Calendar Picks and Clicks: July 13-July 22, 2011


WED | JULY 13

JNET NORTH VALLEY MEETING
The nonprofit holds a social event for Jewish business people and professionals to network. So, come and eat, chat and make those connections. Guest speakers will be Randy Schwartz and David Stein. Wed. 7-9 p.m. Free. Temple Ahavat Shalom, 18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge. (818) 426-6340. jewishbusinessnetworking.org.


THU | JULY 14

JNFUTURE SUMMER SOIREE
Tonight’s party, organized by the young leadership division of the Jewish National Fund (JNF), raises funds for Friends of Israel Firefighters, a project that purchases equipment, trucks and facilities for the Israel Fire and Rescue Services. Thurs. 7-11 p.m. $40 (pre-registration), $50. Busby’s East, 5364 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 964-1400. jnf.org.

IDAN RAICHEL AND INDIA.ARIE
Raichel, an Israeli native and renowned world musician, joins fellow long-haired sonic soul mate Arie, a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, for tonight’s concert. The two collaborated on an upcoming album, set to be released in the fall, “Open Door.” A reprisal of their performance at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony last year, expect soulful vocals about social unity (in Hebrew and English), and a healthy fusion of pop, folk and R&B. Thu. 8 p.m. $65-$105. Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200. thebroadstage.com.

SARAH SILVERMAN AND FRIENDS
Back from her June trip to Tel Aviv, the always irreverent and raunchy comedian performs at Largo with guest stand-up comics. Past guests have included Aziz Ansari and Louie CK. Silverman often experiments with new material and plays acoustic guitar during her shows at this intimate venue (which has general admission seating). Must be 18 or older to attend. No late entry. Thu. 7:30 p.m. (bar opens), 9 p.m. (show). $25. Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 855-0350. largo-la.com.


FRI | JULY 15

DAPHNA EDWARDS ZIMAN
The founder and chair of Children Uniting Nations discusses and signs copies of her new thriller, “The Gray Zone,” which raises awareness about issues facing foster children. The New York Times best-selling book follows Kelly Jensen, a bold identify thief raised in an abusive home, who uses her skills to save foster kids from trafficking and other abuses. Fri. 2 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.

IPALPITI ORCHESTRA

The classical music ensemble, which includes musicians from 20 countries under the direction of maestro Eduard Schmieder, performs the L.A. premiere of Israeli composer Avner Dorman’s “Concert Grosso and the U.S. premiere of Kareem Roustom’s “Three Klezmer Dances.” Fri. 8:30 p.m. $20 (nonmembers), free (members). Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 205-0511. ipalpiti.org. ipalpiti.org.

LUAU SHABBAT
Spend Shabbat shmoozing and worshipping with people in their 20s and 30s. Organized by Valley Ruach, the young professionals organization of Conservative synagogue Adat Ari El, a happy hour with snacks and cocktails starts off the evening. Afterward, a guitar-accompanied service makes praying accessible for those who don’t go to synagogue often; a kosher, catered meal follows. Fri. 7-10 p.m. $9 (members), $12 (nonmembers). Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 835-2139. valleyruach.org.


SAT | JULY 16

GRIFFITH PARK HIKE
Celebrate Shabbat outdoors by hitting the trails with Birthright Israel NEXT. Sat. 10:30 a.m.-noon. The Trails Cafe, 2333 Fern Dell Drive, Los Angeles (meeting place). (310) 601-7878. losangeles.birthrightisrael.com.

STEVE HOFSTETTER
Trapped in the Valley during Carmageddon? Consider heading north for an evening of stand-up comedy in Valencia. A self-proclaimed “MacJew” — a riff on how he looks more Irish than Jewish — Hofstetter is an outspoken social commentator and boasts a encyclopedic knowledge of sports. Australian comedian Fox Klein opens the show. Sat. 9 p.m. $12-$20. J.R.’s Comedy Club, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. (661) 259-2291. comedyinvalencia.com.
 


SUN | JULY 17

CREEPY CRAWLY CRITTERS
Bugs might seem icky, but they are an important part of the environment. During today’s presentation, children (ages 8 and under) can learn how insects like caterpillars and bees help plants grow, and they can create a caterpillar of their very own. Sun. 3-4 p.m. $8 (adults), $5 (children 2 and over), free (children under 2). Zimmer Children’s Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 101, Los Angeles. (323) 761-8989. zimmermuseum.org.

LIVE AT ‘THE-J’
Still stuck in the Valley? Drop by tonight’s gala to celebrate the North Valley Jewish Community Center’s 55th anniversary. Dinner, dancing and entertainment, including songs and skits presented by the Center Players, highlight the affair. Sun 5-10 p.m. $100. Knollwood Country Club, 12040 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills. (818) 360-2211. nvjcc.org.


WED | JULY 20

L.A. GALAXY JEWISH COMMUNITY NIGHT
Cantor Yonah Kliger of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills sings the national anthem as the L.A. Galaxy faces off against the Columbus Crew. Wed. 7:30 p.m. $36. The Home Depot Center, 18400 S. Avalon Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 288-3737. tebh.org.

YOUNG ADULT SUMMER SOIREE
Young professionals (ages 25 to 45) mingle, network and enjoy kitschy fun, including a photo booth, a handwriting analyst and a caricature artist at tonight’s swanky poolside bash at the W Hotel. Organized by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ Young Leadership Division. Wed. 7-10:30 p.m. $20 (advance), $25 (door). W Hotel, 930 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8324. jewishla.org.


THU | JULY 21

‘MATE’
Genius, recluse, champion, outcast — the true story of chess phenomenon Bobby Fischer comes to the stage. The Actors’ Gang production examines Fischer’s often self-destructive obsession with the game and his complicated relationships with women, including his mother. Charting his rise as the world’s foremost chess player, “Mate” follows Fisher through his downfall as he becomes increasingly paranoid and isolated from society. Written by Lolly Ward and directed by Eric Tucker, the play offers a unique portrait of a man who was once the public face of American dominance during the Cold War. Thu. Through Aug. 6. 8 p.m. $10 (advance), pay-what-you-can (door). The Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. (310) 838-4264. theactorsgang.com.

TRAVELING PICKLE FACTORY
Learn the history of the American kosher dill, how to make one and what makes a pickle kosher. Rabbi Shmuel Marcus of Chabad of Cypress leads the interactive workshop, part of Grand Performances, an outdoor summer entertainment series in Los Angeles held at downtown’s California Plaza. RSVP for do-it-yourself pickle kit to pickle@grandperformances.org (only 150 kits available, limit two kits per e-mail address). Thu. 8 p.m. Free. Grand Performances, 350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 687-2159. grandperformances.org.


FRI | JULY 22

JEWLYWEDS
Tonight’s program, “Holy Marriage — Wholly Meaningful,” includes Shabbat dinner with Rabbi Adam Kligfeld, singing, dancing and a discussion on how Jewish teachings can create successful marriages. For newly married couples (five years or less) and engaged couples only. Fri. 6:30 p.m. (services). 7:45 p.m. (program). $36 (per couple). Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7353. tbala.org.

Tribe Calendar: June 2011-August 2011


THURSDAY, JUNE 2

JUMP START TO FRIDAY
Toast the end of the week with friends (or co-workers). Check out the winery, sample a variety of wines, enjoy a self-guided tour, and learn more about the winemaking process. 5-7 p.m. $6 (bring your business card). Herzog Wine Cellars, 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard. (805) 983-1560. ” title=”jgscv.org” target=”_blank”>jgscv.org.

“A FUNNY THING HAPPENED AT AJU”
Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn, co-authors of the humorous memoir “You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story,” discovered that, after 13 years of marriage, “We’re just not that into us!” Instead of giving up, they held their relationship together, proving that all you need is love, a healthy dose of complaining, co-dependence and pinot noir. 4 p.m. $10. Gindi Auditorium, American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1246. ” title=”NewEyesPlay.com” target=”_blank”>NewEyesPlay.com


TUESDAY, JUNE 7

TIKKUN LEIL SHAVUOT
Celebrate the holiday with a night of learning, discussion, Israeli dancing and, of course, cheesecake. Co-sponsored by Temple Aliyah, Temple Kol Tikvah and Congregation Shir Ami. 7 p.m. Free. Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 346-3545. ” title=”jewishto.org” target=”_blank”>jewishto.org.


SUNDAY, JUNE 12

“THE LOST 10 TRIBES: WHERE DID THEY GO?”
Learn about the Jewish presence in sub-Saharan Africa, Rabbi Menasseh Ben Israel and the myth of Native Americans as a Lost Tribe of Israel, the lost 10 tribes and the Book of Mormon, India’s Bene Menassah and more theories about the fate of the tribes. 5-9:30 p.m. $49. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1246. ” title=”jnf.org” target=”_blank”>jnf.org.


FRIDAY, JUNE 17

SHABBAT ON THE BEACH
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MONDAY, JUNE 20

11TH ANNUAL SHOMREI TORAH SYNAGOGUE GOLF TOURNAMENT
The West Hills synagogue hosts a day on the greens at the private Conejo Valley course, North Ranch Country Club. The day begins with a Breakfast of Champions and putting contest before the shotgun start, followed by on-course contests and a barbecue lunch, no-host cocktail reception and an award dinner. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $295. North Ranch Country Club, 4761 Valley Spring Drive, Westlake Village. (818) 346-0811. ” title=”jewishsantabarbara.org” target=”_blank”>jewishsantabarbara.org.


MONDAY, JUNE 27

KOL TIKVAH GOLF TOURNAMENT
The seventh year of the 18-hole scramble tournament includes a chance to win a new car during a hole-in-one contest, a barbecue lunch, plus post-game raffles and awards, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. 10 a.m. (event begins). $200 per player (includes lunch, greens fees). Wood Ranch Golf Club, 301 Wood Ranch Parkway, Simi Valley. (818) 348-0670. ” title=”skirball.org” target=”_blank”>skirball.org.



JULY

MONDAY, JULY 4

GOLETA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2011
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FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR AT CALABASAS HIGH SCHOOL
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DENNIS P.  ZINE FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA
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FIREWORKS ON THE BEACH
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THOUSAND OAKS FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR
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FRIDAY, JULY 8

AN AMERICAN SHABBAT
Valley Outreach Synagogue hosts a picnic and Shabbat services at Oak Canyon Community Park. 5:30 p.m. (picnic), 7 p.m. (services). Free. Oak Canyon Community Park, 5600 Hollytree Drive, Oak Park. (818) 882-4867. ” title=”wrjpacific.org” target=”_blank”>wrjpacific.org.

SANTA BARBARA ART ASSOCIATION OPENING RECEPTION
Art at the JCC hosts a juried art show for the Santa Barbara Art Association. Paintings in a mix of media and genres will be submitted by SBAA members to be judged for excellence. Those chosen will exhibit at the Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center Gallery until Oct. 6. 2-4 p.m. Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center, 524 Chapala St., Santa Barbara. (805) 957-1115. ” title=”jha.org” target=”_blank”>jha.org.


SUNDAY, JULY 17

GENEALOGY IN THE ROUND
The community is invited to share genealogical success, failure, a brick wall or genealogical artifact. 1:30 p.m. Free. Co-sponsored by Temple Adat Elohim and the Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. To participate, contact (818) 889-6616. ” title=”valleycultural.org” target=”_blank”>valleycultural.org.

“RAGTIME”
Based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel, the Tony Award-winning musical by the composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (“Once on This Island”) and playwright Terrence McNally (“Master Class”), intertwines the lives of three extraordinary families (wealthy whites, working-class African Americans and Jewish immigrants). The fictional characters interact with historical figures like Emma Goldman, Evelyn Nesbit and Booker T. Washington as they recount class struggles, prejudice, love, tragedy and triumph in the New York of the 1910s. Through Aug 28. 8 p.m. $22 (adults), $18 (students and seniors), $16 (children, 12 and under). Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. (805) 583-7900. ” title=”oxnardsalsafestival.com” target=”_blank”>oxnardsalsafestival.com.

40TH ANNUAL

MALIBU ARTS FESTIVAL
More than 200 exhibits and artists booths feature original art from all over California. Also, musicians, a children’s workshop and dining terrace featuring “A Taste of Malibu.” Through July 31. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Outside the Malibu Civic Center, 23555 Civic Center Way, Malibu. (310) 456-9025.

Obituaries


Irvin Atkins died July 14 at 88. He is survived by his wife, Ida Mae; and daughter, Marilyn Feiman. Groman

LILLIAN BADEN died July 14 at 90. She is survived by her son, Jerry; grandchild, Dylan; and many relatives. Hillside

Theodore Berg died Aug. 9 at 91. He is survived by his wife, Sarah; daughters, Elayne, Sandi and Judy; grandchildren, Beth and Michael; and sister, Esther Gillman. Mount Sinai

ANNE BOVILL died July 13 at 90. She is survived by her daughter, Davida; son, Martin (Pirjo); sister, Esther Morris; and many relatives. Hillside

Beryl Caron died July 19 at 81. He is survived by his wife, Helene; son, Daniel (Debra); daughters, Cherie Hickok, Kathy Mandell and Suzie Caron; and five grandchildren. Groman

Rose Cohen died July 18 at 87. She is survived by her daughters, Shelley (Mike) Lubinsky and Sandra Gallob; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; and brother, Meyer (Margie) Jacobs. Malinow and Silverman

STANLEY COOPER died July 16 at 83. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; and daughter, Shelley. Hillside

Bessie Farash died July 17 at 93. She is survived by her son, Marty (Judy); daughter, Marilyn (Murray) Cohen; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Alexander Farkas died July 19 at 75. He is survived by his wife, R. Barbara; son, Steven (Susan); daughters, Marilyn (Scott) Pilcher and Ellen (Gary) Davidson; and six grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

LOIS FRANKEL died July 19 at 75. She is survived by her brothers, Walter and Richard. Hillside

Abraham Froch died July 15 at 78. He is survived by his wife, Lois; daughter, Alieen (Gil) Borok; sons, Michael (Jill) and Larry (Cari); and five grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Karl Gerwer died July 14 at 73. He is survived by his wife, Satoe; and sons, Scott and Eric. Groman

Bess Helen Gold died July 18 at 95. She is survived by her son, Peter. Chevra Kadisha

Sumner Granby died July 18 at 88. He is survived by his sons, Alan and Mark; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Groman

Gloria Glauber died July 18 at 77. She is survived by her daughter, Micki (Mark Flint) Hollien; son, Russ (Olivia); five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Sidney (Dolly) Goodman; and sister-in-law, Judy (Lou) Shaltzer. Mount Sinai

Bertha Hellman died July 16 at 96. She is survived by her son, Bryce (Hannah); daughter, Racelle Manes; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Marilyn Bella Horowitz died July 16 at 76. She is survived by her husband, Irving; son, Alan; daughter, Sherry; and four grandchildren.

Michael Bernard Horowitz died July 18 at 59. He is survived by his wife, Diane Ganley; stepson, Tom Ganley; sister, Margie Bonar; and brother, Thomas. Malinow and Silverman

Ruth Horowitz died July 14 at 87. She is survived by her daughter, Judith; one grandchild; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Frances Aoltz, Belle Schneider and Sylvia Hallman; . Groman

ESTHER HOUGH died July 16 at 53. She is survived by her brother, Randal Grant Powers; and sister-in-law, Shendl Diamond. Hillside

TERRY JACKSON died July 17 at 91. She is survived by her son, Michael (Alana); and three grandchildren. Hillside

Fred Kelly died July 12 at 76. He is survived by his son, Robert (Debbie); daughter, Helaine (Andy) Rogers; and two grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Robert Kranz died July 15 at 63. He is survived by his wife, Madelon; son, Bryan; daughter, Tamara (Eran) Bikovsky; one grandchild; and mother, Irene. Malinow and Silverman

CHARLOTTE LAKSBERGER died July 17 at 97. She is survived by her son, George (Robin) Lakes; daughter, Annette (Ron) Massman; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Eve Lester died July 19 at 82. She is survived by her husband, David; son, Larry Gay; daughters, Julie Moores and Susan Meyers; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Groman

CAROL MARJORIE LEVIN died July 15 at 84. She is survived by her husband, Marty; sons, Steve (Pam) and Robert (Julie); and three grandchildren. Hillside

Michael Levine died July 17 at 65. He is survived by his wife, Yehua Zhu-Levine. Malinow and Silverman

Ruth Levine died July 12 at 82. She is survived by her sons, Steven (Elizabeth) and Mitchell (Sharon); and by five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Thelma Jo Lewis died July 19 at 85. She is survived by her friends. Malinow and Silverman

Kay Gertrude Lipton died July 18 at 83. She is survived by her sons, David and Jay; and one grandchild. Groman

SHARON WEISS HARRIS LUSSIER died July 18 at 75. She is survived by her husband, Paul; son, Larry Harris; daughter, Jill Cordova; four grandchildren; and one great grandchild. Hillside

Shirley Manoil died July 17 at 89. She is survived by her daughter, Melinda; son, Robert; three grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Vera Miller died July 14 at 87. She is survived by her husband, Solomon; son, Stephen (Celia); daughter, Sharon (Brian) Olson-Ahern; and four grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Fahimeh Nathan died July 12 at 61. She is survived by her husband, Manoucher; sons, Ramin and Elly; daughter, Noushin (Morris) Farajola; two grandchildren; sisters, Frough (Sion) Shooshani, Mangeh (Manoucher) Gohre, Gili (Firous) Tabiri and Mino (Mandour); and brother, Iraj (Faraba) Raouf. Mount Sinai

Rhoda Neiman died July 14 at 71. She is survived by her husband, Harold; daughters, Jillana and Paula; brothers, Harry, Mark and Bernard Wisner; and sister, Brandi Wisner. Chevra Kadisha

Joe Orloff died July 13 at 96. He is survived by his wife, Ruetta; daughters, Tami (Robert) Finkbeiner, Penny and Rikki; son, Michael (Karen); seven grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Klara Sapirshteyn died July 17 at 93. She is survived by her son, James. Malinow and Silverman

Gertrude Jane Schwab died July 16 at 87. She is survived by her sons, Howard (Michelle) and Richard (Colleen); daughter, Helen; and four grandchildren. Groman

Julius Selinger died July 12 at 80. He is survived by his wife, Elinor; daughter, Anita Anderson; sons, Henry and Gary; six grandchildren; brother, Frank. Malinow and Silverman

Hertzel Shirazi died July 13 at 49. He is survived by his wife, Mitra; brother, Mike; and brother-in-law, Abe Manzour. Chevra Kadisha

Julie Ann Siem died July 19 at 44. She is survived by her daughter, Elisha; son, Jordan; and parents, Donald and Lois Arnstein. Mount Sinai

Dan Silberberg died July 19 at 67. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; daughters, Jennifer and Nicole; brother, Naftali; sisters, Inga Rubin, Ruth Lester and Alice (Leo) Granierer. Mount Sinai

ETHEL SOLOMON died July 17 at 94. She is survived by her friends. Hillside

J. Dorian Sonnenschein died July 17 at 56. He is survived by his brother, Marco; and sister, Miriam (Max) Feit. Malinow and Silverman

Sidney Stonehill died July 14 at 74. He is survived by his wife, Joan; son, Anthony; and daughter, Dena Stonehill Penney. Groman

Theresa Remes Suffin died July 15 at 86. She is survived by her son, Steve (Leah); and daughter, Fay Shinder. Chevra Kadisha

Morton Wolk died July 12 at 89. He is survived by his daughter, Rolinda Suttle; granddaughter, Tessa Suttle; and significant other, Annette Naftal. Mount Sinai

Mitchell Wortsman died July 19 at 83. He is survived by his wife, Edith; daughter, Melissa Applebaum; and brother, Abner. Groman

Yahya Jonathan Yasharpour died July 17 at 76. He is survived by his wife, Louise; son, Sami; and daughter Yasamin. Chevra Kadisha

Marcus Gershun Zilber died July 17 at 85. He is survived by his wife, Anna; daughters, Sima Epshteyn and Masha Serebryany; and grandchild, Inna. Chevra Kadisha

The Real Scoop Behind Ice Cream


“Ice cream was something my husband and I were hooked on,” said Vicki Grossman, talking from New York Scoop in Woodland Hills, her newly opened modern reincarnation of an old-fashioned ice parlor. “It was something of a ritual — we would take the family to Carvel at least once a week.”

That ritual, and others like it — such as serving ice cream for desert or eating it straight out of the carton with a spoon — have made ice cream one of the most popular foodstuffs in America today. No better time to celebrate that fact now, with July being National Ice Cream Month, designated by former President Ronald Reagan in 1984.

Ice cream has something of an illustrious history in the United States: George Washington spent $200 on it in the summer of 1790, according to records kept by a New York merchant; Thomas Jefferson used an 18-step recipe to make his own; and Dolly Madison served it at her husband James’ second inauguration in 1812.

In the last century, with the advent of commercial refrigeration, motorized churns and packing machines, ice cream changed from being a luxury item to a common food product. Today, the ice cream industry is worth some $20 billion in the United States and is enjoyed in 90 percent of American households.

That enjoyment is due, in some part, to Jews. While Jews did not invent ice cream — although the International Dairy Food Association claims that King Solomon enjoyed iced drinks during harvest time — in this country many Jews made themselves invaluable to the ice cream industry in other ways. It was Jews — Rose and Reuben Mattus of Häagen Dazs — who introduced America to super-premium ice cream, which is ice cream that has less air beaten into it, resulting in a creamier, richer product. It was also Jews — Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben and Jerry’s — who started throwing interesting things into their ice cream, like crushed toffee bars and pretzels, which changed the ice cream experience from being smooth and delicious to being chunky and daring.

If you are looking for Jewish ways to celebrate National Ice Cream Month other than eating copious amounts of ice cream, start by reading the newly published “The Emperor of Ice Cream: The True Story of Häagen Daaz, A Love Story,” by Rose Vessel Mattus (The Wordsmithy). It’s the story of how two Jewish immigrants came to the Bronx, fell in love, got married, produced ice cream, staved off gangsters and made money. In between full-page glamour shots of Rose, Reuben (or Rufky as she called him) and their children, the book contains some interesting tidbits. The thick creamy Häagen Dazs that we know today was the result of a factory accident, when the air injection pump broke. Rather than tossing what was possibly a spoiled run, the Mattuses tasted it and found that, with less air, the product tasted superior to any ice cream that was on the market.

The book also clears up the mystery of how Häagen Dazs got it name.

“‘I think maybe a Danish name,’ [Reuben] said suddenly…. ‘They’re nice people you know. Good people. They tried hard to save Jews during the war, ferried them to safety ahead of the Nazis…. Everyone likes the Danes.'”

The Mattuses chose Häagen Dazs as the name because it was a Danish sounding inversion of Duncan Hines, a company they liked.

If reading doesn’t strike your fancy, but you want to do something more unique than simply eating ice cream from the supermarket or from a chain store, you can head down to Munchies in Pico-Robertson. The kosher candy store makes its own pareve and dairy full-fat ice cream, and also serves a nonfat ice cream called Flavor Burst, a vanilla soft-serve striped with one of 10 different flavors, such as cheesecake or wild cherry.

“Everyone is selling the same thing, so we try to be innovative and different,” said Gagy Shagalov, one of Munchies proprietors.

And for Valley folks, there is New York Scoop, which aims to give consumers a taste of the ice cream parlors of yore. It serves regular and low-carb kosher ice cream, as well as Italian ices and gelato, frozen hot chocolate and old-style favorites like egg creams, banana splits and sundaes.

“I’m definitely eating more ice cream now that I opened this store,” Grossman said. “I try to keep it moderate, but not a day goes by without ice cream.”

New York Scoop is located at 200401 1/2 Ventura Boulevard, Woodland Hills. For more information call (818)708-5174 or see www.newyorkscoop.com. Munchies Sweet Emporium is located at 8859 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 777-0221.

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