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  • Cooking with Chocolate

    By Judy Zeidler

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I absolutely love preparing chocolate desserts for Passover, and now that chocolate is considered a health food, it will give you all the more reason to include it in your Passover recipes. Chocolate desserts are easy to make, and you can create a variety of non-dairy chocolate...

  • Charoset a recipe for sharing.

    By Elizabeth Sunshine

    March 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When I was growing up, preparing for Passover &'9;was a very serious matter. It was hard and tedious work, yet there is one memory that lingers in my mind and always makes me smile. On the day before Passover, in the midst of the boiling chickens and rising sponge cakes, my father...

  • Passover Escapes

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    March 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    At our Ski Passover, experience the thrill of the 2002 Winter Olympics ... Ski the mogul run and view the aerial jumping hill; ride the snowboard half-pipe and ski the giant slalom course ... take a bobsled or luge ride or even try Nordic jumping ...

    More than 3,000 years ago, at...

  • In Memory of Morrie

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 27, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    For close to a decade, Maurice "Morrie" Gekler, a volunteer from Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills, gave his time to compile vouchers and goods for the Passover baskets distributed to L.A.'s Jewish immigrants by the city's Jewish Family Service.

    But as Passover 2000 drew near and...

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  • Out to a (Matzah) Lunch

    By Helen Schary Motro

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Passover in Israel is a blockbuster week when the country acts not only Israeli, but overwhelmingly Jewish as well. The air turns electric far in advance. Supermarkets are jammed, ringing up the highest sales all year. Matzahs are sold in packages the size of small suitcases, with...
  • Seasons of Reinterpretation

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The world has an odd habit, alert readers have noticed, of exploding in springtime, smack in the middle of the Season of our Liberation. Sometimes these explosions disrupt those carefully laid Passover plans in the most annoying way. At other times, Passover just gains new meaning....
  • Rally for the ‘Iran 13’

    By Tom Tugend

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Passover theme of liberation took on new meaning when more than 1,000 people rallied Sunday to demand freedom for the 13 Iranian Jews, imprisoned in Shiraz a year ago and facing trial for alleged espionage.

    The vigil in the outdoor memorial court of the Museum of Tolerance...

  • If You Are What You Eat, I Must Be Jewish

    By Ellen Sandler

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    I'm a vegetarian. So why were there six pounds of brisket in my oven last week? Because Max, my 15-year-old son, loves it. When he was 9 we went to my friends the Weisses for seder, and he ate brisket. He never forgot it. Two years later he asked me if I could get "Arlene's recipe"...
  • Passover Stories

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    On the first day of school, when Barbara Gindi escorted her children to Maimonides Academy, she was appalled by what she saw: Two security guards stood out front, a Sheriff's squad car was parked at the curb, and the administrative staff was on high alert.

    "It brought tears to my...

  • Senior Seders

    By Leilah Bernstein

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Passover holiday contains countless traditions. There's the matzah and the sweet wine, the charoset and haggadot, the gefilte fish and the good fortune we celebrate. But perhaps most importantly, there is the gathering together of family and friends -- the people who make the...
  • A Modern Mom Confronts Passover

    By Jane Ulman

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Why is this night different from all other nights?

    This night is different because I, a person who equates working in the kitchen with working on a chain gang, cook most of the multicourse Passover meal. Singlehandedly and from scratch, I might add.

    While I know that Passover is not...

  • Bringing Seders to Life

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The difficulty with Passover -- all that hard work aside -- is that most of us come to it with such a bundle of expectations.

    We want authenticity, which I suppose means some connection to the idea of Passover itself (i.e. the haggadah: the recital of our heritage, a link to our past,...

  • Musical Matzah

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Craig Taubman is ready to celebrate Passover, and, as always, he's ready to express his joy through music.

    In recognizing the spirit of celebration around a holiday that focuses on the emancipation from slavery, singer-songwriter Taubman, who has set many passages from Jewish liturgy...

  • A Russian Pesach

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Cantor Svetlana Portnyansky, who left Russia in 1991, can relate to the celebration of freedom that the Passover holiday signifies. She remembers how difficult and dangerous it was to exercise religious freedom not so long ago.

    "Practically it was impossible because it was illegal,"...

  • Haggadot 2000

    By Rita Berman Frischer

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    A 1998 article about Chicago collector Stephen Durschslag's haggadah collection set the number of different haggadot on his shelves at 4,500, increasing almost daily.

    It's probably impossible to know how many haggadot exist, but it's obvious that for every Jew, there should be a...

  • Why Is This Night Different From All Other Nights?

    By Beverly Levitt

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Although I've been attending Passover dinners from the time I was knee-high to a scrupulously set seder table, there's something I've never really thought about until recently: how does all this storytelling relate to me? Storytelling is the essence of Passover. We gather together to...
  • The Mezuzah

    By Johanna Hershenson

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    My family lives in tract housing in Mission Viejo. The thing about tract housing is that families are always coming and going. They buy a house, stay a few years, and move on to a slightly nicer tract with the few bucks of profit made on the first house. Recently, the growth of the...
  • My Date with Humility

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Here we are, weeks away from the first night of Passover, and I am already suffering PMS, Pre-Matzah Syndrome. Cranky, sullen, bloated, sweaty and dull. What gives?

    The Passover seder is a spectacle made for children. The lamb bone, parsley and egg, the wine spilled on the paper...

  • Hugs From Hertzberg

    By Tom Tugend

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Robert M. (Bob) Hertzberg will be sworn in as speaker of the California Assembly, the state's second most powerful political post, at 9:30 a.m. on April 13.

    The ceremony was originally scheduled for April 26, but, he notes, "I looked at the Jewish calendar and said, I can't do this,...

  • ADL Passover seder for the schools in Los Angeles Unified School District

    November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    All evening Taumisha Freeman sat dutifully, listening to the story of the Exodus out of Egypt, tasting matzah ("It needs salt"), reciting the plagues, without any expression. It was hard to know if she was bored or if, given the fact that she had never been around anything Jewish...
  • If Memory Serves…

    By Rob Eshman

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish-themed cookbooks appear in a frenzy about a month before Passover, then die off by May. Mainstream cookbooks also try to cash in on the warming weather's ability to make us imagine nectarine tarts and heirloom tomato salads, long before winter comes to the Chilean tomato...
  • Passover Refugees

    By Michael J

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    It was March 31, the first night of Passover, and his native Yugoslavia was again convulsed by war.

    So it was fitting, perhaps, that young Ismael chose melodies from the repertoire of the old Sephardic rabbis of Bosnia and Kosovo while leading his first seder.

    In Bosnia, during the...

  • Matzos and Mitzvahs

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Shoshanna Levi* identifies with the Passover story of Jews traversing the "narrow place," yetziat mitzrayim.

    Last Pesach, her Orthodox family celebrated a plentiful seder in their spacious home in the West Valley. But then Levi's husband, David,* lost his job of many years; the family...

  • Books to Read or Give on Passover

    By Rita Berman Frischer

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    For promoters and lovers of Jewish books, now is the season of our deep content. Not all the following books are specifically about Passover and not all of them bear a 1999 publication date, but all of them are worth considering, whether to keep or to give as gifts when attending...
  • Pesach on the Autobahn

    By Marvin J. Wolf

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    It was nearly midnight when Louis Roth's seder ended and we packed ourselves into my old Bug. My wife, Kyongcha, rode shotgun; Steve, my 12-year-old brother, shared the cramped back seat with a case of matzo and boxes of kosher-for-Passover canned goods from the chaplain's office. It...
  • Passover vs. Easter

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    If you want proof that the communion wafer is just a matzo knockoff, or if you wonder where eggs really belong (seder plate? White House lawn? Omelette?), check out "The Jews vs. Christians" on April 3 at bang. Improv Studio on Fairfax Avenue.

    Twenty-four Jewish and Christian members...

  • Passover Recollections

    By Merrill Shindler

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    I know it's getting really boring to talk ad infinitum about our dysfunctional families. But trust me, pilgrims -- when it came to the Passover seder at the Shindler homestead in the Bronx, dysfunction didn't even begin to describe the chaos and torments of Gehenna that afflicted my...

  • Passover Cooking

    By Matthew Dorf

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When Joan Nathan serves gefilte fish for Passover, she puts a carrot in the fish head.

    For her, the reason is simple: That's the way her mother-in-law always did it.

    "This is what her mother did. She died in the Holocaust," Nathan said during an interview last Friday in the kitchen...

  • Just in Time

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    March 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Jeff, the guy from the party rental place, left this phone message two weeks ago:

    "Passover is March 31," he said, "and, say Marlene, you always call us the last minute. Do you think you might plan a bit ahead this time?"

    Jeff isn't even Jewish, but his calendar was right. I always...

  • Seders Offered for Hearing Impaired

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Sharon Ann Dror, born deaf, didn't enjoy seders with her hearing family while growing up in a traditional Jewish home in Santa Monica. She could read lips, but she couldn't see peoples' faces as they read from behind their Haggadot.

    "I felt frustrated and bored," recalls the...

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