Thursday, October 28, 2010

Jewish Athletes

Down in Texas, the Rangers have an All-Star second baseman who has added flavor and flair to the 2010 season, helping propel his team to the World Series for the first time in its history. And with a name like Ian Kinsler, he might just be …
Well, there’s no Star of David-shaped asterisk next to Kinsler’s name in the media guide or program. On the field he wears a cap, not a kipa.
So how can you know for sure?
Ask Shel Wallman and Ephraim Moxson, co-publishers of The Jewish Sports Review, a bimonthly publication that has made it its business to research and name the Jewish players.
Their verdict: Kinsler qualifies as an heir to Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax.
“Ian came up to the big leagues in 2006,” Wallman says. “Early in the season his uncle contacted Martin Abramowitz, who puts out the Jewish Major Leaguers baseball cards. Martin called me and I called the uncle, who then contacted his brother, Ian’s dad.”
Wallman discovered that Kinsler, whose father is Jewish, had “had no objections” about being included in the magazine. Learn more.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Los Angeles Jewish Deli's

Los Angeles may be one of the few places that’s not losing its authentic Jewish delis, says the author of the book “America’s Great Delis.”
Across the country, Jewish delis are dying out, says Sheryll Bellman. One reason might be that the foods that made them so appealing are available in grocery stores and many other places today -– pastrami at Carl's Jr., bagels at McDonalds –- “not good ones, but bagels,” the author said.
Jewish delis served a specific purpose for the more than 2 million Eastern European Jews who came to the United States from 1881 to 1924, she says.
“The Jews that came from Eastern Europe needed a place to eat the foods they had been used to in their country," Bellman said. "It’s more than a restaurant, It’s a very homey, comforting situation.”
The foods that soothed the immigrant’s soul included pastrami, of course, and Bellman says L.A.’s Langer’s Deli makes the best. But delis also should offer corned beef, pickles, coleslaw, blintzes -– and surly waiters to bring them, she says.
Although every deli has its particular charms, Bellman says, “Canter’s in L.A. is the quintessential New York deli. … It looks like it used to look. It smells the same.”
Bellman, who lives in New York but has spent a lot of time on the West Coast, is scheduled to talk about the world of delis at the Jewish Book Festival on Saturday evening at Temple Beth Israel in Pomona.
Her book, published by Sellers Publishing Inc., includes a timeline of delis and recipes -– cheese blintzes from Barney Greengrass and honey cake from Katz’s Delicatessen, both in New York; smoked whitefish salad from Zingerman’s Delicatessen in Ann Arbor, Mich., and mushroom barley soup from Langer’s Deli in Los Angeles. Click here to try out one from Zingerman's.
-- Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times

Image: Book cover, Katz's Deli photo courtesy of Katz's Deli and Yura Dashevsky; pastrami sandwich by Jennifer Andal / Stockphoto; Russ and Daughters courtesy Joshua Tupper / Sellers Publishing

Monday, October 25, 2010

Jewish Vegetarian Cooking

Check out these Jewish Cooking books on Amazon:

Jewish Vegetarian Cooking: An Irresistible Choice For Those Who Love Good Food
by Rose Friedman, Click here.


The Jewish Vegetarian Year Cookbook
by Roberta Kalechofsky and Rosa Rasiel



The Lowfat Jewish Vegetarian Cookbook: Healthy Traditions from Around the World
by Debra Wasserman

Millie Chan's Kosher Chinese Cookbook 
Millie Chan

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

October 30 - Wine and Pasta Party!

Join us next Saturday night for a fun-filled evening at the Luxe Hotel in Beverly Hills.
$40 per person. Register here by Wednesday, October 27.

Rabbi Neal Weinberg will lead us in a beautiful Havdalah ceremony, culminating shabbat. Our community shares a unique bond and this will be a wonderful opportunity for us to spend time together. Have fun, eat, drink, experience Havdalah, meet new people, and enjoy your Saturday night!

Monday, October 18, 2010

October 22 - Shabbat Dinner!

7:00 pm
Temple Beth Am 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles
$40 per person. 
Register here by Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Join Rabbi Neal Weinberg as he leads a traditional Shabbat dinner for those considering Judaism and those who have embraced Judaism. Learn the basic structure of the Shabbat dinner. Enjoy a delicious meal, participate in discussion and meet new people.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust Opens

The museum opens in a new 14,000-square-foot home in Pan Pacific Park. Its goal, says board president Randy Schoenberg, is to make visitors 'feel like they're in the presence of this terrible event.
Read more. - Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times

Ethiopian troupe brings shoulder dancing to L.A.

The first time Dr. Ruth Eshel witnessed esketa (which means shoulder dance, in Amharic), she was astounded. “I knew immediately that this was something new and different, something I had never seen before,” Eshel said with enthusiasm over a cup of steaming coffee at Tel Aviv’s renowned Performing Arts Center. “For someone like me, who has been dancing and choreographing for many years, to see something entirely new was very refreshing,” she continued, smiling wider at the memory. Eshel’s dream of one day forming an Ethiopian dance troupe was rooted in that first experience as an awestruck spectator. –Meredith Price Levitt, The Jewish Journal
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The Beta Dance Troupe performs Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m., Westside JCC Auditorium, 5870 W. Olympic Los Angeles, Calif. 90036. Tickets $10. For more information, go to or call (323) 938-2531, (310) 633-4830 or (323) 936-0907.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

October 16 - Shabbat Morning Service, Sinai Temple

Join Rabbi Neal Weinberg at Sinai Temple as he leads a traditional Shabbat service especially geared to those who have embraced Judaism or considering Judaism.

Learn the basic structure and meaning of the prayers at a relaxed pace. Become familiar with terms and vocabulary used during services and engage in Torah study. Use a special prayer book in Hebrew, English and English transliteration to gain familiarity with the service. Share in an open discussion about challenges you've experienced and participate in a question-and-answer session. Meet other members of your community as you share in a Shabbat Kiddush.

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