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  • 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...

  • Rocky Mountain Chai

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 18, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Move over Sundance, Slamdance, Digidance and Nodance. The two-week showbiz schmoozefest in Park City, Utah, traditionally a launching pad for Jewish indie cinema, is now home to SchmoozeDance, a forum for Jewish filmmakers, journalists, observers and studio execs to celebrate Jewish...

  • One of a Kind

    By Julie G Fax

    January 18, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The Shivyon Minyan may be a 4-year-old prayer group of about 65 people that meets at a hotel once a month, but it has many of the assets that older, more established synagogues recognize are requirements for success: strong lay leaders and a grass-roots base of committed members,...

  • Briefs:  KFC protest; tradition, tradition, tradition

    January 10, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi's Daughter Protests KFC for Bat Mitzvah Project

    Avital van Leeuwen, 12, took a stand against animal cruelty for her bat mitzvah project by protesting in front of a Van Nuys Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) on Sunday, Dec. 23.

    Inspired by a video at kentuckyfriedcruelty.com, a site...

  • Tikk-unity Across L.A.

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 4, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    While many of us were doing the Chinese-food-and-a-movie thing, some Jews around town chose to take part in a different kind of Christmas tradition. More than 500 volunteers participated in Tikkun L.A., the annual outreach project sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations...

  • A High-Yield Investment

    By Julie G Fax

    December 21, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It's one of the longest-standing and most futile complaints in synagogue life: Why are they always schnorring for money?

    The answer, of course, is that while synagogues are much more than businesses, they need steady and significant revenue to be able to provide the services that...

  • Mural, Mural on the Wall

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    December 21, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A new mural joins the A-list of great Jewish murals in Los Angeles. At Kehillat Israel, the Reconstructionist congregation in Pacific Palisades, local artist and temple member Wanda Warburton-Peretz recently unveiled "The Jewish Holidays," a 16-foot by 8-foot mural depicting...

  • Reno Skinheads Sentenced to Jail

    By Tom Tugend

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Joshua Kudlacek, at 19 the youngest of the defendants, received a five-year sentence.

    Five skinheads who attempted to firebomb a synagogue in Reno, Nev., one year ago have been sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.

    On Nov. 30, 1999, the five, ages 19 to 26, accompanied by two...

  • What’s Cooking

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Eventually, I promise you, the 2000 presidential election will end and the 2001 Los Angeles mayoral race will begin. Already, six contenders can't wait for the April 10 primary. But will this great city get the crusade it deserves -- the first truly multicultural campaign of the...

  • Composing Life

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    On the cover of Jack Bielan's new CD, "From the Heart of a Jewish Soul," a pianist plays as his keyboard expands and spirals heavenward. Below, the glow from two yahrtzeit candles joins the keys soaring into the clouds.

    The painting is, in a way, Bielan's portrait.

    For the...

  • Chanukah in Ventura

    By Susanna Crosby Perrin

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    One sure sign the Conejo Valley Jewish community is growing comes every year about this time. That's not when demographers turn in their latest report, but when the community holds its annual Chanukah festival. Organizers say nothing better reflects the burgeoning Jewish population...

  • A Thousand Recipes (But Who’s Counting?)

    By Florence Fabricant

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It's not a stretch to call Woodland Hills-based author Faye Levy's 625-page "1,000 Jewish Recipes" a culinary bible. It may be the only Jewish cookbook you'll ever need.

    It begins with recipes for the Jewish holidays, starting, oddly enough, with Passover instead of Rosh Hashana....

  • Defying Limitations

    By Nan Goldberg

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Late November and early December is Chanukah festival time in L.A. This weekend, no less than 30 artisans from all over the globe will converge on West L.A.'s Temple Isaiah for the Festival of Jewish Artisans, which celebrates its second decade this year. Making her first appearance...

  • Kosher Boom

    By Julie G Fax

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A Kosher Cup of Joe

    When new Jewish owners took over Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in 1998, it bothered them to know they were serving non-kosher food to their Jewish customers. So they did the logical thing: They set out to make the entire line of beverages and baked goods served at the...

  • Roman Holiday

    By Ivor Davis

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    On Yom Kippur, my wife Sally and I went to shul just around the corner from the Vatican. It was a visit we will not soon forget. The imposing Comunita Ebraica di Roma Synagogue (the Great Synagogue of Rome) sits just off the Piazza del Firori close to the Tiber River and spitting...

  • Hot Dog!

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Vegetarianism may be trendy and maybe even healthy, but when Jeff Rohatiner was looking for a product on which he could base a restaurant, he knew that most of us are carnivores at heart. So he figured there'd be a market for the wares at Jeff's Gourmet Kosher Sausage Factory, opened...

  • Kosher Boom

    By Julie G Fax

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Kosher consumerism just went up a notch in Los Angeles, with a handful of new shops whose contemporary decor and top-quality products prove that the kosher eye and palate is as discriminating as any other. From imported chocolates to hot dogs that go pop, from Hawaiian fish to scones...

  • Mitzvah Day

    By Jane Ulman

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Imagine the possibility of having restricted access to your own religion and culture without even realizing it, whether you attend synagogue and study sessions faithfully or not. Such a phenomenon actually exists, and it's doing its disturbing work in our own Jewish community. I am...

  • Fall Film Festivals

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Fall is here, and with it a harvest of Jewish cinema. Two film festivals are offering sneak peeks of the best Jewish movies of the year. There's an engaging assortment of features, documentaries, revivals and short films - some 30 in all - many of them personal stories of the...

  • Making ‘Waves

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Visiting Anne Stern at her modest one-bedroom West Hollywood apartment, you quickly learn that she is very proud of her artwork. On the walls of her apartment hang her creative accomplishments - a prize-winning collage, an oil landscape, tiny acrylic still lifes of a covered challah...
  • Sunday in the Park With Richard

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It was the kind of afternoon outing you can't find often enough in Los Angeles: not too hot, not too crowded, plenty of parking, good entertainment and two very different communities peacefully enjoying each other's company.

    Fiesta Shalom, the Latino Jewish Cultural Committee's Sept....

  • Tamales and Tchatchkes

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In celebration of both Latino Heritage Month and Rosh Hashanah, the Latino-Jewish Cultural Committee is hosting Fiesta Shalom, a showcase for the best in food, art and music from both cultures Sun., Sept. 24 on the campus of California State University, Northridge.

    The festival is the...

  • Holiday Spirit All Year Long

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The High Holy Days are always a special time of year, not in a warm and fuzzy way, but in a meaningful, introspective manner, a time when our awareness of how we treat others - in addition to how we treat ourselves - is heightened. This is the time of year when we take stock of the...

  • Campus Choices

    By Julie Kraim

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    As the High Holy Days approach, finding a place to attend services becomes especially pressing for college students. Fortunately, the area's many colleges and universities not only offer services to students (usually through Hillel) but to community members as well. It's a win-win...

  • Redefining the Synagogue

    By Julie Wiener

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It's a Friday evening in the middle of summer and casually attired worshipers - many of them young singles - are lining up on Manhattan's West 88th Street to enter the large Gothic-inspired edifice that is B'nai Jeshurun.

    Virtually every seat in this large, recently restored Moorish...

  • Rosh Hashanah Remembered

    By Beverly Levitt

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When I was a child, too young to understand the difference between the Days of Awe and the Day of Atonement, my only clue that the High Holidays were coming were the religious smells wafting out of our kitchen.

    My parents were first-generation American, their parents born and raised...

  • How the field guide was compiled

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Journal contacted about 80 synagogues and other organizations that conduct High Holy Days services, from across the spectrum of religious observance. About 40 percent of the synagogues contacted returned information.

    We assumed that synagogues which chose not to respond to our...

  • Ticket prices

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Ticket prices are for the full series, including Rosh Hashanah evening and morning, Yom Kippur evening, and all day on Yom Kippur. Many synagogues offer tickets for single services, and many will nego-tiate. And remember, whatever you pay for holiday tickets is a tax-deductible...

  • Perfect Apple-Honey Tarts for Rosh Hashanah

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a happy holiday, full of hope and optimism.The traditional foods - apples, honey, pomegranates and the traditional round challah - all have a special meaning. Both at home and in the synagogue, hopes are expressed for a "sweet" new year, which...

  • Thank Goodness for the Basics

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Dr. Norman Lamm, the president of New York's Yeshiva University, once told me of a professor he knows in Israel who does not consider himself an observant Jew but who insists that his children maintain one halachic practice at home: "Birkat HaMazon" (the grace after meals). Lamm...

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