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  • Paideia Conference Considers Jews in a Multicultural World

    By Michael Berenbaum

    October 26, 2011 | 12:07 pm

    Recently, I attended a three-day conference celebrating the 10th anniversary of Paideia, the European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden. The brainchild of Barbara Spectre, an American-Israeli-Swedish philosopher who has led the program since its inception, Paideia brings...

  • Concerts celebrate Ash Grove’s golden legacy

    By Kirk Silsbee

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Ed Pearl, 70, silver-haired and feisty, will forever be associated with the Ash Grove, the folk club he opened 50 years ago with a $5,000 investment, despite the fact that the venue's been closed for a quarter century.

    "My life," Pearl said, "has been a series of fortuitous...

  • Experience at international camp broadens perspective

    By Sivan Ron

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    As I look at a picture from the summer of 2007, I wish with all of my heart that I could go back and relive it. This picture contains a group of campers, each with a big smile on his or her face, glowing with happiness to be surrounded by their new best friends.

    From a distance,...

  • Bratz : They’re cool, hot and controversial

    By Lisa Keys

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Depending on whom you ask, Bratz are odd-looking multiethnic dolls with big eyes and skimpy clothes - or they're, like, the coolest things ever.

    The dolls -- with their "passion for fashion" demonstrated through midriff-baring tops and micro-miniskirts -- have been criticized by many...

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  • East meets West over Shabbat sushi

    By Deborah Vankin

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Akira Mizutani, a tall, willowy Japanese man who's been living in Los Angeles for 12 years now, has long, flowing, jet black hair that hangs loose to his waist -- and on this night, his mane is topped with a yarmulke.

    Because tonight, like all Friday nights at the Glendale home he...
  • Language institute helping Ladino revival

    By Jerome Socolovsky

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Daddo & the Ladino Voice (live)
    Click the BIG ARROW for "Adio Querida (Goodbye, My Love)"

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Even at 94 and with eyes that barely see, Angela Pipano vividly recalls her memories of life as a child in Salonika, Greece.

    She remembers a city with more Jews...
  • Time for the last dance at folk dancing venue

    By Karla S. Blume

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    This week marks the closing of Café Danssa, a mecca for folk dancers in Los Angeles for 41 years. For much of that time, Danssa was a slice of Israel, or on some nights a slice of Greece, the Balkans or Brazil. In its early years, it was a pilgrimage point for dance aficionados and...
  • The King of Hearts; Celebrating diversity

    By Norma Zager

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    All About Atidim

    "As Henry VIII told each of his six wives, 'I won't keep you long'," promised Dan Gillerman, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, as he addressed some 300 guests at the Skirball Cultural Center.

    The Nov. 16 occasion was a benefit for Atidim, an innovative...

  • Band Gives Klezmer Extreme Makeover

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Like so many other aspects of modern life, klezmer, that centuries-old Yiddish art form, is undergoing a makeover, fusing Jewish folk songs with Caribbean, Spanish and African influences. Yet Extreme Klezmer Makeover, a quartet that will be performing on March 31 at Club Tropical, a...

  • Jewish Weddings in Space

    By Ron Magid

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Joss Whedon's quirky space Western, "Serenity," features outlaws who act like Wild West gunslingers, an assassin who forces his victims to commit hara kiri, a telepath who inexplicably goes berserk, a Buddhist planet -- and Jewish nuptials in space.

    Based on Whedon's short-lived 2002...

  • Still’s ‘Waters’ Run Deep

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In James Still's "A Long Bridge Over Deep Waters," a Catholic Cambodian asks an elderly Jew, "Why don't you believe in Jesus?"

    The senior citizen replies that she regards Jesus as "a revolutionary Jew," not the savior -- and that she would rather argue with God than feel awe for...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The Good and the Bad

    This year, the 17th of Tammuz coincidentally falls on the 17th of July. The 17th of Tammuz (the 10th Jewish month) is a fast day -- no eating, no drinking. Why? Because on this day, a few thousand years ago, the Romans breached the walls of Jerusalem. Three...

  • ‘Chai’ Time to Celebrate

    By Ruth Weisberg

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In Lita Albuquerque's serene "Particle Memory," a constellation of gold disks swirls in an intense blue void. In Peter Shire's cheekily futuristic "Torso Teapot," a tiny central pot sprouts gangly limbs.

    These wildly diverse works are among 100 vital, eclectic pieces in "The Chai...

  • Japane wish American Reflections

    By Ellen Fuji

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    If there is such a thing, I am your typical Japanewish American Princess.

    My Mom is Japanese American, my Dad is ethnically Jewish and, in a wonderful embrace, I came to be. Growing up in a town in which racial and religious combinations were not the norm, my two heritages...

  • Toy Vey!

    By Amy Sara Clark

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Monica Garcia had her daughter-to-be in mind when she designed a modest line of Barbie clothing while she was pregnant last year.

    "Barbie is a slut," she says. Some people "want a doll that's dressed appropriately."

    Garcia, who converted to Judaism four years ago, started the line of...

  • Family Values

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Gurinder Chadha was having one of those surreal multicultural moments you get in L.A.

    The Punjabi Brit was munching a bagel at Nate 'n' Al's when two elderly Jews walked in and ordered Chinese chicken salad. "I just thought that was hysterical," says Chadha, whose charming film,...