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  • Moral Diet

    By Rob Eshman

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The holidays are over, and I'm full.

    I spent a week with family in Manhattan, eating.

    And when I wasn't eating, I was reading a landmark book -- about food.

    And when I wasn't eating or reading about food, it was food that provided, literally, food for thought.

    I was raised in a...

  • Who needs law school? Just marry a lawyer!

    By Jane Ulman

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    First, let me say that by the time I announced to my family that I was actually getting married, at the already questionable child-bearing age of 34, they would have been ecstatic had I said I was marrying a Martian.

    The fact that Larry was a lawyer, on the partner track at a...

  • Will ‘13’ Be Lucky?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In Jason Robert Brown's new rock musical, "13," the 13-year-old characters stand in a semicircle, staring bewilderedly at scraps of parchment.

    The teenagers in this show, which has its world premiere Jan. 7 at the Mark Taper Forum downtown, are non-Jewish students at a middle...

  • Music: Shabbat joins ‘Lounge’ lineup

    By George Robinson

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Listening to "The Shabbat Lounge" (Craig N Co.), the latest album in Craig Taubman's "Lounge" series, your first thought is, "Gee, this is such a natural, why didn't he begin the series with this one instead of shuffling through the holidays?"

    The answer, I suspect, is that the...

  • Imaginative menorahs give new twist to ancient tradition

    By Gaby Friedman

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Moses made the first menorah. God commanded him to hammer out an ornate, free-standing, seven-branched candelabrum, replete with cups, knobs and flowers, from a solid piece of gold.

    Back then, in the desert tabernacle, and later in the First and Second Temple, the menorah fulfilled...

  • He makes unique dreidels, and he makes them out of clay

    By Sarah Price Brown

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In a gallery carved into a stone wall amid the ancient ruins of Caesarea, Eran Grebler sits at a potter's wheel shaping clay dreidels.

    Outside, tourists explore the old amphitheater, temple and residential quarters of this Israeli city built by King Herod the Great in 30 B.C.E....

  • Manage your Chanukah fantasy by putting the focus on your family

    By Donna Becker

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Every Chanukah we seem to throw ourselves into planning the perfect celebration. Beautiful pictures in glossy magazines and catalogs feed a holiday fantasy that includes intricate latke recipes and newly minted family traditions presented to a receptive room full of beaming relatives...
  • Mamma Mia! That’s a Chanukah

    By Robert David Jaffee

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Skirball Cultural Center has chosen to focus on Italian Jewry as the theme for its upcoming "Hanukkah Family Festival," a series of performances, workshops, exhibits and other activities on Sunday, Dec. 10.

    Italian Jewry is a fitting theme since the Jewish community in Italy is...

  • Nancy Pelosi’s links to Israel are strong and personal

    By Jennifer Jacobson

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Before a packed meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) three years ago, U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) connected her political support for the Jewish state with her personal life.

    "My daughter is Catholic. My son-in-law is Jewish," she said. "Last week...

  • Television: Will Shabbat dinner drama hold ‘Nine’ viewers captive?

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Kates and his wife, Sheryl, recently invited their doctor-son and his girlfriend of two years to Shabbat dinner. Nothing too out of the ordinary there -- unless you consider the fact that the couple is not married, although the young woman is pregnant and they broke up during a...
  • B’nai Mitzvah: Exactly how kosher was Christy’s bat mitzvah?

    By Cantor Ron Li-Paz

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Christy's bat mitzvah was a monumental event for her entire family. The synagogue was full, featuring out-of-towners from New York, San Francisco and Raleigh, N.C. It was the first time that many of them had been in a synagogue.

    While Christy was nervous that she would make a...

  • British Jews’ ambivalence up to bat in ‘Wondrous’

    By Tom Tugend

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    David Wiseman is a 12-year-old Jewish boy growing up in London in the early 1960s, and his passion is cricket. He spends most of his free time rearranging and talking to his card collection of British and West Indian cricket greats, who in turn talk back to him.

    Only a faint shadow...

  • Want to spoof Purim and the Oscars? Be our Guest!

    By Steven Rosen

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Click big arrow to play In their previous screenplay collaborations, Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy have satirized such offbeat subjects as small-town theatrical productions ("Waiting for Guffman"), championship dog shows ("Best in Show"), and old folk music groups ("A Mighty...
  • Priorities

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    We love to play Jewish Geography. Whenever we meet a fellow Jew for the first time, we try to find mutual people or places we might have in common.
    I was leading a Jewish history tour to Prague when our group encountered a group of seniors from Israel. We immediately began to...
  • Schools to Teach Ein Bisel Yiddish

    By Sarah Price Brown

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Linguists have predicted that within 100 years, more than half of the 6,000 languages that exist today will disappear.

    For a long time, it's looked as though Yiddish was among those bound for extinction, but scholars and Yiddish speakers, as well as some Jews who remember their...

  • Spectator - When Metal Meets Mettle

    By Emily Pauker

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Jewelry artist Gail Goldin grew up immersed in Jewish culture and scrap metal, a combination that helped inspire her Modern Myths collection.

    She comes by this unusual convergence of influences through her father, Steven Goldin, a freedom fighter in Poland who helped fellow Jews...

  • Matzah Masters Write About Every Nook and Cranny

    By Elli Wohlgelernter

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Ari Greenspan knows his matzah. It's not the only thing he knows, but he definitely knows his matzah.

    The former New Jersey resident has studied it inside and out, from the firebricks that line his own homemade oven in the basement of his house in Efrat, Israel, to the unbaked...

  • Habush Wrapped Life in L.A. History

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jerry Freedman Habush led excursions through historic Jewish Los Angeles as vice president of tours at the Jewish Historical Society of Southern California (JHS) for more than 20 years. In recent months, Habush's commitment slowed, but not from a waning passion. He was receiving...

  • Jewish Film Fest to Make O.C. Debut

    By Andrea Adelson

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Terry Paule wanted her weekends to include Jewish-infused events, which she was hard pressed to find when she moved to Orange County in 2000.

    Instead of grousing, she started researching. Hooked on cinema while living in Hong Kong, where film provided a medium to understand foreign...

  • In Character

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 19, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Forget her 28 Vogue magazine covers.

    Isabella Rossellini, mit sheitl, is portraying a Chassidic Jewish woman in actor Jeroen Krabbe's post-Holocaust saga, "Left Luggage." It's the most unexpected casting of the season.

    It all began when Krabbe. a friend of Rossellini's,...

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