Not long ago, along a stretch of Venice boardwalk, I watched a weightlifter stroll over from Muscle Beach to where the chess hustlers play. One of them asked him to sit and play. The bodybuilder complied and was quickly defeated. His failure? He was playing a game chosen by someone...
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The Jewish Community of Venice is setting up a Jewish cooking school. It doesn’t seem to be operating yet, but organizers promise more information soon.
According to an announcement, its goal is to “document and revive ancient traditions, everyday dishes and menus for the...
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Jessica Youseffi and Sarah Shahawy, two undergraduate students at the University of Southern California (USC), discussed how the teachings of Judaism and Islam, their respective religions, obligate them to accept people of other faiths and to work toward tikkun olam.
June 16, 2010 | 12:53 pm
It was a Friday afternoon in the heart of the historic Venice Ghetto, and I was chatting with the city’s chief rabbi, Elia Riccheti, when his cellphone beeped.
“It’s a text message from Gam-Gam Goodies, the Chabad-run pastry shop around the corner,” said the bespectacled Riccheti,...
August 29, 2009 | 3:59 am
Every time you enter a restaurant, you take a leap of faith. Last night, at Ado in Venice, I took a huge frickin’ jump.
Right over S. Irene Virbila’s head.
Ado is a new Italian place, located in a yellow, two-story bungalow just where Main Street curves into Abbot Kinney. ...
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Before going public, photojournalist Marvin Wolf spent four years surreptitiously photographing the life of congregation Mishkon Tephilo in Venice. During another year of shooting, he applied digitography and fine art techniques to transform his images. In the following, Wolf...
July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm
"When we were growing up, no one considered Venice to be a Jewish area," said Rabbi Ben Geiger, who nevertheless departed last month after five years as a part-time assistant rabbi at Irvine's Congregation Beth Jacob for a tiny, 25-year-old Venice boardwalk...
January 6, 2000 | 7:00 pmThe independent voters in Venice, Torrance and San Pedro may determine the next Speaker of the United States House of Representatives on November 6, 2000.
Freshman Congressman Steven Kuykendall, narrowly elected as a pro-choice Republican in 1998, plans to be re-elected in the 36th...
August 27, 1998 | 7:59 pm
Venice" is 400 years old. The play was first entered on the register of the Stationer's Company in July 1598, along with a proviso that it shouldn't be published till the Lord Chamberlain gave his consent. And that didn't happen until 1600. It may...