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  • Mayoral Magic

    By Rob Eshman

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    At your next dinner party, here's a surefire way to bring the sparkling conversation to a dead stop. In the midst of all the banter about the Oscars and Westside real estate prices and Michael Jackson, chime in with, "So, what do you think of the mayoral race?"

    Go ahead. Ask it....

  • The Court of Cupid

    By Lori Gottlieb

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    It seems a bit disingenuous for women to get all bent out of shape over Harvard President Larry Summers' recent suggestion that innate gender differences may account for variances in math and science skills. After all, most women maintain that innate gender differences exist when...

  • Herring and Haftarah

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Single malt Scotch. Schmaltz herring. Cholent. Kugel. Marble sheet cake. What do all these delicacies have in common?

    Yes, they all contribute to heart disease, but there's something more: They are all served at the Kiddush Club. A Kiddush Club is an exclusive group of shulgoers...

  • It’s a Kosher World After All

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Kosher. The word evokes pictures of kugel, kishka and caviar.

    But forget the herring -- it's fish egg time. For two days, the second annual Kosher World Conference and Expo at the L.A. Convention Center plans to take conventioneers down an uncharted course into a yummy world of...

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  • Matchmaker, Look Through Your Book

    By Keren Engelberg

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    It seems the Jewish tradition of matchmaking is alive and well these days, as two very different Jewish novels on matchmaking come to us just in time for Valentine's Day.

    "Seven Blessings" by Ruchama King (St. Martin's Press, 2003) is out in paperback, and focuses on the Orthodox...

  • Duel Role for Fencing Teens

    By Carin Davis

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Fencing's all the rage in Hollywood hits like "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" and "Die Another Day," although it's less of an everyday hobby with today's teen crowd. But for Jewish high school students Harry Mahaffey and Teddy Levitt, fencing is where it's...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, February 12

    In "Salam Shalom, a Tale of Passion," two gay men, one Palestinian and one Israeli, begin with a mutual dislike of one another when they come to Los Angeles and find themselves as housemates. But what begins with contempt eventually turns to love, and the...

  • Briefs

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    State Breaks Down Palestinian Budget

    The State Department published a breakdown of how it intends to disburse $390 million in aid to the Palestinians. Water infrastructure, at $14 million, gets the biggest chunk of $40 million in "available funds" – money already approved by...

  • Torah Advice for Happily Ever After

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    As most engaged couples know, the stress of preparing a wedding and pleasing two sets of in-laws is enough to take that blissful sheen off even the most romantic of occasions.

    But in all the talk of dresses, centerpieces, cakes, halls and bands, what is often forgotten is that...

  • Project’s Tunes Hit Multicultural Notes

    By Kelly Hartog

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    There's an old adage that the overnight sensation took years to get there. It's certainly a sentiment that can be applied to 27-year-old Israeli music sensation Idan Raichel.

    His debut album, "The Idan Raichel Project," shot straight to No. 1 upon its release in December 2002,...

  • My Kosher Catering Conundrum

    By Lisa O’Brien

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    A wedding in Los Angeles should mean only one thing: beach. My fiancé and I wanted the reception to evoke thoughts of a Hawaiian luau or Costa Rican beach party -- minus the pig on a spit, of course.

    I had one overriding concern: 30 religious guests from New York and Jerusalem,...

  • Letters to the Editor

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Dear Rob Eshman & the Jewish Journal,

    I am an involved member of the Temple Beth Am Library Minyan, graduate of Pressman Academy, senior at Shalhevet High and chair of the Israel Action Committee at my school. The article that Mrs.Greunbam Fax wrote and published about Shalhevet...

  • Interfaith Couples ‘Prepare’ for Bliss

    By Michael Jackman

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The rose-colored glasses often worn by couples headed for the bimah can easily hide some relationship blemishes. So when the glasses come off after the honeymoon, the new vision of the future can be a bit shocking. Before you take that long trip down the aisle, you might want to...

  • A Gift of Love

    By Reb Mimi Feigelson

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Often, when sitting with my students, I find myself asking them, "What do you want?" and then "What do you need?" The answer to both these questions inevitably is not the same. I have learned this the hard way, like many other lessons. While I may have wanted something from...

  • Briefs

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Hahn Answers LAX Questions

    In a meeting with writers and editors of The Jewish Journal, Mayor Jim Hahn directly addressed the allegations of scandal at LAX and the Department of Water and Power (DWP).

    Hahn referred to a meeting he had with City Controller Laura Chick soon after...

  • Avoid Shower Cliche With Salad Buffet

    By Judy Zeidler

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    A bridal shower is one of the most joyous parties you can possibly give, and the occasion calls for light, delicious festive foods. This menu offers four of my personal favorite chicken salad recipes. (For a smaller shower, you could serve just two or three.) The French often serve...

  • The Mating Game

    By Kelly Hartog

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "I'm going to a shidduch conference," I announce to my friends.

    Despite my protests that I'm going to the conference for research I am conducting about the desperate and dateless ... um -- I mean single and searching -- in Los Angeles, I am bombarded with a plethora of jokes by my...

  • Briefs

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    It's 'Fiddler' – No Doubt

    "Fiddler on the Roof's" cool factor has gone up several notches thanks to the work of Gwen Stefani. The No Doubt singer's second single off her debut solo album "Love.Angel.Music.Baby" is "Rich Girl," a reworking of Fiddler's "If I Were A Rich Man."

    ...
  • Calendar

    By Keren Engelberg

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    ...

    The Jewish Journal is no longer accepting mailed or faxed event listing information. Please e-mail event listings at least three weeks in advance to: calendar@jewishjournal.com .

    By Keren Engelberg

  • Down Terror’s Deadly ‘Road’

    By David Finnigan

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Portland author Anne Marie Oliver has seen suicide bombers and other Palestinian extremists up close, and she says the cultish world of the terrorist group Hamas has "its own momentum and driving force and it has nothing to do with almost anything else."

    Oliver and co-author Paul...

  • Tips for Picking Holy Land Locales

    By Yael Adar

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Israel has scores of unique wedding venues. Most couples typically choose a venue between Jerusalem and Caesarea, thereby missing out on the many special venues in Israel's periphery. Planning a wedding in the outlying areas is hardly difficult and transportation for guests can be...

  • Window to the Future

    By Bill Boyarsky

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    It's easy to be a Jew on the Westside or in the West Valley. The nonobservant or even the alienated can be part of the Jewish ambience, especially in places like Pico-Robertson or parts of Ventura Boulevard.

    It's different in the Southland's far suburbs. Elections aren't swung by...

  • Creative Calm Over Shower Stress

    By Beverly Levitt

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Are you the designated bridal shower giver this season? Don't let the happy occasion of your daughter, your best friend's daughter or even your fourth cousin-once-removed's daughter give you the jitters. This is a time to be joyful. A time to be extravagant. A time to spend, to...

  • Sharon, Abbas Meet in ‘Summit of Hope’

    By Dina Kraft

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Israelis are calling the Sharm el Sheik summit, held next to the sparkling waves of the Red Sea, the "Summit of Hope" -- hope that the speeches and handshakes really will signify the end of four and a half years of bloodletting and despair.

    "Tikvah," the Hebrew word for hope, was...

  • Bush Mideast Plan Gets Tepid Response

    By Ron Kampeas

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Like any first-born confronted with the end of only-child status, the pro-Israel community in Washington is learning to deal with the Bush administration's new baby -- a plan for a viable Palestinian state.

    Many of Israel's friends on Capitol Hill maintained a sullen silence last...

  • Super Sunday Seeks to Top $4.5 Million

    By Marc Ballon

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    On Feb. 13, an estimated 1,600 volunteers will place thousands of phone calls to community members with the hopes of making this the most Super Sunday ever.

    Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn will inaugurate the daylong fundraising drive at 9:30 a.m. at the headquarters of The Jewish...

  • Three Faiths Unite in Pilgrimage

    By Mahmoud Abdel-Baset

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    On Feb. 10, 40 Jews, Christians and Muslims will embark on a joint "spiritual pilgrimage" to Israel and Jordan. The trip will focus solely on religious themes common to all three faiths. The author, an Egyptian-born engineer, is one of the trip's organizers. You can learn more...

  • My Evangelist

    By Rob Eshman

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    A vocal and influential group is pushing for an evangelical Christian hegemony in American life, and I, for one, have absolutely no problem with that idea. That's right, bring on the evangelicals -- as long as they are all like Jim Wallis.

    If you don't know Jim Wallis, you'll have...

  • Ugandan Rabbinic Student Up for Grammy

    By David Finnigan

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    University of Judaism rabbinic student Gershom Sizomu is deciding what he and his wife will wear to the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13. "I'm confused," said Sizomu, 35. "Some people say I should put on Ugandan clothes; others say I should put on a tuxedo."

    Red-carpet choices...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Forefathers of freedom

    "As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy." – Abraham Lincoln

    What did Moses and Abraham Lincoln have in common? The answer is: They both helped to abolish slavery. Lincoln set in motion the idea of a...

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