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  • 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...
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  • 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...

  • Skirball Hosts Passover Festival

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    At noon on Sunday the Passover Posse will tromp through the lobby of the Skirball Cultural Center.

    Also known as Alan Eder and Friends, the 20-member reggae band and West African drumming ensemble will beat atsimevu drum and axatse rattle to lure patrons of the Skirball's premiere...

  • Bargaining with God

    By Tom Tugend

    March 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Passover already ranks as the favorite Jewish family observance, but can anticipation of the holiday also extend life? Apparently so, says David Phillips, a sociology professor at UC San Diego.

    He believes that older people can, in effect, will themselves to postpone death in order to...

  • Ice Cream or Bread?

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    I remember the argument like it was yesterday. There I was, a 10-year-old kid growing up in a Reform congregation in Santa Monica, arguing with my best friend (another 10-year-old from the same synagogue) about the laws of kashrut for Pesach. Well, actually, the argument was really...

  • Driving MissLazy

    By Teresa Strasser

    April 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Usually, I'm so used to the clutter that has accumulated inmy 1986 Honda Civic that I don't even notice it. Now and again,however, I squint and think to myself, "Why am I seated in a mobilegarbage can?"

    The passenger seat is piled high with unopenedjunk mail, while empty water bottles...

  • The Editor’s Corner

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    April 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The good news about Passover in America circa 1998is that more Jews than ever are embracing the holiday. It has become,as Dr. Ron Wolfson tells us (in the Passover section), our mostpopular Jewish holiday. Even non-Jews seek an invitation to a sederat the home of Jewish friends.

    The...

  • A Woman’s Voice

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    My Passover seder was once again acclaimed by oneand all as the best ever. Good thing, too, since, as befits a holidayfilled with questions, anxiety had dogged my every step -- rightuntil the last moment.

    First, I worried about the weather. Passover felleven later last year than this,...

  • Passover

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

     

    Seder at Spago,et. al.

    More and more restaurants put Passover on themenu.

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer

    "I'm a Jewish girl, and my husband's a Catholic,"says Barbara Lazaroff, who has been married for 15 years to renownedchef Wolfgang Puck.

    About 12 years ago, Passover was a...

  • Up Front

    March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Good Brownies

    They call Brownie Troop 239 the Mitzvah Troop, andit seems for good reason. The girls at Stephen S. Wise ElementarySchool are on a mission to sell the most cookies possible to raisemoney for Reoven Aviton, an Israeli boy who suffered from arespiratory disorder...

  • UJ Layoffs

    By Rob Eshman

    May 1, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The last days of the Passover holiday brought a shocking message to 14 faculty and staff members at the University of Judaism: They're laid off.

    Among those whose contracts will not be renewed this June are Rabbi David Ackerman, associate dean of the Fingerhut School of Education;...

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