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  • Inward Bound

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    July 16, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Samantha came home from two weeks at Outward Bound, a no-frills boot camp in a sailing ship off Puget Sound, Wash., with four new vocabulary words: "Can I help you?"

    I was in the kitchen slicing tomatoes, and the shock was so great I...

  • Cover Story

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 9, 1998 | 7:59 pm

    The expulsion of Jews from the IberianPeninsula 500 years ago brought a tragic end to a Jewish presencethat had thrived for centuries in Sepharad, the Hebrew word forSpain. It also set in motion the dispersion of Sephardicculture.

    Strictly speaking, Sephardic Jewry includes...

  • Cover Story

    By Martha Cooley

    June 25, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    How long is summer in L.A.? Ask ussometime in late August, when the thermometer registers 90 atdaybreak, traffic stands still on PCH, and the kids prowl the housechanting "Now what?" Well, here's what: The Journal's listing ofgreat things to do for kids and grown-ups, and summer...

  • Enlightened Teresa vs. the Princess       of Doom

    By Teresa Strasser

    June 25, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Teresa Strasser is a twentysomething contributing writer for The Jewish Journal.


    Read a previous week's column by Teresa Strasser:

    A Few Words About My Mail

    ...

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  • Bagel Factory Wages

    May 14, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    These days, the CEOs of Noah's New York Bagels andWestern Bagels may be getting less sleep at night, thanks to theBagel Factory.

    The kosher-certified chain, billing itself as"Simply The Best," threw down the gauntlet in the battle for bagelshop supremacy last month, opening it's...

  • ‘Imagining Israel’

    By William Yelles

    April 30, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The Skirball Cultural Center, in association withthe Museum of Television and Radio, presents "Imagining Israel: American Visions," a film series of American-made movies and televisionprograms that aims to examine how Hollywood's vision of Israel hasevolved over the past half...

  • L.A. 5758

    By Julie G Fax

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    As Rabbi AllenFreehling of University Synagogue in West Los Angeles and a busloadof bishops and rabbis left the Rome airport for their hotel near theVatican, one of the bishops read aloud a document that would soonspark a firestorm of controversy around the world: the Vatican'sMarch...
  • A Woman’s Voice

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    My Passover seder was once again acclaimed by oneand all as the best ever. Good thing, too, since, as befits a holidayfilled with questions, anxiety had dogged my every step -- rightuntil the last moment.

    First, I worried about the weather. Passover felleven later last year than this,...

  • Up Front

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Illustration by Shelley Adler

    Cat-Aid

    Yes, Israel has bigger problems than its cats anddogs. But, as the cliché goes -- we think it was original whenGeorge Bernard Shaw said it -- the truest measure of a society'sadvancement is how it treats its animals.

    According to the people behind...

  • Multiple

    By Shlomit Levy

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Ella Lewenz, pictured with one of her children,is the subject of her granddaughter's documentary.
    Filmmaker Myles Berkowitz made the comedy "20 Dates" on a budget of$60,000.

    Park City, Utah --

    Jewish filmmakers descended on this snowy townlast month for their annual 11-day-long holiday...

  • The Female Woody Allen

    By Harry Medved

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Julie Davis, a 28-year-old Dartmouthgraduate and former Playboy Channel editor, shot "I Love You, Don'tTouch Me!" for an amazing $68,000. When money ran out, she hocked herbubbie's diamond ring to help finish her tale of a conscientious25-year-old Jewish virgin. A largely Jewish cast...

  • A Jewish New Wave

    By Harry Medved

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Ella Lewenz, pictured with one of her children,is the subject of her granddaughter's documentary.
    Filmmaker Myles Berkowitz made the comedy "20 Dates" on a budget of$60,000.

    Park City, Utah --

    Jewish filmmakers descended on this snowy townlast month for their annual 11-day-long holiday...

  • Synagogues, Temples and Shuls

    By Julie G Fax

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    As Shabbat ebbs next week, try Young Israel ofCentury City for something a little sexy -- namely, a lecture on "TheFacts of Life: How to Teach Yeshiva Students," led by Rabbi Baruchand Michal Finkelstein.

    While many parents feel uncomfortable discussingsex with their children, the...

  • Marco Polo Redux

    By Rob Eshman

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Travelers Meiand John Krich

    The affinity of Jews to Chinese food reaches its apotheosis inJohn Krich's "Won Ton Lust: Adventures in Search of the World's BestChinese Restaurant" (Kodansha, $24). It's no outrageous stereotype tostate that, as a people, American Jews seem to need a good...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Seeing Beyond Our Culture

    Parashat Shemot(Exodus1:1-6:1)

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    My son was 7 the first time he saw a beggarstanding beside the freeway offramp: a large man, disheveled andfilthy, with a hand-lettered cardboard sign that read, "WILL WORK FORFOOD." "Abba, who is that man?"...

  • Up Front

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Kosher Ahoy!

     

    Should you eat it as a sandwich, or break it apart and eat thecookie part separately from the cream?

    Kosher-observant Jews will now be faced with that classic Americandilemma with the historic koshering of the Oreo, billed by makerNabisco as America's favorite cookie.

    It's...

  • A Hole in Kosher L.A.

    By Diane Arieff

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    A Hole in Kosher L.A.

    By deciding to introduce meat products into itsformerly all-dairy outlets, Noah's Bagels has provoked a strongresponse from observant Jewish noshers

    By Diane Arieff Zaga, Arts Editor

    You can tinker with the "classic" Coke recipe, add color to thegray New York...

  • Rabbi Is Held Up at Westchester Synagogue

    By Ruth Stroud

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    On Sunday afternoon, Nov. 30, as he worked on his computer in hisoffice at B'nai Tikvah Congregation in Westchester, Rabbi MichaelBeals saw a man he didn't recognize walking through the synagogueparking lot. The rabbi waved, thinking the man might be a homelessperson en route to the...

  • Dining Out…

    By Rob Eshman

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    As a rule, you don't go to museums to eat. Unless you're like me -- someone who, when push comes to shove, prefers great food to great art. I make no apologies: The last time I visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, I ate a tasteless, watery and expensive fruit salad in the...
  • The Melting Pot

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    My Thanksgiving column a few weeks ago was aboutpumpkin pie, the sine qua non of non-Jewish desserts. In passing, Imentioned mincemeat, which I had never seen nor tasted but feltcertain was the Maginot line separating "us" from "them." Spam, lacedwith lard and pieces of raw tongue,...

  • Haute Kosher

    By Diane Arieff

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Chef Paul Prudhomme stepped up to the kosher challenge,creating an elegant couscous dish.


    Combine ancient laws of kashrut with the finest chefs from Europeand the United States. Mix well. Stir in a couple of Israelimashgiachs and a liberal splash of French artistic temperament.Season...

  • As American as ...

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm


    On our first Thanksgivingtogether, my husband and I went to the supermarket. I was thrilled tolearn that our mothers had both used crackers and celery in theirturkey stuffing. See, I thought, we have everything in common.

    Then we got to the baking-goods section.Immediately, I grew...

  • The Chosen Beer

    By Rob Eshman

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    He-Brew has a microbrewery bite and a hip Jewish identity

    By Robert Eshman, Associate Editor

    One day, a tall, youthful Stanford grad named Jeremy Cowan decidedthat it was time to chuck his career in computers and create the verything human society lacked most: a Jewish beer.

    The idea...

  • Philosophers and Fools

    By Diane Arieff

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Above, Suheil Hadad (left) and Muhamed Bakri (right) in "TheMilky Way"; Below, Arik Sharon in Jerusalem's Machane Yehuda.

    Features

    'The Milky Way'

    This earthy, lyrical film by writer-director Ali Nassar is easilyone of the festival's brightest highlights. Fresh, impassionedperformances...

  • Personal Voice

    By Judy Gruen

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    A Plea From a Kneady Noah's Fan

    By Judy Gruen

    The news hit me as hard as a stale mandlebrot: Noah's Bagels wasgoing treif. They were abandoning us, tossing aside Los Angeles'loyal kosher consumers like so many day-old minis.

    For two years, we've enjoyed a carbohydrate high -- any of a...

  • Los Angeles Sephardic Film Festival

    By Eric Silver

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    In Roger Hanin's semi-autobiographical film, "Soleil" (1997), 13-year-old Meyer is kicked out of school for being Jewish in Vichy North Africa. It is a sign that things have changed for his family in Algeria, where Jews had peacefully lived for centuries amid the Moslems. Now,...
  • Back in Thyme

    By Rob Eshman

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Israel's newest weapon in its battle for economic well-being andworldwide acceptance is a tall, thin New Yorker with a great lambrecipe.

    Her name is Rozanne Gold. New Yorkers know Gold because, whilestill in her 20s, she served as the personal chef for the city's thenmayor, Ed Koch....

  • Up Front

    By Rob Eshman

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Photo illustration by Carvin Knowles

    The Sukkah Patch?

    The annual fall festival and pumpkin patch is along tradition at the Farmer's Market at Third and Fairfax. Thisyear, it will host an even longer tradition: the building of asukkah.

    In conjunction with the Skirball Cultural...

  • It’s Time to Talk

    By Rabbi David Eliezrie

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    It's High Holiday speech season. Rabbis prep, call each other withideas, exchange jokes, insights, and witty stories. They ponder thegreat issues of the day and get ready for prime-time talking in therabbinical world. Synagogues may not be full throughout the year, butcome Rosh...

  • Honey History

    By Rob Eshman

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Hello, honey. This is the time ofyear when honey shines our apples, sweetens our cakes, and slicks ourlips and tongues. Straightforward talisman of a sweet year to come,honey appears and reappears in the course of High Holiday meals.

    We will eat our honey tossed with rounds of...

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