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Jewish Journal

Elyse Glickman

  • Photojournalist Phil Stern: From WWII to James Dean

    1 week ago

    Some life journeys are so epic, it seems there’s no way they could be captured, even in a Hollywood movie. And yet, as it turned out, all photojournalist Phil Stern needed was his trusty camera.  

    A heralded chronicler of World War II and Hollywood icons such as James Dean and...

  • Keeping Jewish young adults engaged in Judaism

    3 weeks ago

    Heading off to college is usually seen as an exciting, colorful rite of passage. But, as rabbis at several local synagogues have observed, those steps toward adult independence often come with uncertainty and a need for an additional support system beyond Mom and Dad.

    That, they...

  • Event planners cater to vegetarians and vegans

    August 20, 2014 | 10:46 am

    The prospect of finding satisfying wedding or b’nai mitzvah reception food has long been daunting to most vegetarians and vegans, no matter how expertly the dishes are executed. Sides and substitutions can only fill up a person so much. 

    Those who’ve done their family celebration...

  • Hava’s Kitchen: Healthy home-cooked comfort food with global flavors

    August 13, 2014 | 10:21 am

    There’s nothing more comforting than a home-cooked meal — even if it’s not cooked in your home. 

    While the hectic pace of everyday life and two-income homes have made the fresh-prepped meal an endangered species, healthy food delivery services like Hava’s Kitchen are doing their...

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  • Giving your leftovers to charity

    July 16, 2014 | 10:50 am

    Anybody who has grown up in a Jewish home and attended key family functions, from bar mitzvahs to weddings, knows that the food served during celebration is the life of the party.  

    It’s comforting to know, though, that meals created to celebrate life also can help sustain it for...

  • Building a positive outlook: Yosef Nemanpour

    June 11, 2014 | 1:09 pm

    Shalhevet High School
    Going to
    : Yeshivat Yesodei HaTorah; Yeshiva University

    Yosef Nemanpour knows the difference between being a bystander in life and an “upstander,” Shalhevet High School’s widely used term to describe someone who constantly interacts with his world at large...

  • Seeing Seville

    June 4, 2014 | 11:42 am

    In Spain’s fourth-largest city, Seville, the Juderia (Jewish quarter) is a vibrant maze of brightly painted buildings, vest-pocket-sized parks, sidewalk cafes, flamenco-show venues and boutiques. 

    While this should come as no surprise — it is the area’s social and commercial...

  • Bar/Bat mitzvah attire that inspires

    May 16, 2014 | 12:05 pm


    Un Deux Trois features looks for girls designed by Beverly Shorkend.

    Back in the day, b’nai mitzvah fashion was oh-so-simple. Boys often dressed as their dad’s mini-me, while girls either donned something frilly or severe (many moms, no doubt, remember the omnipresent Gunne Sax...

  • Just add water

    May 14, 2014 | 3:01 pm

    While some local families opt for bar or bat mitzvah celebrations in synagogues or hotel ballrooms, others are drawn to a more intimate destination with a stunning backdrop: the Pacific Ocean. 

    There’s a certain romance tied to beachfront weddings, and that appeal extends to...

  • Wayne Feinstein: Following his gut instincts

    March 12, 2014 | 2:58 pm

    Benjamin Feinstein, by all accounts, was an exceptional young man. By the time he was a high school senior, his grades assured acceptance to numerous top universities. He also excelled all four years on his high school’s varsity basketball and golf teams, and had a huge and loyal...

  • Camp fair pitches many tents

    February 12, 2014 | 4:31 pm

    If there’s anything the upcoming “Summer Days” camp fair proves, it’s that day camps are as diverse as the kids who attend them. 

    The second annual fair — featuring more than 50 day camps from 30 ZIP codes — takes place Feb. 23 at Stephen S. Wise Temple in Bel Air from 1-4 p.m....

  • Sidonia Lax: A survivor marches with the living

    January 2, 2014 | 4:34 pm

    Sidonia Lax, now 86, survived the Holocaust but won’t let that define her. “I am a thriver,” she said. A stroll through her Sherman Oaks home is proof — her walls overflow with decades of family photos and mementos of her work as a member of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council...

  • Leslye Adelman: Feeding body and soul

    January 2, 2014 | 3:34 pm

    While some synagogue sanctuaries are adorned with fresh flowers, the bimah of Temple Beth Hillel in Valley Village is lined with towers of fresh apples and oranges. Although the décor, devised by Leslye Adelman, is stylish, it is also functional. Every Monday, the fruit moves to...

  • New and improved: These upgraded wedding venues aim to add ‘wow’ to your vows

    October 22, 2013 | 10:56 am

    Some brides look for the hottest new places for their wedding ceremonies and receptions. Others are interested in staging their nuptials at L.A. mainstays. There are places, however, that offer the best of both worlds — locations that are definitively part of the local DNA, yet...

  • Fighting cancer: From loss to action

    September 18, 2013 | 12:34 pm

    A calming shade of purple punctuates the Manhattan Beach office of the woman who founded the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN). In one corner, two teddy bears with purple ribbons add a comforting touch to the “living room” setting where Pamela Acosta Marquardt meets with...

  • At long last, lasting love

    September 18, 2013 | 12:03 pm

    Encino lawyer Jeremy Karpel’s home has an art gallery feel to it, with an eclectically decorated living room spilling out into an elegantly landscaped yard. During one recent weekend, it was the perfect backdrop for a party commemorating his grandparents’ anniversary, filled with...

  • Jewish culture adds spice to Santa Fe

    August 28, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Santa Fe has a lot more than great cuisine and an art scene to intrigue travelers — this New Mexico town is more than 400 years old and the oldest state capital in America. And for Jewish travelers, it contains surprises that cross all of these areas.

    Some of the first Jewish...

  • Weddings: Fabric of your (future) life

    July 17, 2013 | 1:52 pm

    Weddings are unquestionably high-pressure situations, with budgets, guest lists and locations being hot-button issues. However, as real life and reality television attests (Exhibit A: “Say Yes to the Dress” on TLC network), there is nothing that can bring out a bridezilla quite...

  • Iceland’s inner warmth

    June 19, 2013 | 4:51 pm

    Iceland is a small place that is big on surprises. 

    Scandinavian in its roots, the society has a reputation as being a homogenous, quaint and relatively uneventful place — Björk and her infamous swan dress aside. In the last several years, however, an influx of tourists,...

  • Eco-friendly aspects of the simcha can elevate a young person’s conscience

    April 18, 2013 | 9:58 am

    Given that many high-profile celebrities expound on the virtues of their environmental involvements (among them, Natalie Portman and Alicia Silverstone), it is inevitable that eco-friendly activities, foods and fashion — along with a side of social justice — will appeal to a wide...

  • Including peers with special needs can be part of a teen’s transition from child to adult

    April 17, 2013 | 12:35 pm

    For many teens, a bar or bat mitzvah is not just a rite of passage and an embrace of a community’s Jewish values; it also is an opportunity to make a mark socially by inviting BFFs and other classmates.

    In the process, there are going to be kids who will not make the list — some...

  • Beresheet Hotel: A Desert Dream

    April 10, 2013 | 7:56 am

    The two-year-old, five-star luxury resort not only raises the stakes for Negev Desert tourism but also puts visitors in touch with the Israeli south’s past and future.

    When the Beresheet hotel opened for business two years ago in the Negev Desert, Israeli President Shimon Peres...

  • Documentary filmmaker has a ‘Hava Nagila’ in her heart

    February 27, 2013 | 8:15 am

    "Hava Nagila” is one of those songs, like “Celebration” and “Auld Lang Syne,” that brings back memories and gets stuck in one’s head. In fact, “Hava Nagila” is so ingrained in American pop culture that many non-Jews can readily identify it, and high-profile non-Jewish recording...

  • Navigating the dating world: Women in the meet market

    January 23, 2013 | 12:17 pm

    Women over 50 who are determined to settle down without settling can think of Marcy Miller’s memoir, “Rebooting in Beverly Hills: A Wise and Wild Path for Navigating the Dating World” (Bancroft Press, $22.95) as a sort of boot camp. 

    The willowy attorney and jewelry designer,...

  • Money saving ideas: For richer, not poorer

    January 16, 2013 | 2:07 pm

    Tying the knot doesn’t have to be synonymous with fastening a financial anchor around newlywed couples. It just requires great care, sufficient research and attention to detail.

    Even with the best planning, however, it might be hard to believe you could pull off a dreamy wedding...

  • Hail, Caesarstone!

    December 20, 2012 | 4:04 pm

    As California’s real estate market continues its recovery and spring remodeling season is poised to start, many homeowners are once again looking for enduring ways to rejuvenate their living spaces and add value to their homes. Not surprisingly, the rooms that get the most use —...

  • Let it shine with these unique menorahs

    December 6, 2012 | 2:47 pm

    Artists and designers in the United States and Israel are broadening and updating the ways in which we pay tribute to Judah Maccabee through the emblematic menorah, commemorating the miraculous endurance of the fabled lighting oil and the resilience that keeps Judaism’s fire lit,...

  • ‘Blue Lagoon’ Honeymoon

    November 16, 2012 | 2:16 pm

    Islands and honeymoons are a time-tested match made in heaven. Perhaps that’s why so many newlyweds flirt with Fiji, a gorgeous archipelago nation in the South Pacific. 

    This country is the embodiment of romance. One of its most recognizable islands is the Turtle Island resort,...

  • Haifa a many-faceted jewel

    October 31, 2012 | 10:58 am

    Visiting Americans often compare Haifa with San Francisco for its hilly landscape and trendy, artsy neighborhoods, or Boston for its mix of academia and maritime culture. While this northern Israeli city is a weekend getaway for Jerusalemites and Tel Avivians, Haifa is also worth...

  • Dressed for Success

    October 26, 2012 | 2:10 pm

    Although the Los Angeles fashion industry is often associated with the most recent designer jean craze, pricey T-shirts and swimwear, stalwart brand Belldini is still going strong after several decades for a number of reasons. One of them is that even the trendiest L.A. career...

  • Helene Schneider: How the mayor of Santa Barbara does it

    October 24, 2012 | 3:43 pm

    With its prime oceanfront location, fabled history and elegant architecture, it is not surprising Santa Barbara is still identified as one of Los Angeles’ swankiest backyards, as well as one of America’s hippest college towns. 

    New York native Helene Schneider, now 41, followed...

  • Destination Bar Mitzvahs

    October 17, 2012 | 4:38 pm

    Factor in the enormous guest lists, global cuisine and diversions such as high-tech interactive entertainment, and it is clear that bar and bat mitzvah celebrations have become more sophisticated than they were even a decade ago. 

    But not every student wants to celebrate becoming...

  • Self-styled historian seeks clues to Japan’s Holocaust survivors

    April 11, 2012 | 1:28 pm

    Akira Kitade is a former Japanese tourism executive who still relishes the opportunity to show a newcomer the cultural sights of Tokyo. He also delights in showing off photos of his new grandchild and extended family.

    But it’s the aging black-and-white snapshots of seven Jewish...

  • Yosemite home to a fascinating Jewish past ... and present

    April 28, 2010 | 5:00 pm

    When many Jews think of the Gold Rush, one thing that often comes to mind is Levi Strauss and his watershed invention — blue jeans. While his fortune is forever associated with San Francisco, it is important to note there were other Jews who traveled west to find gold, but ended up...

  • Hot Shots

    July 14, 2009 | 6:43 pm

    The parents of post-bar or bat mitzvah children often display their photo album featuring moments from the big day — their child holding the Torah, posing with family, hanging on for dear life during the chair dance and mugging for the camera with friends. But these albums reflect...

  • Web Can Help Take ‘Oy Vey’Out of Planning Big Day

    June 17, 2009 | 2:25 pm

    Bridal magazines and Web sites like TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com overflow with designer dresses, couture cakes, haute honeymoon destinations and dreamy reception ideas. But even the best-organized bride will tell you there is so much more to consider when planning a Jewish...

  • Chanukah Gift Guide 2008

    December 5, 2008 | 6:06 pm

    Here’s some ideas for gifts that will continue to inspire long after the chanukiah has been put away. Bling that bridges faith and fashion, a DVD from a local yoga instructor and a Western Wall locket from an Agoura Hills jewelry designer are a few ideas from Southern California and...

  • Save the date, save the world

    October 10, 2008 | 4:21 pm

    Wedding invitations have traditionally gone beyond telling friends and family about the whens and wheres of a couple's big day. Through use of color, typefaces and embellishments, they made a statement about a couple's personality and tastes.

    As the environment and economy play...

  • L.A. bakers suggest ways to make picking your cake a little sweeter

    August 15, 2008 | 6:31 pm

    In Los Angeles, with today's foodie culture in full tilt, there is no "one-size-fits-all" option when it comes to choosing a bakery to create the perfect wedding cake. And since it is the bride who usually makes the cake decisions, she'll soon realize that it can be as complex as...
  • Location, location, location

    August 15, 2008 | 6:25 pm

    Your congregation is there for you when you need it, but there are times when you're tempted to think outside the synagogue -- such as your wedding.

    Destination weddings in spots like Hawaii or the Caribbean are a romantic way to start a new life with someone, but changes in the...

  • Sweet somethings for that special day

    August 15, 2008 | 6:16 pm

    While the image of a wedding cake at the center of a reception table is iconic, many couples and their guests will admit they are not exactly "layer cake" kinds of people. For this reason, having a sweet table is a must, not just alongside a cake but sometimes instead of one.

    "I am...

  • Tolerance Museum director doesn’t tolerate status quo

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The Museum of Tolerance is rarely the same experience twice, even with its permanent exhibits. New visuals, soundtracks and materials are added to keep the displays current and relevant. And while many people think of the museum as a "Jewish" institution, it is the "human" experience...
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