November 17, 1999
-- Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- With the flip of a switch, 18,000 little white bulbs will light up Fashion Island's Christmas tree Friday. Santa Claus will narrate the event, which is titled "A Magical Century of Christmas." The festivities will feature singing and dancing by the acclaimed Orange County High School of the Arts. Decorating the tree was no easy task. A crew of 10 people took one week to put thousands of colorful ornaments on the nation's tallest Christmas tree.
December 10, 2007
For years Leon Leyson chose not to speak openly about his experiences during the Holocaust. The youngest survivor of the famous Schindler’s List, now 78, simply thought people would not be interested. That was until Steven Spielberg’s pivotal 1993 film “Schindler’s List” came out, telling the true-life encounters of Leyson and thousands of others under the Nazi regime in Poland. Grossing more than $300 million worldwide, the film brought to light a horrific and inspiring story of how one businessman and noted Nazi supporter, Oskar Schindler, saved more than 1,100 Polish Jews from almost certain death at German hands.
November 22, 2004
Menorah-lighting ceremony upcoming Fashion Island's annual menorah-lighting ceremony will be at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Bloomingdales courtyard, at Newport Center Drive and Coast Highway. The event will be hosted by Rabbi Reuven Mintz of the Chabad Jewish Center of Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 721-2000 or visit http://www.ShopFashionIsland.com. Volunteer board being organized The Costa Mesa City Council is in need of interested volunteers from the community to serve on the Access, Building, Housing and Fire Code Board of Appeals.
November 27, 1999
Alex Coolman Call it the Other Miracle of Hanukkah: Not the miracle that happened more than 2,000 years ago in the Temple of Jerusalem when a day's worth of lamp oil lasted for eight days, but the miracle that happens every year in the United States when Hanukkah, a holiday that takes place perilously close to Christmas, somehow manages to avoid most of the crass commercialization that goes along with the events of...
December 15, 2006
COSTA MESA — Andrea Bloom of Long Beach was raised in a kosher house, and although she does not keep completely kosher these days, she must have made her family and her childhood rabbis proud when she won the Simply Manischewitz Cook-Off on Thursday at the Hilton in Costa Mesa with her pea and fennel soup. The contest was scheduled strategically for the day before the Festival of Lights begins at sundown today and was created to bring kosher cooking to the limelight. "The essence of Hanukkah is a public demonstration of and celebration of one's Jewishness, and I think there's no better way than what the Manischewitz company is doing," said Rabbi Yaacov Horowitz, who oversaw the cooking competition.
June 22, 2000
Tom Titus The Grim Reaper may be the sixth character in Ivan Menchell's offbeat comedy "The Cemetery Club," but for most of the show he's not all that grim. In a play centering largely around death, its characters--three Jewish widows--rediscover life in an enjoyable if uneven production at the Menorah Theater, a project of Costa Mesa's Jewish Community Center. The humor, at least in the first act, is of the soft variety, eliciting gentle chuckles as the characters and situations are established.
December 19, 2008
For reflections on Hanukkah, we might look to the Maccabean period and observe how a people fought against insuperable odds for the right to differ, to pursue its own destiny, to preserve its own ideals and culture, and won. Jewish history is survival, freedom and holy service of God. For this history has no parallel. This history becomes glorious. It is a history that is not only worthy of study but continuing as well. This existence is exciting. It embraces the joy of survival.
April 28, 2000
1. QUIET TIME: Xavier Quijas Yxayotl will present a workshop titled "Ceremony & Journey into Sacred Ancient Sounds" from 8 to 10 p.m. today at the Yoga Place, corner of Harbor Boulevard and 19th Street in the Costa Mesa Courtyards. Admission is $21 or $22 at the door. For more information, call (949) 642-7400. 2. LAW AND ORDER: Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters, Orange County Superior Court Judge Floyd Schenk and Municipal Court Judge Claude Whitney will be the guest speakers at a breakfast discussion Saturday hosted by Principles over Politics at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach.