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July 4, 1998 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles' Jewish community--the third-largest in the world--now numbers just over 519,000, with steady migration from around the nation and the world offsetting a relatively low birthrate, according to the first new census of the area's Jewish population in nearly two decades. While migration has helped keep the Jewish population steady since the late 1970s, the Jewish community's center of gravity has increasingly moved westward over the past 20 years.
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September 20, 1999 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN
Amid tossed bread crumbs and squawking waterfowl, more than 200 people from four local synagogues gathered at the Westlake Village Marina on Sunday morning to take part in an old but lesser-known Jewish tradition. Called Tashlikh--the Hebrew word meaning to cast off--the ceremony calls for Jews to gather by water, pull out an object symbolic of their sins and cast it into the depths as a sign of forgiveness and a new beginning.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1999 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN
Amid tossed bread crumbs and squawking waterfowl, more than 200 people from four local synagogues gathered at the Westlake Village Marina on Sunday morning to take part in an old but lesser-known Jewish tradition. Called Tashlikh--the Hebrew word meaning to cast off--the ceremony calls for Jews to gather by water, pull out an object symbolic of their sins and cast it into the depths as a sign of forgiveness and a new beginning.
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July 4, 1998 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles' Jewish community--the third-largest in the world--now numbers just over 519,000, with steady migration from around the nation and the world offsetting a relatively low birthrate, according to the first new census of the area's Jewish population in nearly two decades. While migration has helped keep the Jewish population steady since the late 1970s, the Jewish community's center of gravity has increasingly moved westward over the past 20 years.
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March 21, 1998 | REGINA HONG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Finding kosher food in the east county was once an ordeal that often ended with a trip to the San Fernando Valley. And during the holidays, Christmas trinkets were plentiful but Hanukkah decorations scarce. Today, with a growing number of Jewish residents making their homes in east Ventura County and Los Angeles' westernmost cities, kosher frozen chicken can be found at many major supermarkets. And a number of boutiques and The Oaks mall decorate for Hanukkah.
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November 27, 1994 | IRA E. STOLL
Jews across Ventura County will celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah tonight. The eight-day holiday marks the victory of the Jews in a war against Syrian-Greek rulers who had desecrated the Jews' temple in Jerusalem. Hanukkah candles recall the oil lamp the Jews lit when they rededicated the temple in 165 BC. The holiday's timing depends on the lunar Jewish calendar. Usually it starts in December, but this Hanukkah falls very early in the Gregorian calendar, rabbis said.
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March 26, 1994 | TRACY WILSON
Jews in Ventura County are invited to a community Seder Sunday evening in Ventura to celebrate Passover, the holiday commemorating the Israelites' freedom from Egyptian slavery about 4,000 years ago. The Ventura Jewish Council-Temple Beth Torah, one of the county's largest synagogues, is sponsoring the Seder at 5:15 p.m. at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road.
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December 19, 1992 | GEOFF FEIN
Beginning today at sundown, Jews throughout Ventura County will mark the beginning of the eight-day Hanukkah celebration. Hanukkah celebrates the recapture of the Temple in Jerusalem from the Syrian Greeks in 165 B.C. According to tradition, the Jews found a small container of consecrated oil in the Temple, enough to keep the Eternal Light burning for one day. By a miracle, the oil lasted eight days until a fresh supply could be found, according to Jewish tradition.
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September 24, 1993 | JEFF McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At sunset tonight, Sanford and Fern Kahn of Ventura will begin a 24-hour ritual of introspection and prayer. The Kahns, like thousands of Jews in Ventura County, will observe Yom Kippur, the traditional Day of Atonement that begins at sundown. Worshipers abstain from food, drink and labor while reflecting on their deeds over the past year.
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March 21, 1998 | REGINA HONG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Finding kosher food in the east county was once an ordeal that often ended with a trip to the San Fernando Valley. And during the holidays, Christmas trinkets were plentiful but Hanukkah decorations scarce. Today, with a growing number of Jewish residents making their homes in east Ventura County and Los Angeles' westernmost cities, kosher frozen chicken can be found at many major supermarkets. And a number of boutiques and The Oaks mall decorate for Hanukkah.
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September 11, 1999 | BRENDA LOREE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jews throughout Ventura County are at Rosh Hashana services today to mark the beginning of the annual High Holy Days, a period of reflection and penitence that began at sundown Friday and runs through Yom Kippur on Sept. 20. Possibly the largest gathering of the 10-day period will be at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza Hotel's grand ballroom, where Chabad of the Conejo and its six rabbis will hold services for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
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September 14, 1996 | DAVID R. BAKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As the sun dipped into the Pacific on Friday, Jews throughout Ventura County celebrated the start of year 5757 of the Jewish calendar with song and solemn prayer. Sundown marked the start of Rosh Hashana, the first of the Jewish High Holy Days that will culminate with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, on Sept. 23. It is a season when Jews celebrate the creation of the world and reflect on their actions during the past year.
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