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  • Follow The DJ

    By Tera Greene

    March 31, 2014 | 6:20 pm

    Short and sweet.

    I am launching my website, http://www.djnovajade.com, tomorrow, April 1, 2014. 

    DJing is my profession, though many of you know that I am also a speaker and writer (duh!), among other things.  So, as I take my career to the next level, I am using my gifts in...

  • Analysis: Gaza crisis is opportunity for Obama

    By Ron Kampeas

    December 29, 2008 | 7:55 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Does the mini-war underway between Israel and Hamas in and around the Gaza Strip present President-elect Barack Obama's incoming administration with a crisis or an opportunity?

    Israel's aerial bombardment, the most intensive in the Gaza Strip in the history of the...

  • Arts in L.A. Quarterly Calendar: Cultural events through Feb. 2009

    By Dikla Kadosh and Lilly Fowler

    December 10, 2008 | 3:04 pm

    ALTTEXT

    Robert Dowd -- Pop Art Money -- See Jan.17 listing

    DECEMBER

    Fri., Dec. 12
    "Laemmle Through the Decades: 1938-2008, 70 Years in 7 Days." It must have been an extraordinarily difficult task to select only seven films to represent the rich and diverse history of the Laemmle Theatres...

  • Don’t cut support to innovative nonprofits

    November 19, 2008 | 3:32 am

    From New York to Los Angeles to San Francisco, the impact of the global financial crisis feels like an eerie parallel to the days after Sept. 11. No one knows whether the acute phase is over or whether there will be further shocks. For some, little has changed; for others, life will...
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  • The very best Tashlich custom is a toss-up

    By Rachel Heller

    September 25, 2008 | 2:43 am

    On paper, the Rosh Hashanah ritual of Tashlich is about doffing one's sins to start the new year with a clean slate. For Jason Mauro, 16, it's also about beach football.

    Every year since he was 8, Mauro and his friends at Temple Israel of Hollywood have marked the afternoon...

  • 02Max puts a youthful spin on the gym scene

    September 24, 2008 | 11:28 pm

    At first glance, the brightly decorated warehouse-turned-gym space of O2Max Fitness in Santa Monica may seem like your conventional workout space, filled with typical cardio and core training apparatuses (think treadmills, balance balls and resistance bands). But it only takes a few...
  • Arts in L.A. Quarterly Calendar: Cultural events through November 2008

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2008 | 3:22 am

    SEPTEMBER

    Fri., Sept. 12
    "A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People." Angelenos can explore the legacy of one of the Catholic Church's most beloved popes in a new Skirball Cultural Center exhibition. Through artifacts, photographs and audiovisual recordings...
  • How I returned

    By Rob Eshman

    September 11, 2008 | 2:25 am

    In the fall of 1989, I took a class on Chasidic thought with a Chabad rabbi. We met in a room in the annex of Congregation Mishkon Tephilo in Venice. I wanted to learn about Judaism, but I hated going to synagogue services. They bored me. So I took classes, learned Hebrew, even...
  • Old favorites take on fresh roles in fall TV season

    By Shoshana Lewin Fischer

    September 3, 2008 | 8:58 pm

    After a summer filled with Olympics, political conventions and bizarre reality shows ("I Survived a Japanese Game Show" anyone?) TV viewers are aching for something different. The new offerings this fall range from international imports like "The Ex List" and "Life on Mars" to...
  • Valley Cities JCC opens doors at new site—a church

    August 6, 2008 | 11:03 pm



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    On July 8, when Valley Cities Jewish Community Center (JCC) began operating at its new site -- a former church in the heart of a heavily Latino area of Van Nuys -- it did so with little fanfare. Instead, the focus was on making the reception comfortable and warm....

  • JDub throws off the label and opts for change

    By George Robinson

    July 23, 2008 | 2:55 am


    Golem live ('Romania, Romania!') at the Knitting Factory in NYC June 2007


    JDub was never supposed to be just a record label, and as JDub records celebrates its fifth anniversary with a free concert on July 27 downtown at California Plaza, it is more clear than ever that the...

  • VIDEO: Orit’s Adventures in Hollywood: Extra, extra—view all about it

    By  Orit Arfa

    June 26, 2008 | 7:07 pm

    My initiation into Hollywood has begun—in downtown LA where I booked my first acting gig as an “extra” for a Fox TV pilot.

    It was a 12-hour shoot, consisting mostly of walking up and down an office set looking busy.

    I met a nice man named Kurt (aka EZ), an aspiring filmmaker, who I was privileged to commission as my personal cinematographer for the day.

     

  • Don’t hold your breath on plans for baby

    By Julie M. Brown

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Nothing is more exciting than finding out that you're having a baby. The moment I found out I was expecting, I began making grand plans. I read the books, spoke to pregnant friends and questioned all the new mommies I knew. Then I made some big decisions.

    Disposable diapers were...

  • Originality trumps repetition in the holiday songs battle

    By George Robinson

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I will be frank. I'm tired of hearing the same holiday songs over and over. So the best Chanukah present I've received this year is a pile of Chanukah-themed CDs with lots of new holiday songs, many of them quite good. Here's what crossed my desk this December.

    The Klezmatics:...

  • Single, 60, and invisible no more

    By Esther W. Hersh

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I'm over 60, single, considered sexy by some and ignored by others.

    My experience is that if you are over 60, single and a woman you're somewhat invisible. Unfortunately, we live in a youth-oriented society where emphasis is placed on the young. So I started to make mental notes...

  • The Trailblazer’s Toolbox: Programs That Grab

    By Sue Fishkoff

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Here's a brief rundown of the national synagogue revitalization programs that have arisen since the early 1990s.

    • Billed as the first such initiative, the Experiment in Congregational Education (ECE) was created in 1992. It strives to popularize Jewish learning among congregants...

  • Mr. President, Thank You for Standing by Israel

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Dear President Bush:

    I never preach or write about politics. I think it is inappropriate for the rabbi of a large congregation to do so.

    Firstly, I am a rabbi not a political scientist. I do not presume to know more about matters of state than my congregants. I know they can read...

  • My Superpower: Datedar

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Some folks claim they have "gaydar" -- they can tell whether someone is gay.

    Some folks claim they have "Jewdar" -- they can tell whether someone is Jewish.

    I've got "datedar" -- I can tell if a couple is on a first date.

    It's kind of a cool power ... I mean none of the...

  • Iranians Open Shul in Garment District

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    With a new Torah in their arms, about 100 local Iranian Jewish businessmen sang Hebrew songs and danced down a busy street in downtown Los Angeles's garment district June 13 to celebrate the official opening of a new synagogue, where many Iranians have their businesses.

    As a DJ...

  • Arsonist Attacks Persian Synagogue in Tarzana

    By Adam Wills

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Police have labeled as an arson-related hate crime a fire ignited early Friday at the rear door of a yet-to-open Persian synagogue in Tarzana. Investigators found anti-Semitic graffiti at the scene, as well as a burnt door and trash.

    The attack came two days before the grand...

  • Class Notes

    By Julie G Fax

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    New Yeshiva Flying SCY High
    Founding board members of the new Southern California Yeshiva High School (SCY High) for boys in La Jolla knew that with a history of failed yeshiva high schools in the area, they had to offer the community something new and innovative. So they, along with...

  • Scheduled Relaxation

    By JoAnneh Nagler

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Last Sunday afternoon I was standing in my shower scrubbing my tile. It suddenly occurred to me -- in the midst of Ajax and scouring pads -- that the man who was ruling my fantasies was on a plane coming back from a sure-it's-professional junket in Las Vegas.

    Something was wrong...

  • Spectator - The Theme Park Without a Prayer

    By Melanie Herschorn

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Bible Storyland must have a guardian angel. Dissolution by the clergy, dormancy for 45 years and a fatal fire were not powerful enough to erase the plans for this Bible-based theme park from history.

    And now, art collector Harvey Jordan is working to inform Californians about this...

  • Jazz and Classical in Perfect Harmony

    By Andrew Rosenblum

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Throughout his career, musician Uri Caine has gambled that he could find a niche in unconventional musical settings -- and he's usually won. His body of work includes hard-swinging jazz, contemporary imaginings of Jewish musical themes and controversial reworkings of hallowed...

  • The Second American Jewish Revolution

    By Steven Windmueller

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The past 20 years have been marked by the single largest growth of new Jewish organizations -- well, at least since 1880, when the first defining period of American Judaism began.

    You can rightly call it a major American Jewish revolution that is now under way.

    This modern...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, April 22

    Support Los Angeles Jewish Theater in its new home at Temple Menorah of Redondo Beach, and catch some good dinner theater while you’re at it. Tonight, it presents a staged reading of Jeff Baron’s “Visiting Mr. Green,” about the evolving relationship between a...

  • When Faiths Jam

    By Rob Eshman

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    At the Southern California Islamic Center last Saturday night, only Shawn Landres dared utter a four-letter word. That word was, "kumbaya."

    Yes, the evening brought together about 150 Jews, Muslims and Christians for a night of prayer and music at the center, which had never before...

  • Misguided Passion About Gibson’s Film

    By Rabbi Michael Gotlieb

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The great 20th century philosopher, Martin Buber, had an uncanny ability to speak to ecumenical gatherings. He would often begin his lectures highlighting the many theological tenets shared by Jews and Christians.

    "Jews," he said, "believe the Messiah has yet to come." To which he...

  • Competing Moments of Truth on Schools

    By Howard Blume

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Tuesday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to lay the groundwork for the most defining initiative of his term in office: his attempt to take control of Los Angeles' schools. But the day before he does, opponents of his plan will beat him to the microphone. The L.A. teachers...

  • Competing Moments of Truth on Schools

    By Howard Blume

    April 9, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Tuesday April 18, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to lay the groundwork for the most defining initiative of his term in office: his attempt to take control of Los Angeles' schools. But the day before he does, opponents of his plan will beat him to the microphone. The L.A....

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