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  • 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...

  • 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...

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