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  • A WONDERFUL MUSE/IQUE CONCERT!

    By Joy Bennett

    August 19, 2013 | 2:34 am

    MUSE/IQUE Concert, Pasadena, August 17, 2013 photo by Joy Bennett

    Last Saturday night I had the pleasure of attending the MUSE/IQUE Concert called "Lose Your Senses with Ellis Hall" conducted by MUSE/IQUE Artistic Director Rachael Worby.  The concert was held at Caltech's...

  • Going home with Gary Baseman

    By Tom Teicholz

    April 24, 2013 | 10:11 am

    There’s an old saying that goes something like this: We spend the first half of our lives running away from home and the rest trying to get back. Consider Homer, way back in ancient Greece, who defined our notion of a life’s odyssey as a journey that begins and ends at home.

    The...

  • Muslim Public Affairs Council’s conference draws hundreds to Pasadena church

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 19, 2012 | 3:15 pm

    When All Saints Church in Pasadena announced that it would host the Muslim Public Affairs Council’s (MPAC) 12th annual convention as part of its efforts toward “interfaith peacemaking,” the Episcopal church that was founded in 1883 became the target of hate mail and attacks. 

    In...

  • Wind closes synagogues, schools

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    December 1, 2011 | 2:44 pm

    Gusts that peaked at 97 miles per hour whipped through the Los Angeles area Wednesday night, downing trees and power lines and leaving some synagogues and Jewish schools with minor damage and no power.

    Hardest hit was the Pasadena area, where the Jewish Federation of the Greater San...

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  • Pasadena temple gets Argentina’s first woman cantor

    By Ryan E. Smith

    September 14, 2011 | 11:49 am

    Cantor Ruth Berman Harris has been earning paychecks for leading services since she was 15, years before a cantorial school even existed in her native Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    “I think it was what I was born to be,” she said. “I became a bat mitzvah, and I never left the...

  • Letter from Pasadena: I’m in the oud for love [MUSIC VIDEO]

    By The Web Guy

    December 17, 2008 | 2:17 am

    Another guest post from Friend of Bloggish Anita Susan Brenner:

    Westsiders have a lot of choices: Federations, congresses, associations and shuls of every denomination.   Out here in Old Town Pasadena, I can walk for hours without ever seeing a kippa.  My kosher chicken doesn't...
  • Through the looking glass with Friends of Sabeel

    By Tom Tugend

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Covering a meeting of Friends of Sabeel is a strange experience. "Strange" as in walking through the looking glass and encountering a reverse universe on the other side.

    While we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Israel's independence, they are mourning six decades of the nakba, the...

  • Paper pieces for peace

    By Jay Firestone

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    An ancient Japanese legend holds that anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes will be granted a wish. If three L.A.-area day schools were to get one, it might be for peace and understanding.

    Pasadena's Weizmann Jewish day school hosted an interfaith origami session on Tuesday, May...

  • Big Thinking

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    In the few courses that I have taken and books that I have read on management, one of the main components of success is the ability to engage in "big visioning" or "blue sky" thinking. By not letting barriers, restrictions or even reality get in the way, we must find ways -- and...
  • ‘Pieces’ fall into place for Israeli actress

    By Tom Tugend

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    "I long for the loss of memory," grieves Jakob, the central character in "Fugitive Pieces," a sensitive, at times wrenching, film based on the best-selling novel by Canadian poet Anne Michaels and directed by her countryman, Jeremy Podeswa, the son of Holocaust survivors.

    But he is...

  • Voice of reason in a sea of insanity,  Jewish Dodgers, Prager, archaeologists, politicians and peace

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Food Issues

    Rob Eshman's article about food issues is a voice of reason in a sea of insanity ("Food Issues," April 11).

    Much of the meaning behind the holiday is in its simplicity, as Rob indicates. Changing one's diet for seven or eight days obviously extends beyond the seders....
  • Butt out

    By Rob Eshman

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    I'm always leery when Jewish groups ride in from out of town to try to save us from the bad guys. We have plenty of sharp-eyed Jewish defense groups locally who can tussle on our behalf. It's just a bit condescending to think we rubes, out in America's second-largest Jewish city,...
  • Can Pasadena become a ‘city of justice?’

    By Peter Dreier

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I sometimes wonder what the Prophet Isaiah would think about Pasadena.

    It was Isaiah whose words we just read this past Yom Kippur.

    God, speaking through Isaiah, says, "Do you think the fast that I demand this day is to bow down your head like a bulrush? No! The fast I demand is...

  • Sitcom superstars, sultry songstresses, literary diamonds

    By Dikla Kadosh

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday

    Bob Saget will forever be remembered as Danny Tanner from "Full House." Now, instead of guiding the household with his wise advice and calm demeanor, Saget is exposing the sitcom family's sexual exploits on cable television. "Bob Saget: That Ain't Right" was taped in front...
  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, July 1
    In time for summertime, the Skirball has rekindled its weekly Café Z live music series. Take advantage today, and head down to groove to Elliott Caine Quintet’s Afro-Cuban jazz beats. According to Caine’s Web site, KCRW’s Bo Leibowitz described him as a...

  • Transplant Recipient Will Parade Success

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Like many native Angelenos, Ilene Feder has never been to the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena. However, the Studio City resident not only will be attending the New Year's day festivities on Monday, Jan. 2, for the 118th Rose Parade, but will have a vantage point few get to...

  • The Real World: Warlord

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine an Uzbek warlord who takes time between mortar attacks to remove his clothes and display his manhood in the bunker. Now, imagine that he willingly does this for a camera operator, who films the chieftain and his family for an "Osbournes"-meets-"Sopranos" reality-TV show.

    It...

  • A Case for Pasadena

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Most people are surprised, even flabbergasted, to learn that there is a sizeable Jewish community in Pasadena, one that has been here for well over a century.

    I grew up in the San Fernando Valley, and I had never been to Pasadena. I knew little about it -- mostly that the Rose Parade...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, May 21

    Ah, love. We get a heaping helping of it at the Getty's "Love Story Weekend," which continues today. Hear noted actors read short stories by noted writers -- Regina King reads Charles Johnson, Alec Baldwin reads John Updike and William H. Macy reads Etgar...

  • Your Letters

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    PETA Profanes Holocaust?

    Dr. Joel Geiderman ("Campaign by PETA Profanes Holocaust," Sept. 19) should read "Eternal Treblinka" by Charles Patterson, a history scholar who devotes much of his book to explaining that it is because the Nazis equated Jews with animals that they were so...

  • Diversity Blooms in the Land of Roses

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Are there really Jews in Pasadena?" is the question asked of Pasadena Jews, despite the fact that the Pasadena Jewish community is one of the oldest in Los Angeles.

    But today that question is asked less frequently. What was once a blue-blood enclave is now becoming a more...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday

    Big into cantorial music? Is this ever your weekend! Head over to the Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center's (PTJC) "Cantors in Concert." (No worries, they've probably cleared out all of the Rose Parade mess by now.) Or, for you West Valley-ites, wait till tomorrow and swing by...

  • Rose Queen for a Day

    By Phyllis Folb

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It took 50 years, but this New Year's Day a childhood dream and mother's fantasy is about to come true.

    I was born on Jan. 1, 1953. Dwight D. Eisenhower prepared to assume the presidency, American troops remained in Korea and newspapers heralded mine as Los Angeles County's first...

  • Purim Magic and Minutia

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    March 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Late one night last week, Rabbi Chaim Hanoka stood talking to David Angel in a large, almost empty parking lot, well past the appointed hour that each man had expected to get into his car and drive home. Hanoka was attempting to unravel the mathematical complexities of how Purim...
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