| Sep 10, 2010
| 7:40 PM
Friends, you probably know that Wednesday evening began the celebration of Rosh Hashanah and Thursday marked the end of Ramadan. I spent Wednesday night celebrating Rosh Hashanah with a gathering of rabbis. Together we prayed, sang, ate, laughed and loved...
| May 28, 2012
| 8:25 AM
Modern Jewish Celebrations, Presented by Entertaining Company is a special catering service that celebrates the rites and rituals of the Jewish lifecycle . We celebrate the "story of life" with a specific understanding of Jewish culture and ceremony --...
| Sep 17, 2010
| 6:11 AM
The setting sun on Friday will usher in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement for Jews. Yom Kippur is the last of the High Holy Days, which began at sundown Sept. 8 with Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year.
Also called the "10 Days of Repentance," the holy days...
| Sep 18, 2010
| 8:20 PM
A popular class at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa might be on the fringe of extinction. The "History of Mexico" course may not be available in the upcoming semester.
Some might call it a ploy against Mexican American students. I see it more as a...
| Oct 7, 2010
Sorry, Mel Gibson. I did it. The rain was my fault.
Scholars note that prayers for rain are among the earliest liturgical texts and that the Bible regards the withholding of rain as a punishment from God (cf. Deut. 11:11–17; I Kings 17:1)....
| Dec 31, 2010
| 4:30 PM
I love Christmas and I'm a rabbi, so my love for Christmas is the love of a happy and respectful stranger. However, because of all that my dearest friend, Fr. Tom Hartman, taught me, I may, in fact, be a perfect stranger for Christmas.
| Sep 22, 2011
| 6:34 PM
Jennifer Grant, author of "Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter," will appear at 6 p.m. at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Hwy, Suite 105. She will read from the book, answer questions and sign copies....
| Sep 25, 2011
For Marcia Jo Zerivitz's retirement dinner, her board wanted a big event at a hotel. She said no. She wanted to be with her "babies" -- all 100,000 of them.
That's the books, clothes, photos, posters, furniture and other items she and her staff have...
| Sep 28, 2011
| 6:43 PM
For certain religious oenophiles, Wednesday's dinner presented an interesting question:
"What wine goes with services?" wondered Arnold Weiner.
Judging from the crowd gathered Wednesday night at Oregon Ridge Park for the popular al fresco Rosh Hashana...
| Sep 29, 2011
| 8:31 AM
There is an admission fee to attend Rosh Hashana — the first of the Jewish High Holidays which begins at midnight Wednesday — that many members of the Jewish community hard hit by the recession cannot afford to pay.
"We certainly have had...
| Sep 28, 2011
| 5:19 PM
In his office at Temple Sinai of Glendale, the paperwork and music sheets piled on Steve Hummel’s office desk indicates that he’s well settled in since taking over as cantor in July. So he was perfectly ready to celebrate Rosh Hashanah,...