For refugee families, Miry’s List is an angel in America
JEWISH JOURNAL :: JULY 5, 2017
When Miry Whitehill-Ben Atar visited a Syrian family newly arrived to Los Angeles about a year ago, with a friend who knew them through church, the 31-year-old mother of two noticed that the refugee family shared much in common with hers: The Syrian…
The sweet taste of success
JEWISH JOURNAL :: NOV 3, 2016
Piper Cochrane, the owner of the Organic Candy Factory, sat in a booth at a farmers market on a recent afternoon and couldn’t take her eyes off her 11-year-old daughter, Ginger, who looked professional and knowledgeable as she engaged a male customer. A few days later…
The business of challah – more than just making dough
JEWISH JOURNAL :: SEP 22, 2016
Normally on Thursday afternoons, Dan Messinger and his head baker at Bibi’s Bakery & Cafe, Gilberto Escobar, fold pieces of dough on a large rustic table, making braided challah. But on this sunny afternoon, they do something special: they add apples and honey…
Embodying the ‘Spirit of the Jewish Athlete’ at Maccabiah Games
JEWISH JOURNAL :: JULY 12, 2017
Samuel Telanoff is only 14 years old, but he already knows what it means to represent his country in international swimming competitions. On July 6, he and his teammates marched behind the American flag at the opening…
After closing, rallying cry for Perutz Etz Jacob Hebrew Academy
JEWISH JOURNAL :: SEP 16, 2016
For more than 20 years, a Jewish Orthodox day school in West Hollywood strived to provide a quality education to children from immigrant families who couldn’t afford to pay a private school tuition. But in recent months…
Black Tie Kids keeps youngest guests engaged
JEWISH JOURNAL :: DEC 13, 2016
Mollie Yarsike, the owner of Black Tie Kids, was among a crowd of jubilant guests at a dinner party when she spotted a 5-year-old girl who looked lonely as her parents socialized with their friends. Yarsike started talking to the girl, trying to cheer her up. After…
Pope Francis accepts new Chumash intended to improve interfaith dialogue
JEWISH JOURNAL :: FEB 23, 2017
Pope Francis on Thursday received a newly published version of the Five Books of Moses during an event hosted by the Vatican, part of a campaign to engage people around the world into interfaith dialogue.
Russian library faces possibility of a short shelf life
JEWISH JOURNAL :: JANUARY 12, 2017
For two decades, the Russian Language Public Library on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood has been a testament to the large wave of Soviet Jews who immigrated to the Los Angeles region with personal libraries and a passion for…
Many Russian expats expect ‘strong’ Trump leadership
JEWISH JOURNAL :: NOVEMBER 30, 2016
West Hollywood resident Roman Finarovsky was sitting on a bench recently, watching his fellow seniors play chess and dominoes in Plummer Park. Not long before, he had cast his vote for Donald Trump, and now…
Soviet survivors know where to find local support
JEWISH JOURNAL :: MARCH 15, 2017
Like many grandparents, Yefim and Frida Yufa enjoy talking about their grandchildren, bragging about the kids’ academic achievements and showing off their grades. But those stories take on a new meaning when told in a group of Holocaust survivors, many of…
At Senior Center, She Learns ‘Nobody Can Compete With Putin
JEWISH JOURNAL :: SEPT 1, 2017
Among many Russian-Jewish expatriates in Los Angeles, the second most populated Russian-speaking community in the United States, Putin gets high marks.
Dance studio gives a kick to his café
JEWISH JOURNAL :: JANUARY 11, 2017
Yasha Michelson, co-founder of Paper or Plastik Cafe in Mid-City, is not a typical café owner. And his café is not typical either. Michelson teaches dance and shops around town for the most exquisite coffee beans he can find. His business now combines those…