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  • The Fire This Time

    By Rob Eshman

    July 27, 2000 | 7:59 pm

    Late last June, Avi Linden went to Johannesburg, South Africa to visit family. By his own admission, he carried with him the smug attitude of an Israeli immigrant who had left an insecure existence in a crime-ridden city for the safety and security of the Jewish homeland.

    He returned...

  • Kosher S.O.S

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Shalom,

    I recently became engaged and we want our Chabad rabbi to perform the ceremony. However, we wish to be married outside of our home area (Inland Empire). In order for my rabbi to perform the wedding, we must serve kosher food (we do not keep kosher ourselves).

    I don't know...

  • Cantors Sing a New Song

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    If Jewish Los Angeles seemed a more melodious place in late June, you can thank 250 of the Reform movement's sweet singers of Israel, who gathered in Beverly Hills to celebrate Jewish music and share their knowledge, skills, and repertoire.

    The 47th annual convention of the American...

  • Jodi Kalicki’s transformation

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Jodi Kalicki's transformation from overweight single mother to fitness expert began late one evening as she sat in front of the television set sipping Coca-Cola and munching Cheetos in her mother's Reseda apartment. Despondent over her divorce and the failure of her recording career,...

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  • Why Synagogues Are Going Broke

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 8, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Unemployment hit a 30-year low in April and the economy is, if not booming, at least bouncing. So why is it that so many synagogues, even in wealthy areas, are struggling? Perhaps it is because members fail to understand that dues only go so far, according to Sylvia Moskovitz,...

  • Singles

    June 1, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    SINGLES CALENDAR

    3/Saturday

    Singles Helping Others: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. All ages volunteering for MEND serv-a-thon and fiesta. Help with health screens, food distribution. Northeast Valley. RSVP to Art, (818) 591-0772. 5:30 p.m. -12 a.m. Volunteering for American Cancer Society's Cattle...

  • Shanghai Seder

    By Miriam Widman

    June 1, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Gus Axelrod and Stuart Magloff sit with their families together on a recent Sunday and eat lox and bagels. It's hardly a remarkable event, except for its location: Shanghai.

    China's bustling financial center, home to about 13 million, is also a temporary home to about 200 Jews. Most,...

  • Making a Difference

    May 25, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Bernie King watched the rioting sparked by the Rodney King verdict, but what he saw was gam zo l'tovah, the Jewish notion that also, this is for good.

    Although the violent aftermath gave him the sense that "society was falling apart around us," the spiritual leader of...

  • Alive and Well

    May 11, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Aaron Paley, Los Angeles' impresario of Yiddish, finds his job is easier these days. He no longer has to work quite so hard to prove that Yiddish is not dead."Two years ago, it was like pulling teeth to convince people why Yiddish language and culture is important," says the director...

  • In Memory of Morrie

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 27, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    For close to a decade, Maurice "Morrie" Gekler, a volunteer from Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills, gave his time to compile vouchers and goods for the Passover baskets distributed to L.A.'s Jewish immigrants by the city's Jewish Family Service.

    But as Passover 2000 drew near and...

  • Chocolates and Knaidlach and Kugel, Oh My!

    By Julie G Fax

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Real whipped butter. There's only one time of year you'll find it in my refrigerator -- Pesach.

    To me, sitting down Pesach morning with a cup of coffee, a box of matzah, a tub of sweet butter and a few different flavors of jelly is as essential to the holiday as the "Mah Nishtanah."...

  • Deaf Synagogue Relocates

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Temple Beth Solomon of the Deaf (TBS) has a new home. The congregation, which for 35 years was located in Arleta, is now renting space at Temple Judea in Tarzana.

    The congregation had been under pressure for several years to sell its Arleta property and finally had a buyer but no new...

  • A Modern Mom Confronts Passover

    By Jane Ulman

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Why is this night different from all other nights?

    This night is different because I, a person who equates working in the kitchen with working on a chain gang, cook most of the multicourse Passover meal. Singlehandedly and from scratch, I might add.

    While I know that Passover is not...

  • Bringing Seders to Life

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The difficulty with Passover -- all that hard work aside -- is that most of us come to it with such a bundle of expectations.

    We want authenticity, which I suppose means some connection to the idea of Passover itself (i.e. the haggadah: the recital of our heritage, a link to our past,...

  • A Lifetime of Seders

    By Beverly Levitt

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    For someone whose mother says she had to coax him to eat, Mandy Patinkin certainly has a lot of fond memories about food.

    As Patinkin tells it, he'd wait impatiently at the Passover table for her chocolate sponge cake topped with raspberry sauce, and he'd sneak sugar cookies and...

  • Trying to Make a Merger

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    For three decades, Temple Solael has sat on Valley Circle Boulevard, perched above the westernmost crest of Woodland Hills. Over the years the Reform synagogue gently competed with Temple Aliyah, a Conservative congregation, just up the road. Then, in the mid-1990s, Temple Aliyah...
  • 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...

  • 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...
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