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  • SHAVUOT: 10 ways to celebrate

    May 24, 2012 | 1:35 pm

    Saturday, May 26

    “TEN”
    Rabbis Yonah Bookstein (Jewlicious) and Sharon Brous (IKAR) meet for a rabbinic head-to-head during a night of Shavuot celebration, which features TED-style learning, challah baking, meditation, tequila shots with the rabbis and more. Special guest...

  • Purim’s Gift

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    March 6, 2012 | 12:35 am

    I remember the Purim that fell during the year that I was mourning the loss of my father. Early on, I mentioned to my wife that I just wasn’t going to be in the mood to go to the Purim Seuda being held at shul, and she lovingly and generously offered to make a low-key Seudah at...

  • Top Chanukah tunes

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Just itching for a good Chanukah tale? Check out "Chanukah Stories" on KCET on Sunday, Dec. 2, 8 a.m. Actors Jami Gertz and Bob Saget narrate "The Tie Man's Miracle" and "Moishe's Miracle." Or head over to the Disney Channel on Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. for "Full-Court Miracle," based on the...
  • Commemorating Tisha B’Av—what to do?

    By Alan Fisher

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    We are a people who have suffered enormously. Given our experience with suffering and its regular inclusion in our calendar, Tisha B'Av ought to be easy to commemorate. But it is set at a time when we are most disinclined to mourn. Thus, Tisha B'Av becomes the most challenging...
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  • Briefs: Spielberg to press Hu Jintao on Darfur; U of California vs. Shabbat; Weiss recall effort kicks off

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Spielberg Ready to Meet With Chinese President

    Steven Spielberg has notified Chinese President Hu Jintao that he is ready to meet with him in Beijing within the next 30 days to urge that China use its influence with the Sudanese government to halt the genocide in Darfur.

    The...
  • Got Shavuot?

    By David Suissa

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The hottest word in marketing today is "interactive." After decades of treating consumers like passive targets, marketers have learned that the best way to get people excited about your product is to create some kind of interaction -- to make consumers feel and experience the...
  • Fiery holiday lights up Lag B’Omer spirit

    By Amy Klein

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm



    The wind blew cold and fierce and the waves crashed onto the beach as the sun set pink behind the craggy Santa Monica Mountains and bonfires battled for their lives in pits carved into the sand.

    It's a scene that might well seem like any weekend at Dockweiler Beach in El Segundo,...
  • Taking Winter Break on Jewish Time

    By Jennifer Garmaise

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Francis Bilak and her extended family are taking a cruise this week, but to do so, Bilak's son, Michael, is missing a week of preschool at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy.

    Hillel, like two-dozen other Orthodox schools in Los Angeles, doesn't have the last two weeks in December off....

  • Embrace the Day, Invite the ‘Stranger’

    By Edmund Case

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    My earliest High Holiday memory goes back to about age 7. It was the night before Yom Kippur and my parents had gone off to the synagogue, leaving my 10-year-old brother and me with a babysitter. I forgot that I wasn't supposed to eat anything that night, went into the kitchen, got...

  • The Other Seder

    By E.B. Solomont

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It may be the season for planting trees, but Yosef Abramowitz is pushing for sundae-making this Tu B'Shevat. In what he calls a "revamped" and "recast" seder in honor of the New Year of Trees, Abramowitz and the staff of BabagaNewz, an educational magazine for Jewish kids, are...

  • Orthodox Hoopster Skips Big Game for Shabbat

    By Peter Ephross

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Add Tamir Goodman's name to the small Hebrew school sports pantheon.

    Like baseball star Sandy Koufax -- who refused to pitch in the first game of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur -- Goodman refused to compete in a post-season tournament game because it conflicted...

  • Purim Pastries

    By Judy Zeidler

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Purim, sometimes called the Feast of Esther, is one of the happiest of all Jewish holidays. It marks the liberation of the Jews from the cruel prime minister, Haman, through the heroism of the beautiful and good Queen Esther. The story states that she was a vegetarian while in the...

  • If You Are What You Eat, I Must Be Jewish

    By Ellen Sandler

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    I'm a vegetarian. So why were there six pounds of brisket in my oven last week? Because Max, my 15-year-old son, loves it. When he was 9 we went to my friends the Weisses for seder, and he ate brisket. He never forgot it. Two years later he asked me if I could get "Arlene's recipe"...
  • A Modern Mom Confronts Passover

    By Jane Ulman

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Why is this night different from all other nights?

    This night is different because I, a person who equates working in the kitchen with working on a chain gang, cook most of the multicourse Passover meal. Singlehandedly and from scratch, I might add.

    While I know that Passover is not...

  • Be Happy, It’s Adar!

    By Rita Berman Frischer

    March 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Purim is upon us. Time to stock up on story books to share: Children's Books for Purim

    In "On Purim," Cathy Goldberg Fishman's fourth Jewish holiday story book (Atheneum, 2000, ages 5 up), a young girl tries to understand the deeper significance of the Purim masks her family is busily trimming.