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  • Delijanis put historic theater district back in the spotlight

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 1, 2012 | 1:23 pm

    The classic Los Angeles Theater at Broadway and Sixth Street is not much to look at from the outside—situated alongside a host of busy retail shops, its sidewalk is lined with street vendors selling toys and trinkets. But upon entering the theater’s French Baroque-style lobby, with...

  • PBS documents struggles and successes of U.S. Jewry

    By Tom Tugend

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish life in North America was nearly aborted before birth when the governor of New Amsterdam sought to expel 23 Brazilian Jews, who landed at the southern tip of Manhattan in 1654.

    In a petition to his superiors at the Dutch West India Company in Amsterdam, Peter Stuyvesant urged...

  • Books: The bible and history—facts or truth?

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible," by Eric H. Cline (National Geographic, $26).

    Consider with me the following curious intellectual position: Religions make spiritual claims, such as "God cares for me," and insist, quite rightly, that science cannot pronounce...

  • Fate of Santa Monica apartment building embroils rabbi and residents in legal battle

    By Jane Ulman

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    One late afternoon in October 1978, Hertzel Illulian, a Chabad student from Brooklyn, was silently praying mincha outside the Intercontinental Hotel in Tehran. He took three steps back after reciting the Amidah, the service's central prayer, and found himself surrounded by a wall of...

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  • Huizar Proposal Would Close Razing Loophole

    By Tom Tugend

    March 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    An order to investigate the demolition of a historic Jewish Community Center (JCC) building in Boyle Heights is now on the agenda of the Los Angeles City Council.

    Under a motion introduced March 22 by Councilmember Jose Huizar, whose district includes Boyle Heights, municipal...

  • Spectator - Fiddle Dee Dee and Oy Vey!

    By Gaby Friedman

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Like any good Southerner, Brian Bain eats moon pies and punctuates his sentences with "y'all." But Bain is also Jewish, which colors his experience as a third-generation Southerner in a unique way.

    In his documentary film, "Shalom Y'all," Bain set out to explore exactly what being...

  • Vienna Glories in Past and Present

    By Carvin Knowles

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Sixty years after the end of World War II, Vienna has reclaimed its roots as a city of culture. Not the culture of stoic monuments to faded glory or landmarks illuminated by historical plaques, but in a living, breathing, heart-still-pumping way. Grand-yet-graceful music, art and...

  • Letters

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Taps for Hatikvah

    It has been sad indeed to see the slow death of all things Jewish along our Fairfax stretch over the last few years ("Fairfax Shops Feel the Squeeze," Oct. 21).

    Before we are relegated to yet another historical reference on the Canter's mural, let's hope the...

  • Historically Sacred L.A.

    By Gaby Friedman

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Robert Berger is a third-generation Angeleno who dares to do the unthinkable in Los Angeles.

    He actually gets out of his car and studies old buildings.

    Berger, an architectural photographer with Berger/Conser Architectural Photography, is interested in historic Los Angeles....

  • ‘Food Maven’ Saves Endangered Recipes

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    "Jewish Food: The World at Table" by Matthew Goodman (HarperCollins, $29.95)

    When the El-Ghriba synagogue in Tunisia was bombed by Al Qaeda in 2002, the fragile remnant of a once thriving Jewish community was even further shattered.

    "The Tunisian Jewish community is one of the...

  • Zucky’s Counter Culture

    By Tom Tugend

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    There was weeping and gnashing of teeth when Zucky's Deli in Santa Monica, mecca of pastrami sandwich and borscht lovers far and wide, abruptly closed its doors on Feb. 16, 1993.

    "We were like family," one tearful waitress recalled in an old Los Angeles Times story. "We had...

  • Medieval Me

    By Robert J. Avrech

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    What books must every Jew read? What books are critical to informing your understanding of your faith, your culture, your people? With this issue, The Jewish Journal introduces a new weekly column: My Jewish Library. We've asked rabbis, scholars and thinkers to each pick the one...

  • Trial of King David Sabotages Lessons

    By Rabbi David Eliezrie

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I chose not to attend Tarbut's trial of King David. Billed as "the people against King David," it promised to be a trial that was "3,000 years in the making."

    I considered going when I read of the legal minds involved in the trial. Justice Sheila Sonenshine is an outstanding jurist;...

  • Secrets of the Cryptic Scripture

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 28, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Is the Torah an ancient set of laws or a divinely coded document that, if read correctly, provides clues to all major historical events? That's the question the History Channel documentary "The Bible Code: Predicting Armageddon" wants to answer.

    While many might think of the codes...

  • Helpful Hints for Dad

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Assuming a father already possesses his children's love, honor and respect, what more could he wish for? How about the power of persuasion? Sure, the little critters might love us, but how can we get them to obey us?

    In this quest, fathers of the English-speaking world will find a...

  • Classic ‘Nathan’ Takes Modern Turn

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's "Nathan the Wise," now at the Lillian Theater, a bloody war ravages the Middle East. Jerusalem is the flashpoint.

    But the setting isn't modern-day Israel; it's the Third Crusade in 1192.

    If Lessing's 18th-century German classic feels contemporary, it is...

  • Israel in the Classroom

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Before [the crisis], our approach to teaching Israel was just positive and idealistic. It was all about kibbutzim and how Israel is so beautiful and we all want to go there," said Ellen Goldberg, the principal of Temple Isaiah Religious School. "We want [the children] to love...

  • 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...