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  • Two Teens Put Their Own Spin on DJ Biz

    By Emily Pauker

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    It takes more than a sense of rhythm to make a DJ business successful. Being able to mix two songs together seamlessly is a good start, but each act needs its hook -- something that grabs the audience and draws it in.

    For Avi Elhiani and Yoni Aviv, both 14-year-old Orthodox day...

  • Drive Seeks Airing of Sephardic Holocaust

    By Tom Tugend

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Thirteen-year old Maurice Zekaria was peeking through the window curtains of his house in central Baghdad and saw Iraqi men dragging two Jewish girls by their hair down the street, attacking Jewish men with axes and hammers and heavy smoke rising from torched Jewish businesses and...

  • Torture, Genocide and Jewish Silence

    By James D. Besser

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Jews around the world have worked hard to give life to the slogan "never again," but there are painfully abundant signs the world isn't listening. And, worse, a number of our own organizations have been reluctant to speak out on some of the moral rationalizations that contribute to...

  • Shalom Y’All

    By Anthea Gerrie

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "Shalom Y'all" sounds suspiciously like a slogan designed to sell souvenirs to Jewish visitors in the American South, and indeed the phrase adorns T-shirts, mugs and other paraphernalia in the gift shop of Charleston's Beth Elohim Synagogue.

    But the drawled greeting is also common...

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  • Shut Up, I Love You!

    By David Suissa

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    What is it about the mitzvah of loving our fellow Jew that is so complicated?

    This question was on my mind recently when I witnessed an extraordinary event. A group of Sephardic, Chasidic, Reform, Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist, unaffiliated, atheist, right- and...

  • Sephardic ‘Luck’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Neil Sheff was shocked to find himself something of a celebrity at a conference of North American Jewish film festival directors a couple years ago. Of the 75 festivals in the United States and Canada, his Los Angeles Sephardic Film Festival is the only one dedicated to showcasing...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Kollel's New Home

    More than 500 people gathered for the dedication of Kollel Los Angeles' new home at 7216 Beverly Blvd., in the heart of the Beverly-Fairfax-Hancock Park communities. Rabbi Matisyahu Solomon addressed the crowd at the Chanukat Habayis dedication. Kollel, headed by...

  • Sephardic Survival

    By Adam Wills

    November 29, 2001 | 6:59 pm

    "Survivor" as inspiration for Jewish programming?

    It seems strange that the divisive show where deceit, backstabbing and empty promises are de rigueur would serve as the inspiration for a Shabbaton that stresses the importance of religious and cultural continuity. Yet Sephardic...

  • The Forgotten Culture

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    He calls them the "other" Jews. That's because Neil Sheff is partly one of those "others" (i.e., Sephardic Jews). In promoting the fifth annual Los Angeles Sephardic Film Festival, Sheff, whose ancestors came from the island of Rhodes, promises that anyone who comes to the festival...

  • Preaching Tolerance

    By Ronald J. Nessim

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Can religious leaders be devout but not fanatic? Can fervent belief and tolerance coexist? Such questions are hardly academic these days: the results of religious fanaticism now consume headlines, and lives. One set of reassuring answers can be found in the life of Rabbi Benzion...

  • The New Year’s Sephardic Seder

    By Julie G Fax

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It may not be as long and involved as the Passover seder, but for Raquel Bensimon, the ritualized dinner of Rosh Hashana is just as sweet and just as replete with memories.

    With her husband, son and daughter-in-law, three grandchildren and the extended family of Ashkenazi in-laws and...

  • A Place of Their Own

    By Yaakov Arnold

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Reuben Dahan lives just down the block from his nearest synagogue. Yet every Shabbat, for the past seven years, Dahan, an Israeli immigrant who grew up in Petach Tikvah, has gone the extra mile, literally, to worship at a place he calls his spiritual home.

    "I live near Chabad,"...

  • Tiles on the Isle

    By Adam Wills

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In 1927, William Wrigley Jr. prompted the Santa Catalina Island Company to invest in the creation of the Catalina Tile Factory after discovering clay deposits on the island. While the operation lasted only 10 years, it turned out tiles and decorative ware that were cherished by...

  • A Scholar Who Lacks Sense

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In Hebrew, a "scholar who lacks sense" reads as talmid chacham b'li sechel. In any language, it sounds like an oxymoron. I first heard this in reference to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the former chief Sephardic rabbi of Israel, who this week called Holocaust victims "reincarnated sinners,"...

  • An Unaccustomed Sound

    By Beverly Gray

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Today's schools tend to have only limited resources for music instruction, and Jewish day schools are no exception. And in an American Jewish community dominated by Ashkenazic-descended households, Sephardic culture remains a mystery to many Jewish children. Happily, the Maurice...
  • The Sephardic Diet

    By Rob Eshman

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Let's review. In the '70s there was the eat-only-grapefruit diet. In the '80s, I knew a woman who followed the eat-all-the-blueberries-you want diet. "They have no calories!" she enthused. "You can eat as many as you want!" Then the cavities and fainting spells kicked in. In the...
  • The Trouble with Testing

    By Jason B. Kohn

    November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    As if we don't have enough problems, it seems there's an unlimited supply of horrific hereditary diseases just waiting to ensnare Jews and their children. Tay-Sachs cripples infants before their first birthday and eventually kills them, Gaucher disease erodes healthy bones and...
  • Enrico Suavé

    By Curt Schleier

    October 28, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In 1961, a saddened and disheartened 23-year-old Algerian school teacher and musician named Gaston Ghenassia was merely one of the thousands of refugees on a ship bound for France, leaving his homeland in the aftermath of the Algerian Revolution. Little did he know at the time how...
  • Skirball’s Sephardic Festival

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When you grow up in the States, all you know is Ashkenazi Jewish culture," laments Moroccan-Jewish musician Ron Elkayam. "But that is such a small part of the continuum of Jewish life."

    Elkayam helped found the musical group Za'atar in late 1997 to bring U.S. Jews a taste of the...

  • Israel’s Mystery Man

    By Eric Silver

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The most talked-about, perhaps the most feared, figure in Israeli politics this holiday season is neither a statesman nor a rabble-rouser. He is Yitzhak Kedouri, a frail, mystical Iraqi-born rabbi, barely able to speak or to walk unaided, whose widely distributed kabbalistic amulets...
  • Under Siege

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 3, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    In Roger Hanin's semi-autobiographical film, "Soleil" (1997), 13-year-old Meyer is kicked out of school for being Jewish in Vichy North Africa. It is a sign that things have changed for his family in Algeria, where Jews had peacefully lived for centuries amid the Moslems. Now,...
  • Cover Story

    By James D

    August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    The expulsion of Jews from the IberianPeninsula 500 years ago brought a tragic end to a Jewish presencethat had thrived for centuries in Sepharad, the Hebrew word for Spain. It also set in motion the dispersion of Sephardicculture.

    Strictly speaking, Sephardic Jewry includes...

  • Cover Story

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 9, 1998 | 7:59 pm

    The expulsion of Jews from the IberianPeninsula 500 years ago brought a tragic end to a Jewish presencethat had thrived for centuries in Sepharad, the Hebrew word forSpain. It also set in motion the dispersion of Sephardicculture.

    Strictly speaking, Sephardic Jewry includes...

  • Los Angeles Sephardic Film Festival

    By Eric Silver

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    In Roger Hanin's semi-autobiographical film, "Soleil" (1997), 13-year-old Meyer is kicked out of school for being Jewish in Vichy North Africa. It is a sign that things have changed for his family in Algeria, where Jews had peacefully lived for centuries amid the Moslems. Now,...
  • Chabad’s Shofar Factory…

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Chabad's Shofar Factory...

    It's a Blast

    Thousands of Los Angeles-area youngsters participate inhands-on workshops

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

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    Quick, what's a kosher animal with horns that can be used to makea shofar?

    Uh, well, everyone knows the answer to that. A ram, right?

    OK. Right....

  • A Sephardic Celebration

    By Ruth Stroud

    July 31, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Sephardic, Ashkenazic, Mizrachic, or just out for a good time -- whatever their background, Jews poured into the Skirball Cultural Center last Sunday for the first annual Sephardic Arts Festival. The event was a success beyond its organizers' wildest dreams. Attendance, estimated at...

  • Celebrating Sephardim

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Left, flamenco dancer Laila Del Monte. Below left, a panel by artist Barbara Mendes entitled, "Shekhina Comes."

    The Sephardic Arts Festival will take place this Sunday at the Skirball Cultural Center, and it's a welcome sign for Los Angeles' some 100,000 Sephardic Jews.

    Their...

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