days, reflections on the past and a sense of renewal for the future, the sounds of wailing and the joy of singing hallelujah, create the...
  • The Year Ahead

    By Rahel Musleah

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Tahel shanah u-virkhoteha! Let the new year begin with all its blessings. With this hearty declaration, the Rosh Hashanah feast begins in my home. But, like many families of Sephardic and Mizrahi (Eastern) origin, we don't actually eat the meal until we have recited many blessings in...

  • To Live and Die in West Beirut

    By Tom Tugend

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There have been a few Israeli films that dealt with relationships between Arabs and Jews (among them the superb prison drama "Beyond the Walls"), but rarely do we see an Arab movie that tells the story from the perspective of the "other side."

    If only to fill that gap, the screening...

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