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  • Not Your Grandmother’s Macaroons

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    You knew this was bound to happen.

    Just this past Purim, The Journal reported about how hamantashen were becoming a hot food delicacy outside of Jewish circles. Now, two enterprising Los Angeles-area women are bent on doing the same for yet another holiday dessert staple -- the...

  • Ask What You Can Do

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Claudia Sobral, mother of three, woke up the other morning after watching a night of bloodshed between Israelis and Palestinians on the BBC news, and wrote a spontaneous letter to no one in particular, hurling blind questions into cyberspace: "How can we as citizens of the world not...

  • Seder, The Spago Way

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    You'd think after serving 1,650 at the Governor's Ball following the Oscars, chef Wolfgang Puck would take a vacation. But four days later, on March 28, he and wife, interior designer Barbara Lazaroff, will host their 18th annual Passover seder gathering at his famed Spago Beverly...

  • Lubavitch Recall Sept. 11

    By Sharon Samber

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Lubavitch rabbis from across the United States and 40 countries launched the 100th birthday commemoration of their spiritual leader, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, by marking the six-month anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

    Standing Monday in the cold wind and bright...

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  • Your Letters

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Joel Kotkin

    Joel Kotkin's article on Gray Davis ("The First Jewish Governor?" March 8) truly hit the mark. It underscores the point that a number of us in the Jewish community have been attempting to make -- "Not all Jews look alike ... and they don't have to think alike, either."...

  • Recession Hits Jewish Education

    By Julie Wiener

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit, a Conservative school, is raising its tuition by $1,000 for next year -- more than twice the usual rate of increase -- to make up for shortfalls in its endowment revenues.

    The Rabbi Jacob Joseph Schools in Staten Island, N.Y. and Edison,...

  • 2002 terror attacks

    By Journal Staff

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Jan. 15 Palestinian gunmen kill an elderly Israeli American who drives into the Bethlehem area.

    Jan. 17 Six Israelis are killed and 33 injured when a Palestinian terrorist with an assault rifle attacks guests at a bat mitzvah celebration in Hadera.

    Jan. 22 A Palestinian terrorist...

  • Who’s Who in the Valley Secession Fight

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    This is the first in a multipart series looking at the Jewish community and Valley secession. Let us know what you think about secession by taking part in our secession forum at www.jewishjournal.com/forum.

    The acronyms and titles relating to the Valley secession movement have been...

  • CSU Might End Israel Trips

    By Tom Tugend

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Two Cal State University (CSU) students spending their junior year on a foreign campus are enthusiastic about their experience. Ayelet Arbel loves the beautiful campus setting, the nearby beaches, the unique cultural exposure and the vibrant city life. Adam Ascherin is most impressed...

  • A Cup of Varon ‘Soup’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Satirist Charlie Varon has a vision of the Messianic age, and it's, well, crowded: "If everyone who ever lived ends up in Jerusalem, where're you going to put 12 billion people?"

    The acclaimed San Francisco solo performer, who regularly studies Torah, explores some of his Jewish...

  • Haggadah Returns to Tradition

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "The Open Door: A Passover Haggadah," edited by Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, art by Ruth Weisberg. (CCAR Press, $19.95)

    When the call went out to find an artist to work on "The Open Door," a new Reform haggadah, Ruth Weisberg knew she just had to apply. Weisberg, 59, a noted artist and...

  • Sir, It’s the Wrong War!

    By Uri Avnery

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    After the invasion of the Balata refugee camp by a regular brigade of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the brigade commander appeared on television and said that he had expected the Palestinians to fight like tigers, but that they behaved like pussycats.

    This is a frightening...

  • A Letter to Tom Friedman

    By Rabbi David Eliezrie

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Dear Tom,

    I heard you had a great trip to Saudi Arabia. In the privacy of their homes people removed their veils and expressed their true feelings. Even the crown prince, the guy who really runs Saudi Arabia, spent some time with you.

    Apparently he has a great new idea. Israel...

  • Now Hear This

    By Tom Tugend

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish (and other) radio listeners will be able to time travel back to the world of their immigrant ancestors when "The Yiddish Radio Project" debuts March 19 on stations coast-to-coast.

    The 10-part National Public Radio (NPR) series will resurrect the golden age of the Yiddish...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Bravo For SoCal's Educators and Administrators!

    You might call him the event's "grand Marshall."

    Garry Marshall -- director of "Pretty Woman" and "The Princess Diaries" and creator of TV shows such as "The Odd Couple" and "Happy Days" -- hosted this year's 20th annual Bravo...

  • New Cookbooks Stir Up Passover Delicacies

    By Rahel Musleah

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Whether you are looking for a memorable seder gift, new recipes for Passover or a break from cleaning to salivate over what you might but will probably never prepare, enjoy sifting through this refreshing and unusual batch of recently published kosher cookbooks and books that feature...

  • L.A. Trembles

    By Mike Levy

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Although "Trembling Before G-d" has enjoyed a successful theatrical run in Los Angeles, drawing in theatergoers is only part of the mission of Sandi Simcha DuBowski's documentary about gay Orthodox Jews struggling to reconcile conflicting parts of their identities.

    "Dialogue is what...

  • One People, Two Cuisines

    By Beverly Levitt

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Because my ancestors were from Eastern Europe, specifically Latvia, Lithuania and Vilna, I am Ashkenazi. Just as I thought all Jews spoke Yiddish, a language I delight in because it's so colorful, I grew up thinking Jewish cooking was my mother's brisket and carrot tzimmes, my Granny...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Solange Borna

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, March 16

    Hear, taste, see, smell, touch the Jewish spirit when art and religion blend at "Bezalel Community Arts Festival." The cultural celebration, part of The Brandeis-Bardin Institute's three-day artist retreat, invites the public to experience Judaism through the...

  • Bringing Back Memories

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A woman in a peach-colored sweatsuit sits in a sunlit hallway at the Silverado Senior Living Center in Calabasas. Once she was a professor at a California State University campus, teaching English literature. Now, because of the effects of Alzheimer's disease, she barely has a word...

  • Bittersweet Music

    By George Robinson

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Despite its air of celebration, Passover is a bittersweet remembrance, one in which the joy of liberation is marked by the pain of recollection of what we were liberated from and what we lost on the way from Egypt to Eretz Yisrael. Our seder liturgy reflects that ambivalence,...

  • Figuring Out Sharon

    By Mitchell Danow

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Talk about confusing.

    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon may have a strategy, but in a week that has seen dizzying numbers of Israeli and Palestinian casualties, many are left scratching their heads trying to figure out what Sharon is up to.

    His government is an uneasy coalition of...

  • The Trials of Ted Deutsch

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Auschwitz survivor Tibor (Ted) Deutsch will never forget the dark day in 1944 that forever shaped his life. Deutsch was only 16 when he and his older brother, Georg, were among the 1,000 Jews assigned to slave labor at a Trzebinia subcamp assigned to the service the venerable German...

  • A Portion of Parshat Vayikra

    By Abby Gilad

    March 14, 2002 | 6:59 pm

    Today we start the third book of the Torah -- Leviticus. In this book, we learn a lot about the Levites (hence the Latin name) who were the priests in the tabernacle. We learn about the sacrifices that were brought. There were different sacrifices for different types of sins. If you...

  • Your Letters

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Daniel Pearl

    "Yes I am a Jew and my father is a Jew and my mother is a Jew."God Bless Daniel Pearl and his family ("A Voice Silenced," March 1).

    Dr. Leland S. Shapiro, Simi Valley



    Abe Foxman

    As the present and past national chairmen of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), we are...

  • Tourists Pass on Israeli Passover

    By Jessica Steinberg

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It's known as the holiday of freedom, but Passover this year in Israel will likely be remembered for its sense of restriction.

    With a worldwide recession in progress and would-be tourists still wary of airline travel because of possible terrorist attacks, there will be far fewer...

  • Are You Frum.Com?

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Shtetlgirl" was having a hard time meeting religious men. She was used to dating men she met in youth programs and schools, but at 22, away from her hometown and living in Los Angeles, she found herself without a structured forum to meet anyone. "Most of the guys I was meeting were...

  • Being Good Neighbors

    By Yehoshua Halevi

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When a suicide bomber walked unimpeded into a crowded supermarket in Efrat earlier this month and set off a small bomb, the explosion damaged a section of the store's bakery. Miraculously, no Jews were injured by the blast, but the Arab casualties were believed significant.

    Following...

  • Off to School

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    At his aufruf, Shana Kramer's oldest son stood up in front of all his rebbes at Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore and said, "It would be impossible for me to thank everyone that I have to thank for bringing me to this point, but there is someone I have to thank publicly...

  • Divided We Stand

    By Amy Klein

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    One Friday night, I was at a local rabbi's house for Shabbat dinner, and he said to me: "The Jewish Journal should be a newspaper that unites the different denominations of our community."

    "Rabbi," I responded, "during this last hour alone I have heard two mentions of excommunication...

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