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  • Sounds, tastes of Middle East, North Africa converge at Clockshop in L.A.

    October 14, 2014 | 10:48 am

    How does one spark meaningful dialogue about complex Arab and Jewish Diasporic communities and help bring them to life thousands of miles away from their places of origin? Clockshop, an arts and cultural programming nonprofit organization, is turning to the powerful tools of music,...

  • Shmini Atzeret: Eating in a California drought

    October 13, 2014 | 2:41 pm

    Original post appeared on Neesh Nosh.

    I live in Southern California. The majority of my water is pumped from Northern California and other western states. It’s energy intensive, illogical and not sustainable. To add to this, California is in the worst drought in the past 500...

  • 19th-century synagogue complex restored in Lithuania

    By tessc

    October 8, 2014 | 11:59 am

    After seven years of renovations, a unique complex made up of two 19th-century synagogues opened to the public in the Lithuanian town of Joniskis.

    The Joniskis Synagogue Complex made its official debut earlier this month, the Russian Jewish news agency AEN reported Wednesday.

    ...
  • In downtown Los Angeles, everything old is new again

    October 6, 2014 | 10:16 am

    At 97 years old, Grand Central Market has become one of the hottest destinations in this city, drawing long lines of foodies eager for the finest in artisanal cheeses, coddled eggs and pour-over coffee.

    In August, the historic food market in downtown Los Angeles was named by Bon...

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  • What Roy Choi can teach the Jews

    By Rob Eshman

    October 1, 2014 | 11:12 am

    I was sitting in Commissary, Roy Choi’s new restaurant on the pool deck of the Line Hotel in Koreatown, thinking about the secret of Choi’s success. 

    It was my fourth time in the restaurant in the hotel Choi helped resurrect out of the dry bones of an abandoned Radisson.   

    ...
  • The High Holy Days: Something meaningful, or just going through the motions?

    By Rob Eshman

    September 23, 2014 | 3:12 pm

    Most of us who go to synagogue for the High Holy Days have no clue what’s going on.

    We don’t speak or read Hebrew well enough to understand the prayers or the Torah portion. We don’t know why we say the prayers in the order we say them. We don’t like the stilted English...

  • The Kosher Palate sets up shop in South Bay

    September 17, 2014 | 1:27 pm

    When Michele Grant was scouting locations for T.K.P. Provisions, her new kosher restaurant and specialty foods shop, she looked at several neighborhoods with established kosher scenes and large Orthodox populations.

    But customers of her food truck, The Kosher Palate, kept telling...

  • Eating my way through Israel on a Birthright trip

    September 4, 2014 | 10:19 am

    At first, the idea of going on a Birthright trip seemed silly, at best.  I’d already been to Israel, twice – once on a family trip when I was 15 and first exposed to lax drinking laws and Jewish college boys, and again before my senior year of high school, on a Write on Fellowship...

  • Militants, weapons transit Gaza tunnels despite Egyptian crackdown

    August 21, 2014 | 11:53 am

    A third of the houses on the main street of this Bedouin town near Egypt's border with Gaza look derelict, but inside they buzz with the activity of tunnel smugglers scrambling to survive a security crackdown by the Egyptian army.

    Smugglers and tunnel owners, who once publicly...

  • Event planners cater to vegetarians and vegans

    By Elyse Glickman

    August 20, 2014 | 10:46 am

    The prospect of finding satisfying wedding or b’nai mitzvah reception food has long been daunting to most vegetarians and vegans, no matter how expertly the dishes are executed. Sides and substitutions can only fill up a person so much. 

    Those who’ve done their family celebration...

  • Florence’s Jewish, Muslim reps appeal for interfaith dialogue

    August 13, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    Representatives of the Jewish and Muslim communities in Florence, Italy, along with the city’s mayor, appealed for interfaith respect and dialogue at “this dramatic moment of Middle East conflict.”

    The city’s chief rabbi, Joseph Levi, and Imam Izzedin Elzir met Tuesday with Mayor...

  • Spicy summer steak and potato salad

    August 5, 2014 | 1:31 pm

    Grilling season is still in its prime. Take those leftover steaks and turn them into this quick and delicious cold summer salad. Another bonus? It's a one plate meal!

    Ingredients:

    1 pound Grilled steak

    12 small red potatoes

    2 – 3 cloves of garlic, to taste

    2 Tablespoons...

  • Italy expelling Moroccan imam who called for killing of Jews

    August 5, 2014 | 12:27 pm

    Italy is expelling a Moroccan imam who called for Jews to be killed.
    Raoudi Aldelbar, the imam of a mosque in the town of San Dona di Piave, near Venice, was filmed during a sermon there last month saying, among other things, “Oh Allah, bring upon [Jews] that which will make us...

  • Hiatus Schmiatus

    By Nikki Tabibian

    July 29, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    A message from the author:

    My dearest readers and adoring fan (hey Grandma),

            When I began writing Le’chaim To Laughter, I was committed to documenting my memoires as a city gal with nothing but comic relief and hummus to help her get by. Yet, as I turned the page on...

  • German police arrest 18-year-old after attack on synagogue

    July 29, 2014 | 12:01 pm

    German police arrested an 18-year-old man after petrol bombs were thrown at a synagogue in the western town of Wuppertal overnight, they said in a statement on Tuesday.

    "According to investigations, three suspects threw several incendiary devices at the entrance," police said. No...

  • Suspect arrested in firebomb attack on German synagogue

    July 29, 2014 | 10:54 am

    A suspect has been arrested in an attempted arson attack on a German synagogue.

    A neighbor of the New Wuppertal Synagogue in the former West German state of North Rhine-Westphalia called police at about  2 a.m. on Tuesday to report burning objects in the street next to the...

  • Germany, France, Italy jointly condemn Gaza-related anti-Semitic acts

    July 25, 2014 | 11:37 am

    In a joint statement the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy condemned anti-Semitic acts arising out of the recent wave of anti-Israel demonstrations across Europe.

    Germany’s Frank-Walter Steinmeier, France’s Laurent Fabius and Italy’s Federica Mogherini met in...

  • Germany, France, Italy condemn anti-Semitism in anti-Israel protests

    July 22, 2014 | 9:41 am

    The foreign ministers of GermanyFrance and Italy on Tuesday condemned anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia that have marred rallies against Israel's role in its conflict with Hamas in which about 600 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died.

    After 10 days of bombardment, ...

  • Belfast synagogue vandalized on back-to-back days

    July 21, 2014 | 1:36 pm

    A window was smashed on successive days at a synagogue in Belfast, Ireland.

    The vandalism at the Belfast Hebrew Congregation took place on Friday night and the following day, the BBC reported. In the latter incident, the replacement window was shattered.

    Police are treating the...

  • Anti-Israel rioters torch cars, throw firebomb at Paris-area synagogue

    July 21, 2014 | 11:07 am

    PARIS (JTA) — Anti-Israel protesters hurled a firebomb at a synagogue during an unauthorized demonstration in a heavily Jewish suburb of Paris.

    The riot broke out on Sunday afternoon in Sarcelles after a few hundred people assembled at a local metro station to protest Israel’s...

  • Giving your leftovers to charity

    By Elyse Glickman

    July 16, 2014 | 10:50 am

    Anybody who has grown up in a Jewish home and attended key family functions, from bar mitzvahs to weddings, knows that the food served during celebration is the life of the party.  

    It’s comforting to know, though, that meals created to celebrate life also can help sustain it for...

  • A Parking Space By Any Other Name

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 9, 2014 | 1:30 am

    Rabbi Simcha Bunam of P'shis'kha taught that in one pocket we should carry a piece of paper which reads, “The world was made for me, and me alone,” and in the other pocket should be one that says, “I am but dust and ashes.”

    Any time we’re feeling particularly low or discouraged,...

  • Perfect chocolate chip cookies for the 4th of July

    June 30, 2014 | 2:55 pm

    One of my favorite recipes to bake is chocolate chip cookies. I remember my sister and I watching my mom bake them and we would help her drop the cookies onto the cookie sheets. Over the years I mastered the Toll House recipe she used to make and could make it from memory.  

    Then...

  • Recipes: Smoked salmon sandwiches, chocolate paninis and more

    By Judy Zeidler

    June 25, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    Baby boomers have childhood memories of eating all sorts of comfort foods: meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup, french toast and tuna sandwiches.

    Over the years, though, Julia Child and the Food Network did a lot to change these food habits, and...

  • How to Eat Pasta Like An Italian for the World Cup 2014 [Video]

    By Elana Horwich

    June 19, 2014 | 11:27 am

    It is hard for me to go to bed at night knowing that the majority of Americans don't know how to properly eat spaghetti.  I am on a mission to get rid of the use of knives as well as sauce dripping down the front of your face. Turns out I like editing my own videos, too.

    For those of you who are rooting for Italy in the world cup, it is time to align your energies by eating your spaghetti the the Azzurri do.

     

     

  • Recipes: Summer flavors, savory pastries and rich cheese tarts

    By Judy Zeidler

    June 18, 2014 | 2:16 pm

    Let’s have an outdoor summer party! 

    Whether you have a tennis court, a swimming pool or a great lawn for playing croquet, now is the time to invite friends over for a fun-in-the-sun celebration and an alfresco meal. Or you can take your party to the park.

    At our annual summer...

  • Fairfax District: Coffee shops and hungry, hungry hip-hop

    June 18, 2014 | 1:04 pm

    Both Bludso’s Bar-&-Que on La Brea Avenue and The Golden State on Fairfax Avenue are a couple of the rare restaurants where men feel comfortable eating alone. It’s not that these solo male diners comprise the majority of the clientele, but they’re always there — a phenomenon seen...

  • Cookbook author Dana Slatkin’s culinary fairytale

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 18, 2014 | 12:51 pm

    All year long, we long for the slow, sun soaked-days, the warmth, the waves, when we can fritter away the daylight hours in a marvelous cacophony of sensory summer pleasures — sweating in the sand, sipping sweet or sparkling, reading Russian literature and eating fresh garden meals...

  • Capturing the Israeli summer holidays

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 11, 2014 | 9:54 am

    This past month, we celebrated three major Israeli holidays: Israel's 66th Independence Day, Lag Ba'Omer and Shavu'ot.

    Lag Ba'Omer is a Jewish holiday celebrated on the thirty-third day of the counting of the Omer (six weeks from Passover to Shavu'ot.) For most of us secular...

  • Celebrating Shavuot, partying with The Rolling Stones and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 9, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Celebrating Shavuot at the Kibbutz

    Last week, we celebrated the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. It is celebrated on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan, and it marks the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. It marks the conclusion of the Counting of the Omer, seven weekd from...

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