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Tikkun Gives a Jewish Treatment to the Korean Spa

Tikkun Holistic Spa is probably one of the few Korean spas in the Los Angeles area where the receptionist greets clients without a Korean accent. Founder Niki Schwarz wanted to make sure non-Koreans who walk through the door (after taking an elevator to the basement) encounter no struggle in their quest for the perfect day of rest.

LA’s Top Chef Wins First Round of Top Chef Masters [VIDEO]

Suzanne Tracht, executive chef and owner of Los Angeles chophouse, Jar, will feed hungry locals (although not necessarily her creations, to their misfortune) after winning both the Quickfire Challenge and elimination challenge of the second episode of “Top Chef Masters,” a new spin-off of Bravo’s popular cooking competition, “Top Chef.” The new show is designed for chefs who have already achieved their fame the old-fashioned way.

Tying the Knot After 40

To rephrase the opening line of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”: It is a truth universally acknowledged — especially by Jewish mothers — that a Jewish single man in possession of a good fortune and over the age of 35 must be in want of a wife … who is in her 20s.

Documentaries Explore Mysteries of Fate

Two documentaries, two mysteries: the life and death of a family of Holocaust survivors attempting to rebuild their lives in an Israel ravaged by war; the other reveals the life and death of a Greek musician attempting to build his career as a pop star in Israel, seeking normalcy through music.

L.A. Torah Scribe Has Quill, Will Travel

In 2001, Jewish sofer (scribe) Ron Sieger served as a hand double for the actor playing a scribe on “The Sacred Scroll” episode of the CBS drama, “Touched By an Angel.” He left his studio in Los Angeles for a few days and headed off to the Utah set to serve as a scribe consultant and to tutor actress Valerie Bertinelli in Hebrew.

Meet Mr. and Mrs. JDate

According to Jewish tradition, a person who makes three Jewish matches that lead to marriage earns shares in the world to come. If true, Joe Shapira is a big stockholder in heaven.

Israeli Cafe Culture Rocks Sunset

Last September, when the Israeli Consulate raised the Israeli flag over Wilshire Boulevard at a festive ceremony with the mayor, it was seen as an historic symbol of deepening Israeli-Angeleno ties.


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