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  • Forging Ahead

    By Beverly Gray

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    For the past 37 summers, the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Los Angeles (BJE) has sent high school students to Israel through its pioneering L.A. Ulpan program. This year, that long tradition nearly ended.

    A sharp drop in enrollment, precipitated by the current unrest in...

  • Performing Torah

    By Beverly Gray

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Kids Kehilla bills itself as "a different kind of religious school." It is different partly because of its emphasis on theater as a way of introducing children to their Jewish heritage. Also out of the ordinary is the way Kids Kehilla is being used by its founders, Rabbi Moshe ben...

  • Zayde Mitzvah

    By Mike Levy

    January 11, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Every Bar Mitzvah is special, but Al Greenberg's was special.

    As his son Ken said at the ceremony, "Usually at a Bar Mitzvah, we pass our traditions down from the older generation to the younger. But at Gateways Beit T'Shuvah, we do things a little differently." On Sat., Dec. 9,...

  • Tikk-unity Across L.A.

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 4, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    While many of us were doing the Chinese-food-and-a-movie thing, some Jews around town chose to take part in a different kind of Christmas tradition. More than 500 volunteers participated in Tikkun L.A., the annual outreach project sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations...

  • Getting a Grip

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    I've been going nuts this week preparing for Yom Kippur. Really crackers. Some years, when life seems to be proceeding at a more or less orderly pace, it's enough for me to take this one holy day, to fast and remonstrate and engage in the kind of self-reflection that works best if...

  • The Meanings of Rosh Hashanah Traditions

    By Robin Mordfin

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Some of these practices have fairly obvious meanings, like apples dipped in honey to represent the hope of a sweet new year and round challot to symbolize wholeness and continuity. But some meanings are slightly more obscure.

    Take the eating of pome-granates. True, some thinkers...

  • Music From Home

    May 11, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    On a warm spring evening this month, the boisterous strains of Eastern European music wafted out the window of a large, Spanish-style home in Santa Monica. Inside the high-ceilinged living room, an unexpected sight greeted a visitor: Jewish and Romani (a k a Gypsy) musicians...

  • Out to a (Matzah) Lunch

    By Helen Schary Motro

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Passover in Israel is a blockbuster week when the country acts not only Israeli, but overwhelmingly Jewish as well. The air turns electric far in advance. Supermarkets are jammed, ringing up the highest sales all year. Matzahs are sold in packages the size of small suitcases, with...
  • The Invisible Population

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The first time I saw a beggar on the streets of Los Angeles I was shocked. The man, disheveled and filthy, stood on the freeway offramp with a tattered sign: "Will Work for Food." Sure, there are beggars in Calcutta and panhandlers in New York, but not here! I stared at him for a...
  • Celebrating the Birthday of Family and Trees

    By Jane Ulman

    January 20, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The month of January marks three important birthdays.

    On Jan. 3, my oldest son, Zack, turned 16.

    Exactly 16 years and 90 minutes after his birth, he received his driver's license. During the time I spent waiting at the Department of Motor Vehicles, only slightly shorter and less...

  • Approaching The Millennium

    By Avi Machlis

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Melodic harmonies echo through Dominus Flevit, a small-but-quaint church on the slopes of the Mount of Olives, as a group of 30 Christian Bible scholars and pastors sing "Hallelujah to the Lord," first in English, then Hebrew.

    Built in 1955 on the ruins of an ancient church, the...

  • Shabbat in Style

    By Naomi Zimmerman

    November 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Anybody can make a Shabbat meal that tastes good, but not everybody can make one that looks good. For a lot of people, holiday decorating begins and ends with a pair of candlesticks and a kiddush cup.

    Home decor is the weak link in a lot of Jewish celebrations. I'm not talking about...

  • East Coast vs.West Coast

    By Tom Tugend

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Anyone from the Western part of the United States aspiring to national Jewish leadership has "got to be an 11 on a scale of one to 10," Burton Levinson says. "We've got a lot of eights and nines in Los Angeles and elsewhere, but that's not good enough."

    Put another way, "For American...

  • Welcoming a New Year With Sweet Celebrations

    By Judith Geller Marlow

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    On the first day of Tishri, Sept. 10, the Jewish New Year begins at sunset. Every year, the reminder of the tensions between solemn and happy days, reflections on the past and a sense of renewal for the future, the sounds of wailing and the joy of singing hallelujah, create the...
  • The Sound of Yontif

    By Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    I forgot to blow the shofar this morning. No, it's not quite Rosh Hashanah and I haven't missed this year's round challah or apples dipped in honey. But there is a tradition of beginning every morning during the month of Elul, the Jewish month preceding Rosh Hashanah, with the sound...

  • If Memory Serves…

    By Rob Eshman

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish-themed cookbooks appear in a frenzy about a month before Passover, then die off by May. Mainstream cookbooks also try to cash in on the warming weather's ability to make us imagine nectarine tarts and heirloom tomato salads, long before winter comes to the Chilean tomato...
  • Magic Jews

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Steve Spill's father was one of the first managers of the Magic Castle. Not surprisingly, growing up around the Castle cast its spell on Spill, who went on to forge a 20-year career as a professional magician.

    Last September saw the debut of his new venture, the Magicopolis Theater of...

  • 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...

  • Homage for the Holidays

    December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Don't call her the "Jewel" of Jewish preschool.

    Sure, Pearl B. sings to the accompaniment of her acoustic six-string. And she does lean professionally on her gem-like first name. But that is where any similarity to the chirpy pop star ends.

    "There are so many levels of Judaism -- from...

  • Rosh Hashanah 5759

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    New Ways to Celebrate

    Back in the 1970s, Michael and Susan Strassfeld's "The Jewish Catalog" pioneered a kind of People's Guide to Judaism that felt comfortable and familiar to the Boomer generation. Last year, Rabbi Susan Silverman and her husband,...

  • One Saturday Night in Ramallah

    By Eric Silver

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    The bad news is that the peace process is going nowhere. The good news is that the Palestinians are learning all over again how to enjoy themselves. Those who can afford it are, anyway.

    Since it reverted to Palestinian self-rule two years ago, Ramallah, a suburban hill town 10 miles...


    By Ruth Stroud

    May 22, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Some 40,000 people are expected to converge on the grounds of Pierce College for the June 1 Valley Jewish Festival. Photo by Bill Aron

    The Valley Jewish Festival has become a celebration of Jewish pride

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

    Forty thousand fair-goers are expected to converge on...


    By Rob Eshman

    May 8, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    No Jewish cookbook of this year, or any year, for that matter, compares with Claudia Roden's "The Book of Jewish Food" (Knopf), but two new local additions to the genre have plenty of charms on their own. "Mama Cooks California Style" (Wimmer, $23.95) gathers together recipes...

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