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Jewish Journal

Julie M. Brown

  • Palos Verdes teen on the ball with mitzvah project

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I attended a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah at Congregation Ner Tamid in Palos Verdes at least two or three Saturdays each month during the year my first son became a bar mitzvah. During that time, I developed my own ritual of claiming a seat close to the front, where I could admire the...
  • Don’t hold your breath on plans for baby

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Nothing is more exciting than finding out that you're having a baby. The moment I found out I was expecting, I began making grand plans. I read the books, spoke to pregnant friends and questioned all the new mommies I knew. Then I made some big decisions.

    Disposable diapers were...

  • New Options Emerge After Long Beach Shuls Shift

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Long Beach has had a significant and stable Jewish population for decades, so it might seem unusual for a synagogue to make major changes in the way it serves its membership and the community. In recent months, however, individuals and families in the area have been reevaluating...

  • Facing Up to Roadblocks Barring Path to Bimah

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Adam Green has been involved with synagogue and Jewish activities since preschool. But at 12, he has decided that becoming a bar mitzvah is not meaningful to him and has refused to continue in that direction. Adam's parents have enlisted the help of their rabbi and his sixth-grade...

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  • ‘Sex and the City’ Workout

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "You're joining a gym again?" I laughed. "If you could get back even half the money you've spent on gym memberships, you could go to Hawaii!"

    "This time it's different," my friend said. "I'm joining that new one right by the mall. It's so convenient, I can't not go! And I'll even...

  • Sportsmanship Starts With Parents

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Years ago, when my son was beginning his foray into competitive tennis, I entered him in a local, somewhat low-key tournament intended to introduce new players to tennis competition. I thought it would be fun. But as I watched my son's match, the activity one court over distracted...

  • Sportsmanship Starts With Parents

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Years ago, when my son was beginning his foray into competitive tennis, I entered him in a local, somewhat low-key tournament intended to introduce new players to tennis competition. I thought it would be fun. But as I watched my son's match, the activity one court over distracted...

  • Don’t Get Lazy on Kids Summer Safety

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Several years ago, before a rash of abductions made the headlines, before widespread sexual abuse in the clergy became news and before Michael Jackson was acquitted, five women got together to brainstorm a way to help children protect themselves from abduction, abuse and...

  • A Cellular Moment

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The following conversation took place between a cellular telephone subscriber and her daughter:

    "Hello?"

    "Mom?"

    "Hi dear, what do you need?'

    "What has more calories, Italian or Ranch?"

    "Where are you?"

    "I'm at the salad bar. I can't decide which dressing."

    "Honey, I told you last...

  • Teens Team Up for J-Serve

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Youngsters across the Southland and beyond banded together April 17 to participate in J-Serve 2005, the first-ever national day of service for Jewish teens. J-Serve, designed to correspond with Youth Service America's National Youth Service Day, offers Jewish teens a way to get...

  • Community Briefs

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Temple Museum Marks 350 Years of Jews in America

    A Rancho Palos Verdes congregation has built a museum inside its temple to celebrate 350 years of Jewish life in America. The exhibit at Congregation Ner Tamid covers various topics related to Jewish life, ranging from early...

  • Teens Gear up for Bicycle Tzedakah

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    With their hands all but frozen, lips blue and feet soaking, nearly 50 South Bay teens and a large handful of adult volunteers braved the storm on Sunday, Dec. 5, to devote their afternoon to testing, cleaning and repairing bicycles.

    The second of four Arachim programs, this event...

  • Teens Gear up for Bicycle Tzedakah

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    With their hands all but frozen, lips blue and feet soaking, nearly 50 South Bay teens and a large handful of adult volunteers braved the storm on Sunday, Dec. 5, to devote their afternoon to testing, cleaning and repairing bicycles.

    The second of four Arachim programs, this event...

  • There’s No Santa, but Keep It Quiet

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    It was in 1998 that my son, Sammy, broke out of his cocoon and started kindergarten at our neighborhood school. Up until then, he had spent his entire tiny life surrounded by Jews.

    Having left his Jewish preschool behind only a few months prior, he had little knowledge of his own...

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