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  • Death in the Hood

    By David Suissa

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Laura Gitlin-Petlak was 48 when she died on Feb. 12 at her home in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood.

    The next day, a few blocks from her house, a couple hundred people jammed the premises of Aish L.A., an Orthodox synagogue and outreach center, for her memorial service.

    A neighbor...

  • Live in the ‘hood: lingering Shabbat

    By David Suissa

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I thought I understood the unique power of Shabbat, until I moved to the Pico-Robertson neighborhood a few months ago.

    It's not like I'm a novice on the subject. For several years, in the late '80s and early '90s in Venice Beach, I was part of an eclectic band of yuppie frummies who...

  • Pico-Robertson Live in the ‘hood: Little sukkahs, on the hillside, little huts made of ...

    By David Suissa

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    You rise from your 300-thread cotton sheets and walk along your Carrera marble floors through the hand-crafted French doors that give out to a spectacular patio overlooking the city. Off to the side is a small, frail- looking structure that looks like an old hut, with palm leaves on...
  • Pico-Robertson: Live in the Hood

    By David Suissa

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    David and Deena Brandes' house burned down on June 29. It was a small, three-bedroom house on a quiet street in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood, where they have lived for several years with their young daughters, Aviva and Noa.
    On that day, David was having lunch in his study. His...
  • Feathers fly as fugitive fowl frustrates Pico-Robertson

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For most of last week, a fugitive chicken mystified and delighted residents of the traditionally Jewish Pico-Robertson neighborhood.
    Rumors of its provenance flitted about for days, then came to perch on an especially good story:
    The chicken, according to neighborhood resident...
  • Live in the ‘hood: words of awe

    By David Suissa

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I love a good sermon. There's nothing like the uplift you get from hearing words that go right to your soul.
    Words on a page can't do that for me. In a live sermon, you can almost taste the breath of the rabbi. You can feel the occasional struggle for the perfect word. If the...
  • Live in the hood: ‘last time the shoulder no good’

    By David Suissa

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    If you want to get the full flavor of the Pico-Robertson neighborhood, there's no better season than this time of year. When mainstream Judaism talks about the High Holidays, they usually mean one or two days of Rosh Hashanah, and then the Big Day a week later. In the Hood, they...
  • Shots Fired in Pico-Robertson

    By Julie G Fax

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A gang-related drive-by shooting in the heart of the Pico-Robertson neighborhood late Sunday night left members of the Jewish community rattled and shocked.

    No one was injured when 13-15 shots were fired on the 1600 block of Wooster Street, which is one block east of Robertson...

  • Westside Jews Divided on Recall

    By Bill Boyarsky

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Exploring the Pico-Robertson neighborhood, where Republicans once were the smallest of minorities, I happened upon a nest of recall supporters who were also great admirers of President Bush. Talking to them, I got a sense of the changing politics of Los Angeles' Jewish community,...

  • The Largest Eruv in the World

    By Julie G Fax

    July 4, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The words "walled city" hardly bring to mind images of Los Angeles' 3.5 million people and the busiest freeways in the country. But for a wide segment of the Sabbath-observant community, much of Los Angeles' metro area can now be defined by those important words.

    The designation...

  • A Different Standard

    By Julie G Fax

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Ask Mimi Feigelson a simple question, you don't get a simple answer.

    "So how do you like L.A.?" I ask, as we sit down for coffee and pastries at a Pico-Robertson cafe, thinking this is just the warm-up for the real questions.

    But for Feigelson, a visiting lecturer in rabbinics...

  • Not in Vain

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The sanctuary of B'nai David-Judea Congregation in the Pico-Robertson area was once a spacious movie theater. Last Wednesday, April 25, it was filled to the nosebleed rows with more than 500 junior-high and high-school students from Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys and Girls...

  • Oil Loses Round

    By Julie G Fax

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Neighbors for a Safe Environment (NASE) won a round April 18 in its ongoing battle with an oil company that wants to expand operations at a site in the Pico-Robertson area.

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Yaffe announced that he would issue an order that will force the City of...

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