You could say it all started in 1967, when one of Howard Bernstein's daughters got married.
How many trees does it take to absorb the emissions from your car's commute? How much land does it take to feed and raise the beef you eat for dinner? How much space on earth does your trash take up?
The city of Santa Monica has taken up the task of answering those questions in "Santa Monica's Ecological Footprint, 1990-2000," released in March. The report measures the amount of land used to produce everyday products and services like electricity, transportation, garbage disposal and housing. That land use is called the ecological footprint, and it can be measured individually or citywide.
Kalinsky, the director of the West Coast region of the Orthodox Union (OU), was speaking at a Ralphs on the corner of Pico Boulevard and Beverwil Drive, which, like many supermarkets in California, has a large range of kosher-for-Passover products, with enough in storage so that it does not disappear off the shelves with the first wave of Passover shoppers. It is Monday night, and about 50 people have gathered for the OU kosher-for-Passover supermarket tour, led by Kalinsky. The tour is essentially a guide for shopping for Passover: what products are OK to use without kosher-for-Passover supervision, which products need supervision and why and what are some of the ways that people can save money while doing their kosher-for-Passover shopping. The OU has done eight of these tours all over Los Angeles, in supermarkets from Canoga Park to Westwood, and they attract both the sheitl (wig)-wearing very religious types who have been observing Passover all their lives -- but want a refresher course in the products available -- to Passover novices who need basic knowledge about what makes something kosher for Passover.
At Universal Studios, all the usual characters -- Spider-Man and the Rugrats -- were out in force on Sunday, Nov. 24.