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  • Sunday’s protestors sought kaporot concessions

    September 9, 2013 | 5:25 pm

    With chants of “Shonda,” and “Shame,” a group of around 75 protestors demonstrated on Sept. 8 in front of two sites on Pico Blvd where kaporot ceremonies were taking place.

    Kaporot, which means “Atonement,” is a 1,000 year old custom observed by some Orthodox Jews between Rosh...

  • Chai time for a new location

    August 28, 2013 | 4:52 pm

    For the past eight years, the Chai Center has been holding High Holy Days services at the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Theater in Beverly Hills. This year, however, just weeks before Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz received a call from the WGA indicating that, because of...

  • We Grew Up With Bibi’s, and Bibi’s Grew Up With Us

    By Louis Keene

    August 14, 2012 | 4:18 am

    Something about being a claustrophobic high school upperclassman lent itself to my spending Saturday nights at Bibi’s Warmstone Bakery and Cafe back in my Shalhevet heyday. I wasn’t alone at the little Israeli joint on the corner of Pico and Livonia, of course – that was the...

  • The Look: Shanghai Diamond Garden

    By Louis Keene

    August 3, 2012 | 5:32 am

    I hadn’t been to Shanghai Diamond Garden in years. That’s because I’ve never been a fan of Chinese food, but their orange chicken always brings me back. This time with family, however, I decided to try something different. The Hunan Beef was not nearly as spicy as advertised; in...

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  • From which seeps the essence of Jeff’s Gourmet

    By Louis Keene

    June 29, 2012 | 12:04 pm

    College is about learning how to fit in, or—if you’re talented enough—finding out you don’t have to. As someone who fails to make the latter group, I often find myself ordering black bean cheeseburgers and pattyless patty melts to keep up with friends who eat traif with aplomb. When...

  • White night in Pico

    By David Suissa

    May 30, 2012 | 12:46 pm

    I have a feeling that several years from now, as the movement to strengthen Jewish connection in America accelerates, the coolest night of the year will be Shavuot.

    You see,  one of the traditions of the Shavuot festival — which commemorates the receiving of the Torah some 3,300...

  • Hundreds of missionaries targeting Jewish neighborhoods

    April 4, 2011 | 11:23 am

    Wednesday afternoon I answered my door in Pico Robertson to discover three young people, ranging from 18 to 22 years old. They wanted to talk to me about “Israel Restoration.” For a moment I thought they were talking about rebuilding Israeli forests. However, the moment I saw...

  • Tikkunfest brings much-needed TLC to Pico-Robertson [VIDEO]

    By Ryan Torok

    October 27, 2010 | 9:53 am

    Volunteers spent five hours uprooting dead trees and planting new ones; setting up herb planters in front of stores; repainting curbs, poles and fire hydrants; sweeping mulch and dirt off the sidewalks; and lugging heavy garbage bags in the predominantly Orthodox neighborhood of...

  • Rabbis’ Ethics Initiative Evokes Cheers, Criticism

    By Rachel Heller

    March 11, 2009 | 7:14 pm

    Rabbis’ Ethics Initiative Evokes Cheers, Criticism

     

    Errol Fine, owner of Pat’s Restaurant and Catering, places the fair treatment of his employees high on his list of business priorities. In fact, he hopes soon to put a sign in the window of his popular Pico Boulevard...

  • Neighbors oppose Chabad expansion on Pico

    By Jane Ulman

    September 24, 2008 | 11:12 pm

    Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin, head of Chabad of California, has a dream -- a block-long, five-story "village" on Pico Boulevard that would provide a girls day school and boarding school along with affordable, safe housing for Holocaust survivors and other elderly people and for teachers...
  • Meat packing raid stirs larger ethical and economic concerns

    By Amy Klein

    May 22, 2008 | 11:00 am

    While some Los Angeles kosher supervisors and suppliers see the crackdown on illegal immigrants at the Agriprocessors plant in Postville, Iowa, as a temporary setback, others are concerned with larger economic and ethical implications that reach beyond this particular case.

    "They...

  • Briefs: Sderot kids share their experiences with local students, Pico business owners protest traffi

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Sderot Teens Open Their Hearts to L.A. Students

    Ten high school students from Sderot, a small city that has been bombarded by rockets from the nearby Gaza Strip, traveled to Los Angeles this week to share their heartrending stories at college and high school campuses. They were...

  • Chasids in the Hood (or Not)

    By David Suissa

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's one of the quirks of the Pico-Robertson neighborhood. There's a movement that owns a huge block on Pico Boulevard right in the middle of the hood, runs a preschool, elementary, middle and high school for girls on that same block, has official or unofficial connections with six...
  • In the ‘hood, the treat is no trick

    By David Suissa

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    If you're one of those people that took the kids out on Halloween, there's a good chance you avoided Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods like Pico-Robertson.

    Because believe me, they don't trick or treat in the hood.

    This is not a polite refusal to partake in something foreign, like, say,...

  • Life in the ‘hood: Gino Tortorella, hairdresser to the Jews

    By David Suissa

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    After 30 days of spiritual feasting, repenting, praying and partying, I think this is a good time to head into the hood and meet my buddy Gino Tortorella.

    I love Gino because he's entertaining in a Martin Scorsese sort of way -- he looks like a cross between Joe Pesci and Danny...

  • Live from the ‘hood: we’re gonna party like it’s 5667

    By David Suissa

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I love Judaism. It's got answers for everything. If something bothers me, I just ask a million questions; I dig a little and, voila, I'm enlightened.
     
    One thing that bothers me is how so many Jews go bonkers on Simchat Torah. If you're not sure what I mean, come visit my...
  • Pico’s Familiar Slice

    By Julie G Fax

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The balabus is back.

    Howard Weiss, who opened Los Angeles's first kosher pizza shop in the mid 1970s, has reopened his famed Kosher Nostra, and he's looking to reclaim the glory days of over-sized slices and relentless puns that made the first Kosher Nostra a community institution.

    ...

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