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Kosher Tidbits from Around the Web – February 12, 2009

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Ever wonder if baking fortune cookies is halchically permitted?  I never thought about it, but really how do you know if the ink is kosher?  Well, according to HaRav Aviner, it is okay.


The Kosher Chef blog has a recipe for low-fat blueberry cobbler that sounds good enough to make us cheat on our diets, while the Confident Cook has a great recipe for Potato Leek Soup. 


California’s Bay Area has a great kosher and organic restaurant to boast of.  Called The Kitchen Table, they are feature high -quality meats, locally grown produce and a relaxed atmosphere.  They are under the supervision of the Vaad Hakashrut of Southern California. 

Chumi Friedman

The Warm and Wild West

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

           While no one can ever guarantee great weather, I know that just the other day, on December 29th, I was sitting outside a caf?, sipping my favorite iced drink – without a jacket. Having survived many frigid winters on the East coast, I truly appreciated the moment, as I worried that my kids were actually going to get sunburned. If you are tired of bundling up, why not spend this winter break out West. While it may seem daunting to travel to new territory, the information below is meant to give you a head start on planning a great vacation and if you live in the warmer Western climate, perhaps you’ll find some ideas for a great road trip. There is much more to the West Coast than Los Angeles and Disneyland.


            First of all when traveling to Southern California, know that flying into LAX is not your only option. Burbank Airport (BUR) is smaller and located in the San Fernando Valley; it is very easy to navigate with less traffic and closer to many area attractions. While flight schedules may be limited, they may be less expensive. Jet Blue, Southwest and American Airlines are some of the carriers that service Burbank Airport. It is just minutes away from the Valley Village community where you will be able to find many kosher restaurants and markets along Burbank Boulevard. There are many shuls nearby, including Shaarey Zedek, if you need to catch a minyan.


Visiting some of the major attractions is cursory and Universal Studios is only 10 minutes from Valley Village, so pick up some sandwiches and snacks and head for the stars. Universal Studios is great for ages 7 and up, younger kids might be frightened by some of the special effects that are demonstrated and by the costumed characters that roam the park. The rides are mostly geared towards older kids as well. Universal CityWalk is located directly adjacent to the theme park. There is no entrance fee, but you do have to pay for parking. CityWalk is a fun place for a relaxing stroll while you pick up souvenirs and browse and play in the unique shops. There are some great photo ops, an IMAX movie theatre, and you can play at Jillian’s – an arcade and bowling alley.


There is also a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf located on CityWalk that is entirely under the kosher supervision of Kosher Los Angeles. Bagels, muffins, cakes and pastries are among the food offerings, and their ice-blended drinks are famous. The Coffee Bean has numerous locations throughout Southern California and they are all kosher – double check the certificate inside the store – which is essential, as some are located near major attractions and in malls where other kosher food may be scarce.


Another major attraction that is great for families with kids of all ages is Legoland located in Carlsbad, Calif. Much more family friendly than Disneyland, Legoland has rides and attractions geared for every age group, many of which are interactive which adds to the fun. Parents will really appreciate the beautiful miniature exhibits as well as the Lego building areas where the kids can play within view, while parents wait in line for the ride. Within the past few months, Legoland has opened the Sea Life Aquarium on the same premises that you can visit for just a minimal extra charge.


            For those that would prefer to stick closer to the Los Angeles area, the Aquarium of the Pacific, located in Long Beach, is a beautiful place to spend a few hours with the family. Although there are great exhibits outside, much of the aquarium is located indoors, so you can still visit in case of rain. Also available for an extra fee are: 3-D educational films, a 45 minute cruise of the Long Beach/Los Angeles Harbor, or a three-hour long whale watching trip.


In the heart of the L.A. area is the famous Santa Monica Pier where you can play games, enjoy amusement rides (limited ride operation on weekdays during the winter), or rent bikes on the boardwalk. There is a Coffee Bean located on the pier as well. Travel inland a bit and you will hit the famous Pico Robertson neighborhood in Los Angeles. Make time to visit the Museum of Tolerance and take a stroll down Rodeo Drive. You can choose from the many kosher restaurants, including pizza, fast food, and many fine dining selections. The Milky Way owned by Steven Spielberg’s mother, Mrs. Leah Adler, is a favorite of tourists as she is often there to greet and schmooze with diners.


            Further north up the 101 Freeway to Ventura, you may enjoy visiting the Camarillo Premium Outlets for some great shopping deals, The Herzog Wine Cellars in Oxnard – including the very upscale restaurant Tierra Sur, and the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens for light hiking. When heading up this direction, stop in at Pizza Nosh, located right off the 101 in Agoura Hills.


            For those seeking a bit more adventure, head to Arizona, where you can relax at a state of the art spa, golf at a world-class golf course, hike, or museum hop. Of course while it won’t be as warm as the Phoenix area, a trip north to Sedona and The Grand Canyon is a must. Go off-road jeeping, (or for an on-road van tour, if you are faint of heart or pregnant) and hiking in Sedona to see the beautiful red rock formations. There are also many art galleries to visit. Take a walk along the Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon, which is especially beautiful at sunrise or sunset. Dress in layers, bring a camera, keep small children away from the edge, and you’ll have a great time. Before you go, eat at King Solomon’s Pizza in Central Phoenix, located just 10 minutes from Sky Harbor Airport and then stop in next door at Segal’s Kosher Market and Restaurant to get some deli sandwiches, Chinese or shabbos food to go.


If you choose to stay in the Phoenix area, you can go for a hot air balloon ride over the Sonoran Desert, visit the classy Scottsdale shops or go for a gondola ride at Hyatt Gainey Ranch. Kosher food is available in Scottsdale at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center and Scottsdale Kosher Market. Other places of interest to visit are the Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art, the Desert Botanical Gardens, and the famed Arizona Biltmore whose architecture is inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and has been the U.S. Presidential choice for accommodations in the Phoenix area since it opened circa 1930. Take a walk around the beautiful gardens, get a spa treatment, or go golfing.


Make a plan and pack your bags; for the Jewish traveler heading west, all of your needs can be met and the options are endless.


Directory of Listed Attractions and Services:


Shaarey Zedek Congregation

12800 Chandler Blvd.Valley Village, CA 91607Phone (818) 763 – 0560

Mikva (818) 760-4567


Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Boulevard

Universal City, CA 91608


Hours vary daily.



Universal CityWalk

100 Universal City PlazaUniversal City, CA 91608

(818) 622-4455

General hours:

Sun-Thurs 11:00 AM – 9:00 PMFri-Sat 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Many of the venues keep their own hours.

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf on CityWalk opens at 8:30 am and closes at the general closing time.



One Legoland DriveCarlsbad, CA 92008

(760) 918-5346

Hours vary daily.



Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium WayLong Beach, CA 90802(562) 590-3100

9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day of the year, except April 17, 18, and 19, 2009


Santa Monica Pier / Pacific Park

200 Santa Monica Pier, Suite A Santa Monica, CA 90401

Always open 24hours, but each business has its own operating hours.



Pacific Park Amusement Park on the Pier

Phone: (310) 260-8744

Hour and extent of operation vary by day



Museum of Tolerance9786 West Pico Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90035



Hours: Monday -Friday 10 am – 5:00 pm

Fridays: November – March- early close at 3:00 p.m.

Sunday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm


The Milky Way Restaurant

9108 W Pico BlvdLos Angeles, CA 90035-1321Phone: (310) 859-0004

Hours: Sun-Thu 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-8pm, Fri 11:30am-1:30pm


Camarillo Premium Outlets740 E. Ventura BoulevardCamarillo, CA 93010(805) 445-8520

Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-8pm


Herzog Wine Cellars and Tierra Sur Restaurant:

3201 Camino Del Sol

Oxnard, CA 93030



Self-guided tours are always available. Guided tours are Monday-Thursday at 3:30 and 4:30 pm and on Sundays by appointment only.

Tierra Sur Hours:

Sun – Thurs: Lunch 11:30 – 3:00, Dinner 5 – 9, Friday: Lunch only 11:30-2:00 (open until 3:00 during the summer)


Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

212 Mission Canyon RoadSanta Barbara, CA 93105Phone: (805) 682-4726


March – October: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., November – February: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Guided tours weekdays at 2:00 p.m., weekends at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.


Pizza Nosh

818-991-300030313 Canwood StAgoura Hills, CA 91301


Sunday – Thursday 11:00 am – 8:00 am

Friday: 11:00am – 2pm



King Solomon’s Pizza

4810 N 7th St

Phoenix, AZ 85014


Sunday through Thursday, 11am-8pm

Friday 11am to 2:30pm

Saturday after sundown to 11:00pm


Segal’s Kosher Foods

4818 N 7th StPhoenix, AZ 85014

(602) 277-5769‎


The Heard Museum2301 N. Central Avenue (Central & Encanto)Phoenix, AZ 85004


Open Monday- Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.Free Public Guided Tours daily at noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.


Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch

7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road,Scottsdale, Arizona, 85258 480- 444- 1234

Gondola Rides

Hours: Daily 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (weather permitting)



Desert Botanical Gardens

1201 North Galvin Parkway

 Phoenix, Arizona 85008


Garden Seasonal Hours:October – April / 8 a.m.-8 p.m., May – September / 7 a.m.-8 p.m. During evening hours certain trails are closed.


Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa

2400 E. Missouri AvenuePhoenix, AZ 85016(602) 955-6600


Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center Cafe

12701 North Scottsdale Road

 Scottsdale, AZ 85254




Scottsdale Kosher Market

10211 N Scottsdale RoadScottsdale, Arizona 85253

(480) 315-8333

Call for hours and restaurant availability.


Amy Dubitsky is a freelance writer who grew up in Southern California and has lived in Phoenix for the past six years.

Amy A. Dubitsky

True Role Models (Part Ten)

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

This is the 10th part of a series on Aliyah and Klita (absorption) stories of American Jews who came to Israel for ideological and religious reasons in the past years.

It is often hard to understand the attitude of American Orthodox Jews to Israel. How is it possible that they do not live in Israel? Every experience in Israel is a religious experience for a religious Jew. When we walk the streets of Beersheva, we may be traversing the same space where Avraham Avinu and Sarah Imeinu walked, or where Yitzchak or Rivka walked.

The Kotel (Western Wall) is less than one or two hours away from nearly any point in Israel. We can pray where King David or King Solomon prayed, and we sometimes can feel the presence of the prophets of old.

With airfares so low and entrance into Israel open to every Jew, why are there still so many Jewish religious communities all over the world?

Laibel and Debby Lipnick came to Israel in 1966 as part of a garin, a nucleus of friends who came to Israel to settle on a kibbutz. The garin acted as a support framework to ensure that all the members would remain in Israel, and they did all remain. The group came from New York, Baltimore, and Chicago, eleven couples and three singles, and they all settled in Kibbutz Lavi. All the men have served in the army, and so have many of their children. All are productive in various fields.

Laibel, Debby and their fellow garin members came to Israel to do what was needed to build up the country. None of them was running away from anything, and none of them was a burden, living off their parents. They were all college graduates with a wide spectrum of careers.

In Israel, many had to be retrained to fit the jobs that were needed. They were not like many modern olim who continue to work overseas and live in Israel because “they cannot make a sufficient living here.” These early pioneers lived within their means. Laibel feels that after some forty years in Israel, he is definitely successful. He, his wife and his garin have been instrumental in creating a vibrant and flourishing kibbutz that has grown from about 250 to 650 people.

Laibel and Debby have seven married children, and one who is as yet unmarried. They have eighteen grandchildren with IY”H more on the way. They feel that not only doctors, lawyers and business people should be considered role models, but also people with positive attributes (midot) and people who set aside time each day for studying Torah or spending stormy winter nights in young settlements doing guard duty.

Laibel and Debby also remind us that Americans were already coming to Israel in the early thirties both from Bnei Akiva and from other Zionist organizations.

In the late 1930’s, Eliezer Goldman, for example, came on aliya after finishing Yeshiva University. He went to Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, becoming the economic director of the kibbutz, strengthening it and laying the foundation for the development and solidity of the kibbutz and Kibbutz HaDati in general. From the establishment of the State of Israel until the end of the 20th century, Bnei Akiva garinim have come to Israel to be part of the process of building of the state.

Another example is that of Debby’s cousin and her husband, Sylvia and Meyer Kaplan, who came on aliya in 1948. They stopped on the way in France to work to rehabilitate young children who had survived the Holocaust. Meyer established the Criminal Investigation Department of the Israel Police, founded the police labs, and was Israel’s representative to Interpol.

In his free time, he also was one of the founders and first president of the AACI. Laibel believes that the early olim enabled those who came later to establish themselves and to have a much easier absorption than that experienced by the earlier olim. (See the Lipnick family picture – attached)

Celia and Zvi Ofer live in Kiryat Arba, a community full of olim who, like them, are college graduates and professionals, and who made a deliberate decision back in the sixties and seventies to raise their families in the Jewish state. They never “schnorred” off anybody and were a source of pride and joy to the loved ones who, with a heavy heart, they left behind.

They miss their parents and sadly, to their six children, grandparents mean a telephone receiver. Celia, like many Jewish mothers, often does not sleep well at night worrying about her son, Avi, a member of a crack Nahal unit who is stationed in the heart of Jenin, and her son, Uri (a former Golani fighter), who lives with his small growing family in downtown Hebron, a minute’s walk from Ma’arat Hamachpela (the Cave of the Patriarchs).

Another son is a ten-year veteran of Mishmar Hagvul (Border Police), doing his part on a daily basis to keep Israel safe. Their daughter, who is married to the son of American olim who came to Israel in the 1970s, lives in the settlement of Eli, and another daughter studies at Hadassah Nursing School. Their youngest daughter just began Sherut Leumi in a kindergarten in Har Choma. Their hearts burst with thanks to the Almighty that He has been a partner in making their fateful decision of 30 years ago a success.

The Ofers are contributing to making Israel a viable state so that you may come soon to a built- up, safe homeland. While they may feel that they have not done anything special, they are typical of thousands of educated American families who have made aliyah.

Adriana Derry has been in Israel 23 years, one month and three weeks. She came from Southern California, more specifically from West Hollywood and Beverly Hills. She had just completed her post- graduate studies in law and decided to come to Israel. The only thing of real importance that she left behind was her entire family. (She came with a new husband, who is now an ex-husband).

Adriana has been a free-lance graphic designer and website developer for many years. Her greatest accomplishment is being the proud mother of 5 children and being able to care for them in a way that she always wanted to. She also has her own community website for Modiin and the surrounding communities, which is a great success for her personally. It gives her great satisfaction to be able to provide a service to the communities.

Adriana feels that the very best thing she did in her entire life was moving to Israel so many years ago. She has been back to Southern California twice, for two and a half years each time, and it was always very, very easy to come back HOME to Israel!

Her entire story is very complex. She was born and raised as a Protestant Christian and converted to Judaism at the age of 18, because she always believed that some kind of strange mistake had been made at her birth. At the age of 15, she had set her heart on coming to Israel, not knowing one single word of Hebrew, never even having even been in a beit knesset, or even knowing any Jews because her community was completely Seventh Day Adventist.

Asher Scharf and his wife were married for two years when they made aliyah to Kibbutz Ma’ale Gilboa in 1978. Asher had finished his BA in psychology, his MA in Jewish Education, and his Semicha for the Rabbinate, all at Yeshiva University. His wife finished her MA in Speech and Language Pathology at Queens College. When they made aliya, they left a loving family (on both sides) who were sorry to see them go, but who realized that they were achieving their life’s dream. Asher is today a technical writer working for a start-up company in southern Israel, and his wife works as a speech teacher and early childhood counselor in many schools and cities.

(To be continued)

(Comments may be sent to dov@gilor.com)

Dov Gilor

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