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  • Mitzvahland: For all your Jewish needs

    By Rob Eshman

    September 17, 2013 | 10:43 am

    On Sunday, my wife and I drove out to the Valley to buy a new sukkah. It was time. I’d bought our old sukkah from an Armenian Catholic who supplied booths to vendors in farmers’ markets. When his orders began to spike in September, he realized he could have a good little side...

  • Spanish towns plan mock wedding at Sukkot Judaica festival

    August 23, 2013 | 10:25 am

    Two Spanish towns are preparing a Judaica festival featuring a mock wedding to celebrate their lost Jewish heritage.

    The event, co-organized by non-Jews from San Juan and Rio Jerte in the province Extremadura in northwestern Spain, will also include a Judaica market and songs on...

  • Supporting Israeli Art

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 3, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    Today, I would like to present to you the respected group of Israeli artists I was recently introduced to, whose works are published and sold via one website, named "Israeli Art." In this one website, you can find a variety of Israeli and Jewish creations, made by tenths of Israeli...

  • Sotheby’s: Steinhardt Collection ‘most valuable’ Judaica auction ever

    May 1, 2013 | 11:47 am

    An auction of the 500-piece Judaica collection owned by philanthropist Michael Steinhardt was the “most valuable auction of Judaica ever held,” Sotheby’s said.

    The April 29 auction of nearly all of the Michael and Judy Steinhardt Judaica Collection brought in more than $8.5...

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  • On Chanukah, Hamsas, for love and tzedakah

    December 6, 2012 | 11:58 am

    Meeting Rachelle Tratt, a yoga teacher with a warm smile and huge blue eyes, it’s hard to imagine that she was ever anything but the strong, spirited healer she is today. But Tratt, who grew up Modern Orthodox in the Catskill Mountains, has seen her fair share of tragedy.

    At 9...

  • The appraisal

    By Rob Eshman

    September 27, 2012 | 11:59 am

    Last April, just inside the entrance to the “Salute to Israel” Festival at Rancho Park, the National Council of Jewish Women set up a large tented area where it sold all sorts of secondhand items from its thrift stores: clothes, Judaica, kitchenware, art.

    I was rushing by when a...

  • Crafting a memorable Passover with unique ritual objects

    March 27, 2012 | 3:42 pm

    To prepare for their first Passover seders, Zoe Scheffy, Lesley Frost and Joanna Brichetto drew on their creative instincts: Scheffy pulled out her knitting needles; Frost gathered scraps of felt, braided ribbon and tacky glue; and Brichetto rounded up household items, her kids’...

  • Handy Hazzan is Hanukkah Hazzan - Making Dreydls Out of Clay Today!

    By Cantor Harris Shore, The Handy Hazzan

    December 16, 2011 | 6:54 pm

    … Oh Dreydl, Dreydl, Dreydl…I Make it Out of Clay…

    Most of you know the Dreidel Song …. “Oh Dreydl, Dreydl Dreydl…. I made it out of clay.  And when it’s dry and ready, then dreydl I shall play…”  Who does that anymore?  Go to any Judaica store and
    you will find...

  • VideoJew’s VideoGuide to L.A. #3—Jewish Los Angeles

    October 16, 2008 | 4:56 pm

    Dining, shopping, living, praying—VideoJew Jay Firestone shows you how it’s done Los Angeles-style.

     

  • 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...

  • Try these vegetarian delights— fit for a Persian queen

    By Judy Zeidler

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    During our first trip to Israel many years ago we bought a humorous silver Purim grogger that depicts a man holding a goblet of wine, almost tipsy, dancing while being bucked by a frisky goat as a young boy looks on. We assumed it was made in Israel, but later we discovered it was...
  • New ‘Encyclopedia Judaica’ goes from Aachen to Zyrardow

    By Peter Ephross

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The editors of the new edition of the "Encyclopaedia Judaica" confronted a whole new world.

    In the more than 30 years since the first edition was published, Jewish life has been revitalized in the former communist world, Las Vegas and Atlanta

    Volumes of Work

    Key facts about the...

  • Sondheim Knows How to Book ‘Em

    By Robert David Jaffee

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Some people begin collecting because they've coveted certain objects for as long as they can remember. Others collect as an investment. And, of course, there are poseurs who hire prestige dealers to buy them trendy art because they want to be viewed as taste mavens.

    Harry Sondheim, a...

  • Ex-Communist ‘Burb Makes Menorahs

    By Carolyn Slutsky

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    The model suburb of Nowa Huta was built here under a Communist philosophy of atheism.

    Now it houses a workshop that manufactures menorahs -- popular with both Poles and tourists.

    Metalodlew, a private company that was started 10 years ago, rents space from the Nowa Huta...

  • Dr. Louis Shub

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Louis Shub, longtime library director of the University of Judaism's (UJ) Jack and Bel Ostrow Library, died  March 10 of pneumonia at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica. He was 89.

    Shub is credited with building the UJ's library from a modest collection to one of the...

  • Art of the Scalpel

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Archie Granot is very careful and precise when making incisions with his scalpel -- yet he knows he'll never be sued if he makes a mistake. As the world's leading paper cut artist in the area of Judaica, the London native is among 30 artists from Israel and the United States whose...

  • An End to Denial

    By Julie Wiener

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The Borough Park section of Brooklyn is one of America's most visibly Jewish neighborhoods.

    On several residential blocks of one- and two-family brick homes, almost every front door has a mezuzah. Modestly dressed women push strollers, while girls in dresses and boys in tzitzit and...

  • Jewish Art Makeover

    By Julie Wiener

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A women's tefillin set with a beaded velvet box and blue satin straps.

    A silver "Kiddush" cup in which ceremonial wine passes through a delicately crafted silver net formed from the Hebrew word for "blessed."

    A sukkah with brightly painted walls made of the long, plastic

    strips...

  • Education Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A highlight of the annual religious school educators conference sponsored by the Bureau of Jewish Education is always the presentation of the Lainer Awards. These cash awards, established in 1989, go to talented educators who help perpetuate Jewish traditions and values in a...
  • Double Duty

    By Beverly Gray

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A highlight of the annual religious school educators conference sponsored by the Bureau of Jewish Education is always the presentation of the Lainer Awards. These cash awards, established in 1989, go to talented educators who help perpetuate Jewish traditions and values in a...
  • The Power of Israel

    By Sarah Tuttle

    November 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    My name is Sarah -- actually, it used to be Sarah, but that was before I went to Israel and experienced the best summer of my life. A summer that changed me forever.

    In one summer, I made new friends, saw sights that brought history alive, learned more Hebrew and Judaica than...

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