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  • 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....

  • A Festival Feast of Fowl

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The festival of Rosh Hashana celebrates the beginning of the Jewish New Year, and family meals are an important part of this holiday. Traditions include serving a round challah and apples dipped in honey symbolizing a sweet and well-rounded new year.

    I recently taught a Rosh Hashana...

  • Sing a New Song

    By Julie G Fax

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Craig Taubman remembers a time not too long ago when he and other popular Jewish musicians were branded as destroyers of Jewish culture.

    "Years ago there was incredible tension. You can't ignore it," Taubman told The Journal from his Studio City home and office. "There were...

  • Counting Our Blessings

    By Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish legal tradition teaches that we should recite 100 blessings every day. This presents an opportunity and a challenge. How might I fill up my quota today? The numbers start adding up if I pray in the morning, afternoon and evening. I can recite benedictions before eating...

  • An End to Denial

    By Julie Wiener

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The Borough Park section of Brooklyn is one of America's most visibly Jewish neighborhoods.

    On several residential blocks of one- and two-family brick homes, almost every front door has a mezuzah. Modestly dressed women push strollers, while girls in dresses and boys in tzitzit and...

  • The New Year Giving Tree

    By Debby Segura

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Lady Apple Cordials (serves 18)

    18 Lady Apples (or other variety of small apple)
    18 cubes of brown sugar, or more Scrub each apple until clean and residue-free. With the small end of a melon scoop, remove the stem and seeds of the apple, being careful not to scoop through...

  • A Mitzvah Resolution

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    We all have favorite mitzvot: slowing down the pace on Shabbat, building a sukkah, frolicking at Purim, studying Jewish texts, praying to God. With Rosh Hashana at hand, my New Year's resolution is to share the amazing experience we call hachnasat orchim. It means opening one's home...

  • No Guests Allowed

    By Mike Levy

    September 6, 2001 | 7:59 pm

    Three little words.

    That's what makes the difference between a religious school and a synagogue, as recently defined by the Los Angeles Central Area Planning Commission.

    The five-member Planning Commission, responsible for zoning decisions in Hollywood, Hancock Park and other...

  • Beyond Tradition

    By Merav Tassa

    August 30, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    No matter which synagogue L.A. Jews will attend this High Holy Days season, they will all partake in Kol Nidre Services, recite prayers, hear the blowing of the shofar, and ask for forgiveness for the sins committed in the past year. Year after year, the same symbolic rituals are...

  • Calendar & Singles

    By Solange Borna

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm



    B'nai Tikvah Congregation: 9 a.m. Shabbat service. 5820 Manchester Ave., Westchester. For more information, call (310) 645-6262.

    Temple Beth Torah: 10 a.m. Shabbat Learner's Minyan, with discussion, "Focus On the Family." 16651 Rinaldi St., Granada Hills. For...

  • Jewish Boomtown

    By Adam Wills

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Las Vegas isn't exactly the holiest place on earth. Hotels on the Strip have dumped the family-friendly approach in favor of European-style topless shows, and much of the praying takes place at craps tables and roulette wheels. But in this decadent city, synagogues, kosher...

  • Calendar & Singles

    By Solange Borna

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm



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

    OASIS/ Older Adult Services: 10:30 a.m.-noon. Performance of prominent women in history, such as Betsy Ross and Violet Jessup. $2. 6201...

  • By Journal Staff

    August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Three Rabbis were talking over a regular Sunday morning breakfast get-together.

    Rabbi Ginsberg said, "We have such a problem with mice at our shul. The shammos sets all kinds of baited traps but they keep coming back. Do either of you learned men know how I can get rid of these...

  • Shalom and G’Day, Mate

    By Beverly Gray

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Last summer, when Sydney, Australia, burst onto my television screen as part of the coverage for the 2000 Olympic Games, the city struck me as an urban Disneyland, full of fanciful architecture and enchanting public gathering spots. It seemed the ideal place for the multitudes to...

  • Calendar & Singles

    By Solange Borna

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm



    Temple Beth Torah: 10:30 a.m. Shabbat service with discussion, "A Jew in an Islamic Senegal," by Ann Haendel. 11827 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 398-4536.

    Congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim: 4 p.m. Hatha Yoga class instructed by...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Solange Borna

    July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm


    School's out, and a perfect solution to entertain the kids is the delightful "Beanstalk! A Tall Tale," featuring KTLA's Mindy Burbano. The theater's latest play humorously charts the hopes, dreams and fears of a handful of characters, relaying a moral message at the...

  • Overweight and Counting ... Down

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Reena Dulfon, 14, trudges home every day after school, and no matter how much she begs, her mother won't pick her up in the car. Robin Dulfon is not being a mean mom, but is helping Reena accomplish her goal. And though Reena sees this 30 minutes of daily exercise as a chore -- after...

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