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  • Competing With That Other Holiday

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights," croons Adam Sandler in that humorous holiday tune, "The Chanukah Song." Sandler speaks for many American Jews in feeling a certain pressure and longing for Chanukah to live up to the glitz and excitement associated with...

  • Samuel Neaman

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Samuel Neaman, philanthropist and former department store chain retailing manager, died in Oceanside on Nov. 13. He was 89.

    The Israeli-born Neaman, who grew up in London and served in the British Army during World War II, ran such store chains as McCrory's, J.J. Newberry, S. Klein,...

  • Giving Thanks

    By Rabbi Ron Shulman

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It's not only that this year Thanksgiving and Chanukah coincide, it's that the calendar makes us focus on the thanksgiving aspect of Chanukah's meaning. Every year, when we reflect on the glow of Chanukah's lights, we are celebrating a different form of Thanksgiving.

    Jewish tradition...

  • The Bloody Lesson of Hebron

    By Avi Davis

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    There are few locations in the Middle East that excite fiercer debate than the Jewish community of Hebron. The issue bubbles to a scalding heat whenever atrocities, such as that which occurred on Prayers Walk on Nov. 13, rip into the heart of the community.

    Hebron is all too well...

  • Actor Casts His LotWith Jewish Ideals

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When Joshua Malina arrived at his first Jewish Federation event, a 2001 pro-Israel rally, he received an unpleasant surprise. The boyish, 36-year-old actor -- expected to become a regular on NBC's White House drama "The West Wing" -- had a respectable career going. "But I was...

  • Cape Town Clash

    By Moira Schneider

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A controversial conversion has reignited a dispute over Orthodox Jewish standards between South Africa's Orthodox establishment and one of the largest Orthodox congregations in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Attempts to paper over the cracks between the beit din, or the Jewish law court,...

  • Kindle Lights,      Rekindle Traditions

    By Linda Morel

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "The sizzle of latkes in the kitchen, the glow of Chanukah candles in the window, the sounds of children playing with dreidels," these are what most of us associate with Chanukah celebrations, said Linda Burghardt, the author of "Jewish Holiday Traditions" (Citadel Press, 2001).


  • Time to Eat the Doughnuts

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Q: What's better than a piping hot Krispy Kreme doughnut?

    A: A piping hot kosher Krispy Kreme doughnut -- and just in time for Chanukah, which has a holiday tradition of eating fried foods like doughnuts.

    Ever since the franchise expanded beyond its Southeast roots, Krispy Kreme...

  • Light and Thanks

    By Rob Eshman

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I spent most of this past week at the United Jewish Communities (UJC) General Assembly (GA), the annual gathering which, this year, brought nearly 4,000 Jewish communal representatives (and journalists) from North America, Israel and elsewhere overseas.

    The GA is part sales...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Mike Levy

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm


    You might not want to trek to Glendale to see the Brothers Horwitz, but wouldn't you want to visit the historic Alex Theater for a "Three Stooges" film festival? Why soitenly you would, nyuk nyuk. The fifth-annual event offers up matinee and evening screenings of favorite...

  • Students Spread Light in Ukraine

    By Daniel MacIsaac

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Osik Akselrud got a little help from his friends in staging a recent workshop designed to teach students to teach others about the history and traditions of Chanukah.

    That's because the head of the Hillel office responsible for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova was able to use, as...

  • A Great Party Happened Here

    By Linda Morel

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Entertaining is a lot like gardening," Linda Burghardt said. "You can't make mistakes."

    In other words, no matter what you do, it's OK.

    Just as each combination of flowers produces a different garden, each approach to party planning results in a unique gathering. Through these...

  • Man as Creator

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A woman who had taken fertility treatments became pregnant only to learn that she was carrying four embryos. Her doctors suggested multifetal pregnancy reduction, a process to eliminate some of the embryos so that the remaining ones would have a better chance of normal development....

  • Tasty ‘Adventures’

    By Beverly Levitt

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Adventures of Jewish Cooking" by Jeffrey Nathan (Clarkson/Potter Publishers, $32.50)

    When Jeffrey Nathan auditioned for his first job cooking for the captain of a Navy destroyer somewhere in the middle of the Pacific and substituted vanilla for Worchester sauce in the meatloaf,...

  • Take It to the Church

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The church is not a place that one typically associates with Chanukah. But that will change on Dec. 6 when members of Los Angeles' Jewish and African American communities come together at the West Angeles Cathedral. The Crenshaw District institution -- with a new $60 million...

  • My Chanukah Miracle

    By Carin Davis

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I'm an experienced multidater, so I'm usually pretty good at juggling men.

    But this Chanukah, I think I dropped a couple balls. Every year I throw a latkes-n'-liquor, dreidel-til-you-drop, anti-Antiochus Chanukah rager. It's a typical "they attacked us, we lived, let's eat" Jew crew...

  • The Making of a Potential Suicide Bomber

    By Uri Avnery

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Since last Sunday, a question has been running around in my head and troubling my sleep: What induced the young Palestinian, who broke into Kibbutz Metzer, to aim his weapon at a mother and her two little children and kill them?

    In war, one does not kill children. That is a...

  • Marvin Mirisch

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Marvin Mirisch, one of three brothers who formed the Mirisch Co. motion picture production company, died on Nov. 17 of undisclosed causes at UCLA Medical Center. He was 84.

    Born in New York City, Mirisch was the third of four Mirisch sons. After attending City College of New York,...

  • A Holiday Hits the Big Time

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    At Universal Studios, all the usual characters -- Spider-Man and the Rugrats -- were out in force on Sunday, Nov. 24. But they weren't just there for photo ops with children. Instead, they were lighting menorahs, spinning dreidels and eating the world's biggest latke at the Chanukah...

  • Glitz for Gelt

    By Marc Ballon

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Julie Hermelin wanted nothing more than to throw a great Chanukah party that would rival her friends' Christmas bashes.

    She succeeded beyond her wildest dreams.

    At that long-ago soiree, 60 friends crowded into Hermelin's home. They spun dreidels, feasted on latkes and imbibed vodka...

  • Spicy ‘Shores’ of the Mediterranean

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Celebrated cookbook author and chef Joyce Goldstein can trace her bloodline to a Russian shtetl, but her heart and soul lie in the Mediterranean.

    In "Cucina Ebraica" (Chronicle Books, 1998) and "Sephardic Flavors" (Chronicle Books, 2000) she explored Italian Jewish and Spanish...

  • How the Gonif

    By Matthew Wunderlich

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Every Jew in the temple

    Loved Chanukah a lot,

    But the town's biggest Gonif

    Most certainly did not.

    The Thief hated Chanukah, the whole Chanukah story.

    He hated the Maccabees and all of their glory.

    It could be his mezuzah wasn't screwed on just right,

    Or maybe he wrapped his...

  • Community Briefs

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Bringing the Military Back to Maccabee

    Putting a new spin on Chanukah celebrations, the U.S. Marine Corps Marching Band will perform at The Calabasas Shul's annual menorah-lighting ceremony to honor the men and women of the United States armed forces.

    Local musician Brad...

  • The Arafat Factor

    By James D. Besser

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    According to a poll released last week by Americans for Peace Now (APN) and the Arab American Institute (AAI), U.S. Jews continue to support an active Mideast peace process and a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians, despite two years of horrific terrorism and the...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Say Halo to Samueli

    Nearly 600 guests were onhand as philanthropist Susan Samueli was honored at the John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI) Auxiliary's annual membership luncheon, held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire on Oct 23 during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Samueli received the...

  • Is Thanksgiving a Holiday for Jews?

    By David Klinghoffer

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Nov. 28 approaches, and our non-Jewish fellow citizens would be surprised to discover that, in some religious Jewish circles, Thanksgiving is controversial. The holiday troubles certain Orthodox Jews not because they are unpatriotic -- considering how faithful a friend America has...

  • Leftovers Just the Dish for Chanukah

    By Linda Morel

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "I was searching for Chanukah on my calendar and couldn't find it in the month of December," said Jennifer Felicia Abadi, author of "A Fistful of Lentils: Syrian-Jewish Recipes From Grandma Fritzie's Kitchen" (Harvard Common, $24.95)

    Who could have guessed that this year Chanukah...

  • The Festival of Lite

    By Mike Levy

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Yes, the time of the fatty foods is upon us. But eight days of latkes and jelly doughnuts can be the least of problems for those who celebrate their holidays by eating out.

    "The bad news is, most restaurant meals are high in calories and fat," said nutritionist Anita Jones. "If...

  • ‘The Protocols’—A Road Map to Oblivion for Peace

    By Harold Brackman

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" -- a phony road map to the non-existent Jewish plot to take over the world and the 20th century's greatest hoax -- is now re-emerging as an obstacle to Mideast peace. To understand why the growing popularity in the Arab and Muslim world of "The...

  • Once Upon a ‘Nail’

    By Beverly Levitt

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The joyous holiday of Chanukah is replete with miracles and storytelling. Judy Aronson, Jewish educator in New England, loves telling stories at Chanukah. "The best are handed down from generation to generation. And they change in each retelling," she said. "I first heard the...

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