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Jewish Journal

Donna Gordon Blankinship

  • Celebrate Israel Closer to Home

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This year, Israel Independence Day falls on May 12. If this is a holiday you've never celebrated, consider adding it to your family traditions.

    With Israel in the news every day, the Jewish state is unusually prominent in our minds, but not always for positive reasons. Celebrating...

  • Creative Chuppahs Are Labor of Love

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Nancy and Kim Goldov wanted to personalize everything about their wedding. She sewed her own gown. He composed music for the ceremony. They both created a new last name to share: combining Stolov and Goldschmidt into Goldov. So it probably didn't surprise anyone that the couple spent...

  • Create a Bridal Look That’s Made for You

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The ornately beaded gown spent decades wrapped in a sheet from the time grandma was a bride until her granddaughter walked down the aisle.

    Both brides were beautiful and the dress was a focal point each time, thanks to the loving restoration work by dressmaker Camila Sigelmann, who...

  • Seattle Reform Camp Gets L.A. Support

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Reform Jewish parents from the Pacific Northwest who are not willing to put their children on an airplane or drive 15 hours to California so they can go to camp will have an alternative by summer 2005, thanks to the generosity of a Los Angeles family.

    The Kalsman-Levy family has...

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  • Adding Mitzvah Multiplies Simcha

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Sometimes the smallest details are the ones that make the biggest impression. You remember the pretty napkins or the mints with dessert. You remember the bride walking down the aisle with both her parents instead of just her father. You remember the way the bat mitzvah girl wore a...

  • Zen and the Art of Homemade Gefilte Fish

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    I added a new experience to my Passover preparation last year. In addition to counting the haggadahs, practicing the Four Questions with my daughter, inviting guests, shopping and cleaning the house, I made gefilte fish from scratch for the first time ever.

    Neither my mother nor any...

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