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  • A different attic’s holocaust secrets

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    December 27, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Joseph Hollander left the untold story of his life packed up in a suitcase, waiting to be found.

    His son, Richard Hollander, found the suitcase in the attic of his parents' Westchester house in 1986, after they were both killed in a tragic car accident. The younger Hollander...

  • KCRW’s gift—five days of ‘Only in America’  Jewish history

    By Tom Tugend

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    For a certain nostalgic segment of the Jewish community, Chanukah wasn't official until KCRW-FM general manager Ruth Seymour narrated her lively "Philosophers, Fiddlers and Fools" program at this time of the year.

    This noble tradition has now come to an end, but KCRW (89.9) has come...

  • Chanukah and adult faith

    By Danya Ruttenberg

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A lot of people have trouble with Chanukah. I did, for years. I'd go to parties and nibble on my latke or sufganiyot while grumbling under my breath about how there was nothing here to celebrate. I'd light my Chanukiyah, but I'd only do the bare minimum needed to fulfill the mitzvah...
  • Meet the multitalented, endlessly energetic Zane Buzby

    By Jane Ulman

    November 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    There are not enough hours in the day for Zane Buzby.

    At 5:30 a.m., fully awake, she sits in her home office atop Mount Washington, with a view of downtown Los Angeles' skyscrapers, checking the news and drinking from a large mug of coffee. Her husband, Conan Berkeley, and their...

  • Stuck in the middle

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    My name is Isaac. You think you know me, but you really don't. I am stuck in between two generations, constantly overshadowed by my father, Abraham, and my son, Jacob. If you ask anyone to name the nation that eventually came from my family, they either refer to them as "the...
  • Authors explain Jewish influences on their works

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Journal invited writers who will be featured at Sunday's Festival of Books to answer the simple, essential question that every Jewish writer is often asked: "What Jewish sources -- ideas, writings, traditions -- inspire you, and how do they show up in your work?"


  • Congregations, rabbis try to stop the ‘Big Day’ from becoming the last day

    By Michele Alperin

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The bar and bat mitzvah is traditionally viewed as an entry point into the adult Jewish community, but for many, it's also seen as the door out of both Jewish education and the synagogue.

    Among those who believe, however tenuously, that a b'nai mitzvah ceremony is de rigeur, some...

  • Rescuing Torah scrolls—I guess it runs in the family

    By Brooks Herman

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With hurricane-force winds blowing a wall of flames in from the desert, I received a phone call from Rabbi Mathew Earne early the morning of Oct. 22. My wife, Joanna, and I were quickly packing up our most valuable belongings. Our 16-month-old son, Jacob, was running a fever of 103...
  • Visiting Israel brings feeling of really coming home

    By Ariel Cohen

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    This past summer, I stepped off the plane and felt my feet touch the ground of our homeland for the first time. I was home. For 12 days in Israel, my family and I explored the land, went to museums and had a chance to connect with our spirituality and Judaism.

    This trip was...

  • We have the right to an indivisible Jerusalem

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky invites a forthright open dialogue, a conversation about Jerusalem. Contemplating Israeli talks with those governing the autonomous Arab enclaves of Judea and Samaria -- Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestine Authority -- Rabbi Kanefsky writes that it is time for us to...
  • Agnon puts ‘awe’ in services with inspiring anthology

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Days of Awe: A Treasury of Jewish Wisdom for Reflection, Repentance, and Renewal on the High Holy Days" by S.Y. Agnon, (Schocken Books, 1995).

    Is literature penned by a Nobel Prize-winning author appropriate reading material during High Holy Days services?

    I am not sure how your...

  • Lecturer’s Shoah ‘revisionism’ angers Conejo residents

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The way Jews in the Conejo Valley describe it, Joseph Goebbels would be proud of the propaganda proffered as academic discourse at the Goebel Senior Adult Center last month. That's when John Bravos, a commissioner of the publicly funded facility, focused a lecture in his comparative...
  • Books: Reimagining the future of the Jewish People

    By Amy Klein

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    After the destruction of the Second Temple two millennia ago, a group of scholars came together to discuss the nature of Judaism in a post-Temple world.

    Their discussions, which make up the Talmud, set forth a path for the future of Judaism to come.

    "Now, once again, a group of...

  • ‘Heritage’ guide reflects European Jewish revival

    By Dinah Spritzer

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When she set out to write the first comprehensive Jewish travel guidebook on the countries of the former Eastern bloc, Ruth Ellen Gruber might as well have been documenting the secret life of a New Guinea tribe of cannibals.

    Seventeen years ago, not much was known among mainstream...
  • Jewish threads wind way through Temecula’s history

    By Harold Brackman

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Temecula's wineries and casino have come to represent the high life in the high desert. Since its first modern vineyards were planted nearly 40 years ago, more than two dozen wineries have found hospitality in Temecula's rolling hills and granite soil.

    The area's ocean breezes draw...
  • ‘Living Lens’ celebrates 110 years of The Forward in pictures

    By Robert David Jaffee

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The New York Post may be the oldest continuously operating daily publication in the United States, but The Forward, which began publication in 1897 during the waves of Jewish immigration from Eastern Europe, was the first paper in this country to have a national readership. In its...
  • Make a festive meal fit for your Maccabees

    By Judy Zeidler

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Chanukah has always been a festive holiday -- a time when our family exchanges gifts, lights candles and enjoys traditional foods fried in oil. Since the holiday is mostly focused around children, this menu is designed with them in mind.

    It's important during Chanukah to teach...

  • Why we celebrate Chanukah—according to YOU!

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    November 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Why We Celebrate Chanukah ... According to ______________________ (YOUR NAME)

    Around 200 B.C.E. Jews lived in the Land of Israel, which was ______________ (verb) by the king of Syria. In 175 B.C.E. Antiochus IV Epiphanes became ______________ ( noun). At first, everything was...

  • Broke but hopeful, one survivor says it’s ‘better than Auschwitz’

    By Jane Ulman

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Last Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Memorial Day, Walter Essinger did not attend any community vigils or synagogue commemoration services. Instead, the 73-year-old survivor spent that day, April 26, being interrogated by Ventura County detectives. He was then arrested, handcuffed and...
  • Jerusalem’s Own Garden of Eden

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Atop a small hill in a corner of Jerusalem, tropical plants take root. Nearly black orchids stand amid carnivorous plants and other leafy creatures dating to ancient times. While the intense Israel sun bakes the outdoors, this treasured vegetation grows protected in a beautifully...

  • Single Woman of Valor

    By Carin Davis

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    I am a woman of valor.

    But nobody is singing my weekly praises. Oh no, that's saved for the same lucky women who get the

    Pottery Barn registry, the rock on their hand and a man in their bed.

    According to Jewish tradition, every Shabbat, a husband sings "Eshet Chayil" -- "A...

  • Cracking a Controversial ‘Code’

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Rachel Bovitz sat down a few months ago to read the novel, "The Da Vinci Code," she was curious about the buzz surrounding the controversial best-seller. But what she wasn't prepared for was how profoundly disturbing she would find the book.

    "The book was a fun read; it...

  • The Escapist

    By Tom Teicholz

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It's Sunday and I'm rushing over to my local comic book store, Hi De Ho, in Santa Monica to buy issue No. 1 of "The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist."

    If the name is familiar, it's not because you used to collect "The Escapist" in your youth, as many people have told Mike...

  • Catharsis Found in Haggadah Artwork

    By Gaby Wenig

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    While Israeli artist Avner Moriah was creating "Haggadat Moriah" (Moriah Haggadah), his wife, Andy, was undergoing chemotherapy treatments for leukemia.

    "I sat next to her when the chemicals were dripping in," said the 50-year-old artist, in Los Angeles this week for an exhibit...

  • Behind Kitchen Door No. 1

    By Beverly Levitt

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Monty Hall spent 27 years making outrageous deals with anxious contestants on his TV game show, "Let's Make a Deal." But the sweetest deal he ever made with his mishpachah was for a plate of pickled herring if they'd join him for Passover seder.

    Such a deal! The odds are all in...

  • 100 Lessons

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    While studying for rabbinic ordination at Yeshiva University in the late '70s, I was at the main study hall dedication where the late Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik spoke, honoring the great philanthropist, Joseph Gruss, who underwrote the project.

    On that occasion, Rabbi Soloveitchik...

  • In 2003, We Are STRONG

    By Michael Berenbaum

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Item 1: I received a call the other day from a journalist employed by a respected Jewish magazine working on a story titled, "Is a Second Holocaust Brewing?"

    Item 2: Arthur Cohn, a well-respected and talented filmmaker repeated in The Jewish Journal and The Forward the canard first...

  • Serious Play

    By Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    We call it the Festival of Lights, but Chanukah starts in a very dark place.

    It begins with two stories, each very serious. One tells of a severely outnumbered band of Jews who fought a powerful enemy for religious freedom. And there's the other, even more painful tale of Jew vs....

  • Deep Fry Diversity

    By Matthew Goodman

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The historical foundations of Chanukah are well documented, in the Apocrypha's First and Second Books of the Maccabees and "The Jewish War" and "Jewish Antiquities," written by the Jewish historian, Josephus, in the first century of the common era. As these sources relate, in the...

  • Preserving History

    By Bram Eisenthal

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Some five miles outside of Amsterdam, there is a site where a miracle took place during the Holocaust.

    Here, in this tiny town with quaint, pretty houses and narrow streets, the Nazis allowed Jewish history to survive. At a time when they were desecrating Jewish burial places all...

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