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  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Pro-Israel Initiative Launched

    A new initiative has been launched to send one or two members of every synagogue in the United States to Israel in the coming months. Dubbed "Operation Joshua," the campaign is the latest effort to show solidarity with the Jewish State.

    It is being...

  • Bounce Back to Life

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Before a rare bacterial infection ruined his body, Christopher McMillian was a top student in Cindy Berger's fifth-grade math class at Wilshire Crest Elementary School. He loved soccer and biking. He coached basketball. "He was always smiling and making people laugh," says Berger, a...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Mike Levy

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm


    Think twice before you trash the Iranian ashtray Aunt Aghdas gave you. It may actually be in a display by Wendy Furman, who collects abandoned items like furniture pads, glasses and plates. In "Ponytales," she has gathered hundreds of toy horses from My Little Pony to...

  • UCLA Football Player Keeps Kosher

    By Tom Tugend

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Eyoseph Esi Efseaff is a rising star as offensive lineman on the UCLA football team, but when he arrived at the campus on his initial recruiting trip, he startled the coaches with an unexpected request.

    He was hungry, said the 6-foot-3-inch, 282-pound athlete, but, he insisted, the...

  • Special Needs Family Retreat

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Families of individuals with special needs often feel a sense of helplessness and isolation from the community, as well as confusion about how to best help their loved ones. In an effort to give families the tools to cope with these issues, Etta Israel Center (EIC) will hold its...

  • Israel’s Wagner Taboo

    By Larry Derfner

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Ideology seems to have won out over culture in Israel: The taboo on playing the music of pre-Nazi German composer Richard Wagner in concert has been upheld.

    After strenuous protests by Holocaust survivor groups, backed by virtually the entire Israeli political spectrum, the decision...

  • Tattoo Jew

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    During the Israel Festival at Woodley Park on Sun., April 29, 1,500 people left with a unique souvenir: a political tattoo. The temporary tattoo is a replica of the "Ha'am Im HaGolan" ("The Nation Is With the Golan") bumper sticker popular among many Israelis and some Diaspora Jews.


  • Cancer Resources

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    While far from exhaustive, the following is a starting point to find cancer-oriented services. For more information about support groups or testing, contact your local synagogue or hospital.

    Cancer411, (877) 226-7411,  www.Cancer411.org

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Cancer...

  • Sunday in the Park

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Maybe the post-apocalyptic parking situation was a tip-off. The overcapacity of automobiles surrounding Woodley Park seemed to confirm that this year's Israeli Independence Day Festival outdid itself in terms of spectacle and attendance. An estimated 50,000 attended, festival...

  • Fat and Fit

    By Rachel Louise Snyder

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Looking at television and magazine ads these days, you'd think the surest route to health is a diet that goes something like this: an apple slice and a thimbleful of skim milk for breakfast, a carrot with a gallon of water for lunch, four grains of rice, one strawberry and a shot of...

  • Israel in the Valley

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    So 40,000 people can't be wrong, right? That's how many people are expected to attend next week's 53rd Annual Israel Independence Day Festival. KRLA's Dennis Prager will emcee the festival's official ceremony, and special guests will include Israeli Minister of Transportation Ephraim...

  • Jews, Food and Holiness

    By Steven Carr Reuben

    April 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I suppose it would be nearly impossible to go through an entire week of Passover for Reconstructionist and Reform Jews, not to mention eight days for the rest of you, without the profound experience in practically every pore of your body that Jewish identity is inextricably bound up...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Mike Levy

    April 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, April 21

    This weekend the downtown artists' studio complex known as The Brewery opens its doors to the public to offer an experience by some of the most exciting artists and their artwork in L.A. Among the artists exhibiting their work is Sharon Ben-Tal, whose paintings...

  • Family Dinners

    By Jane Ulman

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Give me the 'A,'" my husband, Larry, says.

    "There's no 'A,'" answers Danny, 10.

    "Then give me the 'R,'" Larry responds.

    "No 'R,'" says Danny, as he gleefully draws a circle for the body.

    I'm sitting at Maria's Italian Kitchen on a Sunday evening, eating and watching my husband and...

  • Charoset a recipe for sharing.

    By Elizabeth Sunshine

    March 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When I was growing up, preparing for Passover &'9;was a very serious matter. It was hard and tedious work, yet there is one memory that lingers in my mind and always makes me smile. On the day before Passover, in the midst of the boiling chickens and rising sponge cakes, my father...

  • Seder Storytelling

    By Rabbi Paul J. Kipnes

    March 29, 2001 | 6:59 pm

    There's much to be done as we turn to this month's Pesach passage to freedom: menus to be planned, guests to be invited, homes to be cleaned of their chametz (leavening). I start thinking about the most important aspect of a successful seder: creating a fun-filled, positive Jewish...

  • Love forLearning

    By Beverly Gray

    March 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The opera world has its Three Tenors. The University of Judaism (UJ) kicked off its day-long Festival of Jewish Learning with three stellar rabbis. The festival, offered by UJ's Department of Continuing Education and The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, partly as a...

  • Special Night of Music

    By Dr. Rosemary Cohen

    March 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    At the end of August 1992, a young man, who had gone out to a bar because he was "bored," struck our car. The drunken driver injured my family and killed Liana, my 18-year-old daughter, as we were returning home from Friday night services. Liana was going to fly out the next day to...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Mike Levy

    March 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    24 Saturday

    Strut on over to the University of Judaism's Gindi Auditorium for a musical celebration of the 1930s and '40s. "The All Night Strut" features a high-energy cast singing jazz, blues, bebop and standards like "Ain't Misbehavin'," and "Lullaby of Broadway," but it don't...

  • Ask Wendy

    By Wendy Belzberg

    March 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Passover Denial

    Dear Wendy:
    My 10-year-old daughter attends Hebrew school at our Reform synagogue. She recently reported that her religion teacher said that the Passover miracles never happened and that she saw a TV show "proving" that the splitting of the Red Sea was the result...

  • From Kataif to Kasha

    By Rob Eshman

    March 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "The Foods of Israel Today" by Joan Nathan (Knopf, $40)

    Joan Nathan is one of America's premier food journalists, which is what makes "The Foods of Israel Today" so important a book. It has recipes, 300-plus, and pretty pictures of food, but it is no plain cookbook. What it...

  • My Year with Pork

    By Bob Andrews

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    About a year and a half ago I found myself in need of employment. I scoured the papers in search of openings in my field, which is quality control of food products. One opening caught my eye -- "QC Manager of a medium-size food processing plant, within commuting distance." Just what...

  • Deli Stories, No Schmaltz

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Let's face it, all deli menus are the same. Devotees of one deli or another will battle over which spot has the leaner, meaner pastrami or who makes the fluffiest matzah brei. Yet there's no point in reviewing deli food to a highly opinionated Jewish audience. After all, going tit...

  • Foodaism

    By Rob Eshman

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I once cooked Christmas dinner at the home of a Hollywood star. Her house was decked with green pine boughs and red velvet, and she set out, just for this occasion, a 16-piece set of Villeroy & Boch Christmas-pattern china. (This was in the days when I catered by night to support a...

  • A Purim SOS

    By Judy Zeidler

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Two weeks ago I got an actual SOS from a ship. Tova and Rabbi Zvi Dershowitz, en route to the Philippines on the Holland America cruise ship M.S. Rotterdam, were requesting a Persian Purim menu and recipes for the ship's executive chef.

    Queen Esther was a vegetarian, so the foods...

  • The Almanac: What is Purim?

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    What it is:

    As told in the biblical Book of Esther, the Purim story recounts how Haman, the chief minister to King Ahasuerus, plotted to destroy the Jews of Persia. In Shushan, capital of Persia, Haman cast lots (purim) that fixed the date of the Jews' doom to 13 Adar. Esther, the...

  • In the     Running

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Skylar Lenox, 14, hasn't recently visited the cemetery where her father, John, is buried. "It's just a plot," said Lenox, an award-winning platform diver and president of Adat Ari El's United Synagogue Youth chapter.

    The home-schooled ninth-grader finds more meaning in lighting a...

  • Holiday Halvah

    By Gina Nahai

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Wheat Halvah

    Among Persian Jews, halvah is the traditional Purim food. Here are two recipes, one using flour, one rice.

    Fariba Sameyach, a preschool teacher at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy, shared this recipe, along with a delicious sample of halvah, a sweet and perfumy Persian...

  • Purim in the Land of Esther

    By Julie G Fax

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Picture Queen Esther. Now, take those golden locks and replace them with thick black tresses, and instead of those big round baby blues, imagine almond shaped eyes the color of onyx. And that creamy white complexion? Try something a little tawnier, a little more olive.

    Now you have a...

  • A Traditional Shabbat

    By Mike Levy

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A half-hour before services were scheduled to begin, the lobby of Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch was packed with eager worshipers, with as many as 1,400 expected. The 30-plus member Unity Choir of First African Methodist Episcopal Church rehearsed inside, and CDs by...

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