Jewish Journal

Merissa Nathan Gerson

  • Ghost of holocaust haunts visitor exploring Germany

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    It took me more than a year to buy my ticket. My sister was living in Berlin, and I was supposed to visit her. What she didn't know each time she asked me to come see her was how present the Holocaust was for me in my work.

    I was unveiling the war's history in my own writing while...

  • Meditation—not just for your average JewBu anymore

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The model for the day was dying for the sake of rebirth. Think meditation, think spiritual awakening, think psychoanalysis.

    It is the hard work of introspection that is the antithesis of mainstream modern American culture. We are a nation of pleasure-mongers, and cheap thrills from...

  • Men: the ill topic of choice

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It happens to the smartest and most beautiful of women. Enter Ms. X. We run into each other four years after we were friends in college and decide to meet for dinner.

    Ms. X is skinnier now, wears a lot more makeup and is no longer all about T-shirts and jeans. She is high-style and...
  • Israeli puppies walk the beat with L.A. sheriffs

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputy Richard Faulk strolled into Los Angeles' Union Station on a recent Monday morning, his new Israeli partner, Ami, walked beside him. The blond-haired sabra is disarmingly friendly, maybe even a little frisky.

    In Hebrew, Faulk tells him "Tovah kelev,...
  • Jamming with the pros at Hamilton High

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Kenny G reads Hebrew, knows a thing or two about kabbalah and blows the shofar at shul annually. "Because," he said, "I am the only one who knows how."

    Looks like Kenny is a model Jew. "We used to be on the road, and Kenny would insist that we celebrate all the Jewish holidays,"...
  • Blending cultural traditions in the name of love

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Kirin and Babak might not seem like your ordinary Jewish couple. Kirin grew up Jewish in Anchorage, living the typical western American life. Babak was raised with the traditions of a large Persian Jewish family.

    The pair met in Los Angeles, got engaged, and then threw a raucous...
  • L.A.: The New Israel

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When I was asked to go "learn about the L.A. Jews," my brother, hailing from Washington, D.C., suggested Canter's Delicatessen. But I quickly learned that according to true L.A. Jews, Canter's is not a Jewish place, not really, not L.A. Jewish.

    I arrived in Los Angeles for the...
  • ‘Campaign to End Israeli Apartheid’ comes to UCLA

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    As part of UCLA's Palestine Solidarity Week, on Sunday, May 20, the Southern California Campaign to End Israeli Apartheid (CEIA) staged a forum titled, "Israel, Zionism and Apartheid: The Case for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions."

    Part of a movement developing nationally on...